World Beat Newsletter

War in Eastasia

When we conduct military exercises on China's doorstep, and within range of a clearly unhappy North Korea, we might be unwittingly starting something that we neither want to nor are able to finish.

Obama: Faking Right?

Obama may be fooling us all by faking right and dribbling right -- but it's our responsibility to close down that lane and make sure he drives to the left.

Shades of Evil

Our foreign policy -- and Foreign Policy magazine -- could perhaps benefit from a little more honest introspection.

Spy vs. Spy

If we ask some hard questions about the means and ends of intelligence-gathering, perhaps we might discover that all this spycraft is as overrated on our side as on theirs.

Hummer Rules

We need leadership that can reveal the invisible hand of government and remind the public that government is the instrument by which we the people regulate ourselves.

The Talented Tenth

When will we wean ourselves of the delusion that a talented tenth -- be they entrepreneurs or technocrats or pundits -- will deliver us from poverty and the other ills of the world?

Blaming Turkey

There's plenty to criticize in Turkey's conduct. But is it really an evil puppet master?
The trillion-dollar war bill and a half-billion-dollar jet fighter engine are connected in a way that goes beyond their status as budget items.
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