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Andrew Sullivan’s excellent sentence-by-sentence takedown of the Washington Post’s exceptionally tendentious editorial against Chuck Hagel today bears reading. Here’s a taste, with the Post quoted first followed by Sullivan’s comment.
On the contrary: Mr. Hagel’s stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, fall well to the left of those pursued by Mr. Obama [...]
On Monday, Politico‘s Ben Smith ran a long piece that was advertised as a “view from the Middle East” about the Obama administration’s failures in the Middle East peace process. Andrew Sullivan quickly criticized the article for its extensive and credulous reliance on members of the Netanyahu government and other assorted Likudniks. Smith
Daniel Larison at the American Conservative has an interesting take on U.S. President Barack Obama’s endorsement of India’s bid to join the permanent five members of the UN Security Council (those who wield veto power), and what it says about the United State’s policy of steadfast objection to the Iranian nuclear program.
Larison (with [...]
If someone is the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at a prominent Washington think-tank, it’s fair to expect a certain level of scholarship. After all, these institutions are supposed to be in influencing policy. In the case of the American Enterprise Institute, they just about ran foreign policy during George W. Bush’s first term.
Many readers will already have seen that this blog was mentioned, along with Andrew Sullivan, Glenn Greenwald, Phil Weiss, and Steve Walt, as one of the sites “using the Internet to make anti-Semitism respectable,” in a Tablet article by their neoconservative politics columnist Lee Smith. The article is silly and substanceless enough that [...]
It seems that everybody is talking about Leon Wieseltier’s long screed against Andrew Sullivan, in which the New Republic literary editor insinuates at great length that his former colleague is an anti-Semite, while — in cowardly fashion — attempting to maintain deniability by refusing to make the allegation explicit. Any number of commentators from [...]
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