Ambassador Susan Rice’s problems worsen. “The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms. Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.”
The Palestinian Authority’s disregard for its international obligations worsen. AIPAC reacts: “The United Nations General Assembly recklessly set back the chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians today when it granted non-member observer state status to the Palestine Liberation Organization. In requesting this action, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is effectively turning his back on talks with Israel and destroying his credibility as someone genuinely interested in a serious peace process. Instead, Abbas has reinforced the message he sent in a May 2011 New York Times op-ed that he intends to widen the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by pursuing claims against Israel before international bodies that can neither bring peace nor well-being to his people.” Why are we giving millions to the PA?
The PA’s standing on Capitol Hill worsens too. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “It’s crystal clear that Abu Mazen and his cronies are not partners for peace and do not value their relationship with the U.S. The U.S must stand with our ally Israel and offer no U.S. taxpayer dollars and no political support for the PLO. As other UN bodies will no doubt use General Assembly resolution as an excuse to grant membership to a non-existent Palestinian state, U.S. law is clear: UN agencies that grant membership to a Palestinian state lose their U.S. funding. If the Administration again seeks to gut U.S. law and keep funding those reckless UN agencies, Congress’ response must be simple: No.”
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) worsens the chances for a fiscal cliff deal. “On the possibility of ending the filibuster, [Sen. Mich McConnell (R-Ky.)] says, ‘Harry Reid trying to throw a bomb into the Senate chamber is a curious way to try to set the stage for bringing both sides together to do something important for the country.’ He thinks Democrats are ‘feeling their oats. They just can’t turn off the celebration.’ He calls the potential filibuster gambit ‘breaking the rules to change the rules.’ It is ‘a truly, truly radical thing,’ and ‘not only is it stupid, it’s inflammatory.’ “
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) sounds like his mood has worsened. “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday there had been ‘no substantive progress’ in fiscal-cliff negotiations in the two weeks since congressional leaders met with President Obama. Boehner, addressing reporters after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner in the Capitol, called on the White House to ‘get serious’ about the talks and warned of a ‘real danger’ that Jan. 1 would come without a deal if President Obama did not offer up specific spending cuts he would be willing to accept.”
Told ya that speaking out would only worsen his reputation. “Stuart Stevens re-emergence this week after Mitt Romney’s trouncing on Nov. 6 has served to rekindle the longstanding gripes about the Republican strategist from many in the GOP who feared from the get-go that he was the wrong person for the job of electing a new president.”
It looks like the economy will worsen in the 4th quarter. “It looks like 2012 will end on a weak note with most economists viewing 2013 as probably more of the same — and that assumes we don’t plunge over the fiscal cliff and suffer another recession.” If you really want to be depressed, read the whole thing.