While President Obama stalls another American is slaughtered. House Foreign Affairs chairman Rep. Ed Royce (Calif.): “I am disgusted by what appears to be another horrendous killing of an American journalist at the hands of ISIS.  My thoughts and prayers are with Steven Sotloff’s family.  Sadly, ISIS is bringing this barbarity across the region — beheading and crucifying those who don’t share their dark ideology.  The threat from this group seems to grow by the day.  Working with key allies, the United States needs to be acting urgently to arm the Kurds on the ground who are fighting them, and targeting ISIS from the air with drone strikes.”

U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. (Reuters)

If you want another president to delay and deflect calls for U.S. action, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is your man: “Writing with hindsight in the royal third person, Paul warned, ‘we would caution that arming the Islamic rebels in Syria created a haven for the Islamic State.’  With his trademark use of mendacity and false choices, Paul added: ‘We should realize that the interventionists are calling for Islamic rebels to win in Syria and for the same Islamic rebels to lose in Iraq.’ Actually, those who argued for doing something in Syria wanted to arm secular rebels, not Islamists.  The idea was these non-Islamist rebels could confront Assad—who has much American blood on his hands—and also keep the jihadists out.  This fact is something Paul must have known from his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but chose to forget in this instance. But more telling is Paul’s belief that America is somehow to blame for the creation of the Islamic State despite having done next to nothing in Syria and withdrawing from Iraq.” Read the whole thing.

Oops, he’s changed. Now no more idling while the Middle East burns. “Rand Paul Supports U.S. War in Middle East to Destroy ISIS” Everyone is a Neocon now. He and Hillary Clinton are a matched set — give the base whatever it wants.

Even on something relatively simple, Obama defers acting. Where is the State Department and the White House on this? “More than 80 House lawmakers are pushing to crack down on rising anti-Semitism across the globe following a sharp spike in violent attacks on Jews in the wake of Israel’s most recent conflict with Gaza. The bipartisan resolution presents ‘clear evidence’ that anti-Semitism is on the rise around the globe and specifically targets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for fostering anti-Semitism.” Yes, Erdogan was Obama’s BFF in the first term.

Why is it that he can’t get off the dime? “Following the release of a video purportedly showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen asked State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether Obama administration would recognize the U.S. was at war with ISIS, given they are clearly at war with us.” No comprehensible answer was provided.

The whole sordid mess lingers on. “Jenny Sanford is demanding her ex-husband, Congressman Mark Sanford undergo psychiatric evaluations and complete both an anger management program and a parenting program as part of their ongoing divorce proceedings.” Good grief.

Kicking the can down the road to avoid an even worse midterm election. “President Obama may not move on executive actions for immigration reform this summer, the White House conceded on Tuesday. ‘It’s hard for me to at least at this point draw any clear conclusions about what the president’s timing will be,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. ‘There is the chance that it could be before the end of the summer. There is the chance that it could be after the summer.'” Why does he even bother with a “briefing”?