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President Obama Continues To Get A Free Pass For His War Policies From Most (But Not all) On The Left

2011 March 23

President Barack Obama has launched a third war in a Muslim country, expanded the war in Afghanistan and is continuing many of the national security policies of former President George W. Bush, including keeping Guantanamo open, indefinite detentions of enemy combatants, rendition and military trials. Civilians continue to be killed by U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And, in just the last few days, photos have begun to be released of atrocious crimes against Afghan civilians, allegedly committed last year by American soldiers.

Nevertheless, most of the Obama administration’s Left-wing supporters are still in the fold, remaining silent when the same sort of conduct during the Bush years brought an unrelenting stream of vitriolic condemnations against George W. Bush.

True, Obama  is beginning to face a few challenges from the hard Left. However,  his progressive base is mostly sticking with him for now. read more…

The Myth Of International Consensus on Libya

2011 March 22

Talking heads such as Andrea Mitchell of NBC News have praised President Obama for his “remarkable” achievement in obtaining international consensus to go to war against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The New York Times editors today called the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 authorizing member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya “an extraordinary moment in recent history.” read more…

It’s Time To Call Obama’s Bluff On Cutting the Deficit – Start With NPR Now!

2011 March 16

It is time to get serious about actually cutting the deficit and stop talking about it. The three week continuing resolution (CR) just passed by the House with very modest cuts in order to keep the government running while negotiations with the White House and Senate Democrats proceed should be the last olive branch. And the cuts should also include some lefty sacred cows such as elimination of funding for public broadcasting.

Moreover, it should come with a warning – no more CRs, and no authorization for raising the debt ceiling unless at least $60 billion are cut in total in the current year’s budget and there is an ironclad commitment to cut at least $100 billion in the next year’s budget (which is still less than 10 percent of the current deficit). read more…

The New York Times’ Crocodile Tears For Private Manning

2011 March 15

 

The New York Times ran an editorial today entitled “the Abuse of Private Manning.”  Their crocodile tears for this alleged traitor are sickening. read more…

Stop the Qaddafi Tsunami Before It Is Too Late

2011 March 14

The horrific natural disaster in Japan and its aftermath have appropriately dominated the news since the earthquake and tsunami first struck last week. The death toll – in excess of 10,000 so far – is truly staggering. And the leakages from Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors threaten the lives and health of many more people.

But the press must not submerge the man-made horrors that continue to engulf the world today, particularly in Libya where military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi are rolling over the rebels in his own version of a tsunami of mass murder.

Where is the Obama administration as Qaddafi’s killing field expands? No human efforts could have prevented the tsunami in Japan, but the same cannot be said of the tsunami overtaking Libya.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have said that they must wait for a consensus of the international community in support of military intervention before the United States will use any force to stop Qaddafi’s advance. But if that is so, why isn’t the United States taking the lead at the United Nations Security Council to help make that happen? Why hasn’t the United States even taken the steps that France has to officially recognize the Libyan rebel leadership, the National Libyan Council (NLC), as the country’s legitimate government.

When Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize, he delivered a speech outlining his notion of a just war, which was consistent with the United Nations’ declaration of the “Responsibility to Protect” civilian populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, by collective force if necessary. Obama acknowledged that the use of force can be justified for certain purposes other than self-defense, namely on humanitarian grounds, to prevent the slaughter of civilians and to halt mass violence:

I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds, as it was in the Balkans, or in other places that have been scarred by war. Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later… When there is genocide in Darfur, systematic rape in Congo, repression in Burma — there must be consequences. Yes, there will be engagement; yes, there will be diplomacy — but there must be consequences when those things fail.

Those things have failed in Libya. It is time for “consequences” in response to the pleas from the besieged rebels, and applied in concert with regional groups such as the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Gulf Cooperation Council, whom have called on the UN Security Council to authorize a no-fly zone to protect civilians from relentless air strikes. The resolution should be worded broadly enough to allow other forms of military action, such as the use of unmanned drone attacks, against Qaddafi’s tanks, planes on the ground, runways and munitions facilities.

If the United States takes the lead in sponsoring such a resolution that Muslim nations are requesting, Qaddafi’s attempt to score propaganda points by alleging a Western invasion of a Muslim country for oil will have no credibility.

