Less affordable. “As the nation heads pell-mell down the road toward implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the number of warning signs over its impact are also sliding by, at a faster pace. Many raise the unanswered question: Affordable for whom?”
More agreement between former VP Dick Cheney and President Obama. Cheney: “Congress, in fact, authorizes the president to use military force to deal with the crisis. That puts you in the category of using your military assets, your intelligence assets and so forth to protect the country against another attack. And when you consider somebody smuggling a nuclear device into the United States, it becomes very important to gather intelligence on your enemies and stop that attack before it ever gets launched.”
A less ridiculous reaction is, I suppose, too much to hope for. “Offering praise for Iranians and reproaching their government, the Obama administration said Saturday it respected the results of a presidential election conducted under restrictive conditions.” Unreal.
Making much more sense is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “At the end of the day, in order to have better relations, not just with the United States but with the world, Iran knows exactly what it needs to do. It needs to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions, and it needs to pledge to walk away from these things. And unfortunately, this gentleman who was just elected is a strong supporter of the nuclear program and the nuclear weaponization as well. And so the bottom line is that that we are hopeful that that’s the case, but at the end of the day, you know, the supreme leader calls the shots in Iran, and it’s still the same supreme leader that has put Iran on this very dangerous track.” Precisely.
Less dawdling and less equivocation would help. “But the real problem with an administration response that is too little and too late to probably do any good is not so much the disaster that is unfolding in Syria as its impact on the looming U.S. confrontation with Iran. Some may hope the president’s long ratiocination about Syria portends an American willingness to translate the president’s tough rhetoric about stopping Iranian nukes into action. But it’s hard to argue how Tehran could interpret recent events in any manner other than one that will encourage them to think that they needn’t worry about Washington acting in time to stop them from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
More than a belated transfer of small arms is needed. “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday pressed for more military aid to Syria’s rebels, saying a no-fly zone would be needed to help them topple Bashar al-Assad. Speaking on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Graham said that just giving automatic rifles such as AK-47s to the rebels will not ‘neutralize’ Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad’s battlefield advantage. ‘I think our goal should be to balance the military power,’ he said. ‘We need to create a no-fly zone.’”
Less hysterics and more common sense like this would be useful. “As a reporter, it’s my job to do that from time to time [stand up to the government]. Some of the people I admire most are in the government. Men and women who led the civil rights movement— Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr.—they are true heroes. I’m not ready to put Edward Snowden in that category. For one thing, I don’t remember Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China. The people who led the civil rights movement were willing to break the law and suffer the consequences. That’s a little different than putting the nation’s security at risk and running away.” That’s Bob Schieffer, not Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), by the way.