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  • Obama to Restart Transfers From Guantanamo

    05/22/2013 3:30:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 80 replies
    Obama to Restart Transfers From Guantanamo By JULIAN E. BARNES, EVAN PEREZ and ADAM ENTOUS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is set to restart transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. officials said, kick-starting a long-stalled drive to close the prison. In a speech Thursday, President Barack Obama will reassert his case that closing Guantanamo is crucial to U.S. counterterrorism goals. While he isn't planning to detail in the speech how to speed up transfers from the prison, officials said the president in coming weeks plans to lift the administration's prohibition on sending detainees to Yemen. The president in the speech...
  • North: Tyrannical Twins

    02/21/2013 7:34:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 22, 2013 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Last year, the Obama administration announced to the world that it was planning to pursue a new Asia/Pacific-oriented national security strategy. Since then, North Korea has countered with a strategy of its own. In December, Pyongyang successfully launched a multistage intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a warhead-sized payload to the U.S. mainland. On Feb. 12, the North Koreans tested an improved-design nuclear weapon. After the test, Pyongyang announced that despite tightened United Nations sanctions that theoretically went into force last month, its latest nuclear test bolstered its defenses against U.S. "hostility." In a lengthy broadcast on the...
  • White House Senior Aides Knew About IRS Probe But Didn't Tell Obama, Spokesman Says

    05/20/2013 1:13:57 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2013 | Juliet Eilpirin
    Senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, learned last month about a review by the Treasury Department’s inspector general into whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, but they did not inform President Obama, the White House said Monday. The acknowledgement is the White House’s latest disclosure in a continual release of details concerning the extent to which White House officials knew of the IG’s findings that IRS officials engaged in the “inappropriate” targeting of conservative non-profits for heightened scrutiny. Previously, the White House said counsel Kathryn Ruemmler did not learn about the...
  • Petraeus email objected to Benghazi talking points

    05/16/2013 5:22:26 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    Myfoxdc.com/AP ^ | 5/16/2013 | NEDRA PICKLER
    Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points the Obama administration used after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public, according to emails released Wednesday by the White House. Under pressure in the investigation that continues eight months after the attacks, the White House on Wednesday released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes made by Petraeus' deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 15. On that page, Morell scratched out from the...
  • The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

    10/12/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michelle Malik
    October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender. Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as...
  • Obama’s approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies

    03/12/2013 10:52:51 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2013 | Jon Cohen and Karen Tumulty
    Two months ago, independents tilted clearly in his direction, with 54 percent approving and 41 percent disapproving. Now, half of independents express a negative opinion of the president’s performance; just 44 percent approve. The president has also seen an erosion in confidence among groups that he has counted as core supporters. Compared with a Post-ABC poll in December, the share of liberals who place their faith in Obama over Republicans when it comes to dealing with the economy is 14 points lower; there has been a 12-point slide among women. At 50 percent, Obama’s overall standing in the poll is...
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 243 replies
    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012: Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us." In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Panetta said...
  • President Barack Obama: Now is the time

    01/19/2013 2:53:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | January 16, 2013 | Barack Hussein Obama
    As a society, our first task must be to care for our children -- to shield them from harm and give them the tools they need not only to pursue their dreams, but to help build this country. That is how we will be judged. And in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, it's clear we have a long way to go. That's why, last month, I asked Vice President Biden to lead an effort to come up with concrete steps we can take right now to keep our kids safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader...
  • French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

    01/13/2013 11:16:07 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 13, 2013 | ADAM NOSSITER, ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI.
    French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about storming the region after every other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the extremists had failed. For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara. But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were...
  • Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan-Obama’s Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    “When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,” the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.” This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • US military: Intervention in Mali now would fail

    12/03/2012 10:26:12 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 3 , 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The top US military commander in Africa warned Monday against any premature military action in Mali, even as he said that al-Qaida linked extremists have strengthened their hold on the northern part of the country. Army Gen. Carter Ham said that any military intervention done now would likely fail and would set the precarious situation there back "even farther than they are today."
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Deal or no deal, ObamaCare taxes poised to hit next month

    12/09/2012 12:42:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2012
    Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 -- thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul. The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate -- and controversial -- tax on medical devices. The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Obama's Chickens Come Home To Roost In Egypt

    02/14/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 14, 2012
    Mideast: As the president sneaks more money in the budget for Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood thugs he helped install in Cairo show their gratitude by threatening to attack Israel. For three decades, the U.S. essentially paid Egypt not to attack our closest ally in the region. The policy worked to maintain peace. But Obama nullified that deal by backing Islamist revolutionaries against reliably pro-U.S. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now the bribe has lost its effect. The new Egyptian leadership, led by the virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood, this week issued a warning to Washington that it should understand that "what was...
  • Candidly Speaking: Groveling to the Brotherhood

