Let's play CYA with your base while the world burns.

Mr. President,
Your Republican-led-congress is debating serious national issues such as whether we can burn an American flag in protest, eliminate potential gay marriages, santify our God-given right to own guns.

There is nothing more important than preventing flag burning according to Orin Hatch. while the Mideast is ready to raise the bar on violence and death. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said there was nothing the Senate could be doing that was more important than banning flag burning.

Condi is off to Afghanistan to hold Karzai's hand as he deals with increasing violence, corruption, drug trafficking and an inability to make any headway since the Taliban were removed from power. He is hanging on by his fingernails and he is feeling the pressure because he recently got into a shouting match when he charged the Pakistan envoy with allowing Taliban insurgents to gather within its borders as they seem to be ready to mount their biggest offensive in Afghanistan.
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She might as well extend her trip to Turkey to assure ambassador Nabi Sensoy and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. They are pretty pissed off because about 3,000 armed fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), had moved from northern Iraq to the Turkish border where they carry out operations inside Turkey. You were warned about the potential for oil-emboldened Kurds would cause military conflicts with Turkey. That was one of the reasons Turkey did not allow you to use their country as a point of entry into Iraq when you invaded.

She might want to save her tense meeting with Israel for last. The Israeli airplanes buzzed one of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's palaces on Wednesday. The Syrian military said they fired on the departing jets. Israel said none of their jets were fired on. This incursion into Syrian airspace was a shot a cross the bow for their support of Hamas and perhaps telling them they hold Syria responsible for the recent abduction of an Israeli soldier by the Palestinians.

So far the Israelis have bombed Gaza's power grid and turned off the water to most of the 1.3 million people and three bridges were destroyed to keep everyone in and everyone else out, they say.

The Hamas-led government has requested a prisoner swap asking for women and children to be released from Israeli prisons. Israel said hell no, so the residents of northern Gaza, are digging themselves in and bracing themselves for a long seige as they stocked up on food, candles and batteries for radios. There is no telling how long it will take before it becomes a humanitarian crisis. But don't look for the U.S. to offer any sympathy for the people from Palestine; Israel manages Washington's response like a violinist plays a fiddle.

The Mid-East fire in Iraq and Afghanistan may escalate at any moment. Israeli tanks in Gaza will accomplish one thing; it will bring the opposing parties in Palestine together to fight a common enemy Israel and perhaps the U.S. as well.

But Hatch believes the most important activity for the Senate to address is flag-burning.