Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Elliott Abrams gives thumbs down on Obama's Libya speech: "The administration has followed its near silence over Iran in June 2009 and its wavering on Egypt last month with days of silence on Libya. Finally the president has spoken and said next to nothing. For a superpower this is an embarrassment. Belgium and Luxembourg can consult and coordinate and monitor; can we do no more? How about sending Stuart Levey (leaving Treasury soon but still there) off to get freezes on all Qaddafi family assets? Instead of sending Hillary Clinton to the Human Rights Council, how about sending the Marine commandant or the chief of staff of the Air Force to NATO headquarters? Perhaps that message would be a bit more likely to capture Qaddafi's attention. How about demanding indictments of Qaddafi for war crimes right now?"

Tim Pawlenty gives thumbs down to Obama's dithering. "Far too often, when President Obama is confronted by significant foreign policy challenges, he wavers, leaving those fighting on the side of freedom to question America's commitment to their cause. This was the case with the administration's response to recent events in Egypt. It was only after Hosni Mubarak's fate was clear that the President got behind the courageous men and women gathered in Tahrir Square. Now, the Libyan people have taken to the streets to free themselves from the despotic reign of Muammar al-Qaddafi and peaceful protesters have been literally gunned down. Yet the President remains silent, unwilling or unable to speak with moral clarity about America's interest in supporting the aspirations of all who seek freedom."

Phil Klein gives thumbs down on the prankster's attempt to embarrass Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) by imitating David Koch. "Throughout the call, Walker explains why he believes what he's doing is right, and that he intends to stand firm. 'This is about the budget,' he said. 'This is about public sector unions - hell, even FDR got it...You're essentially having taxpayers' money being used to lobby for spending more of taxpayers' money. It's absolutely ridiculous.'"

Mike Huckabee sure sounds like he's giving thumbs down on a presidential run. "If I run, I walk away from a pretty good income."

John Fund gives thumbs down on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's performance. "Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did himself no favors with many conservatives yesterday in his response to a walk-out by Indiana state legislators protesting action on a right-to-work bill. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be facing down teacher unions, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be pushing back against public sector privileges, but Mr. Daniels has taken a 'kinder and gentler' approach."

The Obama administration gives up defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and social conservatives give thumbs down on raising a hot-button issue. "Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, said: 'While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation.'" Because there's an election coming up and the base is angry with him? (Well, that answer would have the benefit of honesty.)

Someone finally gives thumbs down to the Muslim Brotherhood's participation in government. "Since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt and the expected power shift in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic world has rallied around the Brotherhood and demanded that the West engage with them. But a crack in that unity appeared today when Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said that the Muslim Brotherhood 'shouldn't be part of the process as long as they don't reject violence and extremism.'" Better than Condi Rice in 2006 (regarding Palestinian elections) and Obama in 2011.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 24, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Daniels's damage control
Next: Israel looks out for itself


Americans don't need to deploy more troops into harm's way or have them participate in a "no fly zone" program, etc. We also don’t need more mtgs with more committees.

Why don't we follow this author's lead and offer Gadhafi an immunity pkg?
Gad hafi Survival Means Weak Army, Co-Opted Tribes
by AP
Libyans have so much pent-up anger that freeing themselves from Gadhafi would likely trigger a tidal wave of...chaos,...and lawlessness.
"Alternatively, the international community can offer Gadhafi an exit by granting him and his family immunity and they leave the country," sparing more bloodshed, Djebbar said.

Posted by: f3268 | February 24, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Why Obama was so direct while taking to Mubarak?
Mubarak- step down – I mean now!
Why Obama doesn't use not using similar words against Kadafi, that for decades promote terror and anti American policy?
Well- Obama policy, starting day one is total loss!
On the reception of the Lockerbie bomber in Libya, Kaddafi son words to the bomber read by a mouth movement expert were that his freedom was on the economical negotiations with UK.
Next the bomber was received by father Kaddafi.
Those actions convey to the Arabs the message that the terrorists are heroes
That the west is ready to give away moral values for economical benefit

Posted by: mordechayariely | February 24, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I have it on deep background from a high-placed administration official that Gadhafi's got his tent packed, a treatment is already prepared for his life story film, and we're awaiting word from Jack Nicholson's agent whether he can take the part; also, Muammar wants a credit and some first-release and DVD gross pts to be negotiated later. Still up in the air but Joe's (oops) fingers are crossed.

Posted by: aardunza | February 24, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Morning Bits is the perfect name for this column -- dry and unappetizing.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 24, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Where was Sarah Palin where Ghadafi was making all sorts of with the West selling oil on the back of his poor nation and stacking up the money in the west?
As recent as, few months ago Tony Blair spent quite a bit of time with dictator in Libya making Oil deals for BP.
I guess Sarah Palin looked outside through her kitchen window and saw turmoil in Libya and said to herself it is time to make a comment. She read the script prepared for her and bashed from Obama, to Qadafi to Iran.
If we believe Qadafi is a mad man of Africa which I believe he is then not a damn thing could be done to stop his killing madness against peaceful demonstrators.
Not Obama, not Sarkozy, not his bodies Belrosconi and Tony Blair could bring him to his senses. He should have been stoped long time ago, and not just in the last afew days. Jennifer looks every opportunity to bash people she doesn't like or are not nice to Israel. This time Jennifer passed the microphone to Sarah Palin.

Posted by: abraham3 | February 24, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company