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  • JFK would back Obama, says White House

    12/17/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justine Sink
    Former President Kennedy would approve of President Obama's decision to roll back trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, the White House argued Wednesday. "I do think that even President Kennedy would acknowledge that after more than 50 years of a policy of isolation [which] didn't bring about the desired result … change was needed," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. President Obama announced earlier in the day that the administration would ease travel restrictions to the country, as well as restrictions on exports to Cuba. The government is also allowing U.S. financial and telecommunications firms to establish more of...
  • Raul Castro Urges Obama To Use ‘Executive Action’ To Overrule Congress

    12/17/2014 12:39:14 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    In a speech held at the same time as President Barack Obama’s televised speech announcing a normalization of relations with Cuba, Cuban dictator Raul Castro urged Obama to use “executive action” to bypass Congressional policy on Cuba. USA Today’s Gregory Korte first caught the comments: Raul Castro urges President Obama to use “executive action” to lift congressionally imposed sanctions on Cuba. — Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) December 17, 2014
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

    12/17/2014 2:14:02 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    www.Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | December 17, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Sen. Cruz Responds to the President’s new Cuba Policy WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargos. “We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed,...
  • Ted Cruz: Normalization Of U.S./Cuban Relations ‘A Tragic Mistake’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2014 2:02:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Al Weaver | Al Weaver
    Following the return of Alan Gross to the U.S., Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the “Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy,” saying the Castro brothers are “state sponsors of terrorism” and that President Barack Obama “does not understand the difference between our friends and our enemies.”Cruz, one of three Cuban American members of the upper chamber in Congress, also called the normalization of relations between the two nations “a tragic mistake” made the comments to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon. TED CRUZ: “This is yet another manifestation of the failures of the Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy. For six years we followed...
  • Lindt Cafe Terrorist Warned Obama Not to Hide His Islamic Faith

    12/17/2014 12:48:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 16, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Allahu Akbar. Sydney terrorist Sheik Haron Monis called out Barack Obama in 2008. He warned Obama during his campaign to not hide his religion. Canada Free Press reported: Among those who saw Barack Hussein Obama as an “apostate” for denying his religion as an Islamist, when he first ran as president in 2008, was the man who was to become the terrorist who killed two innocent hostages, injuring four others at the Sydney Lindt Cafe on Sunday. Signing his name as “Sheik Haron” and writing “Dear Brother Barack Obama” in the salutation of his letter, Man Haron Monis warned Obama...
  • Ted Cruz: The Most Hawkish of Them All?

    12/03/2014 5:25:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 Blog ^ | December 3, 2014 | David Catanese
    The nation’s foreign policy is “a manifest disaster.” Its approach to cutting a deal with Iran on nuclear development is “catastrophically reckless.” Its policy on assisting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia is “incoherent.” This White House is home to the “most hostile administration to Israel in modern times.” That’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s scathing assessment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, a blistering critique that is positioning him as the most blazingly hawkish Republican to potentially run for president in 2016. He also tellingly dubbed it “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy,” a subtle hint that he’d lob much of the same...
  • ISIS Claims To Have Built A Dirty Bomb As Officials Warn Of Airline Attack

    12/03/2014 3:49:56 AM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Norvell Rose
    Islamic State militants are boasting that they have developed a dirty bomb — a crude nuclear weapon using materials seized from Mosul University, Iraq. [A] letter written by the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. to the body’s Secretary-General confirm[ed] that some 88 pounds of uranium that could be adapted for a dirty bomb was seized by militants.
  • Egypt: Ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak, accused in deaths of hundreds, cleared of charges

    11/29/2014 8:19:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 10:41 AM EST, Sat November 29, 2014 | Jason Hanna, Sarah Sirgany and Holly Yan,
    A Cairo judge capped a months long retrial by dismissing the death charges -- reversing the former strongman's convictions in 2012 -- and finding Mubarak not guilty of corruption.
  • Harry Reid: Good Luck Trying to Undo Executive Amnesty

