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piano weighing 300 pounds get to the top of the two mile long trail? well turns out it was carried up for a music video. and we leave you with some beautiful sounds and hard work from santa monica. this week on the "the journal editorial report" yemen sinks deeper into chaos as saudi arabia launches strikes against iran-backed rebels. is america's middle east retreat contributing to a full blown sunni/shiite war? and the white house continues its assault on benjamin netanyahu and could it push democratic voters towards the republican party? and he's the first out of the gate for the white house. could ted cruz deliver on his promise to reassemble the reagan coalition in 2016? >> welcome to "the journal editorial report." i'm paul gigot.
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once touted by the obama administration as a foreign policy success yemen continued its dissent into chaos this week with saudi arabia leading a ten-nation sunni coalition in the bombing of iran-backed shiite rebels there. the offensive comes after yemen's u.s. supported president fled as they closed in on the port of aidan. days after the rebels seized an air base used by american forces in the fight against al qaeda. "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan henninger and bill mcgurn join with me on this unfolding story. so, dan, this is really not just a saudi invasion, but a sunni coalition invasion. all the sunni countries in the region uniting to fight iranian proxies. are we looking at essentially a region wide sunni/shiite war? >> it looks to be building in that direction for sure. the key player, there are so many elements to what's been
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going on over here. it is hard to keep track of it. the key player is iran. iran is a shiite country. a big shiite country down in the south. most of the countries up in the north, saudi arabia egypt, are sunni. >> turkey. >> turkey. >> gulf state, emirates, pakistan. >> now they have always sort of lived in uneasiness with one another. you have a situation where the iraqis have gone into the i -- the iranians have gone into iraq to fight against islamic states with the iraqis. the iranis is aligned with bashir assad and they financed the houthis who succeeded in overthrowing the sunni government there. this puts it in an entirely new plane. the saudis have decided this constitutes a clear and present danger because it's on their
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border. >> they don't want to be surrounded by iran on the north and if the hue dids don't take over, then you have al qaeda which has used that as a base from which to stage operations not only in saudi arabia but even in the u.s. that's where the u.s. interests come in bill. we had been allied with that former government that's been ousted in fighting al qaeda there. >> right. >> so now we don't have eyes and ears on the ground as much as we did and so what are the larger american interests there? >> well, i think president obama has even said before that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is the group most likely to attack us. >> i think most people -- intelligence services believe that. >> and he's done what he usually does. we have had a lot of behind the scenes kind of things, the cia drone operations. >> right. >> so people think that the president's policy there is incoherent. i don't think it is.
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i think it's wrong, but it's very coherent. >> how so, what do you think? >> what i mean he's always said his policies about bringing people back, no u.s. combat troops. every speech he gives on every action that he's doing is about no combat troops. so this is what he does. he does little behind the scene things but his primary thing is no combat troops. and getting the guys out of gitmo. >> the light footprint. so -- >> add up to small things and behind the scenes but that's his tactical sort of priority. >> but the main goal, president obama's foreign policy i think he's been overt about it is to withdraw from the region. not entirely, but, you know, we don't want a major role. let them sort it out. >> one exception. >> which is? >> the iran nuclear deal. >> the iran nuclear deal. but even that's speeding to iran a certain amount of nuclear programs. >> right. >> and saying look, we can handle wit the arms control agreement and we don't have to
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do anything active about it. >> i think the problem is that this is the middle east and by with essentially withdrawing he has created a vacuum that's allowed these -- as president al sissi said, it's allowing a vacuum. i think the policy increasingly indefensible while the rest of this going on. >> that's why. >> it's because we have supported the saudis as they were invading yemen. we gave them air support. they were going in to yemen to take on the houthis supported by the iranians. we're on the opposite side of the iranians but trying to do a nuclear deal with them. >> but the saudis don't trust us. the president said i'll do a nuclear deal with iran, and that will calm everybody down. the turks, the egyptians they think the opposite. in fact this deal is moving in such a way that what's going to
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happen is you'll make it easier for iran to get a bomb. at the time of its -- >> right. >> so saudis are saying we can't trust you, america. you have abandoned us so we'll do what we have to do to defend ourselves and it might be in yemen or probably it's going to be getting a bomb -- a nuclear bomb itself. >> right. that's why with what the president is doing is bringing about the things that you would think he doesn't want. nuclear proliferation in 2 region. and the likelihood that we have to go back in against the stronger enemy. it's kind of like the syrian civil war, its can get messier with no clear winner right away. a lot of people getting killed and a lot more instability. >> that's right. i think a lot of people said let's stay out of syria. the president did, what happened is it became -- it began to nurture the islamic state which took over half of iraq, which now is getting recruits all over the world and threatens europe and the united states. briefly, dan? >> that's the important point.
