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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Morning Bits

The administration’s Libya policy leaves a lot to be desired. “Libya’s government approved a $31.4 billion budget for the rest of 2011, the official news agency said on Wednesday, a move apparently aimed at showing it was functioning as normal despite air strikes and sanctions.”

This reminds me a lot of Bush 41 and the supermarket scanner. “On the June 14 edition of NBC’s ‘Today,’ President Barack Obama ascribed part of the blame for the high unemployment rate to ATMs, yet most media outlets continue to ignore the gaffe. ‘There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,’ lectured Obama in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry. ‘You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.’” The economic illiteracy is frightful.

You might hear that line a lot from the GOP contenders. Tim Pawlenty tweets: “Since when did businesses becoming more efficient become a bad thing for our economy?” It’s almost like Obama never worked in the private sector.

Actually, there are a lot of things about this administration that are frightful. “State Department: Human Rights Council progress is ‘undeniable.’” Well, something is undeniable.

You are going to hear “turn this economy around” a lot this election — from the Republicans.

There has been a lot of spin, but, in fact, administration officials are in the Middle East pushing a position that diplomatically hobbles Israel. “The American officials are in the region promoting US President Barack Obama’s initiative to base renewed negotiations on the June 4, 1967, lines with agreed land swaps.Israel has rejected the use of those armistice lines as the basis for talks, saying the borders of a two-state solution should not be predetermined before negotiations begin.Israel has called for talks to resume without preconditions regarding borders and settlements, while the Palestinians have insisted that negotiations can only move forward if Israel first stops Jewish construction in West Bank settlements and in east Jerusalem.” Palestinians insist or Obama insists? Or is it one and the same now?

There are a lot of people who will take this as a sign New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie still hasn’t ruled out a presidential run. “In an interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday night, Christie was asked about whether he supports withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan. ‘I wouldn’t do it now,’ Christie replied. ‘But I would be guided by what our military advisers told us to do. But I do think that capturing bin Laden and killing bin Laden was one of the real goals of the original Afghanistan intervention. And I’m not a nation-building kind of guy. . . . America’s always got to be the leader.” It’s not clear what “not a nation-building kind of guy” means, is it?

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