Iran’s Response to Israel’s Unprecedented Attack

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Iran has responded with drones and missiles to Israel’s previous attack on its consular building in Syria, which killed senior officers in the Iranian military. The Iranian response seems to have done little damage to Israel, telegraphed as it was in advance by Iran. In theory, Iran has now saved face and we can move on with our lives with less fear of World War III breaking out in the Middle East.

Not so fast, apparently, as Netanyahu’s government claims it must now respond to the Iranian response. Apparently, leveling Gaza and seizing more territory in the West Bank isn’t enough to keep the right-wing government in Israel busy. The Biden administration continues to say it will have Israel’s back, so the risk of further escalation remains high.

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The Morally Bankrupt Biden Administration

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The Biden reelection campaign tells me to fear MAGA and Donald Trump. I fear the Biden administration and its moral bankruptcy.

It’s been a grim 48 hours in the Middle East, as summarized here by Caitlin Johnstone:

In the span of just a few hours we learned that Israel committed a horrific massacre at al-Shifa hospital, struck an Iranian consulate in Syria killing multiple Iranian military officers, and killed a vehicle full of international aid workers in an airstrike. This murderous regime is out of control.

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The Pentagon Ate Our Government

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Courtesy of Stephen Semler, let’s take a look at the federal budget recently signed into law by President Biden:

The biggest boost in spending from 2023 to 2024 went to the Pentagon. Of course! Even though the Pentagon has yet to pass an audit. Throw money at it as a reward!

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If You’re a US Reporter, Anything but Rabidly Pro-Israel Coverage Is Dangerous to Your Career

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Early in 2003, Ashleigh Banfield was a star in the making. A rising journalist at MSNBC, she covered the opening stages of the Iraq War. Before that, she’d made a name for herself covering the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Smart, pretty, highly skilled, she was heading nowhere but up. Until she gave an honest lecture on her experiences in Iraq and the Middle East on April 24, 2003.

I’ve written before about Banfield’s honest and heartfelt critique of Iraq war coverage in the U.S. mainstream media, which won her no friends at NBC News. In fact, the NBC brass sidelined and essentially exiled her. I recently reread her Landon Lecture at Kansas State University and realized NBC wasn’t just angry about her critique of mainstream media war coverage: they were likely even more incensed at how she humanized and empathized with Palestinians and other Middle Eastern peoples and groups, including organizations like Hezbollah.

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The US Government Is Complicit in Genocide

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The U.S. government is complicit in the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

Americans may think that “aid” to Israel is held up in Congress, more than $14 billion in death-dealing munitions and machinery of war, but in fact the U.S. has already provided massive amounts of bombs and targeting guidance to Israel, all with the tacit approval of Congress, and of course with the full-throated support of the Biden administration.

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Israeli Government Starves Palestinians in Gaza

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If you’re like me, you subscribe to news services like the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and Reuters, which send daily news reports and quick highlights. Given the busy pace of life, most people probably read those headlines and short summaries and little else. The mainstream media is counting on that.

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