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Morning Briefing for May 5, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For May 5, 2011

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1. The Palin Foreign Policy Doctrine

In light of Obama’s morally indefensible and dyslexic policies regarding Egypt, Iran, Israel, Libya, and Syria, it is important that our eventual presidential nominee articulate a bold distinction in the realm of foreign policy.Conservative domestic policy doctrine is quite indubitable and lucid (except among many elected Republicans); limited government, free enterprise, protection of individual liberties, limitation of criminal liberties, secure borders, and a robust civil society. Foreign policy is more ambiguous because it is governed more by prudence than by doctrine. Even though the overarching principle of any foreign policy initiative is American exceptionalism, the murkiness of America’s security interests has long blurred the distinction between divergent foreign policies.During the Bush years, the distinction between “liberal” and “conservative” foreign policy was obfuscated even further due to President Bush’s embrace of neoconservative principles such as democratization and human rights interventions. Also, the only opposition from the right which percolated into the media was the voices of those like Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan, who believed that our involvement in the Middle East and support of Israel served as the impetus for Islamic terror.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. GOP House Intel Chair Thinks We Are No Better Than Animals

Representative Mike Rogers is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Clearly, “intelligence” is a term used very loosely, as his remarks regarding the release of Bin Laden photos make abundantly clear.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Visual Confirmation Denied. Obama Decides Against Releasing Bin Laden Photos.

These last few days have created feelings that many of us had forgotten in the 9+ years since the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks. I can’t speak for everyone, but in the winter of 2001 after the feelings of horror and anger subsided, a feeling of pride, unity, and commonality overwhelmed me for months. I was the least partisan I’d ever been in my life. For a while, I would think to myself, “Hey self, the Democrats may be bumbling idiots that want to create a socialist utopia, but they’re our bumbling idiots that want to create a socialist utopia.” Unity was on the tips of everyone’s tongues as national pride blanketed the country. Interestingly, those months following September 11th, the Bush administration made the wise choice to not squander and diminish that unity.The Obama administration seems to have no such desire to do the same having decided for Americans what level of closure they can receive in regards to the bloody end of Usama Bin Laden.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Congress to Examine “Inappropriate” and “Devastating” Use of “Geronimo” Codename in bin Laden Mission

As if Congress had nothing more important to do, ABC News brings us word that Congress will hold hearings on the use of the code name Geronimo as a reference to Osama Bin Laden.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Spike The Ball – Hard!

When Barack Obama won election as President of The United States, he spent over $100 million on his inaugural bacchanalia. When he negotiated a contentious issue with Senator John Cornyn of Texas, his logical gravamen was “I won, and I will trump you on that!” Now, after shooting Osama Bin Ladin, he has an aversion to spiking the football. He has decided not to release the death photos of OBL in order to avoid inciting Muslim anger.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Boeing vs. Union-Controlled NLRB Heats Up

Following the union-controlled NLRB’s attack on complaint against the Boeing Company’s decision to open second 787 plant in South Carolina, politicians, pundits and free-market advocates have all criticized the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel actions as an example of government overreach on behalf of union bosses.In the nearly two weeks since the actions of the NLRB broke in the news, with the exception of a press release vowing to vigorously fight the NLRB’s “legally frivolous” complaint, the company has been fairly quiet.On Tuesday, the Boeing Company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, J. Michael Luttig, sent the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon a strongly worded letter.Please click here for the rest of the post.