Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $8,980
Woo hoo!! And the first 10% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: nationalsecurityfail

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam

    10/03/2015 8:15:27 AM PDT · by semantic · 82 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/3/2015 | Tyler Durden
    We attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran...
  • Hillary's Server Wipe Has Done Incalculable Damage to U.S. Counter-Intelligence

    09/05/2015 8:59:25 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/5/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton’s decision to wipe clean her email server has already done enormous damage to US intelligence efforts. The logic is so clear and compelling that it is amazing to me that only now, and only via an email to the blog Powerline, has the extent of her reckless (at best) action become clear. Scott Johnson passes along this, from reader he terms “knowledgable”: I saw your note on Clinton emails. You and everyone else are missing the real problem and scandal. It is not the emails she saved and turned over to the State Department. It is the erased...
  • How Obama’s Environmental Policies Are Undermining the US Military and National Security

    08/30/2015 10:53:44 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/29/2015 | by James Delingpole
    When President Obama declared earlier this year that “climate change” represents “an immediate risk to our national security” he was absolutely right. Only, the key detail he forgot to mention is precisely why it represents such a risk: because his administration’s crazed faith that renewable energy represents a solution to “climate change” is severely impacting the defensive capabilities of the US military. Consider the case of two giant wind projects scheduled imminently for development near vital US defense facilities. Both ... accord with the Obama administration’s green priority commitments — which apparently take precedence over trivial issues like hurricane predictions,...
  • (Vanity) Of Hillary, Emails, and National Security

    08/13/2015 4:57:12 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    original content | 8-13-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The ratchets have been turning lately on Nurse Ratched Hillary Clinton, over allegations of classified emails having been left on a private server. The Hillary camp is claiming this is a big bunch of nothing, that the server has been wiped clean, and that, besides, the emails were not marked as classified at the time she sent them. So, what's the big deal? Let's take a step back: outside of the election year, outside of partisan politics, and into the world of classified material. Some of the material itself is classified Top Secret. What's that mean? It sounds like James...
  • Here it is > IC IG confirms that Hillary's "UNCLAS" emails had info up to TS/SI/TK/NF on them

    08/11/2015 7:35:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 231 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/11/2015 | John Schindler
    BREAKING//BOOM: Here it is ====> IC IG confirms that Hillary's "UNCLAS" emails had info up to TS/SI/TK/NF on them
  • The Iran Deal’s “Exit Ramp” Provision – The Termination Clause – Full Text pdf Included…

    07/27/2015 7:34:51 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jul 27, 2015 | Sundance
    What this article outlines is, in fact, the termination clause within the Iranian nuclear deal. A full analysis shows how the language used to craft the deal gives Iran the easy out, ‘the-exit-ramp’ as soon as the sanctions are lifted. Paragraph 36 tells us when and how the agreement might end. Both friend and foe have touted this deal as “historic” and promised (or moaned) that its provisions will stay in place for the long term. But in practice, this is not a ten-year agreement or a fifteen-year agreement or an eternal agreement. Paragraph 36 tells us the truth: Any...
  • Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama's 'Pathetic' ISIS Strategy "What strategy?"

    05/27/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/27/15 | Trey Sanchez
    The Washington Times has uncovered what it calls "deep-seated doubts" among Pentagon brass regarding President Obama's strategy in degrading and defeating ISIS. This revelation undercuts the official White House line that would indicate a unified front between the president and military officials. One Pentagon official, said to be involved in counterterrorism analysis, asked incredulously, “What strategy?” He went on to say, “We are now floating along, reacting to ISIS.” The general consensus among top military officials is that the president will never activate their recommended plan of sending in ground troops, a strategy that is believed to be the only...
  • Dem Senators: Importing 65,000 Syrians is a “National Security Imperative” [Muslims]

    05/27/2015 3:46:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/26/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Democrats have a very different understanding of national security than Americans.Americans think we should improve national security by keeping ISIS in. Democrats think importing the Syrian Civil War here is a national security imperative.They warn us that, “We cannot expect countries hosting Syrian refugees to continue shouldering such a disproportionate burden if the United States and other industrialized countries do not begin resettling many more Syrian refugees.”It’s as if Jordan and Lebanon are doing us some kind of favor by ‘hosting’ their own fellow Arab Muslims.Besides we didn’t take in Jews during WW2. Now we have to make up for...
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think We're Losing' War Against ISIS

    05/21/2015 5:29:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/15
    Video US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. "I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun. Shia militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz. The loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst...
  • Fox News Poll: Voters believe White House incompetent, US still in recession and ISIS has moved…

