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Two Thoughtful Items
ur friend Global Paradigms has two items that offer intruiging insights into the geopolitical challenges facing both the United States and Israel. In “The Globalist,”
The choice that Washington will face in the aftermath of Iraq is between continuing to strive for strategic dominance in a way that has ignited more opposition at home and resistance abroad — or working together with other powers to contain threats to the international system.
In that case, the United States will still be first among equals (or primus inter pares) — which is the next best thing to being Number One.
e are skeptical that the U.S., particularly its so-called policy-making elites, is prepared psychologically or even structurally to recognize the constraints already apparent before our eyes now. It would be a pleasant surprise. Our guess is that it will take a “shot across the bow” or an even more eggregious geopolitical setback to make the point. Perhaps Dick Lugar can take the Senate floor and quote David Brooks again. The over all analysis is excellent, as usual in the piece.
Not content to stand there, GP also supports and expands upon the position of those who describe Israel's current strategic woes as the unfortunate legacy of its alleged greatest strategic success, the 1967 War
. Definitely worth a a read.
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, Leon Hadar
, 1967 War
One of the reasons the Conrad trial interested us is that we saw a man who believed in his own innocense (save maybe at a very deep level wherein he actually had exaggerated feelings of guilt) but that he would have never been psychologically prepared to plea early on to some violations. Do you see any paralells with the Bushian foreign policy establishment - with it's fatuous self-aggrandizing mythos - and the good Lord Black?
Doc, your ol' pal Rudy said on the debate that he was mystified and angered by Ron Paul making excuses (read: point out motives for crimes) for the terrorists of 9-11. Indeed - we saw Rudy on tv demagoguing this very point in front of a B'nai Brith meeting last week.
Here's how the military has responded so far:
NB - Rudy vouched for his own pro Israel cred by saying Ehud Olmert was his friend. Yeah - the worst PM in Israel's modern history, and Rudy cites him. Your old pal has become out of control.
Yes, well recall I worked for Rudy before he was America's Mayor and not saddled with Myth and Heightened Ambition. Our personal interactions were always direct, decent, friendly and suffused with a humanity that does not come across in media well.
Yet also recall my concern that Rudy's social tolerance while his genuine core beliefs, can not obscure his views on GWOT, Israel and Iraq. Extremely troubling.
It isn't clear to me in a change election that the 9/11 image will be enough in any event. The campaign has yet to articulate a forward vision of America, etc.
One awaits Michael Medved's trenchant and full throated critique. The Crush on Hill one seemed a little more risque for a variety of reasons.
Is the Crush on Hill on youtube?
Ok - we just catched it - it was pretty good.