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Eugene Robinson argues that Gates' arrest was about class tensions too, while Frank Gaffney is still troubled by Sotomayor's transnational legal bent. Plus: The WSJ applauds Biden's latest "gaffe."

Aluf Benn, the editor at large at Israeli newspaper Haaretz, complains that President Obama hasn't given Israelis the time of day. "All they see," he writes in the New York Times, "is American pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze settlements, a request that's been interpreted here as political arm-twisting meant to please the Arab street at Israel's expense -- or simply to express the president's dislike for Mr. Netanyahu."

"The president thankfully has begun (at the recent convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to attack the underpinnings of an attitude that still reigns in much of the black community: that failure is someone else's fault," observes Cal Thomas. "Black people who have succeeded by playing according to race-neutral rules are testimony to the lie behind that claim."

 

"If race were the only issue, there would be much less hyperventilation about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s unpleasant run-in with the criminal justice system," Eugene Robinson surmises. "The debate -- really more of a shouting match -- is also about power and entitlement."

The Washington Times calls House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., disingenuous for saying that a new health care bill willl put "a cap on your [health care] costs, but no cap on your benefit."

"Almost eight years after the alarming lessons of 9/11, the Senate Intelligence Committee finds the nation's spy agencies mumbling more than mastering the languages of the nation's adversaries," the New York Times complains, pointing to a report that says American spooks' capability in "Pashto, Dari or Urdu remains essentially nonexistent."

 

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is troubled by Judge Sonia Sotomayor's interest in "transnational jurisprudence" and her previous statement that "unless American courts are more open to discussing the ideas raised by foreign cases, and by international cases, that we are going to lose influence in the world."

David Brooks wanders into the realm of science fiction to celebrate the "power of our posterity. We rely on this strong, invisible and unacknowledged force -- these millions of unborn people we will never meet but who give us the gift of our way of life."

Anne Applebaum deconstructs Tina Brown's jab that "it's time for Barack Obama to let Hillary Clinton take off her burqa", pointing out that the secretary of State's job has always been ill defined.

William McGurn argues that New Jersey's corruption woes are systemic because too much local government increases chances for bribery.

 

The Wall Street Journal agrees with Vice President Biden's assessment that "we vastly underestimate the hand that we hold" in U.S.-Russian relations, and wonders why Obama is making so many concessions to Moscow.

Richard Cohen celebrates the fact that he hasn't had an exclusive interview with Obama.

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