Most presidents, having presided over the Syrian debacle, would be chastened. But not the Great and Mighty Obama. He’s decided to begin to rewrite history so that he emerges as the hero. Consider what Mr. Obama, in Stockholm earlier today, said in response to a question about Syria: First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war.
My colleague Ron Radosh does a fine job of laying out a case for conservatives to support President Obama’s drive for military strikes on Syria. Radosh draws from his considerable knowledge of history, focusing in on the dangers of “isolationism,” to make his case that isolationism both left and right should be rejected and the president should be supported. Radosh joins the Wall Street Journal’s Brett Stephens in making this case. Today, as Bret Stephens pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, isolationism seems to be rearing its ugly head, although he writes, “Most Republicans don’t want to become, again,
WASHINGTON — Last January, Al Gore took a boatload of scientists, donors, and celebrities to Antarctica to talk about climate change. Richard Branson, James Cameron, Ted Turner, Tom Brokaw, and Tommy Lee Jones joined more than 100 other paying guests — Gore’s handpicked best and brightest — on the National Geographic Explorer, an ice-class 367-foot cruise ship, to see “up close and personal” the effects of a warming planet, courtesy of the former vice president’s environmental nonprofit, the Climate Reality Project. [Snip] Back in the more populated areas of the world, climate change activists snickered. The trip, and the Climate
Securing Syria´s chemical weapons stockpiles and the facilities that produced them would likely require the U.S. to send more than 75,000 ground troops into the Middle Eastern country, MailOnline learned Wednesday. That estimate comes from a secret memorandum the U.S. Department of Defense prepared for President Obama in early 2012. U.S. Central Command arrived at the figure of 75,000 ground troops as part of a written series of military options for dealing with Bashar al-Assad more than 18 months ago, long before the U.S. confirmed internally that the Syrian dictator was using the weapons against rebel factions within his borders. ´The report exists,
WASHINGTON – You can’t safely bomb a chemical weapon storehouse into oblivion, experts say. That’s why they say the United States is probably targeting something other than Syria’s nerve agents. Now, however, there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons that the U.S. military did not know were there because they’ve lost track of some of the suspected nerve agents. Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons — purposely or accidentally — will likely kill nearby civilians in an accidental nerve agent release, create a long-lasting environmental catastrophe or both, experts said. That’s because under ideal conditions — and
Washington is weighing expanding support for Syrian rebels by having the Pentagon take charge of arming the opposition instead of a clandestine effort by the CIA, officials said Wednesday. "It´s under consideration," said a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "If and how (it would be done) are both questions being discussed," the official told AFP. The Wall Street Journal first reported the possible change on Wednesday. After concluding in June that the Syrian regime used sarin gas in a small-scale attack, President Barack Obama´s administration decided to start supplying weapons to the rebels through the Central Intelligence Agency. But after another alleged
MSNBC brought on "anti-racism activist" Tim Wise, and what resulted from the interview was so bizarre Noah Rothman at Mediaite had to take MSNBC to task for it. [snip video] Note during the video that Wise claims that the Republican party is segregationist, just like the old white Afrikaner Boer party that ruled South Africa in the days of apartheid. You may not recall any GOP Senators or prominent party members calling for a return to segregation or insisting on openly racist laws that favor whites over blacks. That is because there have not been any. How then can Wise
Speaker John Boehner and his boy, Sherman (aka, Eric Cantor), came out yesterday in support of President Obama´s efforts to embroil the U.S. in the Syrian civil war (or proxy war, to some). Clearly, Boehner and Cantor aren´t bucking for Red Badges of Courage, unless, once again, thumbing their noses at grassroots conservatives (and a majority of Americans) counts as courage. Let´s chalk up Boehner´s and Cantor´s support for Mr. Obama to the same timidity and left-footedness that has marked too much of Boehner´s tenure. As frequent American Thinker contributor Pamela Geller wrote at WND yesterday: And it isn´t just McCain. John Boehner
