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Posts by kabar

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  • Ethnic minority support for the Tories DOUBLED at the election

    05/25/2015 2:57:46 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    kabar to Zhang Fei
    Also, as the PLA begins to throw its weight around in Asia, one electoral consequence among non-Chinese Asian voters might be a reversion to Cold War voting patterns - a drift back to the GOP, the party of national security, and sotto voce, anti-imperialism vis-a-vis China.

    Great in theory, but it bears no relevance to reality.

  • Ethnic minority support for the Tories DOUBLED at the election

    05/25/2015 2:57:36 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    kabar to Zhang Fei
    As "Hispanics", Cubans qualify for and benefit from “racial” quotas, despite being generally white. Asians don’t, and are, in fact, disadvantaged by those quotas.

    Affirmative action true, but Asians benefit from minority business set asides. For example, the Virginia Department of Minority Business defines a minority individual as “an individual who is a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen who is in full compliance with United States immigration law and who satisfies one or more of the following definitions:”

    1. “African American” means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Africa and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

    2. “Asian American” means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands, including but not limited to Japan, China, Vietnam, Samoa, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Northern Mariana, the Philippines, a U.S. territory of the Pacific, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

    3. “Hispanic American” means a person having origins in any of the Spanish-speaking peoples of Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands or other Spanish or Portuguese cultures and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

    Bottom line is that as racial quotas that discriminate against Asians become a bigger sticking point, and the white Democratic leadership champions blacks and Hispanics because they are bigger demographic categories, Asians will swing towards the GOP.

    Great theory but Obama got 73% of the "Asian vote." How conservative is CAPAC?

    Creating a common sense immigration process is a top priority for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and the diverse constituencies that we represent. America has always been a nation of immigrants. Over the last few years, Asians have become the single largest demographic of new immigrants moving to the U.S. and make up the fastest growing racial group in the country. The Members of CAPAC are committed to working towards fair, bipartisan solutions for our broken immigration system. We support comprehensive immigration reform and believe it must:

    1. Provide a Roadmap to Citizenship for Aspiring Citizens

    Of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S., 1.4 million identify as being of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders also account for one in ten youth who would qualify for the DREAM Act.

    Immigration reform must include a roadmap to permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants who work hard, pay their taxes, and undergo criminal and national security background checks. This is especially true for those who were brought to this country at a young age through no fault of their own, and who are already Americans in every sense except for on paper.

  • Ethnic minority support for the Tories DOUBLED at the election

    05/25/2015 1:35:12 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    kabar to chajin
    Most of the ethnic Hispanics and Asians in the US, along with most of the recent immigrants from Africa and India, are going to morph into the American conservative demographic within a generation.

    The facts just don't support your assertion. They are not morphing into conservatives. If anything, just the opposite is happening. In the case of Cuban immigrants, their children are less conservative and more liberal. Most immigrants are natural Democrats. They support Big Government and use welfare to a greater extent than the native born.

    We have just had the two largest decades of immigration in American history. Since 1990, over 30 million legal permanent immigrants have entered this country. It approximates the population of Canada. In 1970 one in 21 was foreign born; today it is one in 8, the highest in 90 years; and within a decade it will be one in 7 the highest in our history. In 1970 there were 9.7 million foreign born. Today it is 41 million.

    During the period 1921 to 1970 we averaged 195,000 legal immigrants a year. Today, we bring in 1.1 million annually along with 640,000 guest workers. This does not include the 300,000 children born to illegal aliens who automatically become citizens thru birthright citizenship. And there are 12 to 20 million illegal aliens here. Milton Freidman said you can't have free immigration simultaneously with the welfare state. We have both. The great waves of immigration in the period 1880 to 1920 came before the establishment of the welfare state.

    Comparing the immigration of the Irish, Italians, and central Europe is bogus. First, there was an end to this mass immigration given time for them to assimilate. Second, welfare was not an alternative. Third, they were not provided with affirmative action and minority business set asides giving them preference over the native born. Fourth, today's immigrants are able to maintain contact with their home countries via technology and transportation. Many hold dual citizenship. Finally, the waves of immigration since 1970 have been persistent and increasing. There is no end.

