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  • A Teachable Moment

    07/19/2014 4:34:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Hank Adler
    This week there was an exchange of classified and confidential e-mails between Russian leaders and our Administration. Ultimately, if necessary, the Administration will claim executive privilege over the e-mails that were immediately provided to the Internal Revenue Service for safekeeping. The e-mails have been leaked through a source currently resident in Moscow. Russian: Look, we need some help. We are really sorry, and I mean that, but one of our guys thought that the Malaysian airplane was carrying Ukrainian troops. He is an idiot, our idiot, but yes, an idiot and trust me, we won't give him the keys...
  • Ron Paul, Obama: Different Guys, Same Foreign Policy (Long Article)

    07/13/2014 4:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Flattus wrote: It's funny to watch Cons attempt to portray this disaster in Iraq as Obama's issue. Sorry, no sale. Thinking Americans know whose war this is. But it's not surprising to see you run from it. From Ron Paul's column today, referring to Necons:"They cannot admit they were wrong about the invasion being a ‘cakewalk’ that would pay for itself, so they want to blame last week's events on the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq. But the trouble started with the 2003 invasion itself, not the 2011 troop withdrawal. Anyone who understands cause and effect should understand this."-- Welcome...
  • Poland leak: Radek Sikorski scorns 'worthless' US ties

    06/23/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 Jun 14 | Unknown
    Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called his country's ties with the US "worthless", a Polish news magazine says, giving excerpts of a secretly recorded conversation.
  • This is How You Lose a War

    06/13/2014 3:51:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mark Davis
    The names of the towns tug me back a decade to when we were on the road to liberating them. Fallujah. Mosul. Tikrit. We learned how to pronounce them as our nation learned what was necessary to rescue them from the hands of terrorists. Iraq was not the source of 9/11, but under the leadership of President Bush, we had chosen to take the war to the most hostile regime in the part of the world that wanted to kill us. Saddam Hussein had slaughtered his own people in addition to launching attacks on U.S. forces in violation of...
  • Western Elites Fail to Grasp Reality in Egypt

    06/01/2014 12:57:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Now that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won a decisive victory in the Egyptian presidential election (held May 26-28, 2014), the pro-Islamist Western media—such as the BBC and CNN—are downplaying his impressive win. Western media outlets cannot help themselves. They are smitten with their grievance over what they call “the ousting of the first democratically-elected Egyptian president.” Although the election of Mohamed Morsi (Sisi’s predecessor) was full of irregularities, they are wedded to the narrative that their guy was “wronged.” But consider the following: 1. During the 2011 election, Muslim Brotherhood thugs stood at the doors of hundreds, if...
  • The Ecomonist on Obama's impotence

    05/01/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 27 replies
    The Economist ^ | 5/1/14 | Economist
    “WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. Barack Obama said his administration was making steady, if unspectacular, progress. By blundering into wars, his critics would only harm America. Mr Obama has still made a difficult situation worse in two ways. First, he has broken the cardinal rule of superpower deterrence: you must keep your word. In Syria he drew “a red line”: he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons....
  • Cruz: Reverse Obama’s disastrous missile defense policies to keep Putin in check

    03/19/2014 12:08:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | March 19, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a few strokes of his pen, Vladimir Putin has in recent days both created the Republic of Crimea and annexed that new entity into the Russian Federation, thereby violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. To hear Putin tell it in his address to the Duma, this action is not only perfectly legal, it also rights a historical wrong in which Russia was “robbed” of its rightful claim to the Crimean peninsula in 1954. President Obama has disputed the legality of these actions, observing that “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a...
  • Under Obama: Are WE Austria-Hungary?

