Iran still getting the best of us

In my Jan. 20, post on Iran’s exploitation of President Obama’s foreign policy weakness I mentioned hints that U.S. negotiators were backing off their demand for an outright halt to Iran’s nuclear program in favor of a lesser demand that would provide Iran with a window to gradually build up its capability.  Today, it appears we’re a step closer to such an agreement.

Kerry (newsweek.com)

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, Secretary of State John Kerry insists Iran will not get the bomb. (newsweek.com)

Secretary of State John Kerry told senators yesterday, “There is no deal yet.  And I caution people to wait and see what these negotiations produce.” All reports indicate, however, that a deal in the works would supposedly slow the Iranian nuclear program.

“The president has made clear – I can’t state this more firmly – the policy is Iran will not get a nuclear weapon,” Kerry tried to assure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Continue reading

It’s time to take a stand on Homeland Security bill

Republicans don’t have the votes to pass its Homeland Security Bill, which calls for full funding of the agency with the exception of funding for the president’s amnesty immigration bill, putting the party in a dilemma as funding for the agency runs out on Feb. 27.

A friend wrote to me last week concerned about the Homeland Security Bill and the dubious position ahead for Republicans, including a copy of a thoughtful letter he wrote to Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake in which he asks that they consider the advice offered in Karl Rove’s Feb. 18 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Essentially, Rove allows that the  preliminary injunction by federal district Judge Andrew Hansen stopping the implementation of the president’s immigration executive order, gives the GOP an opportunity to extract itself.  It would give Republicans a chance to make their point  on an issue where they  agree the president overstepped his authority, while avoiding getting blamed for a shutdown.

Meanwhile, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer writes, “Republicans find themselves on the sidelines bleating plaintively about violations of the separation of powers.  But there is a way out for the GOP.  Go bold.  Go nuclear.  Abolish the filibuster.  Pass the bill and send it to the president.” Continue reading

I’m tired of hearing, “Oh, that’s just old Joe being Joe.”

Remember when Joe Biden was selected to campaign with Barack Obama to give the team foreign policy statesman credits?  Over the past six years we have heard gaffe after gaffe come from the mouth of Biden, and the response is always, “Oh, that’s just old Joe being Joe.”

Biden with Carter's wife (Evan Vucci for AP)

While the new Defense Secretary Ashton Carrter was speaking, Vice President Joe Biden placed his hands on the shoulders of Carter’s wife, Stephanie, and whispered in her ear. (Evan Vucci for AP)

Enough with the excuses.  Two separate awkward moments involving Biden this week were inexcusable.  The first incident took place during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.  While Carter was at the lectern speaking, Biden placed both hands on the shoulders of Carter’s wife, Stephanie,  for a period of about 20 awkward seconds before leaning over and whispering something in her ear.  Biden supporters brushed it off as, “Biden being Biden.”

Later in the day, appearing before a group of religious and community leaders, including some of Muslim and African descent, Biden attempted to draw a parallel between the Somali community in Minneapolis to that of his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, which “has a large, very identifiable Somali community.”

“I might add, if you ever come to the train station you may notice that I have great relations with them, because an awful lot of them are driving cabs, and are friends of mine,” he stated. Click here to hear.

Some time ago, Biden said, “You cannot go into a 7-Eleven or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”  That, too, was laughed off.

Incidentally, PolitiFacts reported that while there are some 35,000 Somalis in Minneapolis, there are just 15 (fifteen) in the entire state of Delaware.

The only thing worse than Biden being Biden is seeing the president demean the office of the presidency while appearing for an interview with a woman who wears green lipstick and eats Fruit Loops while in a bathtub filled with milk?

Where’s the outrage?

 

 

 

Obama administration promotes another amateur

On a number of occasions I have noted how the two State Department spokespersons, Jen Psaki and her assistant Marie Harf, are ill-suited to perform their roles.

As recent as Feb. 11, I wrote in my post, “Surprise! There were Jews in the Jewish kosher deli, that Jen Psaki said we couldn’t assume that those targeted and killed in the deli were Jewish.

Now we learn that Psaki has been promoted and will move from State to the White House, where she will serve as Communications Director.

Do you suppose the president remembered what she said about him last year? Continue reading

Did you hear the one about no scandals in the Obama White House?

   “I’m proud of the fact that basically you’ve had an administration that’s been in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal … and I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.” – David Axelrod, former advisor to President Obama

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Former Obama advisor David Axelrod told an audience at the University of Chicago that there haven’t been any major scandals in the Obama administration. (thefinancialist.com)

Those were the words of Axelrod during a session at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.  Click here if you want to hear it for yourself.  It’s at the end of his misrepresentation of Obama’s no lobbyist policy.  More shocking than his statements was the applause he received with his response. But the young lady who asked about lobbyists obviously knows the truth.

It makes you wonder how a scandal becomes one ranked as “major” in the Obama White House.  We do remember the president’s reference to “not a ‘smidgen’ of corruption” in his 2014 Super Bowl interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

Let’s see … there was the Fast & Furious gun running scheme that got Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed.  Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents about this program … there was the spying on the Associated Press and the files of Fox’s James Rosen, again involving Holder … there was the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the mysterious lost files of Lois Lerner and her close associates … there were lies about shovel ready jobs and the wasteful “investments” in energy projects like Solyndra … there were the lies about ObamaCare regarding our ability to keep our doctor and our plans …  there were the lies about the Benghazi attack in which our ambassador, a foreign service benghazi (pumabydesign001.com)representative and two CIA operatives were killed … there was the Veterans Administration’s fake waiting lists; surely a scandal … there was the ill-advised exchange of five Guantanamo terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  and finally, his flagrant abuse of power, ignoring Congress and the Constitution regarding amnesty for illegals in the United States

Is it any wonder that President Obama refers to them as “phony scandals?”  The people around him assure him they aren’t scandals … they’re merely fabrications of those crazy right wing extremists.

