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  • Ukraine’s counter-offensive is failing, with no easy fixes

    07/21/2023 11:22:24 PM PDT · by AmericaFirst101 · 60 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2023 | Richard Kemp
    With no significant breakthrough after six weeks, it is worth asking whether Ukraine’s counter-offensive can ever succeed, for it certainly doesn’t look to be succeeding now. (clip) The question to be asked is: are the Ukrainians prepared – militarily, politically, financially – to carry out months and potentially years of these (frontal assault) attacks to penetrate 1914-18 style defensive belts of tank traps, barbed wire, minefields, bunkers and trench lines? The UK Ministry of Defence has described these Russian fortifications as “some of the most extensive systems of military defensive works seen anywhere in the world”. (clip) Ukraine is already...
  • Chile’s Conservative Parties to Lead Constitution Rewrite

    05/08/2023 9:10:42 AM PDT · by CFW · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/8/23 | Tom Phillips
    Chile: major blow to president as far right triumphs in key constitution vote Chile’s far right has won an emphatic victory in a vote to select the committee that will rewrite its dictatorship-era constitution, after José Antonio Kast’s Republican party secured 22 of its 50 seats in a major blow to the progressive president Gabriel Boric. Boric beat Kast, an ultra-conservative lawyer often compared to Brazil’s former leader Jair Bolsonaro, in the 2021 presidential election. But on Sunday night it was Kast who was celebrating after 35% of voters backed Republicanos, the extreme-right party he founded in 2019. “This is...
  • What the Neocons Got Wrong - And How the Iraq War Taught Me About the Limits of American Power

    03/11/2023 5:45:38 AM PST · by JonPreston · 99 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 3/10/23 | Max Boot
    Shortly after September 11, 2001, I became known as a “neoconservative.” The term was a bit puzzling, because I wasn’t new to conservatism; I had been on the right ever since I could remember. But the “neocon” label came to be used after 9/11 to denote a particular strain of conservatism that placed human rights and democracy promotion at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. This was a very different mindset from the realpolitik approach of such Republicans as President Dwight Eisouenhower, President Richard Nixon, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and it had a natural appeal to someone like...
  • Why I can’t say anything about Ilhan Omar

    02/05/2023 10:02:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/23 | Jack Engelhard
    Truth is, I shouldn’t be writing anything about Ilhan Omar, because I lack journalistic distance and detachment on this topic. The problem is…I can’t stand this squirrel who wormed her way in from Somalia and who now personifies everything that is wrong with America…and whose remarks against Jews and Israel affect us all in the most negative and harmful ways. As a member of Congress, her hateful comments travel far and wide and are taken seriously, often by the wrong people. Which means that I can’t be fair, nor objective, nor reasonable to this person who by herself stinks up...
  • House removes Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee in party-line vote

    02/02/2023 10:28:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    The House passed a resolution to remove progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her position on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a party-line vote on Wednesday. Top Republicans had vowed to remove her from the panel, citing her inflammatory remarks made in 2019 about Israel, with the Minnesota Democrat having suggested politicians who support the Jewish state are motivated by campaign dollars — remarks that were slammed as antisemitic by members on both sides of the aisle. The House ultimately voted 218-211, with one Republican — Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), a member of the Ethics Committee — voting...
  • The GOP must stop being gracious winners: Boot Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. No more Marquess of Queensberry rules

    01/30/2023 8:15:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2023 | Rajan Laad
    A few days back, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) formally removed Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.This was the right move by McCarthy.Both Schiff and Swalwell are slippery characters.Swalwell had a long association or affair with a Chinese spy while Schiff's activity promoted the Steele dossier that led to the amplification of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, and eventually the Mueller Probe.Schiff reacted, like all Democrats do, by calling the GOP a party of white nationalists and anti-Semites.McCarthy also plans to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.Omar is a known anti-Semite who...
  • GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) is a no vote on denying Ilhan Omar seat on Foreign Affairs Committee

