These people could bollix up a one car funeral procession. “The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.”
It seems the administration blundered when it lifted sanctions. The Iranians aren’t in the same diplomatic universe as the West. “Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan said Sunday that discussion about the destruction of the United States’s and Israel’s nuclear weapons capabilities should immediately follow current talks with the international community on Iran’s nuclear program.”
She bombed with the left in 2008 and not much has changed. “Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016. For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq war, ran to the right of President Obama and is associated with the Wall Street-friendly centrism espoused by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.” It’s deja vu all over again.
Is it possible her backers will bungle this twice? So her fans want a workout partner, not an opponent who could actually win. “Everyone knows about the ‘Ready for Hillary’ Democrats — the rapidly proliferating parade of elected officials and activists getting behind Hillary Clinton’s increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign. But there’s also a smaller but increasingly vocal group making its presence felt lately — call these Democrats the ‘Wary of Hillary’ Democrats. They’re not outwardly opposing a Clinton candidacy. But they are anxious about the spectacle of a Clinton juggernaut, after seeing what happened when she ran a campaign of inevitability last time.” They are still saying she’s inevitable and that sense of entitlement is problematic.
When traditional parties belly-flop, the fringe nativists benefited. “Anti-European Union and far-right parties posted strong gains in elections to the European Parliament in some countries on Sunday, tapping into voter anger over economic austerity and delivering a blow to institutions in Brussels, national governments and mainstream political parties. . . . The first European elections after a yearslong debt crisis underline how unpopular bailouts and austerity measures have eroded the standing of an institution that helps govern more than 500 million people and one of the world’s biggest economies. Many voters say they blame the EU for mandating harsh spending cuts and economic overhauls that have contributed to high unemployment across the EU.” This is what happens when you don’t manage your debt until it’s too late.
The Obama administration certainly botched its entire approach to the Arab Spring (did it have an approach?) Let’s hope this Egyptian doesn’t turn out to be another Nasser. “Egyptians voted on Monday in an election expected to anoint Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters hoping another military strongman can end three years of turmoil despite fears for democracy in the Arab world’s most populous nation. After the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 raised hopes of new freedoms, the vote means Egypt will likely revert to rule by men from the military after Sisi toppled the country’s first freely elected leader, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Watch — he’ll butcher an opportunity to convince the public he knows what he is doing. This doesn’t sound promising: “President Barack Obama will use his speech at the West Point commencement Wednesday to lay out a broad vision of American foreign policy that a White House official Saturday called ‘both interventionist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral.’” In fairness, it is hard to give a coherent speech about an incoherent foreign policy.