Gareth Porter: President Obama, with his characteristic diffidence, has announced his “liberation” from the Washington foreign-policy “playbook,” but the national security elite is already striking back. Obama Foreign Policy Break
Walter Moss: Putin distrusts democracy and believes that Russia and many other countries require a strong state government.
Ukraine Without Crimea: If the loss of Crimea is the price for Ukrainian independence from Russia, that would be well worth paying.
Julia Ioffe: My main beef with O’Donnell is not that he wouldn’t let me make these 11 points—because, let’s face it, that’s not what the TV is for—but that he did exactly the same shit Russians did to me when I was in Russia.
William Blum: What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs? I’m speaking about American military personnel of course, on the ground, in the air, or directing drones from an office in Nevada.
Randy Shaw: Obama lost a lot of volunteer enthusiasm after October 3. While he regained some of it after the second debate, the real resurgence did not occur until Obama’s commanding performance this week.
Tina Dupuy: As far as Romney goes, I really don’t know who this dude is: I’ve watched dozens of speeches, read hundreds of articles and sat through 23 national debates and I can’t tell you where Romney stands on any issue.
Lawrence Rosenthal: Romney has taken on a foreign policy team that, above all, needs to be kept out of sight as much as possible from the American public — the neoconservatives who are spoiling for an attack on Iran.
Robert Reich: the President explained why the way to create more jobs and to get the economy back on track is to strengthen the middle class, in sharp contrast to Romney’s trickle-down redux.
Walter Brasch: What passed as a presidential debate, Wednesday evening, was nothing more than a series of carefully-rehearsed, often rambling, mini-speeches that were more focused on generalities than on specifics.
Gareth Porter: Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran
Steve Hochstadt: These guys are not talking to Jews. They are talking about Israel to their base, where Jews are few and far between. Israel for them is just another weapon in their war against Obama. And everyone in Jerusalem knows it.
Ivan Eland: Let’s get rid of preaching to, meddling in, and even attacking and invading other countries to spread our values and go back to the founders’ vision of leading by example.