    01/24/2023 7:43:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2023 | Karen Townsend
    Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) is going to vote no on the decision to deny Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She announced her opposition to Kevin McCarthy’s push to remove three Democrats from committees on Tuesday. It’s all about consistency for her. She said it was wrong for Pelosi to remove Republicans from committees and it is wrong for McCarthy to do the same.“Two wrongs do not make a right. Speaker Pelosi took unprecedented actions last Congress to remove Reps. Greene and Gosar from their committees without proper due process. Speaker McCarthy is taking...
  • United States Delegation Arrives in Venezuela

    06/28/2022 7:23:45 AM PDT · by Ebenezer · 32 replies (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | June 28, 2022 |
    (Translation) A delegation from the United States government arrived in Venezuela to deal with several items of a bilateral agenda and continue talks that began in March with Caracas, President Nicolás Maduro announced. According to the information, National Assembly President Jorge Rodríguez welcomed "an important delegation from the government of the United States that has arrived in Venezuela" and works "to give continuity to relations, to the bilateral agenda," Maduro announced on the state-run VTV [television] channel.
  • Joe Biden: This Man Cannot Remain in Power

    04/04/2022 6:13:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 4, 2022 | Will Alexander
    For every time Joe Biden shuffles to a podium to blame the nation’s problems on the pandemic, Putin, and his predecessor, there should be a Will Smith-type who walks to the podium, slaps him for his egregious insults to America’s intelligence, then takes his seat and yells: “Keep the lies to the American people OUT! OF! YOUR! @#&%! MOUTH!” That’s tame compared to what Americans scream at their TVs every time Biden makes a speech. On April Fool’s Day, he took credit for a strong jobs report that a resilient market produced due, most likely, to eased COVID restrictions. “It...
  • Irishman is arrested for breaking into Romanian Presidential Palace after 'mistaking it for his hotel' while drunk during night out in Bucharest

    12/30/2021 2:11:20 AM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2021 | JONATHAN ROSE FOR MAILONLINE
    An Irishman has been arrested for breaking into the Romanian Presidential Palace after 'mistaking it for his hotel' while drunk during a night out in Bucharest. The Irish citizen reached the third floor of the building in a breach that has ignited a review into the security of the People's House. .. He allegedly thought the Palace of the Parliament was his hotel after he returned from a night out in the Romanian capital.... When quizzed by police, he was unable to remember how he broke in. ...
  • As China’s Shadow Lengthens, The United States Must Help Taiwan Prepare To Defend Itself

    12/10/2021 9:35:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 10, 2021 | Josh Hawley
    U.S. defense leaders have allowed China’s military might to grow unchecked while they prattle on about critical race theory and climate change. That increases the risk of war over Taiwan.The Chinese Communist Party is open about its imperial ambitions. Chinese leader Xi Jinping calls explicitly for “the transformation of the global governance system”—which means China in charge of the Asian Pacific and, ultimately, the world. America must act now to stop it. Our economic prosperity, no less than our national security, depends on it. A China that bestrides the Pacific would make today’s supply chain woes look pleasant. A China...
  • Part Two: Consequences of America Losing a War to China

    11/03/2021 5:16:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 3, 2021 | Austin Bay
    In July Japan's Vice Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama told the Hudson Institute that China and Russia could launch a surprise "Pearl Harbor-style attack" in the Pacific. The Washington Examiner and Reuters quoted Nakayama as insisting the U.S. and Japan must demonstrate the will to deter both China and Russia because "they are doing their (military) exercises together." They conduct exercises from "Honolulu to Japan," which means America's "protection line is going ... backwards ..." Nakayama said China would likely target Taiwan. But that threatens Okinawa (a Japanese island with U.S. bases). Mid-Pacific exercises demonstrate targeting Hawaii and the West Coast,...
  • Fears of rising baguette prices pose crunch for the French

