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MIDEAST: Do nothing about the Islamic State

Re: “What would Republicans do about Islamic State?” (Eugene Robinson column, 6-2).

Robinson almost endorses Rand Paul’s noninterventionist foreign policy, but hesitates, indicating: “If by some chance Paul were to end up as president, he’d have to decide what to do (about the Islamic State). He hasn’t really told us what that might be.”

Why does the U.S. president have to decide what to do about the IS?

The Iranians, who are Shiite, are already throwing bombs at the Sunni group IS, as is Syrian President Assad – all of which makes it hard for the U.S. to organize the

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VACCINES: Stupidity about science abounds

Regarding the recent outbreak of measles linked to an unvaccinated idiot at Disneyland: Seriously?

During the last presidential election, we got to see the Republican Party and its minions proudly state that they do not believe in evolution or science, and now we have Chris Christie and Rand Paul espousing their belief that choosing to not vaccinate is a “freedom” issue and more about dreaded government interference.

Paul is a doctor? Good grief.

The antivaxxers like to bring up the “studies” that prove that vaccinations are harmful, ignoring the fact that science does not back them up. It has now become de rigueur to question

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POLITICS: Where are the moderates?

In recent years, I have noticed moderate Republicans, seemingly in a state of confusion, doing nothing more than deploring their own decline. In that confusion, they allowed the darlings of the far right – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Eric Cantor, Darrell Issa, to name a few – to monopolize the spotlight. Their incoherent campaign rhetoric became party doctrine, advocating everything from libertarianism to theocracy to oligarchy – apparently, democracy had lost favor.

And that is frightening, because with all those extreme ideologies comes an ugly decline of America’s middle class. Expect to see fewer safety nets for those in need, increasing obstacles to higher education, neglect

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BENGHAZI: The truth about attack still not told

Now that John Brennan has been confirmed as CIA director by the Senate, it appears we may never learn the entire truth about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, or the apparent cover-up in the aftermath. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were going to hold up the confirmation until they received more information. It didn’t happen.

Neither former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or Brennan provided much information. The Democrats spent their congressional time with Clinton praising her work at the State Department even though she had no knowledge of the lack

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POLITICS: Is third party being born?

I noticed the newly anointed savior of Republican compatibility, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. And, in my estimation, he’s a good choice – Hispanic, seemingly moderate on most issues and not an obvious puppet of big money.

But whatever policies he puts forward, however smooth his delivery and regardless of the tempting morsels he tosses to the tea party, in my opinion the GOP will remain divided. Estimates are that 15 to 20 percent of his Republican audience will represent the more libertarian tea party and they’re

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ISRAEL: Dangers of pre-emptive attack on Iran

Charles Krauthammer discusses possible Israeli pre-emptive war with Iran (column, 8-24) without mentioning Israel’s nuclear stockpile estimated (in a national publication) at 75 or more warheads.

If Israel launches a conventional bombing strike at Iran, there are three possible outcomes:

• Most Israeli planes are downed, with limited damage to Iran’s nuclear facilities, some of which are constructed underground.

• Damage by airstrike is considerable, in which case Iran might chance a counterattack, knowing that Israel might escalate to a nuclear strike or the United States might intervene militarily.

• Damage of the initial airstrike is considerable, but Iran

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SPENDING: Conservatives already backing down

Two weeks since the election and “conservatives” are already backing down on spending and debt.

Those terrible, terrible earmarks that the GOP and Karl Rove railed at Patty Murray are now too “complicated” to cut, according to Mitch McConnell.

Rand Paul, Mr. Stop Spending himself, is now saying he will go after Kentucky’s fair share of earmarks. You have to hand it to Rand, though; he is going to cast a showcase vote against raising the debt ceiling (knowing he will be outvoted). At the same time, he is going to vote for the tax cuts that will raise the

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