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  • 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 · 69 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 · 3 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...
  • RE: Iranian Nukes - US Senate Goes over President’s Head

    03/10/2015 3:59:14 PM PDT · by walford · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | 03/10/2015 | walford
    Is it the Republicans in the Senate who are the problem and not the Islamic Republic of Iran’s on-going pursuit of being able to massacre hundreds of thousands if not millions of people at the push of a button? Who’s motivations should make us more wary? I can certainly see questioning the appropriateness of the Senate sending a separate message to a hostile nation while negotiations are in progress.Why would they do this; do they simply hate the President personally and want to undermine him for political gain -- as is being implied by his supporters -- or do they...
  • The Case for a Christian State in the Middle East

    03/09/2015 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya by Islamic State (IS) affiliates prompted a conversation with Joseph Hakim, President of the International Christian Union (ICU), an umbrella organization that seeks to secure the wellbeing and survival of Middle Eastern Christians. Hakim is a Lebanese-born Orthodox Christian and a proud American.
  • Payback

    03/07/2015 7:42:44 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3-6-15 | Richard Fernandez
    The old time Kremlinolgists often parsed the detailed biographies of key personnel, especially those newly appointed, to gauge the direction in which policy was moving. For the real news was often not in the banner headlines but in the footnotes. Now those same skills can come in handy in Washington. Today the White House announced the appointment of Robert Malley to replace Phil Gordon as .”Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Today, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice announced that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President...
  • General Jim Mattis brings insight and clarity to the nature of war (video)

    03/06/2015 1:39:41 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 5 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | 3/6/2105 | Peter Robinson - Hoover Institution
    In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution.
  • We are Israel

    03/02/2015 2:41:44 PM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 2, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    At a super-secret conservative confab last week a long-time friend and ally said that after 30 years of giving lectures and speeches to conservative groups there was only one event where he could show his true colors, and it wasn’t the one we were attending.
  • World View: Reports Indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia Planning Military Action in Libya

    03/02/2015 11:47:56 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/01/2015 | by John J. Xenakis
    This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com •Reports indicate Egypt, Italy, Russia planning military action in Libya •Egypt court declares Hamas to be a terrorist organization •Egypt and Turkey may try to create a ‘Sunni front’ with Saudi Arabia Various unconfirmed reports are emerging indicating that there may be joint international action planned in Libya as early as next week. Egypt is already conducting air strikes against ISIS-linked targets in Derna, close to where Egyptian Coptics were massacred recently,... Al-Jazeera television reports that the Italian navy is getting ready to carry off sophisticated military drills off the coast of Libya as...
  • Pence for Defense--The presidential candidates could learn from Indiana’s governor.

    02/28/2015 7:03:37 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Lost in much of the reporting about CPAC is that almost all of the likely presidential candidates—really, all of them, with the exception of Rand Paul—seemed to place themselves at the Reaganite hawkish-internationalist end of the foreign policy spectrum. The much-heralded return of Republican isolationism or anti-interventionism wasn’t much in evidence, except during Rand Paul's half hour on the stage. The other candidates all criticized President Obama for his foreign policy weakness and timidity, and made the case for greater American strength and resolve. Of course, most of the speakers didn't go into great detail, especially on the question of...
  • Israel rips U.S. deal with 'messianic, apocalyptic' Iran

    02/23/2015 9:41:09 PM PST · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Unattributed
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The emerging U.S.-led deal that would allow Iran to enrich uranium at a limited rate, with the restrictions easing over time, poses a “great danger” to the Western world and Israel from a “messianic, apocalyptic” nation, Israel’s defense minister declared Monday. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made the comments as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the wishes of President Obama, prepares for a trip to Washington next week to explain in an address to both houses of Congress why he is against the negotiations. As WND reported, the prime minister’s aides have claimed Israel...
  • A credibility gap [for Obama on Iran negotiations]

    02/23/2015 5:24:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Fred Hiatt
    Can President Obama sell an Iran deal at home? If his negotiators strike an agreement next month, we already know that it will be far from ideal: Rather than eradicating Iran’s nuclear-weapons potential, as once was hoped, a pact would seek to control Iran’s activities for some limited number of years. Such a deal might be defensible on the grounds that it is better than any alternative, given that most experts believe a military “solution” would be at best temporary and possibly counterproductive. But making that kind of lesser-evil defense would be challenging in any circumstances. Three conditions will make...
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...
  • Obama says notion West at war with Islam is 'ugly lie'

    02/19/2015 9:47:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/19/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Middle Eastern leaders to stand up to "violent extremism" and stop proxy wars that fuel the rise of terror groups. "The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie," he told the final day of a conference on combatting extremism. "And all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it." Obama challenged Middle Eastern powers to stop actions that he claimed have stoked the rise of Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and others. Fighting between Sunnis and Shia "will only end when...
  • China's Torrid Middle Eastern Affair

    02/18/2015 1:47:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- While surfing the Internet on Valentine's Day, I came across a love story so poignant that I just have to share it with you. I'm taking really hot and heavy -- as in actual fire. I noticed a banner advertisement for an event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April called the "Kingdom Future Energy Summit," complete with a stunning image of what appears to be an ashen finger catching fire as it reaches out to touch a stream of oil. Ouch. It's the kind of image that you might expect neo-hippies to daydream between trips to the recycling...
  • EDUCATION, POVERTY, POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM: IS THERE A CAUSAL CONNECTION?

