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THURSDAY,  JULY 30,  2009

AFTERMATH OF AIR FRANCE TRAGEDY - AT 11:18 P.M. ET:  You'll recall the recent crash of Air France flight 447 off the coast of South America.  The cause has still not been determined, and we've followed the story because of the possibility of terrorism, which has been largely ruled out.  But there has been an intriguing development:

Paris - The top pilots' union at Air France demanded on Wednesday that European airspeed monitors be replaced by US-made models across the airline's fleet after a new malfunction was reported this month.

An Airbus 320 equipped with new speed probes made by European electronics giant Thales was flying from Rome to Paris on July 13 when the sensors, known as pitot tubes, broke down, Air France said late on Tuesday.

The pilots' union demanded the Thales monitors be replaced by those made by US-based Goodrich, which provides pitot tubes to 70% of the world's aircraft.

Air France decided on June 12 to upgrade all pitot probes after pilots raised the alarm following the crash of Flight 447 in the Atlantic with 228 people on board, the airline's worst disaster in its 75-year history.

The union said the Goodrich models' record showed it had been problem-free.

COMMENT:  You know, we make some good stuff here, and we should recognize that.  Too many Americans have had it pounded into their heads that "imported from Europe" means "better," but it often just means more expensive. 

The fact that a French pilots' union has asked for American equipment should at least help us get over the inferiority complex that some Americans have about products manufactured in the United States, or at least under the direction of American companies.  From pianos to trucks, "made in USA" still has a luster.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

DOES THIS CROWD EVER LEARN? - AT 8:01 P.M. ET:  The latest list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom was announced by the White House.  Look, I'm sure there are fine people here.  For example, the late Jack Kemp is being honored.  But I personally find much of the list either disturbing or patronizing.  Here's the roster:

Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder of Susan G, Komen for the Cure, a grassroots organization that invests in research to fight breast cancer.

Pedro Jose Greer Jr. is the founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that provides medical care to more than 10,000 homeless patients a year in Miami, Florida.

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and author who has worked through a severe physical disability to pioneer academic research in math and physics.

Jack Kemp, who receives the award posthumously, served as a congressman and as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also encouraged development in urban communities.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, has served as a senator for 46 years and has pushed for quality and affordable health care for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Billie Jean King, a professional tennis player of the 1960s and 1970s, was the first openly lesbian major sports figure in the United States.

Rev. Joseph Lowery has been a leader of the struggle for civil rights since the 1950s. His work included helping to organize the Montgomery bus boycott that followed Rosa Park's refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955.

Joe Medicine Crow – High Bird is the last living Plains Indian war chief and author on Native American history and culture.

Harvey Milk, who receives the award posthumously, became the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. city when he joined the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He pushed the civil rights movement for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Sidney Poitier was the first African American to be nominated for and win an Academy Award for best actor.

Chita Rivera was the first Latina recipient of the performing arts award from the Kennedy Center. She made her breakthrough performance in 1957 as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story and has won two Tony Awards.

Mary Robinson was the first female president of Ireland. She is also the founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, an organization that focuses on the link between human rights and globalization.

Janet Davison Rowley is a human geneticist and the first scientist to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of leukemia and other cancers. She received the National Medal of Science in 1999, the United States' highest scientific award.

Desmond Tutu is a retired Anglican archbishop who played a lead role in South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Muhammad Yunus pioneered micro-loans in his effort to reverse poverty trends. The Bangladeshi economist provided small, low-interest loans to low-income people in Bangladesh. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

COMMENT:  Am I wrong in thinking that this list is more an exercise in diversity than in excellence?  It has the necessary quota of gay people, blacks, Hispanics, even a physically challenged scientist.  And there is, natch, a guy named Muhammad. 

Look, I want to see people from every group treated equally, and recognized appropriately.  I'm sure you do as well.  But this list is so obvious, it's embarrassing.  It's also tacky.  It also raises eyebrows.  Mary Robinson, for example, presided over the sickening Durban I conference in 2001, just days before the 9-11 terror attacks.  She went right along with the demands of the worst of the Muslim extremists.

