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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

If you compare your political opponents to Nazis or terrorists, you lose the argument, whatever it is. "The war of words over the Bush tax cuts heated up Friday, as Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez compared Republicans to 'terrorists' for holding middle-class tax cuts 'hostage.'"

If you think all labor bosses have finally given up on protectionism, think again. "President Barack Obama announced Saturday the government has reached a trade agreement with South Korea that would strengthen economic ties between the two countries, the largest pact by the United States since the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement in 1994.... The United Steelworkers are not yet endorsing the pact, USW head Leo Gerard tells HuffPost." Kudos to the Obama administration for getting this done, albeit belatedly. Next: the Colombia free trade deal.

If you listen to Democrats on the Hill, they don't seem all that thrilled with the White House obsession with START ratification during the lame duck session. "The grumbling about the White House's preoccupation with START extends to some Democrats on Capitol Hill who believe that the White House has prioritized the treaty even over the key economic issue of whose tax cuts should be extended and for how long. 'Democrats have been blasting the Bush tax cuts for 10 years. We aren't going to pass up a chance to vote our conscience on them because the White House has decided to negotiate it away for an extension of Ronald Reagan's START treaty,' said one Democratic Senate aide."

If you talk to ABC News people, you'll hear they are quite pleased with their new boss. "The Walt Disney Co named Ben Sherwood the president of ABC News on Friday, tapping a broadcast news veteran and former 'Good Morning America' producer to run the network's global news operation." But will he deal with the menace to the network's reputation for down-the-middle, serious news coverage?

If you read some WikiLeak cables, or an informative piece by Stephen Hayes and Tom Joscelyn, you'll understand just how anemic has been our response to Iranian aggression -- before the regime has become a nuclear power. "Nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks, not only do we have abundant evidence that Iran, the world's foremost state sponsor of terror, supports al Qaeda. We also have evidence that Iran actively assists terrorists and insurgents targeting our soldiers and diplomats in two war zones. Why are our leaders so afraid to talk about it?" Because then we might demand they do something about it.

If you are wondering whether a $3 million beach house doesn't quite mesh with Mike Huckabee's populist image, you're not alone.

If you suspect continued talks with Iran are a dangerous waste of time, you're right. "Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday dampened the possibility for a breakthrough in next week's scheduled international talks over Tehran's nuclear program, blaming Washington for pursuing a confrontational policy towards his country instead of genuine diplomacy. Mr. Mottaki.... said that his government wouldn't back down from its policy of enriching nuclear fuel on its own territory." But the Obama team simply can't take no for an answer. Otherwise, they might have to confess their policy over the last two years has failed.

If you want a balanced discussion on Afghanistan, don't watch This Week. Notoriously biased Christiane Amanpour debates Afghanistan with guests who are all thumbs down on the war effort.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 6, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Bits  
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Comments

I do think any person that compares any US politician to a Nazi should be forced to read The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 6, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Who Cares what the greedy Union Bosses think? Unions are nothing but "middle-men"
and all they do is take money away from the
employee and the company.
They're kinda like that guy in the Godfather who went around to all the businesses and they paid him to "protect"
them from the 'bad guys' ..
(and, the bad guys worked for this guy too.. he had to keep the fear alive!)

Posted by: ohioan | December 6, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

You can pillory the Obama administration for many things, but this isn't one of them. The failure belongs to the Bush Administration and to Dick Cheney in particular.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ooops! I failed to inlcude your quote about Iran in the above post, which is what I was referring to.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 6, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"If you compare your political opponents to Nazis or terrorists, you lose the argument, whatever it is."
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Jen's assertion is based on the internet adage known as "Godwin's law":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

Posted by: HenriLeGrand | December 6, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: greg9y9 | December 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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