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Obama's Gutsy Decision on Afghanistan

Hats off to President Obama for making a gutsy and correct decision on Afghanistan. With many of his supporters, and some of his own advisers, calling either for a rapid exit or a “minimal” counterterrorist strategy in Afghanistan, the...

By Robert Kagan  | March 27, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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What's the Harm in Obama's Approach to Iran?

President Obama has been criticized by some Republicans for his public statements on, and to, Iran since he entered the White House. And it is true that there is something a bit noxious about the president going out of...

By Robert Kagan  | March 25, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Eloquent Barack Channels Silent Cal

Last night, I remarked on President Obama's paean at his press conference to the virtue of persistence. Indeed, the president embraced "that whole philosophy of persistence." Today, a friend e-mails me the following from one of Barack Obama's predecessors:...

By William Kristol  | March 25, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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What Obama Didn't Say

You could argue that President Obama deserved an easy ride at his news conference last night, given the amount of time and energy he has to spend cleaning up toxic messes left behind by others. He was clearly determined...

By Eugene Robinson  | March 25, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama the War President?

Barack Obama was a war president tonight. And, yes, I mean to haul out some of the baggage the last president attached to the term. What stood out in Obama’s second press conference as president were the threats. If...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 24, 2009; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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But Will Investors Buy It?

President Obama was smart, peppy and well-prepped in his prime-time economic presentation tonight -- and persistent, too, wasn’t that the tag line? But are the Wall Street tycoons going to play ball and buy those trillions of dollars of...

By David Ignatius  | March 24, 2009; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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On-Message Obama

Okay, I'm a little disappointed. There was no laser pointer. There were no charts or graphs. Yes, yes, President Obama did a fine job at the second press conference of his 64-day-old presidency. But still, I wanted more. I...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 24, 2009; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama Persists on Iran

The most interesting moment, I thought, in President Obama’s press conference was his last answer, when he spoke in praise of “persistence:” “That whole philosophy of persistence, by the way, is one that I’m going to be emphasizing again...

By William Kristol  | March 24, 2009; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
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Obama-Rudd '09

President Obama liked Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd so much that he tried to put him in the American Cabinet at their joint news conference today. “I'm very grateful for Secretary -- or for Prime Minister Rudd's friendship,” Obama...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 24, 2009; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama's Teachable Moment II

President Obama may have had a creepy case of the giggles in his interview with "60 Minutes" that aired last night, but he said something that would be worth coming back to, and expanding, in his prime-time news conference...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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