Desmond Tutu may have been stalwart against apartheid, but that was decades ago.  In the years since he hasn't exactly earned his human-rights keep. 

It would have been gracious to honor some outstanding members of the Bush administration.  One can disagree with Condi Rice, but honoring her would have been a classy gesture for an administration not exactly famous for a classy style.

Rudy Giuliani could have been honored.

Or, yes, John McCain.

There are no former military officers, which says something. 

There are decent people on this list.  But the list is cynical, and merit is diminished.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

REPORT FROM THE SUMMIT - AT 7:15 P.M. ET:  Our sources tell us that the summit conference between Professor Gates, Sergeant Crowley, and President Obama is still underway at the White House.  Vice President Biden joined the conference, apparently so the president could have a person to blame if something inappropriate is said.

We still have no word on any decisisions about the fate of Massachusetts - whether it will be given to the Russians, or what.  We also don't know whether Gates will be named White House race czar, adding to the thousands of other czars the administration apparently dreams of. 

UPDATE:  We now hear that Sgt. Crowley has threatened to place Vice President Biden under arrest for general obnoxiousness, a midemeanor.  The president told Biden that this is a teachable moment.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

BUMMER FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, STUNNER FOR US - AT 9:36 A.M. ET:  Rasmussen this morning reports President Obama's worst poll numbers yet.  The Rasmussen poll is a bit more serious than some of the others since it measures likely voters, not just anyone who picks up the phone. 

Rasmussen reports Obama's approval at only 48%, and disapproval at 51%.  Even worse, Ras's presidential approval index has 40% strongly disapproving and only 28% strongly approving, a 12% gap.

At Angel's Corner this morning we examine the reasons for the decline in Obama's personal popularity.  Before now it was his programs that were unpopular.  Now it's becoming personal.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

DEMS AT WAR, HOW DELIGHTFUL - AT 9:24 A.M. ET:  There are all kinds of reports in the mainstream media that health-care "reform" is moving rapidly ahead, and that obstacles are falling.

Not so fast.

While the objections of moderates and conservatives are being addressed, now it's the so-called "progressives" who are up in arms.  (Well, they wouldn't say "arms."  Too militaristic.  They'd say they're distressed, and will need professional attention.)  There is a confrontation brewing between moderate and leftist Dems.   Personally, I can't wait.  I'll pay for tickets:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent half of Wednesday finalizing a deal with the Blue Dogs — and the other half quelling a brewing rebellion among progressives who think conservatives have hijacked health care reform.

Liberals, Hispanics and African-American members — Pelosi’s most loyal base of support — are feeling betrayed after House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) reached an agreement with four of seven Blue Dogs on his committee who had been bottling up the bill over concerns about cost.


“Waxman made a deal that is unacceptable,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of about 10 progressives who met repeatedly with Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday.

Nadler actually represents Ground Zero in New York, but is way out in left field.

By sundown Wednesday, the outcry from the left had become so loud that Waxman was forced to scrap a scheduled markup of the compromise measure. He rescheduled the meeting for Thursday morning and convened a mass question-and-answer session for a deeply divided Democratic Caucus — a meeting that is expected to be extremely contentious.

COMMENT:  There are indications that this dispute is becoming increasingly racial.  The Congressional Black Caucus, led by pro-Marxist Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California - the only member of Congress to vote against military action after 9/11 - is demanding a much more socialist bill.

Will the Democratic Party come apart?  Unlikely.  The factions need each other to stay in power and hold committee chairmanships.  But the "progressives" (really, the reactionaries) resent the way in which the moderate "Blue Dog" Dems have leveraged their power.  The problem for the "progressives" is that they can't pass anything on their own.  They need the moderates.  By contrast, the moderates often have Republicans as their allies. 

