Category Archives: Columns

It’s Got to Be Hard to Be Angela Merkel

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I love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. One of my favorite scenes comes after Murray’s character, Phil Connors, turns over a new leaf and starts spreading kindness to the people of Gobbler’s Knob. While performing his daily list of good deeds, Connors realizes that he’s late for one of them. He sprints down…

The Enemy of My Enemy

The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a…

Unfair, Unbalanced, Unhinged

"Slimy" … "dangerous" … "bad news." Those were a few of the derogatory adjectives deployed by members of the mainstream media this week. The pundits and reporters weren't maligning alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl or the five Taliban terrorists for whom Bergdahl was swapped. Nor were they savaging Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who committed mass murder…

America’s Left-Wing Jews Ashamed of Israel’s Jews

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President…

America’s Left-Wing Jews Ashamed of Israel’s Jews

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President…