    03/14/2014 6:14:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August, 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called “the war to end all wars.” The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. “They won’t land a single soldier in France,” one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. “Our U-boats will sink their troop ships.” One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic...
  • The West Needs Russia's Help More Than it Realizes

    03/05/2014 9:03:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Remember when you were a kid and packed your bag to run away from home, only to quickly realize that you lacked the requisite means to follow through on your threat? Mom and Dad, after giving you a little time to save face, had to drive down the road and toss your penniless little behind and your Transformers backpack into the backseat. We're now witnessing a similar scenario with the pathetic display of political theater underway between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Those first few hours back home with your parents were pretty awkward, weren't they? Just...
  • Radio Host Michael Savage Designated As American Spokesman for Vladimir Putin Fan Club

    03/03/2014 3:52:30 PM PST · by scott55 · 73 replies
    http://www.christiannewswire.com/ ^ | March 3, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Radio host Michael Savage has trumped Matt Drudge's notorious tweet from last year that Vladimir Putin is the "leader of the free world." Savage on Thursday on WMAL in Washington, D.C. claimed the freedom fighters in Ukraine are neo-Nazis and his guest, former conservative Paul Craig Roberts, alleged that American neo-cons are secret Israelis provoking Russia.
  • The Ambivalent Superpower

    02/28/2014 11:35:49 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 12 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 2/28/14 | Robert Kagan
    The world never really loved America as much as Americans like to think. In the Eisenhower era, to take one period now seen in rosy hues, Latin mobs pelted Vice President Richard Nixon’s motorcade with stones, shouting, “Out, dog! We won’t forget Guatemala!” Angry Japanese students protested American “imperialism,” forcing President Dwight Eisenhower to cancel a “goodwill” visit to Tokyo, and Ike spent his days wishing he could find a way to get people in other countries “to like us instead of hating us.” In the late 1960s and again in the 1980s, young Europeans took to the streets by...
  • In first, majority says Obama is not respected on world stage

    02/24/2014 5:25:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    For the first time, more than half of the United States public said President Obama is not respected by other world leaders, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The new poll indicates 53 percent said Obama is not respected on the world stage compared to 41 percent who said he is respected. Gallup notes the public’s opinion has shifted significantly in the last year. In 2013, 51 percent said Obama was respected internationally while 43 percent said he wasn’t. The latest results came from Gallup’s World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 6 to 9. Obama’s perceived respect from other world...
  • NBC's Lauer Grills Bob Gates on 'Dangerous or Dishonorable' Criticism of Obama

    01/13/2014 11:09:51 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 47 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | January 13, 2014 | Kyle Drennen
    During a live interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that criticism of President Obama in Gates's new memoir was endangering American troops overseas: "As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm's way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] After Gates rejected the notion, Lauer insisted: "But you don't think...
  • I wonder who's Kissinger now? Rice does Benghazi dodge

    12/31/2013 8:37:16 AM PST · by luke1825 · 16 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | December 31, 2013 | Peter Lucas
    She may occupy his old office in the White House, but Susan Rice is no Henry Kissinger, not by a long shot. Rice, who is President Barack Obama's national-security adviser, is known as the person who appeared on five Sunday morning television news shows days after the planned, deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, to push the lie that the attack was a spontaneous uprising based on a video. It was an attempt by the administration to hide the fact that the attack, which took the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, was a planned Islamist...
  • Ambassador (Caroline) Kennedy: A star is born

    12/15/2013 8:22:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | December 15, 2013 | Alexander Burns
    Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse. The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the iconic daughter of American political royalty showed herself to be deeply uncomfortable as a glad-handing pol, she’s on her way to becoming something of a rock star in the more dignified world of diplomacy. She has been swarmed by well-wishers in her public appearances, including Japanese men and women...
  • Would Democrats Embrace a JFK Today?

