The opposition to American military intervention in Syria is creating some strange bedfellows. To put it bluntly the Tea Party and Occupy movements don’t have much, if anything in common, and yet both groups are working together to oppose military action in Syria.
Over the Labor day weekend members of the Rockford Tea Party and Occupy Rockford gathered together to protest military action in Syria by lighting up the night sky with an anti-war message along Interstate 90 in Rockford.
The bi-partisan gathering included folks from the Progressive Democrats of America, Occupy Rockford, and members of the Rockford Tea Party. They all have the message for lawmakers in the Capitol: stay out of Syria. Organizers say they put this event together over the last couple of days using social media. They call themselves the Northern Illinois Light Brigade, and if you drove down I-90 near Rock Cut State Park on Sunday, you probably saw their signs spelling out “No More War” in bright lights. The group wanted to catch the attention of Labor Day travelers to try and get more people involved in the debate over what to do in Syria.
“In this time, when we have the chance to speak up, I’d like us to stay out of this hopeless war in the Middle East any more than we already have been,” says Bob Mlsna of the Rockford Tea Party.
“There are no good guys in this conflict and we need to sit this one out. We don’t have a horse in race,” says Del Wasso of the Progressive Democrats of America. “Democracy doesn’t end on Election Day. It’s a 365 day job and we have an obligation to speak out when we need to speak out.”
“We’ve had enough. We have issues here at home,” says Del Wasso, Syrian protest co-organizer.
“No war’ is being proclaimed by members from groups like Rockford Son’s of Liberty, The Northern Illinois Light Brigade, The Rockford Tea Party and Occupy Rockford. The protestors say they have already written letters to Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk along with Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Cheri Bustos asking them to vote against any military action in Syria. The group used the bridge at Rock Cut State Park over I-90 to send their message to passing motorists.
“So that the local community as well as our elected officials know that we as their constituents support another foreign adventure,” says Wasso.
“Our tax dollars are being used to fund these wars and it could definitely be used otherwise in the stateline area. We don’t want our friends, neighbors and family to go to war, stay in war when we can actually use that money that would be going towards war to better our area,” says John Galbo, Syrian Protest Co-Organizer,
Al Jazeera’s blog posted a story Monday featuring tweets from the Director of Research at the Brookings Center in Doha, Qatar, who reported that an Egyptian newspaper’s front page story claimed President Barack Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Newspaper also claims that son of MB leader threatened Obama w- release of ‘papers’ revealing his MB membership,” writes Shadi Hamid of Brookings.
One could hardly come up with a more explosive allegation about a U.S. president than secret membership in an Islamist group. And if that weren’t enough, the newspaper also claims that President Obama’s half-brother Malik is allegedly an Al Qaeda activist.
Jonathan Spyer, senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center and an Arabic speaker, tells TheBlaze that the newspaper — Al-Wafd — specifically accuses Obama of being a member of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The article goes on to say that Obama originally embraced the thought of the Brotherhood while living in Indonesia, per Spyer, and further alleges that the son of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater had threatened to expose a document revealing the secret membership.
But Syper says such allegations are the result of an angry Egyptian populace expressing frustration.
According to him, the publication of this kind of conspiracy is rooted in the ongoing dissatisfaction on the Egyptian street with the Obama administration’s policy which some have viewed as pro-Muslim Brotherhood.
Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)
The American people are not supportive of US military action in Syria. Polling data has half of the country opposed to any intervention in Syria. And why wouldn’t they we have no national security interest in the more than two year old Syrian civil war. The Syrian rebels are infested with fighters from Al Qaeda. Reports show that some of the Syrian rebel fighters have been trained by the same terrorist that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
I know that the Assad regimes use of chemical weapons is a bad and terrible thing but we have to take the whole Syrian conflict into account when we are formulating what this nation will do in response. Sadly, taking in the Al Qaeda factor and more it is impossible not to conclude that there is no reason for the US to take any military action in Syria.
However, that isn’t stopping Speaker of the House John Boehner and House majority leader Eric Cantor from joining in the chorus calling for military action in Syria.
“I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.”
“Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor.
“Bashar Assad’s Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism, is the epitome of a rogue state, and it has long posed a direct threat to American interests and to our partners. The ongoing civil war in Syria has enlarged this threat.
“The Syrian conflict is not merely a civil war; it is a sectarian proxy war that is exacerbating tensions throughout the Muslim world. It is clear Iran is a principal combatant in this conflict, and its direct involvement is an integral part of Iran’s bid to establish regional hegemony. Were Assad and his Iranian patrons to come out on top it would be a strategic victory for Iran, embolden Hizballah, and convince our allies that we cannot be trusted.
“Furthermore, sectarian tensions and extremist terrorism are already spilling over beyond Syria’s borders, with terrorist attacks and assassinations on the rise in neighboring countries. It is not just an abstract theory that the Syrian conflict threatens the stability of key American partners in the region. It is a reality.
