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Walt-Muravchik

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On October 15, 2008

It’s difficult to exaggerate the degree to which Stephen Walt demolishes Josh Muravchik in their realism vs. neoconservatism exchange in the September National Interest. The prompt concerns which, o

Failed Imperialists

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On July 16, 2008
Atrios makes a point: From the perspective of US as imperial power the “‘single-minded’ focus on Iraq” has also been an utter disaster. For those who think that one way or another the US should be throwing its weight around everywhere (by invading random countries, by various forms of economic imperialism, or by controlling and […]

Signaling

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On May 4, 2008

Let me second Yglesias’ recommendation of this Dave Meyer post on signaling. Meyer concentrates on the public relations aspect of signaling behavior in a democracy, but here are some assumptions

Not Burke! Not Burke!

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On April 12, 2008
Yglesias: But foreign policy questions are McCain’s passion, he’s chosen to put them at the center of his campaign, and there’s really nothing at all Burkean about McCain’s take on them. The “our country is democratic, democracy is awesome, therefore we should try to conquer the entire world in the name of spreading democracy” syllogism […]

Transition

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On February 23, 2008

Randy Paul helpfully explains why Castro is bad even if he led only the 34th worst regime since 1900. Police state dictatorships are never particularly admirable; it seems to me that US policy should

Cuba!

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On February 8, 2008

Via Yglesias, Rodger Payne gives some solid reasons for preferring Obama to Clinton on Cuba policy: Last summer, however, Obama wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald calling for the US to ease up on som

A Clerisy of Clerisies

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On January 31, 2008
Via Yglesias, Dean Baker has some tough words for the Washington Post and the Beltway media more generally: Rather than acknowledge that the experts on whom they rely had badly misunderstood the problems facing the economy, the Post just acted as though nothing had changed. “Everyone agrees we need stimulus.” Isn’t that simple? This refusal […]

State Sponsored Trolls

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On November 30, 2007

Walter Pincus, via Defense Tech: The State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, “digital outreach team” posting entries in

On Leverage

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On October 24, 2007

The President on Cuba: President Bush is planning to issue a stern warning Wednesday that the United States will not accept a political transition in Cuba in which power changes from one Castro brothe

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