I am a big fan of Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator from Florida, but I didn't particularly like his response to the Washington Post's article about him this past week. The Post revealed that Rubio's parents left Cuba before Castro rose to power, not afterwards (as Rubio claims on his website). Rubio claims that he based his information on the fact that his parents always said that they arrived in the US in the 50's snd that they couldn't return to Cuba because of Castro. Therefore, he called his parents "exiles". He never asked his parents what year they got to the US? He never asked if they fled Cuba because of communism or because they simply sought a better life in the US? The story sounds implausible. He should apologize to the public and hope that this story does not interfere with his expected rise in Republican politics.
Ghaddafi's end was quite fitting for the evil life that he led. Perhaps because much of his evil was purpetrated during the 70s and 80s, many have forgotten how murderous Ghaddafi was. The world is a better place without him. Some credit must go to Obama for helping the rebels to victory, although the post-victory direction of Libya is as important as as the victory itself. It will be interesting to see how Libya is governed going forward. Meanwhile, the US should tell Assad that we are prepared to send him to the same place that Saddam Hussein, Ghaddafi and Bin Laden ended up unless he puts down his weapons aginst his citizens.
Herman Cain continues to lead in the polls which wouldn't be so scary if not for two facts- 1. He is wholly unprepared to be President or to answer interviewer's questions in a coherent fashion and 2.He has not even made an effort to build a national organization. As was pointed out today on ABC, his rise has much to do with Romney than with anything Cain has done or said.
Whatever one thinks of the Shalit exchange, one could not have been filled with joy at the sight of Shalit being reunited with his family. Nevertheless the Wall Street Journal's words in its editorial should be heeded "Sooner or later, Israel will learn the name of its next Gilad Shalit. Sooner or later, too, it will learn that the better course is to give its enemies reasons to think twice before taking hostages in the first place."