Speaker of the House John Boehner is fed up with the president’s flip-flop on needed changes to the 2008 law regarding child refugees: “[W]e were surprised that you did not include these changes in your formal supplemental request. Worse, in recent days, senior congressional leaders in your own political party have backpedaled and voiced unswerving opposition to any changes at all. Frankly, it is difficult to see how we can make progress on this issue without strong, public support from the White House for much-needed reforms, including changes to the 2008 law. I hope you will take the earliest possible opportunity to voice your continued support for common-sense efforts to stem the flow of children to our border.”
The president should wise up about letting Qatar and Turkey into the mix on the Gaza truce talks. “In exchange for fleeting calm, the United States will have effectively given approval to these allies-cum-frenemies to continue their respective roles as sponsors of Hamas, which is a designated terrorist group in the United States.”
The State Department spokeswoman needs to grow up and stop sending schoolgirl tweets during international crises. “Jen Psaki tweets about ‘savvy and fashionable’ former colleague.” It was not well-received.
Listen up: When someone says he is “amazed” when Vladimir Putin behaves badly, it’s not a sign of cogent foreign policy thinking. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — you thought it was Obama, huh? — no longer chides Republicans for “tweaking” Putin and now proclaims, “I’m amazed because I don’t see how you can be part of the civilized world and shoot a missile at a commercial airliner. I’m amazed Putin hasn’t tried to distance himself more.” (A good reminder of the perils of giving responsibility to a freshman senator.)
Here’s why you shouldn’t get your hopes up for “peace” anytime soon. Elliott Abrams: “Hamas doesn’t want to just stop. It wants some gains for what will have been at least two weeks of fighting. The Israelis and the Egyptians don’t want to give them those gains; they just want the fighting stopped. And I think the question that is now — that is faced by Secretary Kerry, by others who are trying to work out a cease-fire is whether it is possible to come up with a formula that actually, A, of course, stops the fighting, does not appear to reward Hamas, but may actually make the situation in Gaza better for the people of Gaza. And squaring that circle of improving the situation on the ground in Gaza without allowing Hamas to take credit is going to be difficult.”
If he didn’t catch up with the news, how would he find out about all those scandals? “Obama said he’s fighting however he can to combat cynicism from becoming a dominant theme in the upcoming midterm elections. And when the president brought up the media as partly to blame, he remarked, ‘Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.'” If he weren’t so insular and arrogant he’d appreciate how insular and arrogant that makes him sound — especially speaking from the zillionth fundraiser he’s attended. (By the way he might learn something if he watched something other than MSNBC.)
Don’t wake up every morning expecting the government to solve our most serious problems, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warns: “The challenge for those of us in politics is that, while our role is important, we alone can’t do this. There is no magic five point plan for restoring marriage. There’s no innovative program that will instill the value of education and hard work. There’s no law we can pass to make men better fathers and husbands. The ultimate responsibility for our social wellbeing rests on us as a people. What we do as parents, neighbors and members of a church, a charity or community will often have a greater impact on our nation’s future than what we do as voters or even as a Senator. A strong America is not possible without strong Americans – a people formed by the values necessary for success, the values of education and hard work, strong marriages and empowered parents. These are values that made us the greatest nation ever, and these are the values that will lead us to a future even better than our past.” Well put.