    You echo the same pathetic GOPe crapola I have heard from the GOPe in Northern Virginia. They try to explain the continuing losses as just a matter of getting our message out and outreach. They don't get it. VA is now trending solid blue as Fairfax County changes demographically with one-third of the population foreign born. If you want to look at the canary in the coal mine, look at CA to see our future.

  • Ethnic minority support for the Tories DOUBLED at the election

    05/25/2015 11:43:38 AM PDT · 5 of 14
    kabar to chajin
    Not surprising. It is exactly what will happen in the US. Those segments of the immigrant population that buy into the work ethic will vote increasingly conservative, while those who do not, won’t. It has nothing to do with race or ethnicity and everything to do with personal philosophy.

    Major BS alert. It has everything to do with race and ethnicity in the US, including immigrants. Obama got 93% of the black vote, 73% of the Asian vote, and 71% of the Hispanic vote. Although not a race or ethnicity, he received 69% of the Jewish vote in 2012 and 78% in 2008. Romney got 59% of the non-Hispanic white vote.

    As the demography of the US changes with non-Hisapnic whites being less than 50% by 2043, the Dems will become the permanent majority party. Demography is destiny.

    The non-Hispanic white population is projected to peak in 2024, at 199.6 million, up from 197.8 million in 2012. Unlike other race or ethnic groups, however, its population is projected to slowly decrease, falling by nearly 20.6 million from 2024 to 2060.

  • Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

    05/24/2015 2:21:28 PM PDT · 67 of 84
    kabar to bert

    Maybe or it could be a warning to Iran and Russia.

  • Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

    05/24/2015 10:13:27 AM PDT · 5 of 84
    kabar to lbryce
    CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people).

    What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets. This would permit, for example, taking down radar defenses in a hostile state, while saving the electrical grid that supports the civilian population. In a 2012 test flight in Utah, a single CHAMP was reported to have blacked out seven separate targets in succession, in one single mission.

    Answer your question?

  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:49:50 AM PDT · 8 of 29
    kabar to Libloather
    “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our profound national-security interests, I have a personal interest in locking this down.”

    LOL. Does anyone think Barack Obama "I inherited it" would ever admit he made a mistake? It is always about him regardless. The Narcissist-in-Chief will blame someone else when things go wrong and take the credit for anything that succeeds even if he had nothing to do with it.

  • GOP debate rules could reignite questions about Cruz birthplace

    05/23/2015 9:38:51 PM PDT · 3 of 59
    kabar to 2ndDivisionVet
    There has been no resolution of this issue by SCOTUS. It needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
  • Newly Released Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Claims

    05/23/2015 8:40:40 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    kabar to upchuck
    Clinton also told reporters today, “I’m glad the emails are starting to come out. … I’ve asked to be done for a long time. … I want people to be able to see all of them … it is the fact that we have released all of them that have any government relationship whatsoever.” i>

    Translation: Here are the emails I wanted (allowed) you to see.

  • Hillary Clinton got sensitive email about the 2012 Benghazi attack on her unsecured private server

    05/23/2015 7:04:32 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    kabar to zzwhale
    Remember, these are the emails Hillary wants us to see. Anyone expecting any major revelations is delusional. Months from now, Hillary will say she released all the emails and there was nothing there.

    The MSM is playing up the release as a major development. It is a scam. We are being treated to a Soviet government-Pravda propaganda ploy.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 9:28:16 PM PDT · 106 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta

    The States respond to their voters who want these federal programs.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 9:26:45 PM PDT · 105 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta
    I am suggesting that we/conservatives target the back-end, the recipients of the funds. The States that agree to their endless mandates in order to get federal funds.

    How would the states make up the loss of revenue? Would the voters stand for it? The voters pay federal taxes and you want them not to get any of the money back. The states are hooked on the funds like an addict. Look at the Rep governors who elected to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. They did it for the money.

    Some states get more back in federal revenue than they pay in taxes.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 8:39:56 PM PDT · 99 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta
    As I posted earlier, Ryan has a plan that would transition us away from the welfare state.

