Despite last week’s gobsmacking events, the show goes on…
After praising the killing of U.S. Ambassador Stevens, Al-Qaida’s “branch” in Yemen has called for more attacks to “expel American embassies from Muslim nations”.
Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in Syria and the Middle East, calling on the Christians— who make up less than ten percent of the population —to be peacemakers and “do their part to end the grim trail of death and destruction”.
U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta told reporters that the protests will continue but the violence is leveling off while his plane was taking off en route to Asia—his third trip to China and Japan in 11 months, this time with New Zealand added to the itinerary.
Panetta will be urging China and Japan to find a peaceful way to resolve the territorial disputes over uninhabited islands in the “Asia-Pacific region” that resulted in weekend violent protests against Japan across China.
Although the U.S. does not take a position with regard to the disputed lands, Panetta is concerned provocations like these “may raise the possibility that a misjudgment on one side or the other could result in violence and could result in conflict and that conflict would then, you know, have the potential of expanding” and “spark provocations and result in violence that could involve other nations, such as the United States.
Japan has controlled the uninhabited islands (“Diaoyu” in Chinese, “Senkaku” in Japanese) for decades and recently bought them from their private owners. China’s view that this is affront to its claim for “Diaoyu” and is proof of Japan’s “refusal” to negotiate over them led to the violence and protesting.
China’s also involved in territorial battles with its other “neighbors” as are Japan and South Korea.
“We’re going to face more of this,” Panetta said. “The countries are searching for resources, there (are) going to be questions raised as to who has jurisdiction over these areas.”
Obama took care of business, calling Prime Minister Netanyahu and Presidents Hadi, Magariaf, Morsi and Karzai; sending the requisite “Dear Mr. Speaker, Dear Mr. President” letter regarding the War Powers Resolution Report for Libya as well as the letter regarding the Sequestration Transparency Act; and submitting a passel of nominations for key administration posts to the Senate.
The Sequestration Transparency Act letter was short and to the point: “Pursuant to section 2 of the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-155), I am providing a report prepared by the Office of Management and Budget on the sequestration required to be ordered by paragraphs (7)(A) and (8) of section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901a) for Fiscal Year 2013 on January 2, 2013.” Signed “Sincerely, BARACK OBAMA”.
His name in all caps? Really?
But I digress…
Despite a week he will never forget, the President also managed to send a list of “Nominations” of his minions for this, that, and the other, to the Senate.
Governor O’Malley made the list twice:
“Martin O’Malley, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for the remainder of the term expiring November 5, 2012, vice Joe Manchin III.” (No need to email me about the “vice Joe Manchin III” part. It’s a direct quote.)
“Martin O’Malley, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for a term expiring November 5, 2018. (Reappointment)”
You can bet this won’t be as good as it gets for MOM if Obama be re-elected and that show goes on.
June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is www.friendsofronsmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.