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Can the U.S. and Russia ever get on?

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Picture 1I was shocked back into geopolitics today (thank god!) with another cheery call from London. I appeared on the BBC World Service today in the wake of President Obama’s trip to Moscow to ink a new nuclear disarmament deal with Russian President (and some might say Putin puppet) Dmitry Medvedyev. I particularly love when I’m jarred out of sleep or some other do-nothing activity and forced to turn my brain on at warp speed. It seems the times I’m most often asked to appear are the odd moments when I have yet to scan the days news which forces me to put my foreign policy hat on with little or in today’s case, no, perparation. I was mortified when I listened to the podcast that I flubbed Putin’s name in place of poor old Boris Yeltsin. Oh well, I’ll have to be more en pointe next time around. Keep those calls coming Beeb producers! I thoroughly enjoy the challenge. 

Here is the podcast. I come in at the very beginning. Forgive my mistake with the name flub. Oh the humanity! Who among us is without fault?

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July 6th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

BHO’s Debut in Misr!

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BHO in Cairo Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

BHO in Cairo Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Obama appeared in Misr yesterday. Misr, for those who are not acquainted, is the endonym of Egypt as Deutschland is the endonym of Germany. Americans and other concerned parties might do well to address people how they prefer as Obama made a large effort to do. Obama spoke to a crowd of 3,000 Masri and even received several bouts of applause. I viewed the speech with a mix of hope and skepticism. I posted a piece on the HP entitled “The End of the Clash of Civilizations?” Here is the link. Peace in the Middle East.

Somewhat amusingly, my name turned up on Mort Zuckerman’s US News & World Report site’s opinion page. The author describes me as “Liberal” which I found kind of funny seeing as I try and stay above the fray in being labeled one way or the other. I’m guessing USNWR would take me as a Liberal merely for either being on the HP or because I’m not a card-carrying Likudnik. But hey, any press is good press!

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June 5th, 2009 at 1:04 am