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  • Face Facts: Trump Supporters are Often as Incoherent as He Is

    08/10/2015 6:14:20 AM PDT · by libertarian neocon · 109 replies
    Libertarian Neocon ^ | libertarian neocon
    Last night, instead of focusing on True Detective, I ended up getting into a bit of a flame war on Twitter with some Donald Trump supporters.† Oh my, those people have no clue and you really couldn't pin them down on anything.† Ask a simple question like "how do you know Trump will govern as a conservative?" and the responses you get are "do your homework", "you're not very bright are you" and "Trump/Cruz is the only hope for this country".† The last is would only be true if your hope is for a historic route of the Republican Party.†...
  • GOP Establishment Readying New Primary Challenge for Dovish Rep. Walter Jones

    06/02/2015 2:46:10 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The Republican establishment is ready to take another crack at unseating Rep. Walter Jonesóand it might have found a new candidate to lead the charge. Anthony Tata, the Republican secretary of transportation in North Carolina and a veteran with nearly three decades of military experience, is preparing to run in a primary against the longtime GOP House member, according to a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the planned campaign. One source close to Tata, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said the secretary is "seriously looking" at a campaign but cautioned there was not yet a timetable for his decision.
  • On the Red Carpet, Lena Dunham Trashes 'Deranged Neocons' Who Criticize Her Online

    01/12/2015 7:28:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2015 | Tim Graham
    You donít usually here denunciations of ďderanged neoconsĒ on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, but HBO star Lena Dunham uncorked this attack on her Twitter enemies to Ryan Seacrest on the E! Network. Seacrest noted that her show ďGirlsĒ began its fourth season on Sunday night, and he asked if she would be checking for online reaction:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)LENA DUNHAM: I deleted Twitter because I tried to create a safer space for me emotionally. RYAN SEACREST: Explain. DUNHAM: People threaten my life and tell me what I cow I am, so I decided....I check it occasionally but itís not the...
  • Marco Rubio Considers POTUS Run as a Pro-Amnesty Adviser Leaves Office

    11/08/2014 2:35:40 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says he will decide on a potential 2016 presidential run "in the coming weeks." He'll do so without the help of a pro-amnesty adviser and former chief of staff who has left his office. "For me, the decision is made based on the following: I have my agenda that I have talked about for more than 4 years, and the decision that I have to make is where is the best place to advance this agendaóas a presidential candidate or continue at the majority in the Senateóthat is a decision I will make in the coming...
  • Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians

    10/29/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 8 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians By Julio Severo I received a report yesterday from Peter LaBarbera, one of the major Christian voices against the gay agenda in America, that he was detained by customs agents when he entered Canada. They did an intense search of his phone, laptop and belongings. No, no. LaBarbera is not an Islamic terrorist. According to the Gaystapo and the politically-correct mob, he is worse: he is ďhomophobicĒ ó a vague term that can be loosely interpreted to refer to criminals or merely Christians quoting Bible verses condemning homosexual...
  • The Neocon Moment

    10/01/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    If I were a libertarian, Iíd want my money back. No less an authority than the New York Times proclaimed the dawn of a ďlibertarian moment,Ē and the moment lasted a single month. There was no time to savor it. On August 7, when the journalist Robert Draper aired libertariansí views favorably in a cover story in the paperís Sunday magazine, advocates of a noninterventionist foreign policy surely felt vindicated. Draper declared that America was abandoning its role as guarantor of international security and embracing same-sex marriage and pot. No longer would the electorate be limited to Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Obama's Ukraine Folly Comes Full Circle

    09/07/2014 11:02:10 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 20 replies
    National Interest ^ | September 6, 2014 | Robert W. Merry
    is has been one of the underlying themes of those who have argued from the beginning of this drama that the West doesnít have a stake in Ukraineís fate to even approach the stake of Russia, which has included Ukraine within its sphere of influence for the past three and a half centuries and has viewed that relationship as crucial to its sense of national security. This raises a question: If we donít have a serious stake in the matter, and weíre very clear with ourselves and the world that we wonít fight over it, and the preponderance of power...
  • Behind the Crack-up of the Right

