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Helen Thomas: "Wars In Our Time - Obama Is Now A 'War President'" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 3 Feb 10 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, the one and only HELEN THOMAS!!!

Posted on 02/03/2010 2:10:20 PM PST by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does have a foreign policy. It’s called war.

Unfortunately, the president has not defined any real difference between his hawkish approach to international issues and that of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

Where’s the change we can believe in?

Bush left a legacy of two wars, neither of which was ever fully explained or justified. Obama has merely picked up the sword that Bush left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both wars lack a formal congressional declaration of war.

In the struggle against terrorism one might say, "Who cares?"

Well, one group that cares consists of Americans who follow the rules of the road and think we should honor all the treaties we have promoted and signed over the years.

The president gave short shrift to foreign policy in his State of the Union address, mentioning neither the lives lost nor the cost of the global hostilities that the U.S. has involved itself in. He also didn’t mention U.S. policies in the Middle East, though those are the root cause of many of our problems.

While U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has a hopeful outlook for the resumption of the stalemated talks between the Israelis and Palestinians after a year of trying, Obama seems to have temporarily thrown in the towel. Obama did say he was keeping his promise to leave Iraq "to its people" by the end of August.

"Make no mistake,” the president said, "this war is ending and all of our troops are coming home." Meanwhile, frequent suicide bombings continue in that beleaguered country.

Afghanistan is a different story. U.S. forces there are involved in manhunts and the drone-rocketing of al Qaida and Taliban leaders. But the cost in civilian life is heavy when drones are used and whole families have been wiped out to get one suspected leader.

The U.S. seems to have convinced the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan that it’s their war too. The Washington Post said the loss of Hakimullah Mehsud -- the top Pakistani Taliban leader who reportedly died from wounds suffered from drone missile attack -- has dealt a fatal blow to his ruthless followers.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military web has spread to Yemen, where American intelligence teams have joined Yemeni troops in planning missions against -- but not actually fighting -- al Qaida elements. Scores have been killed there.

Then there’s the ramped-up U.S. saber-rattling toward Iran.

In his speech, Obama warned Iran of "consequences" if it didn’t play ball and cooperate on nuclear inspections. It’s unclear whether those consequences are of the financial sanction variety or, more ominously, of a pre-emptive military strike by the U.S. or Israel.

All this comes at a time when the U.S. has bolstered its naval presence in the Persian Gulf and the neo conservatives are calling for "regime change" in Iran. Sound familiar?

But one prominent neo-con, Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, sees the possibility of peaceful regime change in Iran.

Writing recently in the Washington Post, Kagan said it would be a tragedy "if Israel damaged the likelihood of regime change" with an air strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Organic regime change -- rather than a military strike -- could change the Iranian equation dramatically, Kagan concludes.

Iran, reacting to Western pressure or from fear of an attack, recently offered to send its uranium abroad for enrichment for industrial use.

There are new tensions in other parts of the world. For example, China is upset with the U.S. $6 billion-plus arms sale to its nemesis, Taiwan. China’s also irked at Google for its belated push-back against Chinese hacking into Google’s Gmail accounts.

Obama will add to his world travels soon, going to Indonesia, where he spent some of his childhood, and Australia. In April he will attend a world conference in London on ways to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons.

So while the president’s Democratic base of support mutters about his abandonment of health reform, immigration reform and other choice policies, Obama can take solace in support from the Republican Party -- the "party of No" -- whenever he flexes U.S. military muscle.

And so this president takes his place among other U.S. chief executives who have sought the glory of leading the nation in military conflict. He has attained the desired status of "War President."


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Helen has covered every war we've been in, so she knows a war president when she sees one.
1 posted on 02/03/2010 2:10:23 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; Beowulf9; DirtyHarryY2K; freedomlover; greatdefender; holly go-rightly; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members! FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the list.
2 posted on 02/03/2010 2:11:26 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

The dog’s better looking! (Not that I’m into that sort of thing!)


3 posted on 02/03/2010 2:15:38 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: seanmerc

You just couldn’t wait until Halloween? Sheeeesh!


4 posted on 02/03/2010 2:16:38 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: seanmerc
Oh that wacky Helen.

She was like a giddy school girl during the run-up to the election, alas, the bloom is off her rose.

5 posted on 02/03/2010 2:17:50 PM PST by exnavy (may the streets run red with the blood of tyrants)
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To: seanmerc

“the horror...the horror.”

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz


6 posted on 02/03/2010 2:17:54 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: rbosque

7 posted on 02/03/2010 2:18:23 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: exnavy

The bloom has been off that rose for quite a while, my FRiend!


8 posted on 02/03/2010 2:19:27 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

LOL!


