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With all the commentary about the Iran, it is worth noting that there is an argument against the deal. It's just not one that most opponents feel able or comfortable making publicly. It goes something like this.

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As we move closer to next month's vote on the Iran nuclear deal, I wanted to note some parts of the story that are not getting sufficient attention in the mainstream press. Even in Israel, where the the P5+1 deal is quite unpopular, there is increasing concern, at least among elites, at just how far Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go in damaging US-Israel ties in his war against the Obama administration over the Iran deal. As JJ Goldberg aptly puts it, the campaign of incitement and maliciously phony charges of anti-Semitism against the White House are "effectively turning American Jews into Netanyahu's cannon fodder" in war against Obama.

Too true.

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Somewhat like the years of anti-Obama incitement and fomenting of The Crazy, which helped birth the Trump phenomenon that is now eating the GOP alive, the birther bacillus has now escaped the GOP biohazard lab and turned on four current Republican presidential candidates.

I feel like I've written this post four or five times now. But I just cannot get over or even fully get my head around the way that Donald Trump's mere presence in the race has this power to drive everyone on the Republican side of the aisle insane. I don't mean just that they don't like that he's in the lead and creating campaign havoc. I mean forgetting who they are, getting into fights with each other, and just generally losing their minds.

It's like one of these classic Star Trek episodes where some malevolent non-corporeal force is driving everyone mad or putting everyone at each other's throats for some unknown reason. But it's not non-corporeal at all. It's extremely corporeal, more than you and me. It's Donald Trump.

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Fareed Zakaria had a column out yesterday dissecting and demolishing New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s argument for opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. I won’t try to duplicate his arguments on the merits. I don’t think I can improve on them. But I have wanted for the last week to address Schumer’s decision.

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After first saying that invading Iraq was awesome and then slinking back to 'if the intelligence hadn't fooled us', now Jeb Bush is back to saying that "taking out" Saddam Hussein was a "pretty good deal." In moments like these, it's worth wondering, does Jeb want to be President? Are his political skills too rusty to make a run?

But there's a more revealing prism.

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I'm not sure I've ever seen a picture that captured the weirdness of Donald Trump's hair quite like this one. I was thinking of putting in lines like an infographic. But just take a look. (Click the headline of this post to see a larger version of the photo.)

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.

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.

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