    08/14/2014 7:20:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | August 14, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In introducing his new book, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America, Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right. The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America? Straussians, writes Gottfried, ďwish to present the construction of government as an open-ended rationalist process. All children of the Enlightenment, once properly instructed, should be able to carry out this Ö task.Ē For traditional conservatives, before the nation is born, Ēethnic and cultural preconditionsĒ must exist. All ďsuccessful constitutional orders,Ē he writes, ďare the expressions of already formed nations and cultures.Ē To the old...
  • Arming the Mullahs: Boeing and GE given export licenses to sell aircraft components to Iran.

    04/08/2014 7:26:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/08/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Somebody on Twitter posted an upbeat message saying the US delegation to the latest round of talks with Iranian officials was quite optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born optimist and I love optimism, but I’d rather revel in victory than hope for good news, and the Iranians have every reason to revel. The Obama crowd has just ok’d something the Tehran tyrants have desperately wanted since the eighties: spare parts [1] for their long-grounded American passenger aircraft. Boeing and General Electric were given export licenses by the Treasury Department and everyone involved has been chanting “we take...
  • Obamaís Nuclear NaÔvetť

    03/30/2014 10:09:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/28/2014 | Mona Charen
    In the Netherlands this week, President Obama confessed a fear: ďI continue to be much more concerned, when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.Ē It would be reassuring to think that the president worries about this (when heís not busy filling out his NCAA brackets), except that he is failing to do the most important thing to prevent such a catastrophe.
  • Why did Europe choose the chaff over the wheat?

    03/20/2014 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Autonomous Nonprofit Organization ďTV-NovostiĒ ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick L Young
    The poor citizens of Ukraine remain poor while the world bickers with their plight, an apparent after thought. Engagement in Ukraine by the European Parliament has been clearly apparent in recent years. Alas the transcripts provide an unfortunate reminder that the size of the EU apparatus has ultimately fed an incompetent blob as opposed to producing rational decisions. An obsession with expansion at all costs of the EU sphere of influence has dominated thought. Back on December 13, 2012, the European Parliament passed a rather chilling motion, made more acutely frightening by subsequent events: "The EU is concerned about the...
  • Putinís sanctions on Americans unite Democrats, GOP

    03/20/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Oliver Knox
    Vladimir Putin probably didnít expect that newly announced Russian sanctions on nine Americans Ė three top White House aides, three Republicans and three Democrats in Congress Ė would spark a bipartisan love-in in Washington.But thatís exactly what happened on Thursday as Moscow retaliated for expanded U.S. sanctions by freezing the assets of a select handful of high-profile Americans and banning them from travel inside Russia.Hereís an early response from a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Twitter to Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, for making the list...
  • Not Your Fatherís Cold War

    03/19/2014 8:39:16 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The West has forgotten the foreign-policy lessons that predate 1945. Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War? However badly things work out between Russia and the United States and the West, a new Cold War isnít in the cards because Russia today isnít the Soviet Union. Sure, there are similarities. We are in a diplomatic and geostrategic conflict with Russia, which was the heart of the old Soviet Union. Also, Russia wants much of the real estate that belonged to the Soviet Union before it collapsed. And Vladimir Putin is a former KGB colonel who now waxes...
  • Stephens: How Obama 'Gets Things Done'

    03/18/2014 12:55:22 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/17/2014 | Bret Stephens
    Maybe Barack Obama should have given Zach Galifianakis an off-ramp, like the one he keeps trying to offer Vladimir Putin. Those were some pretty barbed lines the president unloaded on the comic actor last week in their semi-parodic "Between Two Ferns" interview. In case you're wondering why I'm writing about thisówell, I am too. A Malaysian jetliner has vanished into thin air, while Russia has completed its seizure of Crimea and may yet invade other parts of Ukraine. Serious stuff, you might say. But the big story of last week as far as the president is concerned is his appearance...
  • War-Weariness As an Excuse

