HotAir Daily Express 09/06/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

US evacuating diplomats from Lebanon as Iran threatens embassy in Baghdad
9/6/2013 10:01:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
Physics teaches us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  That isn’t always true in diplomacy, but it’s usually dangerous to assume it won’t.  Thanks to the beating of war drums over Syria, the US has ordered the

Good news: Syria strike plans widening
9/6/2013 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, good news for Senator John McCain, anyway, who’s been agitating for Congress to give Barack Obama a much freer hand for intervention in Syria.  The Jerusalem Post picks up on an ABC News report that the strikes won’t simply be

Jobs report: 169,000 jobs added, 7.3% jobless rate
9/6/2013 8:36:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
The August jobs report from BLS offers yet another installment on the four-year stagnation period after the Great Recession.  The US economy added 169,000 jobs, just above the 150,000 needed to keep pace with population growth.  The U-3 jobless rate

Wolfowitz: Syria isn’t Iraq 2003, it’s Iraq 1991
9/6/2013 8:01:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Joe Scarborough accused Howard Dean of sounding just like Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the 2003 Iraq War.  Why accept a pale imitation when we can have the genuine article?  Eli Lake interviewed Wolfowitz, now at the American

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Quotes of the day
9/5/2013 10:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
Sen. John McCain, whose endorsement of President Barack Obama’s plan to launch military strikes against Syria provided the president a key Republican backer, faced vocal opponents of military action during a town hall in Arizona

EPA employee to plead guilty of stealing $900,000 from the government, and other scandals
9/5/2013 9:21:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of exciting plans for wide-ranging and economy-impeding environmental regulations coming down the pipeline, but at least we can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that particularly zealous and independent

Energy companies preparing for life without the Keystone XL pipeline
9/5/2013 8:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has managed to dither and delay to a truly amazing degree on the still-pending approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the TransCanada project that was supposed to transport upwards of 800,000 barrels of heavy crude a day from

Kerry on Syrian rebels’ brutality: It’ll get worse if we don’t intervene
9/5/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Drudge has been killing the White House all day by spotlighting that harrowing NYT story about the rebels that Ed blogged this morning, and now here’s Kerry’s response. If you’re worried about Al Qaeda and its jihadi partners like

America likely to endure Obama address on Syria soon
9/5/2013 7:21:03 PM  Allahpundit
Everyone suffers during wartime. Given the “success” his speeches have had in boosting ObamaCare’s popularity, this should pretty well finish off the “bomb Syria” movement. President Obama is considering a high-profile

New Snowden revelation: In case you hadn’t already guessed, the NSA can crack most of your encrypted data too
9/5/2013 6:41:06 PM  Allahpundit
Can something qualify as bombshell news if everyone already assumed it was true without quite knowing for a fact that it is? By that standard, it’ll be a page one splash if/when Israel finally confirms that it has nuclear weapons. Ahem: N.S.A.

Video: The freaky deaky Chilean LG ad prank
9/5/2013 6:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, via Gizmodo. It’s natural to be skeptical that the reactions here are legit, but check out the bearded guy at around 1:48. He seems pissed, genuinely. And rightly so. Is this a popular genre of comedy in South America, by the

John Kerry 1971: The U.S. must beware of foreign intervention for moralistic reasons
9/5/2013 5:21:13 PM  Allahpundit
A little morsel from the “Firing Line” archives that’s making the rounds on Twitter. Skip to 3:51 for the key bit. Quote: It gets us into a sort of messianic enterprise whereby we have this impression that somehow we can go out and

Reuters: ObamaCare exchanges still plagued by technical glitches
9/5/2013 4:41:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s never been a secret that the creation and implementation of the health insurance “exchanges” in the ObamaCare legislation was going to be a task of herculean magnitude, and the clock is ticking with less than a month to go until

James Carville: What’s really freaking people out about Syria is Bush’s incompetence on Iraq
9/5/2013 4:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, he says this with a tinge of resentment, as though it’s unfair to hold Bush’s mistakes against the Unicorn Prince. And now I’m wondering if maybe I’ve misunderstood the anti-war crowd for all these years. Their view of

McKeon: I urged Obama to make the case for Syria directly to the American people. He didn’t much like that.
9/5/2013 3:21:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Here’s a little more context for you on President Obama’s bizarre and reality-belying “I didn’t set the red line, the world set the red line” comment yesterday. After Tuesday’s meeting at the White House with members

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
9/5/2013 2:49:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

Factory orders drop 2.4% in July, layoffs up in August
9/5/2013 2:41:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
As we wait for tomorrow’s BLS report on jobs numbers for August, we have a few more data points to collect.  The ADP report on private-sector job growth this morning provided a narrow miss on a mediocre target, but another look at layoffs shows a

Obama, Putin meeting on Syria at G-20 summit?
9/5/2013 2:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
After Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, Barack Obama canceled a Moscow summit meeting with Vladimir Putin, choosing to visit Stockholm instead on the eve of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg. After a friendly greeting on Obama’s arrival,

Get excited for more “farm bill” drama, coming soon to Congress
9/5/2013 1:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this summer, we watched the unexpectedly high-drama saga of the “farm bill” play out in Congress, and when lawmakers reconvene next week, it’s going to be a major action item that the leadership will want to wrap up before the

Pelosi: I don’t know if Obama can get a majority of House Democrats to support a Syria attack
9/5/2013 12:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
With every new whip count I see, I’m more confident that the Senate will spare O the humiliation of a House landslide by killing the Syria resolution itself. At last check, WaPo has the House at 19 likely yays versus 178 likely nays; Adrian Gray

The credibility crisis can’t be solved with Tomahawk missiles
9/5/2013 12:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration has stumbled from one credibility crisis to the next on Syria, and now wants Congress to rescue Barack Obama from himself.  Obama declares that the stated policy of the United States toward Syria is regime change, then dithers on

If Congress won’t punish Obama for defying it on Syria, they should refuse to vote
9/5/2013 11:21:33 AM  Allahpundit
A thought while we wait for the next breathless whip count from the House: What’s the point of voting on Syria if O’s free to disregard the result? Congress isn’t an advisory body like the National Security Council. They’re an

Russia releases 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for March chemical attack
9/5/2013 10:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Russia claims that it has definitive evidence linking a chemical-weapons attack in Syria to rebels and not the Syrian army.  In a 100-page report sent in July to the United Nations but announced last night, Russia claims that an inspection conducted by