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  • MUST SEE! Glenn Beck Shocking Video THIS Is Who We Are Helping In Syria! SHARE WITH EVERYONE!

    09/05/2013 6:35:07 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 60 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | 9/4/2013 | Glen Beck
    Watch this important video. Very graphic! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMGoPRuzRc
  • US aid to Syrian opposition tops $1 billion mark

    09/02/2013 10:57:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 9/2/13 | Jordan Schachtel
    According to USAID (United States Agency For International Development), the federal agency in charge of distributing the vast majority of foreign aid monies to other countries, United States taxpayers have paid for over one billion dollars in foreign aid packages to help support the “Syrian Humanitarian Response." Despite the threat of continued chemical attacks against the Syrian people that has served as the focal point of rallying cries for advocates of US military intervention (including the Obama administration), The Daily Beast reported that gas masks were not among the items
  • John Kerry to Democrats: ‘Munich moment’

    09/02/2013 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 75 replies
    John Kerry to Democrats: ‘Munich moment’ By: John Bresnahan and Seung Min Kim and Jonathan Allen September 2, 2013 01:29 PM EDT Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a “Munich moment” in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. In a 70-minute conference call on Monday afternoon, Kerry derided Syrian President Bashar Assad as a “two-bit dictator” who will “continue to act with impunity,” and he urged lawmakers to back President Barack Obama’s plan for “limited, narrow” strikes against the Assad regime, Democratic sources on...
  • Obama, Congress and Syria--his aides make clear the vote has no binding effect

    09/01/2013 7:46:19 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 1 September 2013 07.01 EDT | Glenn Greenwald
    It's a potent sign of how low the American political bar is set that gratitude is expressed because a US president says he will ask Congress to vote before he starts bombing another country that is not attacking or threatening the US. That the US will not become involved in foreign wars of choice without the consent of the American people through their representatives Congress is a central mandate of the US Constitution. George Bush, of course, sought Congressional approval for the war in Iraq. There is no reason to believe that a Congressional rejection of the war's authorization would...
  • Russia says West acting in Muslim world like 'monkey with grenade'

    08/27/2013 8:38:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | August 27, 2013
    "The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is known for his sharp tongue, wrote on Twitter.
  • State Department Daily Briefing - July 6, 2009

    07/06/2009 3:26:00 PM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies · 650+ views
    State Department ^ | July 6, 2009 | Ian Kelly - Department Spokesman
    As you know, on July 4th, the U.S. joined other OAS member-states in unanimously deciding to suspend the right of Honduras to participate in the OAS. Our goal remains the restoration of the democratic order in Honduras. And we renew our call on all political and social actors in Honduras to find a peaceful solution to this crisis. We regret the necessity of this measure and look forward to the day when circumstances will allow the measure to be lifted and Honduras’ participation resumed. It’s important to note that under the provisions of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, this suspension does...
  • After words with Bill Gertz on CSPAN

    01/18/2009 12:20:26 AM PST · by vivabushchick · 14 replies · 905+ views
    Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, argues that high-level bureaucrats in the State Department, White House, Pentagon, and CIA have repeatedly undermined the Bush administration's national security policies. Mr. Gertz says that these unelected officials - liberals from both political parties - have pursued their own agendas towards countries like Iran, China, North Korea, and Iraq and have weakened U.S. security as a result. Mr. Gertz discusses his book with Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.
  • Behind the Scenes: What the Public Didn't Get to See About the Debate (Interesting)

    09/27/2008 7:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2,970+ views
    The Memphis Flyer ^ | September 27, 2008 | Jackson Baker
    Minutes before airtime Friday night, the two co-founders of the Commission on Presidential Debates, former Democratic chairman Paul Kirk and former Republican chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, made their move. The two men appeared without warning on center stage of the Gertrude Ford Center, and, as Kirk began to speak - declaiming such phrases as "The stakes could not be higher" and "the complexities that lie before us" and "serious choices that face the nation" and "it is in our power to decide," he might have been taken (and was, by this observer) to be someone out there to check the mikes...
  • State employee pleads guilty to passport snooping (Obama)

