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Heather HurlburtIranThursday, October 11, 2012

Heather Hurlburt on Rumors of an Imminent Attack on Iran

By Heather Hurlburt October 11, 2012 | The Daily Beast Earlier this week, a respected journalist reported that the White House is considering a “surgical strike” on Iran before the election. Don’t bet on it, says Heather Hurlburt. Earlier this week, Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf reported that a source “close to White House discussions” believed that U.S. and Israeli planners were approaching agreement on the outlines of a joint, “surgical” strike on Iran’s nuclear program. This report is wildly improbable politically: on the same day it appeared, Prime Minister Netanyahu dissolved his government and called new elections, which will take place in January or February. Perhaps more important, it is operationally improbable: senior Pentagon officials, Israeli experts, and outside military analysts have said again and… Read More ›

2012 ElectionChinadiplomacyHeather HurlburtMitt RomneyThursday, October 4, 2012

So what would Romney borrow money from China to pay for? | Heather Hurlburt

by Heather Hurlburt October 4, 2012 | The Guardian When Governor Romney turned to Jim Lehrer last night and pledged, “I will eliminate programs by this test, if they don’t pass it: is the program so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I’ll get rid of it,” he seemed to be inviting another one of the moderator’s philosophical questions. It hung in the air unasked, instead. In an interdependent global economy, what is worth borrowing money from a competitor and potential adversary for? Perhaps the answer is: anything I, my party, my political philosophy, wants, because money is fungible. Because the US economy is too big to fail. Because borrowing and the debt are part of… Read More ›

2012 ElectionBenghaziHeather HurlburtLibyaMitt RomneyMonday, October 1, 2012

3 Ways Mitt Romney’s National Security Talk Is About Politics | Heather Hurlburt

By Heather Hurlburt October 1, 2012 | U.S. News & World Report So, is this a national security election or not? Pundits, consultants, and donors—plus everyone who took a political science course in college or is old enough to remember “it’s the economy, stupid”—have been saying “no” for months. Just last month, I heard two former Cabinet-level officials solemnly tell a roomful of colleagues, at a fundraiser no less, that “it’s not about our issues.” And yet. As someone who’s spent more than 20 years in Washington and overseas working on foreign policy, plus a few detours into presidential politics, I’ll be using this blog space to tease out the connections between the two—plus point out the overlooked-but-vital, and occasionally the amusing or horrifying. This… Read More ›

2012 ElectionArab SpringHeather HurlburtIranMitt RomneyWednesday, September 26, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Middle East Muddle: Why This Is Nothing ‘Like 1979 Tehran’ | Heather Hurlburt

By Heather Hurlburt September 26, 2012 | The Guardian This week, GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan topped off a critique of President Obama’s response to violent demonstrations at American embassies across the Middle East by saying that because of the president’s policies, the Middle East “looked like 1979 Tehran” – when demonstrations by Iranian student revolutionaries culminated in the invasion of the US embassy and the taking of 50 hostages in a stand-off that would endure 444 days. It has become all too easy for opponents of Ryan and his boss, Governor Mitt Romney, to level zingers at their foreign policy bloopers, and I had mine all ready: all this does is remind us that Ryan, who was born in 1970 and has no national… Read More ›

2012 ElectionChinadiplomacyMitt RomneyMonday, September 17, 2012

The GOP’s New Dangerous China Policy | Bill French

By Bill French September 3, 2012 | China-US Focus Last month’s Republican National Convention confirmed that for the moment, hardliners within the GOP are in control of the Party’s China policy. While Governor Romney’s aggressive China policy has received ample media attention – recently including a semi-official rebuke in China Daily – the broader GOP thinking towards China contained within the platform has gone virtually unnoticed. And that thinking is deeply troubling. In two massively confrontational proposals, the GOP platform for its national convention signaled an exceptionally hard-line towards Beijing. Should such thinking find its way into policy, the future course of the world’s most important bilateral relationship will be set in a dangerous direction – especially as the Chinese leadership transition proceeds. First, despite… Read More ›

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