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  • Our New Terror Policy: Safety Last?

    03/18/2009 5:24:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 392+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 19, 2009
    Homeland Security: Are you safer now than you were two months ago? From the handling of captured terrorists to airborne security, the U.S. government has quietly relaxed post-9/11 protections.For years, liberal Democratic politicians and the establishment media have worked to paint a picture of former Vice President Dick Cheney as a demon with godlike powers. The Washington Post, in a Pulitzer-winning series of articles, called him "the most influential and powerful man ever to hold the office of vice president." During President George W. Bush's first term, Cheney was depicted as the real power and brains in the White House,...
  • McCain: 'Too Early' to Tell If Obama Has Put Nation at Risk of Terror Attack

    03/17/2009 2:39:15 PM PDT · by NCjim · 29 replies · 827+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2009 | George Stephanopoulos
    Today, I tried something new. I interviewed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., via Twitter, the micro-blogging website. I received a lot of questions for the senator from the Twitter community -- thanks for those. McCain and I discussed the AIG bailout and bonuses; whether he agrees with former Vice President Dick Cheney that President Obama has put nation at risk of a new terror attack; which nation worries him more: Iran or Pakistan; and his reaction to his daughter's recent feud with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter. McCain said it is "too early" to tell if President...
  • Taking risks with terror: Naive U.S. justice system is turning terrorists loose

    03/16/2009 4:17:22 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 24 replies · 714+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 16, 2009 | Editors
    The "terrorists to the bone" taunting by five Al Qaeda architects of the 9/11 attacks was a painful reminder that more than seven years after the murders of 3,000 Americans, the U.S. has failed abysmally in the application of justice. Those who committed the unspeakable should no longer have the capacity to speak. They should be dead. But no. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow conspirators are shielded by lawyers who charge the government violated civil liberties by disclosing defiant declarations the terrorists themselves filed in court. This is the world turned disgracefully on its head. We ourselves are to...
  • Napolitano Avoids Mentioning 'Terrorism' in Remarks to Congress

    02/24/2009 8:35:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies · 746+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/24/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano avoids mention of the terms "terrorism" or "Sept. 11" in remarks prepared for her first congressional testimony since taking office, signaling a sharp change in tone from her predecessors. Napolitano is the first homeland security secretary to drop the term "terror" and "vulnerability" from remarks prepared for delivery to the House Homeland Security Committee, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. Tom Ridge, who headed the agency when it was launched in 2003, mentioned terrorism 11 times in his prepared statement at his debut before the oversight committee in 2003. And...
  • Obama Plans Dramatic Changes to Reduce Nuclear Arsenal

    02/16/2009 9:45:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1,267+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Dave Eberhart
    If he has his way, President Barack Obama will dramatically change the nuclear weapons policy of the U.S. – leaving behind Cold War doctrine and looking to a model of a minimal nuclear arsenal -- just ominous enough to do the job of deterrence. Obama may be mired in the economic stimulus debate, but the clock is also relentlessly ticking on some volatile policy decisions regarding the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal – the stuff of that deterrence. Foreign nations, friend and foe, are poised to discover Obama’s nuclear agenda, while some critics within the U.S. are fearful that the new...
  • Obama's Proposed Space Weapon Ban Draws Mixed Response

    02/06/2009 2:05:22 PM PST · by presidio9 · 23 replies · 470+ views
    Space.com ^ | Thu Feb 5, 2009 | Turner Brinton
    .S. President Barack Obama's recent pledge to seek a ban on space weapons drew a mixed reaction from experts in the field, with some saying the president might be better off pursuing something more modest and less complex, such as a set of international rules governing space operations. Arms control advocates nonetheless applauded the statement as a welcome departure from the space policy stance of former President George W. Bush, who rejected the notion of banning or limiting space weapons via treaty arrangements. "The Bush administration rejected space diplomacy," said Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a...
  • Obama voices concern about freed Guantanamo inmates (Can't say if those released will attack us!)

