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  • Macklemore a 9/11 Truther? Can We Trust Him Inspiring Kids' Worldviews?

    02/03/2014 9:49:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    mynorthwest ^ | January 29, 2014
    Taken from Tuesday's edition of The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio. After some backlash following the Grammys, there were all these tweets being highlighted that Macklemore sent out years ago that might cast him in a bad light. One of those particular tweets was sent out on Sept. 18, 2009. He tweeted this: That is, according to Buzzfeed, a regurgitation of a lyric from a Mos Def song that says the same thing. But I ask, does this make him a 9/11 Truther? Is this someone who actually holds this belief system? We look at some of his music....
  • US military proposal would keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

    01/22/2014 6:21:56 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/22/14 | unknown
    <p>Military leaders have submitted a proposal to the White House that would keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. combat mission ends in 2014, a senior U.S. official confirms to Fox News.</p> <p>The 10,000-troop plan or any other troop proposal could still be rejected by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has not yet signed a security agreement that would allow American soldiers to remain in the country.</p>
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War

    01/03/2014 5:13:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Friday, January 3, 3014 | Noah Rothman
    Just over two years since American troops entirely withdrew from Iraq, the black flag of Al Qaeda flies over the city of Fallujah’s government buildings in Iraq’s western Anbar Province. It was there that several American contractors were killed and strung up over a bridge in 2004 and American Marines fought the biggest battle of the Iraq War. “The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war,” reads...
  • Al-Qaeda returns. The new face of terror

    09/29/2013 7:01:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | The Economist Staff
    The West thought it was winning the battle against jihadist terrorism. It should think again. A FEW months ago Barack Obama declared that al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat”. Its surviving members, he said, were more concerned for their own safety than with plotting attacks on the West. Yet the inconvenient truth is that, in the past 18 months, despite the relentless pummelling it has received and the defeats it has suffered, al-Qaeda and its jihadist allies have staged an extraordinary comeback. The terrorist network now holds sway over more territory and is recruiting more fighters than at any...
  • Why listen to Obama's speech on Syria?

    09/10/2013 3:13:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/9/13 | Christion Science Monitor's Editorial Board
    In the oft-admired model of a decisive lone warrior, President Obama could have ordered strikes on Syria without asking Congress. Instead, the commander in chief chose to ask lawmakers. At the least, all Americans should now reciprocate. They could suspend judgment and listen to what Mr. Obama has to say in his Tuesday evening address to the nation. In decisions of war, bravery is needed in knowing when to be humble – in listening for one’s biases and evaluating new evidence. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down...
  • MoveOn.Org strikes Obama’s Syria plan

    09/09/2013 1:20:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | September 09, 2013 | Neil Munro
    A new anti-war ad by the left-wing advocacy group MoveOn.org highlights a growing foreign policy divide between President Barack Obama and the larger progressive movement that has long supported him. “We never set out to spend eight years at war in Iraq… Or to be mired down for more than a decade of fighting in Afghanistan… So what should America expect if we rush into Syria ­­alone, with no real plan for the consequences?,” says the video’s narrator. “We already know: It gets worse,” the narrator continues. “Congress: The majority of Americans OPPOSE missile strikes in Syria.” The video is...
  • #NoBloodForO: The new anti-war movement gets a hashtag

    09/09/2013 2:37:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 9/9/2013
    Witness the birth of a hashtag. The suggestion for a topic: FTW RT @dfgalvin: @gabrielmalor that was supposed to be "No blood for O"— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 08, 2013 A hashtag is applied: #NoBloodForO RT @gabrielmalor: FTW RT @dfgalvin: @gabrielmalor that was supposed to be "No blood for O"— jon gabriel (@ExJon) September 08, 2013 With that, “no blood for oil” had found its shortened contemporary version: #NoBloodForO. And with that, many tweeters were off and running: #NoBloodForO No soldiers should die just for a president to save face.— Redness (@mchastain81) September 08, 2013 This is NOT why I...
  • U.S. Admits No Imminent Threat from Syria, No Clear Evidence Assad Ordered Chemical Weapons Attack

