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  • Obama agrees not to extradite U.S. fugitives from Cuba

    01/17/2017 3:15:42 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2017 | By Dave Boyer
    The Obama administration signed a law-enforcement agreement with Cuba Monday that doesn’t call for the return of U.S. fugitives, including former Black Panther Joanne Chesimard, who is wanted for killing a New Jersey police officer. The pact was signed by Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the de facto U.S. ambassador in Havana, and the Cuban Interior minister Julio César Gandarilla. It covers a broad range of law-enforcement topics, such as counternarcotics operations. Also present at the signing was White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who played a key role in forging Mr. Obama’s policy of restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba in...
  • Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets

    01/09/2017 2:07:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/9/17 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic. Senior Iranian officials late last week confirmed reports that the total amount of money paid to Iran over the past four years is in excess of $10 billion, a figure that runs counter to official estimates provided by the White House. The latest disclosure by Iran, which comports with previous claims about the Obama administration obfuscating details about its cash...
  • Obama leaves with the world in flames

    01/09/2017 12:09:36 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 8, 2017 | George F. Will
    When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign-policy failure was the Senate’s rejection of the US participation in the embodiment of Wilsonian aspirations, the League of Nations. Obama leaves office serene because “almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.” Two seemingly unimpressed nations are Russia, which is dismembering a European nation (Ukraine), and China, which is shredding...
  • At home and abroad, Obama’s trail of disasters

    01/09/2017 6:07:27 AM PST · by Makana · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 8, 2017 | Jeff Jacoby
    AS HE PREPARES to move out of the White House, Barack Obama is understandably focused on his legacy and reputation. The president will deliver a farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday; he told his supporters in an e-mail that the speech would “celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country for the better these past eight years,” and previewed his closing argument in a series of tweets hailing “the remarkable progress” for which he hopes to be remembered. In 2010, two years after electing him president, voters trounced Obama’s party, handing Democrats the biggest midterm losses in 72 years. Obama was...
  • John Kerry links Britain to derailing of Obama's plan for intervention in Syria

    01/06/2017 9:44:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 5, 2016 | David Smith
    Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria was abruptly derailed by David Cameron and British members of parliament, US secretary of state John Kerry claimed on Thursday. The American president said he would bomb the Syrian regime if it used chemical weapons but he did not follow through on his promise. The failure to enforce his stated “red line” after President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas in a Damascus suburb in August 2013 is seen by some as the worst stain on Obama’s legacy.
  • The vote was not about "settlements" - it was much worse

    12/28/2016 9:55:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 12/28/16 | Barry Shaw
    The UNSC vote was not about “settlements.” It was an Arab subterfuge, a trap into which the United States, the UK, New Zealand and other naïve or cynical diplomats took an active role. It was all smoke and mirrors, a con trick holding up the settlement issue to dazzle the voters while the real intent was to disown Israel of territories to which they have genuine claim and turn them into “illegally occupied Palestinian territory.” For certain, President Obama latched on to the idea. It was pay-back time, a golden opportunity not to be missed to hit back at Bibi...
  • Obama's Skewed Moral Universe

    12/28/2016 1:07:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    resident Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader. "The arc of the moral universe is long," Obama likes to say, quoting Martin Luther King Jr, "but it bends toward justice." According to Obama, Obama is a genteel representative of decency and good grace, a man pointing America toward a broader vision, a fellow questing for social justice and contextual consideration. In reality, he's a narcissistic fool. And like Burgess Meredith's character in "The Twilight Zone," he will be left standing in the ruins, bewailing the fates that abandoned him, leaving no worshipful admirers upon whom to lean....
  • BREAKING NEWS! BOMBSHELL - Obama Used 'Red Phone' to Threaten WAR With Russia

    12/29/2016 1:02:01 PM PST · by kindred · 143 replies
    http://www.teaparty.org ^ | 12-24-16 | tea party
    When a United States President reaches for the “red phone,” the reason behind the message MUST be worthy of such a communication. Obama used the red phone to contact Vladimir Putin to demand Russia stop inserting itself into the 2016 presidential race– which they didn’t do! Apparently, unsupported claims of hacking into the Democrat Party emails was enough for Obama to call Putin on the emergency line which has always been reserved for far more important things, like discussions of acts of war. At least one of Obama’s senior advisers urged him to pick up the red phone and call...
  • Remember the Time Obama Tried to Oust a Foreign Leader from Power?

