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Iranian negotiations become liberals’ nightmare

“France’s foreign minister says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with world powers over its atomic program.” That is an actual news item, not a punchline from the Onion. The report coincides with yesterday’s remarks from Iran’s supreme leader, […]

Losses mount in half-baked war against Islamic State

The Post reports: “Concerns for one of the Middle East’s most renowned archaeological sites deepened Thursday after Islamic State militants swept into the historic Syrian city Palmyra, urging residents over mosque loudspeakers to turn...Show More Summary

10 reasons why the Clinton-Blumenthal story is a big deal

The discovery that Hillary Clinton received some 25 memos from Clinton family confidante and hatchet man Sidney Blumenthal is causing another round of angst for Democrats. It should. Why are the memos a problem? 1. They show the degree to which Hillary Clinton defied the Obama administration edicts. Told she couldn’t hire him through the […]

The NSA test for commander in chief contenders

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had his talk-a-thon (not technically a filibuster yet since he was using the 30 hours of time triggered by filing cloture on the trade bill) on Wednesday. Whereas once he gained kudos and attention for his paranoia about drones dropping bombs on cafes, his effort to rid the country of the […]

And then there were 10

The Post broke the news on Wednesday: “Fox News, which is hosting the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, will require participants to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up to the event, according to details obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday. The […]

Morning Bits

He reminds them of their grandkids? “[T]he new Pew research suggests [Sen. Marco] Rubio might not be the candidate who appeals most to the young. (His 39 percent favorability rating among Republicans 18 to 44 puts him behind Huckabee, Paul, Bush, and Cruz.) Rather, Rubio, at least for now, might be the older Republican’s favorite […]

Moral equivalence endangers journalism and governance

I take a back seat to no one when it comes to spotting bias in the MSM so I certainly don’t quibble with Democrat Kirsten Powers’s observation that “Like a fish doesn’t notice the water, today’s mainstream journalists are impervious to their bias in favor of Democratic candidates or liberal issues. They believe they are […]

Iraq denial will ensure more debacles

The Post reports: “The fall of Ramadi amounts to more than the loss of a major city in Iraq’s largest province, analysts say. It could undermine Sunni support for Iraq’s broader effort to drive back the Islamic State, vastly complicating the war effort.” Most telling is this nugget: “Nearly a decade ago, with an insurgency […]

Why not Joe Biden?

There is plenty wrong with Vice President Joe Biden if you are a Republican. But from the perspective of Democrats gradually realizing that Hillary Clinton is a bottomless pit of scandal and devoid of political skill, he solves a lot of problems. Biden is nothing if not a stalwart liberal. He forced the president to […]

How to smoke out the phony or unprepared hawks

At this point, even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is pretending to be a hawk. But just as many on the left call themselves “pro-Israel” while applying a double standard to the Jewish state, attacking Israel routinely and taking positions inimical to Israel’s interests, not all Republicans who style themselves as Reagan acolytes are the real […]

Voters’ views of the 2016 candidates shift

Pundits can attribute a permanence to a poll that is entirely unwarranted. But in the run-up to 2016, the only constant is change. The most recent Pew poll has more bad news for Hillary Clinton: “Clinton’s favorable ratings have declined – among the public, as well as Democrats – since last summer. Currently, 49% of […]

Six mistakes Hillary Clinton made in answering questions

Hillary Clinton, after days of pounding for refusing to take questions, deigned to entertain a few yesterday in Iowa. It did not go well. In the space of a few minutes, she did the following: 1. She defended e-mails from longtime political crony and attack dog Sid Blumenthal as a way of keeping up with […]

Morning Bits

Why not throw the dice? “The crazy-large Republican field seems to be having a snowball effect, where the more candidates enter (six so far, not counting [South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey] Graham, with many more signaling their impending entry), the more potential contenders think they may as well give it a try. In a 15-way […]

Wanted: A Middle East strategy

Today at a news conference House Speaker John Boehner remarked, “Last week, we passed a strong bill to support our troops, and ensure that the Congress and the people have the ability to review any potential agreement with the Iranians. And with new gains made by ISIL [the Islamic State] in Ramadi, we know that […]

Clinton’s blizzard of malfeasance

Perhaps Hillary Clinton is counting on the number of scandals, untruths and misdeeds to numb the public and media at some point. It’s not a bad strategy given the stuff that seems to wash up on the shore from the Clintons each day. Recall what we already know: She kept a private server at her […]

Lessons from the Syria fiasco

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, formerly director general of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research and Analysis and Production Division of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence, explains the...Show More Summary

Are governors prepared to be commander in chief?

In a generally strong interview with Megyn Kelly yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the case that “you can learn foreign policy” but that the only way to learning decision-making is to do it. It’s a solid argument with a few corollaries. First, governors are going to have an extra burden showing they are […]

GOP candidates should skip the Iowa straw poll

The GOP 2016 presidential contenders should do themselves and future presidential candidates a favor: Skip the Iowa straw poll. If there is any year to end the monstrously overblown, costly affair, this is it. As National Journal reported: “Tim Pawlenty’s fate in the 2011 straw poll, however, offers a cautionary tale of what can happen […]

What about Iraq, right now?

Two sets of highly regarded experts warn we are losing our fight against the Islamic State in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Islamic state’s grip on Libya hardens. So naturally the press wants to talk about 2003. Kim and Fred Kagan, who were instrument in the successful Iraq surge write, “The seizure of Ramadi on Sunday leaves President […]

In praise of stalling

The Hill Reports: The White House is urging Congress not to put off a fight over expiring portions of the Patriot Act used to justify a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program. “Our strategy on these important security matters is to not kick the can down the road,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters […]

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