    10/21/2013 4:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    As Democrats begin maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race, there isn't one who would think of disparaging John F. Kennedy's stature as a Democratic Party hero. Yet it's a pretty safe bet that none would dream of running on Kennedy's approach to government or embrace his political beliefs. Today's Democratic Party — the home of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore — wouldn't give the time of day to a candidate like JFK. The 35th president was an ardent tax-cutter who championed across-the-board, top-to-bottom reductions in personal and corporate tax rates, slashed tariffs to promote free trade, and even...
  • The Nairobi Terror Attack: Icons and Images From the Terrorists' War On the Globe

    09/25/2013 8:50:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2013 | Austin Bay
    resident Barack Obama declared in his 2013 inaugural speech that, "a decade of war is receding." However, al-Shabab's seizure of a Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall illustrates, in cold blood, that the terrorists' war on the civilized continues -- its savagery and political calculation undiminished. American soldiers say the enemy always gets a vote. On Sept. 21, al-Shabab, al-Qaida's Somalia branch, voted by staging a militant Islamist terror spectacular, rife with icon targets and domination imagery of the ilk Osama bin Laden exploited. Emulating tactics Pakistani Islamist terrorists employed in their November 2008 Mumbai, India assault, at least 15 heavily-armed terrorists...
  • 49% in Poll Fault Obama on Policies Outside U.S.

    09/25/2013 2:09:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Neww York Times ^ | September 24, 2013 | DALIA SUSSMAN
    About half of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling foreign policy, a new high as he confronts a diplomatic opening with Iran and efforts to remove chemical arms in Syria, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Forty-nine percent disapproved of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy efforts, up 10 points since early June, and 40 percent approved. The president’s negative rating on foreign policy has grown among Americans of all political stripes, with disapproval up 8 points among Democrats, 10 points among Republicans and 13 points among independents. The poll also found that 52 percent disapproved...
  • Yes, America Is The World's Policeman, Like It Or Not

    09/18/2013 6:30:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/17/2013 | DENNIS PRAGER
    Yes, We Are the World's Policeman In his speech to the nation on Syria last week, the president twice emphasized that America is not the "world's policeman." According to polls, most Americans agree. Unfortunately, however, relinquishing this role assures catastrophe, both for the world and for America.
  • Obama spending millions on schools – in Pakistan

    09/14/2013 2:56:50 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 9/12/2013 | Steve Peacock
    Also giving Indonesians more college scholarships Budget deficits, spending limits, the sequester and economic headwinds all seem to fall by the wayside for Barack Obama’s overseas spending program. Now that a $305 million U.S. initiative has built and renovated hundreds of Pakistani schools – including private Islamic madrassas in addition to public institutions – the Obama administration is set to infuse $25 million to improve student reading skills in those schools. Using congressionally authorized FY 2010-FY 2012 funds, a pair of U.S. Agency for International Development initiatives will embark upon the literacy phase of the massive educational project, according to...
  • Obama’s Narrative on Syria is Falling Apart (long article)

    09/06/2013 9:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Nightwatch
    Russia-Syria: The Russian military news agency, Interfax-AVN, reported two more Russian ships are heading to the Mediterranean Sea. The destroyer Nastoychivyy of the Baltic Fleet and the patrol combatant Smetlivy of the Black Sea Fleet will join the Russian Navy's task force in Mediterranean in the next few days, Interfax-AVN was told at the Main Staff of the Navy on Wednesday, 4 September. "The patrol combatant Smetlivy will enter the Mediterranean for combat duty in the next few days in accordance with operational command plans. The flagship of the Baltic Fleet, the destroyer Nastoychivyy, is expected to join the group of our ships," a spokesman...
  • Howard Dean: "Thus Far" I Support Obama's Syrian Resolution

    09/04/2013 4:28:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    The anti-war left is conspicuously silent now that a Democrat named Barack Obama is beating the war drum for military intervention in Syria. But did you ever suspect this guy would throw his “convictions” to the wind in support of a bombing campaign? I must admit I never saw this coming (via The Hill): Former DNC chairman Howard Dean supports President Obama's call for a punitive military strike against Syria. “Thus far I fully support the president, including his going to Congress,” Dean said in an email to The Hill. The comments from the standard-bearer of the anti-war left during...
  • NSA Leaker “Outed” as Russian Agent

