The Best Of The Dish Today

Dorsey Shaw flags the above video and notes that “a few minutes later, the reporter, CNN’s Diana Magnay, tweeted this and then deleted it about 20 minutes later:”


She was right the first time. As if on cue, the US Senate passed a resolution backing Israel’s new invasion of Gaza:

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) authored S.Res. 498, which reaffirms Senate support for Israel, condemns unprovoked rocket fire and calls on Hamas to stop all rocket attacks on Israel. “The United States Senate is in Israel’s camp,” Graham said on the Senate floor Thursday.

We knew that already, Butters. Only too well.

I have only two thoughts about the horrifying events in Ukraine. First, a prayer for the souls lost and their loved ones. Second, a provisional inference: If the plane was downed by the Russian separatists – as seems pretty obvious from the smoking gun audio – then Putin has just found out how reckless grandstanding can come back and bite you back in the posterior. It will change a huge amount in the fraught politics between Putin’s neo-fascist Russia and Europe. The new Tsar will soon have a choice: to keep lying and become an international pariah, or to back down and get a grip. I suspect he’ll keep lying … and quietly back down. But these are Thursday night conjectures. They may evaporate with more information by the morning.

You can read all our Ukraine coverage of today in one place here. And you can read all our coverage of the Gaza war in one place here.

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