Posted: 12 May 2010 04:25 AM PDT
I saw this ridiculous assertion by Matthew Yglesias via Noah Pollak: The American right has a longstanding complaint on this score that international humanitarian law's even-handed nature constitutes de facto unfair treatment of "the good guys." As an example of even-handedness, Yglesias points out that Goldstone condemned both Israel and Hamas in his report. Yes the report very gingerly criticized and barely mentioned Hamas and saved the bulk of his invective to condemning for very specific if poorly sourced war crimes. This isn't even handedness. It is having no standards for the tyrants of the world. Why does Israel receive...
Posted: 12 May 2010 04:09 AM PDT
Evelyn Gordon speculates at the end of The Purpose of Proximity Talks: Why is the proximity-talks charade necessary? Because currently, Obama lacks both public and congressional support for moving beyond mere verbal hostility. If he didn't realize this before, the backlash to his March temper tantrum over Ramat Shlomo would certainly have convinced him. So he needs to up the ante by painting Israel's government as responsible for torpedoing a key American foreign-policy initiative -- one he has repeatedly framed as serving both a vital American national interest and a vital Israeli one. He could then argue not only that...
Posted: 11 May 2010 09:10 PM PDT
A year and a half ago shortly before his term ended, Bob Geldof praised President Bush's efforts to help Africa, Instapundit remarked hopefully. "The press will tell the story eventually. But not until after the election." (Actually shortly before that, the Boston Globe featured an op-ed prasing the President, but that was an exception.) Well now, President Bush's efforts are coming to naught and Bookworm Room notes: Read between the lines (and make it almost to the end of the article), though, and you'll see the truth peek out: Bush, the quintessential "white man," helped Africa enormously, while Obama, the...
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