October 29, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, CBS, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
During the weekend’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, CBS’ Lara Logan interviewed the British-born security chief that was on the ground during the attacks at our facilities in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, attacks that ended up killing four embassy employees one of whom was our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. During that interview we find out that Hillary delivered to the nation a series of deliberate, bald-faced lies about what she knew of the attacks.
Granted the 60 Minutes report did not mention the name Hillary Clinton–who was Secretary of State during the attacks–nor did it explicitly say that she deliberately lied to the nation in the aftermath of the attacks. But during the report we find out that Washington knew, even before it was happening, that the compound was about to be hit by a terrorist attack and that no Youtube video had anything to do with it all.
It was revealed that ambassador Stevens himself sent messages to the administration telling them that al Qaeda flags had been seen flying over various government buildings in Libya in the days before the attack. We also find out that al Qaeda itself had warned the USA that an attack was being planned.
June 10, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Condi Rice, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, George W. Bush, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Republicans, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Noah Rothman recently did an excellent job detailing what the progressive media said about Condoleeza Rice when George W. Bush appointed her as his Secretary of State in 2005. Rothman noted how the media dismissed Condi Rice as merely a “friend” of Bush and otherwise made it seem as if her appointment was just a payoff for loyalty instead of the appointment of a qualified person. In contrast, Obama’s appointment of Susan Rice as his national security advisor is not being so quickly dismissed by that same media establishment.
Rothman quoted a series of members of the media from 2005 dismissing Condi rather spectacularly as having received her nomination simply because of the “loyalty” factor.
Inter Press Service Washington Bureau Chief Jim Lobe, for instance, said that Condi was appointed “as much for her fierce personal loyalty to Bush as for her own foreign-policy views.”
Christian Science Monitor diplomacy correspondent Howard LaFranchi complained that Condi’s appointment meant that “no fresh new voices will be challenging White House thinking or offering debating points in policy discussions.”
The New York Times ravaged the appointment as an example of “friends of George” being foisted on Washington.
March 4, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Canada, Capitalism, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Keystone Pipeline, Oil, President, Progressives, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The State Department has released its much-anticipated report on the environmental impact of the Keystone Pipeline and, to the alarm of the green lobby, it seems to leave President Obama with little reason to continue delaying construction.
The 2,000-page report makes no final recommendation on whether or not to approve construction of the energy project, but does definitively say that the pipeline would have “no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route.”
February 3, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, State Department, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The inordinate praise for now former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been thick throughout the media, but no other coverage was more obsequious than ABC’s. Cynthia McFadden topped off this praise by comparing Clinton to no less than Thomas Jefferson.
On the January 30 broadcast of Nightline, McFadden spoke to Clinton in what was billed as her “last television interview in office.” The interview was conducted in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson and at one point in the interview McFadden effusively equated Clinton to Jefferson. Motioning toward the statue of the founder, McFadden said, “As Jefferson looks over our shoulder, who I would only point out, was Secretary of State who went on to become president.”
July 11, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Christianity, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Liberals, Military, PCism, President, Society/Culture, State Department, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Are you a patriotic American that thinks that our American way of life is in danger? Are you a Tea Partier? If so, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants you to know that you might be a terrorist. Or, at least, the DHS wants to characterize you as a potential terrorist, anyway.
Once again the DHS is warning that believing in American exceptionalism or hailing from the right side of American politics is a dangerous thing, just as they did in 2009. It might be recalled that in 2009 the DHS released a report that said our veterans or anyone that held a conservative viewpoint should be eyed suspiciously by government as a potential domestic terrorist.
This new report, titled Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008, has a different way of defining the exact same position as the 2009 report that brought so much embarrassment to Obama’s administration. Apparently police should be suspicious of anyone that feels their way of life is endangered, anyone that is religious, and anyone that might be interested in “personal liberty,” or “national sovereignty,” or firearms.
That’s a pretty wide net, isn’t it?
