Monday, March 22, 2010

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Why George Mitchell Will Not Bring Peace To The Middle East

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 01:11 PM PDT

This is not to say that peace cannot be imposed on the Middle East--by which of course we mean by extracting more and more concessions from Israel--but can George Mitchell actually bring a real peace to the Middle East?No.Why? Because George Mitchell's track record is based on the Good Friday Agreement that was supposed to bring peace to Northern Ireland.Ed Moloney, author of A Secret History of the IRA, writes about George Mitchell:His wasn't the central role in the Northern Ireland peace dealThe draft of the Good Friday Agreement was composed and written by British and Irish officials and then presented as if came...

The "galaxy quest" president

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 04:03 AM PDT

Why did the administration escalate a political mistake into a diplomatic crisis? According to Secretary of State Clinton it helped move talks forward. A less kind way of putting it, would be that she boasted of putting PM Netanyahu in his place. But Elder of Ziyon in an op-ed quality post makes a fascinating observation: Obama believes that a president, the leader of the free world, must act strong. But the problem is he cannot act that way when he cannot predict how the other parties will react to his show of strength. As in the movie Galaxy Quest, he...

What has and hasn't been learned

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 03:41 AM PDT

To the Washington Post's David Ignatius, the crisis between Israel and the United States was a necessary fight, that put Israel in its place. Jerusalem is the hardest issue of all in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation, and for that reason, would-be peacemakers have wanted to save it for last. But this month's crisis makes that strategic waffling impossible. Thanks to the Israeli right, the Jerusalem issue is joined. What's needed now is for Obama to announce that when negotiations begin, the United States will state its views about Jerusalem and other key issues -- sketching the outlines of the deal that...

Council speak 03/22/10

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 03:38 AM PDT

The Council has spoken! Winning Council Submissions  First place with 3 points! - Wolf Howling -  AP Goes APE Over Texas School Book Changes  Second place  *t* with 2 points - American Digest -  The Plague of Locusts Presidency Second place *t* with 2 points - The Razor - The United States of Venezuela Winning Non-Council Submissions First Place with 2 1/3 Points - Walter Russell Mead's Blog-The American Interest - Is this Lobby different from all others? Second place with 2 Points - Melanie Phillips - The Obama Intifada Submitted by JoshuaPundit For a complete list of this week's submissions see here....

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