“Beyond the obvious regional interests, a failure to adequately respond to the use of chemical weapons and compel the end of this conflict on terms beneficial to America and our partners only increases the likelihood of future WMD use by the regime, transfer to Hizballah, or acquisition by Al Qaeda. No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway.
“The United States’ broader policy goal, as articulated by the President, is that Assad should go, and President Obama’s redline is consistent with that goal and with the goal of deterring the use of weapons of mass destruction. It is the type of redline virtually any American President would draw. Now America’s credibility is on the line. A failure to act when acting is in America’s interests and when a red line has been so clearly crossed will only weaken our ability to use diplomacy, economic pressure, and other non-lethal tools to remove Assad and deter Iran and other aggressors.
“There are no easy solutions and a one-off military strike is not by itself an adequate strategy, but I am convinced that the risks of inaction outweigh the risks of a limited intervention. And a well-designed and well executed strike that both deters the use of chemical weapons and diminishes the capacity of the Assad regime can contribute to the achievement of a clear and attainable goal: the ultimate displacement of the Assad regime by moderate elements within the opposition. That is why it is imperative that the Administration continue to identify and support those moderate elements who are battling both Assad and Al Qaeda.
“Should the Commander-in-Chief decide to use military force, I hope he will do so judiciously and with close and continuing consultation with the Congress.”
Business Insider has more on Speaker Boehner(and Nancy Pelosi) joining the war chorus:
Going into the weekend it seemed as though military action against the Assad regime in Syria was all but inevitable. The inevitable has been delayed until at least September 9th when Congress returns from its annual recess.
As someone who does not want the US to get involved in the Syrian civil war, I find this development most pleasing as it give the American people a chance to tell their lawmakers to say no to any US intervention in Syria.
This delay on the part of the Obama administration, which had claimed that it could strike against Syria without congressional authorization, comes after the UK parliament voted down a similar measure there backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad’s government.
A grim-faced Cameron conceded after the vote that “the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.”
The prime minister said that while he still believed in a “tough response” to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime, he would respect the will of Parliament.
We can only hope that should Congress vote to do the same, deny US military action in Syria, that President Obama will have the good graces enough to stand by that decision and not go off doing things on his own.
Of opting to delay military action in Syria until after Congress reconvenes The Daily Beast reports:
Obama made the case for attacking Syria to punish the criminal regime there for the use of chemical weapons, and he said he’d decided he should do just that. But he also said he’d seek a vote of approval from Congress, which isn’t likely to be back in session until September 9. While Washington pundits say that’s a roll of the dice, it’s really a kicking of the can. In one of the more revealing lines he uttered in the Rose Garden today, Obama said the kind of attacks he’s got in mind could wait days, weeks, even a month and be just as effective.
The threat of military action – vague as it is, limited as it is – will focus the attention of all these critical forums. In the meantime, the UN weapons inspectors, who’ve just made their exit (one is tempted to say escape) from Syria will present the results of their investigation. Even if they don’t point the finger officially at the Assad regime, it will be understood that they’ve confirmed its guilt.
Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states that, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
As much as the interventionist in both parties want the US military to take action against the Assad regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons any military action our country might take would give aid and comfort to the Al Qaeda fighters that infest the Syrian rebel movement and would therefore be treasonous.
President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.
The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.
“We’re actively looking at the various legal angles that would inform a decision,” said an official who spoke about the presidential deliberations on the condition of anonymity. Missile-armed U.S. warships are already positioned in the Mediterranean.
For months Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called on the US government to provide weapons and training to the Syrian rebels. Congressman Peter King(R-NY) supports President Obama launching cruise missile strikes against the Assad regime as reported by National Review Online yesterday.
I cannot stress strongly enough how wrong these moves are. Any action we take against Assad, whether it is cruise missile strikes to cripple his air force, or strikes against his munition stockpiles, or attempts to destroy his Weapons of Mass Destruction, will have the effect of tipping the scales in favor of the Syrian rebels who are teaming with Al Qaeda terrorist including many from Iraq who have attacked and killed scores of American soldiers over the years.
It is not like the link between the Syrian rebels and Al Qaeda isn’t know, just take a look at these headlines.
We also know that the Al Qaeda elements in Syria have been committing atrocities of their own. They have executed children. Kidnapped and killed Christian pastors and Muslim Clerics. They have even executed truck drivers and a whole lot more.
I know that the deaths of hundreds of people at the hands of the Assad regime from the use of chemical weapons is bad, but for crying out loud we have to think about things before leaping to an emotional response to a sad but serious situation.
There is no getting around the fact that any military act that the United State might take will have the direct result of helping Al Qaeda’s cause and efforts in Syria.
