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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Morning Bits

Realism.“Israel has come to realize that Christians — other than those who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement — can be counted on for their unfaltering allegiance to, and alliance with, the Jewish state. . . . To the religious Right in this country, there is one main point that needs to be hit home — and it leaves theology out of the equation. The only End of Days with which we should all be concerning ourselves right now is the untimely one we are trying to prevent from occurring as a result of a nuclear world war.”

Realistically, Israel is going to have to act sooner rather than later. “A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that U.N. inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber. The computer-generated drawing was provided to The Associated Press by an official of a country tracking Iran’s nuclear program who said it proves the structure exists, despite Tehran’s refusal to acknowledge it.”

Leaks in the George W. Bush administration were heroic. Now it’s a real big problem. “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that those responsible for leaking information . . . on a thwarted attempt to bring down an American airplane using an undetectable underwear bomb must be prosecuted.”

Really, do people still call it a “news magazine”? “Newsweek — like any other publication — is in business to make a profit and that frequently involves pushing the envelope in terms of catching the public’s attention. But at what point is too much simply too much? When is the shark definitively jumped and the daily bread burned past any reasonable definition of being toast? Ladies and gentlemen, this would be that point.” Get a load of that cover.

Reality is way funnier than fiction these days. “On May 1, according to a Boston Herald article, the Warren Campaign offered two pieces of evidence they said supported Ms. Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry. The first, a statement by genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has now been thoroughly debunked.” The second bit of “evidence” was a cousin’s Native American cookbook.

The Republican electorate really dodged a bullet in ultimately voting thumbs down on Rick Santorum in favor of Mitt Romney. “Santorum to Romney: Use ‘potent weapon’ of gay marriage.” Umm, no.

In Obama’s realpolitik foreign policy the victims will pile up. “Blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng said on Sunday that a nephew, arrested on charges of attempted murder, was the victim of vengeance by officials incensed at Chen’s escape, which cast a global spotlight on his 19 months in house arrest.” Chen, by the way, is still in China.

What is sequestration all about? “The real issue here is the desire of the administration and its allies on Capitol Hill to keep defense spending as low as possible to make room for the domestic welfare and entitlement programs they want. In this connection, it should be no surprise that the $800 billion already lopped from defense is essentially the price tag for the 2009 Obama stimulus package that failed to restore the economy to healthy growth.” I agree that “the relish with which Democrats, including [Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta, are playing a game of political chicken with the U.S. military is inexcusable,” but it is hardly unexpected.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 05/14/2012

 
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