    12/19/2016 5:04:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 17, 2016 | Gidon BenZvi
    With all zeal of a convert, in the waning days of his presidency Barack Obama has abandoned the Russian reset policy and reprised the Cold War rhetoric that he mocked back in 2009, when he said: "…great powers do not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries. The days when empires could treat other sovereign states as pieces on a chess board are over." ‪To date, there is precisely zero evidence that Russian hacking actually distorted the voting process of the US election. However, this has not prevented President Obama from stating that United States would retaliate for Russia’s...
  • Trump team warns Obama not to make major moves on foreign policy. [Globunism]

    11/11/2016 1:08:11 AM PST · by Fhios · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/10/2016 | Nahal Toosi
    ... "On big, transformative issues where President Obama and President-elect Trump are not in alignment, I don’t think it’s in keeping with the spirit of the transition ... to try to push through agenda items that are contrary to the president-elect’s positions," a Trump national security adviser told POLITICO on Thursday. "It's not going to be just counterproductive, but it will also send mixed messages." ...
  • Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’

    10/24/2016 9:05:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 24, 2016 | PETER BAKER
    JERUSALEM — After a presidential campaign dominated by reality-show-style insults and put-downs, the winner of next month’s American election will wake up the following morning to find a far more daunting reality waiting: a Middle East awash in conflict and disarray, desperate for American leadership. The 45th president will inherit problems associated with the region that are vastly more challenging than any in a generation as the old order has given way to a kaleidoscopic mix of alliances, rivalries and overlapping crises. In the past, presidents have viewed the region through the prism of the Cold War, terrorism or Israel,...
  • Stars Descend on White House for Obamas' Final State Dinner

    10/20/2016 12:30:13 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/20/2016 | youtube
    Stars Descend on White House for Obamas' Final State Dinner, The Obamas are hosting their final state dinner at the White House and they're going out with a bang.
  • EO -US Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations

    10/16/2016 2:33:28 PM PDT · by milford421 · 6 replies
    The Whitehouse ^ | July 1, 2016 | Barack Obama
    (d) The policies set forth in this order are consistent with existing U.S. obligations under international law and are not intended to create new international legal obligations; nor shall anything in this order be construed to derogate from obligations under applicable law, including the law of armed conflict. Sec. 3. Report on Strikes Undertaken by the U.S. Government Against Terrorist Targets Outside Areas of Active Hostilities. (a) The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), or such other official as the President may designate, shall obtain from relevant agencies information about the number of strikes undertaken by the U.S. Government against terrorist...
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Sponsored Arab Spring To Destabilise Middle East (Clinton, the Pro-War Candidate)

    09/27/2016 11:23:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    NWOREPORT ^ | September 26, 2016 | NWO Report
    WikiLeaks: Hillary Sponsored Arab Spring To Destabilise Middle East September 26, 2016Nwo ReportLeave a commentGo to comments WikiLeaks has released a memo proving that Hillary Clinton sponsored the Arab Spring whilst serving as Secretary of State in order to destabilize the Middle East. Hillary secretly pursued a controversial program that encouraged activists to violently protest for regime change in various countries across the Middle East, according to a memo that Clinton aide Huma Abedin sent to her boss. “I’m giving you credit for inspiring the ‘peaceful’ protests,” Abedin told Hillary via email. Breitbart.com reports: The United States government is believed...
  • The Complete A To Z Of Nations Destroyed By Hillary Clinton's "Hubris"

