Very interesting and must read article in the Washington Post where Eliot Cohen, a distinguished military historian and scholar of civilian-military relations, and foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asks the important Ronald Reagan slightly modified question, Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
Has President Obama been a competent steward of U.S. national security?
Set aside the opening follies of this administration, such as the cringe-inducing “reset” button given to Russia’s foreign minister that yielded no cooperation but managed to produce anti-American venom from Vladimir Putin and the harassment of our ambassador to Moscow by thugs in Putin’s youth movement.
Set aside the hypocrisy of the Obama team’s scorn at former governor Mitt Romney’s lack of foreign policy experience, given that its own candidate, during his two years in the Senate prior to his presidential campaign, managed to produce one large goof: contemptuous certainty that the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007 would fail (VIDEO).
Set aside even the unseemliness of the president blaming America’s failures abroad on the George W. Bush administration while claiming credit for operations whose foundations were laid during the Bush presidency.
Disregard all this, and the answer remains no.
Yes, Obama ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden. So would any president who had him in American gun sights — imagine the furor if any commander in chief were to refrain from giving that order. But has Obama ended our war with Islamist extremists?
Read the entire article, quite enlightening and shows Obama for what he really is when it comes to foreign policy, a novice at best. Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy accomplishments are those that he “inherited” from GWB. Its safe to say that Obama just adopted W’s drone attacks. The reason why BO does more is because he does not have the MSM claiming that innocent women and children are killed in missile attacks like W was at every strike. Some how the MSM never mentions that now. What a coincidence. Also, the tips that began the get Bin Laden efforts were started under W and dare I say, waterboarding.
What is wrong with the liberal MSM, these people have serious, serious issues.
This is how the LEFT talks about the leader of the United States greatest ally in the Middle East. During this mornings“Morning Joe” host Mike Barnicle asked Joe Klein the preposterous question, who is more dangerous, the supreme leader if Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What kind of an idiot would even pose this question?
From the Washington Free Beacon:
MIKE BARNICLE: Who is the more dangerous player on the world stage right now, the supreme leader in Tehran or Bibi netanyahu?
(UNCLEAR): Don’t answer that.
JOE KLEIN: It’s not netanyahu. the supreme leader is a fascist. and he right now is causing great pain to his people in a way that Bibi Netanyahu never would.
DONNY DEUTSCH: I understand the point of your question, but that was a silly question.
(UNCLEAR): That was a clown question, bro.
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: One point we know with Netanyahu, as Joe can tell you, anybody’s who’s who’s been in the room with Netanyahu, you don’t have to be with him long to know that there’s only one way, only one way, to get along with him and that is to agree with every single word he says, which Mitt Romney apparently does.
David Plouffe, Senior Obama White House Adviser Received $100,000 Speaking Fee in 2010 from Affiliate Company Doing Business with Government of Iran
Are you serious. no wonder Obama and his minions are so concerned about Romney’s tax returns, look what they are doing right in front of your faces!
David Plouffe, one of President Barack Obama’s senior White House advisers has some explaining to do. Plouffe received a $100K speaking fee from an affiliate company doing business with the government of Iran in 2010. Are you serious, this is what Obama has as a top political adviser? Then again, Timothy “TurboTax” Geithner as his Treasury Secretary. Democrats have the audacity to ask Mitt Romney about foolish tax returns yet they have a top political adviser taking money from companies doing business with Iran? UNREAL! The Obama Administration is just unbelievable of how much they do that they want to fall under the People’s radar. Tran parent my butt!!!
David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.
A subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, paid Plouffe for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff.
Since Plouffe’s speeches, MTN Group has come under intensified scrutiny from U.S. authorities because of its activities in Iran and Syria, which are under international sanctions intended to limit the countries’ access to sensitive technology. At the time of Plouffe’s speeches, MTN had been in a widely reported partnership for five years with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.
Granted as reported at The Hill, Plouffe did not violate the law or ethics obligations for White House employees as he was a private citizen at the time, Republicans believe the revelation could prove politically potent. However, doing business with a company affiliated to doing business with Iran. How is that possible? Of all countries, Iran! Sorry, but this is an ethics situation with “We the People”.
“Today’s story raises serious questions about Barack Obama’s senior adviser traveling to Nigeria weeks before he joined the West Wing to give a speech with a company actively engaged with and profiting from the oppressive policies of the Iranian regime,” said RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski in a statement. “David Plouffe may be the biggest loophole in the international community’s sanctions against Iran.”
