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Sundown: Paul the Son Tries to Block Egypt Aid

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Sen. Rand Paul last year.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

• Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky (and son of presidential candidate Rep. Ron), is filibustering a judicial nominee and has pledged to do the same for a transportation bill, in the hopes of passing his own bill, which would cut off all U.S. financial assistance to Egypt. [LAT]

• The Mormon Church formally apologized for posthumously baptizing the Nazi-murdered parents of the Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. This is likely to be the last we hear of the Church’s practice of posthumous baptizing of Jews, since there are currently no prominent Mormon public figures. [Reuters/NYT]

• Read Amir Mizroch’s imagining of an Israeli newscast the day after Israel strikes Iran. Then go hide under the bed. [Forecast Highs]

• Anti-Semitism scandal at Man. U. Go Spurs! #soccer [Deadspin]

• Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer advanced to the third round of the annual Qatar tournament she was once banned from. [Times of India]

• Jesse Eisenberg has a lot to thank Jeremy Lin for. [McSweeney’s]

I have Jeremy Lin to thank for this last night.

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Sen. Rand Paul is standing up for the United States and our national interest. There should not be any U.S. financial assistance to Egypt until they withdraw the charges against the US citizens and allow them to leave Egypt.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Amir Mizroch’s is quite imaginative but fails at some points:

a) Most Arab states, most notably the Saudis will be very happy to see the Iranian snake beheaded & will likely use their considerable influence ($ & oil) keep things quiet, just as the Arab world and mythical Arab street were quiet after Israel de-nuked Syria.

b) It borders on the ludicrous (or supremely ignorant) to presume that Israel would send in large conventional ground forces into Iran; if nothing else, Israel simply doesn’t have the ability to project the logistical support, let alone the transport, that such forces would minimally require. At most you might see some small, highly trained & mobile special forces – commando type units sneaking in for some very specific, sabotage actions.

c) It is conceivable that Assad might be tempted to use an Israeli attack on Iran to try to attack Israel as a way to distract the Syrians from his daily atrocities. However keep in mind that Damascus including the major military C&C units are with in easy artillery range from the Golan. And if by chance Assad has forgotten, his army hasn’t.

d) The Russians didn’t sell Iran their advanced air-defense systems; what the Iranians have is no better than the air-defense systems that Israel neutralized on their way to bombing the Syrian reactor.

e) Of late the Hezbollah leadership has been emphasizing their independence from Iran. Can you guess why? Hint: During Cast Lead, Hezbollah made little noise and did not shoot.

f) Hamas is trying desperately to distance itself from Iran in part because of their closeness to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Like the Saudis, the Egyptians do NOT want to see an Iran with nukes. They’ll make noise and shoot some rockets but they won’t be suicidal to save Iran. Keep in mind that an Iranian nuclear strike on Israel would also be rather unpleasant for the Gazans given their proximity to Israel,

g) Now imagine what the day after an Iranian nuke strike on Israel will be…

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J’lem

Jesse Eisenberg is a filty piece of garbage.

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