    08/28/2013 9:42:19 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 81 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | August 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>The media have been given important new information in the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and don’t seem to know what to do with it. Snowden has been “outed” by the Russians as their agent.</p> <p>The Washington Post reports that “Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June—an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise—he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday.”</p>
  • Rival Visions of Egyptian History Shape Egypt's Civil War

    08/21/2013 6:34:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Austin Bay
    Egyptians boast that they possess the world's longest continuously recorded history. Among scholars, the boast spurs lively debate. In 2011, as Egypt's Arab Spring revolt began, to encourage unified political action, secular and Islamist revolutionary leaders touted the global significance of Egyptian history. As to the precise global significance? Save that chat for later. Later has arrived, but as a civil war, not a chat. The boast has emerged as a boundary marker underlining an essential divide separating nationalists of all stripes from hardcore political Islamists in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The scholastic gripes involve less deadly disagreement. Egyptian writing appeared...
  • Did Bush-Obama Policies Begin the End of Christianity in Arab Lands?

    08/21/2013 6:21:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    When the despotic King Herod plotted to kill Jesus by sending his agents to slaughter every boy under the age of 2 in and around Bethlehem, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and escape to Egypt." That, says the Gospel of Matthew, fulfilled what God said through the prophet Hosea: "Out of Egypt I called my son." Now, two millennia later, we may live in a time when Christians must flee for their lives out of Egypt -- not into it. They do not fear being slaughtered by King Herod,...
  • Half-Billion for USAID Global-Resource Distribution System

    08/19/2013 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Up to $500 million is slated for improvements that the U.S. Agency for International Development seeks to achieve in its global-health resources network. USAID's Global Health Supply Chain Program is seeking contractor help in modernizing how the agency manages and secures its health-specific supply system. The half-billion cap on procuring technical assistance, or TA, is for "supply chain management and commodity security" in foreign assistance recipient-nations. "Since 2005, USAID has procured and delivered more than 4,300 different products valued at $2.4 billion and has provided more than $500 million in supply chain technical assistance in more than 50 countries," according...
  • Egypt's Army Crosses the Rubicon

    08/16/2013 6:05:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "Sire, clear the square with gunfire or abdicate." That was the message one of his generals gave the young czar Nicholas I in December of 1825, as thousands of civilians and soldiers massed in Senate Square to challenge his claim to the throne. Nicholas gave the order, the cannons fired, and he and his heirs ruled Russia for another century, until Nicholas II was overthrown, and murdered by Bolsheviks. Such was the moment Egypt's army faced on Wednesday, with thousands of backers of the Muslim Brotherhood encamped in Cairo, challenging its rule. The slaughter that ensued, 500 dead the first...
  • 'Havoc' as HSBC prepares to close diplomatic accounts

    08/04/2013 4:43:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://www.bbc.co.uk ^ | August 4, 2012 | Staff
    HSBC bank has reportedly asked more than 40 diplomatic missions to close their accounts as part of a programme to reduce business risks. The Vatican's ambassadorial office in Britain, the Apostolic Nunciature, is among those said to be affected. The head of the UK's Consular Corps told the Mail on Sunday the decision has created "havoc". The Foreign Office has been in touch with HSBC, stepping in to help diplomats open other bank accounts. HSBC said embassies were subject to the same assessments as its other business customers. They need to satisfy five criteria - international connectivity, economic development, profitability,...
  • UN Honors Warmonger, Bookburner, Mass-Murderer (Che Guevara)

    07/26/2013 1:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    At a ceremony in Havana last week, UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) honored Che Guevara by enshrining his writings in its hallowed “Memory of the World Register.” The ceremony included several members of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s family. “UNESCO’s work is part of our support for freedom of expression as an inalienable human right set down in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” declares the UN’s mission statement. But not far from where this UNESCO/Guevara ceremony took place Cubans were being starved and beaten in pestiferous torture chambers for the crime of quoting the UN Declaration...
  • Obama Finds Foreign Affairs Do Not Bend to His Whims