We should not be afraid to act because of the possibility of a veto by China or Russia. If they want to be seen as the defenders of Qaddafi’s brutality against the citizens of his own country including women and children, so be it.

There is no time to waste. Military experts estimate that, unless something is done immediately to stop Qaddafi’s momentum, his forces will be in position to retake the rebels’ capital of Benghazi within a week. Massacres will surely follow.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama during the presidential campaign and professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, wrote in today’s New York Times that the noose is

tightening around the Libyan rebels, as Colonel Qaddafi makes the most of the world’s dithering…It is time to act.

In Japan, all we can do is pray and provide whatever humanitarian and technical assistance we can to alleviate the suffering and prevent further damage. The forces of nature were too powerful to be prevented. In Libya, we can do more to stop the tide of evil in its tracks.

Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam

Frank Rich Abandons the New York Times: Good Riddance!

2011 March 4

Left-wing op-ed columnist Frank Rich is leaving the New York Times. Good riddance.

I can’t wait to see who will be taking his place, but in the meantime it is worth looking back at some of the richly absurd columns that Rich has written over the years. read more…

The Supreme Court Gets It Right On First Amendment Protection For Hurtful Speech

2011 March 3

The U.S. Supreme Court, by an 8-1 vote, upheld the First Amendment rights of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas to engage in a hateful protest at military funerals carrying signs with disgusting messages such as “America is Doomed,” “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” and “God Hates Fags.” read more…

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Phony New York Times/CBS News Poll On Public Union Collective Bargaining Rights

2011 March 1

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits.

These findings, which the Times reports on p.1 in its March 1st edition,  are consistent with some other recent polls, but are misleading because of the way in which the questions were framed. read more…

Sheikh Al-Qaradawi: The New York Times’ Fictional Portrayal Of A ‘Reformer’ Versus The Reality Of An Evil Man

2011 February 25

The Muslim Brotherhood‘s spiritual leader Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi returned from exile to deliver a rousing speech on February 18, 2011 to more than one million Egyptians. Some in the Western media have supported al-Qaradawi ‘s influence as a positive development, portraying him as a moderate Muslim thinker who seeks to reconcile Islam with modern day democracy.

They are the useful idiots for radical Islam, who are willing to vouch for a man whom, among other things, thinks that the Nazi holocaust was “divine punishment” for the Jews and wishes:

Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers. read more…

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Whom Do You Want To Represent You In Elective Office – A Guardian Of The Public Interest Or A Fleeing Tool Of Public-Sector Unions?

2011 February 23

A milk container should be produced with the faces of all Democratic legislators, from Wisconsin, Indiana and any other state, whom have run away from their states rather than carry out the duties for which they were elected. They are subverting our system of representative government.

Looking past the specific issues being debated over union collective bargaining rights to the bigger picture, we now know who believes in serving the people in accordance with American democratic processes and who is beholden to their public service union bosses. read more…

Unholy Alliance: George Soros Trusts The Muslim Brotherhood But Hates Fox News

2011 February 22

George Soros isn’t worried about the Muslim Brotherhood.  In fact, in a Washington Post op-ed article earlier this month, he wrote that there was a good sign the Muslim Brotherhood

intends to play a constructive role in a democratic political system

Israel, not the Muslim Brotherhood, is “the main stumbling block,” he said. Along with Fox News, of course.

I’m guessing, therefore, that Soros was cheered by the speech delivered last Friday in Cairo by the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual inspiration, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whom had returned to Egypt from exile for the occasion. Al-Qaradawi thrilled a million adoring people with his call for an open, democratic society in Egypt – music to Soros’ ears. Also, just like George Soros, al-Qaradawi sees Israel as the main stumbling block to peace. So he asked the Egyptian army to pray for the re-conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims. read more…

7 Reasons Iran is an International Menace

2011 February 21


The Islamic Republic of Iran is run by evil megalomaniacs, starting with the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They are intent on hastening the arrival of the 12th Imam, the latest in the succession of imams believed  by some Islamic Shiite fundamentalists to be the direct descendants of Prophet Muhammad and the carriers of his message on earth.

The 12th Imam, named  Muhammad al-Mahdi, is said to have been born in present-day Iraq in 869 AD and is still alive, waiting to come out of hiding at the appropriate time.  Hence, his alternative name: the Hidden Iman. read more…

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