The Monday Morning Teaser

This week Congress has been discussing the deal to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and rhetoric has been high, both inside the Capitol and on the campaign trail. Mike Huckabee invoked the image of Obama sending Jews “to the oven”. Ted Cruz accused Obama of sponsoring terrorism. And so on.

But the one meme that Republicans keep coming back to is Munich, where British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain conceded part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938 and announced that he had achieved “peace for our time”.  Chamberlain’s “appeasement” at Munich has become the universal symbol of weak negotiators and people willing to give up too much to avoid war, who just guarantee that war will come on worse terms.

This morning I’m going to take that meme on directly with an article I call “If This Is Munich, We Must Be Germany”. Because Obama’s critics are applying the metaphor backwards: The United States has been the country threatening war if it didn’t get what it wanted, and Iran gave up something to avoid that war. They got nothing of ours.

That should be out fairly soon, maybe 8 or 8:30 EDT.

In the weekly summary we have yet another police killing caught on video, Cecil the Lion and #AllLionsMatter, David Brooks vs. Ta-Nehisi Coates, new numbers from Pew showing the decline of American Christianity, and a Key & Peele video about a world where teachers are treated like sports stars. I’ve got a lot of work to do on that, so it may not show up until nearly noon.

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