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Obama on Gaza

Speaking at a press conference about the war in Gaza, President Obama seemed tired and a little dispirited. And perhaps he was overly optimistic about what can be achieved after a ceasefire. But I think his understanding of Israel’s right to defend itself, and of Hamas’s responsibility for breaking the latest ceasefire, and for the [...]

Ex-ambassador: Obama “behind the curve” on Syria

Robert Ford, the former US ambassador to Syria and a principled opponent of Bashar al-Assad, said he resigned his post because of frustration with the Obama administration’s failure to fully support the moderate opposition.

“Events on the ground were moving, and our policy wasn’t evolving very quickly. We were constantly behind the curve. And that’s why [...]

Obama does his shtick

At the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner:

Home of the “Fighting Chomskys,” indeed.
Some good cracks about the conservatives who swoon over Vladimir Putin.

Putin envy on the American Right

Last fall I posted about how Vladimir Putin (with his unapologetic anti-gay policies and his supposed defense of “Christian values”) was making some American conservatives weak at the knees.
Paleocon Pat Buchanan especially was in full swoon:

While much of American and Western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing [...]

A late entry

For awhile now, I’ve been running an informal contest to determine the most cringe-inducing Republican member of the House of Representatives from Texas.
So far the contestants include:
• Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, 1st District
• Steve “If Babies Had Guns” Stockman, 36th District
• Randy “You Should Be Ashamed for Doing Your Job” Neugebauer, 19th District
• Blake “Sometimes [...]

Hanukkah at the White House

President and Mrs. Obama hosted the annual Hanukkah reception at the White House Thursday night.

Code Pink at the White House

Although most of the recent craziness and detachment from reality in Washington has been concentrated among Congressional Republicans, it isn’t limited to them.
The “antiwar” Code Pink people demonstrated in front of the White House to protest a meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom they apparently believe were plotting to start a [...]

Obama’s Syria speech

If you missed President Obama’s speech last night, here it is:

Obama recognized that public opinion in the US opposed a military strike against the Assad regime; he tried to respond to some of the concerns in his speech. All indications are that a vote in Congress on whether to approve a strike would have gone [...]

Obama’s campaign manager will advise the Tories

Jim Messina, who managed Barack Obama’s successful 2012 reelection campaign and previously served as his deputy chief of staff, has been hired by the UK’s Conservative party as a campaign strategy adviser.
The Tories are hoping to emulate Mr Obama’s re-election against a backdrop of economic problems. Many other governments that have sought re-election during economic [...]

Kafranbel tries sarcasm

The neocons of the Syrian town of Kafranbel express their bitterness at the Obama administration’s pathetic calls for Iran and Hezbollah to withdraw their fighters from Syria.
Well, they’ve tried everything else.
(I’d love to see counter-demonstrators show up at the next Stopper protest with pictures from Kafranbel.)
Hezbollah isn’t winning popularity contests among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon [...]