    07/16/2013 3:30:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Foreign policy is hard. That's a lesson Barack Obama has been learning throughout his presidency. The world is not responding as he expected. It looks simpler from the outside. Promise to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, proclaim yourself the tribune of hope and change, receive the adulation of giant crowds in Europe and accept the Nobel Peace Prize.Obama entered office, as many presidents have, with the assumption that his predecessor's policies were wrongheaded and could readily be reversed. Because he didn't look like other presidents, in his phrase, he believed he could change the attitudes unfriendly leaders had towards...
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Egypt Problem that the Media or Politicians Won’t Tell You

    07/14/2013 12:03:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    That’s a lofty title, but bear with me. I know the country—not just through being Egyptian, but through empirical and academic knowledge as well. The Muslim Brotherhood was formed in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an elementary school teacher. The organization’s stated aim was to overthrow British Imperialism and establish an Islamic state in Egypt—a state that would eventually encompass the Arab world. Although the British have since departed, the remaining goal has never changed. The Muslim Brotherhood initially cooperated with the “free officers” of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which overthrew King Farouk and eventually the British. But from that...
  • Shocker: U.S. Weapons Showing Up in the Hands of Terrrorists

    07/12/2013 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    When President Obama announced a few weeks ago that the United States would be sending arms to the Syrian "rebels," the majority of Americans let out a disappointing sigh and many warned weapons intended for good would end up in the wrong, violent hands. Turns out, those warnings were correct. Weapons sent to the Middle East by the U.S. are now in the hands of Hezbollah, the largest terrorist organization in world with direct connections to Iran. U.S. and Western weapons have been reaching Iranian-backed Shiite militias fighting to keep Bashar Assad's forces in power in Syria. Analysts say it's...
  • Barack Obama insults Britain again,

    07/11/2013 3:07:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 11, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    What’s the going rate for the US ambassadorship to London? Apparently around $2.3 million, judging by President Obama’s latest appointment to the Court of St. James’s, the most prestigious diplomatic posting in the world for a US official. This is the amount personally raised by Matthew Barzun, the chief fundraiser (finance chairman) for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, which raked in $730 million in total. Mr Barzun, an internet businessman, was handpicked by the White House to be Obama’s representative in London, despite the fact he has no connection to modern-day Britain and his main qualification for the job appears...
  • The Invasion of Sicily 1943: Victory as a Strategic Mistake?

    07/10/2013 12:48:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Austin Bay
    Seventy years ago this week, U.S. and British Commonwealth troops began Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. Foreshadowing D-Day 1944, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower served as overall Allied commander. Like D-Day, Allied airborne soldiers led the Husky assault by parachuting (on the night of July 9, 1943) into olive groves and rock-strewn fields along the island's southeastern shores. On July 10, seven divisions -- three U.S., three British and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division -- launched an amphibious attack on a 100-mile long front. Despite several successful Axis air attacks on ships and a brazen Italian tank attack on U.S. positions...
  • Egyptian Egg on Obama’s Face (It's a Gigantic Egg)

    07/07/2013 7:51:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    In 2011, President Obama quickly called on President Mubarak to acquiesce to demonstrators’ demands and leave office. With Mubarak out of the way, Obama proceeded to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who succeeded in stealing the revolution. Obama’s support extended to an ex-con named Muhammad Morsi. By his own admission, Morsi was in prison during the January 25 demonstration. But he was in contact with members of Hamas, who broke into the prison and freed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners. When Morsi ran for the presidency, Obama continued to support him, even when it was clear that the close...
  • Israel's Reviled Strategic Wisdom

    07/06/2013 8:25:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    On Wednesday, Egypt had its second revolution in as many years. And there is no telling how many more revolutions it will have in the coming months, or years. This is the case not only in Egypt, but throughout the Islamic world. The American foreign policy establishment's rush to romanticize as the Arab Spring the political instability that engulfed the Arab world following the self-immolation of a Tunisian peddler in December 2010 was perhaps the greatest demonstration ever given of the members of that establishment's utter cluelessness about the nature of Arab politics and society. Their enthusiastic embrace of protesters...
  • Obama’s “No-Win” Syrian Adventure

