September 2, 2013

Bad taste to brag on Twitter that you are politicizing national security. “Obama’s longtime political guru, David Axelrod, couldn’t resist a bit of gloating on Twitter: ‘Congress is now the dog that caught the car.’” Good grief.

President Obama
President Obama (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Bad review from British press. “Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush.”

Bad blood between elected Republicans and the Heritage Foundation is spilling over everywhere. “The head of the Chamber of Commerce on Friday blasted the Heritage Foundation  and Republican conservatives for making threats over the debt ceiling. Chamber President Tom Donohue, who supports cutting entitlements and  repealing ObamaCare, said conservatives were being irresponsible. He made the comments in a C-SPAN ‘Newsmakers’ interview to be aired on Sunday.”

Bad idea to make a token gesture, but that’s exactly where we are headed. “Potential U.S. military action in Syria must not be a ‘merely cosmetic’ attempt  to reinforce the White House’s standing in the world, according to Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).”

Bad argument. “Assad would remain defiant in the face of an attack. It is not as if he is constrained now, but he would probably step up the violence both to exert control within his country and to demonstrate that the United States and its allies cannot intimidate him.” This is why you have to knock him/his regime out.

Bad move. It’s really not appropriate for a senator to try to bully the speaker of the House. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “If he allows something to pass out of conference that looks anything like the Senate bill and is passed with a majority of Democrats, I think that will be the final thing he does as speaker.”

Bad sign when the New York Times catches the president passing the buck. “After two years of resisting deeper involvement in Syria, President Obama finally decided to act — only to then decide to seek Congressional approval. . . . To a large degree, much of Mr. Obama’s quandary is that he boxed himself in by setting a ‘red line’ on the use of chemical weapons by Syria, a line he now feels obliged to enforce to preserve his credibility. But the path to this messy moment has been complicated by more than an ill-advised utterance on Syria.” Ouch.

Bad form to undercut Kerry and then send him out on the Sunday talk shows to explain it. “Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sought to explain the White House’s shift from taking immediate military action against Syria to waiting first for congressional approval. In an interview on ‘Meet the Press,’ Kerry said President Obama decided the U.S. ‘would act with greater moral authority and greater strength’ by asking  Congress for approval, as it would show the U.S. was acting in a “united  way.” Well, who else would Obama put out there — Susan Rice?!

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.