    09/09/2013 4:38:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 9, 2013
    Obama is going on a whirlwind media blitz this week in an attempt to sell a very skeptical public on war with Syria. Yet the Washington Post notes: Obama’s top aide says the administration lacks “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking. Indeed, those who have seen the evidence say that it is incredibly weak. German intelligence also says that Assad didn’t order the attacks. Moreover, President Obama correctly noted in 2007: The President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack...
  • Hollyweird Moonbats Speak Out Against War

    09/09/2013 6:47:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 9/9/2013
    As Obama et al. shove us into a senseless conflict that could easily escalate into WWIII, let’s give a listen to righteous voices from Tinseltown: “But I am equally against the death penalty or war — anywhere people are sacrificed for some end justifying a means.” — Martin Sheen “I also think that there is a strong streak of racism, and whenever we engage in foreign adventures. Our whole history in regime change has been of people of different color.” — Ed Asner “I think we’re past that point in human evolution where there’s such a thing as winning wars.”...
  • Hillary Clinton plans to address Syria at the White House Monday

    09/09/2013 12:36:55 AM PDT · by kingattax · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-9-13 | Philip Rucker
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate, is planning to make remarks about the intensifying situation in Syria during a visit to the White House on Monday. Clinton has not personally addressed the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials say was carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime or how she believes the United States should respond. Although an aide issued a statement last Tuesday saying she supports President Obama’s effort to seek authorization from Congress for a retaliatory strike.
  • John Kerry gives Syria week to surrender chemical weapons or face attack

    09/09/2013 5:11:20 AM PDT · by Netz · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 September 2013 | Patrik Wintour
    The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack, but said he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply. John Kerry also said he had no doubt that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in east Damascus on 21 August, saying that only three people are responsible for the chemical weapons inside Syria – Assad himself, one of his brothers and a senior general. He said the entire US intelligence commnity was united in believing Assad was...
  • Liberal Activist Ed Asner Explains Hollywood Silence On Obama,Syria:They Don't Want to Feel Anti-Blk

    09/07/2013 12:18:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Hollywood Reporter article on Fox News ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Bond Hollywood Reporter
    Full Title Liberal Activist Ed Asner Explains Hollywood Silence On Obama, Syria: They 'Don't Want to Feel Anti-Black (Hollywood Reporter) In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq, a robust anti-war movement in Hollywood included a TV commercial starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn visiting Baghdad. There were online petitions signed by Ed Asner; letters to President George W. Bush pleading for peace were signed by Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin; former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell fronted multiple press conferences where celebrities denounced war. In interviews, Janeane Garofalo stopped identifying herself as an actor --...
  • Iran threatens rape of Obama daughters

    09/06/2013 10:01:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller (via WND) ^ | September 5, 2013 | The Daily Caller
    Iran threatens rape of Obama daughter Warns of mass abductions, brutal killings of American citizens if U.S. hits Syria (Daily Caller) As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.” And in an unprecedented statement, a...
  • House Might Not Vote on Obama’s Syria Resolution

    09/06/2013 8:23:58 AM PDT · by quimby · 197 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-6-13 | John Fund
    Congressional aides in both parties tell me that the chances of President Obama winning House approval for military action in Syria are so bad they actually doubt the House would ultimately vote on it if failure seemed certain. Two new whip counts of House members by ABC News and the liberal Firedoglake web site show a majority of House members firmly or leaning against intervention. The Washington Post’s more conservative count stands at 204 “no” votes, only 13 short of the majority needed to kill the president’s request.
  • Just to help Congress decide on Syria, here’s a picture of the rebels blowing up our Capitol

    09/06/2013 9:23:04 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 13 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 9/6/13 | David Freddoso
    This image appears on the Facebook page of the al-Aqsa Islamic Brigades, a small element of the Free Syrian Army — i.e., the guys we’ll be assisting if we go to war there:
  • Obama: ‘I was elected to end wars, not start them’

    09/06/2013 8:51:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 6, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    While saying he sympathizes with current public distaste for more war, President Obama on Friday made the case that the U.S. must live up to its global responsibilities, and for the first time raised the possibility that additional military action — beyond what’s on the table now — may be necessary if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons again. Mr. Obama made the comments at a press conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia, just hours before he departs the G-20 Summit and returns to Washington without achieving the international consensus on Syria that he’d hoped. In blunt terms, the president...
  • The Bush Burden (NYT Rant: Syria situation is Bush's Fault -- really!)