I respectfully dissent from the editors’ support for U.S. military intervention in Syria, which expands on the corporate position National Review staked out last week. While the credibility of an American president is no small thing, it is simply wrong to equate Barack Obama’s credibility with that of the United States, as the editors do: “The other [option left to Congress besides green-lighting an attack on Syria] is to turn [Obama] down and destroy the president’s credibility, and hence the nation’s.” (Emphasis added.) Ironically, their editorial goes on to deride conservative opponents of military intervention as overly simplistic. But it is
Washington — Paul Ryan is under pressure to drop his support for revising U.S. immigration laws: His adversaries are running television attack ads against him and warning of a primary challenge to the Wisconsin Republican congressman. Ryan is risking a "showdown with the tea party," said Bob Dane, an opposition leader, in reference to the anti-tax movement that backs primary challenges to some incumbents. The effort to make him switch his position isn´t working: Ryan says he is committed to passing a law to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to eventually
MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the U.S. Congress had no right to approve the use of force against Syria without a decision from the U.N. Security Council, and that doing so would be an "act of aggression".(Snip)"They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: ´Is al Qaeda there?´ He says: ´No, I am telling you responsibly that it is not´," Putin said at a meeting of his human rights council in the Kremlin. "Al Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this," he said, referring to the United States.
One irony of the Syria debate is that President Obama is now appealing for support on foreign policy from a Congress that he treats with contempt on domestic issues. Witness, in merely the latest example, his decision to suspend the enforcement of a federal drug law because it doesn´t fit his political agenda. In a sweeping memorandum last week, the Justice Department all but ordered U.S. attorneys nationwide not to enforce federal marijuana laws. The memo was a long-delayed response to voter referenda last November in Colorado and Washington states that legalized adult recreational use of marijuana, not merely in the
Economics: It wouldn´t be right to let the passing of one of the 20th century´s great economists, Nobel winner Ronald Coase, go without comment. You might not know his name, but his ideas have surely affected you. The unassuming Coase died this week at 102, productive to the very end: He published his final book, "How China Became Capitalist," in 2012. Talk about longevity. The article that won him fame — "The Nature of the Firm" — was published back in 1937. It´s still called the most-cited economic text ever. But Coase´s most influential idea came from a 1960 article, "The Problem
Fans of reality TV have long tuned in to gawk at the curiosities of American subculture. Unfortunately, the country on display is typically a blooper reel of drunken brawling ("Jersey Shore"), cutthroat competition and casual racism ("Big Brother"), and amateur singers enduring needless pain for cash prizes ("Killer Karaoke"). Is there any show that paints an admirable, more accurate portrait of life in the U.S.? Unlikely as it might seem, "Duck Dynasty" might fit the bill. The A&E show, now in its fourth season, has managed to become the most popular reality program in cable history. The season premiere on Aug.
The U.S. faces no serious military threat today, yet is constantly at war. Today U.S. naval vessels are clustering in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Syria the latest target. Traditionally, Washington did not look for wars to fight. The government´s overriding duty is to protect the American people — their lives, liberties, prosperity and nation. Measured on this scale, there is no cause for entering the bloody Syrian imbroglio. The regime has little capacity to harm the U.S. or to resist the overwhelming retaliation that would occur in response to any attack. Syria´s chemical weapons have little more utility than high explosives and
President Obama isn´t easy to follow up San Juan Hill, or for that matter even Capitol Hill. Rather than walk point on national security, he prefers to blend in with the enlisted men and women. Consider his astonishing statement on Wednesday at a press conference in Stockholm about his comments last year drawing a "red line" on the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad in Syria. "First of all, I didn´t set a red line," the President said. "The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world´s population said the
The pastor and some members of a Christian church in Brandon, Miss., say city officials won’t grant them their permit request for a massive cross to be built on their property because the city is afraid the symbol might offend Muslims. City officials, however, say they’re hesitant to allow the cross construction because it would violate zoning rules. Fox News reported that the First Baptist Church of Brandon wants to erect a 110-foot-tall cross on its land as part of a nonprofit group’s project, “Crosses Across America,” to line the nation’s highways with the Christian and historical symbol. The pastor
