First off, thanks to Ezra for having me over again. It's always a treat hanging out with you guys.
So former ambassador to Venezuela/Assistant Secretary of State/chief Bush administration filibuster Otto Reich isn't pleased about Obama's Latin America policy. And when writers at The Corner find a foreign policy approach they disagree with, you know what analogy's coming:
Being a pinko commie liberal (or something), I generally take a broad view of workers' right vis-à-vis their employers. And I'm not exactly a big fan of AIPAC. That being said, this is all kinds of absurd (via Ben Smith):
Steve Rosen, the former AIPAC foreign policy chief charged with receiving classified information, is suing his former employer for defamation, JTA has learned.
Rarely have I been as happy with a column I so thoroughly disagree with as I am with Ruth Marcus' piece today. Her central thesis - that Obama is somehow governing with a "moderate tilt" and not as an "unreconstructed liberal" - is pretty absurd on its face. We're barely two months into the new administration, and already a withdrawal from Iraq has been announced, an $800 billion stimulus package has been passed, S-CHIP has been expanded, stem cell restrictions have been lifted, and Guantanamo has been shut down. Say what you will about that, but it's a pretty solidly liberal policy agenda.
I guess I'm supposed to be outraged that George Galloway met with Hamas leader and former Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh, but I'm having a hard time mustering it. For one thing, it's George bloody Galloway. He'd have a two-hour sit-down with a cactus if it pissed off Gordon Brown or the State Department. That he would reach out to Hamas is thoroughly predictable.