John McCain ...
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"...based on the numbers of American Muslims in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration."
Based on the number of Mormons in this country, I wonder how he would feel about appointing a Mormon to his cabinet or even electing a Mormon to the presidency. Seems like a slippery slope to me.
As the sun rose in Annapolis this morning, so to did the prospects of a peace process reborn. Both Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas face serious threats from extremists, and their willingness to come to the table is reason enough for hope.
To all of us who care about the future of Israel, there is much at stake in Annapolis this week. While the failure to obtain a workable peace in recent history is as tragic as it is frustrating, the peace process is important for the long term safety and security of Israel.
Of course, we will not truly see peace on the horizon until Arab States demonstrate real efforts to end the violence. Talk alone is cheap. Arab governments cannot not ask Israel to make concessions while failing to so much as recognize her right to exist. And, oil-rich Arab governments need to fund real Palestinian infrastructure, not insurgency. Funds must go to teaching instead of terror; to buildings instead of bombings.
While no peace can be imposed on the parties by the United States or another outsider, engagement on behalf of the American government is important. The Clinton Administration was wise in its attempts in facilitate a peace and the Bush Administration should look to President Clinton’s efforts as a model.
The NJDC commends the Bush Administration for sponsoring the Annapolis Conference. Although we are a partisan organization, support for Israel is an issue which sees no partisan divide. The pro-Israel community has seen success for more than half a century because Americans of all ideological persuasions have put partisan differences aside in the name of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
From Democratic Senator Joe Biden's Office:
BIDEN: Annapolis Conference Offers Hope, But Middle East Peace Process Requires Active Engagement and Follow-through
Washington, DC – Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement today on the eve of the Annapolis Middle East Conference:
"The Annapolis Conference offers hope: the hope of re-starting a stalled peace process, transforming the lives of Israelis and Palestinians for the better and securing American interests in the Middle East and beyond. I commend Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas for their personal courage in pushing ahead in the face of serious threats from extremists.
"Now is the time for the Arab states, in particular, to step up and show the same degree of courage as Olmert and Abbas. If they mean what they say in supporting a two-state solution, they should begin normalizing relations with Israel. The oil-rich Gulf States should also use their windfall profits to urgently support Prime Minister Fayad’s government.
These 13 Republicans voted against funding for a museum of Polish Jewry to be built in Warsaw:
Rep. Paul Broun (GA)
Rep. John Campbell (CA)
Rep. Mike Conaway (TX)
Rep. John Culberson (TX)
Rep. Geoff Davis (KY)
Rep. John Duncan (TN)
Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ)
Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ)
Rep. Ralph Hall (TX)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA)
Rep. John Shadegg (AZ)
Rep. Zach Wamp (TN)
The legislation presented to the House of Representatives authorizes $5 million for the development of the permanent collection of one thousand years of Polish Jewish history.
The bill passed the House with a vote of 407-13. All 13 nays came from Republican legislators. Why they would use a completely nonpartisan subject such as this as a political wedge issue is beyond me. And if not as a political game, what other absurd reason could anyone possibly have to refuse funding for the preservation of Europe's largest Jewish community until the Holocaust?!
Germany has pledged over $7 million of funding for the museum that will be built on the former site of the Warsaw Ghetto. Completion is expected by 2010.
Last week, NJDC Executive Director Ira Forman wrote an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post defending Senator Clinton from a right wing smear. NJDC has defended other prominent Democrats -- including Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards -- from similar smears.
Richard Cohen's excellent column in this morning's Washington Post makes a few excellent points about surging GOP candidate Mike Huckabee's rhetoric on Church-State issues. Cohen points out that Huckabee is pretty clear about his intentions in this record, and reminds us how bad the Bush administration has been when it comes to putting science second.
From Cohen's piece:
A fair reading of the Huckabee literature -- his Web site, interviews, etc. -- shows a similar religious inclination, and while on "The Charlie Rose Show" or something similar he can have moments of secular lucidity, his Web site forthrightly declares that he does not distinguish between his faith and his politics. "I don't separate my faith from my personal and professional lives," he says.
But a president should do exactly that. When Huckabee says he favors the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, he's taking a distinctly religious position. Intelligent design has no basis in science. And when any issue, any question, becomes a matter of faith, it means it cannot be argued. That's not what we do in a democracy. We argue about everything. (This column is my modest contribution.)
Right wing hate-monger Michael Savage has hit a new low. He said that lesbians are "the ones that Hitler used to stuff ovens with human beings in the concentration camps, only now they pose as compassionate, wonderful human beings."
On the November 8 edition of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation, a caller told host Michael Savage that while waiting at a stoplight in Midtown Manhattan, "I'm listening to you with the window open. This mean-faced, clipped-hair, liberal type -- you know, the type you always talk about. ... She comes up to my window and she goes, 'You're listening to hate speech. Why are you listening to that?' " Savage replied to the caller's anecdote by saying, "Well, what does that tell you about the loving, kind lesbian who just assaulted you in your car?" He continued: "She's a -- the type that stuffed ovens in [Adolf] Hitler's concentration camps. Whenever I hear anyone preaching to me about how compassionate they are, I reach for my Glock. That's all I can tell you. They can all drop dead."
Savage later said: "They're the ones that Hitler used to stuff ovens with human beings in the concentration camps, only now they pose as compassionate, wonderful human beings. They don't fool me for one minute."
The Conservative website LifeSite reports:
The reaction from leading US social conservatives to Pat Robertson's endorsement of pro-abortion and pro-gay Rudolph Giuliani for the Republican presidential nomination has ranged from outraged denunciation to conspicuous silence. Robertson's move is especially significant since the evangelical protestant leader's "700 Club" program influences millions of Americans and he has in the past had major influence on US elections.
According to One News Now, the news agency of the influential American Family Association, only one pro-family leader they contacted agreed to respond -- anonymously. A close friend of Robertson, he reportedly said that the endorsement is "tragic", and nominating Giuliani "will destroy the Republican Party."
From the Associated Press ...
WHITE PLAINS, N. Y. (AP) - Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik surrendered Friday to face federal corruption charges, in what could prove to be an ongoing embarrassment for presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani.
A law enforcement official, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the indictment had not been unsealed, said Kerik surrendered to the FBI in suburban White Plains. He was to be fingerprinted and processed, then taken by U.S. marshals to the federal courthouse.
Kerik, the police commissioner under then-Mayor Giuliani and a failed nominee for homeland security secretary, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, another person close to the investigation said.