Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

The Obama administration has admitted that it misjudged the extremists who set up the Islamic State in chunks of territory torn from Iraq and Syria. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, confessed that his analysts underestimated the “will to fight” of...
Obama: Into Africa

Obama: Into Africa

President Obama is definitely “into” Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge to the region, he has visited Africa three...
Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States? Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the...
On the Brink of Another War

On the Brink of Another War

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East. Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama’s self-declared “red line” by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including...
Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. While...
Washington Debates the Pivot to Asia

Washington Debates the Pivot to Asia

Over the last two years, the Obama administration has executed what the president has termed the “Pivot to Asia” strategy, whereby the United States’ global military force posture is being reconfigured to focus on the Asia-Pacific region as...
4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

1) Say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. Without waiting for Congress the State Department can deny TransCanada’s request for permission to build a pipeline across the United States carrying toxic tar sand oil to polluting refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. 2) Regulate...
Look to Diplomacy, Not War

Look to Diplomacy, Not War

Now that the inauguration festivities have ended, the real work of the Obama administration’s second term begins. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was hailed by many as signaling a welcome commitment to an activist, progressive policy on...
Uttering the G Word

Uttering the G Word

Wow. In his second inaugural speech, President Barack Obama finally sounded like the guy progressives thought would be governing the United States starting in 2009. If he puts those poetic words into action, he may leave a much stronger legacy after eight years than...
7 Progressive Steps Obama Should Take in His Second Term

7 Progressive Steps Obama Should Take in His Second Term

Most progressives aren’t exactly thrilled with President Barack Obama’s track record so far. Sure, he came out in favor of gay marriage, raised taxes on at least some of the richest Americans, made history by being the first non-white man to occupy the...
Obama 2.0: Yes We Can Raise Taxes

Obama 2.0: Yes We Can Raise Taxes

Republicans seem to have something against tax increases. I get that. But it’s still not crazy to think we can win some important revenue battles during Obama 2.0. And given this country’s pressing needs – from repairing our infrastructure to...