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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Awkward: Middle East adviser Dennis Ross is asked why he's going to a J Street conference with so many anti-Israel characters.

Ross's attendance is especially cringe-inducing in light of this: "Four Kadima MKs who accepted an invitation to speak at this weekend's J Street conference in Washington faced criticism on Wednesday from colleagues in their faction who said they should not be supporting the left-wing American lobby."

President Obama's embarrassing reticence on Libya stands in contrast to the forceful words of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): "In recent days, the world has watched in horror as the Gaddafi regime has brutally massacred its own people for simply expressing their desire to live in a free and peaceful Libya. Without hesitation, Americans should condemn the brutal Gaddafi regime and this wanton killing of civilians. We should unflinchingly support the Libyan people's legitimate demands to build a freer and peaceful country. Unfortunately, the administration's initial response has been inadequate. Instead of taking the initiative, the administration is relying on other countries and international bodies to lead. . . . Instead, we should immediately engage willing partners to limit the regime's ability to wage war against its own citizens. These measures could include (but are not limited to) pressing bordering nations to stop the flow of mercenaries into Libya, finding ways to restore severed communications, imposing a no-fly zone to protect civilians against aircraft attacks and mobilizing a humanitarian relief effort."

that we do nothing about this: "The Libyan government officially warned the State Department on Thursday that foreign journalists entering Libya would be arrested and treated as al-Qaeda collaborators. 'Be advised, entering Libya to report on the events unfolding there is additionally hazardous with the government labeling unauthorized media as terrorist collaborators and claiming they will be arrested if caught,' the State Department said in a press release."

Ouch: "67% Disapprove of Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid Vote."

Humiliating, when not even liberal media outlets defend them. "Since Saturday, at least four Wisconsin newspapers -- including those in some of the biggest cities in the state -- have published editorials calling for their state's 14 Democratic state senators to return to work."

Democrats in their most unflattering light: being dragged kicking and screaming to make spending cuts. "Senate Democrats on Thursday began identifying cuts to the 2011 spending bill that they plan to propose to House Republican leadership in the coming days in order to avert a government shutdown after March 4."

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 25, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Obama is voting 'present', and Gaddafi is running rotary wing gunships and ground attack aircraft against his own people. I guess it is our respect for Gaddafi's *personal* sovereignty that causes us not to dispatch the Sixth Fleet, launch, and sweep the airspace, at a minimum. Because there is no *Libyan* sovereignty, except that of the insurrectionists. The Libyans will remember that we did nothing as Gaddafi shot up the breadlines. Obama is oddly paralyzed when confronted with spontaneous, desperate expressions of democratic passion here, as he was during the Iranian uprising last year. (Unless said democracy is being committed against Republicans in Madison.)

It's a shame that the Navy isn't at least getting some training in, and launching the F-18s to circle in and control the airspace above Tripoli. I suspect the Libyan people would appreciate a few thunder runs, buzz jobs, and incinerated Libyan attack helicopters while they went about replacing their dear leader.

Posted by: IowaHawkeye | February 25, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer, Israel isn't the center of the universe.

Posted by: jiji1 | February 25, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Great post. Klein actually gets snookered by a lot of things....starting with reality.

Posted by: MartinChuzzlewit | February 25, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Dennis Ross has been Israel's man in the White House, man in the State Department, man on Capitol Hill, man in the UN, and man in the Mideast for several administrations. For the right wing Zionist fanatics to trash his appearance before any group shows just how nutty those people are. And those nuts have nuclear weapons and drive our foreign policy.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | February 25, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Rubin said about Libya:

"Shameful that we do nothing about this.."

Bleeding heart liberalism at it's best. Why is it non-cons love to play Superman for people who are not REAL Americans?

Posted by: mfray | February 25, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The one thing that IS being done is humanitarian relief for the thousands of migrants fleeing into Tunisia and Egypt.

Not sure what else of Rubio's suggestions can be done today, but Obama has no voice, even on moral clarity.

I guess the world now has a better understanding of what it means to have an American president who automatically defaults to multi-lateral consultations.

Dennis Ross should boycott J-Street, which deserves no legitimacy. Maybe they can get Desmond Tutu instead...

Posted by: K2K2 | February 25, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin, like so many others in the American Press, is little more than a shill for Israel. She should move to Tel Aviv or wherever and leave Americans alone. We've already sacrificed way too much for the benefit of Israel.

If you want to see how incredibly ugly her face is, check out this link.

She's so ugly it's scary!!

Posted by: wildtimecharlie | February 26, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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