Hillary Clinton ducks on the Keystone XL Pipeline. “The former U.S. Secretary of State says it would be wrong for her to comment on a topic that is currently under consideration by her successor John Kerry.” Um, I don’t think that works so well since she apparently is free to discuss Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

The Obama administration insist it isn’t “naïve.” But if it walks and talks like a duck .  . . “Iran is scheduled to receive another $550 million in unfrozen assets from the Obama administration on Friday, just days after Tehran unveiled a slew of new weapons and advanced ballistic missiles. . . . Iran’s Defense Minister announced on Wednesday that the military had made great progress in approving the accuracy of its ballistic missile guidance system, which Tehran views as a deterrence to the U.S. and Israeli militaries.”

Ducking the consequences of their historic legislation may not be enough to save the Dems in November. “The Obama administration, grappling with continued political fallout over its health care law, said Wednesday that it would allow consumers to renew health insurance policies that did not comply with the new law for two more years, pushing the issue well beyond this fall’s midterm elections. The reprieve was the latest in a series of waivers, deadline extensions and unilateral actions by the administration that have drawn criticism from the law’s opponents and supporters, many saying President Obama was testing the limits of his powers. The action reflects the difficulties Mr. Obama has faced in trying to build support for the Affordable Care Act and the uproar over his promise — which he later acknowledged had been overstated — that people who liked their insurance plans could keep them, no matter what.” And that was the New York Times.

There is no ducking our responsibility in Ukraine. Why? George Weigel explains: “Because we don’t want Putin to reverse the Verdict of 1989 and reignite the Cold War. Because of our own self-respect. Because we can read what happened in the late 1930s and ought to have learned a few things from that. It would be desperately self-demeaning to let Putin snatch victory from the jaws of a richly merited defeat because we want to take our marbles and go home, tired of the game.”

President Obama ducks the implications of his own rhetoric, says the speaker of the House. “I would note that the president justified his actions today by calling this a national emergency. Frankly, I agree. But if it’s truly a national emergency, then the president should order the Secretary of Energy to expedite approval of American natural gas exports.  Russia has an energy stranglehold on much of Europe, and it has been using it to its own advantage. There is a growing consensus that ending this de facto export ban would not only help keep Putin in check but help our own economy as well and help our allies in Europe.”

The president ducks meaningful steps. “Senior Obama administration officials told reporters Thursday that the administration’s new sanctions plan in response to Russian actions in Ukraine gives the United States ‘a great deal of flexibility’ to target individuals behind the Crimean invasion. Visas have been pulled from an unreleased number of Russians and Ukrainians, and the United States has promised to impose economic sanctions on individuals and companies as well. But no one is being hit with the sanctions quite yet.” Well, Obama did tell Putin he’d have more flexibility after the election.

Thankfully, the House is not ducking its responsibility. “The House voted 385-23 [Thursday] under an expedited process to let the government guarantee private-sector loans to Ukraine. The bill, H.R. 4152, would allow previously appropriated funds to be used to cover the cost of the guarantees.”

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