NBC and the Hunt for War Criminals

According to a report in the New York Times (2/11/09), NBC is launching a new series to track down and expose war criminals. The network’s planhas attracted some criticism from U.S. officials and human rights experts, who are concerned that the network’s journalists might be publicizing false accusations against the suspects they’re “confronting” on the air. (The show sounds eerily similar to the network’s To Catch a Predator series, whichpurported to bustsexual predators.) The first suspect is apparently Leopold Munyakazi, a visiting professor at a Maryland college who has been accused by Rwandan authorities of participating in the 1994 genocide […]


What We Learned About Larry Summers

Time magazine tells us about Obama’s chief economic adviser: His controversial comments about women’s aptitude for math and science were a reminder that he operates best when he is working behind the scenes. Oh, so that was the lesson. I had been under the misapprehension that the lesson had something to do with Larry Summers’ sexism. Time also writes that of Obama’s incoming economic team, Summers is the one to watch. He is expected to do for the economy what strong-minded and ambitious National Security Advisers like Henry Kissinger have done for foreign policy: plan it, set it and control […]


The Washington Post’s World of Hawks

The Washington Post (9/28/08) gathered reactions from “foreign policy analysts and others” to last Friday’s debate on international policy, and what’s striking is how hawkish the Post‘s circle of foreign policy experts is. The lineup included Henry A. Kissinger–inevitably–and a bunch of hawks from right-wing think tanks and/or the Bush administration: Danielle Pletka of AEI, Michael Rubin of AEI and Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, Patrick Clawson of WINEP (who co-wrote a book with Rubin) and David Makovsky of WINEP. Michael O’Hanlon works at the centrist Brookings but is a famous Iraq hawk. Those who aren’t obvious hawks mostly have Republican connections: Michael […]