Foreign Policy

What the Protests in Turkey Say About Us

As the news of large protests in Turkey began to circulate, I’ve been a bit troubled by the initial reactions and what they say about the American mindset. Where there was little information at the outset about the proximate causes and underlying issues, there was a plethora of conclusions about what it all meant, who…

Santorum on Religious Freedom

Rick Santorum, former Senator and current presidential candidate, got into some trouble a few months back when he suggested that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech to the¬†Greater Houston Ministerial Association made him want to vomit. The speech is a landmark in the history of religion and politics, helping to address concerns that Kennedy, our first…

Does the U.S. Bear ANY Responsibility for the War on Terror?

Among the more fascinating exchanges in last night’s debate was an argument between Ron Paul and Rick Santorum about the root causes of 9/11 and the War on Terror. (You can read a transcript of their exchange here.) Paul is famous (or infamous) for suggesting that U.S. foreign policy is responsible for these attacks by…