Without the United States there is chaos. “Iraq is once again teetering on the brink of chaos as sectarian tensions rise, according to Senate hawks who visited the government and opposition groups last week.”
Without sugar coating it, we’re going in reverse. “More jobs were created per month last year than this year (and pitifully few in both years). Since the start of the year, job growth has averaged 139,000 per month vs. an average monthly gain of 153,000 in 2011. At this year’s pace, it will take 11 years to bring the unemployment rate back down to 5%. . . . The labor force participation rate is lower today than at the start of the year, and lower than at the start of 2011.” Read the whole thing.
Without a tough response, we are inviting further attacks. “A group of protesters scaled the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday evening and entered its outer grounds, pulled down an American flag, then tried to burn it outside the embassy walls, according to witnesses. . . . [The State Department spokeswoman] downplayed any significance of the protest to U.S.-Egyptian relations.”
Without a doubt, another low in U.S.-Israeli affairs. “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that the world has ‘no moral right’ to put a ‘red light’ in front of Israel if it refuses to set a ‘red line’ for Iran. Speaking ahead of a government to government meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Metodiev Borisov in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said, ‘Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines in front of Iran, don’t have a moral right to put a red light in front of Israel. They must understand that there is a red line so they stop.’” Yikes.
Without question the worst run Department of Justice since the Nixon administration. The investigation on “Fast and Furious”: “High-ranking government officials failed to ‘balance the risks” of allowing an estimated 2,000 assault weapons to reach Mexico in an effort stop trafficking into the U.S., according to portions of a leaked inspector general’s report.’” NO wonder Obama is invoking executive privilege.
Without spin and a compliant media uninterested in substance, what would Obama do? “By his own criterion, Obama deserves to be judged harshly. Headline unemployment, which the incoming administration projected to top out at 8.0 percent as long as its landmark February 2009 stimulus package was passed, has yet to be lower than 8.0 percent. The labor force non-participation rate — the percentage of healthy, working-age Americans who are no longer actively seeking a job and therefore not counted in headline unemployment statistics — has steadily climbed from 34.2 percent (then a two-decade high) in the month before Obama took office to 36.2 percent as of press time. Meanwhile, administration officials have spent the intervening time claiming, absurdly, that the economy is on the mend.”
Without Congress, the president can’t go around amending laws, say Republicans. Seems kinda reasonable. “Congressional Republicans are pushing measures to try to block Obama administration changes to the welfare program that have become a contentious issue on the campaign trail. . . . The move by Republicans comes a few days after the Government Accountability Office, the congressional watchdog, said the administration’s changes should be put to Congress for a vote before taking effect.”