by Eric Martin
Couple of stories hittin' the tubes that I don't have time to treat in full, but which deserve some attention.
First, my buddy Michael Cohen takes on "The Left" for its relative silence, and muted criticisms, regarding the War in Afghanistan post-election (clearly he exempts ObWi from such indictment). Tim Fernholz has more.
Second, the always interesting Tony Judt with a balanced push to dispel cliches regarding Israel/Palestine.
Fun facts from Adam Serwer:
There's a separate question, which is that the left believes that most of the people held at Gitmo over the past decade were innocent. The left does believe that. But the Bush administration must have believed it too, because they let hundreds of detainees go during their time in office. Gitmo's fairly low "recidivism" rate--20% if you believe the government, 4% if you believe the independent estimate--suggests that most of the people held were innocent. Either that or Gitmo has some magic rehabilitative power that we need to be using in our own U.S. prisons, where the recidivism rate is 66 percent.
Hmmm, perhaps "lemon chicken for the soul"?
Anthony Cordesman and Meir Dagan ponder whether or not Israel is a net strategic liability for the United States. Meir Dagan is Chief of the Mossad, so it's kind of significant that he's noting this trajectory.
A couple of years after The Surge worked, saved the mission in Iraq and vindicated the decision to invade, 300-400 Iraqis are still dying each month in political violence. In fact, outside of Afghanistan and Somalia, Iraq is the next most violent and war torn locale in the world. Still. Years after The Surge succeeded, and anyone who said otherwise was just unserious.
Finally, consider this a World Cup open thread.*
*PS: England is going down.