    09/30/2016 7:51:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Sep, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In an email sent to his business partner and Democratic fundraiser Jeffrey Leeds, former Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote of Hillary Clinton, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.” Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State during Barack Obama’s first term was an unmitigated disaster for many nations around the world. Neither the Donald Trump campaign nor the corporate media have adequately described how a number of countries around the world suffered horribly from Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy decisions. Millions of people were adversely harmed by Clinton’s misguided policies and her “pay-to-play” operations involving favors in return...
  • FCC Commis. on Internet Oversight Switch: ‘If You Cherish Free Expression,’ ‘You Should Be Worried,’

    09/28/2016 5:57:38 PM PDT · by bushwon · 72 replies
    FULL TITLE FCC COMISSIONER ON INTERNET OVERSIGHT SWITCH "IF YOU CHERISH FREE EXPRESSION," "YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED" THIS IS "IRREVERSIBLE" HANNITY RADIO INTERVIEW ON WEBPAGE On Wednesday’s “Sean Hannity Show,” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai (R) stated that the plan to “essentially give up the US oversight role…of the Internet” to ICANN is something that should worry anyone who cherishes “free expression, and free speech rights generally,” and could potentially cede oversight of the Internet to “foreign governments who might not share our values.” He further stated that such a move is “irreversible.” Pai said, “This proposal is to essentially give...
  • Clinton’s Russia Fiction

    09/24/2016 5:58:55 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller Opinion ^ | September 23, 2016 | Scott Wheeler
    The Clinton Campaign and the Obama Administration are presenting the American people a cynical political charade regarding Russia and Vladimir Putin, with most of the media playing the Greek Chorus. What is so remarkable is that in order to accept what Clinton is now saying about Putin and Russia means having to ignore the previous seven years of Clinton’s and Obama’s accommodation of the man and country they now insist is a national security threat. This list of national security compromising appeasements that Obama and Clinton handed Putin is very long, but here are some highlights:In 2009, Obama and Clinton...
  • Obama led the world downward into chaos

    09/20/2016 5:32:58 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | 19 Sept, 2016 | Benny Avni
    President Obama will surely put his best spin on his legacy Tuesday in his eighth and final speech to the United Nations General Assembly. But even his biggest fans must struggle to ignore the spread of mayhem on his watch, in the Mideast and beyond. The president is likely to highlight his oh-so-historic diplomacy, from that (toothless) global climate agreement to the improvement, such as it is, in the world’s economy. Plus, of course, the nuke agreement with Iran and the opening to Cuba. So how fitting that as Obama speaks in New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be...
  • Obama: I Will Consider It An Insult [tr]

    09/17/2016 8:08:18 PM PDT · by upchuck · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Sept 17, 2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Full article title: Obama: I Will Consider It An Insult To My Legacy If You Do Not Vote; Want to Give Me A Good Send Off? Go Vote President Obama made a strong sell for a candidate to succeed his legacy at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday night. The president invoked slavery and the Jim Crow era and preached that if they wanted to give him a good send off then register people to vote because his legacy is at stake. Although he did not name Hillary Clinton, the president said he would consider it a personal insult from...
  • Looking through the smokescreen. Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy record

    09/05/2016 7:46:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Fred Gedrich
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her allies, and others have declared Donald Trump unfit for the presidency because of his lack of national security credentials. American voters should carefully look through that smokescreen to see the global damage resulting from President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton’s “smart” foreign policies, and how she behaved in office before casting their presidential ballots.
  • War Inside Saudi Arabia : US Withdraws Military Advisors, Cancels Arms Shipments.

