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Top Marine Corps general slams
Obama’s handling of Iraq

Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst

Original Article

Posted By:Scottyboy, 7/17/2014 10:45:21 PM

Four-star Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, used a speaking engagement at the Brookings Institute on Tuesday to deliver a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq. “I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don’t think we’d be in the same shape we’re in today,” Gen. Amos said, the Fiscal Times reported Wednesday. It is rare for an active-duty serviceman to give such blunt public criticism of a sitting president. While

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Bravo Gen. Amos, but watch out you don´t get the Petraus treatment.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 7/17/2014 11:06:52 PM     (No. 9929550)

Bye, bye General Amos. Thanks for speaking the truth, watch your back. Semper Fi !

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pinchem, 7/17/2014 11:08:24 PM     (No. 9929553)

Apparently he is prepared to "Retire" very quickly.

I just wish more Generals had the Integrity and Courage to speak the truth. On the other side I guess you can´t blame a man who may be within a year or two of retirement speaking out too soon and lose it all.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tulunk, 7/17/2014 11:58:03 PM     (No. 9929609)

One of the first things that a would-be dictator does is demand the loyalty of the military. I heard that Amos is slated to retire this fall. He is a brave man, for Obama is a vindictive , vengeful man. He has to have people who will fire on crowds of Americans when Obama declares them enemies of the regime.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/18/2014 5:34:38 AM     (No. 9929735)

Expect your walking papers General. The idjit in the WH does not tolerate the truth being spoken by any terrorist military person. Don´t forget, HHS has deemed our military to be terrorists.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 7/18/2014 6:36:53 AM     (No. 9929779)

Has our General Pinoché arrived? Here´s hoping.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 6:48:39 AM     (No. 9929790)

Look, this is a tough issue--especially for good people who have never served in the military. Full disclosure: I am a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. Also, there is no one more critical of POTUS than I have been. I despise his lack of leadership, integrity, judgment, and common sense. I abhor his arrogance and disdain for the welfare of our country. BUT, I can say these things because I´m not on active duty. While I couldn´t agree more with General Amos´ observations, he was wrong to utter them while serving. "It´s rare for an active-duty serviceman to give such blunt criticism of a sitting president," because it´s insubordination and subject to criminal sanction IAW the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Articles 88, 133 & 134. While General Amos is on active duty, he does NOT have the same First Amendment rights as an ordinary citizen. He does have the duty to speak truth to power, but that would be for him to tell POTUS directly, and then submit his retirement. Civilian control of the military is one of the cornerstones of our Republic. Amos was right about the facts, but wrong to communicate them in this way. The rest of us should do a much better job in selecting a commander-in-chief.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/18/2014 6:54:41 AM     (No. 9929795)

In the case of a completely lawless and rogue president, it seems to me that some insubordination in the military might be a very good thing.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 7/18/2014 7:08:50 AM     (No. 9929814)

I totally agree with your assessment, #6, but it applies to "normal" times. Never before in our history has a president been a childish dictator and the enemy of the people. The more ranking people who call Obama on his lawlessness and damage to America, the faster he will be thrown out of office. General Amos will be the first one to realize the risk he has taken and the consequences he will suffer.

Once people get past the idea that we can get rid of him smoothly and legally, we can get down to the job of removing him like the cancer that he is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/18/2014 7:11:20 AM     (No. 9929819)

Thanks for walking, the walk and talking the talk, General. It´s men like you that let us know that America is still there - embers not extinguished by Obama, the arsonist.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/18/2014 7:13:08 AM     (No. 9929822)

#6. Thank you for your service and comments. I would in any other time, completely agree with you. However, we have never had a CIC like Obama. Respectfully I ask, do not the men and women of the military swear allegience to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and not the President? After watching what Obama has done I believe that sometimes desperate measures apply and that is why I don´t condemn Gen. Amos. I don´t believe he made the statement lightly or cavalierly. He knew the consequences. Therefore, I consider him a patriot.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/18/2014 7:19:33 AM     (No. 9929829)

