Op-eds and Articles

Op-eds and Articles

Putting High-speed Rail on the Right Track

The following is an excerpt from Mark Reutter's op-ed in today's Tampa Tribune: The Obama administration will soon be announcing which states will be awarded funds from the $8 billion stimulus pot dedicated for high-speed rail (HSR) development. Right now, 259 applications valued at $57 billion are chasing the recovery plan money. The administration's decision…

Restructuring the State Department From Within

Matt Armstrong discusses some of the challenges facing the U.S. Department of State in the globalized world and his recent PPI memo, State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom, with Pete Dominick at StandUp! at XM/Sirius radio. [audio: http://www.progressivefix.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/armstrong_2010_1_21.mp3]

Memo to Obama — Be the Change

Mute all those cable TV pundits. The commentator who has the best grasp on what happened in Massachusetts this week is none other than President Barack Obama. It was a change election, he said Wednesday, just like his own. In 2008, Obama won a solid majority by rolling up an eight-point margin with independents. His…

What worries the Pentagon?

Danger Room Editor and PPI Contributor Noah Shachtman discusses what the Pentagon fears when it comes to cybersecurity and his new report, Spooks in the Machine: How the Pentagon Should Fight Cyber Spies, with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris of The Daily Debrief on Federal News Radio. [audio: http://www.progressivefix.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Spooks in the Machine.mp3]

Jim Arkedis discusses al-Qaeda on Fox News

PPI National Security Project Director Jim Arkedis discusses al-Qaeda and the threat they pose to the United States on Fox News with Martha MacCallum. Watch the latest news video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com/" mce_href="http://video.foxnews.com/">video.foxnews.com</a>

Big Bite, Tough Chew

The following is an excerpt from Will Marshall's piece in the latest issue of American Interest magazine: How to grade President Obama’s first year in office? As Zhou Enlai replied when asked his opinion of the French Revolution, “It’s too soon to say.” Obama has set in motion a host of bold reforms that could…

Making Our Tax System More Fair

PPI's Will Marshall and Mike Derham have a new column on reforming the U.S. tax system in the Washington Times : Americans want a tax system that is fair, simple and capable of raising the revenue we need to pay the nation's bills. The one we have fails on all three counts. That's why President Obama…

Tip of the Green Spear

PPI E3 Initiative Chair Mike Signer has a new column at U.S. News & World Report on how the military is taking the lead on carbon reduction and clean energy: To some critics, the cause of alternative and sustainable energy will always be associated with the image of dewy-eyed do-gooders earnestly plying a hopeless cause.…

Why Al Qaeda Wants a Safe Haven

PPI National Security Director Jim Arkedis has a new column up at Foreign Policy on why Al Qaeda needs a safe haven along the Af-Pak border to attack the U.S. again: As deliberations about the Obama administration's strategic direction in Afghanistan unfold, the White House is weighing whether al Qaeda, in fact, needs an Afghan…

Afghanistan Tests Democrats, Too

Over at RealClearPolitics, PPI's Will Marshall and Jim Arkedis have a new column on the challenge Democrats face on Afghanistan: President Obama faces tough decisions on Afghanistan, but his party is on the hot seat too. Afghanistan is the first test since Vietnam of Democrats' collective ability to manage a major armed conflict. Just how…