    08/21/2016 9:19:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 40 replies
    Oilpro ^ | Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Farizah Asker
    I think the Saudi goose is getting cooked. Folks, the following has been going on in Saudi Arabia. The ground war has now come inside Saudi Arabia. Yemeni forces are poised around Najran. Since June this year the US has steadily been cutting off arms, bombs, weapons and support to the Saudi aggression on Yemen. The US has cancelled a tank deal to replace Abrams tanks destroyed by the Yemenis. Resupply of cluster bombs have also been cancelled. Now military advisors have been withdrawn from Saudi Arabia. Here is the news :
  • US military distances itself from Saudi-led war in Yemen

    08/22/2016 3:17:07 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2016 | Staff
    The US military is distancing itself from the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen following airstrikes against civilian targets, including hospitals. The United States has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia a planning team that was coordinating with the coalition air campaign and moved it to Bahrain. The move is intended to better coordinate with naval commandes in Bahrain, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said. The United States stepped up military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in April, using tankers to refuel coalition jets bombing targets in Houthi rebels' territory to allow them to complete more missions, sharing intelligence, expediting deliveries of munitions, and...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Never Met With His Defense Intelligence Chief

    07/12/2016 9:51:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 47 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Jack Flash
    Bombshell yes, surprising no. Excerpted from The Daily Caller: President Barack Obama twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face. The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political meltdown of...
  • Obama never met with his Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

    07/14/2016 8:15:17 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 14, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has spent 33 years in the intel business and was appointed to two key positions by President Obama; deputy director of national intelligence and the director of the defense intelligence agency. He is currently being considered as a running mate for Donald Trump. But in the four years that Flynn served in the Obama administration, he was never summoned to a meeting with the president nor ever asked for his views on any issue.
  • Obama Waging Another Illegal War in Libya

    05/25/2016 6:41:07 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 May 2016 | Alex Newman
    As if the bloody mess left in Libya by Obama, the United Nations, and al-Qaeda was not already tragic enough, here comes round two. Despite the disastrous consequences of the earlier intervention, which was launched without a shred of constitutional authority, the Obama administration has once again deployed U.S. military forces to the North African nation — again without permission from Congress, much less the U.S. Constitution. Weapons shipments, support for shadowy militia groups, extrajudicial assassinations via drone-fired missile, and more are already under way. And, like last time, various globalist European powers are reportedly helping. This time, rather than...
  • Sen. Cotton: White House Says One Thing In Classified Briefings, Another Thing To Public

    05/17/2016 4:23:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/17/16 | Steve Guest
    Sen. Tom Cotton ?79% alleged Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s administration officials say one thing in classified briefings with members of Congress and another thing in public to the American people. “It’s time that the administration came clean and told the American people exactly what they tell Congress in a classified setting,” Cotton insisted. Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday, Cotton said that he “became public enemy number one at the White House… because I’m telling the truth about the Iran deal.” On Monday, during the White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest claimed that Cotton “time
  • Tom Cotton Rips Obama's Foreign Policy Team of 'Van Drivers and Campaign Flacks ..."

    05/18/2016 7:44:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 17, 2016
    Tom Cotton Rips Obama's Foreign Policy Team of 'Van Drivers and Campaign Flacks and Failed Novelists' 'As if any of them had ever seen anything more dangerous than a shoving match ...' Arkansas senator Tom Cotton hammered the president's foreign policy staff Tuesday morning, explaining why he's become "public enemy number one at the White House" over his opposition to the Iran deal. "I guess I became public enemy number one at the White House because I'm telling the truth about the Iran deal. Look, what you just played, and some of the coverage of Ben Rhodes is what happens...
  • Why Middle Eastern Leaders Are Talking to Putin, Not Obama

    05/08/2016 10:26:26 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | May 8, 2016 | Dennis Ross
    he United States has significantly more military capability in the Middle East today than Russia—America has 35,000 troops and hundreds of aircraft; the Russians roughly 2,000 troops and, perhaps, 50 aircraft—and yet Middle Eastern leaders are making pilgrimages to Moscow to see Vladimir Putin these days, not rushing to Washington. Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to see the Russian president, his second trip to Russia since last fall, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia is planning a trip soon. Egypt’s president and other Middle Eastern leaders have also made the trek to see Putin.SnipAs I hear...
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen Poses Growing Threat to Shipping, Naval Force Says

