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  • Know What the GOP Establishment Thinks of You

    09/02/2015 8:02:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies ^ | September 1, 2015 | George Hewes
    For many years now grassroots conservatives have grumbled that the Republican establishment in Washington views them with contempt. Rarely has that contempt been displayed as brazenly as it was on this week’s episode of Fox News Sunday. During the show’s panel discussion, columnist George Will and Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute in particular showed how GOP bigwigs view their base. Will started the banter by suggesting that the popularity of insurgent GOP candidates was tantamount to “primal scream” psychotherapy where voters are venting their frustrations by backing political newcomers over their more traditional rivals. Brooks seconded Will’s thesis...
  • Enemies See America As Vulnerable Prey

    07/14/2016 4:59:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here is a sampling of some recent news abroad: A Russian guard attacked a U.S. diplomatic official at the door to the American Embassy in Moscow, even as NATO leaders met to galvanize against the next act of Russian aggression. The Islamic State continued its global terrorist rampage with horrific attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul. Iran rebuffed United Nations warnings and defiantly boasted that it will continue testing ballistic missiles. German intelligence believes that Iran, empowered by the release of $100 billion in impounded cash, is violating its recent American-led nonproliferation deal in an effort to import nuclear bomb-making technology....
  • Saudi Arabia warns of economic fallout if US Congress passes 9/11 bill

    04/17/2016 6:46:44 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 31 replies
    NYT News Service ^ | 4/16/2016 | Mark Mazetti
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of US Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if lawmakers pass a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the September 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill's passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of inten se discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the...
  • Paris Kumbaya Pictures Post-Attack

    11/15/2015 10:05:47 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 45 replies
    Google Photos ^ | 11/15/15 | Various
  • The Audacity of Weakness

    03/05/2015 4:51:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/5/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s morally confused foreign policy is making the world more dangerous by the day. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic — and likely to soon be nuclear — Iran. Netanyahu came to the U.S. to outline the Iranian plan to remake the Middle East with a new nuclear arsenal. His warning was delivered over the objections of the Obama administration, which wants to cut a deal with Iran that allows the theocracy to continue to enrich lots of uranium. Netanyahu received a standing ovation for stating the...
  • A tale of U.S.-China contrasts: Obama sounds concilatory, Xi sounds competitive

    11/12/2014 2:52:16 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/14 | David Nakamura
    After days of behind-the-scenes lobbying by U.S. officials, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed, as a gesture of diplomacy, to take a question at a news conference with President Obama. His answers, after being put on the spot Wednesday, were anything but diplomatic.... ...fter being challenged by a New York Times reporter over the Communist Party’s denial of visas for foreign journalists, Xi lashed out, insisting that the foreign press should “obey China’s laws” and look at themselves “to see where the problem lies.” In a forceful and unusually blunt performance, Xi also denounced the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong as...
  • Obama makes women feel unsafe: Former fawning Newsweek editor no longer swoons

    10/22/2014 9:21:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 20, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    When Tina Brown was Newsweek’s editor, a magazine cover heralded the “Obama Conquest.” Now he’s just the creep in the corner office who keeps women nervous. ... There’s a word for guys who hide out in their offices; bark at underlings while barking at underlings, then, worst of all, blame everyone around them when those promises aren’t kept. The word is “weak,” and women don’t like it any more than men do.
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • white house blames media for obama 'no strategy' comment

    08/30/2014 6:46:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies ^ | 8/29/14 | Charlie Spiering
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took great lengths to explain why President Obama’s comment about having no strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria. “I don't want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said during his press conference yesterday. “We don't have a strategy yet.”
  • Shhh, Mr. President: When world already thinks you’re weak, saying as much on live TV is a mistake

