Anne Applebaum

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Why Wills and Kate Fascinate Us

They're victims of an inescapable fate—but they seem happy anyway

(Newser) - Even to those of us with no plans to sit through the royal wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton are intriguing. “My friend is not a royal watcher or a tabloid reader. Neither am I,” writes Anne Applebaum in the Washington Post . Yet both were familiar with Kate’... More »

What the Iraq War Cost Us

It's too soon to tell how the war went

(Newser) - Anne Applebaum was an outspoken supporter of the war in Iraq. Yet as Barack Obama prepares to announce the official end of combat operations tomorrow, she has mixed feelings. “Even if violence abates, even if all American troops go home, we have still paid a very high price for... More »

Who Cares Where Obama Vacations?

What's more elitist, a Martha's Vineyard rental or a Texas ranch?

(Newser) - So President Obama likes to vacation in "exotic" places like the state he happened to grow up in, and Michelle Obama recently jetted off to Spain. Why does America care so much, asks Anne Applebaum, who blames the Kennedys' idyllic days in Hyannisport for starting it all. Ironically, it's... More »

Obama Should Brace for War With Iran

Aftermath of possible Israeli strike could define his presidency

(Newser) - There's no chance of President Obama deciding to bomb Iran, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be preparing for war, writes Anne Applebaum. Israel has decided for now that attacking Iran's nuclear program isn't worth the consequences, but that calculation is liable to change and if it does, the defining... More »

Greek Debt Crisis Is Warning for US

Partisan deadlock allowed budget problems to fester

(Newser) - America's on course to become much more like Greece and not in a good way, warns Anne Applebaum. Greece is bankrupt because of financial weaknesses that were allowed to fester for years. Its budget deficit ballooned largely because the nation's deeply partisan political system was paralyzed and no cuts could... More »

Climate Activists Shouldn't Be Anti-Human

Solving the problem requires faith in the future

(Newser) - Many activists battling global warming are doing their cause and their species a disservice by displaying a nihilistic and anti-human attitude, writes Anne Applebaum. Declaring that the end of the world is nigh or pushing for population-reduction initiatives to cut carbon emissions is a "profoundly negative" way to treat... More »

Logical, Ethical Lapses Beset Washington Post

Op-ed page woes spread to editorial on Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - The next-to-last straw was the Washington Post editorial saying Neda Agha Soltan should have won the Nobel Peace Prize, which isn't awarded posthumously. The last straw was today's op-ed raising—but not bothering to answer—the question of whether President Obama can even accept the honor without violating the Constitution.... More »

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