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  • Iran adviser says US has ‘no will’ to fight Islamic State

    05/25/2015 2:29:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | Nasser Karimi 
    TEHRAN, Iran — The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday. The comments by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before. It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • $100 billion Saudi built-from-scratch city to be ready by 2035

    05/22/2015 6:40:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KOMO-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 | Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project. The business model of an entire city being built by the private sector was so unusual that it required adjustments in the beginning, said Fahd al-Rasheed, the Group CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), which is building the King Abdullah Economic City. "Putting that first phase together is the most...
  • Obama Restates Suport of Israel in Synagogue Speech

    05/22/2015 5:47:33 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 42 replies
    Time ^ | May 22, 2015 | Maya Rhoden
    President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity sabbath,” a holiday meant to consolidate support for Jews amid rising anti-Semitism that falls toward the end of Jewish Heritage Month. On Friday, lawmakers were slated to appear in congregations across the country to mark the day. ......................... “When we allow anti-Semitism to take root, our souls are destroyed,” Obama said. “It will spread.” The statements follow a wide-ranging...
  • Obama Achieves the Impossible: He’s United Israel and Saudi Arabia

    05/19/2015 9:46:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kalman Sporn
    From Left to Right: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Kalman Sporn and Heidi Cruz at a literal fireside chat in Mr. Weiderpass’ apartment.The organizer of the controversial 'Ted Cruz fireside chat' on strange alliances and misguided boycotts.A nuclear-armed Tehran presents an urgent threat to freedom. Opposing the Iran deal are two unlikely allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. And it’s just the latest sign of a thaw in a relationship that proves the wisdom of the old Sanskrit proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Saudi Arabia officially dropped the Arab boycott against Israel in 2005 as a condition of...
  • Total collapse: “Elite” Iraqi units routed in Ramadi counteroffensive

    05/18/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    <p>Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. When ISIS began its attack on Ramadi last week, the Iraqi government threw in its elite units, hoping to stem the tide of the radical Sunni advance and the overall targeting of Baghdad proper. Instead of pushing ISIS back, what transpired was a repeat of the flight from Mosul and other former Iraqi strongholds — a disorganized rout.</p>
  • White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

    05/15/2015 5:52:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list. White House officials on Monday sought to tamp down speculation that King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled his attendance at Camp David when the U.S. made clear that his country would not be permitted to buy F-35s. “We do not and never anticipated this to be a summit that only focused on one capability, like the F-35, for instance,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy National...
  • Well look who just traveled to Israel

    05/13/2015 12:35:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 12, 2015
    So apparently Scott Walker took a quiet trip to Israel this week and we are only finding out about it via his Twitter account: Great 1st day in Israel yesterday @ Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchure & Via Dolorosa .....[SNIP]..... Thanks @netanyahu for the meeting. Our democracies share common values & work to confront shared threats -skw .....[SNIP].... Enjoy your trip Governor. Tell Netanyahu to forgive us for Obama and that he has our support.
  • Obama’s Middle East Debacle

    05/12/2015 7:57:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Al Caruba
    You cannot make a greater mess of the mess that already exists in the Middle East, but Obama is doing his best to add to it. What else should we expect from a President who refuses to utter words like “Islamic terrorism”? I had to laugh when I heard that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Salmon, told the White House he wasn’t going to attend Thursday’s photo-op get together of Arab leaders. Some lesser Saudi officials will attend. The message is clear enough, so long as Obama continues to make nice with Iran, the center of the problems in...
  • Scott Walker to meet with Netanyahu during Israel trip

    05/11/2015 1:04:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    <p>Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will have a fresh chance to prove his foreign policy chops with a trip to Israel this week.</p> <p>The likely Republican presidential contender said Saturday in South Carolina that he and his wife were (t)raveling to the country later that day and would meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the trip.</p>
  • Iran and suspension of disbelief

    05/08/2015 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Yoram Ettinger
    Obama and a Nuclear Iran in the Middle East Iran and suspension of disbelief The term “suspension of disbelief” - coined in 1817 by the philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge—refers to a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrificing reality, common sense, doubt and complexity on the altar of a pretend reality, convenience and oversimplification; infusing a semblance of truth into an untrue narrative. Suspension of disbelief characterized the 1977-79 President Carter policy toward Iran, energizing Ayatollah Khomeini, ignoring or underestimating his track record and his radical, supremacist and violent worldview. The betrayal of the Shah transformed...
  • Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse

    05/06/2015 4:03:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    1]A few years ago it was the Muslim Brotherhood. These days it’s Iran. Next week it may be ISIS or Al Qaeda. Obama stands with the worst elements in the Middle East. That’s always been his philosophy. If the left had a foreign policy, it would be, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But the wheel is a sword and it’s lubricated with blood. The squeakiest wheels and the bloodiest swords get the most grease from the State Department because they hate us the most. And hating us the most means that somewhere along the way we must have hurt...
  • Note to Obama: The world is watching you doing nothing

    05/02/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/2/15 | Jim Emerson
    This week Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized control of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship during its transit of the Strait of Hormuz. The MV Maersk Tigris initially ignored Iranian orders to head into its waters until the Revolutionary Guard patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow. The Iranians boarded and confiscated the ship after an Iranian court had ordered the ship to be impounded. The MV Maersk Tigris left the Red Sea port of Jeddah bound for the United Arab Emirates before it was detoured by the Iranians. Iran claimed the ship will be impounded at the Gulf port of...
  • Gratitude (A Comedian Brilliantly Explains Why He’s Not Jealous Of Others’ Success – In Fact, He Roo

    04/26/2015 9:21:42 PM PDT · by cob201 · 23 replies
    Evan Sayet via Youtube via Independent Journal Review ^ | Published on April 16, 2015 | Evan Sayet
    Evan Sayet recently gave his view that income inequality is irrelevant because other people’s success doesn’t come at the expense of our own. In a humorous and memorable way, Sayet dissects why he wants everyone to be as successful as possible:
  • George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East Policy

    04/26/2015 7:32:42 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 26, 2015 | Josh Rogin
    In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naďve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush's remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was...
  • Peace and a new beginning are not on the horizon

    04/24/2015 7:47:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/15 | Corey Hunt
    Make no mistake: the war everyone fears is already here War must be averted. This is the appealing narrative, the glue that has held the theater of the Iran nuclear negotiations together for more than a decade as Western and UN powers try to talk it out with the Islamic Republic in Geneva. It makes sense, in its own right, as nobody should want a war—as in a confrontation where bombs are falling, cities are destroyed and a lot of people end up dead. The Obama Administration has been steadfast in presenting war as the only alternative to the marathon...
  • Netanyahu: The IDF is a response to regional threats [Zech 12]

    04/23/2015 8:07:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/20/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Israel has a right to use its military to defend itself against regional threats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday as he continued his diplomatic battle to stop Russian-made arms from flowing into the hands of Israel’s enemies. “The meaning of independence, in my view, is, first of all, the ability to defend yourself,” Netanyahu before he met with the IDF General Staff. “To the growing threats around us we have a response, which is found in this room. I rely on you, chief-of-staff, and I rely on the IDF. The people of Israel rely on you.” Publicly, Netanyahu...
  • Carter's Arab Financiers

    12/21/2006 8:52:59 AM PST · by venizelos · 25 replies · 1,781+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    To understand what feeds former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Israeli frenzy, look at his early links to Arab business. Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
  • MIDDLE EAST CRISIS-OBAMA BUILT THAT

    04/20/2015 6:46:43 PM PDT · by Danny Jeffrey · 12 replies
    Fix Bayonets ^ | April 20, 2015 | Danny Jeffrey
    I am certain that most of my readers have heard the Joseph Stalin quote "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic." Only a totally heartless human being could have such an outlook. One such a man is Barrack Hussein Obama, and he is proving it every single day. Several years ago when fifty one percent of this nation were singing Obama's praises, a large portion of the remaining forty nine percent were saying that Obama was incompetent. I have never believed that; writing instead that his apparent incompetence was actually a carefully...
  • Is the U.S. enabling a Middle East apocalypse? (Obama is 'packing powder keg' through 'failed...)

