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  • The Mind of Donald Trump

    05/18/2016 11:25:25 AM PDT · by Reeses · 26 replies
    The Atlantic Magazine ^ | May 18, 2016 | Dan P. McAdams
    A Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump's Personality ...rambling psychobabble...Summary: Who, really, is Donald Trump? What’s behind the actor’s mask? I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates Won’t Move Into Brooklyn Brownstone, After Media Attention

    05/11/2016 1:04:24 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | LIAM STACK
    The journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates said on Monday that he and his family would not move into a $2.1 million Brooklyn brownstone they recently bought because media coverage of the purchase had made them worried for their safety. Mr. Coates and his wife used a limited-liability corporation to shield their identities during the transaction — a legal maneuver frequently used by celebrities seeking privacy — but word of the sale leaked to The New York Post, which published an article about the purchase with pictures of the house last week. Real estate and other news organizations soon followed suit....
  • The Screamfest Aimed At Trump

    05/10/2016 7:18:01 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 12 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 10, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    "Donald Trump's Economic Plans Would Destroy the US Economy!" screams the headline in The Atlantic. Of course to go with the headline they find a very unflattering picture.... I do give The Atlantic one bit of credit: They didn't bury the lede. "I've borrowed knowing that you can pay back with discounts," he told CNBC. "I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.” "This policy would be so disastrous that even its suggestion is dangerous." Oh really? The article goes on to say that suggesting that one might haircut the debt would collapse markets...
  • Atlantic Magazine Writes off Clinton White House Transition Vandalism as Mere Pranks

    04/22/2016 11:02:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 22, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Hey, it was just a harmless prank! No real harm done. Ha! Ha! That is the tone of The Atlantic magazine article explaining away the vandalism performed by the Clinton White House as it transitioned over to the incoming George W. Bush administration. The article is about how tough it is to transition from one White House administration to the next but the real purpose as we shall see is to slam Donald Trump for mishandling a transition that has yet to happen because he hasn't even been nominated yet. First author Russell Berman attempts to explain away a major...
  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

    04/30/2016 2:25:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | ROBINSON MEYER
    “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think. In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a...
  • Obama’s Former Middle East Adviser: We Should Have Bombed Assad

    04/24/2016 1:11:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Atlantic ^ | APR 20, 2016 | JEFFREY GOLDBERG
    A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with Philip Gordon, who held the Middle East portfolio at the National Security Council from 2013 to 2015 (and before that, served as assistant secretary of state for European affairs) about my Atlantic article, “The Obama Doctrine.” The piece tried to explain how the president understands the world, and America’s role in it. (This week, the president is on a tour of the some of the countries he discussed in the article.) Gordon, a loyal Obama man, is, like his ex-boss, somewhat-to-very fatalistic about the ability of the U.S. to direct the...
  • Obama’s anti-Arab views confirm suspicions

    03/23/2016 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    alarabiya.net ^ | 3-23-2016 | Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
    Jeffrey Goldberg’s appraisal of the “The Obama doctrine”, that has caused a furore in response to the president’s scathing views on America’s Arab allies, has done us a favour. Now we know beyond question where we stand in the US global pecking order, which appears to be way down the scale of the Obama administration’s priorities. Barack Obama no longer believes that the Middle East is “terribly important to American interests” but insists that the Saudis need to share the region with their Iranian foes in the form of a “cold peace”. Of great concern is his failure to disagree...
  • ‘Gung-no’ Obama plays the blame game – and Israel loses

    03/14/2016 2:54:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-13-16 | HUGH ASH
    IN case anyone was in any doubt, now we know. Because, if folks imagined otherwise, perish the thought that Barack Obama’s presidency has been anything but a litany of foreign policy flunks, not that his domestic performance has been inspirational. No, whatever diplomatic disasters there have been under his feeble, two-terms reign are down to the ineptitude, cowardice even, of other world leaders and the man himself feels serially let down. In a frank and frankly churlish interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, recently published in Atlantic Magazine, the 44th US President absolved himself of all blame in steering the planet closer...
  • Oren: Obama has selective memory on Middle East