    Not really. He is not proposing getting rid of Medicare or SS or Medicaid or food stamps.

    As I said before, our Government is nothing more than a “Middle Man”, a pass through entity that happens to have the ability to make rules and collect the money with massive overhead.

    They are elected by the voters because they are doing what they want.

    Remove/limit their ability to make rules/regulations. Freeze their budgets.

    You can't freeze the increasing costs of the entitlement programs or debt servicing costs. They are increasing because we have an aging population.

    States need to reject Federal funds.

    LOL. They have become dependent upon them. If they reject them, how do they raise the revenue to pay the bills? Medicaid alone takes up 22% of state budgets.

    Flood the Feds with money. At this point we can tell the feds that any and all excess funds are to be allocated to the current budget (which will be easily paid for) then towards future commitments.

    Where is the money coming from? We are already incurring annual deficits of half a billion a year. Obama averaged over $1 trillion a year in deficits during his first term.

  • Sessions: ‘This Proposal Will Widen Further Our Trade Deficits and Eliminate Jobs’

    05/22/2015 6:46:52 PM PDT · 18 of 43
    kabar to Lurkinanloomin

    He is running for President and needs money from his corporate paymasters.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:34:34 PM PDT · 70 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta

    And if pigs had wings, they could fly. What you propose has no support from the people. There is a lack of political will to make the painful decisions necessary to get back on track. The welfare state is firmly embedded in our culture. Politicians and the voters will support any solution that keeps it going.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:29:26 PM PDT · 67 of 134
    kabar to Iron Munro

    Inflation also increases the debt servicing costs of the now $18 trillion national debt. We will be carrying our money around in wheelbarrows like the Weimar Republic. And the dollar will surely lose its place as the world’s reserve currency.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:24:10 PM PDT · 65 of 134
    kabar to B-Cause

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:15:42 PM PDT · 59 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta
    There is not plenty of money and future liabilities represented by the entitlement programs are $58 trillion. Unless you reform these programs by reducing benefits and/or increase taxes, you are just on an endless treadmill to oblivion. The number of people over 65 will double in the next 20 years.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:11:23 PM PDT · 56 of 134
    kabar to Dad was my hero

    Assets in individual retirement accounts (IRAs) totaled $4.7 trillion at the end of 2010, up 5.3 percent from the end of the third quarter. Defined contribution (DC) plan assets increased 5.1 percent in the fourth quarter, hitting $4.5 trillion. Government pension plans— including federal, state, and local government plans — held $4.4 trillion in assets as of December 31, up 6.9 percent from September 30. Private-sector defined benefit plans held $2.2 trillion in assets at year-end and annuity reserves outside of retirement accounts accounted for another $1.6 trillion.

    Americans held $4.5 trillion in employer-based DC retirement plans on December 31, 2010, of which $3.1 trillion was held in 401(k) plans. Those figures are up from $4.3 trillion and $2.9 trillion, respectively, on September 30, 2010. Mutual fund managed $2.5 trillion of assets held in 401(k), 403(b), and other DC plans at the end of 2010, up from $2.3 trillion at the end of the third quarter. Mutual funds managed 54 percent of DC plan assets at year-end 2010.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 6:05:21 PM PDT · 52 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta
    ?It has been projected that “mandatory” federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue by the year 2025.

    This is the problem. We have 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day for the next 20 years. By 2030, one out of five residents of this country will be 65 or older. In 1950 there were 16 workers for every retiree; today it is three; and by 2030 it will be two to one. How much should we tax the young to pay for our entitlement/welfare system?

    Basically, tell the feds “your are responsible for x, and those funds will flow. However, you, the feds, cannot take on any additional liabilities after a certain point.

    Medicare, SS, Obamacare, and Medicaid are enough liabilities to strangle our economy. 40% of all Medicare expenditures come from the general fund. And the demographics will ensure that this continues to rise.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 5:58:28 PM PDT · 44 of 134
    kabar to St_Thomas_Aquinas
    Anyway, we all know that SS will come to an end. And in practice it will mean most parents will have to move in with their children, which will probably be a good thing. It's the way it was done for generations before the government stepped in.

