Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cruising the Web

Bret Stephens revisits mistakes in Israel's thinking that led to their being surprised in the Yom Kippur War and the mistakes of the Oslo Accords. Stephens finds the same sort of self-deception in Obama's decision to outsource our actions in Syria to Russia, the very state that has been protecting Assad and selling him weapons.

Andrew Ferguson studies how the left has been ticked off by Ted Cruz and built him up to be a bugaboo and the return of Joe McCarthy.

Politico argues that the MSM is turning on President Obama.

You know, President Obama, expressing sympathy and horror in the middle of the story of a terrible, tragic shooting right there in Washington that killed people who work in your government is not the right time for you to then launch into a partisan attack on Republicans.

Vladimir Putin has been able to really yank liberals' chains by using their own arguments against them.
Where have we heard Mr. Putin’s principles before? They are in fact basic articles of faith among American liberals who have been saying for decades that the U.S. should not use military force without United Nations authorization, we should not intervene in civil wars abroad, and the idea of American exceptionalism is a myth used to cover up crimes against women and minorities at home and the poor and oppressed abroad.
Barack Obama at one time or another has expressed support for all three of Mr. Putin’s principles. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he said that the intervention in Iraq was illegal because it was not authorized by the United Nations. In 2009, when asked about American exceptionalism, President Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” In other words, we are all exceptional alike, just as Mr. Putin said.
Our efforts in Syria echo mistakes made in Bosnia. This is what delay in acting in Syria has wrought: Assad has reportedly been able to escape inspections of his chemical weapons by smuggling them out to Hezbollah in Lebanon. In fact the whole Obama-Putin agreement means that we are now invested in keeping Assad in power.

James Capretta and Jeffrey Anderson argue that the Republicans in the House should be focused on delaying Obamacare. I agree.

What a surprise. Tina Brown's charity spent most of its money on throwing parties for Tina Brown.

Using Joe Biden's own metric for judging success, Obama's administration is failing.

James Pethokoukis explains why the 99% should get upset that the 1% are getting richer.

One Russian apparently shot another over an argument about Immanuel Kant. I love this conclusion from AP.
It was not clear which of Kant's ideas may have triggered the violence.