    09/22/2008 8:25:53 PM PDT · by red flanker · 44 replies · 984+ views
    Zdnet News ^ | September 22, 2008 | Richard Koman
    Former State Dept. employee Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, pled guilty before a U.S. magistrate to illegally accessing hundreds of passport files, including those of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. He didn’t access Sarah Palin’s passport file, presumably because she obtained a passport for the first time last year. According to the Justice Dept.: In pleading guilty, Yontz admitted that between February 2005 and March 2008, he logged onto the PIERS database and viewed the passport applications of approximately 200 celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians and their immediate families, musicians, game show contestants, members of the media corps, prominent business...
  • ABC: Bush officials support Obama’s account that he didn’t try to undermine negotiations with Iraq

    09/19/2008 2:19:33 PM PDT · by zimfam007 · 62 replies · 211+ views
    Hot Air via LGF ^ | 9/19/08 | Allahpundit
    "...Two officials of the Bush administration say that if Obama had done what the Post story asserted – which they believe to be untrue – U.S. Ambassador Crocker and embassy officials attending the meeting would have ensured that the Bush administration heard about it immediately. If such an incident occurred in front of officials of the Bush administration, it would have constituted a foreign policy breach and would have been front-page huge news; it would not have leaked out two months later in an op-ed column..."
  • U.S. fumes after Israeli envoy to UN envoy brands Carter 'a bigot'

    04/26/2008 4:52:21 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 109 replies · 259+ views
    Haaretz ^ | April 26 08 | Akiva Eldar
    The United States registered an official protest with Israel against its ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, for calling former U.S. President Jimmy Carter an "enemy of Israel" prior to Carter's recent visit to the region. A senior Foreign Ministry source said Saturday that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv asked that Gillerman be made aware of the U.S. administration's dissatisfaction with the disrespectful comments about the former U.S. President.
  • Bolton: Bush must 'rein in' Rice

    12/16/2007 1:15:45 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 101 replies · 165+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | 12.16.07 | Reuters
    Former American ambassador to UN slams president's foreign policy, says Bush 'doesn't supervise Secretary of State Rice enough' US President George W. Bush's foreign policy is in free fall and puts the nation's security at risk, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told a German magazine on Sunday. Bolton , who was a leading hawk in the US administration and favored a tough stance against Iran, North Korea and Iraq, told the Der Spiegel weekly that Bush needed to rein in Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "His foreign policy is in free fall. The president is acting against...
  • Van Vann Diepen, NIE Author, and his Treachery at State ... (NIE was a work of fiction)

    12/12/2007 8:41:25 AM PST · by IrishMike · 8 replies · 345+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2007 | Ed Lasky
    Author Kenneth Timmerman has provided us one more reason to doubt the validity and objectivity of the recently released National Intelligence Estimate. In an interview with Frontpage magazine, Timmerman discusses the efforts by the "Shadow Warriors" within the CIA and the State Department to sabotage the policies of the Bush Administration. During the Q and A he discusses Van Vann Diepen-one of the three authors of the National Intelligence Estimate. The story concerns John Bolton's efforts to derail North Korea and Iran's nuclear weapons programs. Bolton, who later became the US Ambassador to the United Nations, at the time conceived...
  • Iran Curveball - This latest intelligence fiasco is Mr. Bush's fault

    12/07/2007 10:07:36 PM PST · by gpapa · 90 replies · 214+ views
    WSJ OpinionJournal.com ^ | December 8, 2007 | The Editors
    President Bush has been scrambling to rescue his Iran policy after this week's intelligence switcheroo, but the fact that the White House has had to spin so furiously is a sign of how badly it has bungled this episode. In sum, Mr. Bush and his staff have allowed the intelligence bureaucracy to frame a new judgment in a way that has undermined four years of U.S. effort to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions. This kind of national security mismanagement has bedeviled the Bush Presidency. Recall the internal disputes over post-invasion Iraq, the smearing of Ahmad Chalabi by the State Department and...
  • Now we can all go back to sleep

    12/07/2007 11:38:13 AM PST · by JZelle · 10 replies · 77+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-07 | Wes Pruden
    If only the bumblers, blusterers and other bureaucrats in our "intelligence" services could make up their minds. The estimates of what we know about Iran and its nuclear ambitions, released this week just in time to undercut the U.N. sanctions meant to deter another Islamic bomb, underscores how little the bumblers know. These are the wiseheads who only four months ago were telling the president and Congress that Iran was hard at work developing their bomb. Now they want the president, Congress and the rest of us to believe that the Iranians actually stopped work, maybe, on their bomb four...
  • Stupid Intelligence