    02/18/2015 12:27:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    NBER Working Papers Series ^ | July 2002 | Alan B. Krueger and Jitka Maleckova, Natl Bureau of Economic Research
    [snip] Conclusion - The evidence we have assembled and reviewed suggests there is little direct connection between poverty, education and participation in terrorism and politically motivated violence. Indeed, the available evidence indicates that, compared with the relevant population, participants in Hezbollah’s militant wing in the late 1980s and early 1990s were at least as likely to come from economically advantaged families and have a relatively high level of education as they were to come from impoverished families without educational opportunities. We should caution, however, that the evidence we have considered is tentative due to data limitations. In addition, our focus...
  • Analysis: Obama’s successor could inherit Mideast conflict

    02/12/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 6:24 AM ET | Julie Pace
    Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East. Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted legacy for Obama, a president who once appeared poised to fulfill his campaign pledge to end U.S.-led conflicts in the region. […] The president has long said the campaign against the Islamic State militants would be lengthy, suggesting it could extend beyond his presidency. But his authorization...
  • Getting Real in the Middle East

    02/11/2015 1:47:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    resident Barack Obama, who has acted unilaterally on everything from making war in Libya to granting work permits to illegal aliens in the United States, now wants a war authorization from Congress. What Congress should make him do first -- but probably will not -- is embrace a realistic foreign policy that makes sense because it makes Americans safer. When Obama wanted to intervene in Libya's civil war in favor of those seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, he did not seek an authorization from Congress as required by our Constitution. He acted on his own -- backed up by what...
  • At the prayer breakfast, President Obama struck a patronizing tone

    02/10/2015 2:16:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | Eugene Robinson
    There is no doubt that President Obama’s remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let’s face it — glib, facile and patronizing. [snip of brief, gratuitous, misleading snark to burnish and retain his progressive credentials] My objection is that Obama — in drawing parallels between past atrocities perpetrated in the name of Christianity and current ones by terrorists acting in the name of Islam — constructed an all-too-pat narrative that lets everyone off the hook, including himself. The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror...
  • Dear President Obama, I Have a Solution for Your “Islamist” Dilemma

    02/08/2015 1:52:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Michael Youssef
    Dear President Obama, Please know that I am one of those who pray for you on a regular basis. The Scriptures command me to pray for those in leadership. Please also know that any criticism I have regarding your foreign policies are neither personal nor political. I have found some across the aisle from you who have equally questionable views regarding such policies. Although I don’t presume to enter into your mind nor know your motives, I think I understand the process of your thinking regarding radical Islam. Incidentally, I think also some of the President George W. Bush’s administration...
  • Legislation Proposal: Limit Obama's Ability to Cash in on the Presidency

    02/09/2015 4:33:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | John Ransom
    MaxUrderer wrote: You know what would be even BETTER? If we hadn't invaded a Iraq and destabilized the entire regime in the first place. If we had treated 9/11 as what it WAS, a crime, had caught the perpetrators and brought them to justice, and had left the evil but stabilizing dictator in place as we've done in Saudi Arabia. So no, John, Iraq was neither a "victory" nor a "war". It was a mistake. And it will NEVER be Obama's fault. It'll ALWAYS be Bush's fault. To summarize Conservative sentiment regarding Iraq: "That idiot Obama didn't fix our incredible...
  • The Arab Armies

    02/08/2015 10:14:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/08/15 | Alan Caruba
    Coalition is “adamantly opposed to Obama’s policy…and loath to lend their air strength for its support” The ongoing Syrian conflict, the fall of the Yemeni government, the burning of the Jordanian pilot, and other events make one wonder why even those Arab nations with significant military capabilities tend not to use them against a common enemy. The attacks on ISIS by the Jordanian air force have been a dramatic example of what could be done to eliminate this threat to the entire region if the other military forces would join in a united effort. This raises the question of why...
  • The Faithful Clarity of a Moral President

    02/07/2015 3:43:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Last week, President Barack Obama chose to equate Christianity and Islam. In doing so, he suggested people needed to get off their "high horse" because many things had been done in the name of Christianity. He listed slavery and the crusades to name two. I would feel better about listening to the honest exegesis of the American resident on matters of faith if I were convinced he had faith in anything other than himself. He sat in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. But Rev. Wright is a preacher of black liberation theology, far removed from mainstream Christian discourse....
  • Shiite rebels take power in Yemen, fan fears of civil war

    02/06/2015 4:59:33 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 02/07/2015 | By Ahmed al-Haj
    ANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebels proclaimed a formal takeover of the Arab nation Friday, dissolving parliament in a dramatic move that completes their power grab in the region’s poorest nation where an al-Qaeda terrorist offshoot flourishes. The unrest could strengthen Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch, considered the world’s most dangerous wing of the terror movement, and complicate US counter-terrorism operations in Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbor. While Houthi rebels are bitter enemies to al-Qaida, they also are hostile to the United States, and frosty to the predominantly Sunni Saudis. The region’s Shiite powerhouse, Iran, looms as a potential key backer. White...
  • The defiance of Jordan: Queen Rania leads thousands of protesters on the streets of Amman

    02/06/2015 12:43:45 PM PST · by traumer · 28 replies
    Queen Rania of Jordan led protests on the streets of the capital Amman this morning as thousands took to the streets after Friday prayers to urge King Abdullah II to step up airstrikes against the Islamic State to avenge the brutal murder of pilot Moaz al-Kasaesbeh. Crowds massed near the city's main Husseini mosque, then marched chanting 'Death to Daesh', using a derogatory Arabic acronym for the terror group, in the latest sign of mounting public anger. The rally came three days after Islamic State released a video purporting to show Kasaesbeh being burnt alive in a cage as masked...
  • Barbarians at the Gate

    02/06/2015 7:55:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    I would not watch the video of Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being consumed by fire, because to do so was exactly what the Islamist barbarians who produced it wanted. They wanted not only to kill their captive in the most horrific way imaginable, but also to burn the images of his immolation into the minds of those who oppose them. Terror is their most effective weapon. The only way they can achieve victory is by frightening people into submission. Scare off those who would join an alliance to fight the Islamic State, and ISIS wins. But barbarity also has a...
  • After nine months deployed, 40th soldiers home again. New babies part of the welcoming

    02/06/2015 6:17:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A woman held a sign as she sat on a bleacher in the Barnes Feld House Wednesday night. It read: “I’d wait for you forever, but 292 days is long enough.” Little did she know the sign should have read 293 days, because that is the length of time she actually had to wait for her soldier to come back home, after spending more than nine months in the troubled areas of the Middle East and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until after midnight — precisely 15 minutes into Thursday morning — before the unnamed soldier was one of...
  • Professor made tough class fun for students

    02/06/2015 4:05:12 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 8 replies
    The State (Columbia, SC) ^ | Feb. 5, 2015 | By JOEY HOLLEMAN
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Students say Raja Fayad, a University of South Carolina professor who died in an apparent murder-suicide on campus Thursday, made one of the toughest classes at the University of South Carolina fun. “He was a very kind-hearted and sweet person,” said Lacey Humphries, 23, who graduated in May. “Anatomy and physiology is not everyone’s favorite class. ... He would turn it into something that was enjoyable and give us ways to remember things. ... That’s something you appreciate in a professor.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/05/3972072_professor-made-tough-class-fun.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
  • After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers

    02/04/2015 4:58:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 4, 2015 | Byron York
    Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group. In a private session with lawmakers, the king showed an extraordinary measure of anger — anger which he expressed by citing American movie icon Clint Eastwood.
  • BO: I Saved the American Economy, Made the US Stronger, More Prosperous, Safer, More Influential

    02/04/2015 5:36:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 54 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 2/2/2015 | Tim Brown
    "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." – Proverbs 16:18 God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." –James 4:6 No, the headline is not a joke. This is what the Narcissist-in-Chief actually said. In an interview on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Obama said that he was proud of his accomplishments while in office, and though he mentioned ridiculous statements like "saving the American economy," noticeably absent was his signature unconstitutional legislation, Obamacare. When asked what he thought his one line would be in history, Obama said he thought he would allow others to...
  • Why Even Our Friends in the Middle East Don’t Like Us

    02/01/2015 11:22:42 AM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    WSJ Wasington Wire ^ | January 30, 2015 | Aaaron David Miller
    President Barack Obama‘s visit to Saudi Arabia this week with a heavy-duty delegation was a smart move. But nobody should have any illusions that this quick stop will fix what’s troubling U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia or other key allies in the region. These days, the United States’ two oldest and most important friends in the Middle East–Israel and Saudi Arabia–seem to have more in common with one another than they do with Washington. Throw Egypt into the mix and you have an unusual threesome–a Jewish state, a monarchy, and a military-controlled phony republic–that have, as a practical matter, aligned...
  • American Sniper Is Surprisingly Popular in Iraq

    01/31/2015 2:17:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    American Sniper, the film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who became the deadliest sniper in U.S. history while serving four tours of duty in Iraq, has broken box office records and is nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. To say that the film is a hit among American audiences (Michael Moore, and other haters aside) would be an understatement. What is receiving far less attention—though very interesting—is how the moving is faring in the Middle East. In Iraq, the theater at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall was “full and rowdy” during the film’s opening week—and the crowd was into it. When...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...