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HA: Israel - the country that wouldn't grow up
Jul 29, 2014 - 12:08 AM - by Sauron
Good read.

The country that wouldn't grow up

At 58, Israel has no friends aside from the U.S. and its claims of victimhood and anti-Semitism are falling on increasingly deaf ears. The time has come to mature

By Tony Judt
Published 00:00 02.05.06
By the age of 58 a country - like a man - should have achieved a certain maturity. After nearly six decades of existence we know, for good and for bad, who we are, what we have done and how we appear to others, warts and all. We acknowledge, however reluctantly and privately, our mistakes and our shortcomings. And though we still harbor the occasional illusion about ourselves and our prospects, we are wise enough to recognize that these are indeed for the most part just that: illusions. In short, we are adults.

But the State of Israel remains curiously (and among Western-style democracies, uniquely) immature. The social transformations of the country - and its many economic achievements - have not brought the political wisdom that usually accompanies age. Seen from the outside, Israel still comports itself like an adolescent: consumed by a brittle confidence in its own uniqueness; certain that no one "understands" it and everyone is "against" it; full of wounded self-esteem, quick to take offense and quick to give it. Like many adolescents Israel is convinced - and makes a point of aggressively and repeatedly asserting - that it can do as it wishes, that its actions carry no consequences and that it is immortal. Appropriately enough, this country that has somehow failed to grow up
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Elizabeth Warren 2016!
Jul 28, 2014 - 7:11 PM - by The Man
Right wing’s worst nightmare: The master stroke that turns red states blue - Salon.com

I've long contended (basically since even before she was elected) that Warren is pretty much the objectively perfect person to be at the top of the ticket in 2016. Here's an article with hard data proving that having Warren on the ticket is one of the best things the Democrats can do for their electoral prospects two years from now. I'm not terribly fond of the idea of making her VP because I think she can do more good in the Senate than she can as a VP.

Of course, the problem is right now she doesn't want to run. She needs to be convinced.

This here thrad can be used for a general dumping ground of threads about Sen. Warren and/or why she should be our next president.
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