Seriously? “Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city. ‘I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,’ Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage. The mayor added: ‘I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.’ ” Thunk.
Smartly making a distinction. Mitt Romney: “I’m looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again.”
Singularly rotten at maintaining ties with Europe. “Obama’s lack of warmth has precluded him from establishing the sorts of human relationships with European leaders that animate alliances. When asked to name his closest allies, Obama mentions non-European leaders such as Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Lee Myung-bak of South Korea. And his transactional nature has led to a neglect of countries that he feels will not contribute more to the relationship — within a year of being elected, Obama had managed to alienate the leaders of most of Europe’s big states, from Gordon Brown to Nicolas Sarkozy to Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Americans hardly remember, but Europe’s collective nose was put out of joint by Obama’s refusal to make the trip to Europe for the 2010 EU-U.S. summit.”
Scary, horrible news from Syria. And the United States does nothing. “Rebel fighters also continued to arrive from surrounding areas, activists said. Although the insurgents claimed to have destroyed police stations in two neighborhoods, they were repulsed when they tried to take over two others, said Majed Abdel Nour, a spokesman in the city for the Shaam News Network, an antigovernment activist group. The possibility of a major battle for Aleppo came as Turkey’s prime minister injected a new element of tension into the Syrian conflict, asserting that Syrian forces had abandoned territories close to the Turkish border that have since been occupied by Kurdish militants hostile to Turkey.”
Surely Romney’s vice presidential pick will have more gravitas than the current one.
Security leaks are going to get people killed, says Adm. William McRaven.
Seemingly President Obama is the only one unconcerned. “A top Senate Democrat is trying to broaden the outcry over looming spending cuts set to begin next year, warning in a new 181-page report that cuts in social services would have a deep impact on children, families, and the poor. The report by Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), entitled ‘Under Threat: Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services,’ comes after many Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have already warned separately that steep military cuts would hamper U.S. national security and lead defense contractors to lay off thousands of workers.”