The actors in the new hit play, "The Age of Obama," aren't following the script.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

ANOTHER DEFENSE WARNING - AT 8:16 A.M. ET:  Coming on the heels of news that Obama wants $60-billion in cuts from the Pentagon, we now have a warning about America's deteriorating strength at sea.  From an op-ed piece by retired Rear Admiral Paul Rohrer in the Washington Examiner:

Hot on the heels of President Obama canceling the Air Force's most advanced strike fighter, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) announced this week that we now face a much greater shortfall in Navy and Marine Corps strike fighters than was previously estimated. Last year, CRS predicted a shortfall of 125 navy fighter jets by 2017. They now predict that the shortfall will more be more than 300 jets.

The American people deserve to understand what those shortages really mean.

On the surface, President Obama's defense budget calls for cutting the Navy's aircraft carrier strike groups from 11 to 10. But a closer inspection reveals that Obama's program delays and budget cuts will do terrible harm to the readiness and capability of our carrier groups.

COMMENT:  The aircraft carrier, which was almost killed by a bitter Defense Department dispute in the late 1940s, is our leading strike weapon.  Not requiring the permission of any foreign nation to operate, it has been deployed in almost all the crises we have faced.  It is the main means by which we project, quickly, American power overseas. 

It is not shocking to read that the Obama administration is weakening our carrier forces.  When you think of national security, the name Barack Obama does not spring quickly to mind.  He'll never be known as Mr. Defense. 

Obama is pulling a Carter and a Clinton, combined.  At a time when he's spending trillions for dubious purposes, his Pentagon budget cuts appear reckless and very risky.  This, again, is a time for the moderate Democrats in Congress to show their clout and insist on adequate funding for the Pentagon.  And it is a time for Republicans to stake their claim, weakened in recent years, as the national-defense party.

July 30, 2009   Permalink

PROTESTS IN IRAN - AT 7:56 A.M. ET:  Opposition continues vocal in Iran, although you'd never know it from the silence of the Obama administration.  Today is a major protest day, marking 40 days since the murder, in the streets, of several dissidents.  The New York Times reports:

Opposition supporters in Iran have gathered in Tehran to mark the 40th day after the death of several protesters on June 20, including Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman whose last moments were captured on video that day and seen around the world on the Web.

The Times is now carrying this update:

7:42 a.m. A witness in Iran has told Reuters that Iranian police have arrested mourners who gathered at a Tehran cemetery to honor victims of the unrest that followed the disputed presidential election on June 12. According to the witness: “Hundreds have gathered around Neda Agha-Soltan’s grave to mourn her death and other victims’ death … police arrested some of them … dozens of riot police also arrived and are trying to disperse the crowd.”

Reuters also reports that the opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi is among the mourners at the cemetery.

COMMENT:  The Obamans have not exactly been steadfast in their support for Iranian freedom fighters.  They've given Iran a vague, shaky deadline of September to reply to America's "outstretched hand."  The president faces a major showdown with Iran in the fall, and appears to lack the spine for it. 

He'll probably blame BUSH (!!).

July 30, 2009   Permalink

GALLUPING AWAY - AT 7:41 A.M. ET:  Add Gallup to the polling organizations tracking Obama's steep decline.  The latest Gallup survey has presidential approval at 53%, with 39% disapproving. 

While not as grim as Rasmussen's report, Rasmussen is probably more useful.  Ras polls among likely voters, Gallup among adults 18 or older. 

We should point out that the decline in Mr. Obama's approval rating does not necessarily translate into increased support for anyone else, or for Republicans in Congress, who generally poll poorly.  Much work remains to be done.

July 30, 2009   Permalink




WEDNESDAY,  JULY 29,  2009

ANOTHER SLIDE DOWN THE POLL (PUN INTENDED) - AT 10:07 P.M. ET:  Results of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll cannot bring joy to a White House trying to find it anywhere:

WASHINGTON - Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation's health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Barack Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.

