Saturday, May 22, 2010

 

Quick Hits - Saturday May 22

Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler, talking about the new Arizona law:

“Clearly it's not constitutional for a state government to be charged with the enforcement of federal laws," Gansler, in an interview on Thursday, said….”

Who’s “charging” Arizona with enforcement of federal law? Left unsaid (as usual) is any mention of exactly what part of the new law runs afoul of our Constitution. Now were Arizona to make up its own rules for citizenship, then Mr. Gansler would have a point but since it doesn’t, his comments are irrelevant.

…unless maybe he thought the interview was about the expansion of the Medicaid program mandated by the new so-called health care reform law.

Obama says diplomacy, military go hand in hand

“The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush.”

Go-it-alone? Is AP writer DARLENE SUPERVILLE suggesting that President Obama has had more success in forging international alliances? That contributions from other nations’ to our Afghan efforts are on the upswing? That perhaps our influence at the UN is now at all-time high? That “vision” more closely resembles an abdication by a man clearly not comfortable with doing foreign policy once he steps away from the Teleprompter.

Clinton says North Korean attack on ship will not go 'unanswered'

Obviously we’ve got our best people on the problem:

“…said a senior U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue…."The hope is that this was a one-off action," he said, adding that North Korea has a long history of violence against South Korean targets.”

I dunno – I’m no expert but “a long history of violence against South Korean targets” kind of suggests to me that this wasn’t a “one-off”.

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