Here's a tip on how to sound smart on foreign policy. When your friends are talking about the Iraq War, shake your head and look very somber. "The real problem," you inform them, "is Iran."
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The vehemence of the hard-line opposition to the Bush administration's North Korea policy suggests that, after seven years of blunders and miscues and outright war crimes, Washington has finally done the right thing on a foreign policy issue.
When, one by one, civil movements dislodged the communist governments in the region and ecstatic East Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, we rejoiced too.
What happened to the global food crisis? It was in the news and out again as quickly as a bad Hollywood movie.
The country would be in better shape if Wisconsin were in charge.
Although Iraq is the defining foreign policy issue so far in the presidential race, China will no doubt be smuggled into the election through this rather stark contrast between the Republicans and Democrats over trade.
George W. Bush has probably pushed more people to the left than Noam Chomsky.
In our special Memorial Day edition, World Beat is publishing an obituary for Diplomacy, which died prematurely last week after an extended illness.
Bill McKibben, who has done as much as anyone to focus attention on the crisis, describes the required response to climate change as a "Hail Mary pass".
When it invaded Iraq in 2003, the United States touched a hot stove.