The poll also finds that Obama's overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government's spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.

COMMENT:  Some members of the anointed pundit class sneered with disbelief as Rasmussen was reporting a decline in the president's approval rating.  But NBC/Wall Street Journal now has Obama's approval in Rasmussen territory.

No one - except maybe Chris Matthews - can continue to pretend that all is well with president and public.  It isn't, and autumn promises to bring even more problems - especially with Iran, North Korea, and possible final action on health care "reform."

July 29, 2009   Permalink

HIS KIND OF TOWN - AT 5:58 P.M. ET:  There has been action in the president's home town of Chicago: 

CHICAGO (CBS) At least 15 people were shot and wounded in Chicago overnight, seven of them in a single incident on the city's West Side.

In that incident, police were called to the scene of a shooting at Walnut Street and Homan Boulevard at 10:43 p.m.

Seven people were shot, according to Fire Media Affairs Dir. Larry Langford, who said six people were initially hospitalized in critical condition and one person, an adult man, was taken in stable condition after suffering a graze wound.

COMMENT:  And what is the president concerned with?  An arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in which no one was hurt, and which seems entirely proper.

Wonder if the president will have a beer with some of the gang bangers back home.  Rev. Wright could arrange the party.

July 29, 2009   Permalink

PENTAGON TO FIGHT THE FLU - AT 5:35 P.M. ET:  The Department of Defense is mobilizing to fight a possible outbreak of swine flu.

The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed.

This comes as a government panel recommends certain groups be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations this fall, including pregnant women, health care workers and children six months and older...

...Defense Secretary Robert Gates is preparing to sign an order authorizing the military to set up five regional teams to deal with the potential outbreak of H1N1 influenza if FEMA requests help.

A senior U.S. defense official told FOX News that the plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the FEMA.

COMMENT:  Can you imagine, can you just imagine, if President Bush had ordered this?  Can you imagine the reaction on the left: 

The head militarist BUSH (!!)  is planning a takeover.  Resist.  Don't let fascist soldiers in your home.  And who is behind it?  CHENEY (!!!!!).

Code Pink would turn completely red. 

July 29, 2009   Permalink

THIS IS SICK - AT 5:16 P.M. ET:  The Gates arrest nonsense continues, but please read the opening paragraphs of this New York Times story, and see if you don't agree that there's something very sick here:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Lucia Whalen, whose 911 call led to the arrest of the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home, made her first public comments Wednesday, saying at no time did she ever mention race to the responding police officer.

Ms. Whalen’s statements contradict the police report filed by Sgt. James Crowley, who said Ms. Whalen told him outside Mr. Gates’s home that she had seen “what appeared to be two black males with backpacks” on the porch of the yellow single-family house.

Ms. Whalen said that the only words she exchanged with Sergeant Crowley in person were, “I was the 911 caller.” She said that he responded, “Stay right there.”

Ms. Whalen, 40, her voice cracking, said she was deeply hurt by the reaction to the incident on July 16. She said she and her family had been the target of threats, which led her to speak out.

“When I was called a racist, I was the target of scorn and ridicule because of things I never said,” she told the reporters gathered in a park here at midday. She added, “The criticism hurt me as a person but also hurt the community of Cambridge.”

COMMENT:  I don't think the reporter who wrote this story understood its implications.  Consider:  What if this woman did describe seeing two black men?  What's wrong with that?  You give the police as full a description as possible.  Race is part of that description, as painful as it may be to use the words or hear them.  When a relative of mine was mugged in Washington, D.C. some years ago, she gave an African-American police officer a full description, including the race of the assailant.  The officer wasn't in any way offended. 

And consider this as well:  The woman reports that her family has been the target of threats.  Yet, the reporter allows the subject to drop.  Who is making these threats?  Why aren't the police involved?  Are they threats of physical violence?  Why isn't that a major part of the story? 

