Security desk: Bolton’s Case for Hunting Witches
Hearkening again to the Red Scare of the 1950s is normally meant as “a cautionary machine,” observes Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, however National Security Adviser John Bolton is citing it to explain the “must be vigilant” in opposition to Russian infiltration, which he likens to the type of overseas affect the Soviet Union as soon as tried. Yet President Trump, Lake notes paradoxically, “typically sounds just like the reds the FBI hunted” again then: He calls Robert Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt” and “expresses his need to achieve an lodging with Moscow.” Moreover, “there’s additionally the hazard that demagogues can exploit a nationwide obsession with overseas affect to hurt harmless folks and finally discredit the reason for countering Moscow’s predations. That’s what occurred throughout the Red Scare.”
Media critic: Columnist’s Double Standard on Old Tweets
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens “effusively praised ABC when it fired Roseanne Barr for a single tweet,” notes The Federalist’s Sean Davis. But he says new colleague Sarah Jeong “deserves a complete lot of grace and a second probability,” regardless of her “mountain of racist tweets.” Stephens declared that Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett “wasn’t the odd needle within the haystack. It was the final straw” and “a slur.” Yet Jeong was employed after a number of years’ price of “blatant racism and misandry.” So since Stephens argues that “the totality of 1’s work over years” ought to resolve whether or not that particular person deserves a public platform, he should favor her speedy firing, proper? Wrong, says Davis: He merely “created a model new customary for his new co-worker,” counseling “warning and circumspection” — and denouncing the identical “social-media furies” he’d joined when it got here to Barr.
Foreign desk: Pompeo Succeeds Where Tillerson Failed
The Washington Post’s David Ignatius reviews that morale on the State Department below Secretary Mike Pompeo “has improved from the rock-bottom stage it reached along with his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.” Pompeo has made quiet diplomacy “an working precept,” performing most frequently as “a secret presidential envoy.” And, in contrast to Tillerson, “he’s in a position to communicate authoritatively (largely in personal) for the president.” Moreover, he’s championed “profession officers who have been initially skeptical of him.” And he’s used his political clout to maneuver forward with appointments to key positions left unfilled by Tillerson. Maybe as a result of he shares Trump’s “big-guy” persona, “Pompeo has been the uncommon subordinate who stays near the president, however not so shut he will get burned.”
Liberal take: Don’t Be Misled By Left’s Primary Losses
The defeat Tuesday of a number of Democratic major candidates backed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prompted some pundits to instantly proclaim socialism lifeless and buried. But The Week’s Ryan Cooper declares these postmortems “past untimely” and “clearly wishful pondering.” In reality, he provides, “that is solely the start”: The left “stays well-positioned to proceed step by step chipping away at centrist Democrats, in addition to turning centrists to the left.” Because “virtually all of the coverage debates taking place within the Democratic Party are over leftist concepts.” And many institution Dems are busy “repositioning themselves” — endorsing, for instance, Sanders’ Medicare-for-All invoice. He notes that pundits equally declared the tip of conservatism after Barry Goldwater’s 1964 defeat. Sixteen years later, conservative hero Ronald Reagan was elected president.
From the appropriate: Why the Media Silence Over Di-Fi’s Spy?
Politico and the San Francisco Examiner have led the best way in reporting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — who’s lengthy lobbied for China’s pursuits — was compromised for over a decade by a staffer with connections to Beijing’s spying. But that has Becket Adams on the Washington Examiner asking “why this story hasn’t gotten wall-to-wall protection.” At the time the staffer’s ties have been uncovered 5 years in the past, Feinstein chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. No fees have been filed (although he was pressured to retire), as a result of the FBI concluded he by no means divulged “something of substance” to Chinese officers to whom he reported. Yet you’d assume that “with the media’s intense concern about overseas affect in US politics,” the Feinstein story “would get a bit extra traction in newsrooms.” But “some infiltration is extra critical than others, apparently.”
— Compiled by Eric Fettmann
Original article https://nypost.com/2018/08/10/dont-be-misled-by-the-lefts-primary-losses-and-other-commentary/