Friday :: Feb 17, 2006

Quick Hits - China Rushes To Undermine Any Iran Sanctions


by Steve

A couple of updates today:

First, Steve Clemons does a great job pointing out that, despite Cheney’s claim to Brit Hume Wednesday that he had some authority to declassify national security information as he saw fit, the Executive Order Cheney referenced in fact carries no such authority for the VP.

China is preempting any possible UN sanctions against Iran by rushing to close an exclusive oil deal with them in advance of any effort by the Bush Administration to have the Security Council impose sanctions. Is there any better example of how impotent Condi and Bush are in dealing with China than this?

Considering the steady stream of problems that have plagued this administration, which ones seem to have the most traction? Well, according to a just-released poll from WNBC/Marist, of the four controversies surrounding the White House, the administration’s response to Katrina worries 66% of respondents a “great deal” or a “good amount.” The next two in order: both the NSA spying mess and the Scooter Libby indictment worry 50% of registered voters. Oh, and the same poll says that Bush is down again to only 40% approval.

Survey USA says that Bush’s net approval rating is positive or at zero in only 10 of the 50 states.

Bush spoke before another handpicked Stepford audience in Florida today, and said nothing of consequence.

And it should come as no surprise to you that the Bush Administration has joined in the defense of Tom DeLay’s mid-decade gerrymandering of the Texas congressional map from several appeals that will be heard in front of the Supreme Court next month.

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