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  • A Brilliant Audio Podcast w/ Angelo Codevilla

    08/16/2014 6:18:50 PM PDT · by crusher · 5 replies
    Liberty Law Talk podcast ^ | 7/28/2104 | Angelo Codevilla
    As time goes by I find reading less pleasurable, mostly due to time constraints and my continuing fading vision. I find myself listening to more stuff on my MP3 player. I also am finding those voices I want to pay attention to. For almost thirty years one of those people I listen to VERY CAREFULLY is Angelo Codevilla, whose insights into the nature of the political world are unerringly well thought through. His previous book, "America's Ruling Class," a bipartisan evisceration of the political establishment, ranks in my opinion with Thomas Sowell's "Conflict of Vision," perhaps the most insightful secular...
  • The GOP Needs to Return to a "Feared By Our Enemies" Foreign Policy

    08/18/2014 3:21:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The GOP is in the midst of a public foreign policy debate. Debate is fine, but as Republican we must agree on some basic premises. The most important premise is that instead of laughing at us, our enemies should be terrified of us. Yes, terrified. The world isn’t some sort of fantasy milieu of earnest, huggy people who want to work together to forge a brighter tomorrow for all the world’s citizens. It’s full of bad people, many of whom want us enslaved if not dead. They aren’t bad because we’re rich, or insufficiently carbon neutral, or any of that...
  • Obama Will Visit Baltics To Deter Another Putin Invasion

    08/16/2014 11:54:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-16-14 | Neal Munro
    The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will jet out to the small Eastern European country of Estonia in early September, before attending a NATO meeting in Wales. The trip is likely intended to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from grabbing parts of Estonia and its two small neighbors, all of whom contain populations of ethnic Russians. All three countries are member of NATO, and are too small to block a determined Russian invasion. “In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to reassure allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and this trip...
  • Obama's Incomprehensible Iraq Policy Not So Incomprehensible

    08/15/2014 1:03:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    I am constantly amazed at the tendency of some to use the perspective of hindsight to condemn decisions of those who did not possess the supernatural gift of predictive prophecy at the time they made their decisions. So when a friend asked whether I believe that those who supported George W. Bush's decision to attack Iraq should feel remorse, considering the chaos and genocide occurring there now, I said "no," with some qualifications. I believe that Bush and his team based their decision to invade Iraq on the best available intelligence (as to weapons of mass destruction) and a reasonable...
  • A World In Chaos, And Kerry's Talking Climate Change

    08/14/2014 4:05:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: Great leadership isn't necessarily about intelligence, expertise or background. It's more about wisdom and judgment. Based on this, Americans should be very concerned about Secretary of State John Kerry. As the world melts into chaos and threats to the U.S. homeland multiply, America's top foreign policy official seems bizarrely, even dangerously, fixated on ... global warming. In remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Kerry repeated his claim that climate change is "the biggest challenge ... we face right now." To which we respond: Can he be serious? In recent days, we've seen the establishment of a...
  • Obama's Foreign and Domestic Policy: When the Going Gets Tough, Go on Vacation

    08/13/2014 2:26:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama is on a two-week vacation in Martha's Vineyard, as wars rage across the Middle East and Ukraine, terrorists threaten to topple Iraq, and Republicans are on the brink of capturing the Senate. Around the country, a deepening mood of anger and anxiety permeates America's electorate, with the midterm elections a mere three months away. And in a brewing political civil war among Democrats, Hillary Clinton has unleashed a sharp attack on Obama's timid foreign policy, calling for a more muscular response to the spread of global terrorism. The president's job approval scores remain in the...
  • The Cowardice of the Left Gave Us the Islamic State

    08/12/2014 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It must be exhausting for Barrack Obama. I sometimes feel worn down just reading about all the events going on in the world – I can’t even imagine how tiresome it must be, trying to avoid leadership on all those issues. Lucky for our Vacationer in Chief, he’s found a way… Apparently a healthy mix of golf and swimming is exactly what is needed to distract yourself from the chaos in the Middle East. And, to be fair, this genocidal chaos in Iraq is not completely the fault of a Nobel Laureate who plays the American President on TV. The...
  • Hillary antagonizing liberals and conservatives with foreign-policy shifts?