    03/13/2016 5:14:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-13-16 | Gil Hoffman
    Oren served as ambassador to the US during the during the first four and a half years of Obama's presidency. He wrote the book Ally about the experience, which has just been published in Hebrew. s controversial interview last week in which he repeatedly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proves that he has "selective memory" about the Israel-related events of his presidency, Kulanu MK Michael Oren said Sunday. Oren served as ambassador to the US during the first four and a half years of Obama's presidency. He wrote the book Ally about the experience, which has just been published in...
  • Trump’s Revolution From Within

    03/11/2016 7:49:26 PM PST · by Innovative · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 11, 2016 | Ronald Brownstein
    Donald Trump has advanced to the brink of the Republican presidential nomination not by transforming the GOP electorate, but by dividing it along a new axis. Though some conservative Trump critics have claimed that he has relied on a surge of non-Republican voters, the exit polls conducted so far in 15 states point toward the opposite conclusion. Overall, although turnout has soared from 2012, the share of the total primary votes cast by self-identified Republicans this year is virtually unchanged. And Trump has beaten his rivals among self-identified Republicans in every exit poll conducted in states that he has won....
  • Obama Just Tried To Blame Middle East Turmoil On Netanyahu… One BIG Problem

    03/11/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 11, 2016 | Yochanan Visser
    Obama became annoyed... President Obama’s favorite journalist Jeffrey Goldberg made headlines in Israel when The Atlantic published his latest article about the President. In his lengthy piece titled “The Obama Doctrine,” Goldberg gave an overview of Obama’s foreign policy and discussed the President’s disillusionment with the attempts to change the Middle East for the better. Yes, Obama really thought that his policies in this problematic region would bring a positive change when he entered the White House at the beginning of 2008. “This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East,”...
  • The real loser in Barack Obama’s worldview? David Cameron.

    03/11/2016 3:03:15 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | March 11 at 11:54 AM | Adam Taylor
    The real loser in Barack Obama’s worldview? David Cameron. By Adam Taylor March 11 at 11:54 AM After eight years of often-difficult foreign policy, does President Obama bear any grudges? A lengthy new article based on hours and hours of interviews with the president published by the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg offers a hard look at Obama's thoughts on America's allies and enemies. Some of those thoughts may seem strikingly unorthodox. For example, while Iran comes into the president's line of fire, Obama also complains bitterly about America's Sunni Arab allies, Saudi Arabia in particular. China, perhaps America's most serious competitor...
  • Obama: Netanyahu Lectured Me When He Came to the White House

    03/11/2016 12:01:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/11/16 | Cortney O'Brien
    Americans sensed there was still a bit of tension between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter leader cancelled their planned meeting this month. The Obama administration claimed to be blindsided by the announcement, but Israel’s government insists they warned the White House last week. Sources reveal that the prime minister decided to forgo the meeting because he was frustrated over a delay in defense aid. Yet, others say he simply didn’t want to visit during the peak of the U.S. presidential campaign. The bad blood between Obama and Netanyahu dates back a few years ago...
  • Why Liberals Should Vote for Marco Rubio

    02/29/2016 12:57:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 29, 2016 | by Peter Beinart
    Democrats must do everything they can to prevent Donald Trump’s nomination-like supporting the one man with a chance to beat him. Marco Rubio would be a terrible president. Still, if I lived in any of the nine Super Tuesday states that allow non-Republicans to vote in their GOP presidential primary, I would vote for Rubio. Other liberals should do the same. Those who can should write him checks. Whatever it takes to stop the nomination of Donald Trump. There are three arguments against what I’m proposing. Argument number one is that, from a liberal perspective, Rubio is not the best...
  • Donald Trump's Perfect Foil: Jeb Bush