Campaigner in Chief Obama Plays Politics Again … Tells Israel Not to Strike Iran until after the 2012 Campaign
Isn’t it Barack HusseinObama that always accuses the GOP of playing politics? Um, Mr. President, who is playing politics with the Israel-Iran situation?
Just when you thought you heard it all from this President. Barack Obama, the Campaigner in Chief, tells Israel to not at conduct a strike against Iran until after the 2012 campaign season. Is there nothing that Obama does not play politics with, including the safety of a nation and US national security. According to reports, “Obama insisted that any attack on Iran should be postponed until after the US presidential elections in November, possibly even until next spring.” UNREAL!!! Has this President no shame?
The caption for this should have been Israeli PM Netanyahu to Obama … What you talkin’ bout Willis?
Israel will only strike Iranian nuclear facilities in September or after the United States presidential elections in November, a White House official told the British Sunday Times newspaper after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama last week.
According to the report, Obama has taken Israel’s warnings about a possible strike in Iran very seriously. The Washington source added that the president “might visit in the summer to reassure the Israelis that the US commitment to defend Israel is unshakable and thus thwart a possible autumn attack.”
As stated at the Gateway Pundit, Heaven forbid that the safety of Israel and its people and US national security get in the way of Obama’s reelection. It has been Barack Obama who has been accusing Republicans and the GOP Presidential contenders of playing politics with the Iran-Israel situation. Maybe Obama would like to look in the mirror. After all, what could possibly be more important than “the Chosen One” other than maybe the “Chosen” people.
Iranian police crack down on public enemy #1 … Barbie. Police round up Barbie in Iran for women to dare wear bikinis and mini-skirts.
Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls in Iran, part of a decades-long crackdown against “manifestations of Western culture,” the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Friday.
Barbie dolls are sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear headscarves in public, and men and women are not allowed to swim together.
Because its a religion of peace. I guess we can add tolerance and choice to it as well.
Iran To Give Back America Drone To Obama … The Only Problem It Looks Like a Miniature Pink Plastic Malibu Barbie Drone
Iran taunts Obama …
Iran continues to mock America and the weak leadership of President Barack Obama. If the crash of the RQ-170 drone in Iran was not embarrassing enough, Iran has just upped the ante. They stated they would return a miniature plastic version, a pink one has been reserved for President Obama. Great, its nice to be considered a laughing stock in the world isn’t it. Makes one long for the days of a “cowboy” in office.
An Iranian firm, seeking to capitalize on the frenzy that followed the crash of the drone — and American calls to have it returned — is now producing miniaturized toy versions of the craft. Most of the toys, which come in several colors and are made of Iranian plastic, have already been snapped up by Iranian government organizations, according to the group that manufactures them.
At least one model — a pink one — has been reserved for President Obama.
“He said he wanted it back, and we will send him one,” said Reza Kioumarsi, the head of cultural production at the Ayeh Art group.
Atlas Shrugs has an actual pic of the drone planes that Iran plans on selling and sending to Obama.
UPDATE I: The Lonely Conservative linked, thanks!
US Navy Rescues Iranian Ship & Sailors held by Somali Pirates … Because America is Just So Evil … Iran Says a “welcome and humanitarian act”
How must the following story be reported in Iran to its people? AMERICA TO THE RESCUE …
Talk about your ironies … The US Navy ship was in the area due to Iranian hostilities. Once again, America to the rescue! The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd responded to a distress call from the Iranian vessel, , the Al Molai, that had been held captive for more than 40 days, by Somali pirates. The result, the US cavalry to the rescue and 13 Iranian fishing sailors were saved. A U.S. Navy team boarded the ship and detained 15 suspected Somali pirates.
A U.S. Navy destroyer has rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected pirates just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf.
American forces flying off the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd responded to a distress call from the Iranian vessel, the Al Molai, which had been held captive for more than 40 days, the U.S. Navy said Friday. The Kidd was sailing in the Arabian Sea, after leaving the Persian Gulf, when it came to the sailors’ aid.
Image that? The US Navy ship was in the area due to the Iranian government in Tehran threats to cut off the Strait of Hormuz. We have been told by Iranian officials that the US is no longer welcome in the Gulf. I bet these Iranian fishing sailors rescued by the US Navy beg to differ. Whether at odds with a country or not, the United States is always there to lend a helping hand … A note to the haters of America, “It’s what we do.”
