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Trump’s Statement on Settlements Doesn’t Mean What You Think
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  • Psalms564

    John Podhoretz has the same analysis. The noise coming out of the White House is brilliant. It obliges US to nothing, can be read however one wants it to be read and doesn’t really impose any real restraints on Israel. Me likey.

  • Disappeared4x

    One note of nuance is the language: “settlements”, NOT “illegal settlements”, one step closer to saying “outpost” instead. Bonus point for distracting the NYT from obsessing over the “Amona outpost evacuation” on Feb. 1, 2017, instead NYT satisfied with “Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy” on Feb 2, on the 2-state solution.

    Good post, on those outposts.

    • Andrew Allison

      Gotta laugh about how masterfully Team Trump has driven discussion of the Gorsuch nomination off the table. The dimwittedness of the MSM and Dims is quite extraordinary.

      • Disappeared4x

        Too right!

      • Disappeared4x

        Page 6 just drove more off the table, well, give it 12 more hours. I was looking for Podhoretz, who writes for NYPost, not Page 6.
        With the hands-off WH kids, I was wondering when this would come out:
        February 3, 2017 | 9:51pm “…Malia — who worked as an intern on the HBO series in July 2015 after telling White House guest Lena Dunham she was a fan —…”

        http://pagesix.com/2017/02/03/malia-obama-parties-into-the-early-morning-in-nyc/?_ga=1.104915078.480868836.1486178264
        and now Malia is interning for Harvey Weinstein.
        President Trump gets the NY Post every morning.
        Good night.

        • Andrew Allison

          And we should be interested in the offspring of the late, unlamented because . . .?

          • Disappeared4x

            I have been wondering what kind of parents let their 16-year-old daughter intern on HBO’s “Girls” since 2015. This was why Michelle’s outrage at what children are exposed to….during the campaign, was so hypocritical.
            I remember the 1970’s too well, but Lena Dunham’s show – 3 minutes of freeHBOweekend for Girls was 3 minutes too much. Might have been one minute too much.

            Also, Secret Service means no photos.

            Maybe I am wrong, but this should give pause to the chatty44s, paradigm of parenting.

            we’ll see.

          • Disappeared4x

            Further to your point: “Donald Trump’s first two weeks have been a frenetic sprint that has unsettled Washington and left a rattled world wondering what’s next. … “Remember when Trump and Clinton talked about stamina during the debate? Turns out it was a question for the rest of us,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, curator at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. “You can’t walk away from your phone without fear of missing something significant that’s just transpired. None of it feels like normal figuring out. It all feels like a traumatic condition.”

            Trump’s team has sought to use such Democratic rhetoric against their opponents. “You can’t even — there is no
            gradation of hysteria,” Conway said on Fox on Thursday. “It’s everything makes them cry and scream.”

            At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, the president positioned himself once again as the healer of what
            he described in his inaugural address as a state of “American carnage.”

            “The world is in trouble, but we’re going to straighten it out, okay? That’s what I do. I fix things. We’re
            going to straighten it out,” he said, with full 206 weeks remaining in his first term. “Believe me.” ”

            http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-startegy-as-president-234613

            The media echo today reflects the cultureMedia war between CondeNast (Malia as style icon) and Hearst (FLOTUSMelania as style icon). One moment of sympathy for Malia in Mom jeans. That’s all! , as Anna Wintour would say, she who picked the wrong side in this cultureMedia war.

            Full update in my reply to Psalms564 below.

            Time to do some laundry before week 3…no Mom jeans here.

      • Disappeared4x

        Caroline Glick’s analysis, she nails it, which is why it is at RCP today:
        http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/02/04/the_trump_way_of_winning_the_war_132993.html

  • Andrew Allison

    But why would you read the Washington Post, which is wrestling with the NYT for the title of fake news central.

  • Fat_Man

    We must be very impressed with Netanyahu’s political acumen. Think back to the stories in the Bible about Moses on the Exodus, and all of the problems he had leading the Jewish people. And his consigliere was God Almighty, Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Bibi is winging it by his lonesome.

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