    09/06/2013 7:16:07 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    New York Fishwrap ^ | 9/6/13 | Egan
    "...Blame Bush? Of course, President Obama has to lead; it’s his superpower now, his armies to move, his stage. But the prior president gave every world leader, every member of Congress a reason to keep the dogs of war on a leash. The isolationists in the Republican Party are a direct result of the Bush foreign policy. A war-weary public that can turn an eye from children being gassed — or express doubt that it happened — is another poisoned fruit of the Bush years. And for the nearly 200 members of both houses of Congress who voted on the...
  • Horrifying fate of Assad’s soldiers executed on camera by Syrian rebels

    09/06/2013 6:16:35 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 14:02 EST, September 5, 2013 | UPDATED: 03:07 EST, September 6, 2013 | Tara Brady
    Video footage has emerged which shows the moment seven of President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian soldiers are executed on camera by rebels fighting to overthrow the regime... ...The horrific scene filmed in April 2012 was documented in a video smuggled out of Syria only a few days ago by a former rebel who says he had become horrified by the brutality of the tactics his one-time comrades are using. He gave the footage to The New York Times.... Issa is known as 'the uncle' because two of his deputies are his nephews. His former aide, who had the copy of the...
  • Sarah Palin's offensive remarks about Syria

    09/04/2013 2:33:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    CNN ^ | September 4, 2013 | Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN
    "Let Allah sort it out." That is Sarah Palin's succinct argument against U.S. intervention into Syria. And I have to be honest: I'm impressed with Palin on this one. Not with her horribly callous recommendation, made via Facebook late last week, but because she appears to speak some Arabic. I'm not saying Palin is fluent in the language, but she did use the Arabic word "Allah." She could've simply used the word "God" instead of Allah since it has the identical meaning. (Christian Arabs use the word Allah when speaking of God in Arabic.) I think deep down she wanted...
  • Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria

    09/04/2013 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 184 replies
    Obama: 'I Didn't Set a Red Line' on Syria Daniel Halper September 4, 2013 9:31 AM President Obama said in Sweden today that he personally "didn't set a red line" on Syria: "First of all, I didn't set a red line," said Obama. "The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red...
  • OK I have a question: Exactally WHAT does Obama have on ALL "RINO/GOP-e""Leaders"?

    09/04/2013 7:46:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 68 replies
    9/4/2013 | US Navy Vet
    I am wondering.
  • Twitter Reports Ariel Castro Dead

    09/03/2013 9:17:40 PM PDT · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 55 replies
    Twitter is buzzing with this rumor, hung himself in cell, I can't find any media reports yet.
  • Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush

    08/31/2013 5:29:28 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 122 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/30/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    In addition, and most importantly, George W. Bush was a conviction president on foreign policy matters, driven by a clear sense of the national interest. President Bush emphatically made his case to the American people and to the world, explaining why he believed the use of force was necessary, and dozens of countries decided to follow him. In the case of Barack Obama, whose foreign policy has been weak-kneed, confused and strategically incoherent, the president hasn’t effectively made the case for military intervention in Syria, and has made no serious effort to cultivate support both at home and abroad. President...
  • Loose Lips on Syria

    08/27/2013 6:01:44 PM PDT · by NCjim · 40 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 27, 2013
    An American military attack on Syria could begin as early as Thursday and will involve three days of missile strikes, according to "senior U.S. officials" talking to NBC News. The Washington Post has the bombing at "no more than two days," though long-range bombers could "possibly" join the missiles. "Factors weighing into the timing of any action include a desire to get it done before the president leaves for Russia next week," reports CNN, citing a "senior administration official." The New York Times, quoting a Pentagon official, adds that "the initial target list has fewer than 50 sites, including air...
  • Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria

    08/26/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress -- a process which has begun, according to both sides. "The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," Kerry said Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
  • Humbled US makes concessions to Taliban to start talks

