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Clinton speaks out as Israel hardens

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Good news and bad news from the Middle East.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticized Israel for planning to demolish 88 Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem, saying,

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“Clearly this kind of activity is unhelpful and not in keeping with the obligations entered into under the ‘road-map’… It is an issue that we intend to raise with the government of Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem.”

What a relief it is to hear an American diplomat admit, for once, that Israel is out of line.  Perhaps this is a signal of some movement toward fair play in U.S. foreign policy.  That could help the region a great deal.

Prof. Juan Cole points out that she’ll be besieged by Zionist critics in the USA for daring to say it, and urges “Please consider sending her a supportive message for daring [to] speak out on the issue. In fact, urge her to use a stronger word than “unhelpful” the next time.”

Now the bad news:  Israel’s new hard-line government will probably press ahead on a plan to build 73,000 new settler homes in the Occupied West Bank, doubling the number of Zionists living on Palestinian land to 600,000.  One can only imagine the despair and outrage this theft of the homes of Palestinians will cause throughout the region.

If they do so, Cole believes the two-state solution will be utterly dead: Read the rest of this entry »

Senator Clinton, does lying have no limits?

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Presidents lie, I guess: LBJ on the Gulf of Tonkin. Nixon on Watergate. Reagan denied involvement in Iran-Contra. Clinton “did not have sex with that woman” (lots of people pay good money to not have sex like that). GWB about … oh, forget it (some of my conservative friends still believe Bush’s statements were well-intentioned mistakes, to which I say, “Dear ones, you are not looking.”)

It comes hard to me to admit all this. I clung to hope that Bush was honest much longer than I should have. It still disappoints me (yes, I’m naive and stupid.)

But friends, Hillary did not mis-speak. In her prepared comments, starting in January, and even after being called on it, she repeated a fairy tale that cast herself as a hero, bravely landing under fire, running for cover. As the girl from the Tuzsla airport recently said, “It is an ugly thing for a politician to tell lies.” Hillary brushed it off as unimportant, just a blip, a result of lack of sleep. Since January. In prepared remarks.

Let me ask you, do you accidentally tell stories about yourself running from gunfire? Wouldn’t people doubt your competence if you did?

Check me out. Here are two reporters’ takes on it. See what you think.

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April 1, 2008 at 12:19 am

Olberman warning to Clinton: “That way, madness lies”

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What a breath of fresh air it is to hear someone speak who acknowledges the elephant in the room!

These are strong words, but badly needed. Bravo to Keith Olberman for confronting misconduct, and for offering hope—after these dark Bush years—that unethical campaigning might still be wrong.



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Written by Monte

March 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Posted in Politics, Race

Ma and Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man

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Why Hillary’s race comments matter

I saw two groups excusing Senator Clinton’s suggestion that LBJ made Martin Luther King, Jr., successful.

The first comprised middle-class white people, who reverted to the rolling of eyes and labeling the controversy “just politics” (the implication being that no sensible person would see the comment as anything significant—along the lines of “these blacks are so touchy!“*) The second set was the older, authoritarian set of African-American civil rights leaders (their implication being “The Clintons are icons; we’ll not allow that talk.”)

Ishmael ReedA deeper view was offered by author Ishmael Reed: “[Bill] Clinton was able to seduce black audiences, who ignored some of his actions that were unfriendly, even hostile, to blacks.”

Reed is brilliant (the headline above is his, for instance), and I encourage you to ponder his entire post, which details the Clinton record, then thumbnails the history of black America’s rocky relationship with white feminism. To pique your curiosity, a couple of excerpts, followed by a video of Hillary’s comments: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

January 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Posted in Politics, Poverty, Race, Religion

Zogby: Obama would beat all Repubs; All defeat Clinton

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clipped from www.zogby.com
Zogby Poll: Obama, Edwards Strong but Clinton Slips Against GOPers General election match-ups show the New York Senator would lose against every top Republican
UTICA, New York – A new Zogby Interactive survey shows Democrat Hillary Clinton of New York would lose to every one of the top five Republican presidential contenders, representing a reversal of fortune for the national Democratic front–runner who had led against all prospective GOP opponents earlier this year.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrats Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards of North Carolina would defeat or tie every one of the Republicans, this latest survey shows.

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

40%

 

46%

 

43%

Giuliani

 

43%

 

41%

 

48%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

40%

 

48%

 

48%

Romney

 

43%

 

38%

 

40%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

39%

 

N/A

 

N/A

Huckabee

 

44%

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Obama

 

46%

 

46%

 

48%

Giuliani

 

41%

 

42%

 

42%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Obama

 

46%

 

49%

 

52%

Romney

 

40%

 

35%

 

35%

  blog it

Many of us recovering religious-right-oholics thought this would happen. But I have no idea what happens next.


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Written by Monte

November 27, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Posted in Politics