This is degenerating into a kind of social sickness.  Cambridge announces itself as an enlightened, progressive community.  It is not.  It strikes me as a community based on the fear of saying or doing anything that is not politically acceptable. 

By the way, Ms. Whelan works for Harvard Magazine.  I wonder how far she'll be allowed to go now. 

July 29, 2009   Permalink

THE POLLS AND MS. CLINTON - AT 9:59 A.M. ET:  We've noted here before the probability, give or take, that Hillary Clinton reads public opinion polls.  She and her husband have been rumored to take a passing interest in same.  So surely she's reading this morning's Rasmussen daily tracker, which continues to chronicle President Obama's woes.  Not only have Obama's numbers declined, they continue mediocre.  Nothing the White House has done has improved them.  Last week's presidential news conference, with the president pronouncing on a local arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, probably made things worse.

Rasmussen this morning has 49% approving of presidential performance,50% disapproving.  Some 29% strongly approve, but 39% strongly disapprove.

Now, about Ms. Clinton:  The New York Daily News reports:

Hillary Clinton says running for office isn't on her "radar," but she still has an eight-person political team and sports two overflowing campaign war chests. Clinton is adamant she's not running for anything, telling ABC News on Sunday, "I'm out of politics."

Right.  And I'm out of blogging, and breathing.  Hillary Clinton saying she's out of politics is like Bernie Madoff saying, "The check is in the mail."  She maintains a major political operation, and you can be sure she's ready to take over if her close, personal friend, Barack whatever-his-name-is, should tank completely in the polls and decide another presidential race might be too strenuous.

I wouldn't be shocked at a Clinton resignation next year.  You know, something like, "I want to spend more time away from the family."  Stand by.

July 29, 2009   Permalink

GUTTING THE MILITARY - AT 8:53 A.M. ET:  The late, and legendarily theatrical Republican leader, Senator Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois, used to say, "A billion here, a billion there.  Soon you're talking about real money."  With all the huge checks written by the Obamans recently, we forget that some in government have been asked to cut their budgets.  And, of course, with this crowd, that means the military.  Congressional Quarterly reports:

The military will need to come up with $60 billion in savings over the next five years to pay for new priorities to be set by the Defense secretary, a top Pentagon official said Tuesday.

The order from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is based on an assumption that there will be no real growth in defense budgets over the next five years, a radical departure for a department whose budgets have increased more than 80 percent since 2001...

...One of the driving factors so far in the evaluation is the prospect that defense budgets largely will be static in fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015, said David Ochmanek, deputy assistant secretary of defense for force transformation and resources.

Michael Goldfarb, at The Weekly Standard, comments:

Zero growth for our troops. Zero growth for the defense of our country. And all the while, ballooning deficits to pay for health care, stimulus spending, car companies, and a $20 million dollar vacation home on Martha's Vineyard. Republicans are busy fending off ObamaCare (and having some success), but I suspect that when the dust settles on all Obama's domestic initiatives, and assuming there is at least some marginal economic recovery over the next 18 months, this gutting of our nation's military may well be the most fertile ground for Republicans in the midterm election -- and in 2012.

COMMENT:  And you can be sure that liberals in Congress, led by the California and Massachusetts delegations, would like to cut further. 

Obama ran from the center, and is governing from the left.  Public opinion polls show that Americans are starting to notice.  But only skillful political work can translate public unease into results at the polls.  Republicans have a historic tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  The 2010 midterm elections are 15 months away.

July 29, 2009   Permalink

MORE FROM IRAN - AT 8:14 A.M. ET:  Iran has been out of the headlines, probably to the great relief of the we-talk-to-everybody administration.  But the ugliness continues, as reported by The New York Times:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Some prisoners say they watched fellow detainees being beaten to death by guards in overcrowded, stinking holding pens. Others say they had their fingernails ripped off or were forced to lick filthy toilet bowls.

