Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple
◆ Tillerson, Mattis turn up the heat on Iran. Says it is still sponsoring terrorism throughout the Middle East (Washington Post)
But they do not want to overturn the nuclear agreement. They see cheating at the margins but not full-frontal violations
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis slammed Iran as a destabilizing influence, particularly in Yemen, during a visit to Saudi Arabia. “Everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Mattis told reporters.
This week, the Trump administration said it will undertake a comprehensive, 90-day review to judge whether lifting sanctions on Iran serves U.S. interests. So expect to hear more about this topic in the coming months.
In the meantime, amid all the criticism, here’s a development worth noting: Iran has met all of its commitments under the nuclear deal so far, the administration officially told Congress this week. –Washington Post
◆ The sheer fun of reading a slash-and-burn column. Not good as a steady diet, but, like cheese cake, great fun as an occasional treat.
Here’s Howie Carr’s take-down of Elizabeth Warren and her new book. The succession of nicknames alone is worth the read, and so is his parody of what she claims is her favorite curse word: poop. Really. That, she claims, is a f*^king curse word. (My own is “drat.”) Howie’s column is here. (Boston Herald)
This is a rough week for Chief Spreading Bull to be starting her tour of the trustafarian gated communities and alt-left fake-news media that are her main, make that only, constituencies. The authors of the Hillary campaign post-mortem, “Shattered,” are also making the green-room rounds. Ditto Bernie Sanders and the DNC’s Dumb and Dumber — Tom Perez and Keith Ellison.
That’s a lot of poop for the non-working classes to be wading through, but nevertheless, she will persist. . . .
“Trump slammed back at me repeatedly,” she says on page 226, “hitting me over and over with his lame nicknames.”
Like, what, Liewatha? What kind of poop did he hit you with? Was it something about your, ahem, Native American heritage? Why no mention of that anymore? She’s still demanding that the president release his taxes. Maybe he should agree to — right about the time she puts out her employment applications to the two Ivy League law schools that hired her as a
“woman of color.” –Howie Carr
◆ Scott Walker continues policies opposing mandatory unions, this time on state construction projects (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Contractors won’t have to work with unions on taxpayer-funded building projects and parents will have an easier time getting an anti-seizure drug derived from marijuana, under legislation Gov. Scott Walker signed Monday.
The measure on labor agreements, which passed the Legislature on party-line votes, is the latest in a series of moves to roll back union power by Republican lawmakers in recent years. –Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Comment: Wisconsin rises, Indiana Rises, Illinois sinks, California Sinks. Notice a pattern? Local voters do.
◆ Terror and the Fresno Murders: A comment
Kori Ali Muhammad has admitted killing three people–he was caught in the act–and said he wanted to kill more “white people.”
Police has said that, although he yelled “Allahu Akbar,” his crime was based solely on race, not Islamic terror.
What he did IS terrorism, in the sense that he meant to cause terror and did.
The question is whether it is connected to the broader movement of Islamic terror, included “inspired” lone-wolf actions.
Right now, it is hard to know whether he yelled the Arabic phrase as
- A signal of black nationalism (National of Islam style),
- Pure hatred of America,
- Support for global terrorism, or
- Some other motive.
Since he has already begun talking, he might say more about his motivations. We’ll gain other information, too, as police uncover his internet search history, personal and political affiliations, and more.
As Fresno police and the FBI release their findings, we will gain a sense of how these murders are is connected to the larger Islamic terrorism issue, as well as Muhammad’s hatred of white people.
◆ Hillary campaign working to discover who leaked embarrassing info for new book, Shattered (NY Post’s Page Six)
We’re told the details in the book, which depicts the campaign as inept, “could only have come from someone in the inner circle.” Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton’s presidential campaign, has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks come from.
One source said, “The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. –NY Post
Comment: In other news, the Adlai Stevenson campaign is doing a “top-to-bottom look at why we lost and what to do next.”
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Bryan Caisse for the Howie Carr piece on Elizabeth Warren