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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Morning Bits

Myth: Whatever follows Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be worse. “The alliance with Iran and Hezbollah is seen by increasing numbers of Syrians, then, as one of the characteristics of the hated Assad regime. When Syrians get the chance, they will end both the regime and that alliance. The sooner Assad falls, the better — from every moral, political, and strategic point of view.”

Myth: The Ivy League is all about academic freedom. “Yale University last week killed the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism -- the only program of its kind in the country, an academically stellar one-stop anti-Semitism research shop. Worse, it almost certainly did so because YIISA refused to ignore the most virulent, genocidal and common form of Jew-hatred today: Muslim anti-Semitism.”

Myth: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has this whole recession thing figured out. “U.S. economic growth so far this year looks to have been somewhat slower than expected.” Expected by him, that would be.

Myth: The Obama team has improved U.S. standing in the Middle East: “French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Tuesday said that France is moving ahead with an initiative to bring together Israelis and Palestinians at a peace conference in Paris this summer, despite US reservations about the plan.”

Fact (liberals insist on ignoring): In all the litigation over voter identification plaintiffs have never produced a single voter denied the ability to vote because of lack of an ID.

Fact: The United Nations isn’t very good at resolving disputes other than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The Moroccan government and Western Sahara separatist rebels on Tuesday ended new UN-brokered talks on the disputed territory without making a breakthrough, UN officials said.” It’s almost like the Polisario Front and its Algerian boosters don’t want a resolution of one of the world’s longest-running humanitarian tragedies.

Fact: The Israel Lobby is so vast it includes the entire Congress. “Full-throated support for hardline Israeli positions is a populist position in American politics -- like full-throated support for a fence on the Mexican border. It is a foreign policy idea that makes elites queasy and that they try to steer away from, but support for it is so strong in public opinion, and therefore in Congress, that presidents have to figure out how to work with this force rather than taking it on directly. . . . What Netanyahu demonstrated in Congress was not that he has the backing of the Israel Lobby. It was something much more important and, depending on your viewpoint, more alarming: he has the backing of the American people.”

Fact: No Democrat as of Tuesday night had publicly called for Weiner to step down: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called on Weiner to resign. But [House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy] Pelosi stopped short of such a demand, instead firing off a written request to the ethics committee to ‘determine whether the Rules of the House of Representatives have been violated’ by Weiner.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/08/2011

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