"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute."
- Robert Goodloe Harper, 1798
"Thank you, Vladimir, may I have another?"
- President Barack Obama, 2016
In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "How Clinton Could Knock Trump Out," Thomas Friedman tells us:
"There are a lot of center-right, business Republicans today feeling orphaned by Trump. They can’t vote for him — but a lot of them still claim they can’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary, either. Clinton should be reaching out to them with a real pro-growth, start-up, deregulation, entrepreneurship agenda and give them a positive reason to vote for her."
A scintillating thought were it not for the fact that Hillary already went on record as saying:
"And don't let anybody, don’t let anybody tell you, that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs."
Go back to sleep, Tom.
In other news, we have The Washington Post telling us today in an editorial entitled "Stop trusting Putin on Syria":
"Time and again, the secretary has declared that Russia must deliver or suffer consequences, such as a U.S. 'Plan B' for Syria. Each time, Moscow has disregarded the jawboning — and Mr. Kerry has responded not with consequences but with new appeals for cooperation and more U.S. concessions. On Monday, he said, 'We will see in the course of the next hours, few days, whether or not that dynamic' with Russia 'can be changed.' But then, he spoke nearly the same words six months ago."
Meanwhile, in a Wall Street Journal article entitled "U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed " by Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, we learn:
"The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said."
According to the article, US officials are claiming this wasn't a ransom payment. Yeah, right.