    05/14/2015 11:05:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Majorities of voters feel the country is still in recession, think terrorists are living in their hometown and rate the Obama White House handling of the government as incompetent. Those are some of the findings from the latest Fox News poll released Thursday. Six in 10 voters think it is likely terrorists are living in their hometown (60 percent). That’s up from 48 percent who felt that way in 2007, the last time the question was asked, and back to about what it was nine months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In June 2002, 58 percent thought terrorists were in...
  • US Officials 'Fuming' Over Account Of Osama bin Laden Raid (but not giving any specific rebuttals)

    05/11/2015 10:32:02 PM PDT · by drewh · 23 replies ^ | 5/12/15 12:09 AM EDT | By Bryan Bender and Philip Ewing
    One of America’s most revered investigative journalists has questioned the veracity of one of the Obama administration’s proudest achievements — and the firestorm of criticism has been immediate and unforgiving, from the White House to the Pentagon to the CIA. The publication Sunday of a 10,000-word article questioning the official version of the 2011 raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden might have received scant attention had it it not been penned by Seymour Hersh. The award-winning reporter, 78, who uncovered one of the worst war crimes by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War and disclosed the torture...
  • Rulers of Most Gulf Nations to Miss US Summit, Administration Denies 'Snub'

    05/11/2015 5:55:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | May 11, 2015 | Staff
    The White House was scrambling Monday to put a positive face on an upcoming summit of Persian Gulf states after learning leaders from four of the six invited nations are expected to skip. While those nations are still sending representatives to the summit being hosted by President Obama later this week at Camp David, the absence of crucial heads of state -- notably, Saudi Arabia's new king -- could present an awkward situation for the administration. But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf rejected the notion this was a "snub," and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest likewise said the administration...
  • Official: At least 3 of 'Taliban 5' swapped for Bergdahl tried to reconnect with terror networks

    03/26/2015 3:12:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    EXCLUSIVE: At least three of the five Taliban leaders traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have tried to plug back into their old terror networks, a government official familiar with the intelligence told Fox News, describing it as an attempt to "re-engage." The new allegations come as Bergdahl now faces desertion charges, and as the one-year deal governing the former Guantanamo detainees' supervised release in the Gulf nation of Qatar is set to expire -- at the end of May. The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently told Congress that, after that expiration, all his officers can do...

    03/03/2015 6:23:17 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Allen West Republic ^ | 3-3-15 | Allen West Republic
    Iran is still getting the final say. Not the United States, not Israel…… but Iran. When did the greatest super power in the world let a terrorist regime dictate a nuclear deal? When? 2009 When Barack Hussein Obama took office. Bowing down to diplomats worldwide. Apologizing to countries for no reason at all and making us the laughing stock of the world. This president and his administration are doing exactly what they said they would do “fundamentally transforming” the greatest and freest nation on the globe.

    03/02/2015 7:48:12 PM PST · by keat · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/02/15 | Nancy Youssef
    The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official. The U.S.-led coalition forces that have conducted seven months of airstrikes on Iraq’s behalf did not participate in the attack, defense officials told The Daily Beast, and the American military has no plans to chip in. Instead, embedded Iranian advisors and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are taking part in the offensive on the largely Sunni town, raising the prospect that the fight to beat back...
  • National Security Expert: U.S. Foreign Policy Leaders ‘Have Lost The Ability To Think

    02/22/2015 6:22:29 PM PST · by John W · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    From his time briefing generals in the Pentagon, Stephen Coughlin — a leading expert on national security and author of the soon-to-be-published book, “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad” — has always feared for our nation’s safety and thinks it’s time for the government to stop lying. Coughlin is an attorney, decorated intelligence officer and expert on Islamic law and terrorism. He says the “entire world, friend and foe alike, understands, that starting with the Bush administration and accelerating in the Obama administration, that our foreign policy community is absolutely incoherent and completely vulnerable. These people have...
  • White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops

    02/10/2015 9:21:02 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2015 | Missy Ryan
    The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there. Under the still-evolving plans, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, could be given greater latitude to determine the pace of the drawdown in 2015 as foreign forces scramble to ensure Afghan troops are capable of battling Taliban insurgents on their own, the officials said. The options under discussion would not alter what is...
  • Chuck Todd: Obama Foreign Policy ‘Doesn’t Seem To Exist’

    02/07/2015 5:41:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | February 05, 2015
    Chuck Todd: Obama Foreign Policy ‘Doesn’t Seem To Exist’ By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Friday, February 6, 2015 NBC’s “Meet the Press” host teased this weekend’s edition by saying he would talk about President Obama’s foreign policy, which “doesn’t seem to exist.”
  • Source says reported letter from Obama to Ayatollah ‘f***s up everything'

