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Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.




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FCC votes 3-2 in favor of net neutrality

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:30pm
Net Neutrality

Is there anyone who is surprised that the FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality, and that the vote followed party lines? I doubt it. The general trend has been for greater and greater control by agencies in matters that may seem innocuous, technical, and/or unimportant at the time but...

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The pending Iran deal

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30am
Give Piece a chance Iran

From the headline of this AP article, “Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape,” the casual reader would be hard-pressed to tell whether the deal was good, bad, or indifferent for the US. The article goes on to offer the usual quotes alternating between those who laud the potential agreement and those who criticize it, and closes on a note of optimism about the talks and sympathy for Iran:

Daryl Kimball of the Washington-based Arms Control Association said that with the IAEA’s additional monitoring, the deal taking shape leaves “more than enough time to detect and disrupt any effort to pursue nuclear weapons in the future.”

In exchange, Iran wants relief from sanctions crippling its economy and the U.S. is talking about phasing in such measures.

Contrast that with this piece by David Horovitz in The Times of Israel. He observes that, although the Obama administration has been engaged in denying Israeli rumors of what might be in the agreement and accusing Israel of “misrepresenting the specifics for narrow political ends,” the pending agreement that the AP article describes not only contains many of the things Israel had been complaining about, but is even worse than was previously thought. According to Israel’s “most respected Middle East affairs analyst,” Ehud Ya’ari, the deal would be likely to have some catastrophic consequences:

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All the President’s Spokesmen (and women)

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Posted by    Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 5:00pm
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Obama spokespeople Marie Harf and Jen Psaki have come in for a certain amount of ridicule lately, as well as Josh Earnest and Jay Carney before him. But I admit to a sneaking sort of awe of what they do, although it’s not a good sort of awe.

People are fond...

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The roots of the Copenhagen attack

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Posted by    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 1:30pm
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So now we know the identity of Copenhagen shooter Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, whose crime has mirrored the recent terrorist attacks in Paris but with a smaller death total and a single perpetrator. More details will no doubt emerge, but already it seems fairly clear what’s going on here: a...

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A New Amnesty Loophole

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Posted by    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00pm
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Is there anyone on Earth who is surprised at this news?

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, st...

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Obama poised to veto Keystone

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Posted by    Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:00pm
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Obama is getting ready to shoot down the Keystone pipeline bill in the first of what promises to be a blizzard of vetoes of legislation the current Congress is planning to pass.

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The method to Obama’s foreign policy madness

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:28pm
Iran Negotiations

Ever wonder whether Obama’s policy towards Iran represents something coherent, or just naive incompetence? Here’s an excellent article by Michael Doran in Mosaic that fleshes out the details of a theory about Obama’s approach to Iran. It doesn’t take the most extreme stance of all—which would be the “Obama...

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Now that Romney’s out

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Posted by    Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:30pm
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Now that Romney has released a statement to his supporters announcing that he won’t be running in 2016, the next question is, to whom will he throw his support and his proven ability to raise money?

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Measles and the anti-vaccination movement

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:55pm
LI #02 Measles

It is ironic that the success of modern vaccination programs against ancient scourges such as measles has been part of the reason parents today are so ignorant about what these diseases can do. A recent outbreak in California has demonstrated the effects of this lack of knowledge:

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Tolerating intolerance

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00am
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It’s long been apparent that the West faces a special dilemma, which is expressed very well in the following passage by Roger Kimball (and “liberal” and “liberalism” in the following doesn’t just mean “liberals” as in “progressives,” but also “liberals” as in “classical liberals”):

Liberal regimes have always suffered from this paralyzing antinomy: Liberalism implies openness to other points of view, even those points of view whose success would destroy liberalism. Tolerance to those points of view is a prescription for suicide. Intolerance betrays the fundamental premise of liberalism, i.e. openness.

Of course (may I say “of course”?), there is a sense in which the antinomy is illusory, since any robust liberalism, i.e., a liberalism buttressed by a core of conservative backbone, understands that tolerance, if it is to flourish, cannot be synonymous with capitulation to ideas that would exploit tolerance only to destroy it. The “openness” that liberal society rightly cherishes is not a vacuous openness to all points of view: it is not “value neutral.” It need not, indeed it cannot, say Yes to all comers.

And yet that basic instinct for practical self-preservation, that paradoxical prohibition necessary for the general openness, is often ignored today. “Democracy is not a suicide pact”—at least, it shouldn’t be.

The origin of that last phrase lies in several statements by historic Americans, but the most specific one was by Supreme Court Justice Associate Justice Robert Jackson in 1949, in a dissent to the decision in the freedom of speech case known as Terminiello:

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Boehner’s revenge?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm
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Remember all those articles about Boehner planning to take revenge on Republicans who had opposed his Speakership? Remember how he was going to take away their committee positions as punishment? And remember how angry a great many people on the right got about it?

I wrote

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Leslie Gelb: “if only Obama knew”

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Posted by    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00am
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In his latest editorial, Leslie Gelb seems both frightened and clueless about Obama.

Gelb is a liberal whose foreign policy credentials are impressive if you like this sort of thing. At the age of 77, his resume includes “former correspondent for The New York Times and …currently President Emeritus and Board Senior...

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France is cracking down on “hate speech”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
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This seems to be a disturbing development in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings:

France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism…

Authorities said 54 people had been arrested for hate speech and defending terrorism since terror attacks killed 20 people in Paris...

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Congress plots course on immigration

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Posted by    Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:45pm
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Here’s what’s planned on immigration by Republicans in the new Congress:

The House plans to vote next week on legislation that would defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Republicans also plan to include language rolling back a 2012 order from...

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Why would Cuba follow through?

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:30am
Cuban Relations

Promises, shmomises:

An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana’s refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba’s intentions…

…[O]fficials said a prisoner release was not a precondition...

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Suddenly, it’s 2015!

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:39pm
Times Square Ball Drop 2015 Live Feed Lives Stream Webcast

The last year I remember noticing as a huge transition was 2000. We had entered science fiction territory, and 2001 was similar because of the Stanley Kubrick film.

But after that it’s all been a blur. How did it pass so quickly? That’s a cliche, but there’s no question that as you...

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Found: Debris and bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:00am
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Ordinarily one wouldn’t think that news of wreckage and multiple bodies being pulled from the sea could be classified as “good.”

But given what we already very strongly suspected—which was that AirAsia Flight QZ8501 had crashed, and that the likelihood of survivors was very poor—and given the continued unknown whereabouts of Malaysia...

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