The New York Times reports that the Obama administration has abandoned its limited goal of a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, leaving the Afghans to do it in the years after we leave. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rebuffed President Obama's call for free speech in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, calling in his United Nations speech for repression of any speech that offends Islam. President Obama intervened militarily in Libya after his then-defense secretary, Bob Gates, said America had no national security stake in that nation. The result, in the words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
It's not simply an abdication, it's willful dismantling. There's a big difference. He's not just withdrawing, he's tearing down our very capacity to defend ourselves, much less project our power globally to protect our interests.
Where is Congress and why are they not alarmed at Obama's methodical, unilateral disarming of our country's military infrastructure?
#1 is absolutely right, his father's "dreams" have translated into action as Obama morphs America into something unrecognizable from our founding. He's trashed our economy, disregarded our Constitution, hamstrung small businesses with crippling regulations, thwarted any move to energy independence, and cut our military defenses, dissed our friends and emboldened our enemies.
How nearly half of American voters refuse to see this is beyond me. The United States has been a beacon and a refuge to the world and is being gutted by the Usurper in the WH. I just hope and pray we can recover from this internal attack.
Eviscerate the malignant tumor occupying the White House!
If I may add, without "Paux Americana", the world is dangerous. Not from those that contend power to power against us, but by those that see "collateral" damage as a means of defeating us.
Terrorism warriors have been emboldened; they burn their environment to keep any peace distant and their rule absolute.
And this administration seeks no compromise to aid the foreign powers confronting them, Mexico against the drug cartels for instance, or engage these pirates and barbarians on a level to destroy them, Somalian pirates, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, etc.; only drone missile attacks on the leadership as a non-committal exercise of power through technology and not confronting the causes of this hate.
This pResident dishonors "Paux Americana" by withdrawal and thus devaluing the very security he was entrusted to maintain.
This is America. In a few short centuries we have dragged ourselves up from a nation of hunters and dirt farmers and created the greatest country in the world. No skinny, delusional kenyan illegal immigrant can bring this down. It will take work and sacrifice to regain our place in the world but then most of us know all about that. The entitled class may die out but that would be a good thing.
I agree that Obama made himself known to all when he sided with Castro, Chavez and the Honduran wanna-be dictator ... the man who attempted to destroy that nation's constitution. .... The Honduran Congress tossed Zelaya out, but OUR appeasing Congress has acted as if they are all deaf, dumb and blind to the anti-America president in our Oval Office.
There is nothing that congress can do when this moron in the wh just makes laws by fiat. We also do not control the Senate and it is not going to do a thing - thanks to harry reid. Impeachment is the thing that should be done to said moron, but not in time to remedy a lot of his actions. People that think obamacare is just another freebie are going to be shocked at the cost.
To those who say, and my own congressman is one, that there is nothing we can do as he makes law I say for what do we have a Constitution and rule of law. If it was this easy to trash our amazing nation it would have been done at the beginning. However, at that time we had men and women who were willing to give their sacred honor, fortunes, and lives. Now we have a Congress who is afraid of a communistic press and of losing the nests they have so well feathered. I say a pox on all their houses. We the People are rising up and "they" will be required to take a stand...are you with us or agin us!
I'm old enough to remember the turmoil during carter's rein. The world laughed at US. Our ally the Shah of Iran was left to shift for himself. carter wouldn't help him with asylum here in the good ole U. S. of A. He threw him to the wolves. carter gave away the Panama Canal -- which is now controlled by China. He watched our hostages suffer at the hands of the ayotolah (sp?) -- who cares.
AND -- then during clinton's rein the world laughed at the hound/dog chasing women and sending men to war with the "bj" under his desk in the Oval Office.
WE thought America was done for -- BUT -- WE came back under President George W. Bush's administration...
So -- take heart my friends. WE shall overcome these anti/american americans.....
This is traced back to the Russians, Chinese and Iranians. Look closely at who is directly around capt zippy, controlling him, and who they connect to. And follow the money. Uncertain? Think back on what the Verona files revealed about Teddy Kennedy and his offer during the Reagan era - and there was a lot more of that than just Kennedy and he did it more than the one time...
Reply 17 - Posted by:
Mother of AL, 10/7/2012 8:36:22 AM (No. 8915512)
I am so angry. He said he would *fundamentally transform America.* Well----HELLO, HE HAS FREAKIN DONE IT. And everyone but those here on L.com are stunned. Or, as in the main stream press----they are loving it
There is a method to Leftist madness. They think that by humbling America they will win friends and influence people to love America. The remarkable split in Leftist ideology is between malignant hate and loathing of domestic political opponents, and a pathetic cri du coeur to the love and affection of foreign peoples, including dedicated enemies of America. Leftists worry constantly about what "the rest of the world" thinks and feels about America. People like Obama and Hillary, having come to maturity in a climate of subtle and overt anti-Americanism, principally in academia, actually think that their mission is to make "the rest of the world" like us, and that the way to do that is to diminish and flagellate ourselves. They are political co-dependents and flagellants forever seeking their salvation in the good opinions of "the rest of the world."