“It’s what we do. And it’s what we do in that part of the world. We get a distress call, as we did in this case, even though it came from an Iranian ship. When the pirates went after them, we respond to those calls,” Panetta said. “We did what we have to do in that situation. I think it just sends an important message to the world that the United States is going to abide by international rules and international order, and that’s exactly what we did here.”
This is what separates the Unites states from the other countries that US “haters” try to compare us to and say we are the same. Could we have expected the Iranian government to have come to a US boats rescue? Hmm? Not unless they wanted to take possession of the boat like a military drone.
OH, THE IRONY
UPDATE I: First the irony and now for something completely different … Wow, how much worldwide exposure did this humanitarian act get … Iran has finally commented and states that the January 5 US Navy operation was a “welcome and humanitarian act.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran’s Arabic-language broadcaster, Al-Alam, that “all nations should display such behavior.”
“We consider the actions of the U.S. forces in saving the lives of the Iranian seamen to be a humanitarian and positive act and we welcome such behavior,” Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.
According to ABC News, two US hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been freed by Iran. As per their lawyer, the two Americans held captive in an Iranian prison for over two years will be set free today. A second Iranian judge has finally signed their release order. Iran had previously sentenced Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer to 8 years in prison as spies.
Attorney Masoud Shafii, the lawyer representing the Americans, said that the only thing now keeping Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal behind bars is the $500,00 bail each, which their lawyer tells ABC News could be processed today.
“The natural path has taken its course. As I had mentioned before, I was waiting for a signature. This has now happened. There was a small problem with the bail. I requested from them to deal with this problem. I asked them to go to the Central Bank to resolve the issue. I hope that this will be resolved today,” Shafii said today.
What a shock that the release comes right before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to speak in NYC at the UN in front of the General Assembly.
UPDATE I: Josh Fattal & Shane Bauer get outta Dodge after freed from prison … American Hikers Leave Iran Following Prison Release.
The Iranian kangaroo court has spoken …
The two American hikers, Shane Bauer & Josh Fattal, who were arrested on July 31, 2009 near Iran’s border with Iraq, along with a third American Sarah Shourd, by the Iranian regime have been sentenced in Iran to 8 years as US spies. They were convicted for for espionage and illegal entry.
“In connection with illegal entry into Iranian territory each was given three years in jail and in connection with the charge of cooperating with American intelligence service, each was given five years in jail,” a state TV website said, quoting what it called an informed judiciary source.
They have 20 days to appeal, it said.
The affair has compounded tensions between Tehran and Washington, which have had no diplomatic relations since the storming of the U.S. embassy after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.
Thankfully, Sarah Shourd was freed on $500,000 bail in September 2010, returned home and never returned back to Iran. What will be the reaction of the Obama Administration to the sentencing? Sorry, Obama was to busy on vacation to respond to two Americans being unjustly imprisoned.
Obviously, this was a hard line message by Iran to test the Obama Administration … but all that came from the State Department was that they restated the U.S. appeals for their release, “It is time to reunite them with their families.” I guess its better than an Obama apology.
Oh the irony, a regime like Iran enforcing their borders, but Barack Obama thinks that its perfectly ok for illegals to come across the border as long as they commit no crimes. Maybe after his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Obama can share his executive order providing backdoor amnesty to illegals.
UPDATE I: Iran turns US hikers into Hostages.
Is it 1979 all over again … a weak US Democrat President residing over a failed US economy and an Iranian regime politicizing the capture and detainment of Americans.
The politicized verdict once again underscores the Islamist regime’s twisted sense of “justice,” which is meted out against Iranians as well as foreigners to advance the interests of a ruthlessly brutal regime. The show trial of the hiker/hostages is one more slap in the face of the Obama Administration, whose eager rush to engage Tehran has produced no tangible results.
President Obama Wants to Negotiate with a 9-11 Truther? US Delegates Walk out of Ahmadinejad’s Stating Americans were Behind the 9/11 Terror Attacks
So President Barack Hussein Obama wants to negotiate with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man who states that America was behind the 9-11 terrorist attacks from radical Islam, really?
How could any fool in the MSM try and analyze the comments of a crazy man?
Yesterday at the UN, the US delegation walked out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech as he went on with his crazy rant that the United States government was behind the 9-11 radical Islamic terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3000 innocent people. The same man who President Obama wants to have negotiations with over nuclear armaments. The same man who has said he wants to see Israel wiped off the map. Ahmadinejad also suggested that there needs to be an independent commission to examine the attacks. Why do we give these nuts any credibility?