    11/06/2014 7:38:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 06, 2014
    <p>President Obama reportedly penned a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month discussing their shared interest in fighting the Islamic State -- a development one congressional source told Fox News "f***s up everything."</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that, according to people briefed on the letter, Obama wrote to Khamenei in the middle of last month and stressed that any cooperation on dealing with the Islamic State, or ISIS, was tied to Iran striking a deal over its nuclear program. The U.S., Iran and other negotiators are facing a Nov. 24 deadline for such a deal.</p>
  • Free Ebola: Obama Demands End to State Ebola Quarantines

    10/26/2014 7:35:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s bad enough that Obama rejects an Ebola travel ban because he thinks we need more Ebola, but he’s attacking Democrats and Republicans who are doing the responsible thing by enacting quarantines. The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said on Sunday.But both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far...
  • Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

    10/20/2014 5:27:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 10-20-14
    TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce military coproduction with the United States. A leading Israeli analyst asserted that the Defense Ministry and the military agreed to reduce production of Israeli weapons and platforms in the United States. The analyst, Amir Rapaport, said the decision was based on the U.S. suspension of arms deliveries during the 50-day war with Hamas in July and August 2014. “The Israeli defense establishment will reduce the production of weapon systems in the USA in the context of joint Israeli-American projects, and will rely more heavily on Israeli-made products,”...

    10/18/2014 5:33:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 55 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10-18-2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    The Obama administration stopped shipping to Israel all defense items – and not just Hellfire missiles as previously reported – for a short time in the middle of the war against Hamas, reported Israel Defense’s Amir Rappaport, the well-informed and highly credibly editor of the website. Makor Rishon added to that report that the US actually cut off all communications with Israel’s Ministry of Defense purchasing offices in the US for days.
  • O’Reilly Grills Leon Panetta: Hasn’t Obama’s Foreign Policy Been a Failure?

    10/07/2014 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    mediaite ^ | 10/7/14 | Josh Feldman
    Bill O’Reilly put former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on the hot seat tonight, and repeatedly grilled him on whether President Obama‘s foreign policy has been effective or a failure. Panetta insisted to O’Reilly that he doesn’t doubt Obama’s commitment to fighting America’s enemies, there’s just a question of whether he’s made the right decisions in carrying out that fight. For example, Panetta says Obama did support providing a troop presence of thousands in Iraq, as he and others recommended, but the issue was “how hard did he fight to make it happen.” O’Reilly asked Panetta why it feels like the...
  • Will bombing Isis, like the Iraq war, prove to be the wrong "war" against the wrong enemy?

    09/11/2014 9:40:28 PM PDT · by nathanbedford · 58 replies
    vanity ^ | Nathan Bedford
    Will bombing Isis, like the Iraq war, prove to be the wrong "war" against the wrong enemy? America is war weary and will support our action against Isis for a short time and only so long as it is conducted by limited means, that is, without substantial casualties. In effect, America under the leadership of Barack Obama supports airstrikes and no more. What will this accomplish? While emotionally satisfying to Americans enraged at the horror of their compatriots being decapitated before their eyes, these strikes are very unlikely to accomplish the destruction of Isis or the worldwide Islamic terrorist jihad....
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • Military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy [truncated]

    08/31/2014 9:07:31 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 37 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | soopermexican
    Full title: NBC reporter says military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy Meet the Press videoDirect link to
  • Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful

    08/31/2014 4:01:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | August 31, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Thursday, President Obama told the world he didn’t yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic Front in Syria. Although it’s never good to let an army who beheads your citizens and is hell-bent on your destruction know you don’t know how to deal with them – yet, or otherwise – Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary “clarified” his comments the next day. We do have a plan, it turns out. And the plan is awful. Before we dive into the new statements, let’s take a look back at some older ones. Back in January, when talking about...
  • Heckuva JV There, Barry: The Consequences of an Alfred E. Neuman Foreign Policy

    08/19/2014 10:17:33 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 19, 2014 | The Professor
    Back in January, on a TV interview, naturally, Obama denigrated ISIS as the junior varsity. Even after ISIS ran amok in Iraq and Syria in June, the administration (or I should say Obama, because we know from many sources that he often completely disregards the recommendations of the Pentagon, intelligence community, and State Department) decided to abjure from taking action against the terrorist group, apparently out of pique at Maliki and the dysfunctions of the Iraqi government. That’ll learn ‘em, Barry apparently believed. So here we are. ISIS has secured a foothold over an area the size of Jordan. What’s...
  • Obama Golfs For FIVE HOURS as US Evacuates Embassy Staff From Baghdad Chaos