    01/18/2012 9:27:55 PM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/18/2012 | ISI LEIBLER
    It is profoundly disconcerting to read media reports of the unseemly competition between the US and Western governments to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of its electoral victory in Egypt. There are chilling parallels between such behavior and the disastrous European policy of appeasing the Nazis which paved the way for World War II. What those attempting to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood fail to comprehend is that this organization represents one of the most fanatical and dangerous of the radical Islamist groups in the region, with a dark record of violence and terrorism imbedded in its...
  • Corporate Jets Face $100-a-Flight Fee in Obama Deficit Plan

    09/19/2011 3:32:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2011 | by Alan Levin
    President Barack Obama's administration proposed a $100 per-flight fee on corporate jets and other turbine-powered planes that use the U.S. air-traffic system. The fee would raise an estimated $11 billion over 10 years, according to the president's recommendations to the 12-member congressional committee charged with finding ways to trim the deficit. The fee is aimed at private aircraft, which currently don't pay their fair share of costs of operating the aviation system, the administration said today.
  • Expect the ‘Unexpectedly’

    08/26/2011 10:05:55 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 12 replies
    NRO ^ | 26 Aug 11 | Jim Geraghty
    It is the most common adverb of the Obama years: “unexpectedly.” ● “Sales of U.S. previously owned homes unexpectedly dropped in July,” reported Bloomberg. ● “Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly contracted in August by the most in more than two years as orders plunged and factories shed workers,”reported Bloomberg Businessweek. ● “Consumer spending unexpectedly fell in June,” reported Reuters. ● “Dismal economic data on Thursday pointed to an unexpectedly abrupt slowdown in manufacturing and a pickup in inflation,” reported the New York Times’ business page.This is just in the past week; hundreds of articles each month note that some...
  • Obama: "I misunderstood the depth of the recession.".

    07/06/2011 8:58:45 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 80 replies
    Talking points memo ^ | July 6 2011 | Barack obama
    Obama: I Underestimated Magnitude Of The Recession        Advertisements [?]   Source: Talking Points Memo President Obama openly acknowledged underestimating the length and magnitude of the worst recession since the Great Depression in a response to a question during his Twitter town hall. Always a tough question to answer, Obama was asked what mistakes he made in handling the economic crisis and what he would have done differently looking back on his first months in office. Obama freely admitted that he would have tried to do a better job explaining "to the American people it was going to take a...
  • OBAMA SCREAMS AT STAFF: “What the F**k Was That?” After Netanyahu Meeting

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 329 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 6/12/11 | Jim Hoft
    Body language expert Tanya Reiman told Bill O’Reilly recently that Obama lied – He was no friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Reiman said that Obama had “contempt in his eyes” and displayed it with his body language when he was with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was obvious. Narcissists don’t like being challenged. Now we know the rest of the story…Obama went into a rage after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him on his suicide plan for Israel. NewsFavor reported, via Doug Ross: Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that...
  • Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen

    05/24/2011 5:00:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 182 replies · 1+ views
    Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen May 24, 2011 5:32 PM The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch. When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing. “Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.” The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared...
  • Obama Speech Analysis: a Weird Journey Through the Mind of a Narcissist

    03/28/2011 8:01:19 PM PDT · by traumer · 31 replies
    The President's address was an exercise in psychodrama, a weird journey through the mind of a narcissist who can't believe all the nasty things people are saying about him. Obama's id is wrestling with the comparisons between his Libyan intervention and George Bush's action in Iraq. He made a point of criticizing Iraq, which had a vastly larger international coalition behind it than Obama does now, united in the struggle to depose an even more gruesome and sadistic monster than Qaddafi. He warned us that we might be stuck in post-Qaddafi Libya for a while because "40 years of terror...
  • A New Name For President Obama

    03/23/2011 9:12:17 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 52 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-24-2011 | grey_whiskers
    Just a quick thought -- possible slogan fodder, talking point, T-shirt. We should start calling Obama "President Fukushima." Because after the Tea Party-inspired Republican tsunami in 2011, he has definitely no longer "cool". And he's going radioactive, too!
  • Who's in charge? Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart

    03/22/2011 7:04:45 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 62 replies
    Mail online ^ | March 23, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign. A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S. The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.
  • The Bush Smear - Obama makes a revealing misstatement in Chile

    03/22/2011 2:42:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 120 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/22/2011 | John Hayward
    Speaking in Chile to defend his decision to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn, President Obama couldn’t resist taking a swipe at George Bush, in a clumsy attempt to make himself look superior. As reported by Fox News, the President declared: "In the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden." As the folks at Fox quickly pointed out, Bush actually had twice as many international allies for the invasion of Iraq as Obama...
  • Obama-Inspired Chaos (Oliver North)