    08/30/2014 6:22:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    SHHH, MR. PRESIDENT Because I have been on an extended road trip, I haven’t followed the news as closely as I might “They don’t call it a multi-state killing spree for nothing” — The Couch). But from the broad brushstrokes I take it that the president is just crushing it. Everything is falling into place. He had to send Joe Biden off to Office Depot to get more notepads because he’s checking off everything on his to-do lists so quickly. (Biden came back with a ten-gallon jug of Elmer’s glue, some pink-unicorn duct tape, and an office chair he won’t...
  • Obama to pitch economic agenda in Minnesota

    06/27/2014 3:01:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/14
    ....Obama is pitching his ideas to boost the American middle class in Minnesota, a state that already has embraced a key component of the president's economic agenda by moving to raise its minimum wage....
  • What would America fight for? Allies increasingly doubt America's will to help defend them

    05/04/2014 5:22:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 05/04/2014
    “WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. Barack Obama said his administration was making steady, if unspectacular, progress. By blundering into wars, his critics would only harm America. Mr Obama was channelling the mood of his people, worn out by the blood and treasure squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan. A survey last autumn by the Pew Research Centre suggests that 52% want the United States to “mind its own business internationally”, the...
  • Kasparov: ‘Carter looks like Churchill in comparison’ to Obama [Also Skewers Hillary]

    03/17/2014 2:30:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Time ^ | 3/16/14 | Ryan Sager
    For running commentary on Russia and the vote in Crimea, you might want to follow chess champion turned democracy activist Garry Kasparov: @Kasparov63. Tonight, amid his usual barrage of criticism leveled at Vladimir Putin, he’s turning his fire on President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, it’s probably too late to preserve the...

    02/25/2014 5:11:23 AM PST · by shortstop · 9 replies ^ | 02/25/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    As the Obama Decline brings American prosperity and might to ever-lower depths, we now hear that the administration has decided to reduce the size of U.S. armed forces to pre-World War II levels. If was, of course, precisely those levels that led to World War II. The great lesson of that horrific war – that American weakness leads to global instability – has either been forgotten or is being replicated. In the name of cutting budgets, an administration that has doubled our national debt chooses now to endanger both our national security and the world order. The same White House...
  • Obama’s foreign policy based on belief that weaker U.S. is key to peace

    01/28/2014 8:46:57 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/27/2014 | John Bolton
    On the eve of his annual State of the Union address, Barack Obama’s five years as president have brought innumerable national security failures. However, beyond the long, growing list of ideologically driven errors, missed opportunities and generally inattentive stewardship of foreign and defense issues is a larger problem. National security is simply not a top Obama administration priority.
  • Not a Wreak

    01/03/2014 5:18:06 PM PST · by EscondidoSurfer · 1 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    A common reason for failure is confusing self-control with willpower. We imagine that by applying enough willpower, things will fall in place. However, those who continue in sin know that their willpower is no match for the battle. This being the New Year, resolutions abound. Though our intentions may be sincere our ability to follow through is pitifully weak. We find that we are unable to drive sin from our lives. Our weakness reveals itself ceaselessly. Willpower is not the source of self-control. My own struggle with lust and the things I have learned as a result of gaining victory...
  • How is the “Weakness” of God Stronger than Satan’s “Power?”

    11/26/2013 7:11:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/26/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    There is a line in the Letter to the Hebrews which reads: You made [Jesus] for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet.” In “subjecting” all things (to him), he left nothing not “subject to him.” Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,” but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor” because he suffered death, (Heb 2:7-9) Now this text is clear about two things. First, All things are subject to Jesus. Second, we do not presently see or experience...
  • Pajamaboy could start a war . . .

    12/19/2013 8:00:36 PM PST · by RinaseaofDs · 16 replies
    Vanity | 12/19/2013 | RinaseaofDs
    I can picture Vlad Putin, a guy who poses bare-chested with a freshly killed tiger, having this Pajamaboy tweet shown to him in a threat matrix briefing. You know what he's thinking? "Oh yeah. No way he'd counter-launch. It's go-time."
  • Spinning White House Yarns and Iranian Nukes

    12/19/2013 7:55:59 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | December 19, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as their “Lie of the Year.” Reeling from Obamacare’s deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout but know that our system allows us to Think Again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can’t reverse the fall-out from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy’s warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us, foreign policy can kill us.” It also explains the backlash from allies and Congress against...
  • Pruden: The deadly price of presidential weakness