    12/07/2007 8:58:47 AM PST · by MizSterious · 48 replies · 163+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Friday, December 07, 2007 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Stupid Intelligence By Alan M. DershowitzFrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, December 07, 2007 The recent national intelligence estimate that concluded that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 is just about the stupidest intelligence assessment I have ever read. It falls hook, line and sinker for a transparent bait and switch tactic employed not only by Iran, but by several other nuclear powers in the past. The tactic is obvious and well-known to all intelligence officials with an IQ above room temperature. It goes like this: There are two tracks to making nuclear weapons: One is to conduct research and develop...
  • The Flaws In the Iran Report (John Bolton Reports)

    12/05/2007 9:00:14 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 43 replies · 108+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2007 | John R. Bolton
    Rarely has a document from the supposedly hidden world of intelligence had such an impact as the National Intelligence Estimate released this week. Rarely has an administration been so unprepared for such an event. And rarely have vehement critics of the "intelligence community" on issues such as Iraq's weapons of mass destruction reversed themselves so quickly. All this shows that we not only have a problem interpreting what the mullahs in Tehran are up to, but also a more fundamental problem: Too much of the intelligence community is engaging in policy formulation rather than "intelligence" analysis, and too many in...
  • Shadow Warriors at Work On The New Iran NIE?

    12/05/2007 7:27:48 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies · 877+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | December 4, 2007 at 6:03 PM | Curt
    I wrote yesterday on this whole new NIE story:******************************************* FreeRepublic thread: The New, Suddenly Correct, NIE on Iran********************************* Surprise surprise.  VIPS at work once again?  It smells like more leaks by the VIPS types ala Plame and friends, trying to influence either the tactics used by this Administrations to stop Iran from getting a nuke, or to influence the upcoming elections. And now more information is coming out that bolsters the case that this was another shot over the bow of this Administration by our rogue intelligence agencies.  Kenneth Timmermann, the author of the excellent book "The Shadow Warriors" writes:...
  • The New, Suddenly Correct, NIE on Iran

    12/03/2007 9:02:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 103 replies · 1,776+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | December 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM | Curt
    Deja vu?  Remember a few weeks ago when that McClellan story came out in which he supposedly said he was lied to about the Plame affair?  I wrote then: Isn't it curious how the left constantly wailed about Scott McClellan allegedly lying during his press conferences, but now that he is saying something that smells like trash talk about Bush, he is suddenly a truth teller. And now when a new NIE is released to the public saying that Iran has stopped its nuclear weapons program, NOW the left believes our intelligence agencies.  For the last year the left has...
  • Iran NIE Is Not A Typical Intel NIE

    12/04/2007 8:31:53 PM PST · by jrooney · 92 replies · 131+ views
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | 12-04-07 | AJ Strata
    Wild Speculation Alert: I have listed a lot of coincidental and circumstantial evidence in this post folks. I feel compelled to warn everyone when I see links to this NIE and Valerie Plame! It seems the NIE was NOT a consensus view of the US Intelligence Community but a hack job by some folks with possible political aspirations (wonder what CNN debate these folks will turn up in): A highly controversial, 150 page National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear programs was coordinated and written by former State Department political and intelligence analysts — not by more seasoned members of...
  • 'Special Report' Panel on Uproar at the State Department (Duncan Hunter: Fire 'em!)

    11/05/2007 8:52:18 AM PST · by pissant · 110 replies · 147+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/5/07 | Fox All Stars
    JACK CRODDY, FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER: It's one thing if someone believes in what is going on over there and volunteers. I am sorry, but, basically, that is a potential death sentence, and you know it. And then another thought—who will take care of our children? Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded? REP. DUNCAN HUNTER, R-CALIF.: I think we should fire those folks that don't want to go. You can't have people on the payroll who refuse to be deployed to the tough places. (END VIDEO CLIP) BRET BAIER, CO-HOST: There you see some of...
  • Africa: America's Extensive Islamic Heritage Detailed in Exhibitions

