New York Times

Era With No Name

  • By
  • Nicholas Thompson,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2008 |

Bill Clinton desperately wanted a pithy slogan to encapsulate his foreign policy. But nothing worked. “Post cold-war era” was uninspiring. “Democratic enlargement” sounded like an unwelcome medical condition. “Age of hope” was too like the title of a New Age album. “We can litanize and analyze all we want, but until people can say it in a phrase, we’re sunk,” he snapped at his advisers in the fall of 1994.

Ghaith al-Omari in the New York Times | 'Israel’s Political Situation Dims Hopes for Peace Deal'

August 1, 2008

“There is zero chance” now, said Ghaith al-Omari, a former negotiator for Mr. Abbas. Mr. Omari said that the best the Palestinians could now expect was that Ms. Rice could manage to preserve something to hand to the next administration.

“The best we can hope for is a stabilization package that will make it easier for the next president to engage the process,” Mr. Omari said. LINK

Back on Message in Berlin

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
July 25, 2008 |

Few places hold as much symbolic power for presidential speechmaking as Berlin. So it’s little surprise that Barack Obama chose this city for his first major foray onto the global stage.

But if the West was united in 1963 when John F. Kennedy offered a lacerating indictment of communism and in 1987 when Ronald Reagan demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall, today the trans-Atlantic alliance is teetering, with genuine and serious divisions between Europe and the United States.

Michael Lind in the New York Times | 'Government as the Big Lender'

July 14, 2008

...The new reality is scorned by libertarians and conservatives, who fear state intrusions on the market, and by populists and progressives, who dislike the idea of education and housing increasingly resting upon the government’s willingness to finance it.

Patriot Games Revisited

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2008 |

In my post on Barack Obama and the issue of patriotism, I received some thoughtful feedback from readers of Campaign Stops that got me thinking a bit more about the issue.

Douglas Rediker in New York Times | 'Overseas Investors Pile Up More Pieces of Americana'

July 10, 2008
..."This is the natural outgrowth of us exporting a huge amount of dollars through high commodity prices to countries that have to reinvest it somewhere," said Douglas Rediker, a sovereign fund expert at the New America Foundation, a research and advocacy organization. "These countries have to extend beyond Treasury bills, and that means equities and real estate..." LINK

Patriot Games

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2008 |

Last week, Barack Obama traveled to Independence, Mo., to talk about patriotism, a perennial campaign topic that has taken on added relevance this year. Mr. Obama’s earlier refusal to wear a flag lapel pin, his failure to put a hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem, his supposed Muslim lineage have all been seized upon by his opponents to make the case that Mr. Obama is somehow “not one of us.”

Looking For Liberty

  • By
  • Ted Widmer,
  • New America Foundation
July 4, 2008 |

According to the film “National Treasure,” the Declaration of Independence is a document of such far-seeing sagacity that it has secret codes and treasure maps hidden in the parchment. You just have to know how to look for them. But that poses the question: which document, precisely, is the Declaration of Independence?

Reihan Salam in the New York Times | Book Review 'Grand New Party'

June 29, 2008

...The conservatives Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, both with The Atlantic Monthly, neither hard-core party activists nor longtime political operatives, want to provide a road map to get the party to brighter and more long-lasting sunshine.

Steven Clemons in the New York Times | 'Bush Rebuffs Hard-Liners to Ease North Korean Curbs'

June 27, 2008

Two days ago, during an off-the-record session with a group of foreign policy experts, Vice President Dick Cheney got a question he did not want to answer. “Mr. Vice President,” asked one of them, “I understand that on Wednesday or Thursday, we are going to de-list North Korea from the terrorism blacklist. Could you please set the context for this decision?”

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