Change: In authorizing limited strikes on Syria, Congress may inadvertently give its stamp of approval to an ideological revolution in the use of U.S. power. Our military can´t and shouldn´t be a global genocide watchdog. It struck many observers as strange that Barack Obama would suddenly act totally out of character and ask permission for something from a Congress with one house controlled by Republicans. After all, he´s been imperially presidential on ObamaCare, gun ownership, recess appointments, immigration, Egypt, Libya and plenty of other issues. On Wednesday, Obama was, oddly, trying to put big pressure on Congress from that geopolitical epicenter, Scandinavia. He
BEIRUT — Al-Qaida-linked rebels launched an assault Wednesday on a regime-held Christian village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus — part of a brutal battle of attrition each side believes it can win despite more than two years of deadlock. As the world focused on possible U.S. military action against Syria, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel in the village of Maaloula and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. The attack came
PITTSBURGH- A Pennsylvania congressman caught a cutting-edge ride to the airport on Wednesday. Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican from Altoona, made a 33-mile trip from Cranberry Township to Pittsburgh International Airport at about 11 a.m. in a computer-operated car. The so-called driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have been working on the project since 2008. The car uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
TUCUMCARI, N.M. —Just a stone´s-throw away from historic Route 66 in Tucumcari sits a sign that everyone´s talking about. The sign sits atop an outhouse and says "Obama´s Presidential Library." Some in town say it´s in bad taste, while others support it. Either way, everyone knows about it. One man said people have been treating it like a tourist destination, taking pictures all the time. As for the man who put it up, he refused to give Target 7 his name or reveal what prompted him to construct the controversial commode, but he said he has no intention of taking it down.
Happy Rosh Hashanah. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got into a heated exchange with a Jewish voter during a campaign stop in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Weiner was seen on video walking out of a Borough Park deli when he stopped, turned around and yelled to the man, “Yeah. It takes one to know one jackass.” The two got into a shouting match after the voter called Weiner “disgusting” and told him to “stay out of the public eye.” “You don’t get to judge me because you have shown no sign that you are superior to me and you are not
Barack Obama is either the most inept president ever to sit in the White House or he is an enemy of the Republic. For the last 10 years, I have watched this man´s uncanny rise to the pinnacle of power and vacillated between those two choices. I have come to the conclusion that ideology trumps inexperience. His ego is so massive, and his leftist beliefs so strong, that he is willing to throw our country under the big international bus. Let´s review our Middle East policy since Obama took office. He made it his top priority to go to the
Moves were made in Brussels today to form an EU-controlled military powerbase that would act as a rival to Nato on strategic defence issues. The European Parliament’s majority group of MEPs called for a new headquarters that would direct major civilian and military crisis operations. The European People’s Party said governments “have to start building stand-by forces under Union command", a move branded as the latest drift to federalism by the UK Independence Party. The proposal came in a new report from the EPP which wants Europe to redefine its security interests and to begin achieving these by actual operational
The Germans seem to have coined a word for every dark emotion -- schadenfreude (joy over someone else´s misfortune), futterneid (envy over someone else´s superior food) etc. -- but I´ve been searching in vain for a Teutonic term for that annoyance one feels when someone agrees with you for the wrong reasons. Since I can´t find it, I´ll just make it up: zustimmenärger.President Obama´s decision to seek congressional approval for attacking Syria has my zustimmenärger levels in the red zone. Not so many of my friends on the right. While pretty much everyone across the ideological spectrum is shaking their
On Tuesday´s PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor joined host Al Sharpton to lambast the GOP for suffering from "Obama Derangement Syndrome," picking up on criticism of President Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval Office, without noting any of the visceral hatred felt toward George W. Bush by the Democratic base during his time as President. At one point, Milbank may have been vaguely hinting at hatred coming from Democrats in the past, although the Washington Post columnist accused the GOP of greater transgression as he claimed that Republicans