Lawmakers blast the president for anti-Israel bias. “A bipartisan group of lawmakers allied with Israel on Monday accused President Obama of going easy on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in peace negotiations…. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said Obama needs to do ‘far more’ on the issue [of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state] , and he was disappointed by a statement by Kerry last week signaling the issue was up for negotiation. ‘It is simply absurd to say you are trying to negotiate a two-state solution, and in the end, both are going to Arab states,’ Sherman said.” When you lose Brad Sherman….
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) takes aim at our ineffective Russia policy. “I support the President’s decision to issue sanctions against Russian leaders, but that list must be dramatically expanded to exert real pressure. Next week, the G-7 leaders should decide to revoke Russia’s membership in the G-8. The US should assess what military support we can provide Ukraine and the US must work in concert with its NATO allies to reassure other countries threatened by Russia. We should also assess what support we can give to Ukraine’s energy production and to increase our own exports to weaken Russia’s stranglehold, and put long-term pressure on their economy. I’ve asked House Committees to examine additional steps that can be taken to impose greater costs on Russia. . . . ”
It’s time to torpedo Putin economically. “It is imperative that President Obama not stop with the extremely mild sanctions announced Monday. He needs to go after the assets of major Kremlin powerbrokers and their oligarch allies–and he needs to send a shot across Putin’s bow by barring at least one Russian bank from conducting cross-border transactions. . . . That is the way to really hurt Putin–to go after his assets and those or his cronies and to prevent the financial institutions they operate from functioning as per normal. Obama should also be providing military aid to Ukraine, to make clear that further Russian aggression will meet a determined response.”
Haven’t we done enough to Eastern Europe without launching Vice President Biden in their direction? “Vice President Biden misspoke on Tuesday, claiming he had led the fight for Poland to join NATO when he served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden, whose tendency toward gaffes is well known, served as chairman from 2001 to 2003; Poland joined NATO in 1999.”
Obama’s certainly being bombarded for his foreign policy fecklessness. It’s about time. “Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has joined the chorus of critics calling President Obama a weak leader, saying at Tel Aviv University that ‘it doesn’t pay’ for the United States to be projecting an image of ‘feebleness’ on the world stage. Yaalon said, ‘Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately.’” Indeed.
Shooting down another Obamacare claim: “A snapshot of Obamacare enrollment in seven states suggests the law hasn’t significantly increased competition in health insurance markets, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.”
No many how many times they lob this question, Jay Carney never seems to know the answer. “Despite boasting that President Obama’s highly touted health care exchange program has enrolled 5 million Americans, the Obama administration still does not actually know just how many Americans have paid their Obamacare premiums.”