Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) scolds the president for doing nothing about Christian persecution in Iraq. “You, Secretary of State Kerry and Ambassador Power all need to speak out. Having a mid-level White House advisor meet with a group of concerned Assyrian leaders is not enough. In fact, it was little more than an empty gesture.” That’s about all we get from him these days.
John Fund thinks Congress should censure the president. “The House of Representatives can and should in coming months prepare and debate a unicameral resolution identifying and condemning President Obama’s usurpations of legislative power and his repeated refusal to faithfully execute the laws. The Congressional Research Service has identified a number of historical precedents in which the Senate or the House has adopted a resolution of censure or disapproval of a president or other executive or judicial officers.” Read the whole thing.
A brilliant letter admonishing Hamas apologists not to analogize to the experience of African Americans. “If your heroes are clerics who sit in Gaza plotting the genocide of a people; who place their children on rooftops in the hopes they will get blown to bits; who heap praises upon their fellow gang members when they succeed in murdering Jewish school boys and bombing places of activity where Jews congregate—you do not get to claim that you are some Apollonian advocate of human virtue. You are not.” And the author goes on from there.
His opponents (either in the 2016 Senate or presidential race) will no doubt chide him for his politically convenient flip-flop on aid to Israel. “Senator Rand Paul said today that he never supported cutting federal aid to Israel. He said, ‘I haven’t really proposed that in the past.’ The only problem with that is Paul did, in fact, propose that in 2011, and argued for it in more than one interview.”
Max Boot castigates the administration’s paralysis on the Islamic State. “What is the U.S. doing about it? So far President Obama has dispatched 825 military personnel to Iraq to make a survey of the situation and to conduct some liaison work with the Iraqis in two headquarters. That’s about it, aside from some fiery rhetoric from Washington denouncing ISIS excesses. One wonders if the president is once again assuming that denouncing something is the same thing as doing something about it.”
When Lanny Davis reprimands a Democratic White House, it’s time to rethink one’s behavior. “I watched Dan Pfeiffer on the Sunday shows, all they do is attack attack attack. And say: well they want to impeach him! Well, no they really don’t want to impeach him. But now he wants to use impeachment as an issue. It’s this cynical spin that I hear from the White House communications shop. Rather than constructive outreach, high-level, the way the president deserves.” Yikes. But the president gets the staff he wants, and this is what he wants.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) is among many taking to task the administration for its buddy-buddy relationship with Qatar, Hamas’s big backer. “Over the last month, it has become increasingly clear that Doha acted more like a spoiler for peace than a partner in reaching a Gaza ceasefire. Egyptian and Israeli officials say Qatar intentionally sabotaged a ceasefire proposal last month, seeking terms that were more favorable to Hamas. Qatar continued to undercut the Egyptian-led talks with the Palestinians, even as they were making progress in Cairo. As if that were not enough, a cyber-warfare consultant to Israel’s Ministry of Defense recently went on record stating that Qatar has given Hamas sophisticated software, training, and financing for networking sensors throughout the terror group’s deadly tunnel system, allowing Hamas to monitor and swiftly respond to IDF attempts to demolish the tunnels. The source also noted that 70% of recent cyber-attacks on Israeli critical infrastructure have come from Qatari IP addresses.” This administration has the weirdest taste in “friends.”