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Archive for April 12th, 2010

AIPAC CUTOUT: THE RISE & FALL OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

AIPAC CUTOUT: THE RISE & FALL OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY
Please read to end. A TPM reader sends his own recollections of the Washington Institute’s founding after reading my TPM Cafe piece. I already wrote once about Bob Satloff and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. It is, and…


Israel - Middle East - American Israel Public Affairs Committee - Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Warfare and Conflict

Grief For Poland
What a disaster. My wife’s family is Polish Jewish. We have visited the country three times and enjoyed every minute there (except, of course, at the Nazi death camps). Our kids’ great-grandmother actually is buried in the Warsaw Jewish cemetery…


Poland - Warsaw - Extermination camp - World War II - History of the Jews in Poland

The Best Quote On AIPAC EVER!
You never know where Jeff Goldberg will end up on a particular issue except that he will never deviate more than a few degrees from the AIPAC line. It is then no surprise that his piece today is called “AIPAC…


American Israel Public Affairs Committee - United States - Israel - Middle East - Warfare and Conflict


Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons. Lieberman on Fox News Sunday said he is “real hesitant” to vote for a New START treaty […]

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons. Lieberman on Fox News Sunday said he is “real hesitant” to vote for a New START treaty unless the US effectively builds new nuclear weapons:

LIEBERMAN: Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.

In a demonstration of just how seriously Lieberman is taking these issues, as Chris Wallace shifted the conversation — noting that the treaty would need 9 Republican votes instead of 8 since “Lieberman was gone” — Lieberman audibly chuckled. Watch it:

On the one hand, this should mean that Lieberman’s vote is a slam dunk. The Obama administration has already demonstrated a massive commitment to modernizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure. Vice President Biden in a speech in February attacked the Bush administration for neglecting the nuclear infrastructure and called for a dramatic 10 percent annual increase in its budget.

But what Lieberman is really saying is that he agrees with those on the far right that want to needlessly build new nuclear weapons, nearly two decades years after the end of the Cold War. The far right insists that the U.S. is falling behind because it is not building new nuclear weapons and that our existing nuclear arsenal is deteriorating. This is a myth and demonstrates a complete, if not willful, ignorance of our approach to maintaining our nuclear weapons.

The U.S. continuously refurbishes and renovates its existing weapons, such that it doesn’t have to build new ones. This is by definition modernization. These refurbishing programs are getting the job done, according to an independent panel of scientific experts, called the JASON advisory group. As long as we continue these programs, as the Obama administration has committed to do, there is no need to build new nuclear warheads and weapons.

Yet building new nukes, along with conducting new nuclear tests, has become a right-wing dream. Lieberman is therefore willing to vote against a treaty — something that would have dire consequences for the US-Russia relationship, our mission in Afghanistan, and the entire nuclear non-proliferation regime — in order to symbolically demonstrate his support for the far-right’s dangerous nuclear agenda.


Republicans say Obama’s Supreme Court pick must be mainstream

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Republicans say Obama’s Supreme Court pick must be mainstream
Senate Republican leaders declined to rule out a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, if they think the pick falls outside the judicial mainstream.


In Maryland, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic and a missing Mothership
This is a story about a UFO.

Political pendulum in Michigan swings away from the Democrats
What’s the matter with Michigan?

Bill to extend jobless benefits faces Senate showdown
Congress is poised for another partisan showdown over extending unemployment insurance, as concerns about the growing budget deficit have complicated the path forward for an otherwise popular program.


Justice Stevens: One Man, Two Courts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Justice Stevens: One Man, Two Courts
Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
THE more than 34 years that Justice John Paul Stevens has served on the Supreme Court represent not just a very long tenure, but a bridge between two eras of our domestic and judicial politics. Justice Stevens entered the court from one world, and he will emerge from it a few months from now into another.Just how different those two worlds are was brought home to me a year ago when, for a law school symposium, I was researching Justice Stevens’s contribution to the court’s abortion jurisprudence. He was the first person named to the Supreme Court after the court declared…

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Worlds Without Women
Maureen Dowd, New York Times
When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women.I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women’s rights were strangled, an inbred and autocratic state more like an archaic men’s club than a modern nation. They told me, somewhat defensively, that the kingdom was moving at its own pace, glacial as that seemed to outsiders. 



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