    06/18/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT · by ketelone · 68 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 19 Jun 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: The United States will begin formal talks with the Taliban, including the Haqqani network, in Doha, Qatar, in a couple of days, Obama administration officials said in a major announcement on Tuesday. The engagement, the first of its kind since the post 9/11 conflict, follows key concessions made by Washington, including dropping the pre-condition that Taliban immediately break ties with al-Qaida, in return for much broader, generic, self-serving commitments by the unyielding terrorist group. In a conference call from Northern Ireland where President Obama is attending the G8 summit, US officials said they expected Taliban to issue a statement...
  • Bill Clinton Needs to Shut Up

    06/18/2013 3:34:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Root ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jack White
    The ex-president's willingness to speak out on Syria spells disaster for Obama in more ways than one.I wish that when President Bill Clinton started spouting off the other day about the need for President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's horrific civil war or risk looking like "a total fool," Obama had followed the example set by his wife when she was recently confronted by a heckler. I wish that Obama had leaped from his bully pulpit, got in Clinton's face and silenced him with a withering put-down. But of course, that didn't happen. Instead of resisting the intensifying pressure...
  • Shades of Benghazi: State Department changes story on Afghanistan blast that killed diplomat

    04/11/2013 12:33:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/11/13 | Shaun Waterman
    The State Department has acknowledged that five U.S. personnel killed in Afghanistan, including 25-year-old diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, were on foot when they were attacked by a suicide bomber, and not in an armored vehicle, as officials had told bereaved relatives earlier this week. The violent deaths of U.S. diplomatic personnel — and the State Department’s changing account of how they died — harken back to the debacle in Benghazi, Libya, where Islamist extremists killed four Americans in assaults on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11. “We are able to clarify at this point that they were
  • New Evidence That Team Obama Misled Us About the Drone War

    04/10/2013 10:25:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 10, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The Obama Administration is deliberately misleading Americans about the drone war it is waging in Pakistan. Can anyone read the McClatchy Newspapers summary of top-secret intelligence reports and continue to deny it? Set aside the morality and effectiveness of the CIA's targeted-killing program. Isn't it important for Congress and the people to know the truth about the War on Terrorism? Many Americans remain furious that the Bush Administration gave Iraq War speeches that elided inconvenient truths and implied facts that turned out to be fictions. Is the objection merely that the Iraq War turned out badly? Or is misleading Congress...
  • McCain and Graham: Syria reports, if true, mean president's red line has been crossed

    03/20/2013 5:19:06 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19th, 2013 | Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) – Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, if true, mean the president's threshold for involvement in the country's civil war has been met. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have led calls in Congress for greater U.S. involvement in Syria, issued a joint statement saying the attacks, if verified, would demand a response from President Barack Obama. “If today’s reports are substantiated, the President’s red line has been crossed, and we would urge him to take immediate action to impose the consequences he has promised," the senators wrote.
  • BREAKING: Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House says

    02/14/2013 1:19:27 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 124 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2013 | Stephan Dinan
    President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday. “During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released. Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the phone, at least two of the Americans killed in...
  • Obama says decade of war ending (Neville Chamberlain II)

    01/21/2013 9:24:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 57 replies
    Associate Press ^ | Jan 21, 12:07 PM EST | none stated
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  • Kyl (& Sen. Hutchison) Suggest Benghazi 'Cover-Up'

    11/25/2012 10:30:20 AM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/25/12 10:14 AM EST | JUANA SUMMERS
    Kyl suggests Benghazi 'cover-up' Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.) suggests the Obama administration orchestrated a "cover-up" of the events that led to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "There are three questions that have to be answered," Kyl said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," appearing on a panel with three other retiring senators. "Why weren't the warnings about the need for security heeded? Why weren't the requests for help during the ted attack answered and why did the administration think...
  • Four US Troops Killed in Afghan Inside Attack; 8 Coalition Troops Killed in 3 Days

    09/17/2012 2:10:44 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Four American service members were killed by an Afghan policeman early today, the third attack on coalition forces in three days, bringing the death toll in the recent violence to eight. The attacks -- two "green on blue" incidents and an assault on a coalition base by 15 Taliban fighters -- come as tensions flared across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film that was produced in the United States. In the latest attack, an Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn. Four U.S. soldiers were killed before the...
  • Training of new Afghan recruits suspended, vetting process renewed

