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Is Turkey Entitled to Abduct or Kill on American Soil When It Claims to Be Threatened?

If the U.S. can send its military into sovereign territories, why can’t Turkey, asks the former chief prosecutor of Guantanamo’s military commissions.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE


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5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE

Back to the Dark Side: Dick Cheney’s Pax Americana

“Exceptional,” the new book from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, is nothing more than an unhinged rant that smacks of sedition.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Prophet Margin

Posted on May 4, 2015 ENLARGE    

Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

Is This Country Crazy?

I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

The Importance of Being Exceptional

Why is it immoral for a person to treat himself as an exception? The reason is plain: because morality, by definition, means a standard of right and wrong that applies to all persons without exception. Yet to answer so briefly may be to oversimplify.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Bragging Rights

Let’s be Americans, which means being exceptional, which also means being honest in ways inconceivable to the rest of humanity. So here’s the truth of it: the American exceptionalism sweepstakes really do matter. Here. A lot.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE

American Exceptionalism

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Exceptional, You Bet

As I read Vladimir Putin’s sanctimonious op-ed article about U.S. policy in Syria, I imagined the Russian president sitting at the keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Rethinking American Exceptionalism

“American exceptionalism” is perhaps the most misunderstood phrase in politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE

Oh Henry

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 ENLARGE    

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Is America Crazy?

Are we just dangerous people living out fantasies and lies?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE

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Defining American Exceptionalism

The Founders did not regard their weak new republic as intrinsically superior or chosen by God to rule the world—but argued instead that the ideals of popular sovereignty and constitutional freedom represented the natural rights and the future of humanity everywhere.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE

The Specter Haunting Obama

American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing—or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE

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