Brzezinski Says to Joe Scarborough: Read up on TABA, You Might Learn Something. . .

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Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski spent some time educating the nation — and Joe Scarborough — about the way to frame the current Gaza tragedy and what needs to be done to move forward. Brzezinski laments the tragedy and loss of life in the Israeli attack on Gaza — but he properly diagnoses this as yet another stage in the predictable cycle of violence that neither the…

2008 Weblog Award Finalists: TWN Makes Cut on Long List

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I do not follow the whole “awards for blogging” business, but I may need to NOW as The Washington Note just made the cut for “Best Very Large Blog (Authority between 501 and 1000)”. Cool!! But I sort of feel like TWN just doesn’t fit in many of the cool categories very well. Years ago, it might have been listed as Best Blog on John Bolton’s Every Move. Or, if there was a category for best Radical Centrist Blog or…

Harry Reid Responds on Blogo’s Senate Pick Roland Burris

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Roland Burris has few detractors and may be a very interesting, somewhat unassailable choice to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Burris — a former Attorney General and Comptroller of Illinois — seems to be a decent guy. (photo courtesy of The HistoryMakers) The only problem is that scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wound mortally wound even the very, very best prospective candidate’s legitimacy by selecting him or her. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Senate Democratic Leadership had this…

View From a Palestinian Leader: Palestine’s Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood

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This is a guest post written by Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. These comments and views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Washington Note or Huffington Post. Barghouti is a former secular candidate for President of Palestine and has been a strong advocate of non-violent responses to Israeli occupation. Barghouti is thought by many to be a leading contender in the next Palestinian presidential election. The Washington Note has also…

Daniel Levy: What Next on Israel/Gaza? Why Should Americans Care?

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This is a guest post by New America Foundation Middle East Task Force Co-Director Daniel Levy For many people, what has happened today between Gaza and Israel may have all too familiar a ring to it – Israel warns and then retaliates to an alleged or real Palestinian escalation of violence, there is Arab condemnation and international exasperation, eventually things de-escalate but according to Israel’s timetable as the U.S. prevents effective early international mediation, and we’re back to where we…

Hijacking Obama’s Middle East Strategy

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One of the most important and sensible comments made during the last stretch of the campaign came from the straight-talking Joe Biden. The then Democratic vice-presidential nominee said that Barack Obama would be “tested” by crisis early in his presidency. Biden was right — and if anything, probably understated the frequency and severity of these tests of America’s resolve and objectives in the world. To be fair, I believe that a McCain administration would have been tested equally. Part of…

J Street Statement on Gaza Attack

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Just received the following from one of the principal shakers in the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-Peace” activist group, J Street. From Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s Executive Director: While this morning’s air strikes by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza can be understood and even justified in the wake of recent rocket attacks, we believe that real friends of Israel recognize that escalating the conflict will prove counterproductive, igniting further anger in the region and damaging long-term prospects for peace and stability. Respecting…