    04/20/2015 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    WND ^ | April 19, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series on the Obama administration’s deadly and failed strategies in the Middle East.) You’ve seen people enabling other’s bad behavior, whatever the unhealthy pattern or addiction. But what happens when the enabler is one of the most powerful nations on the earth and the disastrous outcome could be as great as an apocalypse? Any student of the Middle East knows that it would only take a spark to ignite World War III. I’ve sat back many times over the last few years and thought, “Is the U.S. providing the flint?” Instead...
  • MAKING EXCUSES FOR ISLAM

    04/19/2015 3:06:43 PM PDT · by Danny Jeffrey · 24 replies
    Fix Bayonets ^ | April 9, 2015 | Danny Jeffrey
    As the days of America's future dwindle down to a precious few I take to my keyboard with a self imposed mission, that being to record the fall and a hope to minimize our casualties. I have long since come to terms with the reality that through America's collapse the death toll will be staggering and the misery felt by all so very hard to bear that many will break under the strain. My coming to terms with another reality is far more difficult, that being that so very few are even aware of the danger. They live comfortably in...
  • Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials (administration has 3 theories)

    04/18/2015 12:47:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials. Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. Iran sent...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Florida Ex-Senator Pursues Claims of Saudi Ties to Sept. 11 Attacks

    04/13/2015 12:32:12 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2015 | Carl Hulse
    The episode could have been a chapter from the thriller written by former Senator Bob Graham of Florida about a shadowy Saudi role in the Sept. 11 attacks. A top F.B.I. official unexpectedly arranges a meeting at Dulles International Airport outside Washington with Mr. Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after he has pressed for information on a bureau terrorism inquiry. Mr. Graham, a Democrat, is then hustled off to a clandestine location, where he hopes for a breakthrough in his long pursuit of ties between leading Saudis and the Sept. 11 hijackers. This real-life encounter happened...
  • Obama’s Gulf remarks draw strong reactions (citizens dismayed)

    04/09/2015 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:31 April 7, 2015
    Many dismayed by Obama’s lack of understanding of Gulf politics Dubai: Reactions among Gulf citizens to President Barack Obama’s comments on the region were disparate, covering the gamut between derogatory and laudatory, but shock and dismay were the strongest emotions. Obama in an interview said that Gulf countries had legitimate grievances about external threats menacing them, but insisted that the biggest threats they faced were “not from Iran” but from within. “They have some very real external threats, but they also have some internal threats — populations that, in some cases, are alienated, youth that are underemployed, an ideology that...
  • Scott Walker: Iranians not coming to table ‘out of the good nature of their hearts’

    04/09/2015 6:12:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    "......Mr. Walker said the Iranians are not coming to the negotiating table “out of the good nature of their hearts trying to push for world peace.” “They’re coming to the table because they were being brought to their knees because of the sanctions from the United States and from our allies particularly in Europe,” he said. “And right at the time when they’re working think about this kind of negotiation. We should have been saying here’s the deal: you take it or if not we’re going to go back to our allies and push for even stronger sanctions because we...
  • Scott Walker slams back at Obama

    04/09/2015 4:19:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Possible presidential contender Scott Walker came out swinging on national television against President Obama, who had publicly suggested the Wisconsin governor was “foolish” for taking a hardline stance on nuclear negotiations with Iran. The public tiff took off when Walker simply said he would not agree to any nuclear deal with Iran that allowed the country to enrich uranium – and Obama couldn’t let the comment go. The president said Walker had adopted a “foolish approach,” and added: “Perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.” Walker, late Wednesday...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon

    04/02/2015 12:15:57 PM PDT · by Perkinsbob54 · 12 replies
    High Country News ^ | 3/8/15 | Jonathan Thompson |
    It’s not even 8 a.m. and rush hour is on in northwestern New Mexico. Dozens of big white trucks and water tankers, neon flags flying, head north to the gas patch. I’m driving south, through Aztec, and as I pass the retro-orange A&W on the edge of town, I pull up alongside a drilling rig. The thing’s huge, too huge, it seems, to be rolling along the same road as my little Nissan. Yet the strange, rolling infrastructure has been a familiar site around here for decades — back in 1948, when a UFO purportedly crashed out on a nearby...
  • Obama's Nuclear Deal With The Devil

    03/31/2015 10:52:01 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 31 replies
    PoliticallyShort ^ | 03/31/2015 | Nick S.
    On March 20, 2009, delivering his first message to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran in celebration of the Iranian holiday of Nowruz, Barack Obama stated, “the United States wants the Islam Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations”. On March 31, 2015, Iran will have taken “its rightful place in the community of nations” in a way only Barack Obama could have imagined as a final nuclear agreement is reached. Moreover, “by the time Obama leaves office”, writes David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy, “no country on Earth will have...
  • Obama does it again

