TC1995 This user account status is Approved Comments Comments Posts Posts Great piece. These were my thoughts exactly after reading Friedman's column. He's somehow trying to associate youth in America (both Jews and non-Jews) coming out against ethnocracy with Iran. It's a common theme you see in Zionist arguments; they don't think there's any possible way a person can analyze all the facts, not be anti-semitic, and still come to the conclusion that Zionism is wrong. There just has to be some kind of external factor. On Friedman says Iran’s friends include BDS and Jews in Open Hillel movement Great piece. Abunimah continues to articulate the inherent contradictions that come with "liberal" Zionism as well as anyone. On Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah’s ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’ I'll be casting my first vote ever (turned 18 this winter) for Liu in the primary. Was probably going to anyway, but this seals the deal. It's amazing how low our standards are though. Liu has only kneeled before the lobby a few times, which is somehow less than just about all of the other candidates. Amazing. On NYC mayoral candidate John Liu: ‘I don’t opine on international issues’ like Israel Her defense of the original tweet is basically that she isn't specifically calling out Islam. She implies she was really referring to religious impact on behavior in general. That makes zero sense to me, because she didn't say "is Egypt a predominantly religious state?" or anything like that. She specifically called out Islam, implying it wasn't necessarily religion in general, but Islam that fuels the sexual harassment issues. Basically, her backtracking is actually contradictory to what her original tweet said. On Joyce Carol Oates says it is ‘natural’ to ascribe sexual harassment in Egypt to Islam Hence the use of the word "most" not "all"... On Geyer says ‘many Americans’ are displeased with special relationship The way I look at it, if Hagel has to hold his nose and run through the Zionist script to get confirmed, then *sigh*... so be it. Maybe I'm an optimist, but I do think he's a principled enough guy to act based on his clearly stated positions when he is indeed in office. I'm as frustrated as everyone else that this nonsense is required to hold serious office in government, but sometimes you have to lose the battle to win the war. On Fast learner! Hagel’s 112 pages of advance answers contain one reference to Palestinians — firing rockets I agree and disagree. I agree because the nomination of a Secretary of Defense will never inherently change foreign policy. It could Noam freakin' Chomsky, it doesn't matter. Meaningful change in foreign policy has to come from Obama and Kerry. However, I think the nomination suggests that Obama wants to make some changes. I have to think he would've nominated any old neo-con if he didn't. On Think Hagel represents meaningful change for US foreign policy? Think again.