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The transcript of my conversation with Gabriel Schoenfeld from yesterday’s program is here. His book, Necessary Secrets, needs to be read widely. Powerline’s Scott Johnson has a review of the book is here.

The best word for Schoenfeld’s work is “balanced.” He isn’t calling the New York Times’ reporters and editor who compromised American national security treasonous, but he has proven that their acts did indeed endanger America. He doesn’t want the American press shackled, but he does want it to return to responsibility in this era of war and terror.

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President George Orwell Obama, and New Books from McCarthy and Schoenfeld

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Jake Tapper is reporting that ” there won’t be any daylight between the US and Israel in the aftermath of the incident on the flotilla yesterday, which resulted in the deaths of 10 activists.”

This after a Security Council resolution condemning Israel. The White House’s absurd spin is that the resolution could only have gotten worse with time. What, was the U.S. veto authority on the clock?

The U.S. had no excuse to join in that resolution, but the president’s reflexive, anti-Israel bias allowed the U.S. to join the other Security Council members in condemning Israel’s right to maintain the blockade. Asnew details emerge on the group behind the provocation, the criticism of the president’s decision should increase, not decline.

Has the United States ever –since the founding of the State of Israel– joined in a resolution condemning Israel within one day of the incident giving rise to the resolution? How often has the United States condemned Israel at all using this forum and this means? I’d like any pointer to a comprehensive source on this.

I will discuss on today’s show with Michael Barone, Mike Allen, John McIntyre, Andrew McCarthy and Gabriel Schoenfeld.

McCarthy and Schoenfeld both have important new books out that should be read widely and across the entire political spectrum.

McCarthy’s is The Grand Jihand: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.

The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

Schoenfeld’s is Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media and the Rule of Law

Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

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“”We could have built 10 miles of sand boom already.” LA Governor Jindal

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Time has a story on Presidnet Obama’s refusal to allow Louisiana officials to proceed with plans to dredge sand to build berms to keep the oil from getting to beaches and wetlands.

This is the same subject as my Washinton Examiner column, and hopefully MSM will increase the focus on one of the key failures of Team Obama’s response to the massive Gulf spill.

“The federal government may not be able to stop the leak,” theTimes-Picayune editorialized this morning, “but it can and should take charge of keeping oil from reaching our shores.”

That would require Team Obama to start doing the obvious, but there is no sign that action will replace words any time soon.

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Why Didn’t Obama Order Veto Of U.N. Security Council Resolution Condeming Israel?

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The president’s hostility to Israel flared again yesterday, with his concurrence in a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.

There is simply no way the United States or the other members of the Council are in a position to know what happened with sufficient detail to allow for such a resolution except for reflexive anti-Israeli sentiment. Peter Beinart can proclaim with certainty that the guilt lies with Israel’s leaders and Israel’s U.S. supporters, and there are plenty of voices inside Israel blasting the decision to stop the convoy.

But it is the job of the United States to prevent the Security Council from becoming just another “bash Israel” forum and make sure that all of the facts are known and that Israel –our most reliable ally in the region and the front line against the mullahs in Iran and their operatives in Lebanon and Gaza– is not unfairly pummeled with the aftermath of an intentional provocation that ought not to have occurred in the first place given the embargo. Israel’s response is just beginning to emerge, but already the U.S. has joined with the usual enemies of Israel to denounce the country.

How would the U.S. respond to an overland convoy of aid material to the heart of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan that is intended for the benefit of the forces carrying out war against the government of Afghanistan and their U.S. and western allies? Would Beinart urge that we allow such convoys to simply enter the area? If the convoy refused to stop at checkpoints, would he shrug his shoulders and say fine?

Beinart says the embargo of Gaza isn’t working. But there are far fewer rockets falling on Israel today than there were before the Gaza incursion last year. There are still occasional attacks and fatalities, so there is no basis for claiming that Hamas has reformed or is evolving into something other than a terrorist organization.

Of course the world would prefer that Israel be able to interdict resupply of terrorists without loss of life, and the ship should have gone to the Israeli port for inspection. It is a complicated, dangerous situation.

But President Obama advances resolution of the situation not one inch by joining in the pounding of Israel. The unprecedented level of hostility to Israel from an American Administration continues, and Israel and its supporters must recognize that President Obama is not a reliable supporter when the going gets very tough indeed.

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