Too bad Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) isn’t secretary of state. “I do believe the [Iran] sanctions that we’ve put in place have created this moment. And I do know that the administration, in fairness, opposed some of those sanctions. And we had to sort of push the administration to the table. And yet, I will say the administration now is trying to take advantage of those. . . . I hope we’ll move ahead in a fashion that shows a real strategy, that causes Congress to help push these negotiations along and push to ensure that what Iran does is real, it’s not just talk.”
Too bad Iran thinks nothing of violating United Nations resolutions. “At this moment, Iran’s rulers are in violation of five unanimous Security Council resolutions mandating that Iran cease all uranium-enrichment activities, as well as their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The ‘right’ to uranium enrichment that they insist upon and say is ‘non-negotiable’ is to be found nowhere in international law. They are simply asserting and demanding it.” And still, Obama has such faith in a paper agreement.
Too bad the Obama administration doesn’t understand the value of sanctions. A new report shows how effective they can be. “The Iranian government may fear that, without a short-term nuclear deal, further sanctions pressure could tip the economy into an unmanageable economic and political crisis. Legislation passed in the House of Representatives and expected in the Senate closes a number of sanctions loopholes, targets Iranian oil revenue, adds additional sector-based sanctions, and further squeezes Iran’s [foreign exchange] reserves.”
Too bad he finds his job so hard. “President Obama is facing a wrenching decision on whether to cancel his weekend trip to Asia.” If that is “wrenching,” you can understand why being commander in chief is so hard for him.
Too bad we are huffing and puffing over discretionary spending, which is almost beside the point. “The cause of the soaring deficits and debt is familiar: rapid increases in entitlement spending (on top of the five decade run-up that has already occurred), driven by the aging of the population, rapidly rising health care costs, and spending associated with expanded health entitlements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). CBO expects that 54 percent of the federal spending increase on the major entitlements over the next twenty-five years will be attributable to the aging of the U.S. population.”
Too bad each side thinks it can win. Both may lose, says Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report. “While a government shut-down is not new, it is the first time where we’ve seen a combination of low presidential approval, low consumer confidence and low approval ratings of Congress. With no one starting in a good position, it becomes harder to predict just how this plays out politically over the next few weeks — or even into 2014.”
Too bad most reporters don’t understand Pope Francis (or Catholicism) and misrepresent what he is about. “Asking Catholics to lead the case for faith by emphasizing traditional morality in an age glutted by sex is, indeed, a pretty tough sell. He’s suggesting that believers work with the facts on the ground and find creative ways of planting the same eternal seeds in damaged soil. . . . Maybe it means understanding the moral energy behind environmentalism and building new bridges between that movement and Christian ideas of stewardship. Maybe there’s synergy too in connecting the obvious moral dots between concern for all kinds of animal life and concern for unborn human life.” Read the whole thing.