Links for 3-27-2015

  • Hillary Clinton wiped her personal email server clean and won't turn it over to a third party for forensic analysis.

  • The U.S. only had an hour's notice that Saudi Arabia was going to attack the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Houthis are still gaining territory despite Saudi airstrikes, which have been joined by the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. rescued two Saudi pilots who ejected from their F-15 over the Gulf of Aden.

  • The ex-girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz recently told her, “One day I will do something that will change the system and everyone will then know my name and remember me.” A doctor had given Lubitz a note excusing him from work the day of the Germanwings crash, but Lubitz concealed it from the airline.

  • Bowe Bergdahl's defense is that he walked to another base to report misconduct in his unit and was captured by the Taliban on the way. He left the base without his weapon. Hmmm.

  • The deal with Iran has degenerated to the point where the parties may declare the output of the negotiations a “narrative” and not bother writing it down:

    You can be an eeyore and mope over the fact that Syria’s a pile of rubble, Yemen and Libya are headed for Mad-Max-style anarchy, Iraq is now divided between Shiite death squads and a Wahhabist Fourth Reich, and the region as a whole is on the brink of all-out sectarian war backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran. Or you can put on a happy face and pretend that this piece-of-sh*t Iran deal, which is going to end up making all of the conflicts I just mentioned worse, is some sort of new Treaty of Westphalia. One minor difference between this deal and that deal, though: Westphalia was actually written down.

  • Jim Geraghty summarized Ted Cruz's brief career in George W. Bush's Federal Trade Commission:

    While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially envisioned, they demonstrated a relentless focus on repealing or preventing the passage of laws that he felt needlessly regulated the marketplace. If this early period of Cruz’s career is any guide, a Cruz presidency would feature a sustained push to roll back federal regulations, one where outcomes are measured carefully but where success may be less black-and-white than Cruz’s public comments since his election to the Senate might suggest.

  • Jeb Bush hired James Baker as a foreign policy advisor. Matthew Continetti writes that Bush is now busy disassociating himself from Baker:

    Republicans don’t have any need or desire for James Baker’s foreign policy because they’ve spent the last six years seeing it enacted by Barack Obama.

    Later:

    And if Bush can’t stand up to an 84-year-old Texas lawyer who became secretary of State the year Taylor Swift was born, how on earth is he going to stand up to Putin, Baghdadi, Khamenei, Kim, Maduro, Xi, and all the other monsters in the world?

  • Senator Harry Reid won't run for re-election in 2016. National Review re-published Kevin Williamson's profile of Reid, which is excellent.

  • The U.S. Department of Education places funding restrictions on colleges that are in financial trouble, something they call “heightened cash monitoring.” Unfortunately they refuse to disclose which schools are in this state.