Archive for March, 2011

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The Authentic Obama

March 28, 2011 | Comments Off on The Authentic Obama | Peter Beinart

In his speech, the president spoke from the gut, giving us his distinctive vision of American exceptionalism. Plus, more Obama speech reaction.
John Bolton recently said that Barack Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. Tonight, Obama…

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Obama's Moral Case For War

March 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Obama's Moral Case For War | Peter Beinart

In the president’s Libya speech tonight, he’ll have to deflect critics who ask why we’re taking on Gaddafi-but not other murderous regimes. Peter Beinart on why consistency in foreign policy is overrated.
There are plenty of smart objections to…

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America Doesn't Matter Anymore

March 24, 2011 | Comments Off on America Doesn't Matter Anymore | Peter Beinart

As Europe takes the lead on the Libyan intervention, it’s a powerful signal of America’s weakening global influence. Peter Beinart on Obama’s Jeffersonian turn-and the end of an empire.
Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most…

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Behind the Libya War

March 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Behind the Libya War | Peter Beinart

Why are we bombing Libya, when we’re nearly broke and already fighting elsewhere? Peter Beinart on Obama’s endgame in Libya-and how the difficult lessons of Bosnia shape the campaign against Gaddafi. Plus: Russia’s Vladimir Putin has echoed Gaddafi’s…

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How Wisconsin Helps Obama

March 14, 2011 | Comments Off on How Wisconsin Helps Obama | Peter Beinart

The right won that state’s budget fight, reigning in unions’ collective bargaining clout. Peter Beinart on how that victory ensures a Democratic victory in 2012.
We’re still roughly a year away, but it’s already possible to predict the central dynamic…

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The Bigotry of Peter King

March 6, 2011 | Comments Off on The Bigotry of Peter King | Peter Beinart

The new Homeland Security chairman opens hearings on American Muslim terrorists this week. Peter Beinart on how the GOP’s shameful religious intolerance obscures the real homeland threat.
Republicans like to claim that Democrats are the “European”…