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This is one of the most bizarre political attacks I have ever seen.

J-Group, a pro-Israel lobbying group, asked Mary Jo Kilroy to sign a letter that other members of Congress were signing urging President Obama to put diplomatic pressure on Israel to resolve the blockade that many foreign policy experts said was actually strengthening Hamas.

A policy change that Israel made as urged in the letter that Kilroy signed.

Now, a neo-con group headed by Bill Kristol is running a highly misleading ad accusing Kilroy of…being an enemy of Israel.


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I am now 100% convinced that we will attack Iran before the fall elections. I’d suspected for quite a while that the Administration wanted this, but I think we now have concrete evidence that it will happen. You may have heard, Admiral Fallon “resigned” yesterday. Galrahn points out some interesting facts at Information Dissemination.

Four star flag officers, particularly Joint Combatant Commanders, do not resign in the middle of war because of a media report. I read the Esquire article from front to back 5 times, I cannot find a single negative quote from Adm. Fallon about President Bush. […]

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George “Waterboarder” Bush

On March 9, 2008 By

…so THAT’S what the “W” stand for!

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It’s a damning indication of how poorly things have gone for the United States during its five-year misadventure in Iraq that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can drive in broad daylight though this war-ravaged city and spend the night at the presidential palace, but George W. Bush can’t.

Mr. Ahmadinejad was greeted with lavish ceremony yesterday as he became the first Iranian President to visit Baghdad, a trip some said reflected Iran’s great and growing power in Iraq and how severely the U.S. effort to remake Iraq into a Western-friendly democracy has gone awry.

Nearly 4,000 American soldiers have died since […]

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GOP foreign policy endgame

On March 4, 2008 By

Supporters of the Iraq War often state that the war has “proven” that we are willing to attack if necessary, and thus was a successful bit of foreign policy. (Funny – Iran doesn’t seem to be acting any better now than they were before.) This odd “peace thru belligerence” approach nearly came to a head on October 27, 1969, when Richard Nixon loaded up 18 B-52 bombers with nuclear weapons and launched them towards Moscow with the intent of terrifying the USSR into pressuring Hanoi into making concessions at the peace negotiations in Paris.

Codenamed Giant Lance, Nixon’s plan […]

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Late last year I talked briefly about how government innovation in the market can often be a very good thing. I also plugged Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. Thankfully, I’ve now had an opportunity to read a good chunk of the book, and it lays out a convincing argument that the current neo-liberal “free trade” view of economic development is in fact not at all how America developed into an economic power – or how any developed country actually industrialized. In reality, it was government protectionism via tariffs, R&D […]

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CNN – known as the “Clinton News Network” to wingnuts, because they are so “liberal” – has dropped a “speculative documentary” that was set to air next week because of the new NIE that pointed out that Iran stopped their nuclear weapons program 4 years ago.

The latest National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran discontinued its nuclear weapons program four years ago has claimed one casualty: CNN has postponed speculative documentary “We Were Warned — Iran Goes Nuclear.”

The two-hour spec, which was slated for Dec. 12 under the “CNN Presents” banner, was “set partially in the future,” featuring […]

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Rudy’s “one hour” myth

On December 5, 2007 By

Rudy “9/11” Giuliani’s new advert puts forth a horribly false meme: that the Iranian hostages were released within an hour of Reagan’s inauguration (true) because Reagan was “tough on terror” (false).

Unfortunately for Rudy’s version of history, what actually happened was the release agreement was signed the day before the inaugural… and was negotiated by the Carter White House (led by Warren Christopher).

But why let facts get in the way of a good rant? “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”


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Israeli PM is… anti-Jew?

On December 4, 2007 By

Since those of us who say a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine problem is necessary and a moral mandate are often accused of being anti-Semites by the far right, I wonder how wingnuts reconcile this statement by Ehud Olmert into their worldview.

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said failure to negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians would spell the end of the State of Israel.

He warned of a “South African-style struggle” which Israel would lose if a Palestinian state was not established.

They’ll probably just say that Mr. Olmert is living in the same bubble […]

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Putin’s soul: black

On November 26, 2007 By

George Bush, after meeting Vladimir Putin in 2001:

I was able to get a sense of his soul, a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.

But this weekend…

The OSCE’s election monitoring unit announced earlier this month that it would not attend Russia’s election, saying Moscow had refused to provide visas to its staff.

Mr Putin said the boycott decision “was taken on the recommendation of the American state department”.

“The aim is to discredit the elections, but they won’t achieve their goal,” he said.

“We will certainly take this into account […]

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(ht Schecter)

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