This gets to the nub of the matter: “According to CBO’s most recent 10-year outlook, mandatory spending will increase 80 percent in the coming decade, compared to an 11 percent increase in discretionary spending. Defense spending, on the other hand, under the Obama Administration will remain at historic lows, especially when compared to other times of war, yet this is where Democrats continue to cut.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)

That about covers it: “In this week’s Vienna speech, [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan reached unprecedented epistemological buffoonery when he explained that not only Zionism but Islamophobia is a ‘crime against humanity.’ Either he does not know what a crime is or he does not know what a phobia is, but since a rational mental state is required for the former the latter doesn’t qualify. Or maybe Erdogan knows exactly what crimes and phobias are, but as an Islamo-fascist he figures such niceties should never get in the way of a good smear. Oh, almost forgot, Erdogan also said fascism was a ‘crime against humanity.’ Between his invocation of anti-Semitism and fascism, we see that Erdogan at least knows how to project.”

This is a good idea, but not likely sufficient to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “The legislation, named the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, also would penalize foreign companies and individuals that violate the American sanctions by threatening them with restrictions on doing business with the United States, a coercive tactic integrated into earlier, narrower sanctions. Representative Ed Royce, a California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the committee’s ranking Democrat, who jointly introduced the legislation, said it was intended to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons ability and to penalize the country for what they called its ‘gross human rights violations.’ ”

That, even a non-expert, can figure out. “Sequester’s Danger to Public Safety ‘A Canard,’ Says Cornell Expert.”

This is pretty obvious by now. “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Thursday blasted President Obama for touring around the country ‘scaring people, creating havoc’ instead of working on a replacement for the sequester. ‘That’s supposed to be leadership?’ Cantor asked on the House floor. ‘The president says to Americans that their food is going to go un-inspected, and that our borders will be less patrolled and unsafe. His cabinet secretaries are holding press conferences and conducting TV interviews, making false claims about teacher layoffs.’ ”

That is remarkable, something any other president would not dare try. “President Obama’s goal, by contrast, is not to cut any spending in the here and now, only sometime in the ‘out years,’ to use the Washington phrase, presumably when he’ll be out of office. That’s the only way to comprehend the White House statement Thursday that the President will veto any Republican bill to give him more flexibility to minimize any sequester damage.” I think he can retire the lectures accusing Republicans of putting partisanship above country.

This is too little, too late. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “press conference in Rome amounts to little more than a tacit admission that finally, after two years, the administration has worked out the bureaucratic kinks. Forget about getting guns to the rebels, the Obama team is just figuring out how to get blankets to Assad’s victims inside Syria.”