    03/29/2015 10:49:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/29/15 | Michael Oberndorf
    Descent into a New Dark Age The Muslim Marxist in the White Mosque continues, on a daily basis, to exceed our expectations. Just when you think he can’t get any more lawless, or corrupt, or incompetent, or traitorous, he does. But like he claims to be the case with American’s achievements, he doesn’t do it alone. He’s had massive assistance from the “mainstream” media, the Democrat Party, and to the disgust of patriotic Americans nationwide, the Republican Establishment. In spite of it being so obvious that his “executive amnesty” scam is blatantly unconstitutional - and therefore blatantly illegal – so...
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 72 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway.  Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now.  I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III.  The wars and rumors of wars all across...
  • Clearing Up the Middle East Situation

    03/28/2015 11:23:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/15 | Jim O'Neill
    Obama -- who, for reasons unknown, much prefers dealing with the "Death to America" Muslim theocracy in Iraq than with the pro-USA government in Israel. Go figure Recently my mom complained to me that she is confused by what is happening in the Middle East. I doubt she is alone in this, and for her benefit and those of you who share her confusion I have decided to clear things up. With that in mind, what follows is a brief summation of the situation in the Middle East—hopefully it will answer a number of questions you might have. To begin...
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    03/27/2015 10:11:53 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 4 replies
    Taki ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a case to be made for a truce in the venomous conflict that has gone on between us since the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979? Is there any common ground? To both questions, President Obama and John Kerry believe the answer is yes. And they...
  • White House defends Yemen strategy as Iran-backed rebels surge

    03/26/2015 9:29:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2015 | By NICK GASS
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the success of U.S. foreign policy in Yemen should not be assessed in relation to the success or the stability of the country’s government, noting that the Middle Eastern nation — the region’s poorest — has long been in a “chaotic situation.” “The measure of U.S. policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government. That’s a separate enterprise,” Earnest said in a roundtable discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, adding that “the goal of U.S. policy toward Yemen has never been to try to build...
  • Obama's Mideast 'free fall'

    03/26/2015 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2015 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    Mounting chaos in the region puts the administration on the defensive. Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy. “If there’s one lesson this administration has learned, from President...
  • Why ‘Operation: Decisive Storm’ was needed in Yemen

    03/26/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | 03/26/2015 | Faisal J. Abbas
    For far too long, the Iranian-backed Houthi movement was left to meddle in Yemen. Now, while one realizes that war should always be used as a last resort and that every effort to use political and peaceful means should be exhausted; the reality is time after time, Iran and its agents continue to prove that they can’t be trusted and that they will always behave as the rogue players that they are. Saudi Arabia and its allies – who up until now include all GCC states (excluding Oman), Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco and Pakistan - answered the call with Operation:...
  • 20 Foreign Policy Questions For the 2016 Republican Presidential Field

    03/26/2015 9:27:18 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-03-26 | Benjamin Weingarten
    With the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination officially under way, I thought it apt to share a set of questions on foreign policy — an area in which it is vital that each candidate distinguish himself given the size and scope of the threats we face. Below are 20 questions the next commander-in-chief will likely be grappling with, and should be able to answer cogently, consistently and comprehensively. The responses to these queries would serve to elucidate the first principles of each of the potential nominees, and create a clear contrast in terms of their goals, strategies and...
  • The Cairo-Madison Connection [Noam Chomsky's take on Scott Walker and the WI protests]

    03/26/2015 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Web Citation ^ | March 11, 2011 | Noam Chomsky
    On Feb. 20, Kamal Abbas, Egyptian union leader and prominent figure in the Jan. 25 movement, sent a message to the “workers of Wisconsin”: “We stand with you as you stood with us.” Egyptian workers have long fought for fundamental rights denied by the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime. Kamal is right to invoke the solidarity that has long been the driving force of the labor movement worldwide, and to compare their struggles for labor rights and democracy. The two are closely intertwined. Labor movements have been in the forefront of protecting democracy and human rights and expanding their domains, a...
  • Presidential Memorandum --Delegation of Authority of the National Defense Authorization Act FY2015

