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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

One key lawmaker -- Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) -- announced last month that he's retiring, and now another -- Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) -- is going. "NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that Rep. Jane Harman is resigning from Congress to take over as president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars." And who will be the next pro-defense Democratic leader? Is there even one?

Eleven Egyptian Copts killed, and the western media ignores the massacre in the village of Sharona near Maghagha, Minya province. Lela Gilbert explains it is not an isolated event. "On January 7, Coptic Christmas, Copt churches were threatened in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Sweden and the UK. Police in several of those countries investigated and/or took action to protect the Coptic churches there. During this period various news sources reported not only ongoing statements against Coptic churches, but also the targeting of specific Coptic leaders, whose names and addresses were published online. A key threat emanated from Shumukh al-Islam, a radical Islamist website affiliated with al Qaeda. More than 200 specific Copts were listed as prime targets." There is Christians United for Israel, but where are the Jews United for Christians?

Twenty-six years ago is the last time job market participation was this low. "[T]he reason unemployment goes down is the huge number of Americans who drop out of the labor force. In fact, the rate at which -- the percentage of -- Americans adults [participate] in the labor market today, is the lowest in 26 years. That implies there are a lot of people who have quit looking."

Rich Lowry spells out eight reasons why Jeb Bush should run for president in 2012. The most compelling: "Jeb probably has a better chance to unite the establishment and Tea Party wings of the GOP than anyone else, certainly a better chance than Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney would seem to have at this juncture."

Fifteen is the number of Republican contenders on the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll ballot.

If Iran is two years or so from getting a nuclear weapon, how far before its missiles can put Brussels and Berlin within range? "Iran showed off new missile and satellite technology on Monday, and told its enemies it had 'complete domination' of the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf." It is a misnomer that this is an Israeli problem or even a Middle East problem. It is a European and American one.

I suppose all 100 members of the Senate imagine they could be president, but does Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) imagine there is a yearning for a neo-isolationist with misgivings about civil rights laws?

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 8, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

Jennifer, why don't you look up the definition of isolationism before you start throwing around that term. Try Wikipedia.

Posted by: ejh74 | February 8, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The Wilson Center that Cong. Jane Harman is going to head is already mired in numerous scandals and it is not clear what she will do about them.

Two exposes:


“The Selling of the Woodrow Wilson Center” (October 2010)


http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/10/02/the-selling-of-the-woodrow-wilson-center/all/1


“The Woodrow Wilson Center Desecrates its Namesake’s Legacy and Violates its Congressional Mandate” (May 2010):


http://www.countercurrents.org/boyajian060510.htm

A scathing letter written by Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to his former colleague, Lee Hamilton, due to the WWC’s giving an undeserved award to the Turkish Foreign Minister in June:


http://ackerman.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=186§iontree=4,186&itemid=1029

A Wilson family descendant, Donald Wilson Bush, blasts the Wilson Center – (“Pawn for the Wrong President”):


http://keghart.com/DWBush_Pawn


Claudia Rosett takes the Wilson Center to task (“What Kind of Washington Fools Would Honor Turkey’s Foreign Minister?”):

http://pajamasmedia.com/claudiarosett/what-kind-of-washington-fools-would-honor-turkeys-foreign-minister/


Posted by: Manny8 | February 8, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Rich Lowry spells out eight reasons why Jeb Bush should run for president in 2012.

Jennifer,guess who is the sole commentator to your chaff,that made the same point?

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

In her plea for now threatened Copts, Jennifer asks, "where are the Jews For Christians?"
The answer: not in Egypt, where virulently anti-Semitic Copts led pogroms against a once-thriving, now practically vanished, Jewish community.
The delightful Coptic Pope Shenouda III, sermonizes against Jews as "Christ-killers," and in July 2008 told Al-Ahram, "Jews are a cursed people who have their hands indulged in the blood of Palestinians."
As the saying goes, "what goes around...."

Posted by: Morgan097 | February 8, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

“And who will be the next pro-defense Democratic leader? Is there even one?” --J. Rubin, 2/8/2011

Actually, there is one. His name is Barack Obama. He proposed a fiscal year 2011 DoD budget about $22 billion over fiscal year 2010 levels. The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), acting with the blessing of the Republican leadership, wants to cut $13 billion off that figure. If President Obama were not pro-defense, then the Republicans would be adding to the DoD budget to bolster America’s national security. But they’re not, are they?

