Least reported human rights atrocity. “The anti-Christian persecution by Islamist zealots … is not an ambiguous matter of Christians’ being one of many groups suffering for political reasons under a more general repression. They are being attacked, killed, and ethnically cleansed from the Middle East and elsewhere precisely because they are Christians and therefore infidels. Their murderers often state this explicitly.” Read the whole thing.
Most important task for conservatives: “Opponents of [Obamacare] should not relish the coming chaos because the damage it will do to our underlying health-care system will be lasting and significant. And supporters should not underestimate the damage that the coming fiasco will do to their credibility. This mutual dread at the law’s 2014 rollout should point to a mutually appealing response: Congress should delay the law’s implementation by at least a year.”
Least robust recovery we’ve ever had. “The recovery gained momentum during the winter, with job growth topping 200,000 for several months. But similar surges over the past two years dissipated by the summer, and some economists are worried the trend will repeat this year.”
Most analysts overplaying the extent of the GOP’s travails? Maybe. What “we’re seeing is what we’ve seen over the past 80 years: Short-term contingencies occasionally give one party or the other the edge, but a clear tendency exists to revert back to the mean of a 50/50 nation. This tendency has continued irrespective of party self-identification. Maybe it will change in the future, but we haven’t seen much evidence of it yet.”
Least worst of our alternatives. “Former CIA director General Michael Hayden said a ‘well organized’ preemptive U.S. strike on Iran could be the ‘least worst’ option in preventing Tehran from successfully obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Most now recognize how badly Obamacare was designed. “If the health care law’s Medicare cuts do not get implemented, instead of reducing the deficit, the law would actually add $6.2 trillion to the nation’s long-term deficits, according to a recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office. Despite years of insisting that the skeptics were wrong, the Obama administration this week provided a major signal that history is likely to repeat itself. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced they would delay cuts to the Medicare Advantage program scheduled to go into effect in 2014.”
Least remarked-upon trend: conservative discomfort with nonstop, petty Obama bashing. “I don’t like conservative orthodoxy any more than I like liberal orthodoxy. I’m no fan of President Obama, but the constant, non-stop bashing from conservatives in the media is getting downright boring. I’ve never been a fan of one-note sambas. I mean, is Mr. Obama really responsible for what some left-wing minister says about social conservatives on Easter Sunday … just because the president was in his church at the time?”
Most successful Arab Spring country. “In the context of the Arab Spring, Barack Obama has talked often about the need for democratic change to come from within a given country. He’s articulated his preference for reform over revolution and has pledged to stand by leaders who show a willingness to move forward on human rights issues. It would seem, therefore, that the president should take a special interest in Morocco.”