    02/22/2016 8:54:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 35 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | 9:19 AM ET | Peter Beinart
    Donald Trump's Perfect Foil How the real-estate mogul's attacks against Jeb Bush fueled his rise Peter Beinart 9:19 AM ET If Jeb Bush hadn’t run for president, Donald Trump would have had to invent him. The former Florida governor was Trump’s perfect foil. First, because Jeb was prim, proper, and incapable of expressing the rage—especially towards Muslims and Mexicans—that many Republicans currently feel. Second, because Jeb’s candidacy represented the reductio ad absurdum of the campaign finance corruption that Trump, alone among GOP candidates, calls out. ...snip... In a searing column last week, the former Marine J.D. Vance, author of the...
  • "Face The Nation" Roundtable: After SC, History Is On Donald Trump's Side (Video)

    02/21/2016 11:37:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    Ron Brownstein of The Atlantic, Reihan Salam of the National Review, Mark Leibovich of the New York Times Magazine, and USA Today’s Susan Page break down presidential politics in the aftermath of the South Carolina and Nevada contests.
  • Trump Is a Sinner Among Saints in South Carolina

    02/16/2016 8:16:49 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2-16-2016 | BILL RAUCH
    In the Carolina low country down along the coast near Hilton Head Island, there is a rural, vibrant area called Shell Point, home to the Community Bible Church. "A lot of evangelicals are suspicious of Trump," says Dr. Carl Broggi, the church's senior pastor. "We have been played by past candidates who have made promises and then not kept them." The Community Bible Church sanctuary seats 1,800, and it fills up twice on Sundays. Who does Broggi favor in the upcoming primary? Ted Cruz. In the Carolina up-country, Al Phillips feels similarly. "Evangelicals don't trust Trump on the key sanctity...
  • The Unexpected Breadth of Donald Trump's Appeal

    02/12/2016 3:36:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | Conor Friedersdorf
    Since the Granite State is so white, it didn't test the candidate's performance among minorities. But Trump proved an ability to best all his rivals among the following groups: Women. He got 33 percent of their vote. The runner up, John Kasich, got 16 percent. All ages. He won among 18-to-29-year-olds, 30-to-44-year-olds, 45-to-64-year-olds, and 65-and-over, his worst demographic, where he still won 31 percent of the vote. He did better in the city and the suburbs than in rural areas, but won all three locales. He won among voters with college degrees and among those with graduate degrees. He won...
  • Reporter Took Orders from Hillary Clinton’s Staff, Down to Specific Adjective

    02/10/2016 6:57:45 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 9,2016 | by JOHN SEXTON
    Asked about having Hillary's PR people write his columns, Ambinder now claims he does not remember the exchange and adds that he is not interested in defending it. "It made me uncomfortable then, and it makes me uncomfortable today," he tells Gawker. The Atlantic is not the only news site which covered Clinton's CFR speech exactly as her staff wanted it covered. In an amazing coincidence, Mike Allen of Politico wrote about the speech in a piece that opened, "In a muscular first major address as secretary of state...." And midway through the story Allen writes, "A look at the...
  • Death watch for Rand Paul campaign

    09/27/2015 11:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 26, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    LEXINGTON,Ky. — Rand Paul was right. In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, as the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.” “That sounds unlucky to me,” he said. Less than two years later, Paul’s luck, it seems, is running out. Campaigning on Friday in New Hampshire, Paul continues to charge ahead with his struggling presidential campaign, but speculation is growing that he might be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the race. Former Texas Gov....
  • The Storm That Will Unfreeze the North Pole

    12/29/2015 2:10:51 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Robinson Meyer
    The sun has not risen above the North Pole since mid-September. The sea ice—flat, landlike, windswept, and stretching as far as the eye can see—has been bathed in darkness for months.
  • What ISIS Really Wants [very informative]

    12/20/2015 11:54:48 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 61 replies
    theatlantic.com/magazine ^ | March 2015 Issue | Graeme Wood
    What is the Islamic State?... Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State''s appeal. ''We have not defeated the idea,'' he said. ''We do not even understand the idea.''.. The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment.. We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. First, we tend to see jihadism as...
  • Prayer Shaming After a Mass Shooting in San Bernardino

    12/02/2015 8:31:32 PM PST · by presidio9 · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/2/2015 | Emma Green
    Directly after a mass shooting, in the minutes or hours or days between the first trickle of news and when police find a suspect or make arrests, it is very difficult to know what to do. Some people demand political action, like greater gun control; others call for prayer. In the aftermath of a violent shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday, in which at least 14 victims are reported to have died, people with those differing reactions quickly turned against one another. For example: Here’s the Washington editor at the liberal publication The Nation, George Zornick, on reactions...
  • Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars

