With the last week's NIE revelations undercutting the profitability of Rudy Giuliani's promising to be mean to Iran, he has apparently decided that being mean to illegal immigrants is the next best thing. The formerly pro-immigrant Giuliani says that if he thought the INS could have deported all of the city's illegal immigrants "I would have turned all the people over. It would have helped."
Following on Ezra's post about James Kirchick's latest bout of self-parody, I think Daniel Levy's scholarly work and his commitment to achieving a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians speaks for itself, and doesn't need to be defended from the likes of Kirchick.
Over at Middle East Progress, Rafi Dajani and Ghaith Al-Omaristate what should be obvious in regard to a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal: While it may be possible to reach one without including Hamas, it will be impossible to implement.
Implementing a peace agreement...will require Palestinian reconciliation. If such an agreement meets Palestinian national aspirations and is backed by key Arab countries, namely Saudi Arabia, it is hard to imagine Hamas opposing it and risking further alienating the Palestinian people.
In a clear act of Islamofascist [sic] sympathizery that seems to have slipped right by the finely tuned treason detectors of right blogistan, (time to clean out the Cheeto dust, guys!) Speaker Nancy Pelosi dons a hijab to celebrate the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. Won't somebody please think of the children? (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Via Andrew Sullivan)