 

 

Surprise! There were Jews in the Jewish kosher deli

“It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” – President Obama

Obama (realclearpolitics.com)

President Obama referred to the Paris shooters as a bunch of violent, vicious zealots in his interview with VOX.com (realclearpolitics.com)

Those are the words of the president from a January interview with VOX.com’s Matt Yglesias made public this week, as he indicated the media overstates the terrorist threat and said his job fighting terrorism was akin to a big city mayor fighting crime.

“A bunch of violent, vicious zealots” is his latest description to avoid referring to Islamic radicals.  How are we ever going to defeat the scourge of this barbaric group if our leader stubbornly refuses to properly identify our enemy?

And, surely he doesn’t believe those “zealots,” who openly detest Jews, “randomly” selected a Jewish kosher deli to “randomly” murder its customers, who most certainly would be (and were) Jewish.

Of course, supporters of the president attributed his inappropriate word choice to a lack of a teleprompter.  What does that say about his ability to think on his feet? Continue reading

And she wants to be president, Part 9

As you probably know, Hillary Clinton is expected to make the issue of economic inequality in the United States the cornerstone of her presidential campaign in 2016.

Hillary (AP)

Hillary Clinton knows that the longer she isn’t a declared candidate the less time critics will have to pick apart her positions. (AP)

News that “the charitable foundation run by Clinton and her family has received as much as $81 million from wealthy international donors who were clients of HSBC’s controversial Swiss bank,” published in the UK’s The Guardian, should concern her followers.

Leaked files revealed accounts of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. A Canadian mining magnate is one of the foundation’s biggest financial backers, and a British retail magnate, used his tax-free Geneva account to transfer $1 million into the foundation.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that “Dennis Cheng, a trusted aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, will leave his post at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation this week and is expected to join Mrs. Clinton’s campaign preparation efforts as a fund-raiser.  He helped the Foundation secure a $246 million endowment there in 18-months. Continue reading

Obama, Big Government turn on pharmaceutical firms

Remember how candidate Barack Obama attacked K Street and the culture of lobbyists, special interests and backroom deals?  Within a few months, however, he was sitting with CEOs of pharmaceutical companies to make a deal he thought would help insure the success of health care reform.

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Pharma (courtesy menwithfoilhats.com)

Oh, how some decisions can come back to bite you in the ass.  Such was the deal PhRMA, the drug industry’s lobbying group, made when they sat at the ObamaCare negotiation table with President Obama in 2009.

Seeing the opportunity to increase their revenues as more people would be filling prescriptions for their products, they made a deal that tied them to the support of ObamaCare, and to advocate on its behalf.

They couldn’t get to the White House fast enough, and contributed $80 million to promote ObamaCare.  It also provided additional Medicaid discounts. Continue reading

A story of a patriot pilot

Last year I agreed to assist a friend with the writing of his memoir as a pilot, and I’m happy to tell you that his book is about to be published.

Sundays CoverIt’s the story of Richard Hilton, whose love of flying as a youngster led to a 20-year flying career in the Air Force, including two combat tours in Vietnam. Retiring as a colonel, Richard put his aerial combat experience to work with Hughes Aircraft in weapons development.

I think you will find Richard’s story interesting, and an ideal gift to someone you know who is interested in flying; perhaps a teenager deciding on a career.  It’s a 400-page book full of anecdotes and supporting photos.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Richard’s book, “There Are No Sundays,” write to Richard Hilton, P.O. Box 746, Universal City, TX 78148. Be sure to include your address and a remittance of $20.  Proceeds from the sale of the book will go the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, an organization that aids families of our warriors.

It’s time we put the Bush “lie” to bed

Harrop (creators.com)

Leftist columnist Froma Harrop blamed George Bush for sniper Chris Kyle’s death (creators.com)

I don’t often read columns by Froma Harrop, who leans to the left, but the headline on her recent piece, “What killed the American Sniper,” attracted my attention having seen the movie.  I knew how sniper Chris Kyle died.  I was living in the Texas hill country at the time and the news of this hero’s death in Stephenville hit the Lone Star State hard.

I should have guessed.  It was another attack on gun ownership, but she didn’t stop there.  It was Bush’s fault that Kyle had to serve four tours in Iraq, the war that “was sold to the American people on the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

Over the years, I have written a number of pieces on the Democrat demagogueing of former President George W. Bush with the refrain, “Bush Lied, thousands died.”  And as I began writing on this subject, still another time, I was pleased to see the headline, “The Dangerous Lie that ‘Bush Lied’ in the Feb. 8, Wall Street JournalClick here to read this piece by Laurence H. Silberman.

All of the big guns of the Democrat party – Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi – gave fiery speeches in favor of invading Iraq.  But that didn’t stop them from picking up on the “Bush lied” chant.

Of course, we now know there were older WMDs found in Iraq in 2003 when we arrived, and it was plausible that the newer more deployable versions found their way to Syria.  James Clapper, then an intelligence officer during the Bush era, claimed this happened “unquestionably,” after viewing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq to Syria in satellite imagery just before the U. S. invasion.

I find it interesting that the liberal New York Times, willing to peddle the “Bush lied” mantra for years, was suddenly concerned with the discovery of WMDs in Syria.  Last October it published an eight-part story, “The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons,” reporting that some 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or bombs were found.

Charles Krauthammer has a term for the inability to acknowledge a scintilla of decency in our 43rd president – “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”

“… it is one thing to assert, then or now, that the Iraq war was ill-advised.  It is quite another to make the horrendous charge that President Bush lied to or deceived the American people about the threat from Saddam ,” wrote Silberman.

It’s time we put “Bush lied” to bed for good.