Bottom line is Obama is helping his own people...ISLAM.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 7/18/2014 7:22:17 AM     (No. 9929833)

#6, I´m confident that General Amos is fully aware of the confines of the UCMJ in regards to public comments. The fact that an Active Duty General has finally had enough of his CIC´s disgusting performance is telling of this sad state of affairs we are experiencing.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: iamshazzam, 7/18/2014 7:41:45 AM     (No. 9929862)

All our military are "sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States" - that being said, every one of them have a legal and moral obligation to REFUSE any orders from this occupant of our house!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: vic36, 7/18/2014 8:09:45 AM     (No. 9929907)

Bravo Zulu, General Amos

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Reply 15 - Posted by: congar, 7/18/2014 8:19:02 AM     (No. 9929925)

I guess Captain Zero missed one when he was pruning the military of any commander who felt allegiance to the Constitution.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: dagger, 7/18/2014 8:21:23 AM     (No. 9929927)

Thank you no. 6 for your service. Colonel you are exactly right. Full disclosure: I did not serve active duty military, but served 30 yrs. in a certain agency. After serving under 7 presidents, I resigned before the present CIC took the oath in 2009. It was not hard to predict what we as a country were in for. Regardless of your position, civil or military,and no matter how right you are, you do not criticize the CIC while employed by the Government.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/18/2014 8:28:32 AM     (No. 9929938)

Obama has sacked more Generals than Stalin!


With regard to criticizing the CIC: "A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do."

Enough said.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: strike3, 7/18/2014 9:01:18 AM     (No. 9929987)

Excellent post, #17. Those who follow blindly usually end up stepping off the cliff.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 7/18/2014 9:16:55 AM     (No. 9930017)

#6, I sincerely thank you for your patriotism and service to our country.
Many appalled Americans are looking for John Galt, and since the cowardly Republicans in Washington refuse to even attempt to stop the madness, when a man of General Amos´ stature says aloud what so many good people are thinking, we can´t help but cheer. I know that I should defer to your reasoning regarding an active duty officer speaking out against The Regime, but these are desperate times, and the nation is hanging by a thread.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 7/18/2014 9:19:47 AM     (No. 9930025)

I´m profoundly thankful for those in positions of power and influence who speak out (even though they face retribution) for the sake of American security. Our country´s very survival and stability is at stake.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: planetgeo, 7/18/2014 9:39:04 AM     (No. 9930058)

#6, let´s take a hypothetical situation and see what the UCMJ says about it.

Assume you are in charge of a platoon with orders to guard the southern flank of the battalion´s command post. Your commanding general gives you an order to have your men stand down and allow open entry across the perimeter you are guarding. What do you do? Do you obey that order? And what do you do about that general?

Actually, this isn´t a hypothetical. This just occurred. Our general in charge of the domestic southern command just said publicly that the failure to restrict entry across our southern border, in effect on orders from the CIC, is an existential threat. Existential. That means that his men, and indeed all of us, are now being put in threat of death by the CIC.

What does the UCMJ say about that? What does your oath say about that?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 7/18/2014 9:51:30 AM     (No. 9930084)

Even the Egyptian Generals are smart enough not to allow a radical muslim to ruin their country.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: kittygalore, 7/18/2014 9:56:58 AM     (No. 9930091)

It is about time the Military Brass starts to speak up and stand for principle over the politics of their own careers.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 9:57:38 AM     (No. 9930093)

