Sounds about right. “What the historical record clearly shows is that U.S. sanctions had a very limited impact on Japanese behavior and objectives. The evidence does not even support the more limited contention that sanctions made Japan particularly angry. The fact of the matter is that Japan was determined to dominate all of East Asia and could not tolerate America standing in its way. Japan’s brutal war of aggression began long before Pearl Harbor, with the occupation of Manchuria and invasion of central China in the 1930s. Still, it is necessary to recount the historical record in greater detail, since there is a scattered contingent on both ends of the political spectrum that mistakenly insists sanctions were responsible for Pearl Harbor—and will lead to war with Iran or Russia today.”

WASHINGTON, DC -MAY 06: Portrait of former First Lady Laura Bush for Style profile by Manuel Roig-Franzia Photos taken on May 06, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Marvin Joseph /The Washington Post) StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Thu May 6 19:42:09 2010
Former first lady Laura Bush. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

It doesn’t sound like Mahmoud Abbas is a man of peace. “Despite U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s best efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians together at the negotiating table and Israel’s support for continued peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has once again broken his word to Israel and the United States. In addition to rejecting the basic premise of ‘two states for two peoples,’ and instead of meeting with the Secretary to move forward towards peace, Abbas chose to pursue unilateral recognition by signing onto 15 international conventions and treaties.”

And the left sounded so optimistic that gun control was going to get another try. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he does not plan to bring background-check legislation back to the Senate floor in the wake of Wednesday’s Fort Hood shooting. Reid pledged last year to bring gun-control legislation back to the floor but said he is still short the votes and won’t move until there’s progress.”

It sounds like the media’s Obama idolatry is a thing of the past. “White House officials sought valuable primetime air for a rare, impromptu Tuesday night address to tout the accomplishment of signing up more than 7 million people under the Affordable Care Act. But network officials refused to make the kind of accommodation they did previously for the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, for instance, and Obama was left instead cutting into the much smaller audiences of Ellen and other daytime shows.” Well, the real number of newly insured is much smaller, too.

They sound unimpressed with the Obamacare marketing push. “It has been one of Democrats’ favorite talking points: that thanks to Obamacare’s mandate that family-based insurance coverage cover ‘adult children’ aged 18 to 26, ‘an additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage.’ There’s only one problem. That figure is based on a misleading and superficial study by the Obama administration. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of young adults with private health coverage was 60.5 percent in 2012—exactly the same proportion that had private coverage in 2008.”

Sound advice from former President George W. Bush: “Don’t paint your wife.”

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