Washington - By all accounts, the generals removed the democratically elected president, put him in detention, arrested his allies and suspended the Constitution. (Snip) But was it a military coup d’état? For the White House and the new Egyptian government, that is the $1.5 billion question. President Obama’s government on Thursday was reviewing the implications for American aid to Egypt after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, and under United States law it has no choice but to cut off financial assistance to the country if it determines that he was deposed in a military
Comments: The New York Times thinks that they can manipulate US in feeling sorry for the Egyptian people right now, so 0bama can somehow twist U.S. law to be able to give this $1.5B "aid" away to the Islamist. Is this a coup or a "popular uprising?" [Is there a "like" button somewhere?]
For criminy sakes! Enough already and just forget about these clowns for now. Every friggin time we concern ourselves with the likes of muslim radicals we take it right in the backside. We´ve given them plenty of OUR money and to what end? No more! At least for now. Let´s look after ourselves and start with why we´re giving up things for stupid rules and see how well the citizens can place 1.5 billion where needed.
JOHN KERRY: Sir, I just explained our position on the Egyptian situation to Wolf Blitzer. OBAMA: We have a position? KERRY: Yes, sir. We were against the coup before we were for it. VALERIE JARRETT: Unrest could lead to civil war, Mr. President—and who knows what else. OBAMA: You’re right. Defense, I want the Eisenhower and the Truman to steam for Suez immediately and wrest control of the Canal from Egypt. That’ll unite the Egyptians against us, possibly forestalling the military from launching an attack on Israel to distract the population. CHUCK HAGEL: Sir, that’s an act of war. OBAMA: We’ll quit Suez and explain it away as a military exercise that got out of hand because of miscommunication. By that time, the generals will have the country under control. A dozen more F-16 fighter jets will encourage them to forgive and forget.
[enter First Lady]
MICHELLE: President Morsi’s wife just called. I gave her my word we’d stand with the brothas. You hear me, Barack?
But Mr. Mubarak had never been the choice of a genuinely free election, while Mr. Morsi’s subsequent election, although disturbing to many in Washington because of his affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, was widely deemed democratic, even if some of his actions in office were not.
What, exactly, should be America´s role in the affairs of other nations? Certainly, it´s in our best interests that Egypt stay stable once this coup is done, but after that, why do we persist (as we did with Mubarek) in trying to micro-manage the governments of other countries? I can understand wanting someone leading Egypt who has a high regard for America; that´s something we benefit from, but aside from our national interests, why do we persist in trying to manage everything else, too?
Obama´s desire was and still is that the Muslim Brotherhood take control of as much as possible. This time in Egypt, he has failed, but what will he do to reverse those fortunes.
The Left vilified Bush for getting involved in other countries, but is strangely silent about Obama´s doing likewise, and more.
We have to decide if spending 1.5B on Egypt right now is worth it. What do WE get out of it and what does Israel get out of it?
When a tyrant controls your country you dispose of him or her in the most expedient way. Hitler also was democratically elected proving that sometimes the process must be reversed by any means necessary. Democracy is not an election, It´s a process that fosters equality, individual rights and true liberty. The removal of Morsi was the will of the people and the US should give them its full support. The left believes in control by the state and only uses "democracy" as a political crutch.
So, $1,500,000,000.00 of Uncle Sugar´s cash allocated for The Bamster´s "frat brothers" in The Arab Republic of Egypt is on the line?...And whatever became of those White House Tours for the school c-h-i-l-d-r-e-n of America?
It´s just Obama´s modus operandi. When problems surface he simply tweaks, parses, amends,delays or patches them until the next go around. The Foot Hood shooting? Workplace violence. The optimistic job #s? Readjust them downward quietly the next week. The coup that may not be a coup? Change the wording if you´ve got a $1.5B snafu to deal with. Sure you can keep your private health insurance under ACA. You just won´t be able to afford it, heh heh. On and on. A thousand times slicker than the Zipmeister. Words have no meaning anymore bc they can be adjusted minutes or years later if necessary. It seems, however, that our 7% black-50% white, Black President has encountered 1 major inexplicable issue: whatever happened to Barry Soetoro.
As Mubarak himself said, foreign aid is taking money from poor Americans and giving it to rich Africans. Money is liquid and can easily be abused.
But the military aid is another thing entirely. We have spent decades "Americanizing" the leadership of Egypt´s military. Had we not followed through with the M1s and F-16s we could be looking at a bloody mess in Egypt right now.
