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Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
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Before You Listen To Pundits on Iran, See What They Said On Iraq

July 23, 2015 I have a fantasy. It’s that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first: “Did you support the Iraq War, and how has that experience informed your position?” For me, it would be a painful question. I supported the Iraq...

The Real Reason Critics Hate the Iran Deal

July 14, 2015 “Mankind faces a crossroads,” declared Woody Allen. “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” The point is simple: In life, what matters most isn’t how a decision compares to your ideal outcome. It’s how...

Clinton's Campaign is Afraid of Bernie Sanders

July 7, 2015 Obscured by the recent avalanche of momentous news is this intriguing development from the campaign trail: The Hillary Clinton campaign now considers Bernie Sanders threatening enough to attack. Fresh off news that Sanders is now virtually tied with Hillary in New Hampshire, Claire McCaskill went on Morning Joe on June...

Why Won't the GOP Declare War on ISIS?

May 28, 2015 Last week, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, former Clinton and Bush administration counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke pointed out something extraordinary. “Congress has been asked by the President months ago now to make a decision, to vote on the use of force against ISIS. And they’ve refused to do...

The Many Measures of Hillary Clinton

April 23, 2015 Hillary Clinton’s advisors are annoyed by accusations that she’s only adopted economic populism to keep up with Elizabeth Warren. “Mrs. Clinton was the original Elizabeth Warren, her advisers say,” reports The New York Times, “a populist fighter who for decades has been an advocate for families and children.” In the...

One of the Most Damaging Myths of American Foreign Policy

April 20, 2015 Last week, Akbar Ganji wrote one of the most important essays published since the signing of the framework nuclear deal with Iran earlier this month. It’s partly important because of who Ganji is. Imprisoned in 2001 for accusing Iranian officials of orchestrating the murder of government critics, he penned a...

Where Are the Anti-War Democrats on Iran?

April 9, 2015 Many in Congress want the chance to kill the Iran deal. President Obama doesn’t want to give them that opportunity. I’m torn. Like many liberals, I think America is generally better off when Congress has more oversight over foreign policy. It’s no coincidence that the greatest foreign policy disaster of...

These Are the Alternatives to an Iran Deal

April 6, 2015 Benjamin Netanyahu insists that opposing Thursday’s framework nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t mean he wants war. “There’s a third alternative,” the Israeli prime minister told CNN on Sunday, “and that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure until you get a better deal.” There are three problems with this argument....

What Are the Alternatives to Obama's Iran Deal?

April 6, 2015 Benjamin Netanyahu insists that opposing Thursday’s framework nuclear dealwith Iran doesn’t mean he wants war. “There’s a third alternative,” the Israeli prime minister told CNN on Sunday, “and that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure until you get a better deal.” There are three problems with this argument. The...

The End of the Cold War Between the US and Iran Could Be Near

April 3, 2015 Right now, a thousand pundits and politicians are debating the details of Thursday’s framework nuclear deal with Iran. That’s fine. I think the details are far, far better than the alternative—which was a collapse of the diplomatic process, a collapse of international sanctions as Russia and China went back to...