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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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Hagel's Rise and Fall Had Nothing To Do With Foreign Policy

November 24, 2014 When I heard that Chuck Hagel was leaving as secretary of defense, I called someone close to the administration to try out the explanation bubbling up on Twitter: that Hagel had been hired to bury the “war on terror” and was being replaced because the White House now needed someone ...

Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton: It's Complicated

October 20, 2014 I’m thinking of teaching my journalism students about Leon Panetta’s book tour—as a case study in how to game the press. Since Worthy Fights came out a couple of weeks ago, the headlines have been largely consistent: Hillary Clinton is terrific; Barack Obama, not so much. Panetta launched this meme ...

Rand Paul and the Myth of American Isolationism

October 20, 2014 In an op-ed last year in The Washington Post, former Sens. Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyl warned of “the danger of repeating the cycle of American isolationism.” That summer, Post columnist Charles Krauthammer heralded “the return of the most venerable strain of conservative foreign policy: isolationism.” New York Times columnist ...

Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton Aren't As Cozy As You May Have Heard

October 17, 2014 I’m thinking of teaching my journalism students about Leon Panetta’s book tour—as a case study in how to game the press. Since Worthy Fights came out a couple of weeks ago, the headlines have been largely consistent: Hillary Clinton is terrific; Barack Obama, not so much. Panetta launched this meme ...

How Long Do US Troops Need To Stay in Afghanistan?

October 15, 2014 For weeks now, the media has been gleefully recounting what former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thinks about the decision by his old boss, President Obama, to withdraw American troops from Iraq. “Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq,” read a recent Fox News headline. “Leon ...

How to Defeat the Islamic State, According to Ted Cruz

September 19, 2014 The Republican Party is divided on foreign policy. There are “interventionists” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who want America to more aggressively wage war—either directly or via proxies—in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and beyond. And there are “isolationists” like Rand Paul who worry that if America tries to ...

How Much of a Threat to the Homeland Is the Islamic State?

September 11, 2014 It wasn’t much fun to be a journalist in the aftermath of the Iraq War. When it became clear that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, many Americans, rightly, lambasted the media for not asking tougher questions about the Bush administration’s pre-war claims. In the fevered run-up to war, ...

Pursuing the Islamic State to the Gates of Hell

September 4, 2014 Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed. The key to understanding why lies in a book. The book is called Special Providence. Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell Mead, it remains, for my money, the best analysis of American foreign policy written in our ...

The Fierce Minimalism of Barack Obama

August 29, 2014 President Obama’s critics often claim he doesn’t have a strategy in the greater Middle East. That’s wrong. Like it or loathe it, he does, and he’s beginning to implement it against ISIS. To understand what it is, it’s worth going back seven summers. In July 2007, at a debate sponsored ...

The Problem With Bombing the Islamic State in Syria

August 25, 2014 In my heart, I’d love to see the Obama administration pursue ISIS into Syria. First, because stopping genocide is a good justification for war. And when it comes to non-Sunni Muslims, ISIS’s intentions are baldly genocidal. Second, because in a post-9/11 world, there’s still something terrifying about allowing a violent ...