Given that Al Qaeda terrorist have killed thousands of American citizens over the decades and countless more US soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan I cannot understand why the Obama administration let alone John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Pete King want to help them achieve their goals in Syria.
If we take action in Syria that results in the toppling of Assad we will be handing Al Qaeda a new home base from which they can launch their Jihad with relative impunity. Worse we may very well end up putting those chemical weapons into the hands of our sworn enemy, and make no mistake if Al Qaeda gets chemical weapons(or any other form of WMD) they will use it against us and our allies.
I don’t want the actions of this nation to result in Al Qaeda being able to release chemical gas containers on the civilian population of Israel. We really don’t want Al Qaeda terrorist having the means and ability to smuggle those chemical weapons out of Syria and into Europe or heaven forbid here at home.
I get it that Assad is a bad guy but trying to take him out or denigrate his ability to retain power is not in our nations best interest. Giving Syria to Al Qaeda isn’t in our nations best interest either.
There is no good outcome in Syria, we don’t have a side that we can support there. Which is why we should not take any military action.
I might be willing to support some military action against the Assad regime if that action was coupled by an equal or greater military effort to kill or capture scores of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria. But given what we are hearing out of Washington about intervention in Syria I have zero expectations that anything will be done to drastically reduce the numbers of Al Qaeda terrorist operating in Syria.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail in the coming days and any military action against Assad will be nixed.
However, if President Obama gives the order to the US military to attack Assad there has to be an immediate effort made to have him, and any member of Congress that supports this military intervention, charged with treason.
The French Republicans, the moderate to liberal GOP establishment, the old guard, the political class have a motto that completely encapsulates their mindset, we can’t fight now.
We have been told by those who don’t want to defund Obamacare for years now that the Republican Party, conservatives, and the Tea Party can’t fight or take a stand time after time. Whether it is cutting out some money from Obamacare’s implementation as soon as the GOP class of 2010 was seated, or the debt limit, or the Continuing Resolution last year(or the year before that), or the fiscal cliff the French Republicans continually echo the same tune; don’t fight now we will have a stronger hand next time and next time we will fight to the death to get what we want done legislatively and politically.
And true to form each time that next hill they have sworn to fight and die on comes up the French Republicans surrender in defeat and tell those conservatives and Tea Partiers who do want to fight they are wrongheaded to do so.
With Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio leading the fight along side 80 House Republicans to defund Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution the French Republicans are out in force making sure that their efforts are scuttled before the battle even truly begins.
For the third or fourth time now PJ Media’s Rick Moran has written an article lambasting the effort to defund Obamacare effectively saying that since the French Republicans, the old guard, don’t want to fight now no one should fight. Just pass a Continuing Resolution that funds all of the government and Obamacare because we have no stomach for battling President Obama and Harry Reid right now on the issue of Obamacare. That is the contention of the French Republicans and it is a contention that is going to cost the American people dearly; more unemployment, more workers forced into part-time, more Americans losing their health care, higher cost for health care, and on and on.
But, don’t worry the French Republicans who were out and about on the Sunday morning talk shows have vowed to fight to the death in a couple of months when the debt limit comes up and then they will fight tooth and nail to defund Obamacare.
Just like with budget, debt limit, continuing resolution, and fiscal battles before I can guarantee you what the French Republicans will be saying about defunding Obamacare come November when the debt limit is set to officially reached. They will say we can’t fight on that issue right now Obama and Reid hold all the power and all the cards. If we fight we will lose so lets bide our time and we really will fight to rid the nation of Obamacare next time.
This French Republicanism and surrender or defeatist mentality is doing this nation great harm and is driving the Republican base away and into the camp of those who want to start a third party(never mind that we already have a third party and a fourth; Libertarian and Green).
We don’t need any of that what we need is a Republican Party with a backbone and some guts. We need people with courage like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee willing to fight for what we believe in.
We cannot wait for the time and circumstances to be just right for the French Republicans to finally want to fight on this or any other issue. We have to take the fight to Harry Reid and President Obama.
But then again fighting just isn’t in the nature of the French Republicans is it.
The Obama administration issued a new policy Friday that says immigration agents should try not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children. The move adds to the categories of people the administration is trying not to deport.
In a nine-page memo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said agents should use “prosecutorial discretion” to try to avoid detaining parents and, if parents are detained, agents should make sure they have the ability to visit with their children or participate in family court proceedings.
The move won praise from immigrant-rights groups who said it’s a step toward a less harsh detention policy. But a top Republican blasted the memo as another effort by the Obama administration to circumvent the law.
“President Obama has once again abused his authority and unilaterally refused to enforce our current immigration laws by directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican.
Last year President Obama said that if chemical weapons were used in the Syrian civil war that it would be a “red line”. Months ago the US and the international community agreed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people. And for that President Obama did….nothing!