May 21, 2012 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Animal Rights, Animals, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Health, Illinois, Iran, Islam, Israel, Journalism, Koran, Liberals, Media Bias, Military, NATO, News, Obamacare, Palestinians, Patriotism, PCism, Police, President, Race, Religion, Society/Culture, Solar, State Department, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 2 Comments
-By Warner Todd Huston
I was awarded press credentials for NATO’s 2012 Summit in Chicago and, having no idea what to expect, what I found on day one was a study in contrasts. What occurred was sometimes amusing, often mundane, and sometimes even violent. But it was all democracy in action.
Early on the morning of day one, Sunday, May 20, I boarded a western Metra train under threat of having my equipment bags confiscated or at least me prevented from boarding the train with them. I was not ruffed up the “the man,” though and downtown I went riding high on the rails. Literally. I took a seat on the top tier of the train.
The Summit didn’t start well as the NATO advance video called Chicago the Illinois Capital (It isn’t) and the place where Obama grew up (Again, it isn’t).
Upon reaching the gathering point for the press in beautiful downtown Chicago I boarded the super, double, secret press shuttle bus that took us down the service streets, steering well clear of the surface roads, straight to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, site of the NATO Summit.
Of course, before I was allowed on the super, double, secret press bus, bomb-sniffing dogs were loosed to make sure I had no underwear-bomb on my person or in my equipment bags. After I was officially cleared, I boarded the bus with local Chicago TV newsreader Jay Levine.
Everywhere I went there were knots of security personnel. A LOT of security personnel. The last time I saw that many security people I was in Cancun, Mexico during the 2010 UN Climate Conference.
There were members of the FBI, Homeland Security, Chicago Police, the U.S. Marshals as well as U.S. Airmen and Army officers all there on duty to make sure our tender media people were safe and secure.
I was later to learn that out on the streets of Chicago the number of security of all sorts made the way to McCormick Place seem like it was lightly guarded!
October 19, 2011 | Filed Under Computers, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Inernet, Liberals, Military, Patriot Act, President, Republicans, Rights, Security/Safety, Senate, State Department, Technology, Terrorism, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
A recent New York Times article revealed that the Pentagon briefly considered engaging in cyberwarfare at the outset of the actions in Libya, but decided against it for a variety of reasons. This reminds us all that as a nation we really need to discuss the use of cyberwarfare. The first question asked must be: should a president be able to simply order such an attack on his own hook?
The Times noted that one of the concerns about the use of cyberwarfare is how it would be justified under the War Powers Resolution of 1973?
One unresolved concern was whether ordering a cyberattack on Libya might create domestic legal restrictions on war-making by the executive branch without Congressional permission. One question was whether the War Powers Resolution — which requires the executive to formally report to lawmakers when it has introduced forces into “hostilities” and sets a 60-day limit on such deployments if Congress does not authorize them to continue — would be required for an attack purely in cyberspace.
One would think that the answer to this would be somewhat obvious — though nothing seems obvious in Constitution-based discussions, sadly.
We know that the Founders vested in Congress the power to declare war not in the president. They wanted to avoid a repeat of the historical outrage of a King’s untrammeled powers to declare wars without the consent of the people and their duly elected representatives.
October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Foreign Countries, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestinians, Peter Roskam, Policy, President, Republicans, Saudi Arabia, Security/Safety, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (Ill., 6th District)…
In the coming weeks the United Nations Security Council is expected to take a series of misguided procedural steps towards allowing the Palestinian Authority (PA) to unilaterally declare independence (UDI). If they happen they will mark a step backwards from any potentially genuine Middle East peace and illustrate yet another failure of the Obama Administration’s “leading from behind” approach.
This did not have to be a foregone conclusion. This past May, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and I called on the Administration to stand united with the American people, and with Israel, opposing this UN action. The State Department has heard a similar chorus in the months since.
Obama Puts Israel on ‘State Supporters of Terror’ List, Then Opens Diplomatic Relations With Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
July 1, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Foreign Countries, Government, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Judaism, Liberals, PCism, President, Religion, Society/Culture, State Department, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Obama’s is one of the most disastrous foreign policies of any president ever. His latest outrage is the dual absurdities of, on one hand putting Israel on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, while on the other hand opening a dialog with and bestowing diplomatic legitimacy upon the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
This is the schizophrenic mess that Obama’s anti-western centric foreign policy ideas have created. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, though. Upon becoming President Obama almost immediately launched into a series of one more example of Obama giving Israel the back of his hand.
