The latest attack ad from the Mark Pryor campaign is, well, absurd. Here's Politico's description of the 30-second spot: "Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is citing the recent scare over the Ebola virus in a new attack ad against his GOP opponent, the first mention of America’s preparedness for a possible pandemic in a 2014 political advertisement."
The spot, aimed at Rep. Tom Cotton, seizes on Cotton’s votes for budget cuts that the Pryor camp says slashed funding for “medical disaster and emergency programs.”
“Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola,” a male narrator says ominously, after a series of news clips about the spread of the disease through Africa.
Does Pryor believe Arkansas is Africa? Does he actually think Arkansans relate to ebola? And that they're fearful of a coming epidemic?
It's easy to imagine a rebuttal from Cotton: Just state all that Pryor and his party have done to open the border to anyone, including people with dangerous infectious diseases. That might pretty much settle the issue for Arkansas voters
But, on the other hand, the Cotton camp is probably so gleeful Pryor's gone up with this absurd attack ad that they might just sit back and enjoy the Saturday Night Live-like show.
What to do about cyber attacks from state actors and their surrogates? For the State Department and DHS it would seem that the answer is now the courts and international negotiation. Hints of this came recently with the indictment of 5 Chinese military personnel for hacking. An utterly futile gesture as the Chinese are not about to extradite the 5 to stand trial, it bespeaks reliance on legal remedies that are, at best, only a matter of public shaming. Now, however, there is new evidence regarding the U.S. intent to negotiate on cyber with state actors like China, Russia, and Iran.
In an interview that will air tonight, Hillary Clinton will tell Diane Sawyer that the Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead is "more of a reason to run" for president of the United States.
Two former CIA officials who fought in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were asked to sign additional nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) more than six months after those attacks. The two officials, who will testify Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were presented the nondisclosure agreements during a memorial service in May at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, honoring Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the CIA-affiliated personnel who died during those attacks.
Even as United Nations personnel are in Syria trying to investigate chemical weapons claims that have further exacerbated that country's bloody civil war, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was incongruously tasked with the celebration of the centennial of the Peace Palace in The Hague.