Friday, September 14, 2012

Cruising the Web

The Daily Mail has chilling pictures from the burnt remains of the American consulate in Benghazi. It is clear that this was a well-orchestrated and planned attack. The paper points to rumors that the State Department knew of the attack up to 48 hours ahead of time. That is a serious allegation and needs more than an unsubstantiated "reports have also circulated" sentence.

Charles Krauthammer writes about the incoherence of the Obama administration's approach to Iran. His rhetoric doesn't match his actions.
The Obama policy is a double game: a rhetorical commitment to stopping Iran, yet real-life actions that everyone understands will allow Iran to go nuclear.

Yet at the same time that it does nothing, the administration warns Israel sternly, repeatedly, publicly, even threateningly not to strike the Iranian nuclear program. With zero prospect of his policy succeeding, Obama insists on Israeli inaction, even as Iran races to close the window of opportunity for any successful attack.
The scary reality is that there doesn't seem to be anything diplomatically to stop Iran. And if Israel goes ahead and attacks, we will be seeing the sorts of attacks we've seen on American interests this week throughout the region. And we can't protect every vulnerable American entity in the region. They'll all be targets of attack by radicals who seem to be able to skillfully manipulate public discontent into murderous violence with very little effort. And all the Arab Spring has brought us bringing down the dictators who had the military strength to keep a lid on violence underpinning their own people's simmering anger. They don't need any logical motivation. Anger and riots can be stirred up against whatever target is handy whether it be Israel or some stupid video.

Paul Moreno traces through the history of public unions and how they have grown in flush times when politicians are able to convince themselves that there will be endless revenue to pay for the promises they want to make to public employees.

Seth Mandel outlines how the media are building false narratives on top of narratives that have already been debunked. But truth doesn't matter.

Jim Geraghty has some intelligent comments on how this year's election is different from 1980.

Obama's real mistake is not saying that Egypt is not an ally, but in his vision of the Arab Spring and not understanding how much of opinion in the Arab Mid-East is based on anti-Americanism.

Kimberley Strassel uses a strange metaphor to make a good point about how Romney should trust people by talking about the policies that he's already proposed to address the economy.
n the classic 1968 film "Once Upon a Time in the West," a villainous Henry Fonda shoots one of his lackeys, in part for the sin of wearing both a belt and suspenders. How do you trust a man, muses Fonda, who "can't even trust his own pants?"
Strassel advises Romney to trust his pants.