Today we are getting reports that hundreds have been killed in another chemical weapons attack in Syria.
reported estimates from Syrian activists that more than 200 were killed on Wednesday after rockets hit an area in the Damascus suburbs. Syrian state television has denied any use of poison gas by the Assad government. Another group claimed nearly 500 were killed. The Syrian National Coalition put the death toll at more than 600, according to AFP.
In the wake of this report the Obama administration plans to have an UN investigate and look into the incident. Translation nobody’s going to do anything.
Chairman of the Joint Chief’s General Martin Dempsey has effectively ruled out the US military doing anything whether it be cruise missile strikes or boots on the ground.
Sadly, as bad as using chemical weapons against a civilian population is, the United States military can’t do much to weaken the Assad regime because any strike meant to cripple Assad will have the long term effect of giving Syria to the Al Qaeda fighters within the Syrian rebel movement. Which is the absolute last thing that we want and which is why I think the efforts of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to arm to Syrian rebels is treason.
There is no good outcome in Syria and that is unfortunate.
This is what happens when our nations foreign policy doctrine is to lead from behind.
The burned out remains of one of Egypt’s Coptic churches
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is down right evil. The Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, aka Hamas, is a full-fledged terrorist organization.
In the last week more than 40 Coptic Christian churches have been torched. Coptic orphanages, businesses, and homes have also been attacked, destroyed, or vandalized.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is waging a systematic campaign of fear and intimidation against Egypt’s Coptic minority all because the Coptic’s joined in with tens of millions of other Egyptians to rid that nation of Islamic tyrant in the making in the form of Muslim Brotherhood member and deposed Egyptian President Morsi.
The Muslim Brotherhood cannot stand that the Egyptian people, helped out by the military overthrow the Brotherhood before they could turn that nation into an Islamic terrorist state ruled by Sharia law.
A memo posted on the Facebook page of a local office of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows a clear call to incitement against Egypt’s Coptic Christian population, giving its blessing to the burning of churches.
Over 40 Coptic churches have been burned by Muslim Brotherhood supporters since the Egyptian police cleared demonstrators protesting the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday. Brotherhood supporters also reportedly blocked the road between Cairo and Aswan in southern Egypt looking for Copts, taking seven Copts hostage Thursday. They were later released after a ransom of 150,000 Egyptian pounds, roughly $21,500, was paid.
Muslim Brotherhood rioters who torched St. George Cathdral in Sohag were heard screaming “Allahu Akbar!” as they carried out their deed.
Coptic leaders say the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent onslaught against Christians has been unprecedented.
Egypt’s interim government is planning on banning the Muslim Brotherhood once again(they were outlawed under the rule of Mubarak). Of course the Muslim Brotherhood supporting Obama administration thinks that’s a bad idea.
The bad idea here was the Obama administration throwing Mubarak under the bus in the first place and then supporting, to this day, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ever since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, CT gun control zealots have been out in force trying to curtail the second amendment rights of law abiding Americans. There have been successful and unsuccessful attempts at the state and federal level to impose more background checks, magazine bans, assault weapon bans and the like. All under the guise of keeping people safe for those evil things called firearms.
Well a study by the Center for Disease Control ordered by President Obama as part of his executive actions to curb gun violence makes those gun control zealots, especially CNN host Piers Morgan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and some of the arguments that they have made look really really stupid.
that(CDC) study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters.
For example, the majority of gun-related deaths between 2000 and 2010 were due to suicide and not criminal violence:
Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.
In addition, defensive use of guns “is a common occurrence,” according to the study:
Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
Accidental deaths due to firearms has continued to fall as well, with “the number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents account[ing] for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
Furthermore, the key finding the president was no doubt seeking — that more laws would result in less crime — was missing. The study said that “interventions,” such as background checks and restrictions on firearms and increased penalties for illegal gun use, showed “mixed” results, while “turn-in” programs “are ineffective” in reducing crime. The study noted that most criminals obtained their guns in the underground economy — from friends, family members, or gang members — well outside any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.
Also, the report noted that mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut, have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”
Attention liberals who hate firearms and the second amendment when we who believe in the second amendment and gun owners rights say more guns equal less crime listen to us because we are right and you and your anti-gun arguments are wrong.
On Saturday Rockford Tea Party coordinator David Hale caught up with state Senator Kirk Dillard who is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in Rockford.
From the video’s Youtube description Hale says that Dillard’s handlers who were with him did not want the Senator to answer his questions and tried to move him along.
Despite that Hale was able to ask a couple of questions including about Dillard’s vote to allow illegal aliens to obtain Illinois drivers licenses. Dillard says he did so at the behest of law enforcement and insurance providers and that dealing with immigration was a national issue and that he had to worry about safety on Illinois roads.