    02/02/2009 1:07:41 PM PST · by 82ndABNOfficer · 76 replies · 2,288+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-02-2009 | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on Monday he worried that detainees freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, might resume attacks on the United States. "Can we guarantee that they're not going to try to participate in another attack? No," Obama said. "But what I can guarantee is that if we don't uphold our Constitution and our values, that over time that will make us less safe. And that will be a recruitment tool for organizations like al-Qaeda."
  • OBAMA: SURE, GITMO DETAINEES COULD ATTACK US

    02/02/2009 11:13:59 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 98 replies · 2,281+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 2, 2009 | CLEMENTE LISI
    President Obama said he is worried that detainees freed from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay might resume attacks on this country - but argued that its closure had to be done in order to "uphold" what he called "our values."
  • Under Obama, 'War on Terror' Phrase Fading

    02/01/2009 11:37:21 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 729+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 1, 2009
    The "War on Terror" is losing the war of words. The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among Muslim nations.
  • Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts

    01/31/2009 12:23:18 PM PST · by MaestroLC · 37 replies · 1,105+ views
    FOX News ^ | Friday, January 30, 2009 | By Jennifer Griffin
    The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent -- about $55 billion -- a senior U.S. defense official tells FOX News.
  • Obama Cuts Military Budget 11%

    01/30/2009 8:08:14 PM PST · by sswenviron · 30 replies · 1,654+ views
    Environmental Republican ^ | 1/30/09 | Scott
    Yes, he's cutting the military budget...in the midst of two wars. Think about that; he is cutting back on supplies, health care, VA funding and everything else while simultaneously pushing a bill that includes $4-billion plus for "neighborhood stabilization"--read ACORN. Obama needs his base right about now and he'll do anything to get their support, including sentencing our men and women of the military to substandard conditions. That will result in deaths to those who joined to protect our nation.
  • Obama to ask Joint Chiefs to cut defense budget 10%

    01/30/2009 4:39:47 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 138 replies · 4,428+ views
    FoxNews.com | Jan 30, 2009
    Just heard on FoxNews that Obama is planning on asking the Joint Chiefs to cut the defense budget 10%.
  • Breaking: Obama orders Pentagon to cut "more than 10%" of the defense budget "to start"

    01/30/2009 4:41:15 PM PST · by pabianice · 40 replies · 2,905+ views
    Fox News Live | 1/30/09
    Breaking on Fox. Developing. In related news, Obama chickens-out on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Tells Congressional Dems to do the dirty work for him.
  • Law Professor: Obama Has Opened the Door to Further Terrorist Attacks on USA

    01/29/2009 3:08:43 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 15 replies · 876+ views
    The Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 1/29/2009 | Publicola
    Legal scholar John Yoo writes in Thursday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal that Barack Obama’s executive order giving new rights to the illegal combatants housed at Guantanamo Bay is a dangerous threat to national security that has “opened the door to further terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.” He continues, “It is naive to say, as Obama did in his inaugural speech, that we can reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. That high-flying rhetoric means that we must give al Qaeda — a hardened enemy committed to our destruction — the same rights as garden...
  • Tony Blankley's Untimely Cry

    01/28/2009 4:11:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 679+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2009 | Brent Bozell III
    Authors often try to release their books at an absolutely perfect moment for stoking sales. Exhibit A is PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who scheduled her liberal "era of Obama" thrill-fest about hot-shot black Democrats for Barack Obama's Inauguration Day. Tony Blankley did almost exactly the opposite. To paraphrase the famous Bill Buckley slogan for National Review, Blankley's new book stands athwart the historic Obama swearing-in, yelling stop. It's titled "American Grit," and it calls for a "new nationalism," a notion at odds with Obama's open disdain for American exceptionalism. The left and their media allies have spent nearly every day...
  • Most FSM Readers Agree: Obama’s Policies Less Likely to Keep America Safe

    01/27/2009 11:50:44 AM PST · by NickyAitch · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | January 27, 2009 | FSM Editors
    If you think the Islamists have given up, think again…
  • Bush's 'war on terror' comes to a sudden end (HEY LIBS, YOU PICKED A TRAITOR, WIMP AND LOSER!)