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a lot of people just think let them kill each other, we have no stake there. these are sen trif cal forces, they won't contain themselves and they'll go into europe. >> president obama wanted to leave the middle east, the middle east isn't going to leave us. >> exactly. as we come back, as the white house continues its post election assault on benjamin netanyahu, do they risk pushing jewish voters in america to the gop?
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suggested the u.s. could withhold support for israel at the united nations. we're back with dan henninger and bill mcgurn. editorial board member dorothy rabinowitz also joins the panel. bill, i would have thought in the wake of an election victory benjamin netanyahu, he won in a big way, you'd want to calm things down. restore ties, put some of the -- you know, the ill feeling behind us. behind them. >> right. >> he's not. so what's the president thinking here? >> i think the obvious thing which we don't take into account, he beliefsves it. the chief of staff speaks for the president. i actually believe that. >> when you say what does he believe -- >> i think he believes that -- what they have said in the last four years, israel is an unjust occupier. israel is an obstacle to peace. israel is no longer worthy of automatic u.s. support at the u.n. i think the president believes that.
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>> so he's willing to pursue that kind of a policy. dorothy, think -- try to put this in historical context. can you think of a case where an american president treated recently elected democratic government, ally, like this? >> there's one word answer that this is unprecedented, completely and unmistakenably so and the israelis feel it and i know that american jews feel it. the targeting of this nation as pariah nation essentially has the unmistakenable odor of something with long and deep roots. and -- >> when you say that, do you mean -- >> i mean -- >> the president's personal -- >> the president's -- >> feeling personal animus? >> yes, personal animus. >> not just part of a larger world view, i could be the orchestrater of peace and particularly in an iran deal and israel is an obstacle to that. therefore, i have to isolate israel and punish it?
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>> this has been there for a long time. before anything obvious about his iran intentions, for this deal came through. and i suspect -- i know that many jews feel that this is simply the opening gate for something long held in terms of antipathy and what's happened, when jews feel -- when any people feel that they are being treated as the enemy when you have people chanting death to america, death to the jews, the president -- >> these are the people in iran. >> yes. the president is without excitement, without any sense of moral program showered on them. what incenses them? the attack on the jews, the attack on israel in short. at the selection where they freely selected a leader with 64% of the arab population that voted, and he showers them with attacks on -- and offenses on
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civil war. >> here's what i think is one other thing. i think it's the iran deal too. i think he feels that he's going to do this deal. maybe as soon as this weekend. and he understands that netanyahu is a major obstacle here. netanyahu is going to oppose it and fight it and try to get congress to oppose it and the president is saying to netanyahu look, you better tread carefully because if not i'm going to the u.n. and hit you where it really hurts which is supporting a palestinian state through the u.n. and that's going to put you in a world of trouble, netanyahu. >> i agree with that. but i would go a little further. you put your finger on one other thing. what is obama trying to do? he wants to be the president who established a palestinian state. it's like cuba. he wanted to be the president that did the opening to cuba. >> that's not happening. >> that's not happening. but bill said obama gets the ideas in his head and if you don't agree with him, he walks
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away from you and in the u.s. that's produced gridlock. in the middle east it's produced chaos and war. and to dorothy's point, i think that's what a lot of american jews are seeing. that obama's policies although you might agree or disagree with them, the way he executes them creates a dangerous situation. and now for israel. >> bill, any political fallout domestically in how jewish americans who vote 70% for -- >> yeah. i'm going to let -- i will say for the republican party it's really astounding the complete disappearance of the buchanan wing is from the republican party in the 25 years -- >> pat buchanan. >> the numbers -- the republican party is already there in terms of -- >> in support for israel. >> support for israel. >> and including the
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evangelicals. >> i think after 9/11, they think they have the same enemies we do. they're just out on the front lines. >>. when we come back, he's first out of the gate for the white house. what does texas senator ted cruz bring to the republican field and can he reassemble the reagan coalition in 2016?