    11/04/2015 9:55:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Molly Ball
    In Tuesday’s elections, voters rejected recreational marijuana, transgender rights, and illegal-immigrant sanctuaries; they reacted equivocally to gun-control arguments; and they handed a surprise victory to a Republican gubernatorial candidate who emphasized his opposition to gay marriage. Democrats have become increasingly assertive in taking liberal social positions in recent years, believing that they enjoy majority support and even seeking to turn abortion and gay rights into electoral wedges against Republicans. But Tuesday’s results—and the broader trend of recent elections that have been generally disastrous for Democrats not named Barack Obama—call that view into question. Indeed, they suggest that the left has...
  • ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ Bill Gates

    11/01/2015 6:39:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 82 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 2015 | James Bennet
    "On why the free market won’t develop new forms of energy fast enough: ...Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch."
  • Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages: Linguistic Coincidence?

    10/16/2015 7:54:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/16/2015 | JOHN MCWHORTER
    Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a chien, to Russians a sobaka, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a gǒu. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence than any other. One runs up against that wall with pretty much any word.Except some. The word for “mother” seems often either to be mama or have a nasal sound similar to m, like nana. The word for “father” seems often either to be papa or have a sound similar to p, like b, in it—such that...
  • So Long Bobby Jindal?

    10/15/2015 8:39:51 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 91 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/15/2015 | RUSSELL BERMAN
    Thursday could mark the beginning of the end for Bobby Jindal’s increasingly slim presidential hopes. The Louisiana governor’s campaign reported having just $260,000 to spend at the end of September after raising a little over half a million dollars and spending significantly more than that in the third quarter. It’s a paltry sum compared to his rivals, and if Jindal can’t jumpstart his White House bid soon, he could be headed the way of Rick Perry and Scott Walker, who ended their campaigns when their coffers ran dry. Jindal’s haul—or lack thereof—was the most ominous signal that came from the...
  • A Letter to Donald Trump Supporters With One Big Question

    08/14/2015 6:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 14, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    You’re right to mistrust conventional politicians. But why do you think he’ll treat you any better?Dear Donald Trump Supporters: You’re fed up. This much I understand. You’re fed up with politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail, like that they’re going to stop illegal immigration, and then do another in Washington; you’re fed up with insiders who rig the system for their benefit at your expense; and you’re fed up with coastal media elites and their insular subculture. On some level I sympathize. In the last presidential election, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for any of the...
  • A Letter to Donald Trump Supporters With One Big Question

    08/14/2015 6:20:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 08/14/2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Dear Donald Trump Supporters: You’re fed up. This much I understand. You’re fed up with politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail, like that they’re going to stop illegal immigration, and then do another in Washington; you’re fed up with insiders who rig the system for their benefit at your expense; and you’re fed up with coastal media elites and their insular subculture. On some level I sympathize. In the last presidential election, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for any of the candidates. I just left it blank. I wanted nothing to do with my awful options....
  • David Brooks: Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White

    07/17/2015 11:58:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | David Brooks
    ... the disturbing challenge of your book is your rejection of the American dream. My ancestors chose to come here. For them, America was the antidote to the crushing restrictiveness of European life, to the pogroms. For them, the American dream was an uplifting spiritual creed that offered dignity, the chance to rise ... Your definition of “white” is complicated. But you write “ ‘White America’ is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies. Sometimes this power is direct (lynching), and sometimes it is insidious (redlining).” In what is bound to be the...
  • New York Times Columnist David Brooks Blasted for White Privilege Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates

    07/17/2015 12:07:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    New York Times columnist David Brooks was slammed on Twitter Friday after he wrote a column — in the form of a letter to The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates — about Coates’ new book about the African-American experience and white privilege. Brooks’ “Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White” compliments Coates’ “searing contribution to the public education,” but then switches gears to criticize the book, “Between the World and Me.” ... Salon, which has made a sport of Brooks bashing, wrote a review of Brook’s column, and opined that “the Times columnist displays more white privilege in one column than some white...
  • The ‘Court Jew’ Controversy Re-Erupts New reality for an old phenomenon: How Obama and Israel