    12/01/2013 7:17:01 AM PST · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Wesley Pruden
    Barack Obama, resolute enough when he’s designing health care schemes, shows only irresolution abroad. Weakness and irresolution is the face he turns to the rest of the world, in hopes that if he hires a good speechwriter and bows deeply enough to whatever kings and potentates cross his path, that’s good enough. But of course it isn’t, and Mr. Obama is challenged now at every turn by friend and foe of the United States who need to see on what meat the man feeds, and of what stuff his promises and assurances are made. The mullahs in Tehran, who can’t...
  • ADL director: US seen as ‘weak and retreating’ on world stage

    11/02/2013 3:39:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/02/2013 08:08 | (JTA)
    American wariness of foreign military involvement is making it seem “weak and retreating,” warned the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman. “Make no mistake about it. If what we are seeing now is the beginning of a deep change in American foreign policy, it will be bad for the Jews,” said Foxman, the ADL’s national director, at a conference Thursday marking the group’s 100th anniversary in New York. …
  • Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

    06/19/2013 11:31:19 AM PDT · by what's up · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mark Landler
    “You don’t need to be buddies with someone to establish an effective relationship,” said Mr. Burns, who now teaches at Harvard. “Not everyone can be Roosevelt and Churchill forming a personal bond to end the Second World War.” Even with friends, however, there is tension. President François Hollande of France was initially thrilled with Mr. Obama because he saw him as an ally against Ms. Merkel on economic issues.
  • Obama to Promote Nuclear-Free World in Berlin Speech [Panty Waist on Parade!]

    06/19/2013 1:38:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    ... Obama is set to lay out his vision for advancing toward a world free of nuclear weapons during a speech Wednesday at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. A senior administration official says Mr. Obama will propose the United States and Russia cut their number of strategic nuclear warheads by up to one third below the level agreed to in a 2009 treaty. That pact, called the New START agreement, calls for the two countries to reduce their arsenal to 1,550 deployed strategic warheads by 2018.
  • Obama: ‘North Korea hasfailed again’

    05/08/2013 1:21:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/7/13
    “If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again,” Obama said during a joint press conference with the two leaders. “The United States and the Republic of Korea are as united as ever … North Korea is more isolated than ever.” Obama said North Korea’s manufactured crises will no long elicit concessions and committed to protecting the United States and its allies.
  • Kerry to urge China to pressure North Korea

    04/12/2013 3:45:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/11/13 | Jill Dougherty
    The Obama administration says China is increasingly frustrated by the provocative actions of North Korea and Secretary of State John Kerry will try to convince leaders in Beijing that Pyongyang is, as one senior administration official said, “putting China’s own interests at risk.” Briefing reporters on Kerry’s plane as he flew from London to the first stop on his four-day Asian tour, that official and a senior State Department official said the administration is urging China to use its leverage with the North “otherwise it is very destabilizing.” Specifically, the officials said the United States wants Beijing to “stop the...
  • Iraq A Convenient Scapegoat

    03/28/2013 5:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Bring up Iraq -- and expect to end up in an argument. Conservatives are no different from liberals in rehashing the unpopular war, which has become a sort of whipping boy for all our subsequent problems. The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan recently enumerated countless pathologies that followed Iraq. Yet to examine her list is to learn just how misinformed we have become in our anguish over the intervention. Noonan writes of Republicans: "It [Iraq] ruined the party's hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity. They started a war and didn't win it." We can argue over whether the result...
  • The Gathering Red Storm

    01/30/2013 11:25:05 AM PST · by arthurus · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 30 January 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    It’s difficult to not look at world events these days and feel as though we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. Things are heating up even more and the clock is now at about 30 seconds to midnight. One wonders where all this will lead… Well, if the current course is kept, straight into hell, probably. That is by design and has been planned on for a very long time.
  • 5 Iranian Officials Released by U.S. Return to Iran

