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  • Obama White House notified, Global Post knew of threat to kill Foley 1 week prior to execution

    08/20/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 25 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 8/20/14 | Ashley Troutman
    <p>Journalist James Foley's captors threatened to kill him a week before his execution in a letter that both Global Post President Philip Balboni and the White House were aware of.</p> <p>Foley was killed Tuesday in Syria after being held there for almost two years. The 40-year-old journalist was freelancing for the Global Post and Agence France-Presse when he was captured. In a news conference Wednesday, Balboni confirmed that both he and the White House were aware of the threat to kill Foley one week prior to his execution. He went on to say that the threat was different than previous communications they'd had with the captors. They demanded a lot on the past, but this letter was filled with rage, according to Balboni. Still, he wanted to believe the threat was empty, and learned it wasn't Tuesday when the video of Foley's killing was released on YouTube.</p>
  • A Brilliant Audio Podcast w/ Angelo Codevilla

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

    08/16/2014 6:13:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 May 2013 | Alex Newman
    Deputy Knesset Speaker Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More The New American 20 May 2013 JERUSALEM — Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, who leads the Manhigut Yehudit (the Jewish Leadership) faction of the ruling Likud Party, spoke to The New American’s Alex Newman in late April during an interview at the Knesset in Jerusalem. (The photo shows MK Feiglin, center, with Newman.) While a controversial figure in Israel and still relatively unknown abroad after his successful election in January, the new lawmaker has developed a strong following among liberty-minded Jews. However, MK...
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policys Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • Allen West Declares Obama An Islamist

    08/14/2014 11:39:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:55 PM 08/14/2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States. The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of the United States of America, the former Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote in the post published Wednesday.
  • U.S. Spies Missed Urgency of Islamic State Threat in Iraq

    08/10/2014 6:12:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2014 | By SIOBHAN GORMAN and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTONDays before the takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul by the militant group calling itself the Islamic State, U.S. intelligence analysts were sharply divided over whether the group would seize the city, according to people familiar with the debate. Although U.S. spy agencies have monitored and warned about the Islamic State over the past year, they often have underestimated the group's ability to make rapid operational gains, U.S. officials said. That was the case a week ago when militants launched a dramatic and successful offensive in Iraq's Kurdish region. The inability of U.S. spy agencies to provide details about...
  • President Who Pulled U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Says Idea He Pulled Troops Out of Iraq is "Bogus"

    08/11/2014 7:46:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In 2008 then Senator Obama campaigned on the promise of ending the war in Iraq and bringing combat troops home. In 2012, Obama touted that promise as complete (one of the only campaign promises he actually kept) and critics warned leaving Iraq without a residual U.S. force would result in a power vacuum and vulnerable state. Now as the country falls apart and the radical Islamic State army continues its march unchallenged in Iraq, Obama is claiming he wasn't the one who made the decision to pull U.S. combat troops out of the country and that claims to the...
  • Inaction in Syria leads to Obamas Iraq quagmire

    08/11/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    While President Obama is physically surrounded by water, soaking up sun and sand, his foreign policy is under heavy siege as critics pound the administration from all sides. The commander-in-chiefs limited military moves to stifle the Islamist extremists in Iraq, which many Republicans say are mere pinpricks and Democrats worry will escalate U.S involvement, can be credibly linked to the White Houses inaction in the Syrian civil war. And on that point Syria former secretary of state and Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton unloaded on her former bosss failure to help build up a credible fighting force, creating...
  • Obama's Boldfaced Lie: It Wasn't My Idea to Leave Iraq

    08/11/2014 12:26:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now that we've had to go back in it's insult to injury with the way Obama's explaining this. Let's go to sound bite seven. This is Saturday morning at the White House. The president's speaking about the Iraq air strikes before getting on the helicopter to fly to Martha's Vineyard. Oh, yeah, and the media is all hot to trot about that. (imitating media) "Oh, wow, it's so cool. Barry's going to the Vineyard. Yeah, we get to go to the Vineyard, think we'll see Skip Gates? Wow, how cool, you think we'll see Larry David? Man,...
  • Hashtag Wars