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i believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of america. and this is why today i am announcing that i'm running for president of the united states. >> senator ted cruz at liberty university in lynchburg virginia, announcing his
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campaign for the white house. the texas freshman is the first official entrant into the 2016 presidential race and a move he hopes will give him a leg up in what is sure to be a crowded republican field. we're back with dan henninger and dorothy rabinowitz. and "wall street journal"ist james freeman also joins the panel. so dorothy, you have told us that you think ted cruz actually could have some promise as a candidate and do well. why? >> again because he's a hard-liner. in a very good way and a way that's -- >> you mean that on foreign policy? >> on foreign policy and in other ways. in a way that was very welcome to voters who are suffering from extreme obama fatigue. he is also an eloquent speaker. he is immensely focused and look at this as a rorschach test. the way you look at ted cruz tells you something about yourself. if you're offended by his professorial demeanor and that other stuff, crowds out any feel
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in the electric presence. that is without doubt. the most valuable aspect. >> all right, james, what do you think about -- honest positions. there's not a lot difference between him and some of the other candidates' positions. they haven't ruled them out. but is there anything that stands out among the things he's already announced that might set him apart? >> well i think he does have talent. he does have skills as an orator. he's -- >> he's a debate champion in college. >> similar to marco rubio. kind of his colleague that way. not much in a tangible achievement or executive experience. but skilled at making the case. if you're a conservative looking at this race, a positive to having him in there he'll make a case for limited government, for a flat tax. an idea that republicans haven't been talking too much for a while. if he can get in the race, then win or lose, convince republicans to go for a flat tax, if elected, i think that's an -- >> rand paul is probably going to propose a flat tax too. here, dan, something you talked
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about in the past. that is -- he's a rookie. right? he's a first term senator. he's got the same kind of background that barack obama does. a little different obviously. he was a solicitor general which is a more responsible position than community organizer or state senator in illinois. but he basically went to the senate and he's seen it as a steppingstone to higher office. he hasn't tried to do anything in senate. overtly tried to set himself apart from his colleagues. he is disliked by his colleagues. not unlike barack obama. so is the american public going to buy that kind of resume following eight years of another rookie? >> well, i think in desperation as dorothy is suggesting, they just might. as troubled as i am by the rookies, let's do the comparison. marco rubio is also a first-term senator. rubio has worked with the senate colleagues. >> he was the senate -- assembly leader, speaker of the florida house. >> right. and if i may say so without
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being the chute dropping beneath me, hillary clinton was widely regarded as a good senate colleague. someone who did work on legislation. ted cruz is completely alienated from all of his republican colleagues in the senate. >> he's pitching that as a virtue. >> but this is my problem in selecting the president this time. are we just selecting somebody who's doing to make us feel good because he gives speeches in the white house the way that barack obama does or are we going to elect someone who has political skills to pass a flat tax or to get some legislation enacted? and cruz as not suggested yet that he has those political skills. >> dorothy, that polarizing projection, he's trying overtly again, this is not us projecting on him, he's saying this. i'm going to rally conservatives, i'm going to make this a conservative liberal fight. there are enough conservatives out there who can prevail. is that -- that's the governing
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strategy of barack obama in reverse, obviously. ideologically. but is that the kind of leader that a conservative -- that the voters are going to want? republican voters even in the next four years. >> the question is what do they see when they see him? they're not looking at his background. they're not looking at his compatibility with his colleagues. they're looking at a voice that reaches them in their innards and that's what he can do. and note, he is that intellectually gifted he does not sound like a maniac. >> is there a path to the white house for him, or the nomination? >> it's hard to see. i'm not sure you get a big on the edge with cruz versus a lot of the others who will be well funded. you have other conservatives in the race as we said. there are others who are kind of pitching the same ideas. i think it's tough for him. maybe he has to rely on other people imploding along the way, but he has the skills.
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i think for a lot of voters if he doesn't get along with people in washington that's a good thing for hem. >> we have to take one more break. when we come back "hits & misses" of the week.
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time now for "hits & misses" of the week. dan? >> well, paul a miss to susan rice who as the whole world knows after bowe bergdahl was released said he served with honor and distinction. >> national security adviser. >> bowe bergdahl was just charged -- five possible charges. he got the most severe desertion as a felony. he could serve life in prison. the problem isn't just susan rice, it's the whole obama administration. you feel like you're having an out of body experience with these people. whether it's the war on terror, islam or desertion.
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whatever normal people think, they think the opposite. >> bill? >> hit to indiana, whose governor signed the right to try law. that gives people who are terminally ill to try drugs that are not fda approved, so forth. in indiana, the face of the movement was a 5-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy. his mom said her son will never play in the nfl but she's glad she has a chance. >> thanks, bill. james? >> this is a hit to the musketeers, the run in the ncaa tournament ended in the sweet 16 but here's a guy who -- the best player on the team, gave up his scholarship to his younger brother and matt while leading the team this year has been driving for uber to help pay the bills. so i'm just glad i finally have a story about an athlete off the court i can talk to my kids
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about. >> i want to congratulate harry reid for retiring from the senate. his finest hour. thank you, mr. reid. thank you to all of you for watching. i'm paul gigot. i hope to see you next week. shedding light on the possible mindset of the germanwings pilot. he had been through a breakup with his fiance and he may have been grappling with vision problems that may have jeopardized his career as a pilot. i'm kelly wright. welcome. >> i'm heather childers in for julie banderas. a whole lot of news to cover for you. the revelations that kelly was talking about don't stop there. we're learning that the co-pilot may have visited an area near the crash site

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