    07/12/2009 10:59:05 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Fox News ^ | 07/12/2009 | Fox News
    TEHRAN, Iran — Five Iranian officials who were held in Iraq for more than two years by U.S. forces on suspicion of aiding local Shiite militants returned to Iran Sunday, where the Iranian foreign minister hailed their return as a victory for Iran. The five diplomats flew to Tehran from Iraq on Sunday and were met at the airport by a cheering crowd of onlookers who carried the men on their shoulders and put garlands of flowers around their necks. Iran's Foreign Minster Manouchehr Mottaki in a news conference with the men that was carried by Iran's Press-TV minutes after...
  • New institute’s kickoff event calls for change [Gathering of LOSERS praise each other]

    09/25/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Daily Trojan ^ | 9/24/12
    In a departure from typical political discussions along party lines, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium kicked off the center’s first semester with a bipartisan look forward into political change... Veteran political journalist Cokie Roberts delved into the politics of partisan government while moderating a panel of political experts including Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida; Tom Daschle, former senator and senate majority leader; Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania; Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico; and McCain.
  • Iran Puts a Weak America in Its Sights, With Big Plans for the Future

    01/10/2012 9:53:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews ^ | January 10, 2012 | Michael Rubin
    Addressing pilgrims on November 5, 2011, just over two weeks after President Obama announced U.S. troops would withdrawal from Iraq, Iran's Supreme Leader cited American "failures" in Iraq and Afghanistan as proof that, "Today, the West, the United States and Zionism are weaker than ever before." Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went further, declaring the American retreat was not enough. "So long as the American empire based in the White House has not been overthrown, we have work to do," he thundered. In the weeks since, the Islamic Republic has ratcheted up both its rhetoric and its defiance. Whereas Iranian authorities...
  • An Apology From Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Government? No, a Veiled Threat

    09/12/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 25 replies
    NRO ^ | 12 September 2012 | Andrew McCarthy
    Reuters reports that Egypt’s prime minister, Hisham Kandil, has magnanimously said the U.S. government should not be blamed for the film about Mohammed that is the latest pretext for Islamic supremacist savagery. And is Egypt’s government sorry about the attack on our embassy? No. Kandil says the attack was “regrettable” — but not because rioting over a film is barbaric. Rather, it is “regrettable” because “the people who produced this low film have no relation to the (U.S.) government.” So rioting against the filmmakers is fine, and if there were any nexus to the government, rioting at our embassy would...
  • U.S. confirms attacks by Pakistani military units

    10/03/2011 5:20:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/02/11 8:05 PM | Sara A. Carter
    A Pakistani protester shout slogans at an anti-American rally to condemn the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan, in Multan, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 23, 2011. The top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused the Haqqani network Thursday of staging an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. He claimed the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, helped the group carry out the two attacks. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistani military units fired shots at American and Afghan government troops along the Afghanistan border several times over the past...
  • A Tax Is a Tax Is a Tax

    07/03/2012 1:51:16 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Tuesday July 3, 2012
    One of the few bright spots in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul was a political one: The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax. [....] Fehrnstrom explained: “The governor disagreed with the ruling of the Court. He agreed with the dissent written by Justice...
  • Flashback: Hillary Clinton Says Deficit Sends Message of Weakness

    06/09/2012 4:31:44 AM PDT · by Son House · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 8, 2010 | Andrew Quinn
    But she again stressed the corrosive effect of the mounting U.S. debt, which she said threatened the United States' ability to chart its own course in the world and sends "a message of weakness internationally." "It poses a national security threat in two ways: it undermines our capacity to act in our own interest, and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable," Clinton said in response to a question after her address to the Council on Foreign Relations think tank. The U.S. budget deficit is projected to hit $1.5 trillion this year and has become a campaign issue...
  • Obama’s Big Bet on Ground Zero Speech