Hale also asked Dillard about a commercial that ran in 2008 in which Dillard spoke in favor of Barack Obama. Dillard said that ad was about one issue ethics and that since, “No body’s worked harder for Barack Obama’s defeat than me.”
The National Security Agency has been collecting phone and internet records of Americans as we have learned from Edward Snowden. According to President Obama and White House spokesman Jay Carney this NSA spying on Americans scandal is phony.
Well according to a report from the Washington Post the NSA has been violating the 4th amendment rights of Americans for years.
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused the U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.
In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.
The Constitution matters. Our 4th amendment rights protecting us against unreasonable searches and seizures matters. The 4th amendments implied prohibition against general warrants matters. The fact that the NSA has been spying on innocent law abiding American citizens matters.
Major changes have to be made to the way the NSA does business.
At that town hall meeting Wednesday Kinzinger said that two days after Benghazi during a closed door briefing of Congress Hillary screamed at another member of Congress for suggesting that it was a terrorist attack.
Hillary’s attitude towards that still unidentified member of Congress is very telling for in the months that have followed the deadly attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty we have learned that the entire Obama administration knew that Benghazi was a terrorist attack as it was going on.
The fact that the Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton tried to cover-up what really happened in Benghazi by trying to pass it all off as being a protest in response to a Youtube video is something that is forever going to haunt everyone involved in said cover-up and may very well dash any hopes Hillary has of becoming President in 2016.
With any luck hopefully congressman Kinzinger’s comments and my video of them will dog Clinton for the remainder of her time in the public spotlight.
Which makes for odd bedfellows since me and congressman Kinzinger don’t see eye to eye, let alone get along(I am after all going to be working overtime to help either of two possible candidates that are looking to primary him).
But, on this one issue, me and the congressman are on the same page. Hillary and the rest of the Obama administration from Susan Rice, to Leon Panetta and others have a lot to answer for; answers that we in the conservative media are going to try and get.
The families of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty deserve to know why their loved ones died? Why no help was sent to them? And why was there a cover-up and attempt to pass all the blame off on a Youtube video that had absolutely nothing to do with this terrorist attack?
So what is the prudent thing for the United States to do as Egypt burns and descends into chaos?
Yesterday, speaking from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama announced that he was cancelling a joint military exercise with the Egyptian military over the latest violence between the military backed interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
Reuters reports President Obama also said the following:
“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama said.
“Going forward, I’ve asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps we may take as necessary with respect to the U.S.-Egyptian relationship.”
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” Obama said on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation.
“We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest,” he said
Well, isn’t that nice, but it doesn’t do anything at this point to calm things down between Egyptian security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Former congressman and AM 560 WIND radio show host Joe Walsh has said on his show that the US should just get out of Egypt, no people or tourism, no money, nothing, and just let the Egyptians fight it out until someone emerges as the clear cut winner. His thinking being that there is no side in Egypt for the US to back, just as there is no side for us to back in Syria.
That is one way to look at things, and as far as I am concerned is a partially correct way of looking at things.
However, unlike in Syria where there is a terrorist supporting dictator who has used chemical weapons and is aligned with Iran battling the terrorist of Al Qaeda, we do have a dog in the hunt in Egypt. Or more to the point we have a dog that we absolutely do not want to win, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood hates the west, Jews, and Israel. Under the brief rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi a new Egyptian Constitution was hijacked to make sure it enshrined Sharia Law. Coptic Christians were prosecuted and tormented(which has only gotten worse with the Brotherhood out of power). Members of the Brotherhood and other Islamist openly gang raped and molested women in Tahrir Square. Journalist were imprisoned. And then there was President Morsi’s decree that his authority couldn’t be challenged and that he couldn’t be criticized.
With the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi in charge Egypt was well on its way to becoming an Islamic terrorist state; remember once the Brotherhood gained control the Camp David accords were in serious danger of being scuttled.
It was these and other actions of a wanna-be Islamist tyrant that prompted, for good cause, the Egyptian people, by the tens of millions, and the military to oust the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi from power.
Now we are seeing the Brotherhood and supporters of Morsi resort to violence to try to generate enough chaos to propel them back into power; power that I guarantee you that if they ever got back they will never let go of.
The prudent thing for the United States to do is to support the Egyptian people in such a way and to such a degree so that they have a government that is not run or controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
WWE star Darren Young gave a TMZ cameraman the shock of his life.
During a standard interview at Los Angeles Airport LAX, the cameraman began quizzing Young about his opinions about gay wrestlers, asking if “a gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE.”
Young caught the cameraman off guard by taking the opportunity to reveal that he is gay.
“Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”
Young currently appears on WWE programing as one half of the tag team The Prime Time Players with tag team partner Titus O’Neil and is in Los Angeles ahead of this Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event.