    03/18/2014 4:40:40 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 71 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | William Kristol
    Are Americans today war-weary? Sure. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been frustrating and tiring. Are Americans today unusually war-weary? No. They were wearier after the much larger and even more frustrating conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. And even though the two world wars of the last century had more satisfactory outcomes, their magnitude was such that they couldn’t help but induce a significant sense of war-weariness. And history shows that they did. So American war-weariness isn’t new. Using it as an excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities isn’t new, either. But that doesn’t make it...
  • 2016: The Battle to be Reagan's Heir

    03/12/2014 6:47:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Itís on! Ostensible allies for the last couple of years, senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rand Paul (R., Ky.) have commenced the battle for the unofficial title of conservative front-runner. Thatís no surprise, but what is remarkable is their choice of weapons: foreign policy. For the last several years, there has been a lot of overblown hype about how the GOP, particularly the party base, is becoming isolationist. So itís interesting that Cruz would seek to get to Paulís right on the issue. The first round began in earnest less than 24 hours after Paul ó to no oneís...
  • New World Disorder

    03/06/2014 2:08:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Cliff May
    Count me among those ó a dwindling minority, Iím afraid ó who think that politics should end at the waterís edge. No one, Republican or Democrat, ought to take pleasure at the spectacle of Americaís foreign policies failing and the perception of America as a hobbled giant. That is, self-evidently, what weíre seeing: Russian boots are on the ground in Ukraine. North Korea is firing missiles. Iranís negotiators are playing high-stakes poker, while the U.S.-led side doesnít seem to know a flush from a straight. In Syria, Iranís proxies confront al Qaeda forces (forces the administration two years ago congratulated...
  • Ted Cruz Stakes Out Bold Foreign Policy Vision to Rand Paul's Right

    03/07/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    In what may have been his most significant foreign policy speech to date, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday positioned his Reaganesque foreign policy views between the hawkish Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) and what he described as the dovish Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY), while blasting President Barack Obama as a fool on the international stage. Speaking at the second annual Uninvited II†national security forum across the street from the Conservative Political Action Convention, Cruz brutally mocked the Obama administration's description of Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an "uncontested arrival." He called this yet another example of Obama's "tortured semantics" which...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz opens 2014 CPAC with 'principles' speech

    03/07/2014 6:40:02 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Thursday, March 6 2014 10:43 p.m. MST | Erik Raymond
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opened the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday morning by defining how conservatives can take back Washington. Cruz said GOP candidates need to ‚Äústand for principle‚ÄĚ and make clear distinctions between themselves and their Democratic opponents. ‚ÄúThere are a lot of D.C. consultants who say there‚Äôs a choice for Republicans to make: We can either choose to keep our head down, to not rock the boat, to not stand for anything, or we can stand for principle,‚ÄĚ Cruz said. ‚ÄúThey say if you stand for principle you lose elections. The way to do it ‚ÄĒ...
  • Bolton: ĎOur Biggest National-Security Problem Is Barack Obamaí

    03/06/2014 9:23:28 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | March 6, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    With the Obama administration grappling with a crisis in Ukraine, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and declared that the countryís ďbiggest national-security problem is Barack Obama.Ē Bolton honed in on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which he described as paradigm of President Obamaís foreign-policy failures because the president ďhas done nothing to avenge Chris Stevensís death.Ē
  • Senator Ted Cruz: Obama is most hostile U.S. president to Israel in modern times

    03/06/2014 4:40:30 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Chemi Shalev
    ďPresident Obama has been the president most hostile to the nation of Israel in modern timesĒ Ė this is the harsh if somewhat unsurprising verdict of firebrand Republican Senator Ted Cruz. In an interview with Haaretz on the sidelines of the AIPAC Policy Conference this week, the former Texas solicitor general laid out the various counts of his indictment of Obama. The U.S. President, Cruz said, has undermined Israelís national security as well as the ďspecial relationshipĒ between Israel and the United States. And Obamaís talks with Iran and relaxation of sanctions against Tehran ďmay well be setting the stage...
  • Stephens: Anatomy of a Feckless Presidency