    01/23/2009 3:40:27 AM PST · by tobyhill · 80 replies · 2,209+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/23/2009 | Dana Priest
    President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the "war on terror," as President George W. Bush had defined it, signaling to the world that the reach of the U.S. government in battling its enemies will not be limitless. While Obama says he has no plans to diminish counterterrorism operations abroad, the notion that a president can circumvent long-standing U.S. laws simply by declaring war was halted by executive order in the Oval Office. Key components of the secret structure developed...
  • The New Era of Irresponsibility-executive orders dismantle most effective anti-terrorism tools

    01/23/2009 7:50:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 535+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 1-23-09 | Ben Johnson
    The New Era of Irresponsibility   By Ben JohnsonFrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, January 23, 2009 Upon hearing that President Obama plans to close Guantanamo Bay within a year, the first thought that occurred to me was: where will terrorists go for their lemon chicken? One detention center librarian has said "a few [detainees] are kind of hooked on" the Harry Potter series; will Obama at least detain them long enough to finish The Deathly Hallows? For that matter, where else will these young jihadists ever enjoy access to a several thousand-volume library? How can you keep a boy in the...
  • Leon Panetta Pick Signals Obama Will Relent on War on Terror to ‘Civil Rights’ Concerns of Al-Qaeda

    01/06/2009 8:23:30 AM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 46 replies · 1,733+ views
    Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 1/6/2009 | Historicus and Publicola
    The pick of Leon Panetta as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency signals just one thing — Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the president-elect, is ready to capitulate to terrorists. For weeks, there have been rumors in the military and intelligence world that Obama was having difficulty finding a new CIA director because no one who was qualified wanted to work with Eric Holder, Obama’s choice for Attorney General. Holder famously defended the “wall of separation” between the CIA and the FBI during the Clinton administration, which prevented the agencies from sharing intelligence on terrorists, for fear of harming...
  • NY Times Claims Obama Election a Defeat for Terrorism

    11/20/2008 11:54:21 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 16 replies · 834+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2008 | Don Feder
    Buried in a story in today’s New York Times is a fantastic notion - which is nevertheless entirely consistent with The Times’ worldview - that Obama’s win was a psychological defeat for terrorism. The story is about a tape released by Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s chief lieutenant, who referred to President-elect Obama as a “house Negro.” The article suggests that Al Qaeda is lashing out. The Times claims, “American antiterrorism officials and other experts dismissed the video as a desperate tactic by a terrorist group that suffered a defeat in the global war of ideas with Mr. Obama’s election”...
  • Al-Qaida Lambasts America and President – Elect Obama

    11/19/2008 2:38:04 PM PST · by tcg · 7 replies · 630+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/20/08 | Keith A. Fournier
    Not allowing any time for the new American President Elect to appoint his cabinet, take the oath of office and lead the National festivities accompanying his inauguration, the Propaganda Chief for the Al-Qaida terrorist movement, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahri, has issued the first in what may become regular diatribes and threats against President Elect Barack Obama. In this highly inflammatory message he singled out the President Elect for disdain by using an Arabic racial epithet intending derision. He also included the highly respected Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice in this racist rant, calling them all the equivalent of...
  • Moore: You made a big mistake, America

    11/12/2008 1:43:43 PM PST · by XR7 · 116 replies · 6,416+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 11/12/08 | Elizabeth Moore
    Thank you, America, for making the biggest mistake of your life. Thank you, America, for electing a man who has known associations with domestic terrorists and dissenting radicals who make their careers out of defacing the United States and promoting its ruin. Thank you, America, for electing a man who is wildly acclaimed by the governments of our country’s worst enemies, by Iran’s death-crazed Ahmadinejad, Venezuela’s drug-lord-promoting Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s torturing-socialist Castro Brothers. Thank you, America, for electing a man so far from the foundations and roots of our government, so beyond the principles as guaranteed by our Constitution...
  • Preparing for the Obama Era (all sweetness & light - no keyboards ruined - yet)

