• If GOP contributors wanted to make things difficult for the Dems in 2010 they'd give their money to Roland Burris, not Toomey.

  • comment on a post The Right Responds To Specter's Switch over 5 years ago

    How does this affect the rest of the 2010 races?

    Is Castle less likely to run in Delaware?

    Is Kirk less likely to run in Illinois? Is Roskam more likely to run? Or less likely?

    Will the GOP pull resources out of Pennsylvania? Where will they go? Connecticut? Colorado? Nevada? Wisconsin?

    Does Specter switching make it less likely a credible "moderate" will challenge Gillebrand? Does that make her more vulnerable in the Dem primary?

    Does this make other Senators more likely to retire? McCain (Arizona)? Grassley (Iowa)? Bunning (Kentucky)? Coburn (Oklahoma)?

    Does the move make KBH in Texas more likely to resign to run for governor?

  • Do you consider the oppression of Zionism to be radical? Extreme? Racist?

  • Why is so much of your energy put into raising issues of women being oppressed when the oppression can be linked to Islam, but so little effort into social justice, including discrimination against women, closer to home?

    And why do you feel the need to stifle criticism of your position by giving troll ratings?

  • comment on a post Alice Walker protesting in Gaza UPDATE over 5 years ago

    based on human rights and equality before the law for all, including Palestinians.

    Zionism has shown that it cannot exist without being permanently buttressed by ongoing human rights abuses.

  • What would make Zionism "radical" in your mind?

  • Did you defend Israel's decision to drop bombs on urban areas?

    Did you support the rights of the civilian women killed in the bombing campaign you supported?

  • comment on a post The Bailout: Are Massive Scandals About To Unfold? over 5 years ago

    It sure seems like the financial sector as an entity and as a collection of individual actors behave irresponsibly.

    And the gov't sees it's primary function as helping the irresponsible avoid consequences for their actions.

    It's like keeping the confidence of the bad actors is more important than keeping the confidence of the tax payers and citizens.

    But I guess that reflects the goverment/Obama administration understanding of the power relationship in western society. The citizens/tax payers are marks to be fleeced by the oligarchs.

  • Why don't you work on tempering your own bigotry first? And then work on the bigotry propagated by your religious/ethnic group.

    And then you can worry about women in Saudi Arabia.

  • comment on a post Woman Arrested in Saudi Arabia for... Driving. over 5 years ago

    One of MyDD's biggest Israel hawks is distraught over the poor treatment of women in an Arab country.

    But when Bush 41 and Clinton were yucking it up over a joke based on the stereotype feminists being ugly, Canadian Gal defended Clinton.

    Zionists argue that the United States should support Israel because of "shared values".

    But Israel doesn't need U.S. support to share our values on gender issues.

    Israel--and its supporters, like Canadian Gal--wants U.S. support in denying Palestinians basic human rights.

    The anti-Arab propaganda serves the purpose of dehumanizing Arabs. Canadian Gal may not be consciously dehumanizing Arabs, but Zionists and other Right Wingers have engaged in a longstanding campaign to dehumanize Arabs and Muslims to justify the use of violence and oppression against Arabs and Muslims.

    Does it make sense that someone who would defend Israel bombing civilians from aircraft would get all distraught about a woman not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia? How does this prioritization make sense?

  • on a comment on The 'Reconcilable' Taliban over 5 years ago

    Is Mullah Omar willing to negotiate?

  • on a comment on The 'Reconcilable' Taliban over 5 years ago

    I'm concerned that the obsession with stamping out Islamic extremism is providing a poor way of understanding U.S. interests in the subcontinent reasons.

    How 'bout you do a post on why Americans obsess over radical Islam?

  • on a comment on The 'Reconcilable' Taliban over 5 years ago

    What are you for? What policy do you support?

  • comment on a post The 'Reconcilable' Taliban over 5 years ago

    You're asking the wrong question.

    You should be asking what are the U.S. options.

    What are the pros and cons of leaving Afghanistan?

    What is the U.S. vision for a completed mission in Afghanistan? With whom does the United States need to make deals to achieve this vision? How likely is it to succeed? What are the pros and cons of this scenario?

    What if the United States continues to pursue roughly the same strategy and tactics in Afghanistan? What will be the likely results?

    A few weeks ago I attend a presentation by two liberal academics with expertise in Afghanistan. They described a grim situation, but neither wanted the U.S. military to get out without first doing positive stuff. They both agreed that the United States should negotiated with parts of the Taliban (both agreed the United States should not negotiate with al Qaeda, which they felt strongly was distinct).

    I think both these academics had their heads in the clouds. To make the mission successful they wanted the U.S. military to do things it's no going to do.

    I think the U.S. military should withdraw from Afghanistan and focus on making a just and lasting peace between India, Pakistan and Kashmir.

    But if you don't like withdrawing from Afghanistan and you don't like negotiating with parts of the Taliban, the United States is pretty much stuck doing the same as was done under Bush (with some possible tinkering with the troop levels).

  • What incentive does Israel have to make a just peace?

    Israel is fine with the limited number of casualties it takes. These casualties fuel the political movement that wants to take more land. And the casualties simply aren't very numerous. Israelis have more chance of being killed in an automobile mishap than a Palestinian attack.

    And the Israeli leadership wants the land. This is true of Labor, Kadima, Likud and of course the Right Wing nutjobs.

    The economic incentive to end the conflict doesn't apply to Israel for a couple reasons. The United States subsidizes the Israeli military and the subsidies would drop if Israel made peace.


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