Young began his WWE career in the inaugural season of NXT and has had to serve a suspension from the wrestling organization following a violation of the companies substance abuse policy implemented following the murder-suicide of former champion Chris Benoit several years ago.
World Wrestling Entertainment and its performers such as John Cena have been supportive of Young since his announcement to the TMZ cameraman.
We have all seen the photo of President Obama sitting in the White House situation room supposedly watching the Navy SEAL raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
According to Reggie Love who worked for Obama and was in the situation room that day he, Obama, and the photographer were not watching the raid. They were to busy playing 15 hands of spades.
Love is quoted as saying:
“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’ So he, myself, Pete Souza the White House photographer, Marvin, we must have played 15 hands, 15 games of spades.”
We are still more than a year away from the 2014 mid-term elections but that isn’t stopping President Obama and the Democrats from trying to engineer a pathway for them to achieve electoral victory; a victory centered around, apparently, on making sure Obamacare is delayed until after the election.
When Obamacare was first passed and signed into law by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid nearly all of its major components were designed to not to go into effect until January 1st, 2014 so that all of the harm Obamacare will and is causing wouldn’t necessarily interfere with President Obama’s reelection. Now that January 1st, 2014 is approaching and Obama has been reelected he and the Democrats fear that the continued roll out of Obamacare will hamper their slim chances of taking back control of the House of Representatives in the mid-terms.
Thus we have seen Obama, by executive fiat, delay the employer mandate, exempt Congress from having to comply with the Grassley amendment by way of the Office of Personal Management which is going to give members of Congress and their staffers a 75% subsidy, and as we are learning today Obama is going to delay a cap on out-of-pocket expenses until 2015.
Since Obama and company are delaying or skirting these parts of Obamacare already something tells me that in the near future the political calculus will be made that all or most of what is left of Obamacare will also be delayed until after the mid-terms to further improve the Dem’s chances.
And why wouldn’t President Obama delay the rest of Obamacare. The Unions who were cheerleaders for Obamacares passage are now realizing they are getting hurt by the law. Workers, whom Democrats claim they are the champions of, are having their work week shrank to 30 hours a week. Insurance cost, which the law was supposed to decrease, are skyrocketing such as Landmark Legal Foundation who has seen their insurance go from around $250,000 each year climb to $460,000 a year. Doctors are leaving the profession in droves rather than put up with what Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” is doing to them and their patients. All of us are seeing our taxes increase to pay for this monstrosity. Companies have stated they won’t be hiring because of the law further hampering any hope of the millions who are unemployed from getting a job. And on and on it goes. So of course Obama has to delay his signature piece of legislation because if he doesn’t the Democratic party won’t have much of a base left to vote for them come November 2014 outside of the likes of Lena Dunham and Sandra Fluke who love Obamacare because they get free contraceptives.
I say let President Obama and the Democrats delay more and more of Obamacare because each and every time they do it further cements our point that this law is an unworkable disaster that is harmful to this country.
Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes is seeking the GOP nomination for Congress in Illinois 17th congressional district. This isn’t the first time he has ran for the office. In 2012 he initially sought the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Bobby Schilling but opted instead to wage an independent write-in campaign when he lost a legal challenge to appear on the ballot then the Democrats rallied around Cheri Bustos(who would go on to beat Schilling in the general election). Reyes was an absolute non-factor in the 2012 race.
17th district Republican primary voters should be very wary of Eric Reyes candidacy. While he is chomping at the bit to compare himself to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and often calls himself a liberty candidate, his recent past demonstrates that he is anything but.
A Quad Cities Times article from July of 2011 when he first announced his intention to get the Democratic nomination has this extremely telling line.
The 32-year-old Augustana College and Northern Illinois University Law School graduate said his background in law and experience helping in several political campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s, has given him insight into the campaigning process.
It is very hard for me to believe that someone who helped elected Barack Obama President is cut from the same cloth as a Rand Paul. Especially considering that President Obama is as anti-liberty and anti-freedom as they come(NSA spying, IRS targeting of the Tea Party, refusing to enforce existing immigration law, unconstitutional recess appointments, etc).
In an article from Progress Illinois published just before the November election Reyes is quoted as being in favor of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s DREAM Act which would grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens, supported the public financing of political campaigns, and opposed NAFTA and other free trade agreements.
Reyes opposes free trade agreements like NAFTA.
“NAFTA and CAFTA have been the largest exporter of jobs in our nation’s history,” Reyes said.
Reyes supports the American Dream Act.
“I think the only reason the Dream Act hasn’t passed is partisanship,” Reyes said. “It’s clearly a good law. I can’t find anyone morally opposed to it. It just doesn’t pass because of politics.”
Reyes supports making it easier to legally immigrate to the United States.