There is nothing inherently wrong with a coup, even a military coup that removes a democratically elected president and his party, when those removed are governing against the will of the people, assuming dictatorial powers, creating a fascist state, and destroying the democratic process that put them in power in the first place.
We are infected with the virus of moral equivalency. We have spent so many decades being told we cannot be judgmental about anything, lest we be labeled racist, homophobe, bigot, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, xenophobe, that it has affected our powers of reason and discernment. Bullets for freedom are not the same as bullets for tyranny.
Oh, and another thought. Now is PRECISELY the time to reward the Egyptian military with $1.5 billion in aid. The Egyptian people largely support and trust the military, and the military has made clear its desire to transition back to a civilian government as quickly as possible. Egypt tried on the Islamists for size, didn´t like them, and are now trying another tack. And so far their casualties amount to little more than what you see on a summer night in Chicago.
Supporting the Egyptian military is the right thing to do at this time. And that is why I fully expect Obama won´t.
Whatever Obama is for, we are against. Whatever Obama is against, we are for. This is a simple test for a corrupt, lying president who hates our country. The opposite of what Obama is for is true and good.
Bambi´s teachers should have been a little clearer about Marxist policies. They said community organize the Brothers in the Hood, not the Muslim Brotherhood. He must have been stoned that day, as usual.
He´s going to give the Egyptian Army the money. If he doesn´t, the Russians will.
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
Los Angeles - Rather than thanking a list of friends and colleagues, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their American Music Awards acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance on Sunday night. Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, accepted the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in a live satellite feed from the rap group´s latest tour stop. "Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it," he said.
China and India’s success in weakening the latest global warming agreement created friction with other developing nations that are seeking to step up the fight against climate change. The two countries insisted on single-word changes for a deal at a United Nations conference involving 190 nations on Nov. 23. Instead of making “commitments” to roll back fossil fuel emissions, they signed up for “contributions,” a formulation that allows more flexibility in their action. Those last-minute revisions at a meeting that ran overtime by almost 30 hours underscored the reluctance of China and India to join in the sort of emissions
Washington - Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, closes on Sundays, costing its owners millions but honoring their Christian faith. The stores play religious music. Employees get free spiritual counseling. But they do not get free insurance coverage for some contraceptives, even though President Obama’s health care law requires it. Hobby Lobby, a corporation, says that forcing it to provide the coverage would violate its religious beliefs. A federal appeals court agreed, and the Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether it will hear the Obama administration’s appeal from that decision or appeals from one of
A historic agreement on Iran´s nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world´s most adversarial powers, it emerged on Sunday. The meetings ran parallel to official negotiations involving five other world powers, (Snip) The Obama administration asked journalists not to publish details they had uncovered of the secret diplomacy until the Geneva talks were over for fear of derailing them. The Associated Press and a Washington-based news website, Al-Monitor, finally did so
Tokyo - Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognize China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signaling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. China on Saturday said its “air defense identification zone” would give it the right to identify and possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. China’s announcement appeared to be the latest step in what analysts have called a strategy to chip away at Japan’s claims of control of the islands.
Seattle - Boeing´s ties to the Pacific Northwest date back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory. In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, (Snip) In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected the proposal with 67 percent of the votes. Union members who called for a no vote did so in protest of Boeing´s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." It´s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression´s popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
Washington - Problems with the federal health insurance website have prevented tens of thousands of low-income people from signing up for Medicaid even though they are eligible, federal and state officials say, undermining one of the chief goals of the 2010 health care law. The website, HealthCare.gov, is primarily seen as a place to buy private insurance with federal subsidies, but it is also a gateway to Medicaid, which generally provides more benefits at less cost to consumers. That door has been closed for the last six weeks, with the federal government unable to transfer its files to state Medicaid
Corydon, Iowa - The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America´s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn´t supposed to be this way. (Snip) But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and
After dodging questions for months about video evidence said to show him using drugs, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto stunned constituents and his own staff on Tuesday by telling a scrum of reporters, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.” Video of Mr. Ford’s admission, during an impromptu news conference, showed him asking reporters to repeat the question they first raised in May, when journalists for Gawker and The Toronto Star described seeing video that appeared to show the mayor using drugs. When one reporter complied, asking, “Do you smoke crack cocaine?” the mayor admitted that he had done
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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