    11/09/2008 4:21:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 306+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/09/08 | Robert Barnes & Dan Eggen & Anne E. Kornblut
    Preparing for the Obama EraBush Officials and President-Elect Working Together On Pressing Issues By Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 9, 2008; A01 Faced with one of the most important transfers of presidential power in American history -- amid wars on two fronts, the looming threat of terrorism at home and a full-blown economic crisis -- the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama team have responded with exceptional cooperation on those issues, aides and outside experts say. **SNIP** The Obama team has begun submitting names to the FBI for expedited security...
  • Biden Admits: If Obama Is Elected A World Crisis is “Guaranteed”

    10/21/2008 1:35:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | October 20, 2008 11:23 pm | Mike's America
    Americans could be attacked and killed because the bad guys will want to test Obama… “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy…I guarantee you, it’s gonna happen.” — Joe Biden Students of history and those old enough to remember will...
  • JOE BIDEN'S FEARS

    10/21/2008 5:11:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 39 replies · 1,394+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | October 21, 2008 | staff
    Joe Biden wonders whether Barack Obama is qualified to be commander-in-chief. "Mark my words," Biden warned Sunday at a Democratic fund-raiser. "It will not be six months [after the inauguration] before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy." Then he added, "Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." Now, here's where it gets scary. Obama's "gonna need your help to use your influence within the community to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right." He's...
  • Right You Are, Joe - America's enemies WILL see Obama as weak

    10/21/2008 1:59:04 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies · 788+ views
    NRO ^ | Oct 21, 2008 | by Pete Hegseth
    The past month has been dominated by concern over the economy and America’s long-term financial solvency — and rightfully so. But our country’s national security is inextricably linked to our economic vitality — especially in an increasingly interconnected world. In order to project power, we must have the ability to build wealth at home. However, the credit crisis has overwhelmed any serious debate on the merits of the presidential candidates’ competing foreign-policy approaches. From engaging our adversaries to our global military posture, Senators McCain and Obama have significant differences that merit thorough public examination.
  • Hawaii Governor say USA would not be safe under Obama

    PLUS.....catch the line where she says Obama "TOUTS that he is from Hawaii" ( "touts" is a VERY interesting word choice..) and yet he has never called the governor of his "birthplace" to introduce himself. Hmm, he KNOWS this is one lady that could lay her hands on ANY official doc in a minute ( like a Hawaiian birth certificate). Gov Lingle is no doubt particularly radioactive to Obama. Tsk tsk Barry.
  • Exclusive: Ten Reasons to Be Concerned about Obama’s Stance on National Security

    10/09/2008 5:21:17 PM PDT · by captjanaway · 11 replies · 444+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | October 9, 2008 | Ryan Mauro
    Sen. Obama isn't just wrong on the top foreign policy issues of Iraq, Iran and Russia, but also on virtually every other one that comes to mind. His strongest position is on Pakistan, where he advocates launching strikes on terrorists identified in that country if the government is unable or unwilling to go after them. This is an honorable position, although openly stating such an intention has extremely negative diplomatic repercussions and threatens the stability of the Pakistani government, which could allow radical Muslims to have an even greater safe harbor. Such statements are meant to be made in private,...
  • Obama says time to rid world of nuclear weapons

    07/17/2008 6:57:22 AM PDT · by ReagansShinyHair · 53 replies · 111+ views
    Cnn.com ^ | July 16, 2008 | Alexander Mooney
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons and pledged to fight emerging threats posed by biological and cyber-terrorism. It's time to send a clear message to the world: America seeks a world with no nuclear weapons," the White House hopeful said. "As long as nuclear weapons exist, we'll retain a strong deterrent. But we'll make the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons a central element in our nuclear policy." The remarks, delivered at Purdue University in Indiana before a roundtable discussion with foreign policy experts, come as...
  • Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity

    06/22/2008 10:21:43 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 56 replies · 93+ views
    tpmelectioncentral ^ | October 24, 2007 | Greg Sargent
    It's official: Obama will back a filibuster of any Senate FISA legislation containing telecom immunity, his campaign has just told Election Central. The Obama campaign has just sent over the following statement from spokesman Bill Burton: "To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."
  • Obama's Pooh-bah ( "A childish foreign policy." )

    06/21/2008 6:21:45 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 89+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 06/30/2008, Volume 013, Issue 40 | William Kristol
    "Winnie-the-Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security." --former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, one of Barack Obama's key foreign policy advisers, June 11 The gathering of oh-so-sober pro-Obama foreign policy experts was drowning in solemnity and earnestness. Speaker after speaker had laboriously dilated on the important distinction--unappreciated by the oh-so-stupid-and-bad Bush administration--between soft power and hard power. And this is to say nothing of the synthesis of soft and hard in ... smart power! Richard Danzig, the luncheon speaker, hoped to wake the slumberers from their torpor. So he took A.A. Milne rather than Joseph Nye...
  • Obama talks tough on national security

    06/18/2008 6:00:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 98+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/08 | Jitendra Joshi
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - White House hopeful Barack Obama Wednesday said Republican policies on national security had left Americans less safe and less respected as he fended off an onslaught over terrorism from John McCain. McCain, the Republican standard-bearer for November's election, meanwhile won backing from President George W. Bush for his demand to open the US coasts to offshore oil drilling at a time of sky-high fuel prices. Obama convened a new group of advisers on security policy that included prominent backers of his defeated primary rival Hillary Clinton, including former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher. The...
  • Obama Plans to Disarm the United States

    06/01/2008 9:07:15 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 16 replies · 150+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2008 | Evan Moore
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is facing renewed criticism regarding his national security policies as he continues his campaign for his party's presidential nomination. In a YouTube video Obama made for a liberal pacifist organization last year, the senator called for major cuts in defense spending, slowing the development of future combat systems, and cutting investments in America's ballistic missile defense program. Some conservatives have expressed surprise at the degree of Obama's proposals on the video, and this past weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign released an ad criticizing Obama's alleged national security inexperience and trumpeting her as the...
  • Astonishing Obama Video: "I Will Slow Development of Future Combat Systems."

    05/30/2008 1:09:07 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 87 replies · 196+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | May 29, '08 | staff
    In a strange video address intended to reassure American voters regarding his military bona fides, Senator Obama ends up doing just the opposite. Among other things, he promises to cut "tens of billions of dollars" from the military budget, at a time when our armed forces are already stretched and in need of new weapon technologies and armor; to "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems," which in reality have already proven remarkably effective; that he "will not weaponize space" even though other nations such as China do exactly that; to terminate the Iraq war just as the surge proves...
  • U.S. needs 'soft power' leader, and he could be our man (Obama foreign policy megabarfer)

    05/21/2008 5:18:43 PM PDT · by milwguy · 14 replies · 86+ views
    baltimore sun ^ | 5/21/2008 | Thomas F. Schaller
    Is Sen. Barack Obama the future "soft power" president of the United States? "Soft" may sound weak or pejorative, but it's not. Unlike American "hard" power, which is exercised through our military and economic clout, soft power relies on our moral, notional and cultural exports. It derives from our ability to persuade the planet with our values, products and identity. Then, more significantly, there is Mr. Obama's potentially pathbreaking foreign policy doctrine, explained by Spencer Ackerman in a recent cover piece for The American Prospect. Mr. Obama and his foreign policy team emphasize "dignity promotion" over "democracy expansion." If that...
  • McCain criticizes Obama on national security

    05/05/2008 4:58:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 83+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 5/5/08 | LIBBY QUAID ap
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republican John McCain on Monday dismissed Democratic rival Barack Obama as having zero national security experience. Arriving in North Carolina on the eve of the presidential primary, McCain said there are stark differences between him and the two Democratic candidates, Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. But he concentrated on Obama in particular.
  • Democrats Are Still Weak on Security by Karl Rove

