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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.

Obama Delivers Another Clunker

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2010 |

This weekend, for the second time in six months, President Obama flew to West Point to deliver a big foreign policy speech. And for the second time in six months, he delivered a clunker. Don’t blame his foreign policy speechwriters. Blame that pesky war in Afghanistan.

Why Israel Has to Do Better

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2010 |

It has been a week since my essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” was published in the New York Review of Books, and the responses have largely congealed into a single critique.

Love Israel? Criticize It

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 19, 2010 |

The prime minister of Israel has repeatedly compared the establishment of a Palestinian state to the Holocaust. His foreign minister, and protégé, has flirted with advocating the physical expulsion of Israeli Arabs. The spiritual leader of his government's fourth-largest party has called for politicians who advocate ceding territory to the Palestinians to be struck dead.

The Afghan Gamble

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 17, 2010 |

About a year from now, Washington will witness an epic clash between President Barack Obama and the leaders of the United States military. That’s the big takeaway from Jonathan Alter’s new book, The Promise, about Obama’s first year in office. Ever since last December, when Obama told a crowd at West Point that he was both sending reinforcements to Afghanistan and planning to begin withdrawing them eighteen months later, most commentators have assumed that the surge is real but the timetable is fake.

In Defense of the Ivy League

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 14, 2010 |

“There’s about to be a backlash against the Ivy League lock on the court,” explained David Brooks this week. In fact, it has already begun. From left to right, just about the only thing that liberals and conservatives have agreed upon since Elena Kagan’s nomination is that there are too many pointy-heads on the Supreme Court. “I think it would be good to have a nominee that stood up against powerful interests like the elite law schools, which are a powerful interest in the U.S.

Meet Obama's Karl Rove

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
May 12, 2010 |

The anti-incumbent wave in American politics has made looking for votes this fall like looking for water in the Arizona desert. The word from voters in Utah—where Republican Senator Bob Bennett lost his bid for renomination, and West Virginia, where on Tuesday Democratic House member Alan Mollohan was bounced after 30 years of service—has bathed the capital in a mood of grim resignation about the electoral fights ahead. In Manhattan Thursday, President Barack Obama will hold a glitzy pep rally of sorts for Democrats trying to weather the storm.

The Problem With Elena Kagan

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 10, 2010 |

So it’s Elena Kagan. Is anyone surprised? I sometimes think Barack Obama has developed a computer program for deciding who to nominate for top jobs. His choices are always so damn rational. When he needed a running mate, he began with his greatest political vulnerability (his weakness among aging lunch-pail Democrats) multiplied it by his greatest governing vulnerability (his lack of experience in Washington) and voila: Joe Biden. It didn’t matter that, given Obama’s legendary discipline and Biden’s legendary indiscipline, the two men weren’t natural pals.

Fear of Immigrants

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2010 |

Why are large chunks of the American right so freaked out by illegal immigrants? Because they are no longer so freaked out by African-Americans.

And in this regard, the politics of 2010 are more like 1910 than 1970.

Put a Mom on the Court

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
April 26, 2010 |

I hope Barack Obama puts another woman on the Supreme Court. And this time, I hope it’s a woman with kids.

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