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...]

Vox Debunks Another Right-Wing Lie About the Iran Deal


Max Fisher at Vox has been doing a tremendous job of explaining every single detail of the agreement we negotiated with Iran over their nuclear program and of debunking a steady stream of right-wing lies about it. In a new post, he shows why the now-ubiquitous claim that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors can't get access to a nuclear site to inspect for 24 days is just another lie. In fact, it's 24 hours. … [Read more...]

Kasich: I Would Not Have Fought the War I Supported


Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to be having as much of a problem settling on a position on the Iraq invasion (not a war, an invasion) as Jeb Bush is. In an interview on CNN, Kasich said he would "never" have invaded Iraq in 2003. But he was a big proponent of the Iraq war at the time, saying that invading the country was the right thing to do in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein. … [Read more...]

Trump Still Fumbling for a Position on Iran


One thing that has become absolutely clear watching Donald Trump campaign is that there isn't even a hint of a coherent set of policy positions. It's obvious that he just wings it, saying whatever comes to his mind at any given moment while being interviewed, which is why he careens wildly from one position to its opposite. Take the Iran deal, for example. A few weeks ago he said this: … [Read more...]

Neo-Cons and Hillary Clinton

Jacob Heilbrunn has a column in the New York Times arguing that the neo-conservatives who have found such influence in the Republican party over the last 35 years are now preparing to embrace Hillary Clinton in a bid to keep that influence if she wins the White House. … [Read more...]

Tony Perkins is Suddenly a Cultural Relativist

The Christian right constantly, and wrongly, accuses "the left" of being moral and cultural relativists. But in a recent email to his followers, Tony Perkins suddenly transforms himself into a cultural relativist -- but only for a single issue. And yep, it's all about The Gay. … [Read more...]

Why Bill Kristol Should Be Ignored on Iraq

Bill Kristol, predictably, thinks we should send troops back into Iraq to restart the war:"[President Obama needs to go] on TV saying, 'This is a strategic crisis, for the reasons I'm going to lay out here. We have to do something that no one wants to do, which is to go back in with a lot of air power and with special forces, and maybe a few conventional troops, to help stabilize the situation,'" Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. … [Read more...]

Bush, Obama and Renewed Violence in Iraq

Sometimes my mind just boggles at how ridiculous the American media and political discourse can be. A perfect example is the current attempt to turn the inevitable -- yes, inevitable -- violence in Iraq into a political weapon to use against President Obama. This begins with Fox News actually crediting President Bush with anticipating the surge in sectarian violence there after our troops left. … [Read more...]