    03/04/2014 10:14:54 AM PST · by Jarhead9297 · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2014 | Brett Stephens
    "Vladimir Putin†seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Thursday, and†Barack Obama†delivered a short statement about it on Friday. The former tells us nothing we didn't know already about Russia's strongman. The latter tells us everything we need to know about a weak president's feckless foreign policy. Let's take a look at what Mr. Obama had to say: "I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily contact with Russian officials." "OK, but why? What's the point of talking if you won't even make use of what's said? On Oct. 18, 1962, Soviet Foreign Minister†Andrei Gromyko†visited...
  • How We Can Make Putin Pay, and Why We Must

    03/04/2014 7:15:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2014 | Elliott Abrams
    The usual voices are arguing against any ďexcessiveĒ American reaction to Putinís invasion of Ukraine. After all, Crimea only became part of Ukraine in 1954. True. And many people there are Russian-speaking and not loyal to Kiev. Also true. And given the geography, we have no military options and neither does the Ukrainian government. Right again. And nothing we can do through sanctions will matter as much to Putin as gaining the Crimea and destabilizing the new, pro-European government in Kiev. Correct. So why should we do anything? Why throw the Russians out of the G-8, and seek trade and...
  • Itís the War, You Dolt

    03/03/2014 6:43:03 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | 3/2/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    No surprise that the intel guys, like their political bosses, reassured themselves that Russia wouldnít invade. Even though they made the same mistake just a few years ago when the morsel was Georgia. Indeed, that kind of error, revolving around the phrase ďrational actor,Ē is the trademark of Western confusion about the world. They refuse to see that our enemies are waging war against us, thus refuse to think about winning that war, thus lose many battles, and happily retreat. After all, if our enemies are rational actors, what could go wrong? We could even slash and burn our own...
  • Obama Consciously Engineering Americaís Decline

    02/25/2014 12:41:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 24, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In remarks today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said U.S. global military dominance can ďno longer be taken for granted.Ē He said this even as he was in the process of announcing that the Obama administration plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup. (For context, the Army will go from a post-September 11 peak of 570,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000, the smallest Army since 1940.) Max Boot does an excellent job laying out the problems with this proposal here and here. Iíd simply add that the fact that...
  • Ted Cruz Says Obama Should Threaten Iran

    02/07/2014 5:32:24 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies
    HispanicBusiness.com ^ | February 7, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Expanding his attack on the administration's nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Ted Cruz Thursday said that President Obama should end talks, demand Tehran give up its nuclear program immediately and use military force if the terrorist nation doesn't give in. A "responsible president," the Texas Republican told a conference on Iran's grab for a nuclear weapon, "would stand up and say unequivocally, in terms that allow no confusion, 'Under no circumstances will the nation of Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapon capability, and they will either halt now or we will use every step necessary including direct military force...
  • Ukraine stands on the brink Ė and Europe must bring it back

    02/04/2014 2:16:17 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 2 February 2014 20.00 GMT | Timothy Garton Ash
    This is no velvet revolution, but nor is it an uprising of fascist Cossacks or a zero-sum game with Russia. Europe must intervene on the side of democracy and human rights Ukraine has not yet died Ė as the country's anthem observes. But the face of Ukraine today is that of the bloodied, scarred opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov. Comparisons with Bosnia are still far-fetched, but think of this as a political Chernobyl. I have no idea what will happen in Ukraine tomorrow, let alone next week. But I know what all Europeans should want to happen over the next year...
  • A superb foreign policy speech ó from Ted Cruz (yup!)