I respect the opinions of each one of you who suggested that my position was justified in normal circumstances but that the threat posed by the current POTUS justified the actions taken by General Amos. Also, I note the lucid argument that all military members swear an oath to the Constitution and not the President. That is, of course, true. The problem is that the Constitution in Art. II makes the POTUS the Commander-in-Chief of the military. The American military has reached the pinnacle of it´s efficiency and combat effectiveness because it purged itself of the divisive behavior of the Vietnam era, recruited fabulous, selfless folks, and imposed a strict discipline on the force. Those who view General Amos´ behavior as justified, would recoil in horror if a progressive general publicly criticized a conservative president in the midst of a crisis. Though I´m a proud Paratrooper who served in the 173d Airborne in RVN, the 82d Airborne and 18th Airborne Corps in later assignments, I concede that the USMC is one of the finest fighting echelons on the planet. I thank God that they are on our side. No matter how good it felt to unburden himself, no matter how much support he got from subordinate ranks, the Commandant did not do anyone any good by undermining the principle, which is embodied in Art. 88. Look, if I thought that POTUS could be impeached, I´d quit my cushy job and work for free to get rid of this malignancy. POTUS will not be impeached in the near future, and our best leaders, like General Amos, have to remember why the Founding Fathers created the Constitution the way they did. Remember all the countries that had military coups because the generals got impatient with the civilian government. None of those ever turned out well.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 7/18/2014 10:10:47 AM     (No. 9930112)

This is an interesting turn of events. As I understand it, Gen. Amos is not very well regarded within the USMC. I´ve got to look into this further.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 7/18/2014 10:24:58 AM     (No. 9930130)

Gen.Amos proves that he isn´t one of the´Perfumed Princes´ at the top levels of our military.Brazo Zulu General

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 7/18/2014 10:26:51 AM     (No. 9930131)

Bravo Zulu Sorry cant spell no coffee yet

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Reply 28 - Posted by: EQKimball, 7/18/2014 10:27:36 AM     (No. 9930135)

The last four star to take a public stand against the President was Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It did not work out well for him.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Starlifter Nav, 7/18/2014 10:33:22 AM     (No. 9930147)

Granted I haven´t been looking at (nor do I have references for) general opinions / mindset within the Corps.

Citation of any sort?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: M2, 7/18/2014 10:41:54 AM     (No. 9930160)

#6, under ordinary circumstances, I would agree with you about not speaking about the CIC that way.

But these are not ordinary circumstances: Never before has the USA experienced such an existential crisis, deliberately precipitated by the POTUS. His handling of the military, his cuts, his barely-concealed disdain for the military (the first POTUS ever to feel that way) and all his other actions have told American service personnel that they are dispensable, not particularly worth the cost, and not necessary to keep the peace.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: comstock, 7/18/2014 10:44:17 AM     (No. 9930167)

He´s toast. Obozo will replace him with a female desk pilot with a same-sex "wife." One who makes those file cabinets stand at attention all day and once had to combat a jammed paper shredder.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Freeloader, 7/18/2014 10:48:20 AM     (No. 9930174)

Thank you for speaking out General Amos, but is this really "brain surgery"?

Mullah Zero´s Middle Eastern "Policy" in twelve words or less:

"Raheem, Kareemun, ´Adheem, ´Aleemun...Haleem, Haheemun, Mateen...Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar"

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Reply 33 - Posted by: varjo, 7/18/2014 11:20:27 AM     (No. 9930227)

General.

Prepare for an IRS audit and other retaliations from POTUS.

P.S. I would test my car´s brakes before driving on any hilly roads.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Talk2, 7/18/2014 11:47:34 AM     (No. 9930266)

Anyone who spent more than 20 years in the military knows there are far too many Generals who are way too political and in love their jobs to jeopardize the perks and position to do JOB 1 and that´s looking out for the troops. I don´t know this General Amos, but it sounds like he has boiled internally for so long over the bozo in the WH that caution over the meat axe bozo has taken to the military lacks the deterrence it once did. I´m personally heartsick for the troops who are serving under the clown who would be King. IMO, their sacrifices mean nothing to a former (?)dope smoking, cocaine using, college playboy who surrounded himself with socialist/communist lapdogs when he shot from obscurity to be in command of a military some say he hates. Good on ya, General.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 7/18/2014 12:01:29 PM     (No. 9930281)

"I was just following orders" was no excuse for the concentration camp atrocities committed by the Germans during the Nuremburg trials.

I believe General Amos knew exactly what he was doing when he spoke out. "Wheel of Fortune" had a great quote: "The right path is not always the easy path."

