Mrs. Clinton Declines to Take XL Pipeline Position-- Former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked yesterday where she stood on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which if built would bring Canadian tar sands oil (the original term for oil sands) to the American Gulf Coast for refining. She answered "If it's undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Given that the State Department she headed for four years is a key entity in determining whether it gets built, demurring is laughable. She has to have had an opinion, and she has to have advised Mr. Obama and the rest of the administration one way or another. Apparently, William Jefferson isn't the only Clinton who is slick. [30 July]
Traitor Jonathan Pollard Getting Parole -- After spending 30 years in prison for passing classified information to the Israelis for money, American traitor Jonathan Pollard will be paroled in November of this year. Arrested in 1985, he and his wife accepted a plea agreement in lieu of a trial and went to prison. His incarceration has been a bone of contention between the US and Israel ever since the Israelis stopped denying he was their agent and admitted that they had run a spy in the US. While the proper course of action would have been to execute him back in the 1980s, at this stage, his release offers a way to soften the blow to US-Israeli relations brought on by the Iran nuclear deal. [29 July]
Turkey Attacks ISIS, Kurds -- The Turkish government has undergone a significant change of heart with regard to ISIS and the Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK]. It had been, at best, a reluctant partner with the US in fighting ISIS. It had also been observing a ceasefire with the PKK; it was shaky but holding. Then, a series of violent incidents brought on Turkish airstrikes against both. Today, NATO is meeting at the behest of Turkey to discuss Turkish security. A week truly is a long time in politics. [28 July]
Republicans Fear Trump Third-Party Effort -- Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, was on NBC's "Today Show" making a pitch for Republican candidates not to run as independents. "I think everyone understands that. If Hillary Clinton's going to get beat, she's going to get beat by a Republican. If our candidates want to win, then they'll have to run as a Republican." He added, "I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate [sic]." However, what he meant was "I really hope Donald Trump doesn't run as an independent candidate after I figure out how to deny him the Republican nomination. The simple truth is that, of the 16 announced Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination, only Mr. Trump has the resources to run as an independent. [27 July]
Iran Deal Rejection Would Make Situation Worse -- The main foreign policy debate for the next several weeks in Washington and across America is the Iran nuke deal. Opponents of the agreement, and a minority of opponents have actually read it, say that it isn't strong enough to prevent Iran from building a fission weapon, that rejecting the deal would allow for a "better" treaty to be negotiated. What they fail to realize is that the choice right now is between this arrangement, warts and all, and no limits on Iran's atomic work while the sanctions in place are undermined by Russia and China. The status quo ante is not an option. [24 July]
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