Don Rumsfeld is Neville Chamberlain; Winston Churchill is John Murtha

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Want a lesson in real democracy — as the founding fathers meant it? Watch this video clip of Keith Olbermann taking on the administration and Donald Rumsfeld in the most compelling oratory I have heard in some time. Keith Olbermann deserves our thanks and praise for taking Donald Rumsfeld to the woodshed for undermining our democracy. Turning historical conventional wisdom on its head, Olbermann compares Rumsfeld to Neville Chamberlain — another pretender to omniscience– and by implication really argues that…

Nelson Report Says Bush Still on Diplomatic Track with Iran

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Chris Nelson who writes the bloggish “Nelson Report“, rarely posted on the internet and just packed with great analysis and often good gossip, has a good report on Iran tonight. I post this in full with his permission. I should note that when I last wrote about Iran, I stated that analysts I recently met with think that even if there is only a bleak binary option of either acquiescing to Iran’s nuclear pretensions or bombing Iran, the diplomatic option…

Camping at Muddy Falls: Gates, Soros, Jobs, Rappaport

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I was up recently visiting Swallow Falls State Park in Maryland — which claims to have one of the oldest unharvested spruce and hemlock forests in the region. Quite a beautiful place. I saw this historic marker up there noting that Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs had camped in August 1918 and July 1921 up at the top of the falls. Just made me wonder what a new group of campers committed to changing the habits…

Barney Frank’s Pro-War Op-Ed: Remembering Afghanistan

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Barney Frank gets it. His Boston Globe piece this morning, “Afghanistan Ignored,” reinforces a point I tried to make long ago — those who have opposed Joe Lieberman’s continued tenure are “not anti-war.” Rather, they are “anti-Iraq War.” Barney Frank rips up the fiction that Dems are mostly pacifists, a bias carried in too many editorial boards in the country, by writing: Their argument is that the refusal of many Democrats to support the war in Iraq shows that President…

<em>TWN</em> Media Watch

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Just a bit of notice that I will be live on MSNBC at 1:45 pm ET discussing former Iran President Mohammad Khatami’s visit to Washington as well as current Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s challenge to President Bush to a televised debate. — Steve Clemons

Joe Lieberman Ad: “Think About Good Stuff”

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Talk about Orwellian thought control. This is one of the strangest political ads I have seen in a long time. It’s on YouTube; 29 seconds long. Well worth watching. Relax, and think about good stuff. . . — Steve Clemons

Diplomatic Strategy in Middle East?

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The Forward is becoming a daily read for me. It does a superb job of captruing diverse views about issues related to Judaism and Israel — and is one of the few American portals I know of where the debates taking place in Israel are published relatively unfiltered. This editorial sees some parallels to 1973 when regional insecurity and change in geostrategic allignments produced opportunities for Israeli deals with some of its neighbors, achieving partial peace. The article starts: As…

Birthdays and Op-Eds

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I’m going to spend the day with friends and my dog, Oakley, fishing and kayaking on the Chester River in Chestertown, Maryland as I tick off another year today. Lyndon Baines Johnson and Mother Teresa both share my birthday of August 27th. Confucius, Many Ray and Pee Wee Herman too. So do Nick Scogna and Brian Strom — friends from high school and college respectively I haven’t seen for years. Happy birthday guys. Thanks again to the Washington Post for…