The accounts of prison abuse in Iran’s postelection crackdown — relayed by relatives and on opposition Web sites — have set off growing outrage among Iranians, including some prominent conservatives. More bruised corpses have been returned to families in recent days, and some hospital officials have told human rights workers that they have seen evidence that well over 100 protesters have died since the vote.

Our friend Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi and her Iran Press News have been keeping us up to date on the continuing horror that is Iran under the mullahs.  They've even banned mourning ceremonies:

TEHRAN — Iran has denied the opposition a permit for a ceremony to mourn people slain in protests over last month's presidential election, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

"No permit has been issued for gathering and marching for any individuals or different political groups," Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini, the ministry's political director, told the Fars news agency.

He said the ministry had received "a note signed by two presidential candidates, who were not favoured by the majority of voters, to hold a memorial service for those killed in post-election events."

COMMENT:  What a farce.  We wonder if President Obama will take any note of this.  But Iran isn't an ally, so why criticize?

July 29, 2009   Permalink

THE IMPACT OF EFFECTIVE OPPOSITION - AT 7:47 A.M. ET:  The GOP and moderate Democrats have made some effective points in opposing the current health "reform" legislation before Congress.  The opposition is leading to what appears to be corrective action.  We'll see when the print comes out.  From The Washington Post: 

An emerging consensus among a bipartisan group of senators is poised to shift the dynamic in the congressional debate over health-care reform and could lead to a final product that sheds many of the priorities that President Obama has emphasized and that have drawn GOP attacks.


Assuming the fragile committee coalition holds, the legislation it produces would scramble the reform landscape by introducing policy ideas that have their origins in the political center. The bill is bound to disappoint liberals. But with prominent GOP backing, it also could prove more difficult for Republicans to reject out of hand -- the approach they have taken to the House bill and a second Senate version, written by the health committee.


GOP negotiators rejected from the outset the kind of government-run insurance plan that Obama and most Democrats are pushing for in an attempt to inject the health-insurance market with pricing competition. Instead, the committee would create coverage cooperatives modeled after rural electricity providers.

Naturally, President Obama injected himself and demonstrated why his leadership abilities are under growing attack:

Obama has encouraged the finance panel's effort, praising it as the potential foundation for the bipartisan outcome he is seeking. But he flashed his discontent with the process during a question-and-answer session sponsored by AARP. "Sometimes I get a little frustrated, because this is one of those situations where it's so obvious that the system we have isn't working well for too many people, and that we could be doing better," Obama said Tuesday.

You do better, Mr. President, by coming up with good, workable ideas, not simply by complaining.  This is what happens when a man has spent most of his political career running for office, not performing the work of an office.

Maybe something good will come of this, but we're relieved that Congress wasn't stampeded by its liberal wing and by the very liberal White House.  The thoughtful opponents of the proposed legislation have had public opinion behind them, which shows what an aroused public can do.

July 29, 2009   Permalink

OUR HELPFUL NEW FRIENDS, THE RUSSIANS - AT 7:27 A.M. ET:  From the Jerusalem Post:

For the first time, Russia and Iran will hold a joint naval maneuver in the Caspian Sea, The Iranian Mehr News Agency reported Wednesday.

A senior official in the Iranian ports authority was quoted by the report as saying that the maneuver would increase the coordination between the two countries and focus on search and rescue operations and the prevention of pollution.

COMMENT:  Although the report is officially unconfirmed, it seems unlikely that a state-controlled Iranian agency would report on Russian/Iranian plans based on rumors.  As far as search and rescue and pollution control, try to contain your laughter. 

Compare this, please, with the endless spoutings from the Obama administration to the effect that, unless Iran shows some cooperation in ending its quest for nukes, we will go to the next level - and ask for greater UN sanctions.  Wow.

Russia has veto power in the UN.  So does China.  Both have been opposed to stronger sanctions. 

We have no policy toward Iran that works in the real world.  Maybe that is intentional, maybe not.  The president has vaguely given Iran until, oh, the end of the year or so to show real progress.  What then?

July 29, 2009   Permalink












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