    08/12/2014 12:26:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott’s warning on the complications of dishonesty seems to apply to the recent travails of Hillary Clinton, who has spent the past week or so attempting to distance herself from the disaster of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. That’s a neat trick for someone who served as Secretary of State for four of the five-plus years of the Obama administration, and the White House and its supporters have already lashed out about it, if indirectly.How is the project working? So far, conservatives aren’t buying the...
  • NBC’s Williams Pushes White House Narrative on Obama Vacation: ‘It’s A Working Vacation’

    08/12/2014 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    In the wake of the recent surge of violence in northern Iraq as well as the potential coup within the government, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams did his best to push the White House line that President Obama’s summer vacation was full of work.
  • How Obama Is Driving Russia and China Together

    08/11/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 11 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 24, 2014 | Dimitri K. Simes
    American bluff and bombast toward Moscow has stoked Russian nationalism, convinced Putin we're weak, and fostered a dangerous realignment. PRESIDENT BARACK Obama likes to say that America and the world have progressed beyond the unpleasantness of the nineteenth century and, for that matter, much of the rest of human history. He could not be more wrong. And as a result, he is well on the way to repeating some of history’s most dangerous mistakes. Few would think to compare Obama to Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II. Nevertheless, Emperor Nicholas II, like President Obama, thought of himself as a man of...
  • I Want My White Hat Back

    08/11/2014 8:46:10 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 132 replies
    Israel Monitor ^ | August 8, 2014 | Norma Zager
    Americans have always grown up believing we are the good guys. We fight the wars of the righteous, help the oppressed and free the world from despots and evil dictators. I am seriously wondering when all that had changed. Do I have to dig up John Wayne to do battle with evil? Isn’t anyone up to the challenge anymore? It is no longer an assumption that America is on the right side of history, because now it seems we are on the wrong one or can’t even find the sides at all. When good men ignore evil and allow it...
  • Hillary Clinton attacks foreign policy she helped create and implement

    08/11/2014 2:40:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/11/2014 | By Doug Mataconis,
    In a new interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, former secretary of State and probable candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton went further than she has to date in openly criticizing the foreign policy of the president that she served under from 2009 to 2013. Specifically, Mrs. Clinton draws a direct line from the president’s failure to act in Syria to the rise of the Islamic State and the problems it now poses for Iraq and the rest of the region, and generally criticized the president for a having a foreign policy that had no clear sense...
  • Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy 'failure'; strongly defends Israel

    08/10/2014 10:22:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/10/14 | Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
    Ahead of a possible presidential run, Hillary Clinton appears to be distancing herself from what she called President Barack Obama's foreign policy "failure": the decision not to intervene during the early stages of the Syrian civil war. In an interview with The Atlantic published on Sunday, the former secretary of state says the "failure" of the United States to those protesting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led to the rise of al-Qaida-inspired groups like ISIS, the militants currently creating havoc in Syria and Iraq. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who...
  • Mitt Romney for President?

    08/10/2014 8:06:44 AM PDT · by IChing · 527 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | Donald Joy
    I was in a spiritually-oriented meeting a week ago, and there were about fifty people in the room.  Halfway through, a guy in the center of the room chimed in and announced that he was going to open his speaking time by sharing with us his personal, painful example of the worst kind of betrayal.  We all leaned a bit closer to listen as he described, with tongue secretly hidden in cheek, a time when he bit into what he’d thought was a chocolate chip cookie–only to realize with shock and dismay that it was actually a raisin cookie. He was making a wry...
  • Jimmy Carter thinks Hamas Should be Legitimized

    08/07/2014 11:25:42 PM PDT · by ConvictionsofFaith · 19 replies
    News Ninja ^ | August 7, 2014 | Alyssa Lafage
    It’s hard to wrap ones head around the idea that giving more power to a terrorist regime would somehow lead to temperance and peace, yet that’s exactly the advice being given by former president Jimmy Carter when it comes to how the world treats Hamas. He had this to say: "…the United States and EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise." Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the...
  • Do Americans really want to disengage from the world?

    08/06/2014 8:15:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/06/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The proliferation of crises around the globe has, for the most part, been met with a yawn from the political class. Americans, they say, are tired of being the world’s policeman. Most media and political elite believe Americans are happy to let the world can sort out it affairs for now. They are not entirely wrong. “Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington,” an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in April found. “In a marked change from past decades, nearly half of...
  • Obama hits 40% approval in AP poll, loses ground on foreign policy

    08/01/2014 11:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The slow erosion of Barack Obama’s popularity and perceived competence continues. In today’s Associated Press/GfK poll, Obama hits his lowest approval rating ever at 40% and his highest disapproval rating ever at 59%. His one bright spot in policy over the last few years has dimmed considerably as well: Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president’s handling of world events.Obama’s consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between...
  • Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point