    08/11/2014 3:59:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/11/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The Obama administrations peculiar penchant for virtual responses to actual threats has yielded acute mockery of late, coupled with the suspicion that, beneath the White Houses defensive bluster and smart graphic design, there is much less to our 44th president than we are supposed to believe. The United States has a number of effective means by which it can deal with outfits such as Boko Haram, but one suspects that none of them involve photographs and social-media savvy. As a rule, the sort of people who are capable of abducting hundreds of teenage girls and threatening either to murder them...
  • It begins: Iraq crisis prompts Dems to dump on Obamas foreign policy

    08/11/2014 6:08:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 11,2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The Wall Street Journal observed on Sunday that President Barack Obamas approach to foreign policy is drawing awful reviews from the critics. What critics? James Steinberg, formerly the Presidents Deputy Secretary of State, and Robert Ford, formerly his Ambassador to Syria, and, delivering the unkindest cut of all, Hillary Rodham Clinton, formerly his loyal Secretary of State. Steinberg said Obamas decision to provide just limited support to the Kurds, and to direct all other aid through the Iraqi government which has intentionally dragged its feet, just leaves you scratching your head. Nothing we can point to thats been very successful,...
  • It's Always About Me, But Always Someone Else's Fault

    08/10/2014 5:05:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/2014
    In yesterdays G-File, I wrote about Obamas tendency to insist that he has done everything right. Failures are always the result of people or institutions not pulling their weight the way he does. An excerpt: At the press conference, the president made no mention of this in his prepared remarks about the Africa summit, which he read aloud with all of the passion of a DMV bureaucrat explaining the different methods of payment for a parking ticket. He then took questions. Chris Jansing of NBC asked whether the sanctions against Russia were working. With his customary logic-chopping defensiveness, the president...
  • The Un-Midas Touch (Victor Davis Hanson rips Obozo real good alert)

    08/11/2014 5:24:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administrations greatest achievement. But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American...
  • Obama: 'Balkanization of Media' Has 'Blocked' My Agenda (shortened title)

    08/10/2014 5:37:00 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 51 replies
    Breitbar - Big Government ^ | 8-10-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    (snip) What youve seen with our politics, partly because of gerrymandering, partly because of the Balkanization of media so people just watch what reinforces their deepest biases, partly because of big money in politics, is increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme, maximalist positions, Obama told the liberal Times columnist. Sooner or later, that catches up with you. You end up not being able to move forward on things we need to move forward on. We need to reform our immigration system. That would be good not just for our domestic economy but for our position in the...
  • Clinton critical of Obama foreign policy, says 'failure' to act in Syria created vacuum for jihad

    08/10/2014 12:56:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 10, 2014
    Hillary Clinton, the front-runner among potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, is sharply distancing herself from President Obama's foreign policy, particularly in Syria, as Americans appear to continue losing confidence in his handling of key international affairs. Clinton, who as secretary of state was Obamas top diplomat, suggested during an in-depth interview with The Atlantic magazine that the presidents foreign-policy mantra of dont do stupid stuff lacked sufficient depth.
  • CHENEY: The Obama Administration 'Can't Blame George Bush Anymore'

    08/10/2014 11:52:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10,2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out again at President Barack Obama on Sunday, repeatedly accusing him of projecting "weakness" abroad and "crippling" the U.S. military. The frequent Obama critic told radio show host and GOP megadonor John Catsimatidis that he traces "most" of the problems of Washington to the current administration. "They can't blame George Bush anymore," Cheney quipped on AM 970 The Answer's "The Cats Roundtable." "I think he's been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, wth respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations." Nevertheless, Cheney said there...
  • Obama on the World

    President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel ... Asked whether he should be more vigorous in pressing Israels prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Authoritys president, Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, to reach a land-for-peace deal, the president said, it has to start with them. Prime Minister Netanyahus poll numbers are a lot higher than mine and were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza, Obama said. And so if he doesnt feel some internal pressure, then its hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking...
  • Obama: Pulling All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Was Not My Decision' (it was Iraq's decision)

    08/09/2014 8:25:19 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - When he was running for re-election in 2012, President Barack Obama repeatedly took credit for ending the war in Iraq and bringing all U.S. troops home from that country. Today, at the White House, however, when talking about his decision to use military force against the al-Qaida-related ISIS terrorist group in Iraq, Obama said that removing all U.S. troops from Iraq was not my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government, Obama said. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of...
  • Obama's 2012 Debate Boast: I Didn't Want to Leave Any Troops in Iraq

