Tag Archives: Israel

Wikileaks pulls the lid off U.S. diplomacy

Today Wikileaks released approximately 250,000 confidential documents related to U.S. government diplomacy. This NY Times story runs down some of the highlights. The big takeaways? Saudi Arabia wants us to attack Iran for them Israel is ready to attack Iran U.S. diplomats to the U.N. are spying on their colleagues The U.S. is really worried about […]

Roundup for Friday 6/4/10

It now seems likely that the Israelis shot at the passengers on the Turkish boat before dropping their commandos onto the deck. At least they kept Hamas from getting their hands on dangerous… medical supplies? Also, in their attack the Israelis killed an American citizen. But don’t worry , that won’t stop American politicians from […]

Your tax dollars at work in Israel

This weekend Israel attacked Turkish ships in international waters that were on their way to delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians trapped in the Gaza strip. At least nine civilians aboard the transport ships were killed, many more were wounded. Israel has been blockading Gaza since Hamas won the 2006 elections in the occupied territory. Israel’s […]

Seriously.

Hilarious!

U.S. violations of nuclear non-proliferation

Robert McNamara, head of the Department of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered the following analysis in 2005: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” (FAIR) Debates about nuclear weapons typically feature lawmakers hyping the potential dangers we face from nuclear-powered foes like Iran […]

International law is an empty promise

“We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.” – Obama discussing new stricter language enforcing nuclear non-proliferation (via the NY Times). That seems more than a little hypocritical when Obama has actively shielded the past administration from international penalties against torture and launching aggressive wars. The […]

Israel fortifies opposition to peace

(Updated below) Like Presidents Clinton and Carter before him, Barack Obama is trying to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As a start, Obama asked Israel to stop expanding settlements, a.k.a. stealing Palestinian land. However, just yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an important part of Obama’s request: “In my conversation with […]

Rush Limbaugh crosses the line on Von Brunn

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that on Wednesday an 88-year-old white supremacist shot and killed a security guard in the D.C. Holocaust Museum. You can read more about the shooting, and the shooter, James von Brunn in the Times. I don’t think there is all that much to […]

What Obama should have said in Egypt

Good afternoon. Assalaamu alaykum. I’m going to keep this short and simple, because I need to get back to fixing America’s health care system and designing the next Corvette. So let me start off by saying We’re Sorry. Invading Iraq was a mistake. Instead of making the region safer or spreading democracy, all we’ve done […]

Roundup for Thursday 6/4/2009

According to the NYTimes, the Bush administration had a secret agreement with Israel whereby they “allowed Israel to build West Bank settlement housing within certain guidelines while still publicly claiming to honor a settlement ‘freeze.’” And peace becomes that much harder to achieve. Flickr photo of the West Bank by sduffy. **** Harry Reid, the […]