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'16 Candidates & Israel

Beyond the swagger and machismo about carpeting bombing the s**t out of ISIS and making what already is the strongest military in the world the strongest military in the world, there's been little substantive discussion of foreign and defense policy in this campaign beyond staff-written position papers posted on the candidates' web sites. 

And to see those documents you often have to give your name and email address so you can be deluged with press releases and appeals for contributions.

Trumping

Watching Donald Trump on the hustings conjures up thoughts of what someone once said of another great showman, P.T. Barnum:  "There's a sucker born every minute." 

Trump's stump speeches, full of wild rhetoric, curses, threats, profanities, boasts and policies devoid of details, are of the kind that led legendary journalist H.L. Mencken to observe, “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Me & Bernie

I was undecided about who to vote for but Bill O'Reilly makes a strong case to support Bernie Sanders.

O'Reilly, the Fox News windbag, said that "If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I'm fleeing,...I'm going to Ireland."  I have nothing against Ireland – I even have several Irish relatives --  but Bill makes a very tempting offer.

The Sap Is Running In New Hampshire

One of best editorial cartoons I ever saw was drawn 44 years ago but it just as timely today in the days before the New Hampshire primaries.

It was drawn by the late Paul Conrad in the Los Angeles Times targeting his nemesis, LA Mayor Sam Yorty.

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Bibi Endorses Trump. Not Really. At Least Not Yet

The headline reads: Netanyahu Endorses Trump, Says “Iowans are Idiots – No One Does Islamophobia Like Donny”

If you didn't know it was a joke you'd think it was real. 

Trump Schlonged By Tricky Ted

Donald Trump has been called many things, but gracious loser isn't one of them. 

He's saying Ted Cruz "stole" the Iowa Caucus by "fraud" and "dirty tricks" and he wants a "new election" or to have Monday's vote "nullified."  Ain't gonna happen, and he knows it, but he's using the incident to damage his surging leading rival going into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Trump: What If?

Donald Trump has one great advantage over all the other presidential candidates:  he has no set of core beliefs.  He reminds me of that old Groucho Marx line, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

He's the current frontrunner in a close race with Ted Cruz with the rest of the field training far behind.  The GOP establishment wishes both would go away, but they're warming to Trump because they think he'd have a better chance of winning in November and can't stomach Cruz.

Trump, Rubio Trash Talking

Donald Trump, a malevolent birther, called Ted Cruz a Canadian anchor baby better qualified to be prime minister of that country than president of the United States.  Sen. Marco Rubio has set his sites further abroad when it comes to another presidential wannabe, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The Republican junior senator from Florida likes to cite his membership on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support his claim as an expert on international relations, but some recent gaffes suggest that his notoriously poor attendance record may be taking a toll.

Is 2016 The Year Of The Jew?

Ann Coulter complains GOP presidential hopefuls are pandering to all "those f***ing Jews" with their strong statements in support of Israel. To the dismay of the anti-Semites, there's more to the 2016 campaign than politicians pandering to Jewish supporters with pledges of undying loyalty to Israel.

For the first time, there is a viable Jewish candidate for President of the United States, and another waiting in the wings.

Israel's Nuclear Capable U-boats

There's no clearer sign of change than the Israeli navy taking delivery this month of a German-built submarine on the same day the German defense ministry announced plans to acquire Israeli-built drones.

Who would have imagined the Jewish state sailing with German-built U-boats and the German Luftwaffe flying Israeli-built aircraft?

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