    08/01/2014 1:49:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 1, 2014 3:58 AM EDT | Connie Cass and Jennifer Agiesta
    Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president’s handling of world events. Obama’s consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas could benefit Republicans aiming to win control Congress in the fall. “The problem is saying something and not doing anything—making grandiose threats and never following any of them up,” said Dwight Miller, 71, a retiree and volunteer firefighter in Robertson County, Texas. Miller, who describes himself...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • In Israel’s Desperate Hour, Obama Leads from Behind

    07/24/2014 2:24:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    “We have your back,” President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obama’s administration famously claimed to “lead from behind” in overthrowing Libya’s strongman, Khaddafi. Young Sergeant Benjamin Anthony spoke to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit this week. Sgt. Anthony described a different vision of leadership. Ahalai he gave as the Hebrew word for “after me.” Officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) they should lead from the front. That used to be America’s idea of leadership, too. You cannot say Secretary John Kerry isn’t alert to his opportunities. He...
  • Obama Talks Tough, But Putin Doesn't Look Scared

    07/23/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Just three days after President Obama delivered his "get tough" speech on Ukraine aimed squarely at Vladimir Putin, Russia's president has responded — not with words, but deeds. Obama has been lauded for his speech on Monday regarding Russia's role in downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people. "Russia has extraordinary influence over these (Russian) separatists," the commander-in-chief said sternly. "No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them. We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons. Key separatist leaders are Russian citizens." Sounds like he was...
  • Why was a reading list scrubbed from Rand Paul's website?

    07/22/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/22/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In recent days the Weekly Standard and Washington Free Beacon have brought to light a now-scrubbed recommended reading list for students that had resided on Sen. Rand Paul’s website. Why the focus on a book list, and why was the book list scrubbed? The answer to the second question could lie in the answer to the first: the foreign policy recommendations in the reading list take a variety of controversial stances, suggesting that the U.S. is to blame for the rise of Islamic supremacism in the Middle East, that the “Israeli Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy to America’s great detriment,...
  • Putin Channels Obama on MH17: Ukrainians Cling to Guns and Borders

    07/22/2014 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    The strongman of the Soviet, er, Russia is getting kind of wimpy. Caught in the act blowing up a civilian airliner, he’s pointing the finger at someone else, and condemning the world’s political calculations, all the while calculating politically. He must watch a lot of MSNBC because this is the type of thing we’ve come to expect from our own weak-willed presidents. Russia, says Putin, did not shoot down that jetliner. Listen to him very carefully. There is no inappropriate Russian relationship with that missile. It was caused by a bunch of bitter Ukrainians who cling to their guns and...
  • The Phone Call to Putin

    07/20/2014 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Since Thursday, many people have asked me what I would do about the Ukraine after the murderous downing of the Malaysian Airliner by Ukrainian rebels (which is another way of saying Russian forces). There is a clear path and it is clearly the time for that plan. President Obama has looked like a weakling to this point. His inaction over the Crimea was inexcusable. His later unwillingness to provide armaments to our ally, Ukraine, to defend itself further enhanced the impression of his being a wimp and whipping boy for Putin. In Obama’s defense (yes, there is some though...
  • John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion

    07/19/2014 8:36:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in brokering a deal to resolve the deadlock over the Afghan presidential election run-off, confusion still persists about the proposal of forming a “government of national unity”. On July 12, Kerry announced the agreement in the presence of both rivals Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. “The winner of the election will serve as the president and will immediately form a government of national unity,” said Kerry. However, the top US official failed to explain the composition of the unity government. Kerry’s vague proposal has caused uproar...
  • The Obama Doctrine

    07/19/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Sean Noble
    Remembering back to any high school US history class, we can all recall hearing about the doctrines of various presidents. A doctrine would be the pattern of actions that came to define a given administration. The history of doctrines tends to remember presidents by their aggressive foreign policy stances, such as the Monroe Doctrine towards European colonization efforts in the Americas or the Reagan Doctrine of pushing back Soviet influence around the world. President Obama, on the other hand, will likely not be remembered for any significant foreign policy achievements. Instead, unfortunately, when Americans think of the Obama Doctrine,...
  • Scarborough: Don't Blame Obama For Foreign Policy Disasters

    07/18/2014 8:28:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet. Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly...
  • Pinocchio in The White House Press Room

    07/16/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16,2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If anyone needs further evidence the White House is out of touch with reality, it came in an official statement this week that President Obama has made the world a more tranquil place. This was the White House's exaggerated response to a well-documented, front page Wall Street Journal story that concluded "the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s." The article also charged that under this administration, "U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous." This should be obvious to anyone who's been following foreign events -- make that crises -- since Barack Obama,...
  • Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

