Commentary Magazine


Flotsam and Jetsam

The UN is at it again (or still), putting its stamp of approval on Goldstone’s handiwork — and in full bully mode as vividly described here. And the perfect coda to the Goldstone debacle: UN security goons muscled off Anne Bayefsky, who had the temerity to speak out against the Israel-bashing: “In the end, nothing about the shameless pandering of the great United Nations to the enemies of tiny Israel is ever really all that unexpected. It even trumps the exigencies of women’s rights. Or some women’s rights, anyway.” This is the “international community” whose approval our president seeks.

Maybe it was the PelosiCare vote: “Republican candidates have stretched their lead over Democrats to six points in the Generic Congressional Ballot. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Republicans have held the lead for over four months now.”

Now everyone’s a critic: “Freshman Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday that President Obama has misplayed his attempt to reform U.S. heath care by focusing on insurance coverage instead of explaining that the current system is headed toward a financial meltdown.”

PelosiCare seems to be causing problems in the speaker’s caucus: ”Democrats who thought a vote against the sweeping health care package would inoculate them from political attack are facing serious blowback from angry constituents and interest groups on the left—fierce opposition that could prove as consequential as anything Republicans could have thrown at them. For some of 39 House Democrats who opposed the bill, there are protests outside their offices and promises of retribution. For others, there are attempts to shut off their campaign money spigot. Still more are about to get drilled in a television ad campaign paid for by Democratic donors.”

Marty Peretz on the Left’s see-no-evil approach to Fort Hood: “I’d rather be alert to what’s around me than dither over the Oxford dictionary, the last edition of which is none too restrictive about the definition of terror, terrorism, terrorist. Of what are those who cling to the illusion that Hasan was not really engaged in terror afraid? That the government will sweep down on tens of thousands of Muslims and intern them in Guantanamo?” Perhaps, or maybe they want a holiday from history (again) so they can get to the important task of socializing health care.

We are not done dithering, declare the Obami: “The White House is vehemently denying reports that President Barack Obama has made a final decision on a troop surge in Afghanistan. Obama is scheduled to meet with his national security team on Wednesday to discuss strategies for moving forward on the war in Afghanistan. Wednesday’s meeting in the White House Situation Room, the eighth of its kind, comes as media reports claim that Obama has already decided to send close to 40,000 troops to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.”

The Hasan slide show is revealing. “The truth is that his presentation is further evidence that he is a fairly typical jihadist ideologue. It is not surprising, therefore, that he would reach out to an al Qaeda cleric who preaches the same.”