It would have been easier for General Amos to keep quiet, but despite the UMCJ, I think he thought it was right, and necessary, to speak out about the President´s incompetence (at best).

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Reply 36 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 12:26:21 PM     (No. 9930307)

No active duty soldier or marine has the right to criticize the civilian leadership. In fact, it is a serious crime to do so. See the UCMJ, Arts. 88, 133, & 134. Though these may be desperate times, the comments made by General Amos, who -- I agree knew what he was doing -- only serves to undermine the good order and discipline of the USMC. There is no question that Obama should not be the POTUS. But that is NOT for the military to resolve or even address. That is an issue for the rest of us. If you are the Commandant and you have had your fill, then vote with your feet, like "Dagger" (commentator above) did in 2009. It would be a much more courageous act to resign your commission, or retire, and then explain your legitimate motivation. I fully understand why good people who are frustrated with Obama would applaud Gen. Amos. But they would be wrong because, like MacArthur--who was also correct about no substitution for victory--a senior general has no right to undermine the discipline of our fighting marines to vent his spleen. Once you go down this path, you may never recover. Every tinpot dictator in every banana republic had good and decent people supporting him. Some even had good intentions. The road to hell is paved with those good intentions. Maybe next time, we´ll be more careful who gets to be POTUS, our Senators, and our Representatives.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 7/18/2014 12:32:03 PM     (No. 9930312)

It´s a good thing that America is not "ruled" by a man like Hitler; otherwise, a German General like our General Amos of the "High Command" who said these things might get the Field Marshall Rommel treatment.

For any lofos who might be reading my post, Rommel was Hitler´s favorite general at one time. I have borrowed and shortened the following info which is about the famous general located @:http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/rommel.htm. It is entitled The Forced Suicide of Field Marshall Rommel, 1944

"Rommel was commander of a panzer division which gained prominence in 1940. He had smashed the French defenses, and went on to command the famous Afrika Korps. Rommel´s ability to inspire his troops and make the best of limited resources, prompted Hitler to elevate him to the rank of Field Marshall."

However, "by the beginning of 1943, Rommel had lost faith in Germany´s ability to win the war and in Hitler´s competence to lead the effort." Supposedly Rommel then "learned for the first time of the death camps, slave labor, the extermination of the Jews and the other atrocities of the Nazi regime".

Rommel became convinced that "victory for Germany was a lost cause and that prolonging the war would lead only to his homeland´s devastation. He came in contact with members of a growing conspiracy dedicated to ousting Hitler and establishing a separate peace with the western allies."

Unfortunately, Hitler got wind of Rommel´s treachery. Rommel´s son, Manfred, in his recounting of his father´s demise, tells of how his father broke the news to his mother.
´I am to have the chance of dying by poison. The two generals have brought it with them. It´s fatal in three seconds. If I accept, none of the usual steps will be taken against my family,...´



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Reply 38 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 7/18/2014 2:15:16 PM     (No. 9930418)

While, under normal circumstances, I´d agree with the many posts her on not speaking out against the Won while on active duty. But the President is violating the Constitution, disregarding Congresses enacted Laws and snubbing his nose at the SCOTUS and tearing everything apart that he can. Obama is assuming dictatorial powers and Generals like Amos are oathed to defend the Constitution and if this means calling a spade a spade, so to speak, so be it.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: gonavy, 7/18/2014 2:42:15 PM     (No. 9930453)

My son is an active duty Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot. I thank GOD for General Amos.


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Reply 40 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 7/18/2014 3:00:20 PM     (No. 9930480)

When a 4 star feels this strongly it is evidence that many in the military are frustrated. He knows what he is doing is wrong but probably feels strongly enough to risk the wrath of the WIC. (Weenie in Charge)

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Reply 41 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 7/18/2014 3:10:36 PM     (No. 9930497)

None of us want to see a military coup in this country. That´s what happens in banana republics where the rule of law is weak or non-existent.
Besides, we have a Constitution that provides for separation of powers and checks and balances.
So what are we to do when the rule of law is ignored - by the president - and the Constitution is repeatedly usurped and disregarded - again by the president?
And this president is pure Teflon because of the political incorrectness of impeaching our first minority president?
What then? How bad does it have to get? How far does he have to go?
(BTW, how many flag officers has Obama forced out in the past 5+ years?)

