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Condi’s Tears

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Well, now we at least know what it takes to make Condi Rice “sad”  — the death of 60 civilians including a couple of dozen children in the Israeli bombing of Qana. The Associated Press quotes the U.S. Secretary of State saying: Rice said she was “deeply saddened by the terrible loss of innocent life” in Israel’s attack. […]

Cease Fire

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Owing to some weekend travel, I’m making a unilateral withdrawal from blogging about the war — and from blogging in general until next Monday. Try to get along without me until then. 

Johnson Leading Over McKinney

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Here’s some good news: A new poll by Insider Advantage shows challenger Hank Johnson with a hefty lead over incumbent Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic run-off for the 4th District congressional race. The poll shows Johnson leading McKinney, 46 to 21 percent, with a third of voters undecided. The survey recorded the responses of 489 […]

Israeli Military Push Bumps Into Reality

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

The rhetoric of the Israeli military campaign in Lebanon has rudely bumped into reality.  Israeli forces got bloodied in the fight for the Lebanese border city of Bint Jbeil. And all of a sudden, the goal posts have begun to slide. After boasting for two weeks that it was intent on eradicating Hezbollah as a […]

Cooper on the Radio

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

I’m guest-hosting Wednesday and Thursday on Public Radio International’s To The Point. You can listen to both shows by clicking on the link above. Or hear Thursday’s show live at NOON PDT streaming live on KCRW, or on 89.9 FM if you live in the Los Angeles area. On Wednesday’s show we had a good […]

Shell Shock

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Fabulous. That’s the only word I can use to describe the American political reaction to the war in Lebanon. Condi Rice finally gets up off her arse after two weeks, she flys into Beirut and later into Rome and tells the world how the U.S. has pledged $30 million in sheets, blankets, and plastic sheet […]

Time Out for Hank Johnson

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Time out for a few minutes from the war in Lebanon. For some time I’ve been quite appalled by Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She’s frankly a discredit to the very notion of a progressive politician. She got a surprise wake up call last week when she was forced into an August 8th run-off by an […]

Democrats Re-Enlist

Monday, July 24th, 2006

A bit of follow-up on my posting last week about the Democrats’ “unwaverig support” for Israel. Revolting it is to now watch leaders from both major parties trying to capitalize on the blood being spilled in Lebanon. The Vice-President of the United States was in Florida this weekend using the war as an excuse to […]

War: On Any Given Sunday [Updated]

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

**Update** This just in from Ken Silverstein: an interview with Wayne White who, until last year, was a ranking Bush State Department officer on the Middle East. Those who think Israel is doing a great job in its retaliation campaign should read closely the words of somebody who actually knows something about this subject. Unless, […]

Scuttle Diplomacy

Friday, July 21st, 2006

War is the failure of diplomacy. The Bush administration is now engaged in what I call scuttle diplomacy: using diplomatic activity, or in this case inactivity, to scuttle a cease-fire. It is disingenuous on the part of the administration to claim that there must be continuing war in order to lay the groundwork for a […]

Hezbollah’s Ploy

Friday, July 21st, 2006

My colleague at The Nation, its literary editor, Adam Shatz has just put out a great backgrounder on the war in Lebanon. Able to chew gum and walk at the same time, Shatz gives us a clear-eyed view of what motivated Hezbollah to provoke the ongoing gotterdammerung while also explaining why Israel’s response plays right into the […]

That Other War

Friday, July 21st, 2006

If one were really, really cynical one might suspect that the Bush administration has encouraged Israel to continue its military offensive if for no other reason than to continue distracting attention from the full-on debacle in Iraq. I’m not that cynical. The truth, nevertheless, is that the wheels seem to be breaking off in Iraq […]

My Daughter Rocks

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Allow a proud father some boasting on his own blog. This story in the Ventura County Star neatly describes the strike movement being built at a chain of California hospitals. My daughter, Natasha, only 22 years old, is one of the SEIU organizers in this push. The hospitals, by the way, are run by Health […]

Swing Time

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

My feature story on the congressional race in the ultimate swing district in the ultimate swing state is now posted online at The Nation. Please be kind enough to take a peek.

Democrats Enlist

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Let’s for a moment speak the unspeakable. I can give myself license because I am a Jew. Fact is, the Democrats’ policy on Israel mirrors the Republican policy on Cuba. They both derive from primarily domestic political considerations and not from any measured analysis of foreign policy nor any deliberation on where our true national […]

Mo’ Mo’ More War: Bush Flashes the Green Light

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

After a week of carnage in the Middle East, after the Israelis have begun to move ground troops into Lebanon, after a half-million people have been driven from their homes, and  after nothing but seven days of rhetorical pablum from the White House, we can now discern an emerging Bush administration policy: block all peace intitiatives […]

Judt on Israel: “Grow Up”

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Professor Tony Judt, who grew up in the bosom of Jewish-Israeli political life, had landed a Sunday punch in an essay published in Haaretz. (Judt, born in Lodon to Jewish parents went to Israel as a teenager and rose to the post of national secretary of the Labor Zionist youth movement Dror).Four decades later, he […]


Saturday, July 15th, 2006

A worthy interview with Mark Perry suggests that the current military flare-up in the Middle East will soon tamp down with Israel and Hezollah pulling back from the brink.Let’s hope so. There’s a lot of valuable nuance in Perry’s analysis. He”s the director of the Beirut-based Conflicts Forum and is an old hand at brokering […]


Friday, July 14th, 2006

Angry Arab gets angry with me. I find his arguments to be rather absurd, frankly. And I’m happy to answer his question about when, exactly, I would support a Hezbollah attack on Israeli troops. The answer: never. At least as long as those troops are stationed in Israel and not in Lebanon. What on earth […]

More War

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Israel has further escalated its attack on Lebanon, unleashing its air force on the Beirut international airport, some main highways, military bases and power plants. Israel most certainly has the right to respond to the kidnapping and murder of its soldiers by the Hezbollah. Crushing the infrasructure of Lebanon, however, is a rather disingenuous and […]