9 posted on 02/03/2010 2:19:29 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: seanmerc

"I'm gonna hurl"

10 posted on 02/03/2010 2:19:36 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: seanmerc

You know, Helen wouldn’t be so bad if she could “oil of Olay up”. LOL


11 posted on 02/03/2010 2:21:11 PM PST by exnavy (may the streets run red with the blood of tyrants)
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To: tflabo

12 posted on 02/03/2010 2:21:34 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: Doogle

13 posted on 02/03/2010 2:22:44 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

14 posted on 02/03/2010 2:25:15 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: seanmerc
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15 posted on 02/03/2010 2:30:35 PM PST by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: seanmerc

LOL!!! Thanks for the warning!!!


16 posted on 02/03/2010 2:30:47 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: exnavy

She was like a giddy school girl during the run-up to the election, alas, the bloom is off her rose.

The reference to Helen’s blooming rose is not something I was prepared to think about. I believe my brain has been scarred. Thanks exnavy


17 posted on 02/03/2010 2:37:25 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Doogle

Good one, Doogle. Thanks!


18 posted on 02/03/2010 2:37:30 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: exnavy

You know, Helen wouldn’t be so bad if she could “oil of Olay up”. LOL

Is LAZ posting about hitting Helen?


19 posted on 02/03/2010 2:38:16 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

20 posted on 02/03/2010 2:38:47 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Now THERE’S an image I could’ve lived without.


21 posted on 02/03/2010 2:39:44 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Will Obamacare include mandatory plastic surgery?


22 posted on 02/03/2010 2:41:08 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

LOL sorry LOL I could not resist that. LOL


23 posted on 02/03/2010 2:49:10 PM PST by exnavy (may the streets run red with the blood of tyrants)
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To: exnavy

24 posted on 02/03/2010 2:49:51 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
I see your pic of Helen Thomas, and raise you 2 pics of Belly Girl.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 2:54:53 PM PST by petercooper (GOP: Big Tent Party??? Not if you are a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: petercooper

Wow! Belly-girl!

I wondered what happened to Belly-girl. Hot and smart. Unbeatable combo.


26 posted on 02/03/2010 2:56:20 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: seanmerc
"Both wars lack a formal congressional declaration of war."

Helen should do some reading. Specifically how many wars the US has fought since its existence where a formal congressional declaration of war occured vs. not.

Wars in which a formal congressional declaration of war occured: 5

Wars in which president acted without prior express military authorization from congress (aka undeclared wars): atleast 125.

Helen also should read up on "military engagements AUTHORIZED by Congress", but short of a formal declaration of war.

Desert Storm (Iraq), Enduring Freedom (Afganistan), and Iraq war were all authorized by congress.

Just to drive the point home, lets take a look at Enduring Freedom. Initial authorization on S.J. Res. 23, Sept 14th, 2001. Senate vote 98-0 House vote 420-1

Helen Thomas = Epic Fail

27 posted on 02/03/2010 2:58:03 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: seanmerc

Obama is the Cpl. Klinger of the Afghan War.


28 posted on 02/03/2010 3:03:12 PM PST by pabianice
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To: seanmerc

29 posted on 02/03/2010 3:04:52 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: reagan_fanatic

You are sick and twisted! :-0


30 posted on 02/03/2010 3:11:58 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: seanmerc
helenofoY
31 posted on 02/03/2010 3:14:23 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Nateman

I think that kid might have also been watching “2 girls one Cup”. Same thing as seeing Helen in a bikini.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 3:17:46 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Nateman

O gosh that’s funny...can’t stop laughing!


33 posted on 02/03/2010 3:24:47 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Nateman

34 posted on 02/03/2010 3:24:56 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: reagan_fanatic
Post #29 - Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew,
EWW!!!
35 posted on 02/03/2010 3:29:59 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: reagan_fanatic

36 posted on 02/03/2010 3:40:58 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Unfortunately, the president has not defined any real difference between his hawkish approach to international issues and that of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. Where's the change we can believe in? Bush left a legacy of two wars, neither of which was ever fully explained or justified.
Change we can believe in would consist of the timely demise of this lying old bag of crap. Thanks seanmerc.
37 posted on 02/03/2010 3:51:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: seanmerc

Ohhhhhhhhhhh! My eyes!!!!!


38 posted on 02/03/2010 3:57:12 PM PST by kempster
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To: monkapotamus

She is ugly dog of the year Helen Thomas LOL!

Monk I think we got successor of US uglist dog you won’t believe who it is LOL!

Ping 34


39 posted on 02/03/2010 4:15:52 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Nateman

OMG! I laughed till I had heartburn!


40 posted on 02/03/2010 4:33:38 PM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: Nateman

LOL!!!


41 posted on 02/03/2010 6:58:10 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: Nateman

PLEASE tell me what this is from. The boy is either a really, really good actor or he is actually suffering something (which makes me worry!).


42 posted on 02/03/2010 8:14:23 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
There was a soldier who married a really ugly fat wife and the animation was originally from that.
43 posted on 02/03/2010 8:52:53 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: seanmerc

I’m sure Hellen meant to write, “Obama is now a Warp Resident.” She’s getting on in years, you know.


44 posted on 02/03/2010 9:18:45 PM PST by Melian ("Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.")
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