As President Obama takes his final laps around the Oval Office, America’s influence around the world is waning. Conservatives — myself included — have widely documented how America’s new “hands off” foreign policy approach has led to destabilization in places like Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The vacuum created in the wake of our departure from the world stage has been filled by violent movements that feed off instability; their atrocities spreading throughout the region and across the globe.
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Pete Hoekstra represented Michigan for 18 years in Congress, including as Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. He currently serves as the Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism – the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamist terror – and as a Senior Director at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he provides business consulting on intelligence and national security.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana tells us.
Proper intelligence can mean the difference between initiating and preventing conflict, with potentially millions of lives in the balance.
Soon after assuming office, President Obama began reaching out to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and — as noted by former UK ambassador Charles Crawford — his Cairo speech capped this new approach: “On June 4, 2009, Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo in which he declared that ‘America and Islam are not exclusive.’” What this really meant, Crawford paraphrased was: “Under my restrained leadership the United States will respect and accept conservative forms of Islam. Even if Islamism gets too aggressive we don’t plan to do much about it. And we may not be too active in supporting Muslim liberal trends either. Steady as she goes. And by the way I do hope you have noticed that I am not G. W. Bush.”
Only among the U.S. media would such a headline make sense.
Around kitchen and boardroom tables across the state, Michigan families and businesses are figuring out their budgets for the year, deciding where to cut, where to grow and what should stay the same. Unlike these responsible Americans, Debbie Stabenow and Senate Democrats have decided to fly blind. In fact, today marks the 1,000th day since Senate Democrats passed a budget.
President Obama recently spoke at a Virginia middle school on the topic of education reform, highlighting the need to restructure No Child Left Behind before the start of the next school year. Fixing NCLB and returning power to the states is certainly important, but Obama has a more immediate opportunity at hand. Before this school year is even finished, he can boldly lead on a bi-partisan education issue critical to local families in our nation’s capital.
A just-released study from the Government Accountability Office uncovers massive duplication in federal government programs. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) estimates that the resulting waste costs taxpayers more than $100 billion a year.