So why is Secretary Hillary Clinton continuing to dig away? Her book tour was bound to be rocky. With a tin ear for the nuances of young feminists, she titled her book,Â Hard Choices.Â But theWashington PostÂ Â recently published Janet Harrisâ column urging all liberals toÂ âstop saying abortion is a difficult choice.Â If you talk like that, Harris says, you are putting the focus on the fetus. Well, we canât do that! Difficult Choice? Hard Choices? Her very bookÂ Â title is off-key in the pro-abortion chorus. Even worse, Hillary Clinton famously toldÂ Â NewsweekÂ in 1994 (October 31stissue) that âabortion is wrong.â
It seems the Export-Import Bank of the United States is once again putting up walls to keep the duly-elected representatives of the American people from getting a look at their inner workings.Â Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg recently dashed off a letter to U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry in which he dismissed the committeeâs request to interview Ex-Im officials, shying away from what he called âthe inherently adversarial nature of transcribed interviews.â
Americaâs domestic energy boom doesnât sit well with San Francisco-based, former hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer.Â Having made a large share of his fortune in foreign coal and oil investments, he now seems to believe that America should abandon oil and natural gas in favor of alternative, and significantly more expensive, forms of energy.
And what errors of fact would those be, Steve?Â Â Bookman did not point out a single factual error.Â Instead, regarding TTAJCâs three main points, that Jim Crow was âdehumanizing, deadly and Democratic,â he painfully admitted the paperâs accuracy:Â âthat is true as far as it goes.âÂ Apparently, Benen believes if you canât find a factual error yourself, itâs okay to claim falsely that somebody else did.
âWe have your back,â President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obamaâs administration famously claimed to âlead from behindâ in overthrowing Libyaâs strongman, Khaddafi. Young Sergeant Benjamin Anthony spoke to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit this week. Sgt. Anthony described aÂ differentÂ vision of leadership.Â AhalaiÂ he gave as the Hebrew word for âafter me.â Officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) they shouldÂ lead from the front.Â That used to be Americaâs idea of leadership, too.
Connecticutâs liberal Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants no one to have to worry aboutÂ aborting unborn children late in pregnancy, very late. He favors abortion at any time prior to birth. Itâs not clear yet whether he would vote to deny federal protection to newborns who survive an attempted abortion. Blumenthal was not in the Senate when that bill passed. Barack ObamaÂ wasÂ in the Illinois Senate when that stateâs Infant Born-Alive Bill was killed. Then-Sen. Obama made sure that bill never got to the Governorâs desk.
âIsrael hits Gaza Homes.â The sub-head said: âChildren and women killed.â This headline will be defended by all good journalists as no more than describing what happened in the seemingly endless clash between Arabs and Israelis. They will argue that when Israel its homes in Gaza, it is news. When Hamas rockets rain down on Israeli cities and townsâand homes, schools, and hospitals, it is not news. It happens ever day, so it becomes like a weather report. Thousands of Hamas rockets have been fired at Israeli homes.Â Thousands.Â This coverage brings to mind the old French saying: This animal is very wicked; when you attack it, it defends itself.
Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly doÂ notÂ want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they donât keep their word, they cease to be great countries. Our pledges must not be "a scrap of paper."
Iran is the worldâs leading state sponsor of terrorism. It is a major persecutor of religion. In todayâs Iran, Christians, Jews, Bahaâi, Zoroastrians, and minority Muslim sects are actively suppressed and terrorized. Pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in a filthy prison, beaten and abused for âthreatening the national security of Iran.â His crime: He started an orphanage!
If that were not troubling enough, Iraqâs vital importance to the global oil market could mean thatÂ todayâs rising prices may be just the beginning. Markets are already reeling from a series of oil production outages in countries across the globeâfrom Nigeria, Libya, and South Sudan to Iraq, Iran, and Syria. Any additional loss of supplies from Iraq could stress the system to its limit and send oil prices to levels that many of Americaâs political leaders had hoped were a thing of the past.