The Four Pillars Of Israel’s Right To Exist

I take it for granted that it Israel’s right to exist is self-evident; I have learned to my chagrin that this is not nearly as universally shared as I would prefer. For those who question it, I present the following (I don’t claim it as complete – if anyone has additional arguments, feel free to [...]

Ailing Castro Relinquishes Power (Temporarily?)

From the Associated Press: Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans he underwent surgery. The Cuban leader said he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his [...]

Something Positive, For A Change

Jeez, there’s a lot of ugliness in the air these days.  Fortunately, in America, the good always outweighs the bad.  There are some folks who do an awful lot of good for other folks who are finalists in the Dr. Pepper Community Service Awards.  The 2 organizations with the highest vote totals, as voted on [...]

Hitchens On Gibson

I liked Passion of the Christ, okay, and I was positively thrilled that it was such a phenomenal success, but still, Mel Gibson’s assurances that he wasn’t an anti-Semite kind of look rather weak after his latest drunken tirade, don’t they?  But why should I address the subject? Well, because I want to.  Rather, I [...]

Kissinger On Iran

Henry Kissinger believes we must engage Iran, but stand firm against its nuclear threat. He admits it’s a tightrope: The legacy of the hostage crisis, the decades of isolation and the messianic aspect of the Iranian regime represent huge obstacles to such a diplomacy. If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary [...]

Olmert Hangs Tough: No Cease-Fire

Recognizing that a cease-fire imposed anytime soon would be a huge propaganda victory for Hezbollah, the Israeli Prime Minister responded to Condi’s assertion that a cease-fire is imminent with a flat denial: Just hours after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that she had achieved general agreement on terms for a U.N. Security Council cease-fire [...]

How To Ruin A Good Article

Just start ranting about how the right ‘politicized’ 9/11: As Stone’s movie reminds us, in news clips of people around the globe watching in shock, the sympathies of the world were with us. It was not to last. The politicization of 9/11 could not wait. In a climate of fear and flag-waving, with a pre-emptive [...]

Half-Empty?

Nay, ’tis half-full, says Michael Barone: The world seems aswirl. Where do we stand today? Let’s use the analysis of bestselling author Thomas Barnett, who divides the world into a functioning “Core” (North America, Europe, East Asia, rising China and India) and a nonfunctional “Gap” (the Middle East, most of Africa, part of the Andean [...]

Time’s Up?

Condi says this week will be the one: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she has achieved general agreement on terms to end hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, and predicted that a ceasefire could take hold this week. Israel’s defense minister, meanwhile, told the Israeli parliament the army would “expand and strengthen” its ground campaign [...]

The U.S. Retains The Upper Hand In Security Council…

…but for how long? Nevertheless, for the moment at least, parsing the following reveals some strong U.S. pressure behind the scenes at the UN: The U.N. Security Council expressed “extreme shock and distress” Sunday at Israel’s attack on the southern Lebanese village of Qana in which more than 60 people were killed. The statement adopted [...]

More Fallout From The Disastrous Airstrike On Qana

Israel has called off airstrikes for 48 hours while it investigates: Israel has agreed to suspend airstrikes on southern Lebanon for 48 hours to investigate a Sunday airstrike that killed more than 60 people in Qana, Lebanon, a U.S. State Department spokesman said. Spokesman Adam Ereli said the Israelis reserve the right to take action [...]

Apologies For The Weirdness

You may have seen a fatal error or two if you tried to get on my blog in the last half-hour or so; I was upgrading to the new WordPress, and I missed a few dozen important files the first time around! Anyway, it should be all good now, so let me know if you [...]

Not A Good Thing

To support Israel is not the same as being immune to the tragedy of the current situation, and the latest strike that killed several dozen children is indeed just that: a tragedy. The calls for a ceasefire will grow stronger now, and indeed, Condi was forced to postpone her latest round of negotiations after the [...]

The WaPo Endorses Lieberman

Since I criticized the NY Times (wrongly, it seems) for making an endorsement in the Connecticut Senate race, I should be critical of the Washington Post, as well, since it has less of a good reason to get involved. However, since the Washington Post endorses my candidates, I’ll merely link to the endorsement like a [...]

The Times’ Endorsement Of Lamont Is Up…

…if you care to read it. Basically, it’s a poorly written screed that spends hundreds of words saying one thing: we don’t like George Bush, and since he’s not running, Joe Lieberman is his proxy. Do I lie? If Mr. Lieberman had once stood up and taken the lead in saying that there were some [...]

The Most Ignorant Thing Written Yet…

…on Israel’s war with Hezbollah comes from Billmon, who beats out a half-dozen prior pieces of his own written from deep inside his anti-Israel cocoon since the outbreak of hostilities: I don’t even know if Olmert still has hopes of carving out a notional two-kilometer-wide DMZ along the border. I mean, it’s easy enough to [...]

When Is It Okay For A Progressive To Own Halliburton Stock?

When he’s running against Joe Lieberman, silly: Defending himself against attack ads from U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont admitted he does hold some stock in Halliburton.”I’ve got a mutual fund that I have no control of and it has a little bit of Halliburton stock,” Lamont told the Connecticut Post editorial board Monday. Well, [...]

Prepare To Be Shocked

The NY Times will endorse Ned Lamont tomorrow: The New York Times, in an editorial published on Sunday, endorsed Mr. Lamont over Mr. Lieberman, arguing that the senator had offered the nation a “warped version of bipartisanship” in his dealings with President Bush on national security. And just what the hell is the NY Times [...]

Is There Anything More Satisfying Than A Cold Beer And An Elastic Loaf?

Not in my book…

Another Ominous Sign For The GOP

The battleground state of Ohio is not moving in our direction, to say the least: Republican senators at last week’s Tuesday luncheon meeting were stunned by news from Ohio of the Columbus Dispatch poll showing Sen. Mike DeWine behind his Democratic challenger, Rep. Sherrod Brown, by 8 percentage points. The GOP senators had taken for [...]

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