    07/14/2014 6:49:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    We need a leader to speak out and make clear our intentions. With Israel again under attack, the situation in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe unsettled and bloody, it’s time for the grown ups to keep our rendezvous with destiny-- which has always been necessitated by the very best of reasons: America’s best interest. For the last 80 years America has managed to keep the peace world wide—mostly-- and at a historically small cost. But there are some on both the right and the left today who are tired of this American greatness, tired of protecting...
  • Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

    07/05/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 7/04/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    obama-is-a-terrorist-A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul Is Wrong On Foreign Policy

    06/22/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2014 | Hunter Walker
    ormer Vice President Dick Cheney fired back Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized his position on Iraq. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Cheney argued Paul, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is an "isolationist" who doesn't understand the "absolutely essential" need for America to be involved in the Middle East. "Now, Rand Paul and — by my standards, as I look at his — his philosophy, is basically an isolationist. That didn't work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won't work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with...
  • Questions for Obama

    06/20/2014 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    A few questions for President Barack Obama. At your press conference, you said, "It is in our national security interest not to see an all-out civil war in Iraq." If that is the case, why did you withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011? Were you motivated by something other than U.S. national interests? Did no one advise you that the current disaster was possible when you proclaimed in December 2011: "We're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations. And...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama's Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Even Without Iraq

    06/18/2014 12:54:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mark Murray
    The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country. Obama Calls on Iraq’s ‘Neighbors’ to Help Contain TerroristsNIGHTLY NEWS “This is a bad poll for President Obama, and not a...
  • Iceland Snubbed Over Whaling

    06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT · by Leifur · 34 replies
    The Reykjavík Grapewine ^ | 12.06.2014 | Paul Fontaine
    Iceland was not amongst the countries invited to take part in a conference on the world’s oceans, due to the continued practice of whale hunting. RÚV reports that the conference – Our Ocean – is hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Many countries around the world have been invited to take part in the two-day conference, where subjects such as pollution and sustainability in our world’s oceans will be discussed. Iceland, despite having sought to participate, has not been invited to take part in the conference, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this because of whale hunting....
  • Welcome Our Newest Ally! Iran!

    06/17/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    The United States is considering airstrikes against Islamic rebels with our newest ally, um, Iran. from Reuters: Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally would be unprecedented since Iran's 1979 revolution, demonstrating the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance. As a courtesy to those readers who don't speak Obama, let me provide a translation: "We've screwed up so badly that we have to have enemies like Russia, China, and Iran bail us out in foreign policy and war, over and over and over again." This...
  • America Should Stop Trying To Fix Iraq, Syria, And Everywhere Else

    06/17/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 6/17/2014 | Doug Bandow
    America's involvement in foreign wars Doug Bandow foreign policy George W. Bush Iran Iraq Middle East Syria US military War KILIS, TURKEY—Syria’s civil war has washed over Turkey’s border, flooding the latter with hundreds of thousands of refugees. Washington’s efforts to solve the crisis so far have yielded few positive results. George W. Bush’s grandest foreign policy “success,” the ouster of Saddam Hussein, is turning into an even more dramatic debacle. Egypt is racing back into Mubarak-style authoritarianism. The outcome of President Barack Obama’s “splendid little war” in Libya continues to unravel. The region is aflame and U.S. policy bears...
  • Sowell: A Bitter After-taste

    06/16/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 17, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did,...
  • Iraq: Barack Obama’s self-regarding goodness is bad news for the rest of us

    06/14/2014 6:29:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:00PM BST 13 Jun 2014 | Charles Moore
    Europeans...felt what it said on the poster – “Hope”. But in the Muslim world, the people who were bitterly anti-American for reasons way beyond the invasion of Iraq were not converted or even appeased. Nor did anti-Western wolves like Vladimir Putin want to lie down with the new American lamb. He made lots of speeches....each slightly less interesting than the last. He held out the hand of friendship.... and it began to hang a bit limp. America had no quarrel with Islam, he told audiences in Cairo and Istanbul, but this had no effect on those extreme Muslims who believe...
  • Obama Thank You to Troops: We Lost Iraq Too

    06/13/2014 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    Oh, and they lost Iraq too. You can add Iraq to the list of countries that Obama and Hillary screwed up. And if you think it’s bad now, just wait. The Bush administration will look like masters of clarity as Iraq descends into chaos. At the very least they look competent in comparison. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al Qaida inspired army, has captured key cities in Iraq and have said they intend on marching all the way to Baghdad. “Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured Baiji and Tikrit...
  • ISTOOK: Marine veteran Rep. Hunter says Obama squandered America’s victory in Iraq

