- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Though most of the campaign coverage this week has focused on candidates’ personal failings and campaign blunders, the obvious fact remains that both Barack Obama and John McCain have proposed a host of dramatic new policies, and a lot of them don’t make much sense. For this week’s list, FP runs down ten of Obama’s most misguided, pandering, and potentially disastrous policy ideas. Next week, it’ll be McCain’s turn.
Feel free to use this post to comment on the list. We would love to hear defenses of these proposals as well as more dumb ideas that we may have missed.
Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is the author of The Arab Uprising (March 2012, PublicAffairs).
He publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist movements.| Marc Lynch |