“I think that an adequate immigration policy change would put me and other immigration lawyers out of business as far as immigration law,” Reyes said. “I don’t think an immigration application should require a lawyer. Anyone with a high school education should be able to do it. I see no reason why we shouldn’t have a quicker, easier process of getting people into the country. These are people who want to come here, be here, who want to be taxpayers, want to work. We should encourage that. We should certainly make work visas more readily available with a path to citizenship down the road. Overall, our immigration policy is absurd.”
Reyes believes that campaigns should be publically financed because the different special interests that fund both parties’ campaigns make it impossible for politicians to work together in government.
Those are hardly the policy positions of a Republican, they are certainly not the positions of a conservative, and just barely cut the mustard for libertarians.
Perhaps the worst things Eric Reyes has going for him is his initial support for Obamacare as outlined in this story from the Sauk Valley Media(a story Eric Reyes hates as confirmed by his online postings whenever someone like me brings it up) and his insistence upon a public option, aka single payer health care, aka socialized medicine.
Reyes, 34, backed Obamacare during an interview with the Quad-City Times when he announced his Democratic candidacy in July 2011.
“There is a health care law with a lot of provisions that are already helping people, but a lot of provisions face the threat of repeal. We need to protect that as well,” he told the newspaper.
On his campaign website, Reyes said he believes in a government-funded and operated nonprofit health care option as the “most effective way to provide comprehensive, universal, cost-effective health care,” known as the public option.
“I believe access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege,” he writes on the site.
As the Sauk Valley Media article goes on to explain Eric Reyes also supports same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana, President Obama’s idea for an infrastructure bank, and green energy.
Based on these public comments and policy positions Mr. Reyes has one foot somewhat close to the libertarian camp and one foot planted firmly in the camp of the Utopian Statist, which makes him politically schizophrenic.
I highly doubt he will be much of a challenger to Bobby Schilling in the 2014 GOP primary but it helps to make sure the people know exactly who he is and what he stands for just in case.
Earlier today President Obama gave his much hyped economic speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and it was more of the same from the President. He attacked Republicans and touted government as the solution to the nations economic woes.
During his speech President Obama called from more government spending and/or involvement in education and job training plus spent a lot of time talking in Marxist terms about the middle-class.
At one point President Obama decried the “phony scandals” that have dominated his second term so far saying, “Over the last six months, this gridlock has gotten worse,” Obama said. “With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.”
Of course those so-called “phony” scandals are very real ones like Benghazi, the IRS targeting of the Tea Party, and the gross mismanagement of the State Department by then Secretary Hillary Clinton. While Obama calls this scandals distractions from important issues like the economy in truth his speech today was an attempt to distract people from those scandals which can and should land him and some of his top underlings in serious hot water.
When President Obama wasn’t trying to downplay the scandals plaguing his administration he was promoting how important it is for the federal government to be even more involved in education, and spending more money on it.
If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century. If we don’t make this investment, we’ll put our kids, our workers, and our country at a competitive disadvantage for decades. So we must begin in the earliest years. That’s why I’ll keep pushing to make high-quality preschool available to every four year-old in America – not just because we know it works for our kids, but because it provides a vital support system for working parents. I’ll also take action to spur innovation in our schools that don’t require Congress. Today, for example, federal agencies are moving on my plan to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed internet over the next five years. And we’ve begun meeting with business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and innovative educators to identify the best ideas for redesigning our high schools so that they teach the skills required for a high-tech economy.
I know to a Utopian Statist like Obama the Constitution is an outdated document written by old white men that has no place or bearing on modern society, but it is still the law of the land and I would love just for once for a liberal Democrat to point out where it give the federal government control over education in this nation.
We have had trillion plus dollar annual budget deficits under this President and $17 trillion in national debt, not to mention $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities. Washington is borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar it spends. So where in the bloody blue hell are we going to come up with money to have every 4-year-old in “quality” i.e Marxist indoctrination pre-schools?
If talking about spending more for job training and education wasn’t enough, to go along with trying to down play his administrations scandals, President Obama also used his speech today in Galesburg to attack Republican economic policies.
his economic prescriptions with the day-to-day concerns of the middle class, which he has argued since his 2005 commencement address at Knox College is threatened by the world’s changing economic landscape and by Republican tax policies.
He labeled those policies “Social Darwinism” in his speech here eight years ago, a message he echoed in spirit Wednesday.
“In many ways, the trends that I spoke of here in 2005 — of a winner-take-all economy where a few do better and better, while everybody else just treads water — have been made worse by the recession,” Obama said. “This growing inequality isn’t just morally wrong; it’s bad economics. When middle-class families have less to spend, businesses have fewer customers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther apart, it undermines the very essence of this country.”
As I pointed out yesterday the American people are worse off today due to his economic policies which have kept unemployment unnaturally high, forced people out of the workforce, grown the welfare state, and have caused an explosion in the budget deficit and national debt.
