Post Tagged with: "diplomacy"

Why is the US so Reticent to Read the Right Messages in Asia and the Pacific?

Why is the US so Reticent to Read the Right Messages in Asia and the Pacific?

February 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

FOX NEWS 02/25/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the stage last week for Japan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade bloc that includes 11 nations but excludes China. With this move, the US has set a dangerous precedent and one […]

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White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

White House, Congress Choosing Wrong Path on Iran

May 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

ROLL CALL 05/23/12 By Michael Shank Recent Istanbul negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and this week’s Baghdad negotiations have tempered, albeit temporarily, the cry for war. It was close under President George W. Bush, who rallied regime-changers to invade, but it is worse now. The Pentagon publicly prepares plans, […]

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The Call for Change In the White House Is an Understatement

The Call for Change In the White House Is an Understatement

October 28, 2008 at 8:18 pm

ROLL CALL 10/28/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) On Nov. 4, America will celebrate the close of the most unprecedented presidential campaign in history. On several accounts past precedent has been handily usurped. Most notable: This was our nation’s most expensive campaign yet, surpassing $1 billion […]

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Talking with the Taliban

Talking with the Taliban

October 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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 […]

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A Whole, Different View

A Whole, Different View

September 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

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.” […]

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

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

July 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm

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 […]

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