Obama Administration Denies Imminent Bilateral Talks With Iran

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:12 am

The White House is denying a report in the New York Times claiming that they will conduct one-on-one talks with Iran over their nuclear program. The bilateral negotiations, the fruit of a secret back-channel process according to the Times, would not occur until after the Presidential election, at the Iranian’s request, so they can have [...]

The Remarkable Reappearance of George W. Bush

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:51 am

It’s gone a bit overlooked today amid the textual analysis of particular buzzwords in Rose Garden speeches, but a key moment in last night’s debate came when George W. Bush, who apparently spends his time these days painting pictures of puppies, reappeared on the political scene at an inopportune moment for the Republican Party. Here [...]

VP Debate: Biden Serves as Attack Dog

By: Friday October 12, 2012 6:21 am

Vice President Joe Biden gave the debate performance last night that a lot of Democrats were looking for out of President Obama. He was aggressive and pointed, let nothing go unquestioned, and used all of the attack lines and avenues that Obama left on the table. That Republicans are trying to use this aggression against [...]

Romney to Call for Intervention in Syria, Libya in Foreign Policy Speech

By: Monday October 8, 2012 7:00 am

In a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will commit to arming Syrian rebels, and will attribute the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi to the “same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001,” which under the still-active Authorization to Use Military Force commits the United [...]

After Karzai Criticism, US Looking for Exits in Afghanistan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 12:14 pm

Not a good sign for your signature war policy when the lead partner in the country in question says it’s doomed to failure. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S.-led war on militancy would “not be successful,” and accused Western media of waging “psychological warfare” on his country. The outgoing leader said [...]

Syria, Turkey Trade Border Attacks

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:45 am

Meanwhile, we had cross-border acts of war administered yesterday between a NATO ally and their neighbor. Turkey struck with artillery strikes on Syria yesterday, after one of their border towns was hit with a mortar, killing 5 Turks. This has the potential to escalate very quickly. Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

Romney Camp Wants to Turn Benghazi Attack Into October Surprise

By: Monday October 1, 2012 12:37 pm

With the June, July, August and September surprises fizzled, the Romney campaign now must turn to an October surprise, and they think they’ve got one, which they’ve inexplicably previewed to a reporter (it’s not a surprise then). According to a highly reliable source, as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare for the first presidential [...]

Romney Campaign Hits Obama Administration on Changing Story on Benghazi Attacks

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 1:36 pm

It’s fascinating how the economy became something that Mitt Romney’s campaign doesn’t always want to talk about in this election. I’ll leave the reasons for that to the horse-race analysts. But today found one of Romney’s top advisors pivoting to foreign policy, to condemn the Obama Administration for misleading the public on the attack on [...]

Money Talks: The Mujahideen-e-Khalq Episode as the Fundamental Display of Washington Lobbying Power

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 3:44 pm

If you want to understand how things get done in Washington, perhaps the best lesson of the year comes from the State Department’s decision late Friday to remove the Iranian exile group Mujahideen-e-Khalq from the official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The MEK never really lessened the activities that got it listed as a Foreign [...]

In New Fundraiser Comments, Romney Sees No Hope for Two State Solution in Middle East

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:39 am

When Mother Jones released the secret fundraiser video of Mitt Romney doing his best Thurston Howell III impression (yes that links to a David Brooks op-ed) they promised more to come. Today’s video concerns the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and while Romney will sadly not suffer politically for denigrating the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, [...]

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