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Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats #2020

Heads in the Sand How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats Praise for Heads In the Sand A very serious thoughtful argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care Ezra Klein staff writer at The American Prospect Matt Yglesias is one of the

  • Title: Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats
  • Author: Matthew Yglesias
  • ISBN: 9780470086223
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats By Matthew Yglesias, Praise for Heads In the Sand A very serious, thoughtful argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care Ezra Klein, staff writer at The American Prospect Matt Yglesias is one of the smartest voices in the blogosphere He knows a lot about politics, a lot about foreign policy, and, crucially, is unusually shrewd in understanding how they interact HPraise for Heads In the Sand A very serious, thoughtful argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care Ezra Klein, staff writer at The American Prospect Matt Yglesias is one of the smartest voices in the blogosphere He knows a lot about politics, a lot about foreign policy, and, crucially, is unusually shrewd in understanding how they interact Here s hoping that his new book will introduce him to an even wider audience Once you discover him, you ll be hooked E J Dionne, author of Souled Out Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right and Why Americans Hate Politics Matthew Yglesias is one of a handful of bloggers that I make a point of reading every day Heads in the Sand is a smart, vital book that urges Democrats to stop evading the foreign policy debate and to embrace the old principles of international liberalism to be right and also to win Fred Kaplan, author of Daydream Believers How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power Reading foreign policy tomes is seldom included among life s pleasures, but Yglesias has concocted a startling exception Heads in the Sand is not just a razor sharp analysis cum narrative of the politics of national security in general and the Iraq war in particular, it s also an enthralling and often very funny piece of writing Though he administers strong antidotes to the haplessness of his fellow Democrats and liberals, there s than a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down Hendrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor, The New Yorker, and author of Politics Observations and ArgumentsFast rising political commentator Matthew Yglesias reveals the wrong headed foreign policy stance of conservatives, neocons, and the Republican Party for what it is aggressive nationalism Writing with wit, passion, and keen insight, Yglesias reminds us of the rich tradition of liberal internationalism that, developed by Democrats, was used with great success by both Democratic and Republican administrations for than fifty years He provides a starting point for politicians, policymakers, pundits, and citizens alike to return America to its role as leader of a peace loving and cooperative international community.

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    1. Matt Yglesias Heads in the Sand How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats.Yglesias turns 30 this week, which means this book was written when he was 26 27 How could a 26 year old know anything There s a reason that Yglesias blog is widely read and widely praised on right and left he s got a very good sponge for a brain He mostly posts on economic and domestic public policy, but this book is entirely foreign policy namely, Iraq Fiasco my review is stil [...]

    2. Matt Yglesias is my favorite writer on the Internet narrowly edging out Ryan North, I guess, with Dahlia Lithwick, Andy Rotherham, and Jon Weisman in the hunt and so I was excited to read his book While I liked the basic thrust of it, it wasn t quite as snappy as his excellent blog Partly that s because a lot of the book is a postmortem of the disastrous lead up to the Iraq War This section dragged a little for me, though it does serve as a good indictment of the liberal hawk mode of thinking.Th [...]

    3. Democrats have a successful foreign policy tradition to draw on if only they would With his famously sharp mind and tongue , Matthew Yglesias refutes the two most important misconceptions about recent American foreign policy The first is that Bush is an idealist As Yglesias makes clear, Bush is a nationalist plain and simple, as a my way or the highway agenda takes precedence over any other supposed guiding ideology The second is that the Democrats don t have a useful foreign policy tradition wh [...]

    4. This book is a great first pass at understanding the theories and political situations that have defined US foreign policy in the last decade.Yglesias carefully lays out his argument that Democrats should re embrace the principled liberal foreign policy that served the US well in the twentieth century, instead of merely griping about mismanagement of the war in Iraq He argues that this will not only lead to better foreign policy results, but better success in domestic elections.In one memorable [...]

    5. This was not the extended blog post I expected, instead it s a capital B BOOK The best part of it is not the argument he lays out in favor of a foreign policy based on mutually respected rules and institutions among nations though that s very well thought out What s most fascinating and significant, I think, is his explanation of how we got to our current assumptions about foreign policy In this way it s a history book than a political tract and the history is one that is not commonly recounted [...]

    6. Yglesias pens the best post mortem of the 2004 election that I ve yet to read, despite the fact that he barely touches on domestic policy issues Overall the book is a stunningly insightful analysis of the politics of American foreign policy under the Bush Administration and a persuasive argument in favor of the time honored principles of liberal internationalism I know essentially nothing about international relations and was almost dreading this book I only bought it because of loyalty to Ygles [...]

    7. Nice summary of how Democrats struggled to respond to the neoconservative strategy for US foreign policy, especially failing to develop a sound world view of their own based on liberal internationalism Rather than arguing that Bush s strategy of unilateral militarism is bad policy, they instead got caught up in debates about tactics the invasion of Iraq was incompetently planned and executed, but it still would have been bad policy even if it had gone well Yglesias proposes that we need to be bu [...]

    8. Yglesias urges liberal internationalism defined as a policy of strengthening, expanding and deepening international institutions in order to foster cooperation against common problems and to bring the globe closer to the long held liberal ideal of a world governed by a reasonably just, well enforced set of rules as the cure for our woes abroad Unfortunately, he barely finds time in this slim volume to argue for this approach or to answer the most obvious objections Read the full review, Liberali [...]

    9. From the persective of a U.S liberal, this book is a remarkably cogent analysis of what s gone wrong foreign policy wise in American politics for the past 7 years Particularly, it does a great job elucidating why the Democrats have failed at being an effective opposition party over that time Yglesias s recommendations for the direction Democrats should take in the future are wise, but given short shrift The book really deserves 4.5 stars, but I enjoyed it too much it s not only insightful, but q [...]

    10. This book was useful in that it gave me an overview of the election I missed while I was living in Japan I felt like I had a better understanding of why Kerry lost the presidential election and why he wasn t able to capitalize on the foreign policy bungles of the Republicans.That being said, the book was decisively male centric Yglesias on several occasions said that candidates should have manned up for the challenge What the hell does that mean He also tended to overuse the words prescient and [...]

    11. This is a great introduction into how the Iraq War got started, and shed a lot on what has been going on in the States to an outsider, but there is a danger of seeing the UK s action as simply the result of US domestic politics What role did UK hawks and doves have in the lead up to and during the Iraq War

    12. Not as much fun as Yglesias blog there s nothing nothing on the NBA in here , but a thorough, well argued, and convincing case for a new idea in foreign policy That idea being liberal internationalism, or less the standard Democratic approach to foreign policy from Truman through Clinton.

    13. Good political book, not the best strategy book It s my own fault for thinking it d be the latter If you like Matt s blog, though, you ll like the book just fine It s a quick and envigorating read.

    14. solid foreign policy analysis of the last 7 8 years, that iterates the urgency to return to the foundations of liberal internationalism that the US has drifted from.

    15. I just heard this author interviewed on NPR He seems like a good thinker and his views seem to be on target.

    16. I just tried reading this but I don t think I m in the right mood for now I m going to keep it on my to read list because it still seems interesting to meybe some day

    17. An interesting book and plausible argument but I just wasn t into it Guess I m not the policy dork I thought I was Oh well.

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