So much for clarity. Jay Carney: “I think I would say on the question of aid, the relationship between the United States and Egypt goes beyond a provision of assistance, and it is based on decades of partnership and our commitment, this country’s commitment, to the Egyptian people. And everything we do will be focused on supporting a reduction in the polarization within Egypt and in hastening Egypt’s return to a democratically elected government as soon as possible.” I think that means no aid cut-off.
So much for bipartisanship. “At a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, [House Speaker John] Boehner (R-Ohio), flanked by fellow House GOP leaders and dozens of interns, pointed a stern finger at Democrats across the dome for failing to act on the interest rate increase before it took effect on July 1st.”
So much for U.S. aid. Elliott Abrams recommends, “Too much of the aid in past years, and this year, goes for this prestige item [F-16s] for the Egyptian military, with little use in addressing terrorism, internal disorder, lawlessness in Gaza, or any other of Egypt’s pressing problems. Suspending deliveries of new F-16s for a few months, if it comes to that, is not a heavy price to pay for following our own laws.”
So much for “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The New York Times suggests the prosecution case is going from bad to worse. “Several of Mr. Zimmerman’s good friends took the stand to say they were sure that the person in distress screaming “help” in the background of a 911 call was Mr. Zimmerman, not Trayvon Martin, the teenager he shot and killed. Earlier in the trial, the prosecution put several people on the stand, including Mr. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who said it was Mr. Martin screaming for help.”
So much for public service as its own reward. “[Tim] Geithner is now being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by massive financial organizations. It’s just that he isn’t being paid to work on Wall Street; he’s just being paid to talk every now and then. The Financial Times reports that Geithner, like countless former public servants before him, has hit the highly lucrative speaking circuit. He’s already made about $400,000 in just three engagements. And that tab is being footed by financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank and Blackstone, which paid him about $200,000 and up to $100,000, respectively.”
So much for honesty. “Fending off a flurry of direct questions, officials at the White House and State Department on Monday refused to characterize last week’s events in Egypt as a military coup. Though officials did not dispute the fact that Egyptian President Mohamed [Morsi], a democratically-elected leader, was ousted by the military in an extrajudicial fashion, they would not say the word ‘coup,’ which has an important legal consequence for the $1.5 billion in aid Congress sends to Egypt every year.” Both shameful and typical of this administration to invent its own rules rather than follow the laws we have in place.
So much for liberals’ assurances that Obamacare implementation was right on track. “The Obama administration has already delayed the employer requirements for a year. How could Democrats possibly oppose putting that delay into statute, which is the only real way to relieve employers of their obligations? And why should the individual mandate remain in place in 2014 when the employer mandate has been delayed? More fundamentally, why should the exchanges be allowed to begin signing up people for coverage in 2014 when systems are not in place to protect taxpayers from waste and fraud? There’s a political opening for the GOP to begin making the case that Obamacare is failing, as the party said it would from the beginning. At a minimum, the utter collapse of the implementation process cries out for a year-long delay, before real and perhaps irreversible damage is done.”