He is certainly out and about. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has “increased foreign and domestic travel with stops this year at World Economic Forum in Davos, the Jimmy Kimmel show and New York, Iowa and South Carolina in recent months. He visits New Hampshire on Aug. 22 and 23. And this fall, he makes another international swing that includes stops in China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Croatia.”
Look who else is going out of the country. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to Mexico next month, his office announced Thursday. Foreign trips are a common precursor to a presidential run, and Christie is a likely 2016 contender. He has been traveling within the United States as head of the Republican Governors Association, including a high-profile visit last month to Iowa, home of the first presidential nominating contest.”
With a reelection race this close, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker isn’t going out of state much. “Democrat Mary Burke is statistically tied in the latest polling with Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is often discussed as a possible contender for his party’s nomination for president in 2016. Burke, a Democrat whose family owns a successful bicycle business, is hoping to play spoiler in one of the most closely watched head-to-head races in the country this November. Recent polling from Marquette University Law School shows her with a one-point edge among likely voters, and within one point of Walker among registered voters.”
Remember how President Obama and Hillary Clinton bragged about getting us out of Iraq? “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer described to viewers the grim reality Iraqis face. Speaking on television Thursday afternoon, Wolf said, ‘The whole country of Iraq is seemingly falling apart right now. This was not the way it was supposed to be after President Obama announced that all U.S. forces would be leaving. He was hoping obviously, that there would be some peaceful transition there.’”
I think Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said not long ago that we had to stay out of Syria for the sake of the Christians and we had no dog in the fight in Iraq. “Iraqi militants seized control Thursday of the country’s largest Christian city — reportedly telling its residents to leave, convert or die — while members of another religious minority remained trapped on a mountain without enough food or water, circumstances that fueled calls for the U.S. and U.N. to get more involved.” If you care about Christians, Jews and non-jihadi Muslims you really can’t retreat. (And eliminating foreign aid in a world like ours is also inhumane.)
The president needs to venture out of his left-wing bubble now and then to hear how actual pro-Israel Americans sound. Peter Wehner: “What is so unusual when it comes to Israel is that by historical standards it has conducted itself in its conflict with Hamas (to say nothing of past conflicts) with remarkable care and decency. I’m not sure there are many parallels to it. (America’s conduct in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been similar, I think, to the care taken by Israel in Gaza.) Israel could have decimated Gaza and Hamas within hours, causing far more civilian deaths. It chose a far more humane, and historically rare, option. For much of the world and much of the Western media, then, to judge Israel harshly for how it’s acted in not only wrong; it is historically ignorant and morally obtuse. The way Israel has handled itself in this conflict is a model for other nations to follow; and the fact that Israel is on the receiving end of venomous attacks is evidence of dark and ugly impulses that need to be named.”
Out of their depth: “Josh Earnest Struggles to Answer if Stopping ‘Genocide’ in Iraq is ‘in America’s Core Interest.’” Unreal.