Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect, and AlterNet's Washington editor. 

Recent Articles

KUCINICH: STRENGTH THROUGH PEACE.

Asked if the surge strategy implemented by Gen. David Petraeus is working, Dennis Kucinich got his opportunity to address his big issue, saying that the troop increase is fueling the insurgency. Then he took that notion and applied it to the current strife in Pakistan, explaining that American aggression in Iraq had increased instability across the Muslim world. Then he flipped the old "peace through strength" adage of the Cold Warriors into his own new mantra. --Adele M. Stan

HUMAN RIGHTS OR SECURITY: A FALSE DICHOTOMY.

Bill Richardson : "We said to Musharraf, 'Security is more important than human rights.'" He then went on to say that if Richardson won the election, it would be the other way around. I'm not diggin' the black-and-white nature of this answer. These issues are pretty complex, and sometimes there are no easy answers. Just ask the Bill Richardson who tried to make a deal with the Taliban in 1998. --Adele M. Stan

DRIVING WHILE ILLEGAL.

Barack Obama and John Edwards now seem to agree with Hillary Clinton on the subject of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. At least they agree in principle with the answer she gave two weeks ago at the NBC debate, which was that it was a public safety issue that it was an understandable solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. But now Hillary is solidly against driver's licenses for those whom Dennis Kucinich correctly described as "undocumented" -- and not "illegal" -- immigrants. Edwards, however, said he doesn't accept that comprehensive immigration reform is impossible, and Obama said something triangulational that I've already forgotten. --Adele M. Stan

DODD: KILL THE SHRILL.

Chris Dodd just made a lovely speech about ending the shrillness of the debate between the Democrats, and suggested that he was the one who could bring the party together. Of course, he's spent the last several weeks suggesting that the frontrunner -- who happens to be a woman -- was not electable (most likely because she is a woman). So I guess he'll be bringing together the men in the party. That's who really counts, no? --Adele M. Stan

SURPRISE: NO PERFECTION ON THIS STAGE.

So says John Edwards . "...not even me," he said of himself. Then he went on to bash Hillary Clinton on her vote on the resolution regarding Iran and her acceptance of campaign cash from lobbyists, with the word "corruption" slung around. Then when Hillary took issue, he raised his eyebrows and pursed his lips. Very Church Lady . --Adele M. Stan

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