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Steve Weissman: Obama's Nuclear Gambit

Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 1:27 pm | Steve Weissman

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, the mustachioed neocon, sometimes gets it half right. President Barack Obama is, in fact, reducing America's nuclear advantage over Russia, just as Bolton argues. But the hell-for-leather Bolton fails completely to ... More >>

Iran: Non-Violence 101

Monday, 22 June 2009, 12:09 pm | Steve Weissman

Peter Ackerman and Ramin Ahmadi called the revolution on January 4, 2006, in an article in the International Herald Tribune with the prophetic title "Iran's Future? Watch the Streets." More >>

Israel Offers a State and a Half

Tuesday, 16 June 2009, 12:31 pm | Steve Weissman

Could Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu become the Richard Nixon of the Middle East, as Barack Obama invited him to do? Could he break with his hard-line past and reach out to the Palestinians the way Nixon did with the Chinese? Or will ... More >>

Can Obama Stop Israeli Settlements?

Monday, 8 June 2009, 12:08 pm | Steve Weissman

Now comes the heavy lifting. Barack Obama has spoken in Cairo, calling for a new beginning between the U.S. and the world's one billion Muslims. All the major players have offered their initial reactions, and everyone from Israeli Prime Minister Bibi ... More >>

Obama Speaks: Will Palestine or Pakistan Decide?

Monday, 8 June 2009, 11:13 am | Steve Weissman

From his first "greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum," President Barack Hussein Obama showed how to use the bully pulpit. Some listeners might have found him pedantic or even preachy, but he was delivering his ... More >>

Trying Harder in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Wednesday, 3 June 2009, 11:16 am | Steve Weissman

"Master, how long will it take for me to reach enlightenment?" the eager student asked. "Perhaps ten years," the teacher answered. "But what if I try extra hard?" the student asked. "How long will it take then?" The teacher thought for a moment ... More >>

Springtime for Hitler?

Thursday, 28 May 2009, 12:29 pm | Steve Weissman

Springtime for Hitler? by Steve Weissman , t r u t h o u t | Perspective More >>

Dick Cheney, Patron Saint of Torture-Free

Monday, 18 May 2009, 12:10 pm | Steve Weissman

"Hitler gave anti-Semitism a bad name," as many high-born Europeans used to say, yearning for the good old days when all right-thinking people could disparage Jews in public. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is similarly giving torture an odious ... More >>

Will Pakistan Become Obama's Vietnam?

Wednesday, 13 May 2009, 11:52 am | Steve Weissman

"Stop the Taliban now - or we will," cried a recent headline in London's Sunday Times. The "we" was the US military, and the discussion took place right after the Pakistani Taliban moved into the Swat Valley, according to a Pakistani official. ... More >>

Steve Weissman: Betting on a Global Crapshoot

Friday, 8 May 2009, 3:18 pm | Steve Weissman

You have to hand it to Wall Street. It wreaks havoc on the global economy, and the rest of us - as taxpayers - prop it up so that it can do it all over again. More >>

Obama Faces Israel's Angst

Wednesday, 6 May 2009, 11:27 am | Steve Weissman

"Could the Taliban get the bomb before Iran does?" read the headline in my favorite Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. The columnist, Bradley Burston, was joining Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in thinking the unthinkable, that the Taliban in Pakistan ... More >>

Obama Dances With Drones

Thursday, 23 April 2009, 11:28 am | Steve Weissman

In America's relations with Islamic countries, a peculiar dishonesty reigns. It is all so hush-hush, and often done with a wink and nod, as the rulers of these lands lead Washington to believe one story while telling their own people the opposite. ... More >>

Weissman: Afghanistan - Losing a No-Win War

Monday, 9 February 2009, 10:28 am | Steve Weissman

"Our greatest military challenge right now is Afghanistan," said Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. But, he offered something less than a rousing defense of the new Afghan plan that he and ... More >>

Weissman: Talking to Israelis, the PLO and Hamas

Tuesday, 3 February 2009, 1:14 pm | Steve Weissman

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell must have wondered why he ever agreed to his latest mission impossible. On arriving for his first official visit as President Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, he saw the cease-fire in Gaza start to ... More >>

Steve Weissman: But What If Torture Works?

Wednesday, 28 January 2009, 9:10 am | Steve Weissman

"How do you feel about waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques?" asked the unit commander. "I'm opposed to enhanced techniques," Matthew answered. "They're against Geneva Conventions and, ultimately, they do more harm than good. ... More >>

Hopes and Fears for Obama's First Year

Friday, 23 January 2009, 4:22 pm | Steve Weissman

The excitement over America's new president is growing, even here in the backwoods of France. Over dinner last week, a completely apolitical and non-religious British friend compared Barack Obama to Jesus Christ, while my favorite French magazine waxed ... More >>

Eyeless in Gaza, Hell-Bent for Iran

Thursday, 15 January 2009, 10:16 am | Steve Weissman

Whether on Gaza or any other issue, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. But, as the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan taught, none of us is entitled to our own facts, a lesson that all sides in the Gaza conflict need to learn. Tel Aviv and ... More >>

Pakistan Problem: No, We Can't!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008, 11:32 am | Steve Weissman

Whether ordained by God, the crusade against communism or the Global War on Terror, many Americans believe we have a mandate to police the world, hold dominion over its supply of oil and natural gas and lead the way in whatever way we happen to be ... More >>

Obama: Tough Love for Tel Aviv?

Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 1:30 pm | Steve Weissman

It might have been only a straw in the wind, but The New York Times reported last week that, in his first 100 days, Barack Obama is planning to deliver a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital, most likely Cairo. As a sometime speechwriter, ... More >>

Gen. Jim Jones: What Kool-Aid Will He Offer Obama?

Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 10:29 am | Steve Weissman

The best military advice I know supposedly comes from a subordinate of Napoleon at a time that the French emperor was facing difficulties with his ill-fated military occupation of Egypt. "One can do anything with bayonets, Sire, except sit on them." ... More >>

 

 

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