    02/01/2014 2:05:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin - Right Turn
    "..........I differ with Cruz on a number of things and think his misguided behavior in the shutdown hurt the GOP and the cause of conservatism. Nevertheless, just as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is leading the right to a more constructive, positive domestic agenda, Cruz can do the same on foreign policy. If he does continue his defense of a strong U.S. foreign policy, he can help himself, his party and his country.
  • The Persian Triangle

    01/17/2014 1:12:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.01.14 - 12:00 AM | Clifford D. May | Clifford D. May
    The Persian Triangle Clifford D. May On November 24, 2013, a ďJoint Plan of ActionĒ was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Councilóthe United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Chinaóas well as Germany. ďWe have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,Ē President Obama exulted. This agreement, added Secretary of State John Kerry, will ensure that Iran ďcannot build a nuclear weapon.Ē Their confidence was not universally shared. ďThis deal appears to provide the worldís leading state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars in exchange for cosmetic concessions that...
  • Obamaís Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)

    01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL DORAN and MAX BOOT
    WASHINGTON ó A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security. Although they wonít say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a ďNixon to ChinaĒ masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • Fmr. Kerry Aide: Iran Should Not Be Required to Cease Terrorism Against U.S.

    01/14/2014 8:22:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/14/14 | Adam Kredo
    Edward Levine, a Kerry confidant who formerly worked on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lambasted the anti-terror mandate in a recent analysis for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Requiring Iran to cease its terror activities against the United States could harm the negotiations over its contested nuclear program, according to Levine. ďThis language would mean that if, say, Hezbollah were to explode a bomb outside a U.S. firmís office in Beirut, the sanctions would go into effect (because Iran gives financial and other support to Hezbollah) even if Iranís nuclear activities...
  • 2014: The World Without America. Or Is It?

    2014: The World Without America. Or Is It? Michael Ledeen January 1st, 2014 At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the...
  • ĎRushingí to War with Iran?

    12/19/2013 5:00:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 19, 2013 | Adam Turner
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - ‚ÄėRushing‚Äô to War with Iran?Posted By Adam Turner On December 19, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In November, there was some talk of ¬ďa¬†march¬†(or rush) to war¬Ē against Iran.The Obama Administration used¬†this line to dismiss those ¬Ė including EMET ¬Ė who dared to disbelieve the sincerity of negotiations regarding the Iranian regime¬ís program to develop nuclear weapons, and seek to expand U.S. sanctions against that nation so as to keep the pressure on them to prove their sincerity.The major problem with this charge¬†is that Iran and the U.S. are¬†already...
  • The Robert Taft Republicans Return

    09/04/2013 9:52:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 125 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 3, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    The Robert Taft Republicans Return - Isolationism has never served the interests of America, or the GOP. 'We'll be lucky to get 80 Republicans out of 230." That's an astute GOP congressman's best guess for how his caucus now stands on the vote to authorize military force against Syria. At town hall meetings in their districts, the congressman reports, House Republicans are hearing "an isolationist message." It's not America's war. The evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons is ambiguous, maybe cooked. There isn't a compelling national interest to intervene. "Let Allah sort it out." We'd be coming in...
  • Stephens: Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

    11/14/2013 4:38:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy. When the history of the Obama administration's foreign policy is written 20 or so years from now, the career of Wendy Sherman, our chief nuclear negotiator with Iran, will be instructive. In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity...
  • America Jumps Off The Tiger's Back

    11/14/2013 4:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again. The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism. After the fall of the Berlin...
  • Obama's foreign affairs radicalism carries a heavy cost

    11/10/2013 12:24:26 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 9, 2013 | John Bolton
    Under Barack Obama, American influence in the Middle East has sunk to levels not seen since before World War II. From Israel to Saudi Arabia, from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, our friends are shaking their heads, wondering why we have seemingly taken leave of our senses. Across this vital region, Obama is effectively empowering our opponents and turning his back on U.S. supporters and allies. He has openly courted implacable adversaries like Tehran's ayatollahs and the Muslim Brotherhood, allowed Chinese penetration to reach unprecedented levels and restored Russian clout to pre-1979 proportions. And Obama is far from finished....
  • The Jihad According to Rand Paul

