Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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THE THINK TANK OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND.

Yesterday, the Hillary Clinton campaign charged Barack Obama with "shameless ... potential plagiarism" for offering economic proposals that the Clinton camp claims resemble Sen. Clinton's. While one has to admire the studied imprecision of the phrase "potential plagiarism", unlike the much-discussed provenance of the new Obama campaign slogan "We are the ones we have been waiting for," the source of the charges against Obama's economic proposals is clear: Kevin A. Hassett , Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies , American Enterprise Institute. Yes, that American Enterprise Institute . How odd that a few weeks after attacking Obama for saying nice things about Ronald Reagan , Clinton is now attacking him with talking points gleaned from the very pro-business, pro-war, anti-tax, anti-government think thank of which Ronald Reagan said "stands at the center of a revolution in ideas of which I, too, have been a part." Update : Commenter Benjamin notes that the Hassett quote...

THE QUALITY OF MERCY.

That Marty Peretz , he's all class : Reports about the "horrors of Israeli occupation," Peretz adds, don't particularly impress him. "I'm not under the impression that Israeli occupation is kind and sweet. No occupation is kind or sweet. But bad things happen everywhere, all the time," he says dryly. Yeah, big deal, they're only Arabs, right Marty? I think we can safely assume that Peretz's response to anyone brutish or callow enough to express a similarly blase attitude toward Israeli suffering would be anything but dry. I'm telling you, TNR 's offices would drown in a raging monsoon of spittle and chest hair, and Jamie Kirchick would be crushing paper cups non-stop for days on end. Update: Daniel Levy on why Palestinian suffering should and does matter : Here’s why this matters and it merits attention and even a two minute break from the relentless primaries speculation. The unresolved Palestinian issue resonates, it is not just a creation used by Arab regimes and al-Jazeera, it is...

FLAWED AND UGLY.

Reuel Marc Gerecht celebrates President Bush 's creative destruction: Although the White House often seems bedeviled by the task of defining "victory" in Iraq, it really isn't that hard. Flawed and ugly as it is, Iraqi democracy stumbles forward. The Shiite and Sunni Arabs are slowly establishing representative political arrangements within their own communities that allow some diversity of opinion. Leaving aside the fact that as this "victory" as Gerecht defines it, in addition to obviously representing a monumental climbdown from each and every one of the numerous justifications previously offered for the war, does not actually add up to "an Iraqi state" as much as to "a series of armed militia communities we're going to call Iraq," was this outcome really worth 4,000 American dead , over 28,000 wounded , and, by the end of 2008, some $600 billion in American treasure? Was it worth over half a million Iraqi dead, many times that maimed, and some 3 million displaced? Was it worth...

HAS OBAMA BEEN KRISTOLIZED?

Michael Cohen of Democracy Arsenal correctly flags a potentially disastrous development in Barack Obama 's race for the Democratic nomination: Bill Kristol's prediction that Obama will likely win the Democratic nomination. Given Kristol's record as one of the most consistently and comprehensively wrong pundits in America, this could be a harbinger of doom for Obama's campaign. --Matthew Duss

BOTTOM-UP RECONCILIATION.

Ha'aretz has this story on a potentially significant meeting between Palestinians and Israelis in Hebron: The heads of the largest Palestinian clans in Hebron met with the Kiryat Arba local council chief and prominent leaders of the Jewish community in Hebron on Wednesday in what both sides described as a meeting of reconciliation, Army Radio reported. Sheikh Abu-Hader Ja'abri, the head of a prominent Palestinian clan and a relative of a former mayor of Hebron, and the head of the Abu Sneinah clan, Haj Akram Abu-Sneinah met with the head of the Kiryat Arba settlement council, Zvi K'tzubar, and the heads of Jewish settlers in Hebron. The two sides declared their goal was to restore peace and security to the city, known to Jews as Hebron and to Palestinians as Al-Halil. "We don't see you as settlers but as residents," Sheikh Ja'abri, the head of a prominent clan in Hebron, is quoted as telling his Jewish interolocutors. "Hebron is ours just as it is yours." This is encouraging, and...

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