Par for the course. “In both Egypt and in Saudi Arabia, [Secretary of State John F. Kerry] abandoned any defense of American political and social principles in order to curry favor with the folks with whom he was speaking. Nothing good ever comes of such a stance: we look weak to the very officials to whom we are trying to look strong, and walk away from the courageous individuals in those countries struggling for human rights, for women’s rights in particular, and for political freedom.”
Steady as she goes for immigration reform. “Two conservative groups joined with 15 conservative leaders on Tuesday in pushing House Republicans to take action on immigration reform. American Principles in Action and the American Conservative Union — both of which have pressed for reforms before — said House Republicans are in a unique position to pitch their own measures. ‘We, therefore, encourage the House to continue its work to address the different aspects of the immigration issue in a piecemeal basis through regular order,’ the statement says. ‘House Republicans should only agree to go to conference if Senate Democrats can ensure that there will be a level playing field for open debate and discussion and that they will not try to impose their own bill.’”
GOP governors remain on track. Gov. Scott Walkers: “Don’t ever personalize your differences. You see your opponent today can be your ally today.”
Some things never change.”Israel cooperates by agreeing to and carrying out goodwill gestures. The Palestinians’ method for getting more money is blackmail: ‘If Israel doesn’t give in to all of our demands, we will not be held responsible for an escalation in violence.’ It is thus possible that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas purposely made his statement as a kind of warning welcome mat in anticipation of Kerry’s visit.”
Meanwhile, smooth sailing for U.S.-Qatar relations. No human rights violations are too egregious to be ignored. “Americans Jailed for Months in Qatar After Daughter’s Death.”
Business as usual at the United Nations. “The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has overwhelmingly approved an Iranian-authored resolution advocating global nuclear disarmament. . . . Fifty-two member states, including the United States and Israel, voted against the disarmament measure, according to a vote tally provided by the U.N. Seven nations, including China and Pakistan, abstained from the vote, which took place on Thursday. Iran’s state-run media hailed the U.N.’s approval, which it claimed took place ‘despite the opposition of the U.S., the Zionist regime, and a number of western countries.’ The measure passed just days before Iran was scheduled to meet with Western negotiators for another round of nuclear talks in Geneva. Western nuclear experts warn that Iran could be just months, if not weeks, away from achieving what they call a nuclear breakout capability. It could have a nuclear weapon by mid-2014 and has significantly upgraded its uranium enrichment capabilities, according to experts.”
Another day at the office for Senate Dems, that is, in full-scale panic over Obamacare. “Two Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Monday aimed at making good on President Obama’s promise that if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proposed the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act. Landrieu admitted Monday that the bill is needed because millions of health plans are being canceled under ObamaCare for failing to meet the law’s new standards.” Too bad Landrieu didn’t read what she voted for in 2010.