    06/21/2015 10:08:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Tablet Mag ^ | 6/16/15 | Lee Smith
    Last week an issue that has simmered for some time in private conversations burst out into the open—in a very unpleasant way. At the Jerusalem Post conference in New York on June 7, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew offered a stirring defense of the White House’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran—and was nearly booed off the stage mid-speech. It wasn’t civil or nice of the audience to do this, as many pundits have already noted. Then again, many would say it’s not very nice of the Obama Administration to keep trying to sell the currently configured Iran deal to the pro-Israel...
  • How to Defeat ISIS, According to Ted Cruz (You can smell the fear)

    09/23/2014 4:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Why the senator’s brand of foreign policy is dangerous. The Republican Party is divided on foreign policy. There are “interventionists” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who want America to more aggressively wage war—either directly or via proxies—in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and beyond. And there are “isolationists” like Rand Paul who worry that if America tries to fix the world’s problems through the barrel of a gun, we’ll become a bankrupt empire rather than a prosperous republic. Then there’s Ted Cruz, who unites both factions by embodying the worst of each. Take Cruz’s position on ISIS. Like McCain...
  • Why Americans Are Turning Against Free Trade

    06/14/2015 3:17:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 158 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 12, 2015 | David Frum
    When the proceeds of growth are not widely shared, the consensus in favor of pro-growth measures cracks. A decade and a half ago, I filled my days writing speeches urging Congress to grant President George W. Bush fast-track trade authority. If memory serves, I wrote more speeches on that one subject than on any other. Obviously, I didn’t earn my pay: Despite Republican majorities in both Houses, Congress balked. This past year, President Obama has worked as hard for fast-track authority as President Bush ever did. It now seems that his efforts will prove as unavailing. This time, if anything,...
  • Legitimizing Anti-Semitism [Obama]

    05/26/2015 10:20:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    New York Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | May 22, 2015
    ‘And so I think it is not at all contradictory to say that there are deep strains of anti-Semitism in the core regime, but that they also are interested in maintaining power, having some semblance of legitimacy inside their own country, which requires that they get themselves out of what is a deep economic rut that we’ve put them in, and on that basis they are then willing and prepared potentially to strike an agreement on their nuclear program.’ * * * That is the sentence that jumps out at us in respect of President Obama’s latest interview with Jeffrey...
  • Obama: I Have Been Called "The First Jewish President"

    05/23/2015 3:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 190 replies
    On Friday, President Obama spoke at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration being held at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. Wearing a yarmulke, Obama addressed his Jewish gravitas, citing his two Jewish former chiefs of staff, saying he has been called America's "first Jewish president" by Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently interviewed him for The Atlantic. Goldberg was in attendance.
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • Obama: Netanyahu's Comments Have 'Consequences'

    05/21/2015 7:26:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 5/21/15 | Elad Benari
    President Barack Obama is continuing his criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comments on a Palestinian state and Arab-Israelis before the last elections. In an interview with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Obama said that the security relationship between the United States and Israel will remain strong, but reiterated that there will be “consequences” from Netanyahu’s remarks. “In every public pronouncement I’ve made, I said that the bedrock security relationships between our two countries—these are sacrosanct. Military cooperation, intelligence cooperation—none of that has been affected. I have maintained, and I think I can show that no U.S. president has...
  • Georgetown Professor Calls on Baltimore to Violently Riot

    04/29/2015 1:21:04 PM PDT · by rightistight · 41 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/15 | Aurelius
    Preston Mitchum, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and contributor to the Huffington Post and the Atlantic, incited rioters over the last few days, saying that protesters must "go forth with your righteous indignation." He also has shown a clear disdain of people's lives and property, writing that rioters have no other option than to attack their "oppressors." Mitchum seemed to go as far as telling protesters to destroy property, first saying that he doesn't care about people's homes and businesses: Then he tells rioters to "go forth with your righteous indignation:" And then says that burning down a CVS is...
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War (long interview)