    08/10/2007 7:14:02 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 1,052+ views
    allafrica.com ^ | 10 August 2007 | Jeffrey Thomas
    United States Department of State (Washington, DC) Washington, DC Some years ago, Amir Muhammad began researching his family's roots without any thought that it might lead him to America's little-known Islamic heritage. Until then, he assumed that most American Muslims arrived in the 20th century, and he was unaware of any Islamic connection in his own family prior to his personal acceptance of Islam 35 years ago. But Muhammad discovered he does have Muslim ancestors, as do many African Americans and Native Americans, and that the story of Islam in America reaches back much further than most people imagine. In...
  • The Doctrine of Collective Responsibility

    08/08/2007 5:33:29 AM PDT · by expatguy · 72 replies · 1,222+ views
    "It is absolutely outrageous and reprehensible for anyone to suggest attacks on holy sites, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or those of any other religion ... Any suggestion that the defense of the American homeland or the defense of American interests would ever justify attacking holy sites or religious sites is just simply an idea that goes against the length or breadth of US history"State Department spokesman Tom Casey Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies in contemporary United States history has been the gross usurpation of our nation's State Department by those ignorant of history who would relentlessly promote...
  • al Jazeera's pet State Department mouthpiece

    10/22/2006 9:45:37 AM PDT · by radar101 · 17 replies · 1,285+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 22 OCT 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Meet Alberto Fernandez: State Dept. apologist for jihad Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the US State Department, is al Jazeera's favorite pet tool. He has been praised as "sassy" and is a fixture on Arab TV. From a Newsweek profile published in August, which proclaimed him "the face of the United States in the Middle East:" On paper, at least, Fernandez's job is basically that of a high-powered booker, coordinating appearances of high-level State Department officials on Arab media. But in reality, he's the main act. According to his own...
  • [U.S.]Official offers talks with [Iraqi]militants...Al-Jazeera airs U.S. diplomat’s proposal.

    10/22/2006 6:21:02 AM PDT · by Hadean · 17 replies · 541+ views
    columbiatribune.com ^ | October 22, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A senior U.S. diplomat said the United States had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in Iraq but was ready to talk with any group except Al-Qaida in Iraq to facilitate national reconciliation. In an interview with Al-Jazeera television aired late yesterday, Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, offered an unusually candid assessment of America’s war in Iraq. "We tried to do our best, but I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States...
  • Diplomat cites U.S. 'stupidity' in Iraq

    10/21/2006 10:13:14 PM PDT · by khnyny · 29 replies · 1,042+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10-21-06 | By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Writer
    A senior U.S. diplomat said the United States had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in Iraq but was now ready to talk with any group except Al-Qaida in Iraq to facilitate national reconciliation. In an interview with Al-Jazeera television aired late Saturday, Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department offered an unusually candid assessment of America's war in Iraq. "We tried to do our best but I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq," he said....
  • IRAQ WRAPUP 7-Diplomat 'mispoke' on U.S. arrogance in Iraq

    10/22/2006 7:40:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 906+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/06 | Claudia Parsons
    BAGHDAD, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat who said the United States has shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in Iraq said he "seriously misspoke" in an interview aired on Sunday after U.S. President George W. Bush said he was flexible on tactics, if not strategy. In an attack that highlights the problems Washington faces in recruiting and training Iraqi security forces, 13 police recruits were killed and 25 wounded in an ambush on a convoy of buses near the town of Baquba on Sunday. U.S. military deaths in Iraq in October have reached 83, making it the most deadly...
  • Meet the worst ex-president (Take a guess)

    09/02/2006 9:49:51 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 43 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 9-3-06 | Jack Kelly
    Jack Kelly: Meet the worst ex-presidentAn odious Iranian will see Jimmy Carter on his U.S. visitSunday, September 03, 2006 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The State Department has granted a visa to Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran, to visit the United States.           Mr. Khatami is coming this week chiefly to attend meetings at the United Nations. He also will speak at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; at a function sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Arlington, Va., and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. And he will meet with former president...
  • Administration Critics Chafe at State Dept. Shuffle (Condi cleaning house at Foggy Bottom)

    02/21/2006 11:05:42 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 123 replies · 2,891+ views
    wash post ^ | February 21, 2006 | Glenn Kessler
    A State Department reorganization of analysts involved in preventing the spread of deadly weapons has spawned internal turmoil, with more than half a dozen career employees alleging in interviews that political appointees sought to punish long-term employees whose views they considered suspect. Senior State Department officials deny that and say an investigation has found that the proper personnel practices were followed. But three officials involved in the reorganization, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly, acknowledge that a merger of two bureaus reduced the influence of employees who were viewed by some...