    06/13/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    President Barack Obama has squandered America’s military victory in Iraq, says Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., California Republican and a former Marine major who served two combat tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. And the squandering of that victory could now lead to wider-than-ever fighting in the Mideast. “We won the war and it was done,” Mr. Hunter said. “He squandered that military victory for political reasons. This should upset everybody who put a yellow ribbon on their door or put a veterans sticker on their car and everybody who served or had friends or family who served.”...
  • Obama Ramps Up America's Destruction

    06/12/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 13, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    If people aren't extremely concerned about what's going on in this country now, you might want to check them for a pulse. Frankly, I am having a hard time getting my mind around the rapidity of the nation's decline. I have written two books chronicling President Obama's nightmarish path of destruction, but since the second one was published, events have been happening at an even more explosive pace. Who would have ever imagined that Ronald Reagan's famous statement that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" would turn out to be a gross understatement? In the past...
  • WaPo's Ignatius: 'A Lot of Truth' To WSJ Condemnation of Obama's Fiddling While World Burns

    06/12/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Q. How do you know that Barack Obama's weakness poses a serious threat to the security of the free world? A. When a leading foreign policy voice of the Washington Post agrees with a leading foreign policy voice of the Wall Street Journal that such is the case. It happened on today's Morning Joe, when WaPo's highly-respected David Ignatius agreed with a WSJ op-ed by Daniel Henninger, "While Obama Fiddles," that darkly concludes: "past some point, the world's wildfires are going to consume the Obama legacy. And leave his successor a nightmare." Said Ignatius: "those are harsh words from the...
  • Glorious Days for Radical Islam

    06/07/2014 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mark Davis
    The spiritual leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, rarely makes public statements. Chased from his perch atop the Supreme Council of Afghanistan weeks after 9/11, he has spent the last dozen years in hiding, reportedly in Pakistan. He watched as Operation Enduring Freedom sought to bring democracy to his native land. Since the first step in that exercise was to attack Afghanistan’s terrorist core, he saw his home in Kandahar bombed, killing his stepfather and son. Such were the events back when the United States was serious about winning a war on terror. The remaining years of the...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • Obama:'America's claim' written by those who served on D-Day (sez "hit singles" prez)

    06/06/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Although Obama made no direct reference to that controversy, he did said of D-Day that “in this age of instant commentary, the invasion would have swiftly and roundly been declared, as it was by one officer, 'a debacle.'" He also cautioned against a “race to judgment.” President Obama marked the anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday with a tribute to the servicemen who stormed “democracy’s beachhead” 70 years ago, and the new generation of American soldiers who continue their mission. "America's claim — our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being —...
  • Bergdahl Swap A Retro Moment In The New Cold War

    06/04/2014 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- U.S. President Barack Obama recently agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an alleged U.S. military deserter. It's great trade for the soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who will be reunited with his loved ones back in America. Nonetheless, it's a bad precedent for America. Obama said he expressed his personal gratitude to Qatar for having negotiated the Bergdahl swap. What could possibly be in this deal for Qatar? In June 2013, Qatar hosted talks between the U.S. and a Taliban delegation that also represented the Haqqani network, which was holding...
  • MSNBC's Matthews Hits Obama for Violating Law with Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Swap

    06/03/2014 6:33:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 3, 2014 | Ken Sheperd
    On his June 3 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews expressed his disapproval of the president having broken federal law in the process of securing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release in exchange for transferring five high-level Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatari government custody.
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • The tragedy of Obama's foreign policy

    06/01/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-30-14 | K. T. McFarland
    For six years the world has scratched its head about President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine. Is it “leading from behind,” as he himself has said on occasion, stepping back in hopes that an international coalition will take charge? Is it using American military or economic power to topple dictators? Is it killing enemies with drone strikes and spying on allies with advanced technology? Is it using words instead of weapons? With much fanfare, the president set out to set things straight on Wednesday by articulating a comprehensive Obama Doctrine in a major foreign policy address at West Point’s commencement ceremonies....
  • Obama’s Ad Hoc Foreign Policy

    05/30/2014 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    His West Point speech and his policy of retreat are characterized by smallness. It is fitting that the day before President Obama gives his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya. Libya, of course, was once the model Obama intervention — the exquisitely calibrated military engagement wrapped in the rhetorical extravagance of a nationally televised address proclaiming his newest foreign-policy doctrine (they change to fit the latest ad hoc decision): the responsibility to protect, or R2P. (snip) For the same reason, perhaps, that the Afghan...