Gail Collins in The New York Times on Romney's reaction All feelings of uneasiness about a Republican presidency returned when Romney commented on Libya. "The one big advantage to being a boring candidate is that you give the appearance of calm and stability," Collins writes. "But, suddenly, Romney seemed to want to go for a piquant mélange of dull and hotheaded."
Liz Cheney in Wall Street Journal on Obama's foreign policy Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney who served in the State Department during the Bush administration, says Obama's "appalling" reaction to yesterday's violence in Libya was unsurprising—Obama has a history of weak foreign policy. "Apologizing for America, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies and slashing our military are the hallmarks of Mr. Obama's foreign policy."
Stephen Starr in Bloomberg View on the effect of rebel violence Sometimes armed rebels who oust dictators can "become destabilizing forces who kill with impunity," and Syrians may be thinking about that as they look at Libya. Many Syrians are horrified by rebel violence, and it is causing a rift between peaceful protestors and rebels. Rebels think they're winning. "In reality, they risk losing the Syrian people, and that bodes ill for everyone."
George F. Will in The Washington Post on the Federal Reserve's role Will likes the way Esther George, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, thinks about the Fed. The Fed seems to be moving into fiscal policy, Will said recently. Interest rates can't go any lower, and adding more money to the system just causes more uncertainty. The Fed's actions have been "less monetary policy than fiscal policy, which is the business of an accountable Congress."
Mark Hertsgaard in The New York Times on the farm bill's climate impact Both Republicans and Democrats are focused on the wrong aspects of the farm bill, which expires Sept. 30. It is a de facto climate bill but is not being treated like that. "Instead of helping farmers take common-sense measures to limit their land’s vulnerability to extreme weather, the legislation would simply spend billions more on crop insurance — sticking taxpayers with the bill."