    03/21/2008 8:44:17 PM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies · 461+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2008 | Karl Rove
    For a party whose presidential candidates pledge they'll remove U.S. troops from Iraq immediately upon taking office -- without regard to conditions on the ground or the consequences to America's security -- a late February Gallup Poll was bad news. The Obama/Clinton vow to pull out of Iraq immediately appears to be the position of less than one-fifth of the voters. Nearly two out of every three Americans surveyed (65%) believe "the United States has an obligation to establish a reasonable level of stability and security in Iraq before withdrawing all of its troops." The reason is self-interest. Almost the...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Favors Talks with Syria and Iran

    02/21/2008 9:59:19 PM PST · by Tigen · 25 replies · 171+ views
    INN ^ | February 22, '08 | INN
    The "inner circle" of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is developing a foreign policy that includes high-level diplomatic talks with Syria and Iran but does not include pressuring Israel to negotiate with Hamas, the New York Sun reported. Sen. Obama has won significant victories over Sen. Hillary Clinton in primaries. He has been trying to overcome an e-mail campaign charging that he will not back Israel if elected president. The inner circle includes Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser to President Carter and who led a delegation in the Middle East that met with Syrian President Bashar Assad....
  • Obama's Dangerous Ignorance (a sitting duck for McCain)

    02/12/2008 4:41:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 143+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 2/12/08 | The Maha
    Obama's Dangerous IgnoranceFebruary 12, 2008 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm sitting here reading this Obama interview, and I am in stunned disbelief. Nobody can be this ignorant. Scary ignorant. From high atop the EIB Building in Midtown Manhattan, one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in all of Manhattan, I am Rush Limbaugh, behind the Golden EIB Microphone. Great to have you with us. Here's the phone number, 800-282-2882, and the e-mail address is ElRushbo@eibnet.com. It's a Q&A with Barack Obama December 20th in the Boston Globe, Charlie Savage wrote the story. Try this one. This is number five. "Does...
  • Sen. Clinton a Threat to U.S. Security

    01/23/2003 12:48:52 AM PST · by backhoe · 169 replies · 3,499+ views
    softwar ^ | Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 | Charles R. Smith
    <p>The possibility of war in Iraq has brought the loonies and the losers out in force. The protesters and the pundits see little or no threat to U.S. national security from Iraq.</p> <p>While the critics and armchair generals labor on whether to fight or not to fight, Saddam Hussein continues his unbridled efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. It is here that the real reason for quick action emerges.</p>
  • Ron Paul: Give Peace a Chance-no possible reason to ever launch military action or initiate a war

    10/11/2007 4:32:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 319 replies · 4,898+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2007 | Michael D. Shear
    Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said today that he could see no possible reason to ever launch military action or initiate a war, vowing instead to battle efforts he said are undermining the individual liberties of people in America. In an interview with Washingtonpost.com's PostTalk program, the Texas congressman said he could see "no reason" to justify military action if he were elected president. He compared the United States to a schoolyard bully and said the country has no reason to flex its muscles overseas. "There's nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today," he said in the...
  • The Dems' Security Insecurity - New efforts to counter the GOP lead on national defense

    08/20/2007 9:58:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 651+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 8/19/07 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Reading the polls and listening to the critics, it might appear that President Bush and the Republicans are on their last legs. Only about one third of the voters approve of the job Bush is doing, and the Democrats have more credibility in handling many of the nation's problems, from the economy to healthcare. Democratic presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are leading their GOP rivals in many hypothetical matchups for 2008. Clinton, Obama at a New Hampshire debate.(Charles Krupa—AP) But that's not the whole story. The Republicans believe they still have a not-so-secret weapon in their arsenal—their long-standing...
  • Clinton, Too, Ruled Out A-Bomb Use

