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  • Senators Visit Afghanistan, Slam Trump Administration For Lack Of War Strategy (Squaw make war talk)

    07/04/2017 7:05:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 4, 2017 | Alice Ollstein
    A bipartisan delegation of five senators visiting U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the Independence Day holiday issued a stark warning about the Trump administration's lack of strategy for a military conflict that has dragged on for more than a decade. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) noted with concern that Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has yet to visit the country, and the administration has not yet nominated an ambassador in Kabul. "It's more than just dropping bombs that will win in Afghanistan," Graham said. "Secretary Tillerson needs to come to Afghanistan quickly." [Snip] "Nobody on the ground here believes there...
  • Senator Jay Rockefeller Gave Syria Advance Warning Of Iraq War Intentions! (FNS Transcript)

    11/14/2005 11:13:59 AM PST · by Stultis · 367 replies · 20,071+ views
    WALLACE: ...in October of 2002 in which you authorized the use of force, you went further than the president ever did. Let's watch:(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)ROCKEFELLER: I do believe that Iraq poses an imminent threat, but I also believe that after September 11th that question is increasingly outdated.(END VIDEO CLIP)WALLACE: Now, the president never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn't it Jay Rockefeller?ROCKEFELLER: No. I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I'll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a...
  • Kerry to Travel to Antarctica, State Dept Grilled Over Why

    11/04/2016 2:29:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 96 replies
    Kerry to Travel to Antarctica, State Dept Grilled Over Why November 4, 2016 4:55 pm After announcing that Secretary of State John Kerry will be traveling to Antarctica, State Department spokesman John Kirby was grilled over why Kerry was traveling there and the trip’s cost to taxpayers. Kerry will travel to a research station at the South Pole in a trip that begins Monday. Kirby said the foreign minister of New Zealand would not be accompanying Kerry when asked by reporters. Flights to the South Pole normally stop in New Zealand first. Reporters then asked what the diplomatic purpose of...
  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Visits Cuba for Advice on "Economic Development"

    06/04/2016 6:59:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Remember how after Baltimore was half destroyed by rioters last summer Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s made headlines by claiming she gave Baltimore rioters "Space to Destroy?" She tried to walk back the unfortunate statement—but it only half-worked. In any case, as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, last week she was in (totally destroyed by Communism) Cuba leading a mayoral delegation which also includes Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans (among the murder capitols of the U.S.) "These meetings and visits will provide U.S. mayors and Cuban officials the opportunity to share best practices for providing city services in...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • During chilly November, feds jet off to Caribbean resort at taxpayer expense

    11/22/2013 12:19:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | By Phillip Swarts
    Down go the temperatures, and away go the bureaucrats to the Caribbean, nonetheless. A group of federal officials skipped chilly Washington this month for a taxpayer-funded trip to the Virgin Islands in the name of protecting the world’s coral reef. The organizer, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, isn’t saying much about the total cost or reasons for the trip or why officials chose the St. Croix beachfront resort Buccaneer Hotel (made famous by an episode of TV’s “The Bachelor”) as their destination. But life couldn’t have been too bad for the G-men and G-women at the swanky resort, which...
  • What the Secret Service Could Learn from Drunken Sailors (The Curse of the Unpaid Prostitute)

    04/29/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 26 | Roberto Loiederman
    What the Secret Service could learn from drunken sailors Roberto Loiederman, a merchant seaman from 1966 to 1974, is a writer in California. He co-authored “The Eagle Mutiny,” an account of the 1970 mutiny on a U.S. vessel. What happened in Cartagena, Colombia, with the Secret Service seems unsavory to me, but not for the reasons you might think. I make no judgments about men spending a night with escorts. As far as I’m concerned, those who take a holier-than-thou attitude about this are like Inspector Renault in “Casablanca” when he says he’s “shocked, shocked” to discover there is gambling...
  • Is that the bunny hop Michelle? The First Lady shows how, shaking her tail at an official visit

    03/10/2012 5:04:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2012 | Laura Cox
    Her taste for restrained elegance once earned her the title of First Lady of Fashion. But yesterday she showed off her wild side to help teach kids about how to keep fit while having fun. Michelle Obama was in New Hampshire's capital as part of her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign against childhood obesity to find out what's on the menu at a visit to a neighborhood nonprofit group. She stopped by the Penacook Community Center in Concord, which encourages before and after school exercise and teaches children about healthy eating through use of a vegetable garden. During a quick visit...
  • Mitt Romney Had Ethics Problems as Governor?

    02/06/2012 8:14:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    MarkAmerica.com ^ | 2/6/12 | Mark
    This is the first I’ve heard of this, but if true, it’s troubling because it’s one more reason that experience in business really doesn’t translate to governance. Right Across the Atlantic is reporting that Romney went on a trip while governing Massachusetts, paid by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, that ultimately looked like a sort of crony capitalism deal, but Romney side-stepped it by going on vacation so that his Lt. Governor would sign the bill, relieving him of any ethics investigation worries. In fact, the whole manner of the episode is troubling, and you should check out the article in...
  • Obama Snaps Up Crocodile Insurance Down Under ... (and Michelle gets £30,000 if he's eaten)