    05/05/2016 7:11:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 4, 2016 | Jonathan Saul
    Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch remains a powerful force and poses a growing risk to merchant ships in vital waterways nearby despite efforts by Yemeni government forces and their allies to push back the group, a top officer in an international naval force said.
  • Meet the Flimflam Man Behind Obama's Foreign Policy 'Narrative'

    05/06/2016 1:02:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2016 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to foreign policy, President Obama has spent more than seven years now living the dream. And I mean dream, as in fantasy -- a trip to an alternate universe. Never mind the dangerous and in some cases deadly realities that increasingly beset the rest of the planet. For the White House, it's been one glorious fiction after another. Russia was a "reset." Libya was a success. So was the pivot to Asia. The tide of war is receding. There was a red line in Syria (until there wasn't). The Iran nuclear program is now "exclusively peaceful." America's...
  • Obama is leaving IEDs for the next President, just as Clinton did to Bush

    04/18/2016 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-18-16 | DrJohn
    When Bill Clinton left office, he left a burgeoning recession on George W. Bush's doorstep. That wasn't the only thing he left Bush. He left Bush Osama Bin Laden. Clinton has openly boasted that he could have killed Bin Laden and chose not to try. In fact, Clinton had numerous opportunities to kill Bin Laden. But there's more. Under Bush Bill Clinton buried an IED. The IED was a house of cards built upon lousy mortgages and trash securities sold as high value. And it was all legal, thanks to Bill Clinton. Clinton pushed Fannie to 51% subprimes, made predatory lending...
  • The Obama Doctrine Has Made The World More Dangerous

    04/19/2016 6:25:56 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 17, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby,
    Five years ago, President Obama hailed the military campaign in Libya that toppled Moammar Khadafy as one of the foreign policy triumphs of his presidency. Today he calls Libya his worst mistake. But though he may have changed his grade from an A to an F, his commitment to “leading from behind” — a euphemism for American passivity and abdication — hasn’t budged. On the day Khadafy was killed, in October 2011, Obama took a victory lap. “Our brave pilots have flown in Libya’s skies, our sailors have provided support off Libya’s shores, and our leadership at NATO has helped...
  • Is there an Obama doctrine?

    04/19/2016 5:09:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-19-16 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    The result is that the leader of the free world has abnegated his responsibility and put America and its allies in great danger. For seven years observers have attempted to discern what President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is, since the closest he has come to articulating one was the simplistic declaration he made to reporters on Air Force One: “don’t do stupid stuff.” The result is that the leader of the free world has abnegated his responsibility and put America and its allies in great danger. President Obama viewed George W. Bush as a menace and was determined to show...
  • Obama's First Legacy Tour

    04/18/2016 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2016 | Rich Galen
    resident Barack Obama, who can now count the remainder of his Presidency in months (nine months to be exact) is going overseas to, if not mend fences, then to attempt to fix large holes in his legacy. He will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, England, and Germany, allies all. When it comes to American allies, we tend to believe that they should act in a way that furthers America's interests. In the case of the Saudi's we sell them military equipment and share intelligence and we expect the Saudis to use them to keep Iran at bay. We want the...
  • Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Egypt Policy – Amateur Hour

    03/24/2016 6:36:56 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 8 replies
    legalinsurrection ^ | March 20, 2016 | Leslie Eastman
    President Obama took the advice of “back-benchers” over experienced security experts to promote the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, creating condition for the usurpation of power by Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Fox News that President Barack Obama ignored the advice of his “entire national security team” during the Egyptian coup in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the country’s former president. …Gates, who headed the Pentagon during the Egyptian coup, lamented that, while he and the rest of the president’s national security experts advised Obama to handle the situation in Egypt cautiously, the president chose...
  • Obama’s Anti-Arab Views Confirm Suspicions

    03/23/2016 8:55:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 23 March 2016
    Jeffrey Goldberg’s appraisal of the “The Obama doctrine”, that has caused a furore in response to the president’s scathing views on America’s Arab allies, has done us a favour. Now we know beyond question where we stand in the US global pecking order, which appears to be way down the scale of the Obama administration’s priorities. Barack Obama no longer believes that the Middle East is “terribly important to American interests” but insists that the Saudis need to share the region with their Iranian foes in the form of a “cold peace”. Of great concern is his failure to disagree...
  • Restoring America’s Greatness Abroad, Part 1-A post-Obama foreign policy.

