A tour de force by Jamie Kirchick taking down the lobbyists and PR men who work for dictators. “Let’s not just expose the ugliness of the pig but the shamelessness of the people applying the lipstick.”
The facts undercut the isolationists who accused Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) of meeting with two kidnappers. It may be that his critics were the ones duped. “It’s not surprising that the pro-Hezbollah forces supporting the Assad regime who originally promoted this distortion would seek to smear anything and anyone supporting the Syrian opposition.”
Another rebuke to “leading from behind.” When the U.S. runs, heinous characters fill the void. “A senior Hezbollah leader said the Iranian-backed terror group is ready to wage war against Israel in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general Naim Qassem said in a recent interview that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to make good on a threat to bring his country’s civil war to Israel.”
Nothing so destroys John Kerry’s credibility than his own inane pronouncements. “The United States came ‘late’ to efforts to find a political settlement to the war in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, as the crisis there deepened with political uncertainty in neighboring Turkey.” We should have given up on the rebels sooner? Sigh.
The facts undermine the anti-immigrant advocates’ talking points. “The bill shifts U.S. immigration policy somewhat more toward skills-based entry rather than family unification. It also increases green cards for foreigners who graduate from American schools in science and engineering, thus raising the education and skills of new immigrants. This means the future fiscal immigration windfall is likely to exceed $4.6 trillion. Immigration won’t solve all of Social Security’s financial problems. The program still needs reform in its benefit formula and to allow private accounts. But immigrants unquestionably narrow the funding gap. More generous immigration is a wise step toward solving the entitlement crisis in Washington.”
Another study, another blow to Obamacare. James Cappretta explains the latest actuary report from the Medicare trustees: “For starters, Medicare’s unfunded liability remains staggering — a full $43 trillion over the infinite horizon. That’s nearly $7 trillion more than the 2010 report. Moreover, as was the case in every report from 2010 onward, Medicare’s actuaries have again told us that the real state of Medicare’s financial outlook is far worse than the official projections indicate. That’s because the cuts to Medicare contained in Obamacare are so irrational and blunt that they will almost certainly be reversed.” article end