Israelis Call Kerry’s Ceasefire a Betrayal

By on 7.29.14 | 5:28PM

John Kerry's most recent trip to the Middle East earned him such discouraging reviews in the local papers, not to mention receptions from Israeli politicians, that American officials have made their diplomatic displeasure known—diplomatically, of course.

Kerry spent last weekend in Cairo negotiating the latest ceasefire in missile exchanges between Hamas and Israel, but the Knesset rejected the plan outright as giving too much to Hamas and too little to them. They leaked their non-support through the media to avoid a diplomatic stand-off, and the media took off. The Times of Israel referred to the whole episode as "the betrayal," and that's only in the headline:

Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with — in short, a blithering fool.

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Trying to Outline the Obama Doctrine

By on 5.28.14 | 3:16PM

President Barack Obama outlined a four-point foreign policy plan emphasizing diplomatic leadership over military operations at a West Point Military Academy commencement address today.

The plan focused on moving away from American-led military actions and toward more efforts to support native forces fighting newer, more localized terrorism.

"You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent to combat in Iraq or Afghanistan," he told the 2014 cadets in Annapolis, Maryland.

Obama outlined his vision for American foreign policy after the planned pull-out from Afghanistan at the end of this year. The United States will 1) use military force unilaterally only against direct threats to American lives and livelihoods, 2) continue to fight terrorism as the biggest threat to America without direct invasion, 3) work to strengthen and enforce international order through institutions and alliances, and 4) support human dignity, especially by encouraging democratic and capitalist nations.

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The Current Crisis

Ukraine and the Return of the KGB

By 3.6.14

 WASHINGTON—Regarding our community activist’s present imbroglio with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, I stand with Donald Trump who said recently: “The thing I have the most concern about is that he’s being so lambasted for not being respected, and for being a joke, that he’ll do something really stupid to show that he’s a man.” We are now about where we were with Jimmy Carter after he lectured his fellow citizens about their so-called “inordinate fear of Communism” even as the Soviet Union was spreading its tentacles over the Third World. His sudden turn-around—caused by Soviet aggression in Afghanistan—from a position of sweet reason to the pose of a hawk alarmed me and doubtless alarmed the Russians. Jimmy began the military build-up that a more gifted statesman, President Ronald Reagan, consummated in pursuit of a peaceful ending of the Cold War. Yet while Jimmy resided in the White House, I was uneasy with the sudden anti-Communism of this moralistic twerp. Most probably Donald was too. Now we have to worry about the intolerable greenhorn Barack Obama. What will he do next?

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Obama Wins Victory Against Homeschoolers

By on 3.4.14 | 11:25AM

The Obama administration has won a victory against religious liberty. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of the Romeikes family and they are now in danger of deportation. I’ve written on this story before in an attempt to bring attention to the shocking callousness towards freedom of religion by the president.

The Romeikes came to the U.S. in 2008 in order to homeschool their children according to their Christian worldview. Germany has banned all family homeschooling, the reason being—and I’m not kidding—to inculcate German values in all schoolchildren. The U.S. had initially seemed to be a godsend until Eric Holder decided to fight the Romeikes' citizenship process.

The Obama administration has argued in favor of the German state and stated that:

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

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The End of Work

By on 2.5.14 | 11:23AM

What ever happened to the dignity of work? The decline of "blue-collar" jobs in this country isn’t solely due to technological innovation, but an almost cult-like dedication to deriding physical labor as normatively bad.

The latest example comes from none other than our president. Barack Obama has spent the past few days touting the importance of technology, math, and science in our educational system. The president pledged roughly $3 billion from the Federal Communications Commission and private investors to get broadband access to the Internet and technology like iPads into classrooms. His rationale is simple:

“My country invested in me … and now I want America to invest in you,” Obama said. “Because in the faces of these students, these are future doctors and lawyers and engineers, scientists, business leaders. We don’t know what kinds of products, services, good work any of these students may do. But I’m betting on them. And all of us have to bet on them.” 

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The Obama Watch

The King Is Naked

By 1.28.14

It is very important to silence the man who first cries out, ‘the king is naked,’ before others pick up the cry.”
— Valentin Moroz, Soviet Dissident

It’s State of the Union night.

And the state of Obama’s America is not good.

The news is out. The king is naked. The Emperor has no clothes.

Jobs: Ninety-two million Americans are out of the workforce.

Health Insurance: Five-plus million Americans who had health insurance have now lost that health insurance. As many as 25 million more could lose their insurance this year. All of it due to Obamacare.

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Another Obamacare Deadline Extended

By on 12.23.13 | 1:19PM

Before we all transition into the good cheer of Christmas, let’s take one last look back at the bleak technocratic hellscape that is the Obamacare rollout. The insurance companies already pushed the deadline for enrollees to pay their first month’s premium 10 days into the new year after it emerged that a measly 5-15 percent of those who had enrolled for new plans had actually paid. Now another delay:

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Obama Blames Republicans for ACA Failure

By on 11.20.13 | 10:42AM

Yesterday, while speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting (and skipping an event commemorating the Gettysburg address) President Obama suggested that Republicans share some of the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s troubles.

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”

The president also voiced frustration with the toxic political atmosphere endangering his signature legislative achievement. He said Washington needs to “break through the stubborn cycle of crisis politics and start working together.”

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Obamanomic Logic

By on 6.30.10 | 1:53PM

A report in today's Washington Times about Senate negotiations -- which included the White House -- over legislation that would promote "clean" energy (splattered birds, okay; leaked oil, not so much) notes that agreement is still difficult over whether to put a price on "carbon pollution" (that's exhalation to you and me).
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