    08/09/2014 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/9/14 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Before leaving for vacation on Saturday, President Obama spoke briefly about the genocidal Islamist terrorists who are taking over large swaths of Iraq. When one reporter asked the president if he regretted not leaving any U.S. troops in Iraq, Obama replied that that wasn't even an option: Q Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq? And does it give you pause as the U.S. -- is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan? THE PRESIDENT: What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up,...
  • Obamas monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africas most evil dictators

    08/07/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/06/2014 | COREY CHARLTON and TED THORNHILL
    President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwes brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambias Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to cut off the head of...
  • Russians Shine Laser Show of Obama Fellating Banana on US Embassy in Moscow (Video)

    08/07/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT · by libstripper · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 6, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    This year on Barack Obamas birthday a group of Russian activists shined a laser show of Obama fellating a banana on the US Embassy in Moscow.hdi is nothing more than a que
  • John Bolton: The World's Descending Into Chaos Under Obama

    08/06/2014 1:27:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | August 6,2014 | Bradford Thomas
    On Fox Business Wednesday, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton declared that under the presidents ineffective leadership, the worlds descending into chaos and if America continues to pull back internationally, "you're going to have anarchy increasing." Speaking with host Stuart Varney, Bolton first discussed Vladimir Putins hostile strategy in Ukraine and Europe, including increasing the number of Russian troops at the border and conducting cyber-warfare against several European countriesaggressive tactics to which Bolton saw no end in sight. Varney then transitioned to the recent WSJ/NBC poll that presents damning numbers about the American peoples opinion of President Obamas...
  • Obama Is an Unreliable Ally

    08/06/2014 12:49:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 5 | Bob Corker
    Those around the world who are looking to the United States for support against intimidation, oppression or outright massacres have learned a tough lesson in the past few years: This U.S. president, despite his bold pronouncements and moral posturing, cannot be counted on. In Syria, President Obama declared that the brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad must go. The U.S. ambassador in that country and other administration officials openly encouraged opposition groups campaigning against the Assad regime. Yet when it came time to organize and provide lethal assistance to moderate opposition groups to help defend them against Assads attacks, the president turned...
  • When ISIS takes Baghdad

    08/05/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The headlines out of the Middle East leave the reader with the unmistakable impression that Islamic State militants are on the advance. A combined assault on a variety of positions in Lebanon by ISIS fighters resulted in the fall of a series of border posts and a small city to the Sunni militant group. The fighting in Lebanon worsened on Monday. “It’s another front for ISIS and another sign containment of the Syria crisis has failed, a Middle East analyst told The New York Times. Reports indicate that ISIS has also expanded the front in Iraq’s north and has...
  • Islamic State Holiday Greeting: "We Don't Need Any Democracy"

    08/05/2014 3:46:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The highly polished publicity wing of the terrorist group Islamic State, now trying to establish itself as a sovereign nation, continues to publish high-production videos to encourage Muslims around the world to abandon their lives and families and move to Islamic State-controlled lands in Syria and Iraq. Muslims, they say, "don't need any democracy" to be happy.
  • What You Arent Supposed To Know About Americas Closest Ally, Qatar

    08/03/2014 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    TCS News ^ | August 3, 2014 | William Michael
    The Qataris, and their ruling al-Thani family, are slavers, narcotics traffickers, and financiers of international terrorism. They also happen to be Americas closest ally under Obama. When analyzing the foreign policy interventions of the Obama administration with respect to the Middle East, it is hard to reconcile their respective approaches Libya (2011) and Iraq (2014). In 2011, Obama justified the military action to remove Muammar Gaddafi on the basis of anticipated genocide by the Gaddafi regime. Speaking at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011, Obama explained I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves...
  • White House blasts Hamas attack breaking cease-fire as barbaric

    08/01/2014 11:08:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    The White House on Friday blasted Hamas for violating a 72-hour cease-fire agreement, calling the abduction of an Israeli soldier barbaric. White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged reports that Hamas had used the cease-fire as cover to carry out an attack on Israeli soldiers. That would be a rather barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement, Earnest said on CNNs New Day. Hamas is entirely responsible for upholding their end of the bargain, and its apparent that they did not do that."
  • Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable' - White House

