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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Morning Bits

Excluding Israel (from a terrorism forum in Turkey) to court Ankara. “ ‘Obviously the U.S. is looking to adhere to the wishes of Turkey and the Turks have made it very clear they don’t want the Israelis there,’ said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. ‘But since this is a U.S.-sponsored event, hosted in Turkey, the U.S. should not be listening to anybody about who they should or should not invite.’ ” Oh, like we’re a superpower that defends its allies?

Extraordinary irresponsibility. “[Former Defense Secretary Robert] Gates said, on the day of the bin Laden operation, the participants ‘all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden.’ That agreement ‘fell apart . . . the next day,’ Gates said. It stands as perhaps the most prominent, but certainly not the most recent, example of the Obama Administration’s selective leaking of intelligence information for political purposes that compromises our national security.” Read the whole thing.

Except for Democratic presidents, Democrats favor independent prosecutors. “Criticisms of the leaks last week were notable for their bipartisanship, with members of both parties objecting to some of the worst national security leaks they said they had ever seen. But [Sen. John] McCain ran into opposition from Democrats with his Tuesday measure, and the hearing included new partisan sniping. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has fiercely criticized the leaks, said she opposes the appointment of a special counsel. Just last week she had said she was undecided.” Hmm. Ya think the White House did some arm-twisting?

Extreme nervousness seems appropriate. “‘It’s going to be trouble,’ says Steve Clemons, an influential policy analyst who has close ties to the administration. ‘It’s going to be like the search for who leaked Valerie Plame’s name. If the truth does come out, I suspect it will be major player. Of course the White House is very nervous.’ Those major players are some of the most influential figures in Obama’s Washington. The scandal has the potential to drag in a cadre of senior administration officials, both former and current, who have extensive contacts with the press. The short list could include Leon Panetta, Ben Rhodes, Tom Donilon, Gen. David Petraeus, John Brennan, Jim Jones, and General Doug Lute, among other heavy hitters.”

Not exactly what Obama promised. “A forecast released Tuesday said the growth rate for U.S. health spending of all types would stay historically low the next two years. But it would increase if most of the federal health-care overhaul takes effect in 2014. After that, the rate would drop, but spending still would grow at a higher rate than that of the past few years, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”

Excluding the Osama bin Laden strike, is there anything for which Obama is responsible? “Obama said that the country’s budget deficits and big debt were the result of the George W. Bush’s two tax cuts, as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.” Actually entitlements have been the drivers and Obama added about $5 trillion in debt himself. Pathetic.

Excellent news for Romney. “In the Pennsylvania poll Quinnipiac released today, Obama led Romney in the ballot test by 46 percent to 40 percent. But on the question of who would do a better job on the economy, Romney led Obama by 49 percent to 41 percent. Given Obama’s weakness with working-class white voters, it’s probably not a surprise that they preferred Romney on that question by 52 percent to 35 percent in the Quinnipiac survey, according to data provided by Quinnipiac to National Journal. More strikingly-and more ominously for Obama-college-educated whites in Pennsylvania picked Romney over the president as most likely to improve the economy by a resounding 55 percent to 38 percent.”

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