Adam Serwer

Is Rick Perry The Most Neocon Friendly Candidate?

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't even officially entered the race yet, but per Ben Smith he appears to be the neocon candidate of choice just based on whom he's taking advice from:

Perry's aides have been tight-lipped about the gathering, which National Review reported included former Rumsfeld aides Doug Feith, Daniel Fata, and William Luti, as well as the magazine's Andrew McCarthy and others . But I'm told Rumsfeld helped steer Perry's staff to the low-key advisory group.

Israel's Leftism

Jeffrey Goldberg writes about how horrified Israel's American Christian right supporters would be if they actually knew anything the country as it actually exists:

Franken vs. DOMA

Igor Volsky posts a video from today's Senate hearing on legislation repealing the Defense of Marriage Act in which Senator Al Franken dresses down Tom Minnery from Focus on the Family after the latter fudged the results of a study to suggest that same-sex families were detrimental to children:

Lone Wolves

J.M. Berger notes that when terrorist plotters team up, they usually fail, but the social nature of Islamic extremism makes lone wolves hard to come by:

Every single homegrown plot against the U.S. since September 11 that involved more than one person has failed, most often because law enforcement caught wind of it. Nevertheless, homegrown jihadists keep talking about their plans, and keep getting caught.

The GOP's Goal: Keep Gitmo Open

I've written a lot about the detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act restricting the ability of the executive branch to try suspected terrorists in civilian court and mandating military detention even in the case of domestic arrests. In their letter to the president, a group of Republican committee chairs lets the cat out of the bag as far as the long term objective of such policies:

The King's Torah

Right-wing Israelis are protesting the arrest of two rabbis who supported the King's Torah, a book that seeks to exempt nonbelievers from religious prohibitions against killing:

Rabbis Dov Lior and Yacob Yousef had endorsed a highly controversial book, the King's Torah - written by two lesser-known settler rabbis. It justifies killing non-Jews, including those not involved in violence, under certain circumstances.

The fifth chapter, entitled "Murder of non-Jews in a time of war" has been widely quoted in the Israeli media. The summary states that "you can kill those who are not supporting or encouraging murder in order to save the lives of Jews".


The MEK does not represent Iran's "democratic opposition."

Realpolitik in a fantasy world.

Why Islam-baiting doesn't work in elections.

Obama endorses DOMA repeal.

Blunt Instruments

Matthew Yglesias deputizes Ta-Nehisi Coates as a member of the Republican Party:

That makes perfect sense. But I do think it’s worth saying that the alternative being put on the table here is a conservative one, and the mere fact that the successful investor who doesn’t like high property tax rates is black doesn’t change that fact. After all, what concrete policy steps could the DC government take to avoid more people being stuck with the problem of rising property values that lead to higher property taxes. Well, I see two:

Marcus Bachmann, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan literally groans at my liberal political correctness on the Marcus Bachmann gay jokes:

Groan. Look: as Dan notes, some things just cannot be ignored. When a brutal homophobe sounds and looks like a parody of a big old queen, suppressing that fact becomes close to impossible. I stand by the Corky St Clair comparison. And Corky, remember, self-described as straight. We just never saw his wife (for whom he did most of the personal shopping).

Today In Bachmann Criticism

Over at Greg's I take on Michele Bachmann's attack on the Pigford Settlement in light of the subsidies her own family farm has received. Dana Goldstein rebuts a story in the Daily Caller that implies Bachmann's migraines might stop her from being an effective president.

King Goes A Third Round

Rep. Peter King is preparing for a third round of radicalization hearings focused on American Muslims. For the first time however, he's decided to focus on an actual problem:

“At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab’s ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al-Shabaab’s linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Confirming Oetken

Dana Milbank has a nice column on Paul Oetken pointing out that "The remarkable thing about what happened on the Senate floor Monday night was that it was utterly unremarkable." Oetken is the first openly gay judge to be confirmed to the bench. Eighteen years ago the first openly gay nominee to a Senate-confirmed position, Roberta Achtenberg, faced a filibuster and right-wing smear campaign.



The life and logic of an anti-abortion protester.

First openly gay judge confirmed to the federal bench.

But judges are retiring at twice the rate they're being confirmed.

What The "Stealth Jihad" Does To Law Enforcement

NPR has another story that underscores the urgency of the government investigating the charlatans posing as "terrorism experts" who are indoctrinating law enforcement with Islamophobic paranoia. After a "training session" in which a local Columbus, Omar al-Omari, was identified as someone with ties to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and even al-Qaida," because he was photographed alongside members of the Council on American-Islamic relations, Omari lost his job fostering outreach between the Muslim community and law enforcement.