Too little, too late. “The moderate Syrians are fighting both the Assad regime and the jihadist opposition simultaneously. In fact, they are the principle target of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They constitute the only Sunni group currently opposing ISIS, and perhaps the only group that is opposing it effectively at all, given the miserable performance of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s security forces. In view of the threat ISIS poses to the security of the US, it makes sense to support the moderate Syrian opposition.”


Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Gabe Hernandez/Associated Press)

Too many seats in play for the Democrats to hold the Senate? “The closely-watched U.S. Senate race is tied with 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger, and 42 percent for Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll . . . Udall gets a slightly negative 40 – 43 percent favorability, compared to Gardner’s slightly positive 34 – 31 percent score.”

Too much fundraising and too little governing. “President Obama in NYC to raise money for Democratic primary.”

Too few people have figured this out. Fred Barnes gets it: “In fact over the last 18 months [Texas Gov.] Perry has done a remarkable amount to revive his stature. . . . He’s traveled around the world. . . .  He’s come a long way.”

Too soon to be certain, but lawmakers are figuring it out: “Senators who received a classified briefing from intelligence officials Thursday expressed alarm over what they described as suspicious circumstances of a downed [Malaysia] Airlines jet with [298] people aboard. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emerging from a classified session in the Hart building, said the plane likely exploded at high altitude. . . . ‘Even before today’s events, though, it was clear that Russia was escalating its support for the separatists, which is obviously very concerning,’ said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). ‘Russian-based separatists have shot down more … than a dozen planes, helicopters in Ukraine over the past few months.”

Too quick to bug out. “Marine Gen. Joe Dunford on Thursday questioned President Barack Obama’s decision to announce the date by which U.S. troops will pull out of Afghanistan, telling senators he had hoped the call would be based on conditions on the ground, not on a schedule. ‘I think all of us in uniform, including the Afghans, would have preferred for that to be a bit more ambiguous,’ Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the new commandant of the Marine Corps.”

Too often liberals give Obama a pass. They’ll regret it when a GOP president gets elected. “It takes a truly blithe spirit to play the constitutional deformation of his office, and the ensuing congressional reaction, for laughs. Lightheartedness aside, if Obama means what he says, he doesn’t understand the nature of his office. It’s not the job of the president to defy the law if it’s inconvenient, or to create new laws in the absence of congressional enactment. Rather, the opposite.”

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