    05/04/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/11/2011 | Chris Stirewalt
    It’s clear that the White House team is thinking very big when it comes to President Obama’s Thursday visit to Ground Zero, his first since taking office. Obama invited former President George W. Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to hear him speak at the former site of the World Trade Center. Bush declined, and Giuliani’s status is unclear, but those are the kinds of guests one would invite for a major political event. Bush has a strong defense for declining. He has kept a low profile since leaving office and largely limited his public events to...
  • Boehner Surrender Pool

    04/13/2011 5:17:13 PM PDT · by bray · 27 replies
    self | 4/13/11 | bray
    How many minutes before the Debt Limit Increase does Speaker Boehner sell out the Tea Party?
  • They Know Who Wears the Pants in This Country

    03/21/2011 9:03:43 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 22 replies
    The Corner National Review ^ | March 21, 2011 | Mark Kirkorian
    Look, I’m a sensitive New Age guy — I cook, I do laundry, I choke up at movies (well, Gladiator, anyway). But does anyone think our enemies abroad are as enlightened as we are about feminism?... the specific lesson they’re learning is that nukes are the best insurance against invasion — but a broader one is that our commander-in-chief is an effete vacillator who is pushed around by his female subordinates. Prof. Althouse notes, “A feminist milestone: Our male President has been pulled into war by 3 women,”... One of the reasons Khrushchev gambled on missiles in Cuba is that...
  • Towering Illusions

    03/06/2011 3:11:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Robert Morrison
    My grandson, at two, recognizes the Eiffel Tower. Our daughter called us to report his new words and to say: "We know where he got this from." I confess. I taught the lad. The Eiffel Tower has a strange appeal to me. That's not surprising. When it was erected in 1889, it was denounced by French critics as American. No worse epithet could be hurled by the French elites. I will never forget my first view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was a bitter cold night in November, just 44 days shy of the Millennium. Looking out...
  • Obama Has Lost The World

    12/26/2010 10:44:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies · 18+ views
    Eurasia Review ^ | December 26, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield
    After the 2010 elections, it’s not exactly news that Obama has lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama’s cocktail party tour of the world’s capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party planning committee. Even the Bush Administration’s harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried...
  • Who needs democracy?

    12/16/2010 3:49:29 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet News ^ | December 16, 2010
    The victory of Egypt’s ruling party ... by a fantastic 95% majority, takes the Middle East years back. In the wake of the departure of the man perceived to be a menacing sheriff – President George W. Bush, who demanded democracy in our region – and in the face of a weak president like Barack Obama, leaders in our neighborhood are no longer scared of the United States or the West. The brutality is back, and along with it the arrests, abuse of the opposition, and the secret police. ... the implication is that the old regimes and their imaginary...
  • Obama: Senate must vote START before holidays

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pressed the US Senate in an interview broadcast Friday to approve a landmark nuclear arms control pact with Russia before wrapping up for the year-end holidays. And White House spokesman Robert Gibbs predicted the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) would easily win ratification, as a pair of swing-vote Republican lawmakers announced they would back the accord. "The START treaty is something that I absolutely think has to get done before Congress leaves for Christmas vacation," the president told National Public Radio in an exchange recorded Thursday. "It needs to get done." "We're going to...
  • "Obama Delivers Only Hot Air" (ASIA TIME) (Messiah's Epic Fail in Asia)

    11/15/2010 8:20:56 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Asia Times ^ | 15 November 2010 | Donald Kirk
    Obama delivers only hot air By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Theodore Roosevelt, a great American president with a clearly imperialist agenda, uttered one of the most famous lines in US history in 1901 when he advised a crowd, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". These days, US President Barack Obama seems to have gotten that aphorism reversed. He speaks a lot but doesn't seem to be carrying a big stick. That was the impression he gave after winding up his 11-day Asian odyssey in Japan at a tepid weekend gathering of Pacific rim leaders banded together in the Asia...
  • Hatching a ‘Reasonable Compromise’

    11/08/2010 4:56:48 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/8/2010 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will likely become the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee early next year. From that perch, he’ll oversee the GOP’s tax-writing policy in the upper chamber. Before then, however, Hatch is keeping busy: In coming weeks, he will be one of the leading figures in the battle over extending Bush-era tax rates, which are set to expire at the end of the year. As he looks ahead, Hatch predicts that there could be a “reasonable compromise” with Democrats and the White House. He urges the president to “come in good faith” to the negotiating...
  • NYT: Will the U.S. Lose Europe to Russia?

