- 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.
It’s one of the most persistent cliches of foreign-policy commentary, particularly since it’s an assertion that’s basically impossible to disprove. Here are some things that have been described, in various terms, as the greatest threat to U.S. national security or the American way of life in the past few months:
A "lone-wolf" terrorist attack - President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama – Gov. Rick Perry
China’s nuclear arsenal – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
The national debt – Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen
The economic crisis – Retired Adm. Dennis Blair
Nuclear terrorism – Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Yemen - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
"Homegrown terror" – U.S. National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter
Cyber attacks – FBI Director James Mueller
Iran – 63 percent of Americans
The Haqqani Network - Christiane Amanpour
Global warming – Sen. Barbara Boxer
Central American drug gangs - Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield
The radical secular socialist machine – Newt Gingrich
Obamacare – Rick Santorum
Electromagnetic Pulse weapons – EMPact America
The homosexual agenda - The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer
So hard to know what to be most afraid of these days!
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.| Passport |