How did we get to Trillion Dollar Deficits?

It is always useful to go inside the numbers.

Tim Pawlenty In Hot Water Over Use Of “Miracle On Ice” Footage

A new Tim Pawlenty television ad is raising copyright issues rather than, as intended, bringing back memories of the 80s.

Should We Be More Like China?

I’m continually shocked when demonstrably bright and accomplished people fall in love with authoritarian states.

Secret CIA Interrogation Facility in Eastern Europe?

Danger Room’s Spencer Ackerman reports on an alleged secret CIA interrogation facility somewhere in the former Soviet Union.

Tim Pawlenty’s Foreign Policy Speech And The Neocon Distortion Of Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy speech shows him siding with the hawks, and joining in the neocon distortion of Reagan’s legacy.

The Beginning Of The End Of America’s Longest War

Last night, the President basically announced that America’s longest war had entered it’s end game.

President Obama’s Address to Parliament

While President Obama has had some amusing gaffes on his trip to London, including getting the year wrong in the guest book and an awkward toast to the Queen, his speech to Parliament today hit all the right notes.

Bin Laden, The Afghan Mujahadeen, And The CIA: The Myth That Needs To Die

The myth that the U.S. armed and trained Osama bin Laden in the early 80’s is rearing its ugly head again.

NATO’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

A version of a piece I wrote Wednesday, titled “NATO’s Death Greatly Exaggerated,” has finally been published at Foreign Policy under the title “Back in the Saddle: How Libya Helped NATO Get Its Groove Back.”

Obama’s Conventional Foreign Policy

Stephen Walt doesn’t expect Obama’s foreign policy to change along with the names on the org chart.

Obama’s Road to War

Did President Obama pull off a diplomatic masterstroke? Or is he muddling through?

Revolutions are Rare

If Mubarak is driven from power, will that make Egypt a case of “revolution”?

Is Internet Access A Human Right?

The events in Egypt have led some to ask if the mere act of cutting off access to the Internet is, in itself, an human rights violation.

Thirty Years Later: How Iran Beat Us, More Than Once

Thirty years after the hostages were freed from captivity in Iran, the United States still hasn’t figured out how to deal with the Islamic Republic.

Time To Put Defense Cuts On The Table

With just over a week to go before the 112th Congress convenes, battle lines are already being drawn in battle over the defense budget.

Kissinger: Jews in Gas Chambers MAYBE Humanitarian Concern

If the Soviets had put Jews into gas chambers, it would have been a pity.

Why NATO? A Europe Whole and Free

Daniel Larison’s “The Case Against NATO” makes compelling reading. In my New Atlanticist post “The Case Against the Case Against NATO,” I explain why it’s wrong.

Is NATO Relevant?

Yesterday’s NATO Beyond Afghanistan conference was a depressing day for fans of the most successful military alliance in history.

Cuba: Threat to Global Security?

Mary Anastasia O’Grady takes Jeffery Golodberg to task over his interview with Fidel Castro. Much hilarity (or, at least, poor analysis) ensues.

Overreaction to 9/11?

Fareed Zakaria argues that the fact al Qaeda has not launched a major attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 proves we overreacted to those attacks. I beg to differ.

China in the News

Four news items and articles about China that have caught my eye.

Daniel Schorr Dead at 93

Daniel Schorr’s journalism career ended far too early, lasting a mere eighty-one years.

NASA’s New Mission: Muslim Self-Esteem ?

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in an interview that he considered raising Muslim self-esteem about their contributions to science one of the goals of his agency.

Obama and the Road to Tyranny

President Obama is following the example of his predecessors in abusing his power to enact his preferred policies. Has he gone too far?

Olympic Nationalism

Charlie Wilson Dead at 76

Scorpions Break Up

Meet the New Doctrine

The Korea Solution