Dylan Matthews

Dylan Matthews was a summer 2008 Prospect editorial intern.

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THINGS VENEZUELA HANDS SHOULD PROBABLY KNOW.

By Dylan Matthews 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: In varying degrees, Chávez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Honduras’s Manuel Zelaya, and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa are abusing their presidential powers to change the rules of the game. They are all allies of Chávez in what he calls “21st-century socialism” which is what. So far, this socialism recalls nothing less that the beginning stages of the socialism which was established in the first half of the 20th century in Russia, Italy, and Germany. I doubt a U.S. president would have given a warm handshake to any of those leaders. There are oh so many problems with this, not least that...

ROSEN V. AIPAC.

By Dylan Matthews 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. … The core of the case is the repeated claims by Patrick Dorton, the outside spokesman for AIPAC named in the suit, that Rosen and Weissman were fired because they "did not comport with standards that AIPAC expects of all its employees.” Recall that Rosen was fired after he was charged with espionage . I would certainly hope funneling classified documents to foreign government fails to "comport with standards that AIPAC expects of all its employees". But no. Rosen thinks firing people under federal indictment is completely unreasonable, so much so that we wants $21 million in damages. In...

AFTERNOON INTERLUDE: SPECIAL DAN DEACON EDITION.

By Dylan Matthews Dan Deacon performs on a local NBC morning show. It's weird: If you have time, check out the interview he did before his performance, where he describes his music as "what really cool 6-year-olds would create".

MOVING THE 50-YARD LINE.

By Dylan Matthews 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. But by God, I hope writers like Marcus use their soapboxes to present it as centrist. They win, obviously; they, as paragons of the centrist DC establishment, are able to link themselves with a very popular president. Obama benefits as well, being able to credibly claim that he's forging a middle ground. But in the end, this sort of framing is good for progressivism. If a...

GALLOWAY IN GAZA.

By Dylan Matthews 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. But what bothers me is that even Galloway meeting with Haniyeh is considered objectionable. This is an utterly inconsequential backbencher, someone with zero or negative influence in the House of Commons, and meeting with Haniyeh gets his picture on the homepage of the Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz . And meeting with the leader of the most popular party in Palestine isn't - or shouldn't be - beyond the pale. It's a necessary step in the peace process, and I sure hope George Mitchell, Hillary Clinton, and the incoming Israeli foreign minister sit down with Haniyeh soon. If the reaction to Galloway is any...

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