    02/24/2011 4:36:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Sydicate ^ | February 24, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — According to Hillary Clinton, "the safety and well-being of Americans has to be our highest priority." Oh, really? That comment, proffered by our secretary of state Tuesday, is overshadowed by the serious jeopardy U.S. citizens now encounter thanks to the ideological blindness and national security incompetence of the Obama administration. Since 2011 began, more than 20 Americans have been injured, killed or gone missing in the midst of violence in Lebanon, Tunisia, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Mexico and the Indian Ocean. American citizens are being held by government authorities in Iran, Yemen and Pakistan — and...
  • You Can't Say That

    10/09/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 605+ views
    The Weeky Standard ^ | October 5, 2009 | Anne Bayefsky
    The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression. The newly-minted American policy was rolled out at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which ended in Geneva on Friday. American diplomats were there for the first time as full Council members and intent on making friends. President Obama chose to join the Council despite the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power and human rights abusers are among its lead actors, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia....
  • 'Win the future,' Obama implores (Obama's "Sputnik Moment" Crashes)

    01/26/2011 3:21:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 50 replies
    washington post ^ | 1/26/2011 | By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson
    President Obama sought to rouse the nation from complacency in his State of the Union address Tuesday, urging innovation and budget reforms that he said are vital to keep the United States a leader in an increasingly competitive world. "Sustaining the American dream has never been about standing pat," Obama said. "It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age. Now it's our turn." Obama repeatedly declared the imperative to "win the future," comparing the current need for innovation to the space race against the Soviet Union in the 1950s and '60s....
  • s Obama Destined to be a Footnote in Presidential History?

    12/18/2010 5:47:08 PM PST · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    News Busters ^ | 17 Dec 2010 | Rusty Weiss
    For all of the bluster and glory, for all of the pomp and circumstance and yes, for all of the anticipated hope and the promised change, the whirlwind of hype and expectation surrounding the President a mere two years earlier has virtually dissolved, and Barack Obama has set a course that will leave his legacy as no more than a footnote in American Presidential history. He was the man destined to save this country from his predecessor’s failures. He was the man who would end the war in Iraq, finish the war in Afghanistan, and shut down the prison at...
  • Obama: Dems are in trouble because Americans aren't thinking clearly

    10/17/2010 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 105 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10-17-10 | Byron York
    At a Saturday-evening fundraiser held in the home of a wealthy Massachusetts hospital executive, President Obama suggested Democrats are having difficulties in midterm campaigning because Americans simply aren't thinking clearly. Seeking to explain his party's troubles, the president focused not on controversial legislation like national health care and the stimulus but on evolutionary psychology. "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama told the assembled Democrats,...
  • Obama: "Tribal Attitude" Surfaces in Tough Times

    10/14/2010 4:37:01 PM PDT · by FloridaSunrise · 63 replies
    Asked about what the questioner saw as an increase in racial tension Thursday, President Obama said a "tribal attitude" can come as a result of economic hardship. "Historically, when you look at how America has evolved, typically we make progress on race relations in fits and starts," he said at a town hall event with young Americans. He then suggested that the recession has played a part in driving racial antagonism while he has been in office. "Often times misunderstandings and antagonisms surface most strongly when times are tough. And that's not surprising," Mr. Obama said, arguing that Americans are...
  • He Really Doesn’t Want to Be Commander In Chief (Guess Who!?)

    08/30/2010 12:58:28 PM PDT · by mojito · 39 replies
    Commentary ^ | 8/30/2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    It is not that we didn’t know this before, but reading the New York Times – surely designed to be as favorable toward Obama as the reporter could possibly manage — one is left slack-jawed. Obama doesn’t like being commander in chief, isn’t good at it, and has relied on one tutor, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is leaving next year. The report should be read in full. But a few low-lights: "A year and a half into his presidency, Mr. Obama appears to be a reluctant warrior. Even as he draws down troops in Iraq, he has been...
  • US: Sinking of SKorean warship not terrorism

    06/28/2010 11:12:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 3+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is saying that the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not terrorism, and not enough by itself to put the Pyongyang back on a U.S. terror blacklist. The State Department said Monday that the March sinking of the frigate Cheonan was a "provocative action" and a violation of the truce that ended the Korean war. But it added that the sinking by a reported North Korean torpedo strike was the act of one state's military against another.
  • Obama: I Promise To Cut The Deficit In Half By 2013

    06/27/2010 5:23:26 PM PDT · by blam · 101 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-27-2010 | Henry Blodget
    Obama: I Promise To Cut The Deficit In Half By 2013 Henry Blodget Jun. 27, 2010, 8:10 PM According to the AP, President Obama just promised to cut the US deficit in half as a percentage of GDP by 2013. That would certainly be a start. So can we get Congress to commit to that? If so, we'd be a lot more supportive of additional near-term stimulus spending (which, otherwise, we think will just become long-term structural overspending). Obama also said a lot of other stuff: By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writers TORONTO (AP) — President Barack...