Archive for August, 2015


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The Atlantic: How Trump Makes Jeb Bush Seem Like a Wimp

August 28, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump has gotten a boost in his efforts to maul Jeb Bush in recent days from an unexpected source: Jeb Bush himself. Trump’s attack on Jeb isn’t mostly about issues. As with most things Trump, it’s mostly about persona. The Donald thinks Jeb is a dud. “He’s a man… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

August 27, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement…. Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Accusing Obama of anti-Semitism Enables AIPAC to Wield Power but Escape Scrutiny

August 19, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

U.S. President Barack Obama has really done it this time. To sell his Iran deal, “he’s hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits.” He’s “using terms that are often code words for Jews.” And his minions are using “anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool.”

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The Atlantic: The Surge Fallacy

August 11, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the past decade, the foreign-policy debate in Washington has turned upside down. As George W. Bush’s administration drew to an end, the brand of ambitious, expensive, Manichaean, militaristic foreign policy commonly dubbed “neoconservative” seemed on the verge of collapse. In December 2006, the Iraq Study Group, which included such… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Trump’s Narcissism Obscures His Outrage

August 7, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Saying that Donald Trump performed poorly in last night’s debate is stating the obvious. By any sane standard he’s been performing poorly since he entered the race. Yet he’s leading in the polls. Still, last night Trump didn’t even do obnoxious well. The reason, I suspect, is that to debate… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Iran Isn’t Nazi Germany

August 6, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Mike Huckabee’s sin was being too vivid. Last week, after the Republican presidential hopeful said that by signing the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama “would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven,” a parade of organizations and politicians accused him of inflammatory language… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: The Moral Responsibility That Rivlin Accepts and Netanyahu Denies

August 5, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What’s the difference between Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu? Rivlin can feel shame. “I visited the family in Tel Hashomer hospital,” said Rivlin after Jews burned Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh to death last week in the West Bank. “I visited, silently, ashamed.”