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American neoconservatives tend to get hostile when you make the point that every country has its neocons. The response typically runs something like this: How can you possibly compare me with those Russians/Chinese/Iranians? Don’t you understand that I cloak my hawkish right wing nationalism behind a thin veneer of concern for human rights!?!? Neocons also […]
Especially when they come from different countries? Former Ambassador Martin Indyk revealed an interesting wrinkle to the story of Eastern European missile defense system, which the Obama administration canceled last month, a move conservatives have heavily criticized as — what else? — appeasement. Recounting recent meetings with Israeli national security officials, Indyk said that “the […]

Reputation Summed Up

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On December 29, 2008

Serwer: A much commented upon statement from Marty Peretz, on the battle currently raging in Gaza: Message: do not fuck with the Jews. I’m not sure if this is applicable to international conflic

Discrimination

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On December 29, 2008
To be clear, I think that the Israeli air campaign against Gaza will end up being destructive, and, from a political point of view, pointless at best. That said, the Israeli attacks thus far have NOT been indiscriminate; civilian casualties are inevitable in any such campaign, especially as Hamas locates its arsenals and security forces […]
Just good clean entertainment: As Kristol used column after column to boost Sarah Palin, suspicions built inside the campaign that Kristol and McCain staffers close to him had written off McCain and were now determined to salvage Palin as a vehicle for Republican politics in the future, possibly the Republican nomination in 2012. Michael Goldfarb—who […]

Beirut

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On October 24, 2008

Marine Corps barracks bombing 25 years ago today. 241 dead, almost all USMC. 58 French paratroopers died the same way, on the same day. I don’t ascribe to the bombing the importance that neocons

Signaling

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On May 4, 2008

Let me second Yglesias’ recommendation of this Dave Meyer post on signaling. Meyer concentrates on the public relations aspect of signaling behavior in a democracy, but here are some assumptions

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