    11/20/2011 1:29:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2011 | Emily Allen
    Obama snaps up crocodile insurance Down Under... (and Michelle gets £30,000 if he's eaten) By Emily Allen U.S. President Barack Obama snapped up an unusual gift on a visit to Australia this week - £30,000 worth of crocodile insurance. The official gift, worth about A$10 or just over £6, was given to mark his stopover in Australia's tropical north, home to some of the world's biggest and deadliest crocodiles. If he had been attacked and eaten during the visit his wife Michelle would have received a £30,000 pay-out. Mr Obama told about 2,000 U.S. Marines and Australian troops at the...
  • 'It's why I married Barack': Michelle praises Hawaii as she welcomes first ladies to lunch

    11/15/2011 5:35:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2011
    A picture perfect day in Hawaii saw the cameras focus on the First Lady once more - as she welcomed the spouses of Pacific leaders to a luncheon this past weekend. Under crystal clear blue skies, Michelle Obama showed just how tough her job is - by meeting with the wives, and one boyfriend, of the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations for a gourmet sit-down meal of local produce Sunday afternoon. Wearing a yellow, floral patterned dress, she spoke about how Hawaii, where husband Barack was born, has become a 'special' place to her over the years....
  • Nearly $500K to send Michelle, family to Africa (her two daughters were listed as senior staff)

    10/05/2011 10:00:48 AM PDT · by Justaham · 32 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1-0-4-11 | Mark Tapscott
    How much does it cost taxpayers to fly First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve? Nearly half a million dollars, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning Obama's June 21-27 journey. Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 - a Boeing 757 modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the...
  • Democrat Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime for Senate hearing

    08/12/2011 11:16:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies
    patiriotupdate.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | patiriotupdate.com
    Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday. The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.” Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui....
  • AF Withholds Pelosi Flight Docs; Judicial Watch Appealing (Got Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

    01/31/2011 8:10:09 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 31, 2011 | Johnathan Strong
    Shocked! Shocked at the very idea! What do you mean, there are no chocolate-covered strawberries? What are you saying? I Must Have Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries whenever I Travel At Taxpayer's Expense! You Better Speak to that Five Star General of yours before a whole lot of weapons' systems are suddenly out of funds.The Very Idea! Activist group Judicial Watch is appealing a decision by the Air Force to withhold documents related to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of military airplanes. Documents released by the Air Force show Pelosi was provided chocolate-covered strawberries on one flight to celebrate the California Democrat’s birthday,...
  • Obama Meets Female "Robot" in Japan - Photo (Your Caption/Quotes, Please)

    11/16/2010 4:52:49 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies · 1+ views
    DVice ^ | 17 November 2010 | Gizmodo
    Good ahead. Have a field day.
  • "Obama Delivers Only Hot Air" (ASIA TIME) (Messiah's Epic Fail in Asia)

    11/15/2010 8:20:56 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Asia Times ^ | 15 November 2010 | Donald Kirk
    Obama delivers only hot air By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Theodore Roosevelt, a great American president with a clearly imperialist agenda, uttered one of the most famous lines in US history in 1901 when he advised a crowd, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". These days, US President Barack Obama seems to have gotten that aphorism reversed. He speaks a lot but doesn't seem to be carrying a big stick. That was the impression he gave after winding up his 11-day Asian odyssey in Japan at a tepid weekend gathering of Pacific rim leaders banded together in the Asia...
  • "OBAMA MISSION TO ASIA BASICALLY A FAILURE" (Japan JNN Network TV News Video) My Translation

    11/14/2010 8:24:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 83 replies
    JNN (Tokyo Broadcast Networking Evening News Clip, Japan) ^ | 15 November 2010 | JNN (Tokyo Broadcasting Network)
    Go to the Link HERE.Stream the one minute report--by hitting the white triangle in center of page, showing Obama meandering throughout Asia country by country, but ending on the tone that "his Asian trip basically accomplished little", and saying that President Obama now heads into a weakened situation back home with the emboldened and multiplied Republicans waiting for him in D.C.Most computers can stream this short JNN video, voice over is in Japanese but good visuals of Obama "in action"; it will be up for a day or two.
  • "The Trip About Nothing" (OBAMA EPIC FAIL IN ASIA) - FOX

    11/12/2010 9:27:26 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 November 2010 | Stephen Yates and Christian Whiton
    The most conceited White House in memory thinks it is making history in Asia. Instead, President Obama is completing his longest foreign trip with no real accomplishments to show for himself—and a reinforced image as a weak leader in over his head...
  • "After the Kool-Aid: Notes From the Obama Visit" (Obama India Visit FAILURE) (Rediff)

    11/11/2010 11:52:38 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 26 replies
    Rediff News, India (In English) ^ | 12 November 2010 | Rajeev Srinivasan, Rediff News, INDIA
    Where is the substance in the just-concluded Obama jamboree, asks Rajeev Srinivasan. A casual observer, the proverbial Martian, would have concluded from the breathless media coverage during the Barack Obama love-fest that this was a visit of the King-Emperor of India's colonial master. The pageantry and pomp and circumstance hid the sad fact that the emperor had no clothes, that is to say, there was precious little of substance in evidence. Lots of style, though: An Obama trademark. But then Indians love a good party, and this was like a Big Fat Punjabi Wedding: Plenty of dancing, much drinking, and...
  • Obama Acknowledges Decline of US Dominance (Times Of India) : (483 Comments in Reply)

    11/09/2010 6:40:03 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies
    Times of India (in English) ^ | 10 November 2010 | Times of India
    MUMBAI: Implicitly acknowledging the decline of American dominance, Barack Obama on Sunday said the US was no longer in a position to "meet the rest of the world economically on our terms".Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said, "I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalisation? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year -...