The L. A. Times reports* that on April 10, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center issued an 18-page “joint special event assessment” warning that the finish line of the Boston Marathon was an “area of increased vulnerability” and that there might be “small scale bombings.”
* “Intelligence report identified vulnerability before Boston bombing,” Brian Bennett and Richard A. Serrano
“We have no interest because we have no ability to assess what is good for us regarding the future regime.”
Tzachi Hanegbi, prominent Israeli legislator, who is close to Netanyahu
Hanegbi was commenting that Israel’s airstrikes in Syria are intended to stop missile shipments from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon and are not intended to influence the ongoing Syrian civil war.
It seems to me that what’s true for Israel is also true for us — we can’t really support either side, given that Assad is a brutal dictator, but the leading rebels are Islamist extremists, some with ties to Al Qaeda. We’d certainly like Assad to go, but not with the cast of characters who seem poised to replace him.
All through the primaries, GOP voters were told that the silver lining of unlikable Mitt’s getting the nomination was that he could beat President Obama because he would appeal to moderates. The base might not like him, but the candidates they preferred couldn’t win in November.
But if Mitt deserved such moderate support he would have stood up for Ric Grenell, whom who hired as his foreign policy spokesman, but wouldn’t defend against vicious attacks simply because Grenell is gay. It doesn’t matter if Mitt’s personal beliefs are more reasonable if he won’t act on them.
If you wouldn’t vote for Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann, you shouldn’t vote for Mitt.
Whether the bat-shit wing of the party wins by nominating one of their own (Santorum, Bachmann) or by intimidating a less radical candidate (Romney), the result is the same — theywin.
The extremists own Mitt now and will throughout his term if he’s elected. He won’t want to face a primary in 2016.
Ric Grenell was the canary in Mitt’s mine of moderation. He didn’t survive.