    It is the other way around now. A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population, lived in multigenerational arrangements in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. That's more than double the 28 million people who lived in such households in 1980, the center said. The sluggish job market and other factors have propelled the rise in millennials living in their childhood bedrooms.

    About 23.6% of people age 25 to 34 live with their parents, grandparents or both, according to Pew. That’s up from 18.7% in 2007, just prior to the global financial crisis, and from 11% in 1980.

    For the first time, a larger share of young people live in multigenerational arrangements than of Americans 85 and older.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 5:54:21 PM PDT · 41 of 134
    kabar to fhayek
    Repudiate the debt. Inflate the money. Financial armageddon.

    LOL. Do you think there is the political will to do that? Those aren't easy answers, they are fantasy solutions.

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 5:33:50 PM PDT · 14 of 134
    kabar to fhayek
    There are easy answers

    Give me a couple

  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 5:31:28 PM PDT · 12 of 134
    kabar to Zeneta
    I completely disagree with the premise of the story.

    Denial just ain't a river in Egypt.

  • State Department Releases 1stBatch of Clinton Emails (Available Online)

    05/22/2015 1:36:04 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    kabar to lbryce
    Let's remember that these emails were reviewed and scrubbed by Hillary and her advisers. She is giving us what she wants us to see. The rest were purged.

    I find it somewhat amusing that everyone is scrutinizing the documents to divine some hidden secrets. It just legitimizes this scam. We will be told that there were no major revelations and we need to move on. The real issue of Hillary conducting official business on a private server will be overlooked.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 12:26:43 PM PDT · 45 of 45
    kabar to um1990
    OK, trying to be optimistic here... Look at Table 4, and compare 2000 to 2012 “Pct Republican”... While a generally negative trend, it’s not as sharp as may be expected, with some positive movement.

    Surely, you jest. These numbers are not positive in any sense, way, or form It is the profile of a loser.

    I believe people want to be lead, and we have not had a true conservative leader in some time. Those numbers could be moved, the same way supposed public opinion has been moved recently on a number of issues. Hearing Ted Cruz lately, I have had a shred of political hope in a way I have not for a long time, that he may be a transformational leader.

    And what is the message that will cause this turnaround? Lower taxes? Individual responsiblity? Smaller government? These don't resonate among the Dem constituency.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 12:16:36 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    kabar to Obadiah
    Well, I’ll let you do your own Google search on the 7 million figure. BTW, your link simply shows vote totals, nothing more.

    Those are the official vote totals. Why should I do a Google search for bogus numbers? The 7 million you quoted was wrong. That's the point.

    Yes, I understand you think I’m delusional. Perhaps, but you don’t seem to understand how a few vote swings here and there could significantly change the electoral map from the historical map your presented.

    I asked you to be specific on what states were in play in 2016 that the Reps had a shot at. You failed to answer it.

    Hey look, I’m okay if you are certain Republicans will lose in 2016. That’s your opinion and you’re certainly entitled to it. It’s okay to be wrong sometimes.

    I would be happy to be wrong. The problem is that I don;t live in a fantasy world populated with bogus data. I have seen firsthand here in VA how a red state can be transformed into a blue state. Demography is destiny.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 12:05:30 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    kabar to GOPJ
    Really - how can they do it then?

    Legal immigration. We take in 1.1 million permanent legal immigrants a year and have been since 1990. We have just had the two largest decades of legal immigration in our history. 87% of legal immigrants are minorities as defined by the USG. Add to this number the 300,000 children born annually to illegal aliens on US soil. These children are citizens thru birthright citizenship.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 8:19:40 AM PDT · 25 of 45
    kabar to Obadiah
    I do not subscribe to the theory that Democrat control over America is a foregone conclusion. Seven million fewer people voted for Obama in 2012 and he would have lost but for a weak candidate who could not bring himself to punch hard. 2016 is different.

    Obama received the two highest vote totals for President in American history. 69.5 million in 2008 and 66 million in 2008. Romney received 1 million more votes than McCain and still lost by 5 million votes.