    04/13/2015 7:54:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 13 2015, 7:32 AM ET | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Goldberg: What is Obama seeking here, in your mind? Cotton: Well, I think he clearly wants to have a kind of grand rapprochement with Iran. This goes back to his actions in his earliest days, when he was silent in the face of [Iran's] Green Revolution, and even some of his statements in the campaign. Goldberg: What's wrong with wanting a grand rapprochement with Iran? Cotton: I would love to see that happen. As Secretary Schultz and Secretary Kissinger wrote, they've been in government when Iran was an ally, not just of the United States but of Israel. The Iranian...
  • Joe Biden’s Israel stunner: American Jews should let Israel protect them

    03/29/2015 6:05:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | 3-29-15 | Corey Robin
    "No matter how deeply involved you are in the U.S. … there’s only one guarantee ... and that's the state of Israel" In the April issue of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg reports on a remarkable incident last fall at the residence of Vice President Joseph Biden. Speaking before guests—including leaders of Jewish organizations and Jewish officials in the Obama administration—invited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Biden recalled meeting Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir when he was a young man in the Senate: “I’ll never forget talking to her in her office with her assistant—a guy named Rabin—about the Six-Day War,” he...
  • It’s Not Just Islam, It’s the Tribal Mentality

    03/13/2015 4:57:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 12, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The “nothing to do with Islam” mantra took a hit recently in one of the premier organs of liberal received wisdom, The Atlantic. Many have greeted as a revelation Graeme Wood’s article on the Islamic doctrines behind ISIS’s atrocities. Regular readers of FrontPage and Jihad Watch will not be as impressed. For years they have understood the link between jihadism and Islam. In 1994 Andy McCarthy made this connection when he prosecuted the perpetrators of the first World Trade Center bombing the previous year, a connection that the FBI ignored or discounted at the time––a failure, by the way, that...
  • Ferguson's Conspiracy Against Black Citizens (Atlantic carrying Holder's water)

    03/05/2015 6:18:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/05/2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Despite the uncertainty surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, many black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, immediately thought that he was the victim of a wrongful death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, who shot him after a scuffle.
  • Want to Understand ISIS?

    02/17/2015 11:53:06 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Graeme Wood writes the best analysis and description of the horror of ISIS here at The Atlantic. He goes into detail about the roots of ISIS, its relationship to mainstream Islam and the ambitions of the Caliphate. He explains how ISIS combines not only a horribly literalistic interpretation of the Koran, but also how it is interlaced with radical Muslim apocalyptic visions.He sums up the whole article pretty well with this paragraph The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter...
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    02/17/2015 6:22:30 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • What ISIS really wants

    02/16/2015 2:38:01 PM PST · by iowamark · 39 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • The Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic.

    02/19/2015 6:00:33 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | February 18, 2015 | Graeme Wood c/o Robert Spencer
    This is an extraordinary piece, as it represents one of the first, if not the first, mainstream media acknowledgment that what I have been saying all these years, and illustrated in detail in thirteen books, hundreds of articles, and tens of thousands of posts here, has been absolutely correct: that jihadis use the texts and teachings to justify their actions and make recruits, and make a case that obviously convinces many young Muslims, that they represent the truest and most authentic expression of Islam."…The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and...
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    02/20/2015 12:35:26 PM PST · by PhxRising · 39 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/15/2015 | Graeme Wood
    What is the The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIS

    02/15/2015 9:12:19 PM PST · by lbryce · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 15, 2015 | James Fallows
    As I see it the Sunni minority in Iraq and the Sunni majority in Syria are under siege by Shia. ISIS is the one successful Sunni group opposing the Shia. A very large portion of Arab Sunnis at least passively support ISIS, not because they support its extreme ideology but because they want the Sunnis to emerge victorious. A subset of the pro ISIS Sunnis actually support their extreme ideology. What we call the Iraqi military is seen by almost all Arab Sunnis as a Shia army under the influence, if not the control, of Iran. This explains why Turkey...