    11/08/2013 12:46:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Cliff May
    Last month, at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of conservative activists from around the country, Senator Rand Paul gave a speech on what he called ďa worldwide war on Christians by a fanatical element of Islam." Anti-Christian persecution, violence, and ďreligious cleansingĒ have become common in many Muslim-majority countries. The media, as Paul pointed out, have turned a blind eye. So, too, have President Obama and European leaders. The senator was careful not to paint all Muslims with the brush of fanaticism. He stressed that only a minority of Muslims read Islamic scripture as mandating an armed struggle against...
  • A Lesser Superpower Than We Used To Be

    10/24/2013 8:16:45 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 24, 2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    The traditional American posture as the guarantor of freedom and protector of allies, and the scourge of Nazis, Communists and al Qaeda is headed toward a less manageable, every-man-for-himself series of ad hoc arrangements that portend greater international instability in which terrorism and warfare thrive. Here is what happens when the United States is weakened in the eyes of the world: China derides U.S. economic leadership, posits itself a "source of financial stability," and suggests the yuan as a replacement for the dollar. China also announces plans to sell Pakistan two more nuclear reactors. Russia doubles down by offering Iran...
  • AprŤs Putin, Le Dťluge? In the long term, Russiaís prospects look dim.

    09/26/2013 4:57:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/26/2013 | Clifford May
    At first blush, Ilan Bermanís timing could hardly be worse. His new book, Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America, is being published just as Russian president Vladimir Putin has eaten American president Barack Obamaís lunch and saved Syrian dictator Bashar Assadís bacon ó figuratively speaking, of course. Putin also has been empowering Iranís rulers, selling them the means to make nuclear weapons and denouncing economic sanctions as ďa violation of international law.Ē Adding insult to injury, Putin has been making the case, in the New York Times and elsewhere, that never again should the U.S....
  • Yes, We Are the Worldís Policeman: U.S. troops are the greatest preservers of liberty & peace

    09/17/2013 7:09:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 09//17/2013 | Dennis Prager
    In his speech to the nation on Syria last week, the president twice emphasized that America is not the ďworldís policeman.Ē According to polls, most Americans agree. Unfortunately, however, relinquishing this role assures catastrophe both for the world and for America. This is easy to demonstrate. Imagine that, because of the great financial and human price, the mayors and city councils of some major American cities decide that they no longer want to police their cities. Individuals simply have to protect themselves. We all know what would happen: The worst human beings would terrorize these cities, and the loss of...
  • Obamaís Syria Debacle Inflicts Historic Damage on America

    09/16/2013 7:09:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 55 replies
    Commentary ^ | 9-10-13 | Peter Wehner
    Max Boot does an excellent job explaining why the new Russian proposal on removing chemical weapons from Syria is almost certainly a mirage. Not surprisingly, however, President Obama is eager to embrace it. After all, doing so will avoid Congress rejecting his request to use military strikes against SyriaĖand the de facto collapse of his presidency. But this will come at quite a high cost. Russia is now establishing itself as the preeminent power in the region, having displaced the United States. American prestige and credibility lie in ruins. President Obama has succeeded in undermining the moderate rebels he promised...
  • Authorize the Use of Force Against Our Real Enemy - Iran

    09/09/2013 2:41:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    Why are we talking about Syria when the real enemy is Iran? Everyone agrees that a key central consideration behind an attack on Syria is the message it would sent to the mullahs in Iran. The idea is that weakness and fecklessness in the face of Assadís barbarism du jour will somehow telegraph to the players in Tehran that itís open season on building nukes.Thereís an easy solution to this quandary, and unlike hand-slapping the degenerates in Damascus it serves a clear American interest. Congress should authorize the use of force to topple the Iranian regime if it doesnít dismantle...
  • HUGH HEWITT - GOP isolationists are taking U.S. back to the 1930s