    11/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 106 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Caroline May
    Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) argues that despite the fact that President Obama’s executive amnesty will not have the force of law, it would be very difficult for another president to rescind. “This is something that is fair and the right thing to do,” Reid said on Thursday. “They have the opportunity at some later time, some president to say, ‘I want this all changed.’ I wish that person luck to try to tell these millions of people and their families -- who many at that time will have many, many more United States citizens -- are going...
  • What Putin learned when the Berlin Wall fell

    11/15/2014 8:07:53 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | November 14, 2014
    This year, several Russian lawmakers called for an investigation against Mr. Gorbachev, charging him with having caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. To accuse someone of having brought about the end of a state responsible for the murder of millions, the imprisonment of tens of millions and the oppression of hundreds of millions is a bit like accusing someone of having brought down Nazism. But the people who run post-Soviet Russia don’t see it that way. Mr. Putin saw a regime – the regime he served – unwilling to maintain power by force. Unlike the Chinese communists, who in...
  • Obama and the definition of 'Islamic'

    11/04/2014 4:51:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-4-14 | Carolyln Glick
    Obama spoke with absolute certainty when he claimed that IS is not Islamic. In his speech on September 11 announcing that the US would commence limited operations against Islamic State, US President Barack Obama insisted, “ISIL, [i.e. Islamic State] is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” To be sure, it is hard to see how any human faith can countenance IS’s actions. For the past several months, on a daily basis, new videos appear of IS fighters proudly, openly and wantonly committing crimes against humanity. This week...
  • Bennett: Obama Administration 'Throwing Israel Under the Bus'

    10/28/2014 8:52:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10/28/14 | Elad Benari
    “The United States administration is planning to throw Israel under the bus,” Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday night, responding to harsh words against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu which were attributed to senior officials in the Obama administration. “Israel is stronger than all those who curse it,” said Bennett, after Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic quoted officials in Washington as having described Netanyahu as “chickens**t”, among other things. “The prime minister is not a private individual, but the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole. Serious curses such as these against the Israeli...
  • Obama’s war on Islamic State militants finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/15/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-15-2014 | Olivier Knox
    Two months after American bombs and missiles began pounding fighters of the so-called Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s undeclared war in Iraq and Syria finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve. The Wall Street Journal had reported on Oct. 3 that the name had been considered and rejected, with one unnamed military officer saying “it is just kind of bleh.” The long search for a name had sparked a flurry of jokes on Twitter, where one leading tongue-in-cheek suggestion was that it be called “Operation Hey Wasn’t That My Humvee” – a reference to U.S. airstrikes hitting Islamic State fighters...
  • The Merger of ISIS and al-Qaeda Could Cripple the Civilized World

    10/11/2014 12:51:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 10, 2014 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED
    Take a barbaric army, add strategic jihadists—and a new evil is born. Organized and disciplined, ISIS is grabbing territory to build a state. On their hit list—the state of Israel. As ISIS continues to advance on the Syrian town of Kobani and close in on Turkey’s border, experts in Islamic radical movements think the terror group may merge with its al-Qaeda mother organization soon. Together, the group would represent the greatest terror threat to the civilized world. “I think Britain, Germany and France will witness significant attacks in their territories by the Islamic State. Al-Baghdadi [the leader of the...
  • David Ignatius: Obama may be looking to shake-up his White House team

    10/08/2014 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | By David Ignatius
    Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006, and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he’s looking to make some personnel changes after the November congressional elections. Obama’s foreign-policy team needs help. National security adviser Susan Rice still suffers from unfair attacks over the Benghazi affair. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was similarly tarnished by a rough confirmation hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a tireless advocate for Obama’s policies, but there’s inevitable tension...
  • How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic State

    10/06/2014 5:45:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 6, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic StatePosted By Raymond Ibrahim On October 6, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy.   In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world.And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. had most authority, where U.S. blood and treasure were spent, that the absolute worst Islamic terrorist group—the Islamic State—was born.Coincidence?Or is this too related...
  • Exposed: A Pentagon Official Just Turned Against Obama And Revealed His Brazen Lies