    Where did you come up with that bogus 7 million fgure?

    Here are the facts.

    There is a reason there are sop many Republican candidates in 2016, and that is because they all know there is a strong likelihood that a republican will win in 2016.

    You and they are delusional. Take a look at the electoral map and tell me what states Hillary will lose that Obama won.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 8:10:35 AM PDT · 20 of 45
    kabar to GOPJ

    The Dems don’t need illegals to become the permanent majority party.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 8:09:01 AM PDT · 18 of 45
    kabar to skeeter
    Agree. It is plain to see.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 8:06:38 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    kabar to Buckeye McFrog

    Issues are irrelevant. Identity politics rule.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 8:01:21 AM PDT · 12 of 45
    kabar to jimbo123
    Demography is destiny. By 2019 half of all children under 18 will be minorities. Each cohort that turns 18 will be more and more Democrat. We have brought in since 1990 30 million legal permanent immigrants, 87% of whom are minorities. By 2043 non-Hispanic whites will be less than 50% of the population. Immigrants and minorities vote two to one Dem.

  • Democrats' Vanishing Future

    05/22/2015 7:48:11 AM PDT · 3 of 45
    kabar to Hojczyk

    BS article. The Dems are well on their way to becoming the permanent majority party.

  • Arrest warrant issued for suspect in quadruple murder at upscale DC home

    05/20/2015 9:33:39 PM PDT · 36 of 87
    kabar to pepsionice
    There’s one other curious thing. By FBI standards....it’s a mass murder (four or more dead), yet all by knife

    Knife or fire. They could have been burned alive. From the article:

    Sources close to the investigation told WTTG that Savvas and Amy Savopouloses, as well as Figueroa, were all found dead in chairs and were doused with gasoline. Philip Savopoulos was found in his bed, burned beyond recognition and with lacerations to his body.

  • Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’

    05/20/2015 2:26:38 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    kabar to EQAndyBuzz

    The federal government issued her an SSN and work permit.

  • Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’

    05/20/2015 2:25:36 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    kabar to Don Corleone

    Obama’s 2012 amnesty made them “legal.” They were provided with SSNs and work permits. To date, the 2012 Dreamer amnesty has legalized 580,000 Dreamers.

  • Morning Plum: Obama depicts climate change as national security risk

    05/20/2015 11:23:25 AM PDT · 24 of 48
    kabar to Abiotic
    Tell that to the EPA. This "insanity" has metastasized into public policy that is destroying the economy.

    Climate change is a global leftist scheme at redistribution of wealth from the developed world to the third world. It will be overseen by the UN.

  • Fed’s Evans: Natural U.S. jobless rate may be under 5%

    05/20/2015 7:57:52 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    kabar to Georgia Girl 2
  • Fed’s Evans: Natural U.S. jobless rate may be under 5%

    05/20/2015 7:55:16 AM PDT · 14 of 26
    kabar to dowcaet

    Civilian labor force participation rate 16 years and over

  • I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned

    05/19/2015 12:59:33 PM PDT · 7 of 58
    kabar to 2ndDivisionVet

    Both parties have abandoned the American worker. TPA is a payoff to their corporate paymasters. The Dems are outsmarting the Reps. They also want the bill, but they are pretending to be supporting American workers and jobs. The Reps are positioning themselves as the defenders of the corporate elites. They may raise money, but they will lose voters. It is a political loser.

  • GOP fumbles latest attack on Hillary Clinton's email use

    05/19/2015 9:20:00 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    kabar to McGruff
    But Clinton's presidential campaign had a quick explanation - After Gawker published Clinton's old address when she left the state department, she changed her email address to hrod17@clintonemail.com. Any messages printed after that time, even if they were several years old, reflected the new address.

    But the emails revealed that she used this second address while SecState. Jake, get your facts straight.

  • Hillary’s Unqualified Top VP Choice

    05/18/2015 3:10:59 PM PDT · 30 of 39
    kabar to henkster

    What was Obama but identity politics?