    09/03/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 90 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9-2-2013 | HUGH HEWITT
    Syria's butcher Bashir Assad could end up toppling British Prime Minister David Cameron and not the other way around, while also giving Russia a big boost back on to the Great Power stage and green lighting Tehran's most ambitious and sparky plans in its mountain tunnel complexes. Along the way he has exposed President Obama as feckless and fearful. The president and his team are scrambling to remind lawmakers of what the Commander-in-Chief ought to have long ago argued to the country: When the good guys blink, the bad guys notice. Lots and lots of blinking. Most of the people...
  • Obama to Seek Congressional Approval on Syria

    08/31/2013 10:58:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 121 replies
    boston.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Officials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say President Barack Obama intends to seek congressional approval for action against Syria. Obama will speak on the developments in Syria from the Rose Garden on Saturday. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of the president
  • Syria Isnít Iraq. Everything Isnít Iraq. (Chait Goes Neocon)

    08/27/2013 11:50:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The generation that came of age during World War II famously ó and, in time, tragically ó came to apply the formative lessons to every foreign-policy event that followed it. The generation that came of age during the Vietnam War, and then, more recently, the Iraq War, was imprinted with the opposite lessons. Iím not immune: My formative experience in college was the Gulf War and, soon after that, the eventual, successful interventions in the Balkans. (I have a cousin who is married to a Kosovar, whose husband was murdered by Serbian militants, and who was saved by the United...
  • Benghazi Leads to Iran, Not Al Qaeda

    08/03/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 146 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-3-2013 | Mark Langfan
    August 3, 2013 Benghazi Leads to Iran, Not Al Qaeda Mark Langfan ..... Why is Obama doing everything in the world to cover-up the truth in Benghazi? Why is Obama administering lie detector exams every few days to all the CIA operatives who were in Benghazi? Is it to cover-up the fact that Obama was running guns to the Syrian rebels? Why do that? Both the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then-CIA Director Petraeus were openly advocating arming the Syrian rebels. Is it such a big deal that the United States was secretly arming enemies of Iran's puppet Assad...
  • Bolton: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is guilty of treason

    06/10/2013 7:31:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 298 replies
    WLS ^ | June 10, 2013 | John Dempsey
    (CHICAGO) (snip) Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft on WLS that he thinks admitted leaker Edward Snowden, is guilty of treason: "Number one, this man is a liar. He took an oath to keep the secrets that were shared with him so he could do his job. He said said he would not disclose them, and he lied. Number two, he lied because he thinks he's smarter and has a higher morality than the rest of us. This guy thinks he has a higher morality, that he can see clearer than other 299-million 999-thousand 999...
  • America Will Pay a Price for President Obama's Inaction in Syria

    06/10/2013 3:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Barack Obama's appointments of Susan Rice as national security adviser and Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations have naturally triggered speculation about changes in foreign policy. Rice and Power have been proponents of humanitarian military intervention, a course that Obama followed, gingerly, in Libya -- "leading from behind," as one of his aides put it. But of course that didn't work out so well. The murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi last September showed that terrorists have a free hand in Libya -- even if the president and Rice, along with Secretary of...
  • Syrian Rebels to Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

    04/28/2013 4:45:44 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 28 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | Apr 26th, 2013 | Religious Freedom Coalition
    Syrian Christians Told Convert, Leave, or Die Religious Freedom Coalition Apr 26th, 2013 Christians remaining in Syria have been given three choices by the American supported Free Syrian Army (FSA): convert to Islam, flee their homeland, or die. It is widely believed that this Islamic ideology will be enacted nationwide if President Assad is overthrown. Many Westerners falsely assume that since the FSA opposes a dictatorship, they must be democratic, secular, and tolerant. In reality, however, the FSA seeks to establish a totally Islamic state governed by Sharia law. Although many have suffered as a result of the civil war,...