Archive for July, 2010


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The GOP's New Tax Cut Hypocrisy

July 26, 2010 | Comments Off on The GOP's New Tax Cut Hypocrisy | Peter Beinart

Five years ago, Republicans backed tax cuts-but said deficits didn’t matter. Today, they say deficits are all that matters, but still like tax cuts. Peter Beinart on the party’s economic time warp.
What do the debate over the Afghan war and the…

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Fix Affirmative Action Now

July 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Fix Affirmative Action Now | Peter Beinart

The Tea Party’s fight with the NAACP reveals what’s wrong with the debate about race. Peter Beinart calls for a new kind of affirmative action, based on class, not skin color.
Is the Tea Party racist? It all depends on what you mean by racist. For…

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The Jesus Litmus Test

July 15, 2010 | Comments Off on The Jesus Litmus Test | Peter Beinart

In today’s Republican Party, racial barriers may be falling, but religious barriers are alive and well. Just ask Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. Peter Beinart on the GOP’s phony diversity.
The GOP has a new rallying cry: Diversity! After years of…

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Why Obama Disappoints the Left

July 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Why Obama Disappoints the Left | Peter Beinart

Liberals brand the Obama presidency a flop, comparing him unfavorably to FDR and LBJ. Peter Beinart on how fear helped them-and why Obama needs a Huey Long.
“Few progressives would take issue with the argument that, significant accomplishments…

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Netanyahu's Latest Insult

July 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Netanyahu's Latest Insult | Peter Beinart

At the White House Tuesday, Israel’s prime minister didn’t bother mentioning Gaza or a Palestinian State. Peter Beinart on why Obama should drop the nice-guy act and give Israel more tough love.
Don’t listen to what Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack…

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Obama, Don't Go Wobbly on Israel

July 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Obama, Don't Go Wobbly on Israel | Peter Beinart

The president has tried to avoid public spats with Bibi Netanyahu. But as the Israeli prime minister visits Washington, Obama needs to keep the pressure on-or abandon hope of a Palestinian state.
At some point during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

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The Age reviews Icarus

July 5, 2010 | Comments Off on The Age reviews Icarus | Peter Beinart

FOUR years ago Peter Beinart published a book titled  The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again. There he called for a liberalism that battles Islamist totalitarianism as forthrightly as Cold War liberals opposed Communist totalitarianism…read more

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The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Icarus

July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Icarus | Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart was wrong on Iraq – the former editor of the New Republic, he was one of the liberal hawks who supported the 2003 invasion, a position he’s come to lament – but let’s give him this much: He’s a smart, reasoned political analyst who doesn’t resort to hyperbole… Read the Rest »

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White House Renegades

July 2, 2010 | Comments Off on White House Renegades | Peter Beinart

The pressure to fall in line behind new U.S. Afghan commander David Petraeus could force out members of Obama’s foreign-policy team. Peter Beinart on why firing Ambassador Eikenberry would be a bad idea.
General Stanley McChrystal may not be the only…