This debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens and George Packer.
The panel discusses America's position in, and relationship to, the rest of the world under Obama -- and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective.
Peter Beinart is an American journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast website. Beinart worked at The New Republic until 2006, for much of the time writing The New Republic's signature "TRB" column, which was reprinted in the New York Post and other major American newspapers.
From 2007 to 2009, Beinart was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Beinart is the author of The Good Fight: Why Liberals, and Only Liberals, Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, and The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.
Christopher Hitchens is an author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2008.
Jeff is the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do? He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Jeff was founding editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine, TV critic for TV Guide and People magazines, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
George Packer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003. His books include "The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq," which won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award and an Overseas Press Club book award, and "Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade."
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most recent address to the UN, author and journalist Christopher Hitchens marvels at the confusion that characterizes the Obama administration's policy regarding Iran.
(born Aug. 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.) 44th president of the U.S. (2009 ). Obama graduated from Columbia University (1983) and Harvard Law School (1991), where he was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review. He moved to Chicago, where he served as a community organizer and lectured in constitutional law at the University of Chicago before he was elected (1996) to the Illinois Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. In 2004 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and quickly became a major national political figure. In 2008 Obama won an upset victory over former U.S. first ladyHillary Clinton to become the Democratic presidential nominee. He easily defeated Republican candidate John McCain and became the first African American president. In 2009 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.
WAR DRUMS ARE BEATING WIPED OUT LIBYA EGYPT BAHRAIN YEMEN SO NOW SYRIA AND IRAN: RUSSIA AND COMMUNIST CHINA IN UNITED NATIONS VETO SAID NO! OPBAMA IS THE MASTER DRONE KILLER KILLING AT A DISTANCE CAN`T STAND SIGHT OF BLOOD COWARD PRESIDENT; SIGNED NDAA LAST DAY OF THE YEAR 2011 SHAME OBAMA, Threw out elected pres.of Honduras and put in Killer General LOBO to sell more arms. SOLDIERS PISS ON THE DEAD BURN KORANS NIGHT RAIDS! SEC. PANETTA said military 2010 34,000 military rapes and 8000 suicides in one year, he says it is down from 2006 when military had 42,000 rapes. Sec.Clinton said global leadership in USA DNA that is WHY THE NDAA. Are we having fun yet losing all your rights Fema camps for up coming protesters.Demockracy for CORPORATE SLAVES! Peter 2011 Feb.
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Christopher looks great after his recent bout with Cancer, his therapy was very harsh and yet here He is, as good as ever. He gained some weight back, recovery looks good!
Obama wants to do things He is good at, War is not one of them.
Obama is not, never was a military Man, and Usa involved with 3 wars, 900 bases world-wide. How does one get on a horse who knows not how to ride. The experience was and is not there. His talents are wasted on War! Yes military attack on Iran is far better than letting the Supreme leader have nukes! A beleif in a life here- after destroys the present moment, trying to Jam the past into the future destroys the now where the youth have no choice! No Nukes for Iran.
rbaham, "Prudish"? If you're going to try to pass your ad hominem aspersions,and highly subjective opinions about a world renown intellectual's personality as valid (let alone relevant), you should at least take the time to be clear on the definitions of the words you're using.