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I'm not sure what Jeffrey Goldberg is getting at here, in which he tackles the Avigdor Lieberman appointment.

It's a disaster because he's made himself into a racist.
I can't tell if Mr. Goldberg is suggesting that Lieberman isn't a racist, but has carelessly allowed the perception he is a racist to stick -- or, that Lieberman does, in fact, harbor racist thoughts, but can resist ("unmake") them if he so chooses.

I don't believe either to be true; Lieberman doesn't seem to be putting on an act. Either way, perhaps Mr. Goldberg would approve of some judicious sentence-tightening?

It's a disaster because he's made himself into a racist.

I think I was trying to suggest that, IMHO, Lieberman is an opportunist who played the race card rather ostentatiously. Of course, Instaputz is right: Racism is racism.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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