In short, they want America to be loved and not feared. The consequences of their policy were perfectly predictable: America is neither feared nor loved, but hated and despised.
They -the Leftists- cannot even get along and work with their domestic political opponents. Why they should imagine they are going to become best friends with foreigners and those whose interests are not those of America is something of a puzzle. It is perhaps mainly the result of arrested development, emotional immaturity and lack of real world experience. Marijuana might play a role in some cases. Leftist fantasy ideology is a product of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll and If It Feels Good, Do it! There is a strong element of hedonism at work in Leftist thinking. Many Leftists believe and say things, take positions and proclaim verities, attack and denounce opponents etc. because it makes them feel good to do so.
This "transformation" is exactly what the boy king had in mind. What you see in Obama's attitude/demeanor right now is frustration. He definitely has a goal and he wants to reach it. I doubt he will go quietly into the good night. We need to man up and shuffle him off to the trash bin of history. Our way of life must be continued or the world will fall into chaos.
Agree with#13. Boehner agreed to 50% in cuts to our defense if they couldn't negotiate a debt deal. From that point on, the Dems in Congress had no intention of negotiating anything. They are salivating at the prospect of destroying our military.
Since NOAA ordered millions of hollow-point bullets, like Homeland Security and Social Security, (for target practice dontcha know) ... the website of NOAA has drastically changed. No longer showing any current hurricane threat, but propaganda site for global warming, 'green' commentary, and 'citizen education'. Boat US also changed, but is still recognizable as a place to check hurricane activity. Ozero and his czars intend to control our every thought. If you want to understand a future under that administration read Ayn Rand's little book "Anthem."
His supporters care only about their welfare checks; they have no idea where Libya is. In a country where an idiot like Snoop Dogg can get headlines, 'foreign policy' is as remote a concept as Uranus. Make that Saturn.
There is certainly something we can do -- but only if we get the Democrats out of the Senate. Draw up a bill of particulars, impeach, and demand immediate resignation, and when it doesn't happen, issue a warrant for contempt of congress, and arrest.
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bi-partisan core of American foreign policy was anti-Soviet expansion, i.e. containment. When the Wall came down and the Russian flag raised over the Kremlin, the US lost that core. The US has never sorted out any foreign policy in the meantime...not Clinton, Bush43, nor Obama. To top it off, for more than a decade we have consumed ourselves in the Middle East for no more than some odd notion that it makes us safer at home. Our NATO allies have atrophied in our shadow, allowing the American behemoth to assume the very expensive role of World Defender in both political and cash terms. Guess what? We can't afford the role anymore...nor do we have any purpose with the "new world order" to serve as its unifying core justifying the massive expense. We're afraid to break things and kill people over principle. Not everyone wants to be #1 anymore. Frankly, there is NOTHING today that unites Americans as Americans...or, if you think there is, name it.
One of the great failures under Baraka Hussein Obama was the complete withdrawal from Iraq. The idea always was to leave a small force there to be able to call on American air power when the region needed. UE complete withdrawal left an Iraq with no air defenses. Iran can supply Syria with no opposition and can use Iraq to circumvent sanctions. Thanks to Hussein Obama the lives of thousands of soldiers were wasted.
He is doing the same thing in Afghanistan. We are no longer training the locals. No more joint patrols, just American patrols with ridiculous rules of engagement. When Obama retreats by the 2014 deadline we will leave untrained Afghans with no support. It will be another Iraq.
Egypt is much worse. Hussein helped the Muslim Brotherhood directly with his Cairo speech to his Muslim brothers. Hillary Clinton's closest advisor is Huma Abedin. Huma is the daughter of a Muslim Sisterhood board member, while the top person is Mohammed Morsi's wife, First Lady of Egypt. They will impose Sharia on 9,000,000 Coptic Christians.
In Libya Obama killed Ghaddafi. Benghazi, which was the capital of the old kingdom of Cyrenaica, was known to be a nest of al-quaedas.
How the entire Middle East and the North of Africa proudly proclaims: Obama, we are all Osama.
At least half the country is running around afraid of a word - racist. What happened to stick and stones may break my bones...etc? On top of this it's becoming against the law if someone is "offended" and we now have professional offense takers.
It's absolutely nuts! How are such ninnys supposed to defend this country? Our founders had guts - who today is anywhere close? I choose Sarah Palin but what they did to her.