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Reply 42 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 7/18/2014 4:30:30 PM     (No. 9930591)

The commandant of the Marine Corps is General Joseph Dunford Jr. General Amos is retiring.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: dvc, 7/18/2014 5:18:41 PM     (No. 9930663)

Gen. Amos is out of line. I agree 100% with his thoughts, and much more, but as #6 has pointed out very clearly, this cannot be permitted in our system. I do understand that this particular president is attempting to destroy this country, but we must use the mechanisms provided to us by the founding fathers to right the ship of state, not move off of the lawful paths.

I have been very close to many in the military and this requirement to be silent publicly has been clear as a requirement for service for all that I know that have served.

I wish Gen. Amos well, but I expect that he will retire soon. Perhaps he will run for office and I can support him then if a more complete review of his views warrants it.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: dodge boy, 7/18/2014 6:40:03 PM     (No. 9930743)

When Obie did his purge of supposed unloyal generals in 2009, he somehow overlooked Amos. Gen. Amos, way to stand up for us, sir.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 7/18/2014 8:13:28 PM     (No. 9930828)

The duty to obey the CIC goes only so far. Even an enlisted man could be court martialed for obeying an order from a general, if that order were unlawful, such as to shoot an unarmed prisoner. Admittedly, the likelihood is that the enlisted guy would be framed, but still that is the law.

A senior officer has even more duty to evaluate the legality of an order from a superior. And despite the infamous claim of Richard Nixon, it is not "legal if the president does it."

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Reply 46 - Posted by: busterman, 7/18/2014 8:49:43 PM     (No. 9930858)

Yes and what the Founding Father´s did was technically treason.

Sometimes we need a little insubordination.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Cav160, 7/18/2014 9:26:51 PM     (No. 9930896)

Well #6, I too am a retired officer, 1st Cav RVN, etc. Always took my oath seriously and for most part served under good CICs. However today with this corrupt crowd I would have a hard time not speaking out! I will never forgive Army Senior Leaders for allowing Ft Hood terror attack to be classified as Work Place violence, same for stupid Rules of Engagement.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/18/2014 9:38:13 PM     (No. 9930906)

Another American has stood up to be counted.
Unfortunately, he will be told to stand down by a person with no patriotism or loyalty to this country.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: TrustButVerify, 7/18/2014 10:51:21 PM     (No. 9930955)

#32 -- You made me LOL! OMG!

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A GOP state legislator and the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party are standing behind anti-Muslim remarks the lawmaker posted to his Facebook page, and both said Thursday they have no plans to apologize. Leaders with several civil rights organizations have called for state Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, to apologize after he posted a comment to his Facebook page urging people, especially Christians, to “be wary of the individuals who claim to be Muslim-American.” Bennett also said in his post that the Islamic holy book, the Quran, calls for the killing of non-Muslims. Adam Soltani, the executive director of

Sen Mark Kirk mentions Michelle Obama
as possible opponent in his fund-raising letter
WGN-TV (Chicago, IL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/11/2014 9:32:10 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama hasn’t given any indication that she’ll run for political office, but Sen. Mark Kirk is suggesting otherwise. The Illinois Republican sent a fund-raising letter to supporters referring to the “press and rumor mills” that Obama may run for Kirk’s Senate seat in 2016. The letter was first reported by the Chicago-Sun Times and confirmed by Kirk’s office. Kirk even compares Obama’s potential run to speculation in 1999 over whether then-First Lady Hillary Clinton would run for the Senate. She eventually did. So is Kirk looking for supporters to connect the dots?