    06/26/2013 7:11:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Bob Barr
    One of America’s greatest wartime generals was George Patton, commander of the Third Army in the European Theater during World War II. He knew that neither a country nor a military unit should engage in battle without a defined and tangible goal. He said once, “Every battle we fight will result in a gain for us or we will not fight.” Implicit in Patton’s sage advice is the principle that your goal must be defined in advance so you know if, and when, you realize your “gain.” So, here we are now in Syria – a nation far, far away...
  • No Denial on the Nile: Egypt Threatens Ethiopian Dams

    06/12/2013 6:07:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Austin Bay
    In a humiliating example of self-inflicted electronic bugging, last week a live broadcast television microphone in Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi's Cairo office caught the president and Egypt's most senior political leaders plotting sneak attacks on the upstream Nile's biggest dam builder, Ethiopia. No denial on the Nile. When an audience of millions overhears pious Egyptian Islamists and well-heeled Egyptian liberals mull classic covert warfare options -- such as having Ethiopian rebels sabotage Ethiopia's new Blue Nile dams or deploying shady political agents to agitate in Addis Ababa -- the usual diplomatic salve, plausible denial, isn't an option. In point of...
  • Fewer Visas or More Surveillance?

    06/12/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 people hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners after those airliners took off from airports inside the United States. They then flew those airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field outside Shanksville, Pa. The hijackers had certain characteristics in common. All were young males from regions of the world that in recent decades had produced radicalized Muslims -- and the U.S. government had given all of them visas to enter the United States. The oldest of the hijackers was 33; the youngest was 20; their average age was about 24. One came...
  • Terror and Safety

    06/12/2013 4:00:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | John Stossel
    This week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the National Security Agency's data mining violates our Fourth Amendment right to be "secure in their persons, houses, papers" and is "tyranny that our founders rebelled against." Good for him. In an op-ed, he adds, "We fought a revolution over issues like generalized warrants, where soldiers would go from house to house, searching anything they liked," and wonders "which parts of the Constitution this government will next consider negotiable." Good for him. I'm glad at least one senator reminds Big Government that our Constitution limits federal power. And many libertarians are furious at...
  • Outside Agitators

    06/07/2013 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    A Cairo court has convicted 43 men and women of using foreign funds to foment unrest inside Egypt in connection with the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. Sixteen of those convicted were Americans. All but one, Robert Becker of the National Democratic Institute, had already departed. Becker fled this week rather than serve two years in an Egyptian prison. And U.S. interventionists are in an uproar. "Appalling and offensive," said Sen. Pat Leahy of the verdicts. "The 2011 revolution was supposed to end the repressive climate under Mubarak," said The Wall Street Journal of our ally of 30 years whom...
  • Where's Holder on Team Obama's Leakers?

    06/05/2013 3:14:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The national media have evinced some outrage over the Obama Justice Department's aggressive persecution of investigative journalists. But not enough. It is more important to help President Hope and Change overcome the legacy-strangling notion of an "atmosphere of scandal" than to investigate a scandal that is strangling their very profession. On Sunday's "Face the Nation," New York Times editor Jill Abramson claimed to be very concerned about the leak probe, but proclaimed of all these scandals that, "I'm just not sure, you know, they come together and create, you know -- quote, unquote -- 'an atmosphere of scandal.'" Even worse...
  • Austerity Myth

    06/05/2013 3:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | John Stossel
    Europe's struggles prove that "austerity" fails! So say the Big Spenders. With a condescending sigh, they explain that Europe made deep cuts in government spending, and the result was today's high unemployment. "With erstwhile middle-class workers reduced to picking through garbage in search of food, austerity has already gone too far," writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times. One problem with this conclusion: European governments didn't cut! If workers pick through garbage, cuts can't be a reason, since they didn't happen. That doesn't stop leftists from complaining about cuts or stop Europeans from protesting announced austerity plans. But if...
  • The Benghazi Scandal Grows (Long article)

