Peter Beinart

(Peter Alexander Beinart)

Peter Beinart
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…knowing that democracy is something we pursue rather than something we embody, we advance it not merely by exhorting others but by battling the evil in ourselves. The irony of American exceptionalism is that by acknowledging our common fallibility, we inspire the world. Democracies & Republics
…liberals have traditionally distinguished themselves from conservatives by insisting that to promote liberty, America must promote opportunity as well. Liberals & Conservatives
A caucus is basically an undemocratic method of selecting a candidate.
America’s power to intervene effectively overseas depends on its power to persuade and not merely coerce. The power to persuade depends on a willingness to be persuaded. And that willingness depends, ultimately, on America’s willingness to entertain the prospect that it is wrong. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
At times, the politicians or pundits might admit that Americans have no tangible interests in a given country, just a moral obligation to prevent killing, poverty or oppression. That’d be fine. At least they’d be making the case honestly. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For [Donald] Trump, popularity equals truth... He understands that in American public discourse, it's hard to say the people are wrong. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Foreign policy debates are frequently segregated from domestic policy ones, so commentators who propose increasing the defense budget or sending more foreign aid are seldom asked to explain which domestic programs they’d cut or which taxes they’d raise, in order to find the money. Foreign Aid ;Budgets & Budgeting ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Foreign policy strategy requires harmonizing means and ends. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we get hit again, with a biological or chemical attack, we will become a much less liberal society. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Iowa caucuses have been a graveyard for hawkish Democrats. Democracies & Republics
It is true that jihadists are often middle class. But that’s because terrorist groups are like other employers: they accept the best candidates who apply. Terrorism
There is a political value in being honest and saying what you mean. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can’t have opinions unless you have information. Propaganda & Disinformation
Among the emasculation men fear most is subordination to women. Human Nature