    08/10/2014 10:30:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/10/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama spent a leisurely five hours golfing Sunday afternoon as his Martha’s Vineyard vacation continues while Iraq falls further into chaos.As Obama was midway through his golf outing reports from Baghdad erupted with rumors that Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki was staging a coup to hold on to power as Iraq struggles to form a new government while fighting off the ISIS terrorists’ conquest of large swaths of Iraq.Right before heading off for his annual two week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, Obama ordered air strikes against ISIS to ward off a possible advance against Erbil in Kurdish controlled...
  • Obama: Hey, it wasn’t my idea to leave Iraq (Of course not, insert sarcasm)

    08/10/2014 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Hot ^ | August 10, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    We may as well finish up the weekend on yet another inexplicable appearance by the Commander in Chief. And this one is a doozy, picked up by Joel Gehrke at The Corner. The President, during his brief, pre-tee off time availability this weekend, chose to address what a mess Iraq currently is and whether or not our lack of presence there had anything to do with it. Well, it did, but it obviously wasn’t his fault. He never really wanted to leave in the first place. President Obama refused to take responsibility for the lack of U.S. troops in Iraq,...
  • Obama's Approval Rating And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed

    08/05/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    BI ^ | 8-6-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama's Approval Rating Has Hit All-Time Low, And Confidence In The Future Of America Has Collapsed Joe WeisenthalAugust 5, 2014 A new poll from WSJ/NBC finds a high level of dissatisfaction with the president, the U.S. political system, and the economy, and a stunning number of respondents see a grim future for their children. Just 40% of respondents approve of the job President Obama is doing, a level which matches an all-time low. On the matter of foreign policy — which is in the news a lot lately due to Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, and Gaza — the President's approval is...
  • Rudderless U.S. foreign policy - Obama stands by as tyranny spreads

    07/29/2014 7:29:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    From the Middle East to Eurasia, it often seems that President Obama is reacting to events instead of trying to shape them. Americans have begun to see his collective failures as an indictment on his presidency, and they long for clarity and purpose from their president. The clear foreign policy that is grounded in American ideas of promoting liberty abroad and preserving our security at home is what is needed now. That is how we became a superpower. Reversing these ideas allows our adversaries to become stronger and impairs our ability to respond to present-day threats. While Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy...
  • Buck McKeon calls White House request to repeal Iraq use of force 'a joke'

    07/27/2014 8:26:42 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 7 replies
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon didn't pull any punches Friday in his response to the Obama administration's request that Congress repeal the 2002 law authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In a statement, McKeon, R-Calif., who's retiring at the end of this year, said he thought the letter sent earlier in the day to House Speaker John Boehner from national security adviser Susan Rice was a joke. He said: Obama Administration officials are warning us daily that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is ‘worse than al-Qaeda' and an extreme threat to the American people....
  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief

    07/26/2014 7:47:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 68 replies
    (Reuters) - A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict. The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, came as Israeli ministers signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day-old conflict in the Gaza Strip appeared remote. At least 1,050 Gazans - mostly civilians - have been killed, and 42 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died. Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting...
  • 'It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy': Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention..

    07/17/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 83 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 17, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    'It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy': Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 passengers on board President Obama said his national security team is working on identifying the U.S. citizens – and then launched into jokes and 16 minutes of prepared remarks Twitter erupted with digital eye-rolls at Obama's curt mention of the 'tragedy' that the Ukrainian government quickly called a 'criminal case' House Speaker John Boehner offered...
  • U.S. Nuke Sites Dismantled Security to Save Money, Report Warns

    07/02/2014 2:41:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/2/2014 | Adam Kredo
    The organization responsible for securing America’s highly sensitive nuclear sites has been suffering from a “chaotic” and “dysfunctional” security policy that has endangered the country’s nuclear sites and left them vulnerable to attack, according to a new report by the government’s watchdog group.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is tasked with managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and securing classified research sites, has “increased risks and reduced security” over the past several years in a bid to reduce overhead costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.Security vulnerabilities at these NNSA sites still persist two years after a...
  • Obama’s Weakness, or Ours?

