A lame fundraising stunt. The speaker of the House: “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. It’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”
More on the impeachment hijinks. “The president of the United States cynically suggesting a Constitutional crisis in order to fatten up the bank accounts of Democratic fundraising groups and in order to try to energize Democratic turnout for the fall election.”
While the White House resorts to such ploys, there are serious adults working on actual problems. “[Rep. Paul] Ryan’s plan — along with Dave Camp’s tax plan and proposals by Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee on a range of issues — reveals that at least some in the GOP are moving beyond the party’s ‘You didn’t build that,’ anti-47 percent posturing. These proposals constitute green shoots in what had been a policy-thinking desert for the Obama-era right. . . . Democrats may accuse all these proposals of being a mere performance put on for the benefit of grandee policy commentators. But what exactly is the policy agenda Hillary Clinton wants to enact?”
Max Boot debunks Hillary Clinton’s antics on Iraq and lays out what is necessary to prevent an Islamic State victory. “I do not have a fully realized operational plan to present to you, but my educated guess is that we are talking about a minimum of 10,000 troops including the logistics elements and security elements we need to allow the intelligence personnel, advisers, combat air controllers, and Special Operators to do their jobs within an acceptable margin of safety. That is coincidentally about the minimum number of troops that US commanders had recommended we leave behind in 2011 if we had been able to reach a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqis. As we know, the SOFA negotiations fell apart and we pulled all of our troops out. But the lack of a SOFA has not prevented the deployment of 825 US troops in recent weeks and it should not prevent the deployment of thousands more, because in Iraq, as in other countries, we can deploy troops based on an exchange of diplomatic notes with the local executive. We do not need ratification for such an agreement from the Council of Representatives; the administration’s insistence on such ratification in 2011 was a needless obstacle to obtaining a SOFA.”
John Kerry’s cease-fire gambit flopped. He should listen to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): “I oppose any efforts by the international community, especially the United Nations, to impose a ceasefire on Israel that does not meet these military objectives and that therefore risks rewarding Hamas for a campaign of terror, and that seeks to make additional concessions to Hamas such as easing security along the borders of Gaza. An unfavorable settlement, especially one that left the terrorist group Hamas with a stockpile of weaponry, would create incentives for Hamas to continue smuggling arms from Iran and to return to violence. An unfavorable settlement would also undermine the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, which has attempted to negotiate with Israel through peaceful means.”
Even for this administration, the Taliban prisoner swap was a boneheaded scheme. “The House Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to condemn the president for violating a law to give Congress 30 days’ advance notice before releasing Guantánamo Bay detainees. The vote, 34-25, condemned the president for deciding in May to release five senior Taliban leaders from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility without a 30-day notification required by law, in exchange for Afghanistan prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”
Notwithstanding all her contortions, Hillary Clinton is not any better than Obama on a lot of issues. Mona Charen points out that “try as she doubtless will, to portray herself as the hard-headed one in the first Obama administration who simply wasn’t heeded, the truth is that her foreign policy judgments are just as appalling as the president’s. . . . I mentioned her comments on Charlie Rose 10 days ago or so, in which she recommended using Turkey and Qatar as ‘interlocutors’ in the Israel/Hamas war — precisely what John Kerry proceeded to do to nearly universal disgust. As if that weren’t enough, we now learn that she told an interviewer that Hamas puts its missiles in schools and homes because ‘Gaza is pretty small.’ ” For too long, too many people have assumed the two were competent and knew what they were talking about.