Despite that Marxist class warfare claptrap the truth is Republican tax and economic policies have a proven track record of growing the economy and creating jobs. See the roaring ’20s, the Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960s, the Reagan tax cuts of the ’80s, and the Bush tax cuts for proof of that.(all documented in my eBook We Can Do Better)
When tax rates are cut some time down the road there will be a major increase in the economy and there will be massive job creation, job creation that can only be further encouraged by the repeal of Obamacare and a genuine move towards making this nation energy independent.
By pinning all of our hopes for economic growth on more education spending and job training(not to mention bigger government) President Obama once again proved he is an economic illiterate that has no interest in trying to get the more than 20 million Americans who are out of work jobs. If growing the economy and creating jobs were his real goal(as opposed to fundamentally transforming this nation) he would embrace the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, the flat tax or the fair tax, and a reigning in of the EPA which is trying to put every coal-fired power plant and coal mine out of business(O’ wait Obama wants those companies to go bankrupt).
Texas Senator Ted Cruz may have had the best assessment of President Obama’s speech today with this statement:
In response to President Obama’s speech today on the state of the economy, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said:
Today President Obama rehashed essentially the same economic speech we’ve heard for years: more government programs, more taxes. He’s out of ideas to fix the economy, and unwilling to do what it takes to remedy the harm his policies are inflicting.
Since the President took office, the average rate of annual economic growth has been a paltry 0.9 percent, compared to the historically normal rate of 3.3 percent. If President Obama truly cared about sparking economic growth and bringing opportunity to the American people, he would join the growing chorus of elected leaders calling for full defund of Obamacare – the single strongest step government can take to unshackle jobs, investment, and growth again in America. As James Hoffa of the Teamsters Union put it, Obamacare “will… destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
I am working hard to help lead the effort to defund Obamacare in the next 68 days as part of the next Continuing Resolution, and I would urge the President and his party to join us in a real agenda for jobs and growth.
Defunding Obamacare is clearly a great place to start to get the economy out of this Obama malaise, as would repealing Dodd-Frank, moving to the flat tax or the fair tax or 999, and building that damn pipeline.
The American people are hurting and Barack Obama and his policies are a big reason why and no speech he has or will ever give will make things better for the American people.
On Wednesday President Obama is scheduled to make a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois about the economy. This is set to be the first in a series of speech as the President once again pivots to “focus like a laser” on jobs and the economy.
It is very likely that President Obame will use his speech at Knox College(a rather liberal liberal arts college) to continue to push his agenda of higher taxes, more government spending, more regulation, and more government control over the economy. He will probably at least drop a line or two about keeping student loan interest rates low to appease and appeal to college age kids.
While all the talk about taxing the rich and/or making them pay their fair share will sound good to Marxist and socialist, it won’t help create any jobs or improve our economy. While more government investment in green energy will surely garner applause the last few years has shown that if you want to make a sure bet on a company that will fail one only need to check to see if they are getting green energy loans from the Obama administration(Solyndra, Fisker, and dozens more). I have no doubt that part of President Obama’s plans for the future of our economy are going to include something about “carbon pollution” and the need to regulate it, which in turn means he is totally willing to help undo the industrial revolution meaning fewer jobs and a worse off economy. And it is an almost certainty that during his speech at Knox College President Obama will try to connect Obamacare with a healthy economy(which is an oxymoron).
Above all else President Obama’s speech at Knox College will be void of facts and very short on truth-telling.
With that in mind here are something that President Obama won’t say tomorrow(or any day for that matter).
1. Under his policies the number of people participating in the workforce is declining dramatically.
2. Under Obama the nation has seen more months of unemployment being above 8% than every other President since 1948 combined.
3. Under Obama any economic growth has been tepid at best and at worst anemic. Keep in mind that under Reagan there were long stretches of growth of 6% and higher with several quarters of growth at 9 and 10 percent.
4. Obama will certainly not tell anyone, let alone at Knox College tomorrow that he is the worst jobs President ever!
5. Since Obama has been so bad at turning around the economy and creating jobs the number of people on food stamps has exploded.
6. President Obama will not tell anyone tomorrow that thanks to Obamacare their work hours are being cut back.
7. What job creation there has been under President Obama has not been insufficient to keep up with population growth.
8. Obama will not mention that Illinois unemployment rate is over 9%.
Knowing those facts it is hard to understand why President Obama will even attempt to talk about the economy and jobs tomorrow. But then again he has got to do something to keep people from talking about all the problems with the Senates amnesty plan, Benghazi, the NSA spying on us, the IRS targeting and harassing the Tea Party, the absolute dysfunction at the State Department when Hillary ran it, our $17 trillion national debt, and $100 trillion unfunded entitlement liabilities, Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth the last 4 years in the welfare state, Solynda, Fast and Furious, and a dozen other things.