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Obama the Irony Man

Author: Walter Russell Mead
Los Angeles Times

Using Barack Obama’s recent trip to Europe and the Middle East as a backdrop, Walter Rusell Mead highlights the many paradoxes associated with US foreign policy.

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Who Obama Should See in Iraq

Author: Daniel Senor
Wall Street Journal

Congressional delegations can be illuminating despite the obvious limitations imposed by time and security concerns, writes Daniel Senor, giving Barack Obama a list of people he ought to meet on his upcoming trip to Iraq.

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America's Next Steps

Authors: Richard Clarke, Steven Simon, and Ray Takeyh
International Herald Tribune

The events of the past eight years have brought the Middle East to a precipice, write Richard Clarke, Steve Simon, and Ray Takeyh. To deal with this situation, America will need a president of intellectual independence, strategic flexibility and considerable political imagination.

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Phil Gramm Is Right

Phil Gramm Is Right

Author: Amity Shlaes
Washington Post

Speaking honestly about the economy can be dangerous politically, as Phil Gramm found out last week.  In this Washington Post article, Amity Shlaes argues that the way to strengthen the economy right now is to elect leaders who dare to talk frankly about our problems, and then act on them.

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Extreme Makeover, International Edition

Author: Stewart M. Patrick
Bellville News-Democrat

Today's global architecture should reflect contemporary power realities that have developed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, writes Stewart Patrick. Instead, the world must make do with creaky bodies like the G8, United Nations, IMF and NATO, whose agendas, capabilities and governance structures reflect a world that no longer exists.

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The State of Patriotism

Author: Peter Beinart
Time Magazine

“On the surface, defining patriotism is simple. It is love and devotion to country. The questions are why we love it and how we express our devotion. That's where the arguments begin,” says Peter Beinart

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The Fear Democrats Can Jettison

Author: Peter Beinart
Washington Post

Americans are much less afraid of military threats today than they were in 2004 and that has fundamentally changed the politics of foreign policy, argues Peter Beinart. Because of this, Barack Obama and the Democrats should not worry about being called “soft” if they advance policies that defend civil liberties, reduce troop presence in Iraq and engage Iran in unconditional negotiations.

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Paying Tribute to a Good Idea

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson finds that Barack Obama’s willingness to embrace a faith-based initiative is a good example of moderation without cynicism.

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McCain's Choice

Authors: James M. Goldgeier and Derek H. Chollet
National Interest

Senator John McCain may describe himself as a “realistic idealist,” but this formulation does little to paper over the very real schism among Republicans about the future direction of U.S. foreign policy, write James Goldgeier and Derek Chollet.

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Why Colombia?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Washington Independent

Colombia’s role in the War on Drugs and its potential as a free trade partner makes it a lucrative part of John McCain’s foreign policy, writes Julia Sweig.   

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Balancing Act: The Other Wilsonianism

Author: Peter Beinart
World Affairs Journal

Peter Beinart writes that "Wilson envisioned them joining in a single global alliance: not against one another but against war itself."

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A Tactical Leap of Faith

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson writes that Barack Obama is properly understood as a man of the religious left, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. However, while he has made progress gaining support in the religious community, his stance on abortion continues to keep him from gaining widespread evangelical support.

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Too Clever By Half

Too Clever By Half

Author: Amity Shlaes
New York Sun

Welcome to the new era of tax intelligence—the more complex, the better.  In this New York Sun article, Amity Shlaes argues that Democrats are adroit at developing such proposals, yet many of the likely tax increases would deal a blow to American competitiveness.

The McCain Miracle

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson describes the miraculous political comeback of John McCain’s campaign, which, a year ago this summer, was nothing more than a “bankrupt political joke.”

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Barack, Don't Go to Baghdad

Author: Peter Beinart
Time Magazine

Peter Beinart warns Barack Obama that taking a guided tour of Iraq will allow the tour guide—usually an American officer or diplomat—to decide what the senator gets to see and potentially distort his perception of the war.

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