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The GOP Is Blowing It

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 9, 2010 |

For the Republican Party, Tuesday's primaries contain good news and bad news. The good news: Republicans are angry—angry at Barack Obama, angry at the national debt, even angry at some of the leaders of their own party. Anger is a good motivator, and in midterm elections, where turnout is small, a little motivation goes a long way. The bad news: Republicans are not hungry. They're not willing to submerge their anger for the sake of winning elections. They either don't think they need to compromise their ideological purity to beat Democrats this fall or they don't care.

Obama Declares Another War

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 16, 2010 |

On the eve of his inauguration as president, Woodrow Wilson famously commented that “It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs.” For Barack Obama, the irony has been exactly the opposite. Wilson, a former academic, famed orator and political newcomer who had barely traveled outside the United States, was unusually well-suited to champion progressive reform at home, but found himself presiding over a war instead.

Palin's California Rescue

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
June 8, 2010 |

She may not be the governor of Alaska anymore. But after Tuesday, Sarah Palin should be able to call herself—without moosey bombast—the queenmaker of California.

Palin’s endorsement was crucial to the late surge in the polls that appears all but certain to carry former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina to the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Fiorina would face three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer this fall.

Why Israel Is Isolated

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 7, 2010 |

This week, Elliott Abrams, the former Bush official and noted neoconservative, wrote an essay in the Weekly Standard attacking the Obama administration for not more forcefully defending Israel during the flotilla crisis. Abrams said the White House had joined an anti-Israeli “lynch mob.” Over the course of the article, he used the metaphor six times.

Let's End American Dominance

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 5, 2010 |

An excerpt from the conclusion of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, forthcoming by Peter Beinart, about learning from American history that America can live safely and profitably in the world without dominating it.

How to Free Gaza

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 4, 2010 |

An Israeli journalist named Eitan Haber recently made an intriguing proposal. When the next ship determined to puncture Israel’s blockade comes steaming toward the Gaza Strip, Israel should let it through on one condition: Its crew must bring food and supplies not only to the suffering people of Gaza, but to Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit, who Hamas is holding captive. The activists should deliver the aid with a public demand: Release Shalit immediately, without conditions.

A Governor's Private Letters

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
June 5, 2010 |

If you really can tell a lot about a man by reading his mail, then the Jerry Brown who served as governor of California 30 years ago is very much like the Jerry Brown running for governor today:

Political. Thrifty. Intellectually curious about new ideas and technologies. Cool and cautious even when people are demanding quick action. And more than a little enigmatic.

I recently began reading the personal mail that Brown, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor this year, received and sent during his first governorship, which extended from 1975 to 1983.

The Salahis Are Not Invited

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2010 |

These are jittery times in Washington. President Felipe Calderon of Mexico arrives for a visit with President Barack Obama on the heels of a catastrophic oil spill, primary upsets for Democratic candidates, and just as rhetoric surrounding illegal immigration into the American Southwest has reached the screaming point. Given the White House’s new focus on immigration reform, its second official state dinner will be more concerned with security than the last—not just at the White House gates, but at the border that joins Mexico and the United States.

Obama's Youth Brigade Burns Out

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
June 3, 2010 |

Joe Boswell quit his job at Camp David. But first, he played a tennis match with Michelle Obama. Her second chief of staff, Susan Sher, is an avid tennis fan, and Boswell, her assistant, was game for a doubles match. After a straight-sets victory, he leveled with the first lady of the United States. “I was tired of going through the motions,” he remembers. “She told me to go out and save the world and come back.”

Israel's Indefensible Behavior

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2010 |

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin but he who causes the darkness.” In the late 1960s, when America’s cities burned, Martin Luther King often quoted that line, which he borrowed from Victor Hugo. But it applies equally well to the catastrophe that occurred yesterday in international waters off the Gaza Strip.

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