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Iran on the Brink

May 25th, 2007

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In the past week, US-Iran relations have gone from a slow simmer to a roiling boil. Is this posturing and positioning in the run up to the May 28 bilateral talks in Baghdad, or is this the road to open warfare? Let’s look at the evidence.

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Iraq: What’s Next

May 25th, 2007

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The United States needs to get out of the war in Iraq. We should have never, never been in it in the first place. This war was a stupid idea, not just a badly executed idea.

That is my position. It is – and always has been – the position of Third Way. Well, actually Third Way did not exist when we got into this war. But I certainly know it was my position, and that of all four founders of this group. One of them, Matt Bennett, moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to work for Wes Clark’s campaign because he thought Clark was the best anti-war candidate. So let there be no doubt that Third Way’s team has opposed this war from the very beginning.

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Va Tech: Memento Vivere (You Must Live)

April 24th, 2007

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Last week, as the news of the horror at Virginia Tech sank in around the world, Australia’s Prime Minister was quick to decry America’s “gun culture.” South Korean talk shows noted that the perpetrator was really an American, and that his violent act was no reflection on his South Korean roots. An Argentine newspaper opined that this was unsurprising in a nation that advocates the “use of violence to achieve liberty.”

Basically, the nations of the world have been quick to qualify their condolences with scorn, anger, accusations, and other unfriendly sentiments. What a contrast to the last major national tragedy on 9/11, when even the headlines in France read: “We Are All Americans Now.”

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Getting Beyond Bush on Terrrorism

March 13th, 2007

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On March 6th, Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, Dick Durbin, joined Third Way co-chairs Senator Evan Bayh and Senator Tom Carper in releasing a new Third Way report, Beyond Bush: A New Strategy of Constriction to Defeat al Qaeda and its Allies.

“This report puts the emphasis of US national security back where it belongs, on Al Qaeda,” Senator Durbin said. “How you define a problem dictates the policy response.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Vladimir is Eating his Wheaties

February 16th, 2007

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Last week, Russia’s President started a speech to an international security conference in Munich by noting that “this conference’s structure allows me to avoid excessive politeness.”

Or any politeness at all, apparently. Even Donald “Old Europe” Rumsfeld would have been impressed with Putin’s blunt and rude assessment of supposed US flaws.

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Bush’s State of the Union: More Iraq and Roll Tactics?

January 26th, 2007

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The same night that television viewers in some DC media markets watched President Bush deliver the State of the Union address, some also were treated to a new ad campaign “aimed at educating the American public.”

Here’s the text of one of the 30-second spots:

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