    09/02/2012 7:35:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | September 2, 2012 | Greg Jaffe and Kevin Sieff
    The senior commander for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until the more than 27,000 Afghan troops working with his command can be re-vetted for ties to the insurgency. The move comes as NATO officials struggle to stem the tide of attacks on NATO forces by their Afghan colleagues. The attacks, which have killed 45 troops this year, have forced NATO officials to acknowledge a painful truth: Many of the incidents might have been prevented if existing security measures had been applied correctly. But numerous military guidelines were not followed — by Afghans...
  • Taliban lead attacks on U.S. bases and government sites across Afghanistan

    04/16/2012 7:20:11 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies
    McLatchy ^ | 4/16/12 | Jonathan S. Landay and Ali Safi
    Taliban-led insurgents opened a spring offensive Sunday with a wave of coordinated suicide missions, firing at embassies and government offices from seized buildings in Kabul and attacking U.S. bases and police stations in three eastern provinces. The strikes, which seemed to catch U.S.-led forces and Afghan authorities by surprise, sparked fierce firefights in Kabul and two other cities that underscored the insurgency's lethality as U.S. combat troops gird for the second phase of a withdrawal due to end in 2014.
  • Analysis: Obama's Afghanistan problem gets worse (Just like Iraq, Obama now losing Afghanistan)

    03/11/2012 5:34:53 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 37 replies
    google ^ | 3/11/2012 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press
    President Barack Obama has a PR problem when it comes to Afghanistan, to say the least. Once the must-fight war for America, the decade-long mission has spiraled into a series of U.S. missteps and violent outbreaks that have left few ardent political supporters. After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and reiterated calls to leave by the end of 2014 as promised, if not sooner. "It's just not a good situation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "Our troops...
  • As Obama Cuts And Runs, Taliban Attacks Surge (Who Is Surprised)

    10/31/2011 6:01:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 31, 2011 | Editor
    War On Terror: Have the president's swift military pullouts from Afghanistan and Iraq served U.S. interests? All we see is a "surge" on U.S. targets by our enemies, while our secretary of state pleads with them not to meddle. Pakistani-backed Taliban fighters on Saturday set off a 1,500-pound bomb on an armored vehicle full of American troops and allies, killing 18. It was their biggest armed attack on a U.S. target since they downed a helicopter carrying elite SEALs shortly after the unit took out Osama bin Laden. It was also the biggest attack ever against a U.S. target within...
  • Analysis: Will Obama's foreign policy success help?

    10/22/2011 10:24:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2011 | Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama delivered on another foreign policy promise on Friday with plans to pull the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But in a re-election campaign all about the weak U.S. economy, he may not get much credit. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi -- these are all dead U.S. opponents that Democrat Obama can claim a measure of credit for getting. Now add to that Obama's announcement on Friday that the eight-year war in Iraq is ending, fulfilling a campaign goal he made in 2008 when he declared the...
  • Friday war document dump: Obama sends troops to Africa

    10/14/2011 2:41:18 PM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | October 14, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    All those Occupiers holding their “End the War!” signs better march on over to the White House. President Obama just announced he’s sending U.S. troops to central Africa to fight something called “the Lord’s Resistance Army.” The letter to House GOP Speaker John Boehner: TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE October 14, 2011 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance...On October 12, the initial team of U.S. military personnel with appropriate combat equipment deployed to Uganda....
  • Obama sending combat troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels

    10/14/2011 11:09:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 270 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | October 14th, 2011 | CNN
    President Obama has deployed combat troops to central Africa to aid in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama says 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed including a second combat team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel. The forces will provide information and advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains. The troops will not fight except in self-defense. The full letter is after the jump.
  • Decreasing Iraq troops places American soldiers at risk

    09/15/2011 2:10:20 PM PDT · by conservativeforpalin · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15 | Henry D'Andrea
    President Obama's announcement that only 3,000 troops will be left in Iraq by the end of the year heralds a serious and dangerous downgrade from the current 45,000 troops, spelling disaster for our soldiers. According to a FOXNEWS report, President Obama’s military commanders are livid over this recent decision – a decision that Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, allegedly gave signature to. President Obama may be trying to keep a 2008 campaign promise to remove our troops from Iraq however the problems is that regardless of what some misguided people may say, the war in Iraq is not over, there are...
  • The Overhyped Defense Cuts