    10/28/2021 1:34:05 AM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 27 October 2021 | THOMAS ADAMSON
    PARIS (AP) — A hike in the cost of wheat is alarming French households who fear a possible rise in the price of the prized baguette, seen by many as a barometer of the country’s economic health. Many boulangeries around France are putting up signs, warning customers that the long, crunchy staple could be going up in price by 3 to 5 centimes (4 to 6 cents), from its average of about 89 centimes (just over $1). “Although that might not seem like a lot, it’s a huge increase. The baguette is precious. It has only gone up 23 centimes...
  • France says it has killed Islamic State leader in Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi

    09/15/2021 9:48:58 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian/Reuters ^ | 15 September 2021 | uncredited
    Emmanuel Macron has said French military forces have killed the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. “It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the French president said on Wednesday night, without disclosing the location of the operation... Sahrawi was the historic leader of Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa and his group targeted US soldiers in a deadly attack in Niger in 2017, Macron’s office said....
  • Taliban gives thousands of Kandahar residents three days to leave their homes, protesters say

    09/14/2021 10:24:47 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 14 September 2021 | Sarah Dean and Ingrid Formanek, CNN
    (CNN)Hundreds of people protested in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday, against what they say are Taliban orders for citizens to leave their homes on the eve of winter. Protesters marched in front of the governor's office in the city after 3,500 people living in a government-owned residential area were given three days to leave, two protesters told a local journalist working for CNN over the phone. The protesters, who are also residents of the area, said they were not given reasons for the expulsion order....
  • Sec. of State Blinken Refuses to Say if He’s Been Questioned by FBI in Hunter Biden Case (video)

    09/13/2021 4:45:26 PM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies ^ | 9/13/2021 | Debra Heine
    During a House hearing Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused to disclose whether he was recently interviewed by FBI agents regarding Hunter Biden’s interactions with the State Department during the Obama years. Blinken appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer questions about the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, but Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) decided to go a little off-topic. “How long was your recent interview with the FBI, and was it a deposition?” Perry asked. Blinken, who was the deputy Secretary of State in 2015 when the Biden was engaging in influence peddling operations for a...
  • Stop Blaming The United States For Communism’s Effects On Cuba

    07/23/2021 9:39:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2021 | Nicole Regueira
    Upon leaving my Cuban American community, I encountered individuals with no functional understanding of Cuba and the many millions debilitated by the regime.As a first-generation Cuban American from Miami, Florida, my upbringing, daily discourse, and education have been overwhelmingly influenced by the Cuban struggle. To me, it’s always seemed straightforward: Cuba’s communist system has inflicted human and civil rights violations, family separations, and sexual, religious, and ideological persecution of minorities since 1959. Yet upon leaving my Cuban American community, I encountered individuals with no functional understanding of Cuba and the dire context that defined the lives of myself and the...
  • McCarthy Vows to Remove ‘Anti-American’ Ilhan Omar off Foreign Affairs Committee if GOP Wins House

    06/15/2021 9:32:41 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/15/2021 | Trent Baker
    During a Tuesday appearance on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised that if the GOP wins the House, he would not allow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee. McCarthy pointed out that Omar has made “antisemitic” remarks in the past, adding “she’s anti-American now” that she is equating the United States and Israel to terrorist organizations
  • What Is America's Cause in the World?

    06/08/2021 4:24:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 8, 2021 | Pat Buchanan
    "Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill's remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose. For most of our lifetimes, this has not been true of the United States. The goal of our foreign policy has been understandable and defined. From 1949-1989, it was Cold War containment of the Soviet Empire and USSR. Ronald Reagan believed in a "rollback" of communism, once telling an aide that his policy might be summed up as:...
  • Biden’s Weak Posture Toward Iran Invites More Aggression In The Middle East

    05/19/2021 5:31:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 19, 2021 | Ali Safavi
    Ever since the new administration has taken office, the Iranian regime has resorted to what it does best: terrorism and extortion.The Middle East is in turmoil again. From Kabul to Riyadh, and Beirut to the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, people are frightened and forced to hear the horrifying blasts of emergency sirens that had long been silenced. If one were to search anywhere other than in Iran for the detonators of these blasts, they would be wrong again. An explosion in front of a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan two weeks ago killed dozens of innocent people, embarrassed the Afghan...