Aside from all that history, the current government of Iran has a terrible human rights record & chooses to fund groups who use terrorist attacks. Still, I oppose any notion of regime change & would hit the streets against an invasion. I’d like to see a policy that slowly pushes Iran towards detente with the Sunni lead powers in the region. Imo, a lot of this would be easier if Israel recognizes Palestine as a state & ceases their campaign of eating up the most valuable parts of the West Bank. It’s a big security problem in the short term, but Israel is increasingly being seen as an apartheid state. I don’t think Likud understands that American voters are mostly opposed to their policies.
“I can’t completely remember”
As always, you could’ve just stopped there. There was no such ruling. I could make some guesses about what you’re talking about, but it really isn’t worth anyone’s time. AFAIK, no state even requires there even be two candidates on a ballot for a particular line for office on a ballot. There are plenty of places where the only candidate on the ballot will be a Republican. I think it’s strange that the Greens haven’t seized that opportunity to show how there’s a latent constituency in rural Kansas that really likes their ideas.
The Green Party gets booted off ballots because most of their “leaders” are narcissistic weirdos who don’t understand how to legally get signatures that will stand up to scrutiny. I have my differences with the DSA, but they seem to have figured out the only way to move national politics left, is to work through the Democratic Party. They tend to be more successful when they don’t base their identities around Jacobin guillotine memes.
Direct cash is hard to do, but Brother Cornel’s campaign is being pumped by Russian funded media across the spectrum. Brother Cornell has called for disbanding NATO as an arm of the American Empire & would force Ukraine to capitulate to Putin. I’m not really worried about Cornel, tbh. He had to reboot his campaign from running on the People’s Party ticket, to the Green Party after it came out that PP leader Nick Brana was a sex pest.
eoinhiggins . substack . com/p/it-did-scare-me-assault-harassment
Speaking of Russian funded media…. Ted, I didn’t know you had another podcast! Why don’t you promote your Sputnik hosted show with ultra-MAGA grifter Angie Wong?? She’s all in for Kari Lake. How about you?
“Mostly Dem projects” bringing 14A lawsuits? The ones I’ve looked at are clearly bipartisan (assuming you’re willing to accept Republicans not currently running for office in a Republican primary as Republicans.)
This was another bit of Raisa’s speech that I found sort of amusing: “Some time ago, the former president of the United States announced that ISIS was created by the United States”. (Nope.) He went on to call the drone stricken General Soleimani, “a commander and hero of this war against terrorism and the destroyer of ISIS”. Three years later & they still think they haven’t got enough revenge for that.
Despite the MAGA pretense that they don’t want wars, Trump listened to Pompeo & other hawks who would like nothing more than an excuse to invade Iran.
That kind of dumb talk & poor decision making is just one example of why Trump was a foreign policy disaster & will be an even bigger one if he ever gets another chance.
What is their ideology in this context? They want to prevent certain neighbors who are hostile to the regime & Shia belief from encircling them & suppressing their fellow Shiites in the region. If you paid attention Raisa’s speech at the UN yesterday, he ended the usual list of grievances with a call for the US to to choose a path — “either JCPOA or not”. He stated (as have previous Iranian leaders), “As the representative of the great nation of Iran, I explicitly declare that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons and such weapons have no place in our defence doctrine.”
Iran’s regime is interested in self preservation. I think they see more downsides to going forward with getting the Bomb, than upside. Right now, they could probably get a few warheads in a few months, if they really wanted. Unless we or Israel do something stupid, like letting the Saudis go nuclear, they’ll hold that card.
Some of the 14A lawsuits are coming from Republicans who realize Trump is leading the party down a path of Doom. I understand why Ted might like the Green Party: wacky ideas, Russian backing. But, No Labels? The biggest corporate shills in either party joining forces like comic supervillains?
We’re over a year out from the General Election. Dunno about the rest of ya, but I’d rather not egg on the non-stop campaigning. Can we at least make sure there isn’t a government shutdown before telling the people in DC to go out & campaign?
Meant this for you, but replied to Nantucket by mistake. I’ll leave both up.
I think your concerns over whether Iran uses the money from this deal to re-allocate other funds towards bad actions is justified. But, are you willing to entertain the possibility that they don’t spend all, much or any of the $6 billion on nefarious stuff? Their economy is still in tatters & the Iranian people are increasingly willing to make it clear they aren’t satisfied with status quo. I’d argue that the regime is smart enough to know it’s in their interest to use it on humanitarian needs. I’d further argue that being caught in a major breach of the spirit of the terms would not help their standing with their own people.
There’s risk in the deal, but there’s possible upside.
Much like Hunter Biden sold the illusion of access, McCarthy is selling the illusion of an impeachment.
He’ll undoubtedly blurt out that it was all done to hurt Biden’s poll numbers in 6 months.