Category: Culture

Plethoric pandering

 I had hoped, in part because he seemed like a nice-enough guy, that Mike Huckabee would not descend to the level of pandering epitomized by the other Republican candidates.  There were warning signs last fall, when he revealed he was getting up to speed on Middle East issues by reading books written by far-right messianic …

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Jacob Heilbrunn

 Here’s the comment I left yesterday on the Washington Post’s ridiculous opinion piece “5 myths about neoconservatism” by Jacob Heilbrunn, a senior editor at The National Interest (founded by the grandaddy of all neocons, Irving Kristol)… +++  Asking a senior editor of The National Interest to debunk neocon myths is about like asking Stalin to …

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An urge to purge

 Romney is giving his campaign-suspension speech now.  He started it off by bragging about how America never takes land from others.  Apparently (and most ironically), he derived this bit of flummery from an Israeli: +++ Simon Peres, in a visit to Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq. “First,” he said, …

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Clinton, Obama, and Cluster Bombs

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rees/clinton-obama-and-clust_b_84811.html For those of you who will be voting tomorrow on “Super Tuesday” and days following, this post has some relevance to the wee little “droppings” Israel left all over south Lebanon during the last days of its war with Hezbollah (or, as I still call it, “The Rape of Lebanon”)… +++ Clinton, Obama, and …

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To an Israeli friend

 I like Barak more for what his election would say to the world and about us as Americans, than for his positions or his personality.  I think Arun Ghandi stated something similar.  I have seen Mrs. Bill Clinton (really, that’s her only credential, isn’t it?) operate for many years, and am unimpressed.  The victimized female …

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Advice for Adi

 Adi wrote: I don’t have anything against you sending positive things about “Arab,Moslem,Palestine”. I definitely ask you not to send me any letter or article with diatribes on Israel,Israelis,Zionists,Israeli Army,Israeli Police,Security checking etc etc. +++ There are some here in the South who still refer to our American civil war as the War of Northern …

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Why your foreign policy scares me

 Gov. Huckabee, Apparently, you said something about Iranians facing the gates of Hell during your debate last night.  I know you were being picked on last night, but when you fall into the trap of feeling like you have to emote the same neocon bravado as the establishment candidates, it reminds me that your foreign policy …

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