There were a number of things I wanted to mention this month, but it's been a little hectic. Anyway:
Obama acts on immigration
ICE is the largest government agency, and an extraordinary bureaucracy. Its administrators and agents already have ignored more than a few clear "guidances" from the White House. Who says they'll follow orders this time. To wit, Obama has been saying for over a year that he only wants "criminals" deported, to which ICE responded by deporting any "criminal" they caught whose only crime was entering the country illegally.
Bibi and the "Jewish State"
Isn't it bad enough that we already have an "Islamic State," and to hear many on the right express it, a "Christian Nation?" Arab Israelis already have diminished status in Israel. The proposed "Jewish State" law would fully institutionalize that, along with the semi-formal apartheid that already exists.
Anybody who ever served on a Grand Jury knows that a prosecutor who makes even a minimal effort gets an indictment, because only the state's version of events is presented to the jurors. In the Michael Brown case, apparently, the local prosecutor's version was that the police can do no wrong. Robert P. McCulloch, whose whole family was wrapped up with the police force, and whose policeman father was killed by a black man when McCulloch was twelve years old, never should have had jusrisdiction. The conflicts of interest were just too great.
Chuck's problem, as anybody who was paying attention must know, was that he just wasn't part of Obama's "inner circle," a very exclusive group who have the president's ear, but have not proven themselves especially adept at giving good advice. Hegel is well out of it, but the Oval Office cabal will be with us for two more years.
Arming the Syrian "moderates"
Who's kidding whom? All the rebels are intent on overthrowing Assad first and foremost. They may even work together until he's gone, and only then get down to the business of exterminating each other.
Recip Tayyip Erdogan
The President of Turkey prefers to have Sunni extremists on his border than an independent Kurdistan. Don't look to him for help in controlling the Islamic State (or in helping to secure the rights of Turkish women.)