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Category: Foreign Policy

Irradiated Iraq

by Barbara Koeppel | Mar 30, 2016 | Foreign Policy, National Security, Politics

Image Credit: Edel Rodríguez When the United States revealed in January that it is testing a more nimble, more precise version of its B61 atom bomb, some were immediately alarmed. General James Cartwright, a former strategist for President Obama, warned that “going smaller” could make nuclear weapons “more thinkable” and “more usable.” However, what is little known […]

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Letter from Beirut

by Belén Fernández | Mar 1, 2016 | Foreign Policy, Politics

Photo Credit: Shane Armas Korpisto In recent years, many a Western journalist has descended upon the Lebanese capital of Beirut to captivate audiences with tales of the magically multisectarian life in the city, with its seemingly irreconcilable elements: Hezbollah and nightclubs, hijabs and billboard lingerie ads. In 2010, The New York Times travel section discovered that, “[i]n […]

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Obama State of the Union 2016

Obama, Transformed

by Rick Perlstein | Jan 19, 2016 | Economy, Foreign Policy, Politics, Rickipedia

photo: whitehouse.gov They say the president gave his seventh State of the Union address last Tuesday, but personally, I count eight. On February 24, 2009, Barack Obama’s 35th full day in office, he delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress to explain how America had gotten into its economic mess and how his […]

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Ready for a George W. Bush Foreign Policy Redux?

by Lou Dubose | Jan 5, 2016 | Foreign Policy, Politics, The Interval

  Photo Credit: The Bush Center In 2005 I was doing a regular Tuesday–Friday commute between Austin and Washington. One of the regulars on the flights was Karen Hughes, a longtime advisor to then-President George W. Bush. At the time, she was commuting to her State Department office, where she was the undersecretary for public […]

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“60 Minutes” Goes Soft

by DeWayne Wickham | Dec 3, 2015 | Foreign Policy

  Photo Credit: Lawrence Jackson Am I the only one who cringed while watching last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” softball interview of Alan Gross, the American operative who was held five years in a Cuban military hospital after getting caught smuggling forbidden communications equipment into Cuba? Five times in 2009, Gross traveled to that Caribbean nation ostensibly […]

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