    08/09/2007 7:52:50 PM PDT · by indcons · 6 replies · 405+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 10, 2007 | JEFF ZELENY
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has criticized Senator Barack Obama for saying he would rule out using nuclear weapons to root out terrorists in Afghanistan or Pakistan, made a similar comment regarding Iran last year, before she became a presidential candidate. “I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table,” Mrs. Clinton told Bloomberg Television in an interview in April 2006, responding to a question about how the Bush administration should try to prevent Iran from building up its nuclear program. Last week, Mr. Obama said it would be a “profound mistake” for the United States to use nuclear weapons...
  • Conflict on Clinton’s View of Nuclear Weapons

    08/09/2007 6:40:32 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 10 replies · 285+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2007 | JEFF ZELENY
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has criticized Senator Barack Obama for saying he would rule out using nuclear weapons to root out terrorists in Afghanistan or Pakistan, made a similar comment regarding Iran last year, before she became a presidential candidate. “I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table,” Mrs. Clinton told Bloomberg Television in an interview in April 2006, responding to a question about how the Bush administration would try to prevent Iran from building up its nuclear program. Last week, Mr. Obama said it would be a “profound mistake” for the United States to use nuclear weapons...
  • Clinton discussed use of nukes last year ["I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table"]

    08/09/2007 11:09:45 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 3,831+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/9/07 | BETH FOUHY
    Clinton discussed use of nukes last year By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who chastised rival Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in the war on terror, did just that when asked about Iran a year ago. "I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," she said in April 2006. Her views expressed while she was gearing up for a presidential run stand in conflict with her comments this month regarding Obama, who faced heavy criticism from leaders of both parties, including Clinton, after saying it would be...
  • Sloganeering troubles diplomatic pros (State Dept. warns '08 candidates over terror comments)

    08/03/2007 9:38:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 517+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON - The State Department has a message for White House candidates wanting to expound on sensitive diplomatic issues: Shut up. Traditionally silent during presidential campaigns filled with divisive foreign policy debates, the department on Friday delivered a rebuke to would-be nominees of both parties whose recent comments have complicated U.S. efforts to overcome deep suspicion about the war on terrorism in the Muslim world. "Those who wish to hold office can speak for themselves and whoever is elected in 2008 and comes into office in 2009 will then be in a position to talk about what they intend or...
  • Obama's Sword ....(he would meet with America's enemies and attack America's friends)

    08/03/2007 5:43:35 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 21 replies · 687+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Friday, August 03, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Within the past several weeks, presidential aspirant Barack Obama has announced that he would meet with America's enemies and attack America's friends. Those interested in a dramatic departure from Bush/Cheney need look no further. Asked whether he would — without preconditions — meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, Obama declared that he would and added, "I think it's a disgrace that we have not spoken to them." (Actually, the U.S. has had diplomatic contact with all of those nations, just not at the presidential level.) A week later, in a major foreign policy address,...
  • Obama: Nukes 'not on the table'

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons "in any circumstance" to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, drawing criticism from Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democratic rivals. Asked about Obama's speech and his comments about nuclear weapons, Clinton chided her fellow senator about addressing hypotheticals. "Presidents should be very careful at all times in discussing the use or non-use of nuclear weapons. ... I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons," Clinton said. "It's a well-intended notion he has, but...
  • Obamma says No Nukes under any circumstances

    08/02/2007 11:05:56 AM PDT · by ulm1 · 70 replies · 1,736+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons «in any circumstance. «I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance,» Obama said, with a pause, «involving civilians.» Then he quickly added, «Let me scratch that. There's been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That's not on the table.
  • OBAMA: NO NUKES. (Would not use nuclear weapons 'in any circumstance')

    08/02/2007 9:39:23 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 170 replies · 4,435+ views
    Drudge ^ | 8/2/2007
    OBAMA: NO NUKES... Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons 'in any circumstance'... 'I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance,' Obama said, with a pause, 'involving civilians' Then he quickly added, 'Let me scratch that'...