    03/24/2016 7:02:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 24, 2016 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    For the seven disastrous years of the Obama administration, it’s become easier to be a mullah building nuclear weapons in Iran than a Jew building an apartment in his capital, Jerusalem. To get us to this point – a complete reversal of America’s long-standing and hard-won alliances – took more than just words from Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry. It took seven years of policy changes. America 2016 is a very different model year from America 2008. Obama didn’t just redesign the hood, change the fenders, or swap out the 350 hp V8 for an electric motor that thumps...
  • Politics How the Brussels attacks could force Obama to betray his policy instincts

    03/22/2016 7:11:01 PM PDT · by John W · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 22,2016 | Greg Jaffe
    The terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday pose the worst kind of foreign policy dilemma for President Obama, pitting his instincts that he’s doing all he can to defeat the Islamic State against intense political pressure for him to do more. Obama has been making the case for months that his strategy to defeat the Islamic State and protect Americans at home is slowly working. White House aides speak repeatedly of the 40 percent of the Islamic State’s territory taken back from the group in Iraq and the 20 percent wrested away in Syria. They cite the impact of more...
  • Senior Saudi royal excoriates Obama for ‘Iran pivot’

    03/14/2016 2:56:26 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 14, 2016,
    Prince Turki al-Faisal also lashes out at US president for accusing monarchy of fueling sectarian conflicts across Mideast A senior Saudi royal criticized President Barack Obama Monday for comments accusing the longtime US ally of feeding Middle East conflicts. Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has long been a major ally of the United States but the relationship has deteriorated under Obama. Riyadh has been especially concerned by US support for Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, fearing its regional rival will be emboldened. In an opinion piece published in Saudi newspapers, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the kingdom’s former intelligence...
  • Obama cites Cuba, Iran as examples of his ‘principled’ diplomacy

    03/14/2016 11:05:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama gave a pep talk to U.S. diplomats Monday, urging them to “finish strong” as his administration enters its final months, and defending his diplomatic “breakthroughs” with Iran and Cuba. “There are those who criticize our commitment to diplomacy, for investing so much effort in trying to resolve conflicts that seem intractable,” Mr. Obama said during a visit to the State Department in Washington. “Here’s the truth: conflicts and wars do not end on their own. Breakthroughs don’t just happen. Agreements don’t write themselves. It takes diplomacy, being willing to sit down with others.” Citing the Iranian nuclear deal,...
  • Obama Just Tried To Blame Middle East Turmoil On Netanyahu… One BIG Problem

    03/11/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 11, 2016 | Yochanan Visser
    Obama became annoyed... President Obama’s favorite journalist Jeffrey Goldberg made headlines in Israel when The Atlantic published his latest article about the President. In his lengthy piece titled “The Obama Doctrine,” Goldberg gave an overview of Obama’s foreign policy and discussed the President’s disillusionment with the attempts to change the Middle East for the better. Yes, Obama really thought that his policies in this problematic region would bring a positive change when he entered the White House at the beginning of 2008. “This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East,”...
  • Clinton, Libya and Israel-Will Obama's disastrous foreign policy live on?