    10/25/2010 5:33:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 25, 2010 | JOHN VINOCUR
    PARIS — The United States used to call wayward members of NATO back to the reservation with a whistle or a shout. It decided what was deviation from doctrine, and that decision was pretty much law. When the Obama administration stamped its foot this time, no one snapped to attention. Rather, Germany and France, meeting with Russia in Deauville, northern France, last week, signaled that they planned to make such three-cornered get-togethers on international foreign policy and security matters routine, and even extend them to inviting other “partners” — pointing, according to diplomats from two countries, to Turkey becoming a...
  • 24 hours in Afghanistan: 8 U.S. Troops Killed

    07/14/2010 9:11:29 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 14, 2010
    24 hours in Afghanistan: 8 U.S. Troops Killed Taliban militants ratcheting up suicide attacks and bombingsVideo KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Eight American troops were killed in a series of attacks in southern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday as Taliban militants pushed back against an effort to secure the volatile region. A suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the gate of the headquarters of the elite Afghan National Civil Order Police late Tuesday in Kandahar, a NATO statement said. Minutes later, insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Three U.S. troops, an Afghan policeman and five civilians died in the...
  • Chinese submarines, destroyers spotted in high seas near Okinawa

    04/14/2010 4:52:44 PM PDT · by Shaun_MD · 33 replies · 908+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 4-13-10 | Japan Today
    TOKYO — Two Chinese submarines and eight destroyers were spotted by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force on Saturday in the high seas between the main island of Okinawa and Miyako Island in the southernmost prefecture, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Tuesday. The defense chief said the Chinese submarines and destroyers were navigating southeastward, adding that Tokyo has never before confirmed such a large number of Chinese vessels near Japan. The Joint Staff Office of the Self-Defense Forces later said that Chinese submarines were seen on the sea surface near Japan for the first time and that Beijing had not notified...
  • Obama to Limit Potential Uses of Nuclear Weapons

    04/06/2010 8:40:33 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 48 replies · 856+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | 4/6/2010 | AP / Fox News
    The Obama administration is locking up the country's nuclear weapons for all but the most "extreme circumstances," pledging in a new policy not to develop new nuclear weapons and to limit the use of the ones in storage -- even for self defense. The new strategy stops short of declaring the United States will never be the first to launch a nuclear attack. But officials said the goal is to move toward a policy where the "sole purpose" of nuclear weapons is to deter or respond to a nuclear attack. And Obama, in an interview with The New York Times,...
  • American Nationals Face Worldwide Threat From Terrorists: US (Thanks Obama!)

    02/13/2010 2:40:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Times of India, New Delhi, INDIA ^ | 13 February 2010 | AmericanInTokyo
    American nationals face worldwide threat from terrorists: US PTI, 13 February 2010, 01:09pm ISTText Size:|Topics:US Americans WASHINGTON: US on Saturday issued a worldwide travel alert to its citizens, warning them against threats from terrorists mainly al-Qaeda who may carry out attacks by employing suicide operations, kidnappings and bombings. Cautioning them to be alert, the state department said there had been several incidents in this regard in the recent past. It also said that demonstrations and riotings can occur with little or no warning. "US citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to...
  • Why The Hell Would Obama Bow To Tampa Mayor? (Obama Has No Dignity, Bows To Anyone)

    01/31/2010 7:42:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 81 replies · 2,822+ views
    Weasel Zippers via AP Photo ^ | January 31, 2010 | Weasel Zippers
    Why The Hell Would Obama Bow To Tampa Mayor? Hey, what's that on the ground? Oh, it's just my dignity U.S. President Barack Obama bows to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at MacDill Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo)