Category Archives: Obama and Israel

The Kosher Wedgie

It pays to be devious, at least in politics – and maybe in investment banking and advertising – but in politics there’s something special, the wedge issue. That’s a tangential issue you use to drive a wedge between your opponent … Continue reading

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On Edge

The Monday before Super Tuesday this year – the day with all the Republican primaries and caucuses that will decide who will run against Obama, or will leave things as muddled as the days before – wasn’t exactly a slow … Continue reading

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Death, Disaster, Class Warfare and Sabotage

Ah, another day of death draws to a close – the Supreme Court finally decided that fellow in Georgia could be executed – there would be no stay for him, even though there was, in the end, no forensic evidence … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Perspective

Sports fans know all about it – loyalty has nothing to with anything even vaguely related to rational thought and carefully considered perspective. It’s somewhat the opposite of perspective. Chicago Cubs fans always say wait until next year, every year, … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Pickles

Diplomacy is hard. You have to say the right thing in the right way, to get the other party to do what you want when they’d rather not. Will Rogers said it’s the art of saying “nice doggie” until you … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts

Good speeches can change things. Or maybe, as with every graduation speech you’ve ever heard, they change nothing at all. You remember Hillary Clinton mocking Obama back on February 25, 2008: The former first lady abandoned the conciliatory tone she … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, In Cairo…

It was supposed to be a big deal. Everyone said it was a big deal. Maybe it was. It was that long-awaited speech Obama had promised to give in the Arab world. It just turned out to be in Cairo: … Continue reading

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