  • The GOP Can Rage Against the Dying of the Light

    05/18/2015 9:11:09 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    kabar to Sean_Anthony
    Both parties have abandoned the American worker. Jeff Sessions provided the template to victory. It should be required reading for every GOP candidate.

    Becoming the Party of Work--How the GOP can help struggling Americans, and itself.

  • Iraq's Anbar in 'Total Collapse', on Brink of Falling to Islamic State

    05/17/2015 9:05:26 AM PDT · 24 of 70
    kabar to kristinn

    It just must be a coincidence that the Sunday “news” shows focused on the Delta Force raid in Syria while omitting any mention of what is happening in Ramadi and Anbar Province. I guess Obama’s admonition to concentrate on good news only is bearing fruit.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 May 2015

    05/17/2015 8:35:07 AM PDT · 82 of 108
    kabar to Alas Babylon!
    Khobar towers was blown up by the Iranians. Louis Freeh said that in his book.

    I was in Saudi Arabia during the entire Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield and Storm) and went up to Kuwait a day after the war was over. I flew over and drove thru the Mile of Death and the burning oil wells. It was a scene out of Hell. Saddam's setting the oil fields on fire was reason enough to eliminate him.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 May 2015

    05/17/2015 8:28:03 AM PDT · 80 of 108
    kabar to Alas Babylon!
    Agree. For me, the issue is not whether we should have invaded Iraq or not. The real issue is that Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by not getting an agreement with Iraq on stationing a residual force there. It is indeed ironic that we have over 3,000 troops on the ground there today and they are not covered by a SOFA but an agreement that could have been obtained in 2011.

    Obama lost the Iraq war and failed to adhere to his red line on Syria. He screwed up on the handling of the Arab Spring. Now we have ISIS spreading throughout the region including North Africa. The blame squarely rests on Obama and Clinton.

    The MSM are jumping on Bush and the other Rep candidates. They want them to say that going into Iraq was a mistake. It fits the liberal narrative about America and its flaws. The reality is that Obama made the most egregious mistake and is not being held accountable by the MSM or the Reps. Disappointing.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 May 2015

    05/17/2015 7:20:07 AM PDT · 50 of 108
    kabar to rodguy911

    It is unlimited legal immigration. They will flood the country with guest workers who will have work visas.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 May 2015

    05/17/2015 7:14:37 AM PDT · 42 of 108
    kabar to rodguy911
    What many also fail to remember is that we were maintaining no-fly zones over Northern and Southern Iraq, which was costing us over $8 billion a year. I was able to see the operation firsthand during a visit to the region. The great fear was that one of our planes would be shot down and the pilot used by Saddam for propaganda reasons. We had been maintaining those NFZs for over 10 years, i.e., 1992 to 2003.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 May 2015

    05/17/2015 6:31:03 AM PDT · 21 of 108
    kabar to ROCKLOBSTER
    You are right. They should be defending the decision to go into Iraq. Saddam and his murderous sons would have to be dealt with at some time. They had and were seeking WMD. Saddam used WMD against the Iranians and the Kurds.

    The question for Obama and Hillary is given what we know now, should we have done more to get a SOFA with Iraq to leave a residual US force to protect our hard won victory?

    Text of Joint Resolution On Iraq Passed By The United States Congress October 11, 2002. The following resolution was passed 296-133 by the House of Representatives and 77-23 by the Senate on October 10 and 11, 2002

    Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq's war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq; Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

    Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

    Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

    Whereas in 1998 Congress concluded that Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in 'material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations' and urged the President 'to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations' (Public Law 105-235);

    Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material an unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

    Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolutions of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

    Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;

    Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

    Whereas members of al-Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

    Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of American citizens;

    Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

    Whereas Iraq's demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

    Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688, and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949;

    Whereas Congress in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) has authorized the President 'to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolutions 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677';

    Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it 'supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),' that Iraq's repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and 'constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,' and that Congress, 'supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688';

    Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

    Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to 'work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge' posed by Iraq and to 'work for the necessary resolutions,' while also making clear that 'the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable';

    Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq's ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

    Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

    Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

    Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

    Whereas it is in the national security of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,