Author: Michael Shank

Talking with the Taliban

THE GUARDIAN 10/14/08 By Michael Shank Wandering seven long years in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan with hardly an end in sight, the US has just been offered a most fortuitous fix. It likely eludes America’s current president and queuing candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, but not for […]

A Whole, Different View

THE HILL 09/30/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-Ill.) In forming the foundation of our country’s defense strategy, George Washington tilted the tenor of this town in a specific direction, noting that, “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” […]

Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability

THE HILL 09/12/08 By Michael Shank (Regarding article “McCain, Obama applaud Musharraf’s resignation,” Aug. 18.) Have presidential candidates Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) learned nothing from the resignation of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf? Both noted the exit of coup-installed Musharraf should “open the door to cooperation…in the […]

Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources

THE HILL 09/10/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD) Governors and state legislators are doing it. Mayors are doing it. Universities are doing it. Businesses and individuals are doing it. The greening of America is occurring for a host of environmental, economic, religious, security and humanitarian […]

Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

FINANCIAL TIMES 09/05/08 By Michael Shank Sir, In an apparent editorial about-face (“Crime and the credit crunch”, September 2), you claim that larger police forces and harsher prison sentences are responsible for lower levels of crime and that the link between economic growth and crime is weak. This is hardly […]

Drill Here, Drill Now? No: Sustainability Lies Elsewhere

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 08/30/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) To drill or not to drill, that is the question. But is it? Offshore oil reserves, once online — a feat that would come long after the new president’s first term — will garner less than three years […]

Global Peace Index Ranking Doesn’t Flatter the U.S.

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 08/10/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) In the tradition of politically charged Olympics of the past, the 2008 summer games in Beijing have become an arena to contest some of the world’s most egregious conflicts. From concerns over China’s crackdown on Tibetan rights to the […]

Game Emblematic Of Party Politics

ROLL CALL 07/22/08 By Michael Shank Last week’s 47th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, between the Republicans and the Democrats, could not have been more emblematic of the state of American party politics (“GOP Wins Trophy in Nail-Biter,” July 18). That the Republicans won for the […]

Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

THE HILL 07/10/08 By Michael Shank That Congress is pressuring oil companies to “use it or lose it” on public lands is understandable enough given constituent discontent with rocketing petrol prices (article, “Energy bill out of gas,” July 8). But this narrow and nebulous agenda is near-sighted for two reasons. […]

High-Level Engagement by US and UK is Needed vis a vis Iran

FINANCIAL TIMES 07/01/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Let us for a moment consider the merits of engagement (“A very small step: Pyongyang’s nuclear declaration is no breakthrough”, editorial, June 27). Three successes in 2008 are particularly salient and worth citing. US ambassador Christopher Hill’s persistent diplomatic penetration of North Korea’s […]