Josh Rogin details the spin after START. The Democrats got a largely irrelevant treaty with the Russians. The Republicans got the administration to commit to missile defense and weapons modernization. That's a win-win. But unless the administration figures out how to contain the Russian bear, America and its allies will be no safer.
Oops, looks like Russian "reset" was mostly spin. "The White House says the second conviction of the jailed businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky indicates an 'abusive use of the legal system for improper ends' in Russia."
Tom Joscelyn blows the whistle on a staple of liberal spin. It seems al-Qaeda figures hardly mention Guantanamo. "Instead, al Qaeda's leaders repeatedly focus on a narrative that has dominated their propaganda for the better part of two decades. According to bin Laden, Zawahiri, and other al Qaeda chieftains, there is a Zionist-Crusader conspiracy against Muslims. Relying on this deeply paranoid and conspiratorial worldview, al Qaeda routinely calls upon Muslims to take up arms against Jews and Christians, as well as any Muslims rulers who refuse to fight this imaginary coalition. This theme forms the backbone of al Qaeda's messaging - not Guantanamo."
Sam Stein explains the latest Mitt Romney spin on his health care program: He wouldn't force every state to do it. But isn't the issue for conservatives whether government at any level should be compelling individuals to buy insurance they don't want? If this is the approach, it sounds like the Romney pre-campaign is already on defense: "For starters, team Romney has begun arguing that the better indication of his policy preference would be the 2008 campaign's white paper, not the Massachusetts model."
It seems some spin on ObamaCare explodes every day. "One of the first parts of the new health-care law ready for consumers - special health plans devoted to the insurance industry's rejects - is attracting only a fraction of the predicted customers, prompting the Obama administration and states to step up their strategies to motivate people to buy them. At the same time, since the plans opened for business in the late summer and early fall, the medical bills so far are, in at least a few states, much higher than anticipated, raising the question of whether $5 billion that Congress has devoted to the program could run out even if relatively few people join."
Does anybody buy the Palestinian spin anymore? "Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Monday that, among the organization's top priorities in 2011 is the issue of Middle East peace and Palestine. 'The Palestinian issue and the peace process are a priority,' said Moussa at a press conference in Cairo, where the 22-member Arab League is based." So why did the PA walk out of the talks?
Charles Krauthammer ridicules the North Korean spin and praises our South Korean allies. "I love that threat from an atheist regime that it is going to launch a sacred war. In those kinds of totalitarian countries, the only thing sacred is war....The South Koreans for the first time in decades are showing spine. They have a nationalistic government, and the population was radicalized by the attack two weeks ago, which for the first time killed civilians, the first time since the '50s. So you have a population that is not going to take it anymore."
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