From Reader AS on my post about the 24 day inspection timeline in the Iran nuclear deal ...
The 24 days is probably more bogus than you said.
Nit picking about the 24 days is sort of like trying to dispute different details of climate change research. Specialists look at all of the details, and come up with an opinion. Critics, who generally don't know what they're talking about, find some odd research result, and try to blow it up and use it to spread doubt.They're doing exactly the same thing here. Detecting work on nuclear weapons in a country like Iraq is a hard and complicated technical problem. Almost none of the people talking about it in the popular press (or me) understand it at all. But people who do understand it seem to have formed a consensus that the plan in the deal is serious and well designed. It is, by all accounts, the most strict inspection regime ever devised, tighter than anything ever implemented anywhere.Read More →
Stanley Aronowitz claims we should be grateful for Trump's candidacy.
TPM Reader JB captures a significant slice of the story ...WowRead More →
Trump's comments are erratic, but I think at bottom he is very disciplined and always on his message: "I win." Everything he does and says builds on this same core pitch, which he laid out in his opening campaign speech:
Do you feel like a loser? Well, guess what, you should. You are losing. We are losing. To the Mexicans. To the Chinese. To Iran. To bossy women. To Everybody. It is not morning in America; we suck right now. You suck.
People say strange things. They think strange things. They do strange things. Accepting this fact is the first step to getting along in the world and not being constantly surprised and discomfited. I just read this article/interview with Leon Wieseltier in the Times of Israel, an English language Israeli paper catering to anglophone Israelis and American Jews. The gist of the article is that Leon continues to really, really dislike Benjamin Netanyahu but thinks he’s for once right on the Iran nuclear deal. As you’d expect, I entirely agree with him on Netanyahu and almost as resoundingly disagree with him on the Iran deal. His arguments are ones you’ve heard before on both sides and aren’t really what concern me in this case.
It’s this line down at the bottom about Obama being "the first US president who doesn’t really have a special feeling for Israel."Read More →
Jimmy Carter: "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body."
Trump now crushing rivals in Iowa too. Jeb in 7th place. Walker's numbers tumble. Rubio in 9th place.
I heard from a reader yesterday who said, in so many words: I support President Obama and I support the Iran deal. But what's with the 24-day notice to do inspections? That sounds bad to me. What's the story with that?
Mainly, I think this is a demagogued and phony issue. Here's my take.Read More →
It started as a dispute over the AP American history curriculum, but a Colorado school board recall is shaping up as a proxy fight for national groups, including the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, over a whole range of contemporary public education flash points.
How Donald Trump has modeled his campaign around professional wrestling. Really.
Here's another example of the Trump pattern, how his candidacy has this uncanny ability to trigger explosions in virtually every part of the conservative ecosystem it touches.Read More →