The Changing Excuses for Bombing Afghan Hospital

The American military bombed a hospital in Afghanistan run by Doctors Without Borders the other day, killing nine doctors and injuring and killing many patients as well. Glenn Greenwald documents the ever-changing rationalizations offered by the government, from "whoops, we didn't mean to do that" to "it's all the Afghani government's fault" to "they were harboring Taliban fighters there." … [Read more...]

Hewitt Apologizes for ‘Gotcha’ Question on Trump


Hugh Hewitt just proved himself to be pretty much spineless. After asking Donald Trump an entirely fair question about whether he knows who the leaders of the major Islamic groups that sponsor or foment terrorism are -- he doesn't, of course -- Hewitt has now apologized and said that it was totally his fault that Trump "misunderstood" the question and it was just downright unfair of him to ask it. … [Read more...]

Cruz: Sorry Syrians, You’re the Wrong Kind of Refugee


From the Department of I've Got Mine, You Get Nothing, Ted Cruz, the son of refugees who fled violence and oppression in Cuba is opposed to taking in Syrian refugees fleeing the same thing. Because they're the totally wrong kind of refugees. I mean, we accept slightly brown-skinned people, but only if they're of the Christian variety. Because that's what Jesus would do. … [Read more...]

Beck Dons Prophet Robes Again


Gloomy Glenn Beck was on the set of his show, donning the prophet's robes and telling dark tales of impending doom if we do not do as he says. The Iran deal is the last straw, the very last straw, that will bring the wrath of God upon us all and this is the very last week in which we can stop it. If not, all is lost. This is not to be confused with every other time he's said the same goddamn thing about some other issue. This time he really means it. … [Read more...]

Gohmert Threatens (Promises?) to Leave Office if Iran Deal Goes Through


It looks like the Iran deal is pretty much assured because the Senate Republicans couldn't get enough votes to override a veto, but Rep. Louis Gohmert seems to be trying to make absolutely sure that it does by threatening -- err, promising -- to leave office if Congress doesn't stop the agreement from becoming a reality. Thank you, Mr. Gohmert, for giving us another reason to support the deal! … [Read more...]

Trump Tells Another Lie About the Iran Deal


Donald Trump is so busy lying his ass off that one has to wonder how he has time to keep his hair so perfect. He told a real whopper of a lie in a CNN interview about President Obama's negotiated deal with Iran on their nuclear program, claiming that the deal requires the United States to defend Iran if anyone else attacks them, including Israel. Even the Jerusalem Post debunks that lie: … [Read more...]

An Easy Test of Conservative Arguments Against the Iran Deal

They can't stop it now, but conservative Republicans are still raising holy hell over President Obama's negotiated agreement on Iran's nuclear programs. They like to claim that the enforcement regime, the inspections in particular, are not strong enough. That's absolute nonsense, of course; they're as strong an inspection protocol as one could imagine ever getting, stronger than any previous agreement we've had, even with the Soviets. Yet Donald Trump says: … [Read more...]

Trump Displays and Defends His Ignorance


Donald Trump was interviewed by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and both displayed and defended his total ignorance of foreign policy in response to what he claimed was a "gotcha" question. A gotcha question, of course, is any question Trump doesn't know the answer to and will make him look bad (see Palin, Sarah) when he babbles incoherently in response to it. The exchange: … [Read more...]

Pro-Reform Iranians Strongly Support Nuclear Deal


Friend and colleague Kaveh Mousavi, an atheist blogger who lives in Iran, has been posting a lot of important things about the nuclear deal between our two countries and how it is affecting reality in that country already. One of the arguments he has been making is that the agreement strengthens the hands of reformers who want to push Iran to be more democratic, free and equal. And a whole bunch of them are enthusiastically supporting the agreement. … [Read more...]

GOP Can’t Stop the Iran Deal


Because of a bill passed months ago that essentially flips the treaty ratification process on its head (note: the Iran deal is not actually a treaty, so this is not illegal), it is a virtual certainty that the Republican-controlled Congress will be unable to stop the nuclear agreement with Iran from becoming official policy. Stopping it would require a two-thirds vote of both houses against it to override a veto. … [Read more...]

About That Trump Military Adviser…


I already wrote about Donald Trump being asked about who is advising him on foreign policy and the military and his answer being that he watches a lot of TV shows about it. But he did finally, when pressed, name two people, John Bolton and Col. Jack Jacobs, who were his "go-to" advisers. There's just one problem with that: Jacobs says he's never spoken to Trump about foreign policy at all, though he has seen him at a few parties. … [Read more...]

Evangelical Leader Hammers Huckabee for Iran Deal Statements


Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, the chairman of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, gave an interview to the Christian Post in which he really blasted Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for his statements about the nuclear agreement with Iran. He called those statement, saying it would lead to another Holocaust "outrageous" and "wildly irresponsible." … [Read more...]