"A high-ranking IAF officer caused a storm on Monday in an off-record briefing during which he told reporters that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz had ordered the military to destroy 10 buildings in Beirut in retaliation to every Katyusha rocket strike on Haifa."
* fred barnes: 'maliki should BE MORE GRATEFUL that we liberated his country - and he should show it'
* brit hume opening a segment on CT: 'lamont is leading 51%-47% - which is within the margin of error. you could even argue that lieberman is ahead' and later kondracke said 'actually there's another poll that shows lamont even further ahead' and brit hume said 'you better be careful what you say, there are a lot of us at FoxNews hoping that Lieberman wins'!
"Given a choice between unambiguous support and hostile condemnation, many Jews will be drawn into the GOP tent. That is the strategy, and as far as I can tell, it is nearly foolproof.
All that is required is that Israel is engaged in combat. If it goes badly, it works all that much better, as Israel supporters become concerned and seek a certitude in political support.
The Dems are caught in a vice. To ask Israel to act in accordance with international standards of human rights in not currently possible. To fail to ask them to do so is enfeebling, emasculating, and empowering to the insane neo-conservative agenda.
We are being beseiged by an insurmountable political tsunami, and whether that tsunami is confronting us by way of cynical calculation or merely by chance hardly matters. What matters is that we cannot defeat it.
The reason is that there are only 8 politicians in the entire House of Represenatives that are courageous enough to take a position remotely aligned with over 80% of the non-American, non-Israeli world. We have no allies. No one is standing with us. We speak out and we get called anti-Semites, or the supporters of terrorists. We get painted with the same brush as the most anti-Israel commenters in our threads.
What Israel is doing makes no sense and will not bring them greater security. It is doing grave harm to America's position in the world. I'll say it and take my lumps. I'll say it knowing that I'll get called an anti-Semite. I'll say it knowing that Karl Rove has me cornered and that all my work will be sacrificed on the altar of of Israel versus the other. He's not a bad tactician, after all."