Posted by: quiscus | July 8, 2010

July 8, 2010

1.  “Politics stops at the water’s edge” is by now a hackneyed expression, but the response to Steele’s comments shows that it is still true to a large degree. Both parties agree on the need for constant U.S. intervention in foreign countries — the Democratic National Committee chairman piled on Steele, too — regardless of the consequences. They may quibble about the details of how the interventions are carried out, but aside from a few anomalies like Ron Paul, they concur that the world would descend into chaos without continual application of Uncle Sam’s big stick. If only the RNC chairman had possessed nerves of Steele, his remarks might have opened the door for a real debate about U.S. foreign policy and a new appreciation for John Quincy Adams’s advice that America not go “abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.”

2.  What an evil woman:

Sarah Palin is waging a battle inside the “tea party” movement to exempt defense spending from the group’s small-government, anti-deficit fervor.”

3.  “Indictments and disciplinary actions stemming from Israel’s Gaza offensive are raising a prospect many might find unsettling: the controversial Goldstone report may have been on the right track.

In seven cases disclosed so far, the military found that a sniper “deliberately targeted” civilians; soldiers used Palestinians, including a 9-year-old boy, as human shields; and commanders authorized at least three separate bomb attacks that killed and injured several dozen civilians who were taking refuge in a family home, a U.N. compound and a mosque.

Some human rights experts regard Tuesday’s manslaughter indictment against the sniper, who confessed to firing into a crowd of civilians waving a white flag and killing at least one person, as an acknowledgement that Israeli forces had committed a minimum of one war crime.”

4.  Just like the US:

“UK’s collusion with radical Islam: Bin Laden, the Taliban, Zawahiri: Britain’s Done Business With Them All”


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