    10/05/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 2, 2014 | James Beattie
    A senior Department of Defense official says President Obama and his administration are giving the public inaccurate information about his foreign policy strategy, particularly with regards to Iraq. Joseph Miller, the pseudonym for a ranking Department of Defense official who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote in The Daily Caller Tuesday, partially in reaction to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest which said that the decision for American military forces to leave Iraq “was predicated on the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight for their country.” Miller said this was “not true.” “In...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Obama Stands Aloof From America's Four Foreign Policy Traditions

    09/30/2014 5:53:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, | Michael Barone
    resident Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy. Whether Obama's decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Khorasan terrorists is a turning point, it was at least a move in the direction of a tradition in American foreign policy that has been conspicuously lacking in his administration....
  • Still No Statement from White House on First Islamic Terrorist Beheading in U.S.

    09/28/2014 10:21:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rick Moran
    It’s been 48 hours since Jah’Keem Yisrael — AKA Alton Noel — perpetrated a horrific terrorist attack on 54 year old co-worker Colleen Hufford, stabbing her repeatedly and then sawing her head off with a knife, and we have yet to hear any acknowledgment from President Obama of this worrisome incident. Why not? All the elements of an Islamic act of terror are present: the savagery,the shouting of Islamic verses during the act, the stated determination to carry out jihad, and a fanatical belief in Islam that, in his mind, justified everything. From a political standpoint, it’s a bad idea...
  • Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate

    09/23/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 September 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. That means that Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama—after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq. The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • ‘Several Thousand Syrian Nationals’ Coming To America

    09/19/2014 7:56:46 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 17 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Bob Parks
    Considering what’s been going on in Syria over the last few years (including the official emergence of ISIS), and after the questionable scrutiny in giving thousands of visas to so-called immigrant-children refugees, I’m not sure this is a good idea.
  • 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News for Democrats

    09/17/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 17, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    In a time of national anxiety, women voters are again turning to Republicans to protect the country. Suddenly, it feels like 2002. Democrats got creamed in midterm elections that year because the women voters they had relied on throughout the Clinton years deserted them. In 2000, women favored Democratic congressional candidates by nine points. In 2002, that advantage disappeared entirely. The biggest reason: 9/11. In polls that year, according to Gallup, women consistently expressed more fear of terrorism that men. And that fear pushed them toward the GOP, which they trusted far more to keep the nation safe. As then-Senator...
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know

    09/13/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hitair.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, another dim attempt by the White House to keep this new Iraq intervention in Americans’ rhetorical comfort zone. “Wars” are long, involve vast numbers of fighters on both sides, and absorb much blood and treasure; our “victories” in war lately tend to be unsatisfying and ephemeral too. “Counterterrorism,” though, is lightning fast, typically involves a small number of military assets, and is usually decisive. (It also conveniently doesn’t require a new AUMF.) The Bin Laden raid is the supreme example. By the White House’s own reckoning, rolling back ISIS will take three years at least, already involves a...
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt...
  • Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Has No Chance of Success

    09/11/2014 8:58:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/10/2014 | FREDERICK W. KAGAN and KIMBERLY KAGAN
    President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a short speech. Noting that ISIL is not a state (partly because the international community thankfully does not recognize it), he declared, “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.” Neither of those sentences, unfortunately, is true. ISIL is an insurgent group that controls enormous territory in Iraq and Syria that it governs. It maneuvers conventional light...
  • Obama Will Fight ISIS by Arming ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:25:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson said. A few centuries later his fellow Englishman, Winston Churchill, quipped, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.” It’s not true of the United States, but it is true of Barack Obama who, having exhausted every alternative that involved appeasement or pretending that ISIS wasn’t a threat, has decided to do the right thing. As long as he gets enough applause for doing it. With his approval ratings, particularly on American leadership and national security, lower than Assad’s, he decided to exploit September...
  • Obama: Islamic State 'is not Islamic'

