Archive for May, 2015


Haaretz »

Haaretz: What Obama got wrong about anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism

May 27, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg that “my job in being a friend to Israel is partly to hold up a mirror and tell the truth.” It was a noble aspiration, which Obama has made some effort to fulfill. He has warned starkly (if less… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

The Atlantic: The GOP’s Embrace of Anti-Islamic Bigotry

May 26, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In important ways, America in recent years has become a less bigoted country. In today’s U.S. Senate, there is no equivalent to Jesse Helms, who during his 1984 reelection race filibustered a federal holiday for Martin Luther King and his 1990 reelection race aired an ad showing a pair of… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton’s Surprisingly Effective Campaign

May 26, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Hillary Clinton has been an official candidate for president for five weeks, and she still hasn’t done the thing most candidates do on day one: given a speech laying out her vision for America. Nor is she planning on doing so anytime soon. Politico reports that Hillary’s “why I’m running… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Scott Walker’s ‘listening tour’ of Israel, Palestinians aren’t heard

May 21, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Scott Walker went to Israel on a “listening tour.” To emphasize that he was going purely to learn, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful gave no speeches or interviews. “It’s an educational trip,” he explained. “It’s not a photo op.”

The Atlantic »

The Atlantic: The Problem With Asking Republicans, ‘Would You Have Invaded Iraq?’

May 18, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The “would you have invaded Iraq” saga continues. Sunday on Fox News, Chris Wallace tried again and again to get Marco Rubio to say whether, in hindsight, the Bush administration was right to invade a WMD-less Iraq. And again and again, Rubio answered a different, and politically safer, question: Was… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

The Atlantic: The Emptiness of the Rubio Doctrine

May 15, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In a presidential field as crowded as this year’s Republican one, every candidate needs a niche. Marco Rubio is trying to own three: generational change, Hispanic outreach, and foreign-policy gravitas. It was in pursuit of the third that he went to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday to lay… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

The Atlantic: The GOP’s Iraq War Amnesia

May 13, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The most interesting thing about Jeb Bush’s statement that, even knowing Saddam Hussein had no chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons, he’d still have supported the Iraq War, isn’t the beating he’s taking from liberals and the punditocracy. It’s the beating he’s taking from conservatives. The Washington Post compiled some of… Read the Rest »

Haaretz »

Haaretz: By protecting settlements, Congress joins the ranks of Israel’s delegitimizers

May 13, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I’m sorry to pick on Maryland Senator Ben Cardin. But all accounts he’s a thoughtful, decent man. But no one looks good when defending the indefensible.