Isaac Chotiner

Ross Douthat Is Wrong. U.S. Policy in the Middle East Has Been Very Bad.
September 10, 2013

Responding to an interview with author Andrew Bacevich that he finds overly negative, The New York Times' Ross Douthat lays out his case for why American policy in the Middle East over the past 30-plus years has not been so bad.

Barney Frank Is Tired of Hearing "Obama This, Obama That"
September 10, 2013

As the first of what will be semi-regular chats with former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, I called him up on Monday to hear his opinions on Syria, Obama’s second-term agenda, and Larry Summers vs. Janet Yellen at the Fed.Isaac Chotiner: Do you think that Obama’s going to get this vote on Syria through Congress?Barney Frank: Oh, I don’t know. I’m sure there’s a possible way. There are people who would have a much better idea of that than I would.IC: Do you talk to any old friends in the House about what they’re thinking?BF: I’ve talked to exactly three members.

What the Big Michael Bloomberg Interview Reveals
September 09, 2013

Chris Smith's very well executed interview with Michael Bloomberg in New York has received a lot of press for the mayor's remarks about Bill De Blasio, one of the candidates hoping to succeed him.

N+1 Is Wrong. There Have Been Successful Humanitarian Interventions.
September 04, 2013

In a piece titled 'A Solution From Hell,' the editors of n+1, playing off the title of Samantha Power's A Problem From Hell, take a long look at the history of humanitarian intervention, and decide that it has never been done successfully.

Don't Worry About Chemical Weapons Becoming the New Norm
September 03, 2013

Given that the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons—or perhaps its latest use of chemical weapons—has been the particular atrocity that is likely going to lead the United States to war, the logic behind this rationale is worth exploring. My fr

Obama's Russia Reset Failed, But His Critics Don't Have Any Better Ideas
September 03, 2013

Peter Baker has a superb, deeply reported story in The New York Times on the Obama administration's attempted "reset" with Russia. According to Baker, the policy is "a case study in how the heady idealism of Mr.

Why the Latest Snowden Leaks about Pakistan Are Scary
September 02, 2013

In a blockbuster story in The Washington Post, Greg Miller, Craig Whitlock and Barton Gellman detail more aspects of the United States's so called "black budget," which was revealed by Edward Snowden in leaks to the newspaper.

Are Washington Elites Really Pushing Us Into a War?
August 28, 2013

In a post for The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf argues that the insularity of Washington commentators has made a war with Syria increasingly likely, or perhaps inevitable.

Finally, a Dictator Does Something that Lanny Davis Cannot Tolerate
August 27, 2013

The last time we heard from Lanny Davis, he was doing what he does best: representing a dictator.

OK, We're Hypocrites! It's Irrelevant to the Syria Debate.
August 26, 2013

Foreign Policy's website has an excellent report on the C.I.A.'s disgraceful backing of Saddam Hussein during the time that he used chemical weapons against Iran. In 1988, as Shane Harris and Matthew M.

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