BTW, Juli Weiner disagrees with Rich Lowry. Her Vanity Fair column is here:
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/02/the-list-of-usable-domain-name.html
Ron Hart’s take is also that 2012 isn’t Jeb Bush’s year.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110116/pl_ac/7620370_jeb_bush_will_not_run_for_president_in_20162_what_about2016
I have no idea whether Jeb Bush should or will run for president. But there are differing views that I thought should be included.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I have no idea whether Jeb Bush SHOULD or will run for president. But there are differing views that I thought should be included.Posted by: MsJS

If you want a Republican president in 2012,he is the only one with The name recognition&the Resume. Jennifer goes through this crazed ritual of presenting the GOP candidate flavor of the day,Pence,Thune,Christie,Demint,Barbour,they're all losers. Bush would probably win if not in popular vote,definitely in the EC.

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@rc: If you're going to quote someone, kindly not alter the quote. If you choose to alter the quote, then please say that you have and in what manner.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I actually think that Jeb Bush would have made a better Presidnet than his brother, less likely to surround himself with that chuckleheaded group in the National Security area.

However, there is no black swan event that could make another Bush president within our lifetimes, nothing, nada, no way.

The Democrats are smiling at you for suggesting it though.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 8, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@RC: IF YOU'RE GOING TO QUOTE SOMEONE, kindly not alter the quote. If you choose to alter the quote, then please say that you have and in what manner.

Posted by: MsJS

You're too thin skinned for this Blog. This is about shedding blood. Jennifer learned from her Marxist forerunners how to destroy with words.

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@rc: I assure you, I shed no blood here, literally or figuratively.

I merely made a simple request that is considered standard procedure in the world of journalism.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

However, there is no black swan event that could make another Bush president within our lifetimes, nothing, nada, no way.
The Democrats are smiling at you for suggesting it though.
Posted by: johnmarshall5446

He could win in the Electoral College. Indiana,Colorado,Florida,Ohio,Penn,Virginia,North Carolina could go to JB. Obama could win by 7 Million votes and lose the election.

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

RC:

You know I respect your opinion, but you're underestimating the negative factor associated with the name.

Even though he's too smart to employ them, the spectre of Cheney, Rice Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz etc., the old gang, would drag with him from state to state like Marley's Ghost.

We will have to just agree to disagree on this one.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 8, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

RC:

You know I respect your opinion, but you're underestimating the negative factor associated with the name.

Even though he's too smart to employ them, the spectre of Cheney, Rice Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz etc., the old gang, would drag with him from state to state like Marley's Ghost.
We will have to just agree to disagree on this one.
Posted by: johnmarshall5446

I concede,You're right,I just like to speculate,it's an addiction.

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Morty the Fly stands with all -- rcaruth could or (should?) have written 'emphasis mine', that sort of thing, but rc always has an out with a sticky caps lock key, happens to the best and worst at Times, er , WaPo, and johnmarshall's name factor point decides that matter : JB will dilute his brand in premature 2012 bid; the brother's bantam persona needs more aging time to fade in johnQ's memory amid relentless worldwide events, to let the nostalgia kick back in circa 2016
(don't swat me, bzzzzz!)

Posted by: aardunza | February 8, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@rc: I assure you, I shed no blood here, literally or figuratively.
I merely made a simple request that is considered standard procedure in the world of journalism.

I'm not a journalist.

Posted by: rcaruth | February 8, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

To: Jennifer Rubin

You wrote "If Iran is two years or so from getting a nuclear weapon, how far before its missiles can put Brussels and Berlin within range? "Iran showed off new missile and satellite technology on Monday, and told its enemies it had 'complete domination' of the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf." It is a misnomer that this is an Israeli problem or even a Middle East problem. It is a European and American one.


This is absolutley non-sense. Mullahs are much smarter than provoking the world against them through military. Iran has not attacked any country in the last 200 years. Unlike Israelis which in the last short 60 years have attacked countries, and people around them more than one can count. Israel has broken numerous international laws, from assassination, to passport forging, to mining other countries, to sabotage, to simply bullying their way with all cost to other people. If it is true that Israelis planted virus in Iranian nuclear site in Bushehr, and according to nuclear experts could have devastating affect larger than Chernobel, Does ISRAELI government have any MORALS. Do they have any respect for innocent human being? Do they have any respect for environment?

Posted by: abraham3 | February 8, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Can you immagine, If Iran had planted computer virus in Israeli Nuclear site, and it had a potential to cause a disaster worse than Chernobel?

The result would have been, 80 million Iranian would have lost their life.

And you have tenacity to call Iran an agressive country, and Israel a victim.

Israel has milked and abused the victim mentality excuses for too long. And the middle eastern people, as well as, the US tax payers have paid dearly. Time has come for Israel to come to their senses, before people raise their voices and would say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Posted by: abraham3 | February 8, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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