Archive for July, 2015


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The Atlantic: Desperate Republicans

July 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Any day now, Rick Santorum is going to gyrocopter into the White House and try to make a citizens arrest. That’s how desperate the GOP presidential hopefuls not named Trump, Bush, Walker and Rubio are for attention. Every four years, the Republican base creates a market for crazy. But this… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Why Don’t American Jewish Groups Represent American Jews on Iran?

July 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A century ago, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter and Rabbi Stephen Wise set out to democratize American Jewish life. Angry that an “American Jewish peerage”— composed mostly of wealthy, patrician, non-Zionist German Jews—spoke for an American Jewish community it did not represent, they formed the American Jewish Congress to represent the… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: The Big Hole in the Iran Debate

July 23, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I have a fantasy. It’s that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first: “Did you support the Iraq War, and how has that experience informed your position?”

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Haaretz: Why you can be pro-Israel and still support the Iran deal

July 23, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since the signing of the Iran nuclear agreement, American Jews — like Americans as a whole — have been debating whether it’s a good or bad deal. But they’ve also been debating something different, and more sensitive: Can we disagree with Israelis on something this important? In the words of… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: The New McCarthyism of Donald Trump

July 21, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Pundits are pretty sure that Donald Trump has “jumped the shark.” “Mr. Trump’s candidacy probably reached an inflection point on Saturday after he essentially criticized John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War,” declared The New York Times’ Nate Cohn last weekend. “Republican campaigns and elites quickly moved to… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

July 17, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

How to make sense of the nuclear deal with Iran? Is it a necessary compromise that’s preferable to the alternatives and potentially beneficial for the Middle East? A feeble and indefensible sop to Iranian leaders bent on further destabilizing the region? A practically satisfying but morally troubling gamble, born of… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Face it: U.S. and Israel Don’t Have The Same Interests

July 15, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the coming weeks, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will both utter thousands of words about the Iran nuclear deal. Here’s one thing they won’t say: America and Israel have different interests. Obama won’t say it because it would confirm the right’s claim that he doesn’t… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama’s Critics So Angry

July 14, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mankind faces a crossroads,” declared Woody Allen. “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” The point is simple: In life, what matters most isn’t how a decision compares to your ideal outcome. It’s how… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: How Views Like Trump’s Became Socially Taboo

July 10, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What do NBC and ESPN’s decision to cut ties with Donald Trump in retaliation for his comments about Mexican immigrants, the South Carolina House’s vote to take down the Confederate flag, and a Harrisburg newspaper’s decision to “very strictly limit” letters and op-eds opposing same-sex marriage have in common? They’re… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Why Hillary Clinton is moving left on every issue except Israel

July 9, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

From immigration to campaign finance reform to criminal justice, Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy is clear: Move to Barack Obama’s left, to energize liberal voters. Except on Israel, where she’s moving to Barack Obama’s right, to energize hawkish donors.