Speaker of the House John Boehner doesn’t like what he sees from the administration. “We will not equate professional militaries with terrorist organizations that use human shields and seek to maximize civilian casualties. And we insist that the demilitarization of Gaza be not just a House goal but a shared, uncompromising U.S. and international objective. We take this stand because we know that without demilitarization, the pattern of escalation, conflict, targeting of innocent civilians, and humanitarian suffering will continue. To achieve these objectives, the House will continue to back funding for Iron Dome to ensure Israel’s ability to protect its own people. And we will continue to push the administration to address the root cause of the conflict in the Middle East. Because, make no mistake, what we are seeing in Gaza is a direct result of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism in the region.” Now we just need a new president and secretary of state.
It is easy to see who is helping Hamas. “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel. The statement, he said, does not address Israel’s demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians.”
Some people see exactly what is at stake. Quin Hillyer: “Obama’s moral obtuseness (or worse) provides all the more reason for the rest of us to raise our voices in support of Israel’s morally urgent attempts to eliminate most or all of Hamas’s illegitimate military/terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.” Read the whole thing.
We see the continued brain drain from the once impressive Heritage Foundation. “The Brookings Institution today announced that domestic policy expert Stuart Butler will join the Economic Studies program as a senior fellow, effective September 3, 2014. Butler, who has spent the past 35 years at the Heritage Foundation, is known for proposing innovative policy ideas, starting in 1980 with ‘enterprise zones’ to encourage development in low-income neighborhoods. There are more than 70 zones now in existence nationwide. In addition, Butler has focused on healthcare policy as well as entitlement reform.”
You’re going to see a lot more of this now that the administration is perceived as so feckless. “A senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse.”
Let’s see which way the crime rate goes. “A federal judge struck down Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns outside the home Sunday, effectively allowing D.C. residents to carry registered firearms.”
I don’t think we’ll see gay marriage as much of a federal issue in 2014 or 2016. “A federal appeals court panel on Monday upheld a decision that said Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of sexual orientation.”