    03/25/2015 7:20:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 3/25/2015 | Obama
    Presidential Memorandum -- Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows: I hereby delegate the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
  • Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen

    03/25/2015 7:08:47 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 9 replies
    http://nytimes.com ^ | March 25 2015 | Mark Mazzetti and David Kirkpatrick
    Saudi Arabia had announced on Wednesday night that it had begun a military campaign in Yemen, the beginning of what a Saudi official had said was an offensive to restore a Yemeni Government that had collapsed after rebel forces took control of large swaths of the country.
  • Sowell: A Simple Question

    03/23/2015 2:48:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished. The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O'Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment. For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary...
  • Thanks, Hillary! Morning Joe's Middle East a Smoking Ruin

    03/23/2015 8:31:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Warning: readers are advised to hide the sharp objects before viewing the clip of Morning Joe's review of the Middle East today. The picture painted is one of the utter failure of US foreign policy, leaving a devastated, deadly region in its woeful wake. We open with President Obama's "mission accomplished" moment from last year in which he called US policy in Yemen "successful." Cut to Jim Miklaszewski saying that the White House had to order US special forces out of the country, leaving us with absolutely no leverage. Then to Iraq, where two experts say Iraq as a country...
  • Crew 151 Mark Iranian-Persian New Year at MDRS

    03/21/2015 10:56:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Mars Society ^ | March 21, 2015 | M Stoltz
    Mohammad Iranmanesh, a member of Crew 151 currently participating in a two-week field rotation at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, unfurled the flag of Iran, alongside the American flag, to help mark a "Happy Nowruz" (Iranian-Persian New Year). Stressing the importance of international cooperation on space exploration, MDRS crew member Iranmanesh said "Mars has no borders, right?" The crew also made a bit of Internet history over the weekend when they tweeted the picture of the Iranian flag at MDRS to wish Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist to fly to the International Space...
  • THE COMING CONFRONTATION

    03/21/2015 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/21/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Can we say this administration has a bias against Israel? Israel can make no more concessions for peace. She gave up Gaza, and as a thank you, Hezbollah has been launching rockets for years. It makes no sense for Israel to surrender to her enemies as that would be genocide. For additional concessions would not make a difference to Hezbollah, Iran, Al Qaeda, Hamas or ISIS. They would continue their terrorist assault until there were no Jews left. After all, these are the same groups working so hard in Europe to make certain there are no Christians left. The global...
  • The Perfect Storm

    03/21/2015 8:41:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Bill Tatro
    Now all the pieces are in place. The only outstanding question mark was put to rest this past week as Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected Prime Minister of Israel. Apparently the Israeli electorate was not interested in making Palestine a “two state” as long as the Palestinians credo was much like Iran’s “Total annihilation of the Israelites”. There are moments in history when the forces of nature swirl in such a way that events take control beyond the powers of mortal man. In the late 17 and early 1800’s, the world shuddered as tumultuous events seemed to be intertwined. The American...
  • White House Antagonism Toward Netanyahu Grows

    03/21/2015 12:41:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    NYT ^ | March 20, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — The White House is stepping up its antagonism toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite his victory in this week’s elections, signaling that it is in no rush to repair a historic rift between the United States and Israel. The sharpened tone indicates that the Obama administration may be re-evaluating its relationship with its closest ally in the Middle East, having lost patience with Mr. Netanyahu in the closing days of an election campaign in which he spotlighted deep disagreements with President Obama over a Palestinian state and a nuclear deal with Iran. “You reach a tipping point,” said...
  • Steyn: "Everybody" In Middle East "Despises" Obama

    03/20/2015 3:25:40 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Mark Steyn, columnist and author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn,” argued that “everybody” in the Middle East “despises” President Obama on Thursday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
  • Obama phones France as Iran talks hit snag [Surrender Monkeys only want symbolic easing]

    03/20/2015 3:16:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the nuclear talks with Iran, which have reportedly hit a snag over the question of easing sanctions. The two leaders discussed the nuclear negotiations, as well as the conflict in Ukraine, according to the White House. “The presidents reaffirmed their commitment to achieving a long term comprehensive deal that fully and verifiably addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said in a statement. A round of talks in Switzerland concluded Friday...
  • Senator Bob Corker: Iran bill will beat Obama veto

    03/20/2015 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob Corker predicted Friday. The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful. “I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference. The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal. The...