    07/31/2014 11:47:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/31/2014 | Unattributed
    The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible". In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US - Israel's closest ally - also said the civilian casualties were "too high". It urged Israel to do more to protect civilian life. Israel says its offensive in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. The UN has also criticised Israel over the worsening situation in Gaza, saying people there are "facing a precipice".
  • Greenfield: Obama's Gaza Game

    07/31/2014 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 35 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 Obama's Gaza Game Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog While Israelis are fighting and dying, families huddling in bomb shelters and soldiers going off to face death, the men and women in suits and power suits moving through the great halls of diplomacy are using them as pawns in a larger game. During the Cold War, Israel was a pawn in a larger struggle between the US and the USSR. Now it is back to being a counter in a larger game. Israels function within the great halls of diplomacy was always as...
  • Third Rocket Arsenal Found At Un School In Gaza

    07/30/2014 3:16:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/30/2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza. This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge that a weapons arsenal has been found at an UNRWA school in Gaza. UNRWA has yet to place blame on any individuals or organizations for placing the weapons stockpile within a childrens school. The UN body refused to do so on the past two previous occasions as well.The UN body, after both previous findings, has handed the rockets it had...
  • 'Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools for terrorist purposes'

    07/30/2014 3:19:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | By HERB KEINON
    Deputy FM Hanegbi says that instead of blaming Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated by terrorist organizations. Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools and facilities for terrorist purposes, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday. Speaking at a press briefing in Jerusalem, he pointed out that on three separate occasions UNRWA itself has admitted that rockets were hidden in the basement of their facilities. Who knows how many were not found, he said, adding that this phenomenon was totally unacceptable. Each time that the rockets were found, he said, they were...
  • Israeli Official To Obama: Leave Us Alone

    07/29/2014 9:05:03 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    CBS DC ^ | July 29,2014
    A top Israeli official wants President Barack Obama to stop meddling with the Jewish state during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Speaking to Israels Army Radio, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Leave us alone, Ariel told Army Radio, directing his words at Obama. Go focus on Syria. Obama spoke with Netanyahu Sunday about the rising number of Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the worsening humanitarian crisis. Building on Secretary Kerrys efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an...
  • Hamas Protesters In Miami Express Solidarity With Obamas Brother

    07/28/2014 4:18:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/28/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Hamas has infiltrated the United States. In a video shot by a United West cameraman in downtown Miami, FL across the street from the Israeli consulate, protesters shouted We are Hamas. Throughout this video, the cameraman had to ward off protesters by telling them they would go to jail if he was touched. When watching the video, its obvious the honorary Hamas members wanted desperately to assault the cameraman. At one point, one protester appeared ready to stab the cameraman with a pen.Take note at the 5:00 mark to a slogan one honorary Hamas member begins chanting: From the River...
  • The Steady Stain of Oama's Incmpetence

    07/28/2014 7:31:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Mona Charen
    Email Print 0Comments An estimated 93,000 people have died in Syria's metastasizing civil war. Hundreds of thousands of that conflict's refugees strain resources and stability in neighboring countries. Iran continues its steady march toward nuclear weapons development. North Korea menaces its neighbors and episodically threatens to launch nuclear missiles at Los Angeles. Turkey, long lauded by Obama as a model for the region, is violently cracking down on peaceful demonstrators. Slow growth and high unemployment hobble the world's most advanced economies as growing bureaucracy and crippling debt take their toll. Islamist movements are making gains in Mali, Indonesia, Pakistan and...
  • Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry Support For Hamas Awkward Foreign Policy

    07/27/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | &#61517;Armin Rosen
    Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry And Support For Hamas Shows How Awkward Foreign Policy Can BeArmin RosenJuly 23, 2014 Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States. But this week, the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom with outsized geopolitical ambitions and a seemingly bottomless pocketbook might be setting itself up for more problematic relations with the U.S. Last week, Qatar closed the largest sale of American weaponry so far this year, purchasing $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters. The sale revealed that Qatar hasn't exactly been lacking...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis

    07/30/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security. "Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis." The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and...
  • Our world: Israel, Hamas and Obamas foreign policy

    07/30/2014 11:49:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    JPost ^ | 7/30/2014 | Caroline Glick
    When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory. Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for...
  • Leaked Tape, Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce

    07/29/2014 12:36:40 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 128 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 (Israel National News) ^ | 7/29/2014 | Arutz Sheva 7 (Israel National News)
    Damning evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama's dismissal of Israel's position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies during ceasefire talks. A "senior US official" leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In it the 35-minute conversation, which took place on Sunday, the US President appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over a one-sided truce proposal which would have seen Hamas receive all its key demands, but that Israel ultimately rejected. The following...
  • Obama Praises Muslims for Human Rights

    07/29/2014 11:42:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 29, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on President Obamas remarks last night at the White House honoring Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan: Last night the president said that Eid reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. He would have done us a service had he enumerated them. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, he continued, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to...
  • Did the War in Libya Prove Hawks Right or Wrong?

    07/29/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 29 July 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The unintended consequences of military intervention are nearly impossible to predict. ___ "Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya," The New York Times reported on September 12, 2012. " The attack, which killed the American ambassador and three staffers, would ultimately reveal that the CIA was running a secret mission out of Benghazi. Ross Douthat: The worst-case situation has not come to pass in Libya itself. But thanks to the ripple effects from Colonel Qaddafis fall, its well on its way to happening in nearby Mali. Not...
  • The Man Who Never Calls

    07/24/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 13 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    There was an odd moment during Tuesday's White House press briefing when Ed Henry of Fox News noted that the President was spending three out of five days this week fundraising for his party, and wondered, in effect, whether he still did any work. ... Shuttle diplomacy, of the kind the vainglorious Kerry is attempting, only works if you already have a relationship. You can't start trying to build one after the shooting's started. And in this case the regional leaders' crude self-interest outweighs whatever value they might place on staying on the right side of President Fundraiser and Secretary...
  • 'Were coming for you, Barack Obama: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

    07/24/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    ....U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant worse than al Qaeda, but that the group has a message for the president: Were coming for you, Barack Obama. Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have changed its name, but that its still al Qaeda.
  • ISIS 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

    07/24/2014 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 150 replies
    BBC ^ | July 24,2014 | Unknown
    The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
  • Christians in Imminent Danger Across the World Are Refused Refugee Status While Muslim

    07/19/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlus Shrugs ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    US policy regarding the UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution. It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians

    07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/19/2014
    The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan. The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians, said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency. The Patriarch said as late as last...
  • WH: We've Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community

    07/15/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 14, 2014 - 9:22 PM | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the Obama administrations foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the worlds tranquility a word that raised eyebrows as reporters pointed to situations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea. More than one reporter during Mondays press briefing referred to a front-page Wall Street Journal article highlighting some of those crises, and citing security strategists as saying the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasnt been seen since the late 1970s.
  • Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

    07/12/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 10:42 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israels behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. The Republican governors remarks came as Israel targeted civilian institutions with suspected ties to the militant organization Hamas and declared it would step up its bombardment of northern Gaza. Israel says it is acting in self-defense against Hamas rockets.
  • 'Raghead' Slur in Snowden Leak Prompts White House Call for Discrimination Review

    07/09/2014 10:41:58 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    On the heels of an explosive leak from Edward Snowden, the White House is pushing its intelligence agencies to review their internal policies and standards to ensure "diversity and tolerance" in its operations. An article published Wednesday by The Intercept revealed that the National Security Agency and the FBI spied on the emails of five high-profile Muslim-Americans who were apparently guilty of no wrongdoing. One disclosed file from 2005 shows a target's unknown name being replaced with a placeholder of "Mohammed Raghead." Without confirming or denying other details of the report, the White House said it has asked for an...
  • Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity

    07/08/2014 7:03:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7-9-2014 | Raphael Ahren
    How can Israel have peace if its unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation? asks White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in a blistering Tel Aviv speech. Israels ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government official said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace. In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders...
  • Why Obama Ignored Iraq

    07/07/2014 4:20:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-7-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the medias taboo against criticizing Obamas foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure. And they mostly miss the point. Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bushs foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. Its why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq. The liberals werent...