Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 11/11/2012 - 17:36
Plans to convene a conference on creating a nuclear-free Middle East collapsed this week with Israel's refusal to attend.
The meeting was to be held in Helsinki, Finland, by year's end but has been indefinitely postponed. Israel has said there is no point discussing a ban on nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction until there is a full peace between it and the Arabs.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 18:38
When President Obama picks a successor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, he should give very serious consideration to Rep. Howard Berman. The former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who lost in his bid for a 16th term, would bring to the job a wealth of experience in foreign policy as well as a proven talent for bipartisan cooperation and maneuvering the legislative morass.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 17:28
For many presidential hopefuls the road to the White House goes through Israel. Long before the polls closed Tuesday evening on the 2012 election, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had booked his flight from BWI to TLV. He leaves the Saturday night after Thanksgiving and tagging along with be Jewish leaders from around his state as well as a number of business and academic figures.
The trip is being billed as a trade mission and thus official business. His 60-70 fellow travelers will be paying their own way.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 02:16
If Ohio is any indicator, the multi-million-dollar campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition, Sheldon Adelson and the GOP to convince the Buckeye state's Jews to vote for Mitt Romney for president and Josh Mandel for Senate is headed for failure. Big Time.
Their message that Barack Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown and the Democrats can't be trusted on Israel or other issues important to the Jewish community is a flop.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:07
For all the billions spent, the endless bombardment of obnoxious ads and the empty stump speeches, very little attention has been paid during this election to what may be it most enduring outcome -- the shape of the federal judiciary, not just for the next four years but for the next generation or two. The man who is elected president next Tuesday will very likely have an opportunity to name one or more justices to the Supreme Court, where four members are in the seventies.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 15:01
Mitt Romney’s message to those in Hurricane Sandy’s path is simple: I want to shut down FEMA because you don’t need any federal disaster relief, your states should handle it. In fact, the whole thing should be turned over to the private sector.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 19:15
If it were just an isolated incident, the race baiting of a top Mitt Romney surrogate and advisor might be dismissed as a slip of the tongue, but John Sununu’s history of repeated slurs suggests his comments may be part of a larger strategy of the Romney campaign, particularly in view of the candidate’s failure to publicly admonish and dismiss the former New Hampshire governor.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 11:54
As Mitt Romney has been etchin’ and sketchin’ his way from being self-described “severe conservative” pandering to the Tea Partiers, religious extremists and neocons, he has changed his positions on a growing list of issues, particularly in foreign policy.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 16:46
Foreign policy was not supposed to be a big issue in this campaign. Mitt Romney wanted to make it a referendum on jobs and the economy, and with those improving, albeit at a disappointing pace, Republicans have been hammering at President Obama for being weak the international front. They conveniently ignore how much more effective and welcome abroad the incumbent is compared to his Republican predecessor whose name Romney and the GOP never even mention.