Jed, you are very smart guy, why are you asking this question? We all know it is done by design. The only question is who organized this coup? It is not this lazy person, who is "eye candy", poor golfer and just the front showcase. His interest is having bunch of bling on his chest (figuratively speaking) and plenty of time for opulent leisure. But there are strong dark forces behind all that. Don't you agree?
AS YOU read this, the United States Patent Office has issued patents for over 4 million inventions. That figure is an astonishing testimony to American ingenuity, yet in all likelihood, very few of those patented inventions will make a major impact on our day-to-day life in the way that the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, and the Internet have done. And few if any of the inventors will achieve the fame of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford. That’s a shame, because over the years inventors have come up with products that make our lives easier,
Before 13 women stepped forward to accuse San Diego Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, Filner was not the political pariah he is now. Prior to his election as mayor — and the recent, numerous sexual harassment accusations — former President Bill Clinton endorsed Filner, asking voters to join him “in supporting Bob Filner for mayor” in 2012. According to a report from KPBS from Oct. 31, 2012, at a news conference announcing the endorsement, Filner said that he frequently spoke with the former president.
We’ve all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball — in hopes the danger will have passed when he unrolls. That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the scandals that are overwhelming the Obama administration. On August 4, U.S. embassies across the Middle East simply closed on the basis of intelligence reports of planned al-Qaeda violence. The shutdown of 21 diplomatic facilities was the most extensive in recent American history.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is facing criticism from the pro-Israel community following an article in Wednesday’s paper that incorrectly asserts Israeli settlers assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. While discussing renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Friedman wrote, “One should never forget just how crazy some of Israel’s Jewish settlers are. They assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin when he tried to cede part of the West Bank for peace.” However, Israeli settlers were not responsible for Rabin’s assassination. The New York Times made the same error in a 2005 article and was forced to run a correction. Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir was living
As the end of September looms and the end of the current fiscal year, the media is filled with dire stories of the pending default of the United States. This fear is bogus. The annual debt interest payments are roughly $359+ billion. The government is collecting annual revenue somewhat north of $2.5 trillion. There is thus plenty of cash to pay our debt interest payments to bond holders. It is therefore misleading at best to say the US government is in danger of defaulting without a spending agreement for FY2014. Can you on the other hand say that
The problems keep stacking up for the partial implementation of Obamacare on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that the Department of Health and Human Services has cut back on the number of training hours required for the Obamacare "navigators," federal workers who under the health care law are tasked with helping consumers purchase insurance through the state exchanges. Here´s the Journal: Grants to hire and train the workers aren´t expected to be released for another two weeks for the 34 states where the federal government is running all or part of the marketplaces,
I’ve written more than once that I don’t care about inequality. I care a lot about the absolute condition of the poor...but I don´t care whether Bill Gates is living in a house that cost 19 squintillion dollars. I care whether everyone else in the country has a warm, dry abode with indoor plumbing and all the other mod cons. That view changed while I was researching an article on late marriage. Marriage has basically followed the same path as income over the last 50 years. The college-educated have it better than ever --
Vladimir Putin must be crying in his vodka now that President Obama has canceled a one-on-one meeting that had been scheduled during next month’s G-20 gathering in Russia. Not. Granting political asylum to the fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was just the latest in a series of Russian provocations. On issues from Iran and Syria to North Korea and trade, the much-vaunted reset button is stuck. But if the president seriously believes that canceling a meeting will cause Putin to abruptly change course, he’s dreaming. Because Obama has shown no sign that he’s prepared to impose any serious consequences for opposing the US.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
The terror threat emanating from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen has focused attention on the group’s cunning leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi. And for good reason. Wuhayshi, who was personally groomed by Osama bin Laden, is said to be a highly effective organizer and charismatic leader in the mold of his now-deceased mentor. Recently, Wuhayshi was elevated to the No. 2 position in al Qaeda’s core organization, even while running AQAP. But despite Wuhayshi’s growing stature among terror masterminds, no AQAP operative worries the United States more than Ibrahim al-Asiri, the group’s diabolically clever bombmaker,
No more Dem cocktail parties for her… The president is great when it comes to platitudes. At Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Obama laid out the “cornerstones” of what it means to be middle class in America: a good job, a good education, a home of one’s own, a secure retirement and affordable health care. He’s less adept at outlining the policies needed to achieve those goals. (Snip) A few examples will suffice. No. 1. Because Obama speaks with such authority, it often takes several repetitions before I realize that what he’s saying is total nonsense.
Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wife’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s work on behalf of military families, only he couldn’t remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose:(Snip for video)And, on Jay Leno’s show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nation’s ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida —
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.