    09/11/2014 6:06:14 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 96 replies
    WND ^ | September 11,2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    In his prime-time speech to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Obama vowed to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes and 475 U.S. boots on the ground – but he also made a particular point of declaring that the Islamic State terrorists “are not Islamic.” “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said, speaking from the state floor of the White House residence. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Obama’s New Foreign Policy Advisers All MSNBC Regulars

    09/10/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT · by dead · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Brendan Bordelon
    MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell claimed President Barack Obama’s new cabal of foreign policy advisers “looks like a review of our guest list” on the liberal cable news network, with the AP’s Julie Pace explaining that the White House is trying to bring the commentators “into the fold.” Mitchell spoke Tuesday with Pace about Obama’s Monday night dinner with the DC foreign policy intelligentsia, presumably designed to help craft a strategy to contain an aggressive Russia and defeat ISIS in the Middle East. But as the MSNBC host ticked off the guests — including former Clinton aide Sandy Berger, longtime Democratic adviser...
  • Mayhem Is Everywhere

    09/07/2014 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    NationalReview ^ | 9/5/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    There’s conservatism in our culture, if you’re willing to see it. I did not watch the 2013 Super Bowl and probably will not watch this year’s contest, either, being as I am more or less the effete Manhattan-dwelling, Whole Foods–shopping, theater-going caricature, though I’ve never been to one of those Georgetown cocktail parties that our more populist comments-section denizens are forever going on about. Okay, National Review did host Rand Paul at Café Milano once, but I don’t think that’s exactly what they have in mind. I do like Super Bowl commercials, though, and the 2013 game included one that...
  • On ISIS, neocons and liberal hawks have a 'boy who cried wolf' problem

    09/07/2014 7:43:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | Sep 3 2014 | James Antle III
    If you're wondering why America's political leaders seem so hesitant to devise a response to the frightening rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, let me tell you a story. It's about the neocons and liberal hawks who cried wolf. Once upon a time, some foreign-policy hands warned that unless the United States invaded Iraq, Islamic radicals — the kind who murdered thousands of Americans on 9/11 — would obtain weapons of mass destruction. During the hunt for Osama bin Laden, they warned against losing sight of the danger of a possibly nuclear-armed Iraq. "[T]he larger campaign must...
  • The Awful Truth: The World is at War

    09/08/2014 7:03:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | James Lewis
    American Thinker and other commentary sites have been covering the Jihad War in great detail. But a coherent overview only came together for me after visiting the Long War Journal’s Threat Matrix, sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. The Threat Matrix helps us to see worldwide jihadist violence. In just the last two weeks we see jihadist warfare in: Nigeria (Boko Haram) Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Assad and Hezb’ollah) Gaza (Hamas) Sinai Desert (Ansar Jerusalem against Egypt) Afghanistan (Taliban) India (Al Qaida) Pakistan (Waziristan terrorists) Iraq (Iranian-sponsored terrorist group, “League of the Righteous”) Libya (Libya Dawn Coalition...
  • White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS

    09/08/2014 4:36:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 08, 2014
    White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS Published September 08, 2014 ·FoxNews.com The Obama administration is reportedly preparing a campaign to destroy the Islamic State militant group that could outlast the president's remaining time in office, according to a published report. The New York Times, citing U.S. officials, reported late Sunday that the White House plan involves three phases that some Pentagon officials believe will require at least three years of sustained effort. The first phase, airstrikes against Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is already underway in Iraq, where U.S. aircraft have launched 143 attacks since August...
  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • The Islamic State in Iraq Is Altering US Plans for Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    VICE NEWS ^ | August 31, 2014 | Gary Owen
    It's not that Dempsey is unaware of the challenges facing Afghanistan. It's that the General, along with President Barack Obama, thought that the US would by now not only have an agreement with the Afghans, but — thanks to a presidential election that was supposed to have already been decided — that they'd be able to now deal with someone other than President Hamid Karzai when it came to deciding the future of the country. All of which leaves the Obama administration and Dempsey with two options: stay and provide a measure of stability, or leave and run the risk...
  • Latest Big Lie: ‘We Have No Strategy’

    08/30/2014 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Bruce Buckley · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 29, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?

    08/30/2014 6:16:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/30/2014 | By James Lewis
    The bloody-handed butchers of ISIS behave like the worst Islamofascist gang we have seen so far -- worse than the Taliban, worse than Hamas and Hezb’allah, worse than Al Nusra, worse than the Muslim Brotherhood, worse than all the little maniac gangs of cutthroats who have been practicing Jihad on innocent men, women and children for decades. In addition to which, ISIS has better PR, spreading its graphic images of human butchery of Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’ites, and other “infidels” around the world with amazing speed. On top of that, ISIS has engaged in Blitzkrieg warfare, overwhelming the defenses of...
  • The Trouble Is that Obama DOES Have a Strategy

    08/30/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | August 29, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs. As I wrote earlier this month, our ISIS problem derives from our Iran problem: Bashar Assad’s ethnic cleansing, which has displaced 4 million Syrians internally and driven 3 million out of the country, was possible because of Iranian backing. The refugee flood in Iraq and Syria gives ISIS an unlimited pool of recruits. Iraqi Sunni support for ISIS, including the participation of some of...
  • President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges [Blistering!]

    08/29/2014 11:42:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 1634 President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Editorial Board August 29 President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent...
  • The Meltdown [The Most Incisive Analysis of The Obama Presidency!]

    08/30/2014 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 01, 2014 | Bret Stephens
    The Meltdown 09.01.14 Bret Stephens In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and...
  • Governor Palin: ‘No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America’

    08/29/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 29 2014 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook: No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America (or What He Didn’t Do On My Summer Vacation)There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now.There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American...
  • Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28

    08/30/2014 7:02:29 AM PDT · by mgist · 51 replies
    NY TImes ^ | 8/15/14 | Na
    Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28 Robert W. Richards, a former sergeant who helped provoke international outrage when he and three other Marines were seen on videotape urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011, died on Wednesday at his home in Jacksonville, N.C., near Camp Lejeune, where he had once been based. He was 28. His lawyer, Guy Womack, confirmed the death, saying there were no signs of foul play or self-inflicted wounds, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Womack said he suspected that a combination of medications that Mr. Richards had been...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Krauthammer On Obama's Foreign Policy: 'The Strategy Is To Do Absolutely Nothing'

    08/28/2014 8:16:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 28, 2014
    Krauthammer On Obama's Foreign Policy: 'The Strategy Is To Do Absolutely Nothing' August 28 Charles Krauthammer ripped President Obama's foreign policy Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier," blasting the president for holding a news conference at which he said, "we don't have a strategy yet" for dealing with ISIS in Syria. "The president of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American...gets in front of the world and says, I don't have a strategy," the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "If that is true, don't say...
  • White House Says Obama 'Stands Squarely Behind' Tan Suit (Hurl!)

    08/29/2014 9:38:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Russell Berman
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest began his daily press briefing with what sounded like a sober announcement. He said he wanted to clear up something from President Obama's much-talked-about news conference on Thursday. Would he be disclosing the White House's "strategy" for combatting the Islamic State in Syria that Obama said he didn't "yet" have? Nope, he just wanted to joke about that unsightly tan suit. "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit," Earnest said to laughs.
  • Obama Never Has a Plan

    08/29/2014 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/29/14 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, President Obama held a press conference in which he humiliated himself entirely on the question of America’s handling of the terror group ISIS. Explaining that he had to consult Congress and check the pulse of Americans, Obama stated, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Which begs the question: what the hell does this guy do for a living? ISIS has been on the move since April 2013, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that ISIS was moving into Iraq as well as Syria. On June 29, 2014, ISIS announced...
  • Obama’s Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

    08/28/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/28/14 | Matt Bai
    If you've been at the beach and missed the latest world news, let me briefly catch you up. Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's presidency — and not just because he found time to golf. Republican leaders have called Obama feckless and incompetent,...