    05/10/2013 6:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    TWS ^ | May 20, 2013 | Stephen Hayes
    CIA director David Petraeus was surprised when he read the freshly rewritten talking points an aide had emailed him in the early afternoon of Saturday, September 15. One day earlier, analysts with the CIA’s Office of Terrorism Analysis had drafted a set of unclassified talking points policymakers could use to discuss the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But this new version​—​produced with input from senior Obama administration policymakers​—​was a shadow of the original. The original CIA talking points had been blunt: The assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi was a terrorist attack conducted by a large group of Islamic extremists, including...
  • Benghazi Hearing Fallout

    05/09/2013 4:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Hannity.com ^ | May 9, 2013 | Sean Hannity
    Yesterday was a pretty unbelievable day. The hearing on Benghazi in the House Oversight and Reform committee was compelling and credible. If you didn't get the chance to see it, Greg Hicks' recount of what happened on the night of the attack was riveting, at times spellbinding. Just to re-cap, here are some of the main things we learned from yesterday's hearing. - The YouTube video was a “non-event” in Libya. It was never reported to anyone, even Hillary Clinton herself whom Hicks spoke to at 2am, that there was a protest involved. Perhaps the biggest question remains, who then...
  • Free Syrian Army rebels defect to Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra

    05/09/2013 2:46:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 9, 2013 | Mona Mahmood and Ian Black
    The well-resourced organisation, which is linked to al-Qaida, is luring many anti-Assad fighters away, say brigade commanders Syria's main armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is losing fighters and capabilities to Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist organisation with links to al-Qaida that is emerging as the best-equipped, financed and motivated force fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime. Evidence of the growing strength of al-Nusra, gathered from Guardian interviews with FSA commanders across Syria, underlines the dilemma for the US, Britain and other governments as they ponder the question of arming anti-Assad rebels. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said that...
  • Hoping for Change in Syria

    05/09/2013 6:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Remember when President Obama used to warn Syria's Bashar al-Assad to stop his mass killing and step down? Muammar Gadhafi's dictatorship had then just collapsed under Western bombing. The murders of Americans in Benghazi and the subsequent postwar tribal mess in Libya were still in the future. In those heady days of 2011, the rage was "lead from behind," the blooming Arab Spring and social-media types calling for democracy in the streets of Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood was proclaimed to be largely "secular." Echoing the pseudo-disavowals of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini years earlier, the American-educated Mohamed Morsi insisted that his Islamist...
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrested

    04/30/2013 9:40:12 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 65 replies
    The Guardian Express ^ | April 30, 2013 | Randy Rose
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested and held for seven hours Monday and warned to keep his mouth shut about matters detrimental to the Islamic regime before he was released, according to a source within the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence unit.
  • BENGHAZIGATE: Obama’s Secret Gun-Running Program

    04/29/2013 5:04:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Liberals don’t want honest Americans like you to have guns. Liberals just want to arm foreign rebels in crapshoot attempts to “end global violence.” But liberals feign ignorance when the rebels they arm end up being criminals who kill innocent Americans like the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Why did Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans die in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012? We now know that President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus were likely behind a mishandled gun-trafficking program that ended up arming the radical jihadist rebels who...
  • When What Happens in Benghazi Travels to Boston

    04/27/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | John Ransom
    It’s clear from a reading of the interim report on Benghazi- and consultation with sources in the Intelligence Community (IC)- that policy and politics-- not intelligence failures-- led to the deaths of four Americans when Al Qaeda attacked the consulate in that Libyan city on September 11, 2012. But we knew that already, didn’t we? What we don’t know, still, is who in the administration is responsible for the alteration of key talking points generated by the IC in wake of the attack and who else knew about the alterations.   The report authors, who work for congress, have detailed...