Explanations of Rahmbo's attack on Iraqi PM

Yesterday, I was puzzling over what seemed to be an organized House Dem campaign against the Iraqi prime minister for anti-Israel comments he (supposedly?) made.

I didn't get very far.

Now, today, the MSM add their two cents.

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Poll on Attitudes Toward War in Lebanon

I think that this supports my contention that the situation in Lebanon is not particularly useful for Democratic purposes in the 2006 midterm elections.

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How Far Can the Mighty Fall?

Jammed off the radar by bad news from Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and America's other warfare related foreign policy fumbles is another issue that bodes ill for the ability of "the mightiest nation in history" to favorably influence international relationships.  As Tom Wright of the New York Times reports, key global trade talks have gone down the flusher.

Under the fold: failure on all fronts

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Wanted: A Twenty First Century George Kennan

The diary below was originally posted earlier today on my blog the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

In July 1947, George F. Kennan published an article in the quarterly edition of Foreign Affairs entitled "Sources of Soviet Conduct." Kennan originally drafted the article as a paper for Defense Secretary James Forrestal. When he submitted it to Foreign Affairs, Kennan used the moniker "Mr. X." The piece was known as "containment" and is credited with guiding American foreign policy under presidents of both parties during the cold war.

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Rahmbo goes Likudnik on Hastert's ass

The funsters at the Note highlight a sordid piece of politicking from Rahmbo and some friends:

DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter to other members of the House, urging House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to cancel Wednesday's address to Congress by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the theory that his condemnation of Israeli attacks on Lebanon put him at odds with U.S. policy.

The letter reads: "The Speaker's podium reflects our nation's values. We the Members of the House, under your leadership, decide who receives that honor, and the list should not include anyone whose interests conflict with the United States."

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