Rep. Stacey Abrams
investigated for voter fraud
WXIA-TV (Atlanta, GA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/11/2014 9:20:55 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta - An investigation is underway into claims of voter fraud involving the state´s highest ranking Democratic elected official. The Secretary of State Brian Kemp´s office launched an investigation after they allegedly received complaints of possible voter fraud from election offices in nearly a dozen counties. "Our investigators were talking to the counties and to individuals who´d had their names forged on voter registration documents," Kemp said. "You know that´s fraud." Kemp´s office has slapped Rep. Stacey Abrams´ organization, the New Georgia Project with a subpoena. demanding that they turn over all

Memorial service for literary lion
Maya Angelou will feature former first lady
and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
New York Daily News, by Jan Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/11/2014 9:03:09 PM     Post Reply
Literary lion Maya Angelou may be gone, but her memory will live on through the day and beyond. A memorial celebration to honor Angelou, the revered writer, poet, actress and civil rights activist who died this year, will kick off at the Riverside Church on Riverside Dr. near W. 120th St. on Friday at 11 a.m. Former first lady, senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join a group of renowned speakers — including author Toni Morrison and popular poet Nikki Giovanni — to pay tribute to the legendary Angelou, who died at her home on the North Carolina campus

President Bush speaking in Cleveland today
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/11/2014 8:05:53 AM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND -- Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at a Cleveland college scholarship luncheon on Thursday, which marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. The event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at last year´s luncheon. The annual event has raised more than $11 million since 1992. Proceeds from this year´s luncheon will benefit veterans´ programs as well as fund scholarships. Multiple roads will be closed as President Bush comes into the area. Those road closures will not be publicized, however, for

Activists plan People´s Climate March before
United Nations summit on climate change
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/10/2014 8:44:13 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue. Organizers of the New York event, called the People´s Climate March, said similar actions will take place Sept. 21 in other cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state to a Sept. 23 climate change summit in New York. President Barack Obama is expected to attend. City Councilman Donovan Richards said at

Cheney in Wonderland
Politico, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/10/2014 8:35:02 PM     Post Reply
Here is a multiple-choice question. See if you can get it right. Asking for advice from Dick Cheney on foreign policy is as sensible as: A. Getting advice from Anthony Weiner on appropriate texting B. Asking Ted Cruz for counsel on the virtues of silence C. Expecting Vladimir Putin to say he’s sorry D. All of the above OK, the answer—(D)—is pretty obvious. Maybe too obvious. Maybe this subject is so plainly straw-mannish that it’s not even worth writing about. But what the hell, you can click off this page anytime you want, and space is free on the Internet.

Dick Cheney´s Foreign Policy Advice
is ´Terrifying´, Harry Reid Says
ABC News Radio, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/10/2014 5:49:50 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney’s views on foreign policy, describing his advice to House Republicans as “terrifying.” “Taking advice from Dick Cheney on foreign policy? That’s a terrifying prospect. We should be learning from our past mistakes, not repeating them,” Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “They’ve got to be really careful with advice they take from Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney is more responsible than anyone else for the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the country -- the invasion of Iraq,” Reid said.



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Ted Cruz Stands Up to ‘Hatred and
Bigotry’ at Conference of Middle
Eastern Christians

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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Alanda Goodman    Original Article
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career. “I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned

Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS
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CNN, by Elise Labott, Laura Smith-Spark*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/11/2014 6:02:43 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration´s strategy includes "many different things that one doesn´t think of normally in context of war." "What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation," Kerry told CNN´s Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "It´s going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it´s a major counterterrorism operation that

Obama’s consistent unseriousness
about the Islamic State

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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2014 10:56:07 PM     Post Reply
As we suspected, President Obama tried in his Wednesday-night speech to make it sound like he was doing something new when he, in fact, he is not. Moreover, in describing his response, he made plain that he doesn’t take the threat to the homeland seriously. For a threat his advisers say is greater than that posed by al-Qaeda after 2001, he proposed measures suitable for Yemen and Somalia. No, really — that’s the plan. For starters, the president doesn’t believe the Islamic State is a current threat to the U.S.: “So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq

Obama losing the confidence
of key parts of the coalition
that elected him

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Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/11/2014 10:47:32 PM     Post Reply
Kimberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and gave him another four years in 2012 to deliver on his promises of hope and change. Now, the 36-year-old mother of three young children in Valencia, Calif., is among the majority of Americans who have lost confidence in Obama’s leadership and the job he is doing as president. “He’s been faced with a lot of challenges, and he’s lost his way,” Cole said in an interview. She worries that Obama lacks the resolve needed at a time when things at home

Palin Family Allegedly
Involved In A Brawl

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Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/12/2014 7:34:06 AM     Post Reply
A majority of the Palin family — Sarah, Todd, Bristol, and Track — was allegedly involved in a booze-filled brawl over the weekend in which the former vice presidential candidate reportedly screamed, “Don’t you know who I am?” According to reports from local bloggers, the Palin crew showed up at a party in Wasilla following a day at the Iron Dog snowmobile race. According to local blogger Amanda Coyne, witnesses at the scene said Palin’s eldest son, Track, showed up to the party in a stretch Hummer. He then confronted a man who had previously dated one of his sisters,

Obama at the Credibility Gap
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/11/2014 5:11:38 AM     Post Reply
Rarely has a president faced a greater challenge in establishing his credibility for a new foreign-policy move than Barack Obama did in his nationally televised speech tonight. A CNN poll earlier this week found that just 30 percent of voters thought Obama had presented a clear plan for fighting the Islamic State. While Obama now pledges to ask Congress to train and aid Syrian rebels who would fight the group, voters remember that he backed similar plans in Syria in 2013, when his advisers saw Syrian president Bashar Assad as the major threat. The new Fox News poll out today has more

After Golf Snub, President Canceled
Plans, Went Home

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/10/2014 5:57:14 PM     Post Reply
A new report from NBC claims that President Obama couldn´t get a tee time during a recent visit to New York. So he packed up and went home (before returning to New York the next night for a private wedding). "President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York," the report states. "Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president. The president was in

Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Has
No Chance of Success

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Weekly Standard, by Frederick W. Kagan & Kimberly Kagan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/11/2014 4:48:56 AM     Post Reply
President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a short speech. Noting that ISIL is not a state (partly because the international community thankfully does not recognize it), he declared, “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.” Neither of those sentences, unfortunately, is true. ISIL is an insurgent group that controls enormous territory in Iraq and Syria that it governs. It maneuvers conventional light

Obama says the Islamic State ‘is
not Islamic.’ Americans disagree.

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Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 9/11/2014 12:22:13 PM     Post Reply
Throughout his presidency, President Obama has emphasized one point while talking about Islamist extremists: They are not practicing Islam, he has said, they are perverting it. He took that a step further Wednesday night. While announcing that he´s expanding the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group into Syria, Obama said flatly that this group, which is trying to install a caliphate in the Middle East, "is not Islamic." He didn´t say they are perverting their religion; he said they´re not even part of that religion. "No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of [the Islamic State´s] victims

Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution
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New York Times, by Bruce Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/11/2014 11:05:42 PM     Post Reply
Berlin - President Obama´s declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition. Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris. Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions (Snip) Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

Jay Carney joins CNN
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Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/10/2014 10:42:39 AM     Post Reply
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday. He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a prime-time statement about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Sam Feist, CNN´s Washington bureau chief said in a statement. "Jay´s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns," Feist said. "We´re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide

Action against Islamic
State is a ‘legacy issue’
for President Obama

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Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2014 10:53:48 PM     Post Reply
Nearly six years into a presidency devoted to ending U.S. wars in the Muslim world, President Obama faced the nation Wednesday night to explain why he has decided to engage in a new one. Obama did not describe his authorization of direct military action to defeat the Islamic State terror group as a conventional war. To the contrary, in a prime-time address from the White House, he sharply contrasted his use of targeted but limited American force with the large-scale air-and-ground invasions launched by his predecessor, George W. Bush. “This effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and


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