During the Thursday night debate, GOP candidate Marco Rubio refused to back away from his often-stated desire to go to war with Syrian-president Bashar al-Assad — a step that even Israel, which has been targeted by Assad, does not suggest. Rubio lamented President Obama’s request for authorization to use force against Assad because the assault would have been “unbelievably small,” according to Rubio as he disapprovingly quoted John Kerry.
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Christian Whiton was a senior advisor at the State Department during the George W. Bush administration. In 2012, he was a senior campaign advisor and the deputy director of national security staff for the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign. In 2008, he was an advisor to the Asia policy team for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. He is currently a principal at DC International Advisory, which assesses political risk and opportunity for investors.
Using his trademark subterfuge, President Obama on Monday said there must be no “religious test” for refugees coming to America. What he meant was that asylum seekers like the Paris suicide bomber who posed as a Syrian refugee probably won’t be asked about their views on radical Islam, much less disqualified for subscribing to the Islamist political ideology. Unfortunately, by refusing even to name the force that animates our enemies, we ensure that we will never fully defeat them. Worse still, this refusal prevents us from even beginning what is most necessary to turn the tide on radical Islam: political warfare.
If you thought our Treasury Department was focused singularly on fixing America’s stagnant economy, which contracted earlier this year, or on our staggering national debt, which will have nearly doubled during Barack Obama’s tenure, you would be wrong. Instead, the Department announced yesterday it will replace Alexander Hamilton as the main image on the ten dollar bill in favor of a yet-to-be-determined woman.
Jeb Bush announced his exploratory PAC in mid-December, and led most Republican polls for the next month. In late January, Scott Walker wowed the audience at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and rivaled or surpassed Bush in polls for the two months that followed. This month, Marco Rubio declared his candidacy; two brand new polls now show him on top.
Senate Republican boss Mitch McConnell and his House counterpart, John Boehner, have a clear strategy and a honed communications plan to undermine the opposition. Unfortunately, the two men believe that opposition is comprised of people who think the congressional GOP should actually do things. For that reason — and the opportunity that the feckless duo are poised to botch — their Republican peers in Congress should fire them.
What does Russian strongman Vladimir Putin have in common with Western moralist icons ranging from John Winthrop to Joseph Smith to John Paul II to Billy Graham? Very little in fact, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to Putin himself, or his newfound useful idiots in the United States like Pat Buchanan.
Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval to bomb Syria shouldn’t have surprised so many politicos. After all, this most political of American presidents has always approached foreign policy as an extension of domestic politics and progressive doctrine. Seeking from Congress the endorsement that U.S. history shows to be unnecessary for small-scale military action is just a way for Obama to shift blame for either backing down or for whatever result the contemplated bombing produces. Congress should just say no, for four reasons.
In Obama’s America, officials accuse journalists who are doing their jobs of committing felonies and subject them to Orwellian surveillance, but spy-enablers posing as reporters get a free pass. For proof, look no further than Fox’s James Rosen and a certain Glenn Greenwald, who may be NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s partner in crime.
On Tuesday, liberal Lanny Davis took to the airwaves to complain about his treatment on a supposedly “abusive” Fox News show on which I was also a guest. He vowed never again to go on the show.
“When you’re telling these little stories, here’s a good idea: Have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener.”
There’s a movie that shows what can happen when only the military and police have guns. It’s called “Schindler’s List.”
Is Obama about to send the villainous inspiration behind “The Devil Wears Prada” to be our ambassador to Britain. Perhaps so — and why not?
Were Barack Obama to be re-elected on Tuesday, America would have one of its weakest second-term presidents ever precisely when it needs a strong one.
Will the close presidential race start a war? It just might.
The people abroad who can help America’s economy and security the most want change in the White House this November. This includes the governments that are some of America’s most important friends and the dissidents resisting those that are not America’s friends.
We learned two things today: President Obama can apparently nullify laws he dislikes and he doesn’t much care for questions from mortals, especially the uppity journalists at the Daily Caller.
Did Jumpin’ Joe Biden really just raise foreign policy as a supposed asset to the Obama campaign? Did he really imply that Mitt Romney would not have killed bin Laden? Did the gray eminence of Obama foreign policy really just say that “the president has a big stick,” hopefully referring to Theodore Roosevelt’s idea that the U.S. should “speak softly, and carry a big stick”?
On his way to a $30,000-a-person fundraiser on Thursday, President Obama paused to deflect the blame for the sky-high gasoline prices that are the latest hallmark of his administration — and the latest assault on the middle class from Washington. Contrary to what Mr. Obama said, there is a way to cut gas prices rapidly; it’s just incompatible with his ideology.
Wednesday was not a good day for Mitt Romney or economics. First Governor Romney said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there --- if it needs repair, I’ll fix it.” Later, trying to dig out, he reaffirmed his previous support for automatic raises in the minimum wage.