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Even After Halle Attack, Defenders of the Extreme Right Won't Relent

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It was the Yom Kippur of all the pens for hire – the ones specializing in shallow populism. Their two central conceptions collapsed that day.

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Let’s start with the unambiguous tweet by Donald Trump: “Going into the Middle East is the worst decision ever made in the history of our country.” This explained his decision to abandon the Kurds, leaving them vulnerable to ethnic cleansing. Trump, any reasonable person will understand, is the flimsy support on which Netanyahu, in his rare diplomatic sophistication, decided to base Israel’s fate. Then along comes the president saying that there is no ally he wouldn’t turn his back on if need be, and that our neighborhood, including us, costs him too much money while bringing in too little profit, which is why he’s fed up with it.

In the disappointing light of the realization that the totally expected has come to pass, with only the blindness of the pens for hire preventing them from recognizing it, the entire past has been revealed in its nakedness: the demonstrative disdain for Barack Obama, the........

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