The Obama administration’s determination to stay clear of the civil war in Syria, understandable but dangerous, is a tale of red lines drawn and then ignored as if they had never been drawn. President Obama’s brave talk followed by nothing much threatens to lead to an implosion of the region.
There’s no better day to wave the American flag than on the nation’s birthday. But as the United States turns 239, the usual flotsam blowing in the wind urge fellow malcontents to burn it instead. Rather than honor the blood, sweat and tears of forebears, metaphorical if not actual, who set out to build “a more perfect union” in the wilderness, the flotsam trash the past and repudiate their debt to history.
There’s wide agreement that China is America’s No. 1 foreign concern. But there’s never been such a difference of opinion among China hands about what’s happening in China, and what if anything the United States could and should do about it.
Maybe common sense isn’t quite graveyard dead after all. Following a week in which it altered the clear legislative meaning of Obamacare and redefined marriage to suit the whims of the 3.8 percent, further damaging the Constitution twice, the Supreme Court showed on Monday that maybe it understands there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
We can add cybersecurity to the list of things Washington can’t seem to handle. Given the enormous dimensions of recent data breaches suffered by keepers of federal employee records, it’s apparent that the government’s barriers to hackers are about as airtight as a screen door would be on a submarine. Americans working for the government shouldn’t have to worry that their personal information is scrutinized by their counterparts in Beijing. Trust is a two-way street, and a government that compromises the privacy of its own hardly deserves trust.