FROM Jenny Beth Martin
Pragmatism and Principle Are Dividing the GOP Ronald Reagan's advice to party colleagues was, "never speak ill of another Republican." But " the Civil War has begun ," according to conservative David Bossie of Citizens United, blogging this week on Breitbart.com — and referring to a Republican Party now sharply divided after failing to take the White House last year and over how to capture the Senate in next year's elections. Karl Rove has promised big money to oppose GOP primary candidates he calls "unelectable" because they're too extreme to beat Democrats. That's caused a Tea Party backlash against a "Washington establishment" accused of clinging to power by compromising on principle. We hear about a party divided on many issues, and on how to capture the Senate in next year's elections.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?