June 23, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jeff Lukens, Liberals, Patriot Act, President, Republicans, Security/Safety, Senate, State Department, Taxes | 1 Comment
- By Jeff Lukens
The U.S. federal debt is our nation’s greatest strategic weakness. As the debt continues to grow, our military posture around the globe is threatened. Defense cuts are coming, and with that reduction must come a reduced mission. In this environment, what our nation’s strategic mission should be, and what the corresponding defense funding should be to meet that need, are open questions. They are questions that need to be openly explored by politicians and the American people alike.
In a recent speech to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, “A smaller military, no matter how superb, will be able to go fewer places and do fewer things.” Ever the public servant, Gates seeks to kindle a debate the country seems reluctant, but needs, to have. It would be an invitation to disaster if we kept the same mission with reduced funding, or a reduced force. By bringing the issue to the public forum, Gates apparently seeks to avoid that calamity.
The core Pentagon budget is now about $530 billion, and accounts for roughly 20 percent of federal spending, and roughly half of discretionary spending. Defense cuts are coming, that much we know for sure, and the easiest of them have already been made. Gates acknowledged that over the past two years, “more than 30 programs (weapon systems, etc.) were canceled, capped, or ended that, if pursued to completion, would have cost more than $300 billion.”
June 5, 2011 | Filed Under Afghanistan, al Qaeda, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, China, Christianity, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Foreign Countries, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Judaism, Koran, Lebanon, Liberals, Michael Bresciani, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinians, President, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Sharia, Society/Culture, State Department, Taliban, Terrorism, Western Civilization | Comments Off
-By Rev Michael Bresciani
After the brutal shooting death of Pakistan’s Christian Minister Shabbaz Bhatti for his opposition to ‘blasphemy laws’ the persecution and murders of Christians continues unabated in Pakistan and other Muslim countries. Is this what the west is supposed to tolerate?
Even that lumbering and largely ineffective body known has the UN has voiced its concerns over the brutality and torture by Muslims on young boys in Afghanistan. There, they are sexually molested and severely punished with electric shock and beatings. Is this what we are supposed to tolerate?
In Egypt Christians are being slaughtered and Coptic Churches are being burned to the ground. As the rest of the world watches and President Barack Obama plans to send billions in aide to Egypt, no one seems to mention these human rights violations in the mainstream media. Little wonder that Sarah Palin coined the phrase the ‘lamestream media.” Is this what we are supposed to tolerate?
February 14, 2011 | Filed Under Afghanistan, al Qaeda, Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Egypt, Government, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Liberals, Military, Republicans, Saudi Arabia, Society/Culture, State Department, Terrorism, Turkey, Western Civilization | 1 Comment
-By Alan Caruba
Imagine that every day of your life begins with a morning call to prayer from minarets around the city or village in which you live.
Imagine that you are required to pray five times throughout the day, every day.
Imagine that the law of the land is based on Sharia, taken from the Koran.
Imagine that you live in a nation where stoning women, beheading criminals, and other draconian, ancient punishments are deemed acceptable.
Imagine being Muslim and knowing that conversion from Islam is punishable by death.
-By Selwyn Duke
It seems that our neutered, post-Christian culture just can’t do enough to vindicate Muslims’ accusation of Western decadence. And the latest affront to common sense and Truth is an attack upon the family: The State Department will remove the terms “father” and “mother” from passport applications and replace them with “gender neutral terminology.” Reporting on the story, Fox News writes:
“The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”
A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families [emphasis added].”
Improvements? A real improvement would be eliminating the Brenda Spragues from government.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Barack Obama once again shows his fecklessness and weakness in foreign policy with a decision by the State Department to allow the Palestinian Mission in Washington D.C. to fly the flag of its non-existent country.
Recently the flag of the Palestinian Authority was authorized for display by the State Dept. even though there is no such country as Palestine and the U.S. government does not officially recognize it as such. The State Dept. also agreed to upgrade its designation of the Palestinian mission to that of a “General Delegation.”
The State Dept. claimed that this was “an improvement in relations” with the Palestinians.
The Obama administration has been meekly asking that the Palestinian Authority engage in direct face-to-face negotiations with Israel, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas has rebuffed all requests.
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