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June 2006

My Jewish Problem, Cte’d: The Exclusivity Issue

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The Forward strikes a blow for inclusiveness, and calls David Beckham “probably the greatest Jewish soccer player ever.” It does so (because he is a star, yes, but) because he has 1 Jewish grandparent, and probably too because he and…

Black Athletes and American Soccer

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A reader, John, has nailed me on a recent soccer post, where I echoed Kissinger’s statement that U.S. soccer needs “minorities.” Not sure if you’re agreeing fully with Kissinger here — I hope not, because his comment is effectively racist….

Ghana: There Is Joy in Mudville

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The Ghana victory over the U.S., catapulting their team into the second round, is of course big news in Africa. The Accra Daily Mail is calling the upcoming Brazil match “the mother of all matches.” And from the South Africa…

John & Steve (Mearsheimer & Walt): Let the Good Times Roll!

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The authors of the bombshell critique of the Israel lobby showed up two days ago on the Diane Rehm Show and I hear they’re on C-Span, too. And they’re on the cover of Foreign Policy. Diane Rehm was their first…

The Times’ Grieving Cornerman on Muslim Issues

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Monday’s Times Op-Ed contained a powerful ad in the righthand corner. Headlined “How to Befriend the Muslim World” and written by a Leonard Greene, it decried the invasion of Iraq and called for humanitarian aid to win hearts and minds…

International Idealism in the Times Biz Section

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Did you catch Michaele Weissman’s piece on the front page of the Times Business section yesterday, about an idealistic Chicago coffee company that is paying double ordinary prices to Nicaraguan growers, willingly, to get connoisseur beans for discriminating drinkers here?…

The Usefulness of India in a Terrifying World

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The frontpage, 4th column feature (I think it’s called an A-head) in yesterday’s WSJ, unfortunately firewalled, was a sweet piece of reporting by Eric Bellman about daytraders playing the Indian stockmarket at internet cafes in Mumbai. They’ve left their jobs…

Henry Kissinger on the Problem With U.S. Soccer

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Henry Kissinger was just talking about soccer on the (rebroadcast of last night’s) Charlie Rose. Why isn’t American soccer good? “There are not enough minorities.” The players tend to be “middle class, suburban children.” A similar point was made here….

More of My Rationalizations for Ghana, During the Game

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Ghana are in orange, the U.S. is in discreet blue and white. Soccer uniforms are not supposed to be sober; There are six people in Times Square watching seven Jumbotrons. The entire country of Ghana has a half day off;…

101 Rationalizations for Pulling for Ghana

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I’m feeling the need to rationalize the fact that I’m pulling for Ghana this morning. It’s not anything I decided, I just want Ghana to win. Got to admit it. Feels a little unpatriotic. Especially when chinpullers on the left…

If Syria Is So Evil, Why Do Americans Enjoy It There?

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Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative (and the former editorial page editor of the New York Post who abandoned neoconservatism in part because of the neocon disdain for “people of color”), is recently returned from a trip to the…

Condoleezza Rice’s Blind Ambition

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Right now, the first line of Condoleezza Rice’s resume is that as national security adviser, she drank the neocon Kool-Aid and spouted bad intelligence leading to the Iraq war. Interviewed by PBS’s Frontline for the on-line documentation of its “Dark…

How George Bush Can Save His “Legacy” by Cashiering Cheney

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Few would disagree that George Bush is the worst president since—at least—Herbert Hoover. Bill Clinton will have a roll of historical toilet paper trailing off his heel wherever he goes, thanks to his bad judgment in the Paula Jones case,…

I Apologize for Sloppy Statements About Jews

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An entry I did the other day on David Brooks’s column in the Times went over the line in referring to “Jewish writers.” I wish I hadn’t done it—and thereby given fuel to vile antisemites. I apologize. I have to…

Fears Grow Over Peak Oil

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On Charlie Rose (rebroadcast yesterday), oilman-turned-hedgefunder Boone Pickens added his voice to the Roscoe Bartlett camp, saying we have passed the peak of oil production and will be facing shortages. The optimistic Pickens spoke of “rough times” with $100-a-barrel oil,…

Sufferings of the Neocons

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More evidence that the neocon moment is over. David Schenker has lately left his post as “the Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestinian affairs adviser in the office of the secretary of defense” (to become—of course—a senior fellow in Arab politics…

Colin Montgomerie’s Bad Karma

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Montgomerie, when sunny I found yesterday’s Times story on the collapse of the formerly-surly Colin Montgomerie at the U.S. Open amusing. I’d watched the end of the Open with a friend who was leaping up out of his armchair with…

More on Arab Politics and Soccer

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At the end of an interview with Der Spiegel published last week, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said, “Now I have a question.” Haniya: In addition to being prime minister, I am also the Minister of Youth and Sports. I…