Syria, Where Obama’s Problems Began, by Taylor Marsh
President Obama’s changing mind on Syria and the red line he was correct in laying down continues to haunt his foreign policy effectiveness. The failure on Syria and the message it sent about America’s willingness to engage where only we can lead remains the root of all of the noise the White House is hearing about Putin today.
Anne Marie Slaughter has pegged President Obama’s current foreign policy problems. It’s not just about Putin. It’s about Syria.
Everything depends on the NextGen becoming activists for Mother Earth.
If only religious conservatives cared about planet Earth as much as they do Easter celebrations.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Expecting First Child, by Taylor Marsh
Bill Clinton tweeted his pleasure to be a “grandfather-to-be.”
The first hint of what is now manifesting came through Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, which included a technological retooling of the agency that had never been done before. Contrast the dismantling of State through budgetary lowering and foreign policy geared only to intervention in the Bush-Cheney era to HRC’s tenure. The difference is between HRC’s smart power versus GOP full military reliance as the only option, diplomacy completely discounted.
At State, HRC empowered younger aides to bold action, which the book HRC revealed in depth. This included the intervention of her staff in the Twitter update during Iran’s Green revolution, which came even as President Obama and the administration had a policy of non-engagement. Mother Jones offers more reporting, following the terrific book HRC.
Top graphic from Texts from Hillary
Do women get treated differently in Washington, D.C.?, asked Jon Stewart.
Senator Elizabeth Warren answers Jon Stewart’s question, with Erick Erickson proving the point.
“She’s going to be old!” Erickson noted. “I don’t know how far back they can pull her face!” he added. “Can I say that on the air? I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t,” Erickson continued. “You know what I mean, though!” he added.
Keystone XL Pipeline Delay Absolutely Political, by Taylor Marsh
THE NOTION that President Obama once again delaying the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t political doesn’t pass the smell test. Democratic activists and potential progressive voters in the midterm would be furious if President Obama okayed the Keystone XL.
On “Morning Joe,” Scarborough and Mark Halperin offered the conservative line on Keystone XL, which is jobs. They’ve evidently not looked at the fine print or the facts.
Religious patriarchal leader accused of unspeakable crimes that reveals the Quiverfull movement, which is best known through TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting.
Phillips’s patriarchal movement teaches that men are, and should be, in the absolute control of women. Patriarchy considers women to primarily exist for the purposes of producing children, caring for the men, and rearing the children.
Females in the patriarchal movement are discouraged from attaining higher education of any kind and are told that their sole purpose is to marry a man within the movement to meet the purposes described above. In other words, women within this movement are perceived to exist only for the end-goals communicated by the male leaders that perceive themselves as the “patriarchs” of this world.
While Ms. Torres would have felt compelled to submit to Douglas Phillips, the purity culture would have meant at the same time, her submission made her “damaged goods” in her eyes, the eyes of her family, and her community—raising the cost for her to come forward to call him to account. She was, in fact, in a “no-win” situation.
What does it all mean, if anything?