Hey I was on TV again wanna see?

Hey, remember how I said I was going to be on TV last Friday? Well, a week late, here you go: OK, never mind. Youtube’s embed link is going to the wrong video. The correct video is here. We talked Hagel resignation (or “resignation”) and the extension of the Iran talks. I was on the… Continue reading Hey I was on TV again wanna see?

Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

After Michèle Flournoy and Sen. Jack Reed both said “thanks, but no thanks” to the chance to become Barack Obama’s fourth defense secretary, the last top candidate standing was Dr. Ashton Carter, who previously served as Obama’s (2011-2013) Deputy Secretary of Defense and (2009-2011) Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and before that was… Continue reading Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

Chucked out

Chuck Hagel has, ah, “resigned” as Secretary of Defense, because somebody has to take the blame for, well, the election results I guess (full confession: I respect Hagel’s stance on cutting the military budget and his skepticism for American military adventures abroad). If we’re going by substance, it’s not clear why Hagel had to go.… Continue reading Chucked out

What does “being good on Israel” mean?

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Aaron David Miller speculates that a President Hillary Clinton would be better for the U.S.-Israel relationship than Obama has been. On this I completely agree with him, though I suspect we’d disagree about whether that relationship is working to the benefit of either party at this point. Miller cites Clinton’s experience… Continue reading What does “being good on Israel” mean?

We’re being governed by children, part 2

Jeffrey Goldberg may believe that “relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis,” but for me I’m going to wait until somebody in the Obama administration actually does something more than say naughty swears about the Israeli PM before I’ll believe it. Hey, if anybody at the White House is… Continue reading We’re being governed by children, part 2

We’re being governed by children

In this case, John Boehner. Speaker of the House isn’t exactly a diplomacy-heavy job, I’ll grant you, but come on: I’m not sure which is worse: the notion that House Speaker John Boehner says ridiculous things to get votes or that the Ohio Republican actually believes his own rhetoric.Take yesterday, for example. As Jay Bookman… Continue reading We’re being governed by children

No more than we already have

Joshua Keating asks an important question: “Do We Have to Sell Out Human Rights to Get a Nuclear Deal With Iran?” Observing that Hassan Rouhani’s moderate politics either don’t or (more likely) can’t extend far beyond the nuclear brief and the reintegration of Iran into the international community, Keating is wondering whether improving relations with… Continue reading No more than we already have