    06/25/2014 9:39:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Nicolas Kristof
    The odds are that you think President Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. That’s the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it’s dragging him down — and probably other Democrats with him. Blowing things up is often satisfying, and Obama’s penchant for muddling along instead, with restraint, is hurting him politically. But that’s our weakness more than his. Obama’s foreign policy is far more deft — and less...
  • The Collapsing Obama Doctrine

    06/17/2014 4:53:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 149 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/17/14 | Dick and Liz Cheney
    <p>Cheney re Obama: Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.</p> <p>As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama's past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. "If a J.V. team puts on Lakers' uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant" (January 2014). "[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated" (August 2013). "So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding" (September 2011).</p>
  • U.S. to Evacuate Many Staff Members From Baghdad Embassy

    06/15/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by sunmars · 76 replies
    <p>The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.</p> <p>The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily-secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also located, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.</p>
  • Obama says to take several days to decide how to help fight Iraq insurgency

    06/13/2014 11:33:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 93 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself. "The United States is not simply going involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they are prepared to work together," Obama said, making it clear that he would not send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq. "We are not going to be able to...
  • Is the Obama Administration About to Strike a Deal with Another Terrorist Regime?

    06/12/2014 2:39:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | June 12, 2014 | Benjamin Weinthal
    The Obama administration’s lack of transparency and failure to notice Congress about the release of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban terrorists is a stark reminder of another negotiation shrouded in mystery: the U.S. attempt to stop Iran’s drive to obtain a nuclear weapon. The stakes are dangerously high with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Just this week, Fox News analyst Lisa Daftari reported that Mojtaba Zonnour, an adviser to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said his country’s missiles could hit American bases in the Indian Ocean and in Bahrain. As my FDD colleague Michael Ledeen has noted, the U.S and...
  • White House mistakenly leaks name of top spy in Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 4:54:48 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 26 May 2014 | Brownie Marie
    The White House mistakenly leaked the name of one of their top spies to nearly 6,000 journalists on Sunday. The CIA officer's name was included on a press tip sheet that was given to the White House's pool reporter, who then forwarded the list to the entire press pool—about 6,000 email addresses. The list contained the names of 15 people President Obama was scheduled to meet with during a visit to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Mistakenly included was the name of the top U.S. spy in Kabul, identified on the list as the "Chief of Station."...
  • White House blows cover of CIA’s Kabul station chief (Email also sent to foreign media...)

    05/25/2014 6:26:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/14 | Dave Boyer
    The White House inadvertently blew the cover of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul during President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. The name of the spy agency’s station chief in Kabul was included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in Mr. Obama’s visit with U.S. troops. The White House provided the list that was sent out in a “pool report” by a reporter traveling with the president to thousands of journalists, including foreign media, who receive the reports.
  • Obama to lay out defense of foreign policy in West Point speech(multilateral efforts,not military)

    05/24/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/24/14 | Steve Holland - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions. Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency. Obama has come...
  • The AWOL Commander-in-Chief

    05/03/2014 6:50:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/3/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    What was Obama doing while terrorists attacked Americans in Benghazi? You couldn’t help but feel for Robert Lovell. The retired brigadier general is haunted by the failure of AFRICOM, the U.S. military’s Africa Command, to respond when Americans were under siege in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. His congressional testimony this week was somber — no faux “What difference, at this point, does it make?” indignation, no “Dude, this was two years ago” juvenilia for him. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the State Department’s Sean Smith were killed in the early stage of the jihadist attack. By then, the actions that...
  • ‘If I Could Rewind the Tape…’ Kerry Issues Statement on Apartheid Comment

    04/28/2014 8:48:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/28/14 | Josh Feldman
    Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a statement on his controversial remark about Israel and apartheid that led Senator Ted Cruz to call for his resignation today, saying he “would have chosen a different word” if he had a second chance at saying it. Kerry says that during his service at the State Department and in the U.S. Senate, he’s “walked the walk” and shown repeated support for the state of Israel, reiterating his desire for a two-state solution “that results in a secure Jewish state and a prosperous Palestinian state.” He defiantly declares, “I will not allow my
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama’s Presidency is Floundering

    04/20/2014 8:40:44 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 41 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy.
  • The Disappearance of US Will

    04/18/2014 6:15:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • SHOCK REPORT: Mexican Troops Invaded Border, Held U.S. Border Agents at Gunpoint

    04/08/2014 8:29:59 PM PDT · by montag813 · 33 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-08-2014 | Brian Hayes
    Above: Mexican military personnel in 2013 carrying G3 long arms similar to those carried by two Mexican soldiers who illegally entered U.S. territory in January.  Edgard Garrido (Reuters)by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsTwo Mexican soldiers in camouflage carrying assault rifles held border agents in a tense standoff on US soil, in January, the Los Angeles Times reported. And the Obama administration did not even lodge a protest with the Mexican government. Nada. And it was also revealed this wasn’t the first incursion of the Mexicans on our soil.  It seems there have been a couple of dozen incursions into...
  • U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials

    04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity. The plan...