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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Morning Bits

Bill Kristol jabs at Haley Barbour and gives a thumbs-up to Tim Pawlenty on their skirmish on foreign policy. As for Pawlenty: “What’s interesting is his leaping at the occasion to get in a little dust-up with Barbour. This suggests a degree of nimbleness and boldness that speaks well for his prospects to move from the second tier to the first. You could do worse than run as the heir of Reagan-Bush-McCain hawkishness, against a weak and dithering Obama administration, and you could do worse than bet that at some point in the primary process voters will remember they’re electing a commander in chief, not just (important as the budget issues are) an OMB director.” Oh, yes there is a potential candidate in the race who was a former OMB director.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) jabs at Obama: “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accused Barack Obama of ‘punting’ on the budget debate Thursday, saying the president is ‘ignoring the problem.’ The House Budget Committee chairman said he has ‘never discussed’ budgetary issues with Obama — the last time the two talked one-on-one was during a congratulatory phone call the president made after the November elections, when Republicans swept the lower chamber.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board jabs at the unexplained reversal: “Fittingly, news of the U.S. switch came from Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., which the Administration regards as the ultimate arbiter of global security. Finally heeding the French and British, and trailing even the Arab League, the U.S. endorsed a Security Council resolution that passed last evening with 10 votes and five abstentions. The measure endorsed ‘all necessary force excluding a foreign occupation force’ to stop Gadhafi. . . . The U.S. and U.N. are now committing to shooting not merely at Gadhafi’s planes but also presumably his armor, ground troops and the mercenaries with machine guns in Toyota trucks. “ Well, thank goodness for the French and the Brits.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, greets Natan Sharansky and jabs at the PA: “Chairman Sharansky, you have long noted that the Palestinian leadership has failed to reform, to end anti-Israel incitement, and to prepare the Palestinian people for peace, and the recent murder of 5 members of the Fogel family in the West Bank reinforces that inconvenient truth. In the wake of this incident, what does the Palestinian leadership need to do to demonstrate that it is a partner for peace? Finally, could you address the continuing efforts at the United Nations to demonize and de-legitimize Israel, and what the U.S. can do to combat such efforts?” The two questions are connected, you know.

Pete Wehner jabs at Mark Levin’s argument that George W. Bush’s record was “marginally conservative.” Pete goes through the records of Bush and Ronald Reagan on everything from the Supreme Court to taxes and concludes that Bush’s record “stacks up quite well against Reagan’s.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) jabs at an OMB appointee. She crumbles.

The Anti-Defamation League jabs at the State Department: “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed “surprise and disappointment” at the failure by the U.S. Department of State to issue any statement of condemnation of the March 13 ceremony in the West Bank honoring a Palestinian terrorist who carried out a 1978 bus bombing that killed 37 Israelis, including 13 children.” Surprised?! This administration rarely says a negative word about the PA.

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