Israel assault on Gaza, Clinton heads to Middle East [AM Briefing]

November 20, 2012

Clinton heads to Mideast as Israel weighs risky choices on Gaza: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Middle East on Tuesday to meet with officials in Israel, the West Bank and Egypt to discuss ongoing violence in Gaza, White House officials said, marking a dramatic escalation of U.S. involvement in trying to resolve the week-old conflict amid few signs of progress on the ground.” (Washington Post)


A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a floor in a building that houses international media offices in Gaza City.
Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Clinton’s Mideast talks don’t include Hamas: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is traveling to the Middle East on Tuesday to meet with officials in Israel, the West Bank and Egypt to discuss ongoing violence in Gaza, White House officials said. Clinton will not meet with Hamas, which the United States does not recognize diplomatically, but rather with leaders of the Palestinian Authority, the officials said. Clinton cut short her stay in Phnom Penh, where she is taking part in the East Asia Summit with President Obama, and headed for hastily arranged meetings with leaders in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo.” (Washington Post)

Let’s hear it for scandal! “At a minimum, scandals serve as a useful reminder that we’re usually led by people of questionable competence, miserable judgment and a flexible relationship with the truth. At their best, they can even provoke much-needed reforms. As disgraced former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus snuck over to the Hill Friday to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it wasn’t clear whether this would end up being the latter sort of scandal,” Cato’s Gene Healy. (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Michael Barone on the fiscal cliff: Can both sides give? (New York Post)

Victor Davis Hanson on Libya and the Obama administration: Oh what a tangled web. (National Review)

Hobby Lobby must cover contraception for employees, judge rules. (ThinkProgress)

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Allen McDuffee · November 20, 2012