    07/10/2011 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Politicians often rail against government spending, except when it goes to the military. Conservatives believe there is no such thing as too much defense spending, and liberals don't argue, for fear of being labeled appeasers. So when there is talk of the two parties agreeing to cut the Pentagon budget, it sounds like a monumental change. But probably not. It's a good thing that defense, which accounts for roughly a fifth of all federal outlays, is no longer considered immune to the need for frugality. But both supporters and opponents have a stake in portraying any trims as far more...
  • Obama's Shocking Statement to Woodward About 'Losing' War

    09/29/2010 1:58:18 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    The Fox Nation ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | The Fox Nation
    BILL O'REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: Who wouldn't want out of that mess? I mean we're spending billions of dollars over there and we're getting our people killed. Who wouldn't? But, here's the deal. Once you fight, you have to fight to win. You have to fight to win. And, a lot of Americans, including me, are not sure he has the heart for the fight. BOB WOODWARD: It's a fair question. When you look at the record here that's presented in this book, the "X" factor that never comes out, he never -- when I asked him, I said, "Well,...
  • Obama's new national security advisor called a 'disaster' by Gates

    10/10/2010 5:58:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 82 replies
    american thinker ^ | 10/9/10 | rick moran
    With the departure of General Jones from the White House, America is losing fine public servant and excellent military man. One of the few in Washington who eschewed the limelight, Jones did his job fairly competently and with a minimum of self promotion. Will we get that lucky with his replacement? The man picked to be President Obama's next national security advisor was sharply criticized by top officials in the administration, with the Secretary of Defense saying he would be a "disaster" in the job. According to the new book about the Obama administration's handling of Iraq and Afghanistan by...
  • What happened to the Barack Obama dream?

    09/25/2010 8:19:00 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 59 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 23, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    Bob Woodward's searing critique of the Democrats' war strategy comes as key advisers are leaving and voters lose patience with Barack Obama's promise to deliver 'hope and change'. Alex Spillius reports on an increasingly isolated President. When Barack Obama took office 20 months ago – and what a long 20 months it seems – there was a lot of talk about the great "Team of Rivals" he was appointing around him. Parallels were drawn with the cabinet of substantial talents and big personalities assembled by Abraham Lincoln to rebuild the nation after the civil war. Now, in a new book,...
  • CSPAN Caller Asks Bob Woodward if He's Republican or Democrat (Video)

    10/08/2010 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 13 replies
    HAP ^ | 10/8/10 | hap
    Caller wants to know if he's Democrat or Republican and who he voted for in '68 and '72 (Video)
  • Bob Woodward: An Obama/Clinton ticket in 2012 is “on the table”

    10/05/2010 5:08:53 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 54 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 04, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    If the economy’s as flat next winter as it is now, isn’t it a damn near certainty? Obama’s approval rating will be deep in the toilet and Republican candidates will be energized to take on a weak incumbent. His only option will be to jolt the electorate and convince them that term two would be different from term one by welcoming the Clintons aboard. Electing the first woman VP — and anointing her as the likely nominee in 2016 — would help bring home women voters who’d grown tired of Hopenchange and would give Hillary Democrats a reason to turn...
  • US ready to bomb 150 Pakistani terror camps?

    09/28/2010 8:11:06 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 31 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 28 September, 2010 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: The United States has a secret "retribution" plan to bomb more than 150 terror camps in Pakistan in the event of another major terrorist attack originating from that country. This startling disclosure about Washington's "all bets off" policy towards an ostensibly dubious ally in the war on terror is contained in Bob Woodward's opus " Obama's War," which details an evolving US approach in the region. The plan pre-dates the Obama presidency, going back to the Bush White House, but elements of policy, aimed at wiping out terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan, is evident in the current administration's ruthless bombing...
  • Obama: 'We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan' (Woodward Excerpt)

    09/29/2010 12:10:57 PM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 9/29/2010 | Bob Woodward
    President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series of urgent, secret meetings on May 19, 2010. Less than three weeks earlier, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen born in Pakistan had tried to blow up an SUV in New York City's Times Square. The crude bomb - which a Pakistan-based terrorist group had taught him to make - smoked but did not explode. Only luck had prevented a catastrophe. "We're living on borrowed time," Jones told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at their meeting in Islamabad. "We...