January 28th’s Neoconservative Playbook: Boost Democracy; Bash Muslim Brotherhood; Deny Linkage

The response from hawks in Washington to the unraveling situation for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after nearly thirty years in power has been rather telling. Two important talking points are making the rounds today. First, The Israel Project (TIP) and… Continue Reading  

The Attack on HSBC’s Factoid about Iranian Filmmakers

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin has added her voice to the neoconservative uproar over the recent HSBC ad, which contains a factoid about Iran’s film industry. The ad, which Ali has already dissected on this blog, makes the relatively innocuous… Continue Reading  

What Do Neocons Have Against Iranian Women Filmmakers? (UPDATED)

(UPDATED below with something of a correction.) This is typical of neoconservative aggression against Iran: It’s intellectually dishonest, utterly lacking in empathy, short-sighted, sloppy and hypocritical. Perhaps on his way to hiking in the West Bank, or whatever he does… Continue Reading  

Noah’s Bark, No Bite: RJC’s Chanuka START Attack Falls Flat

There’s no better way to commemorate a civil war among Jews 2,275 years ago, memorialized by the Jewish festival of Chanuka, than by a little intra-tribe squabbling. Perhaps that’s why, just in time for the holidays, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)… Continue Reading  

ECI blasts Dem Sens and AIPAC for Supporting START

Where does the  Emergency Committee for Israel get off complaining that AIPAC shouldn’t support New START because it’s outside of the “pro-Israel” purview? Who knows. But that’s exactly what they did. ECI, the partisan “pro-Israel” group set up by Bill Kristol,… Continue Reading