    03/04/2016 5:50:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 4, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    The messages from Washington ahead of Vice President Joe Biden's arrival in Israel next week show President Barack Obama's hostile policies toward Israel will maintained until he leaves office. In recent weeks, the administration has warned various government ministers that any construction of housing for Jews in Jerusalem will be viewed with hostility by the administration. In contrast, the administration is pressuring Israel to permit construction of homes for Arabs in its capital city and harshly opposes all moves by the government to destroy illegal construction in Arab neighborhoods and in Judea and Samaria. In other words, it is the...
  • Our Foreign Policy Problems Go Well Beyond Iraq

    02/19/2016 5:13:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    We get it already. The Iraq war was a mistake. Indeed, on this point pretty much everyone agrees. Jeb Bush, the brother of the president who launched the war, has said so. So has Hillary Clinton, the only presidential candidate in either party to have actually voted to invade Iraq (though she refused to admit her vote was a mistake until fairly recently). The only disagreements on the Republican side are about the degree and nature of the mistake. Catch Donald Trump in a glandular moment and he'll say that George W. Bush knowingly sent thousands of Americans to their...
  • CIA Director: The Middle East Is The Worst It's Been In 50 Years With 'Unprecedented' Bloodshed

    02/14/2016 2:25:16 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 33 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | February 10
    John Brennan, the CIA director, told a Senate committee Tuesday that the violence and instability in the Middle East was the worst it had been in 50 years, painting a dire picture of a region he said was facing "unprecedented" bloodshed. Brennan spoke at the Senate Intelligence Committee's annual worldwide-threats hearing, emphasizing the threats the US faces as the Middle East devolves further into chaos. "The Middle East right now I think is racked by more instability and violence and inter-state conflict than we've seen certainly in the past 50 years," Brennan said. "And the amount of bloodshed and humanitarian...
  • ISIS destroys Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, satellite photos confirm

    01/20/2016 1:15:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 20, 2016 | Associated Press
    ERBIL, Iraqi – Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the ISIS terror group's relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical.
  • U.S. Struggles to Explain Alliance With Saudis

    01/05/2016 3:42:53 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 4, 2015 | David E. Sanger
    The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bring itself, at least in public, to condemn the execution of a dissident cleric who challenged the royal family, for fear of undermining the fragile Saudi leadership that it desperately needs in fighting the Islamic State and ending the conflict in Syria. The United States has usually looked the other way or issued carefully calibrated warnings in human rights reports as the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent and free speech and allowed its elite to fund Islamic extremists....
  • President Obama's Bizarro-World victory tour

    01/03/2016 8:13:36 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1-3-16 | Editorial Board
    Having done a world tour on his way into the White House, President Obama's now planning an even bigger global victory lap in his final year in office. Too bad that everything in-between is a heaping mound of hot foreign-policy mess. The president has reportedly ordered his staff to set a heavy international schedule for 2016. What, to celebrate the arrival of world peace? The White House, Politico reports, means the trips to cement a legacy of "Trans-Pacific Partnership, increased attention to Asia, an opening of Latin America, progress against the Islamic State and significant global movement on climate change."...
  • U.S. Slides Back into War in Iraq, Joining Conflict President Once Opposed

    01/02/2016 6:19:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 16, 2016 | by Doug Bandow
    More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter informed Congress last month that a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" would be sent to Iraq on top of the 3500 personnel already there, with the authority to operate in Syria too. The president's promise not to commit "boots on the ground" already was trampled underfoot in October, when a Delta Force soldier was killed while...
  • 2016 - The Year of the Jackals

    01/01/2016 11:58:02 AM PST · by pboyington
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 1, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    2016 will be the Year of the Jackals… This is the year in which Obama’s foreign policy completely unravels, and the jackals of the world are unleashed upon the forces of good, forces that are sadly represented by feckless and politically correct leaders. It will be a year that is a decision point for the West and the free world, whether to completely collapse in the wake of Islamic extremism or to fight back and destroy ISIS once and for all. ISIS has suffered some losses in the Middle East, but their grip on Syria and much of Central and...
  • Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 5:29:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 146 replies
    Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad that his regime would face consequences if it crossed a “red line” by employing chemical weapons against its own people. Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day...