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From Monday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On Vice President Biden stating that he is “extremely optimistic” about a resolution to the political stalemate in Iraq:

His optimism is a little bit hard to credit. There are ongoing security problems. We are leaving, which weakens our hand when we’re trying to involve ourselves in these negotiations. Remember, Obama handed over the job of working out Iraq to his vice president, so that in and of itself was a lowering of the priority. In the Bush years it was the president’s job.

Biden went over there, and according to Maliki’s spokesman and Allawi’s spokesman, he made no suggestions on how this ought to work. We know our objective is to get a coalition of Allawi, who got the most votes, and Maliki, who’s in charge of the government now. That will be a grand coalition that would serve us well.

But that hasn’t happened now, in what’ll soon be half a year. And Biden himself said that he’s hoping that these negotiations will be done by the end of summer. We’re two weeks in the summer — that’s [nearly] three months away — and instability is increasing, and we’re going to be leaving, it’s not a good recipe at all.

On NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s interview with Al Jazeera in which he said that President Obama’s “perhaps foremost” priority for NASA was “to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and math and engineering”:

This is a new height in fatuousness. NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there. This idea of “to feel good about their past scientific achievements” – it’s the worst combination of group-therapy psychobabble, imperial condescension, and adolescent diplomacy.

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