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Friday, September 6, 2013

Defeat Looming, Obama Goes To TV

Reports this morning suggest that President Obama may suffer a stunning defeat on Capitol Hill as more members of Congress go on the record against taking military action in Syria.

While the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing the use of force, cracks are emerging within the Democrat caucus. Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Heitkamp (D-ND) are proposing an alternative that would give Syria 45 days to sign a treaty...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Obama Suddenly Discovers Congress

I just re-read Obama's Saturday statement in which he announced that he intended to go to Congress to win approval for his "shot across the bow" against Syria. According to various reports, Obama's sudden reversal shocked everyone, including his closest aides.

Here's how Obama explained his decision: "I'm also mindful that I'm the president of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. ...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Foreign Policy In The Twilight Zone

Watching events unfold in Washington this week has been like living in the Twilight Zone. Who would have thought five years ago that Barack Obama, an anti-war liberal, would be asking Congress for the authority to bomb Syria?

Who would have imagined that John Kerry, who made headlines decades ago for condemning his fellow countrymen serving in Vietnam, would now be making forceful arguments for the use of American military power...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Few Thoughts…

Here are a few thoughts on the stunning events of the past weekend.
• I believe it is a good move for Obama to go to Congress seeking authority for military intervention in Syria. But not begrudgingly, as he has done it. As we have learned from Vietnam, it is unwise to conduct a war without the support of the American people.

On Syria, the public is ambivalent. But the public overwhelmingly agrees that Obama should ask Congress for its approval. (What does it tell us...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shootings.

The Water's Edge

I received dozens of responses from folks who felt strongly enough to let me know that they disagreed with my argument for action in Syria. I have no doubt that many more of you are ambivalent at best about our possible involvement in Syria.

I worry that the damage to America from not acting after a "red line" has been crossed will be...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Getting Serious With Syria?

A confrontation with Syria appears inevitable. Here's what has happened in the past 24 hours:

  • Yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference and declared that the Assad regime had in fact used chemical weapons, crossing Barack Obama's "red line." Kerry called the use of such weapons "a moral obscenity" that was "inexcusable and undeniable."
  • According to the Washington...
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Monday, August 26, 2013

50 Years After The March

Periodically, I recommend things you should read with your children and grandchildren, such as Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address or Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire" speech. Since it is in the news, I would also recommend Reverend Martin Luther King's speech at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago, as well as his...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Major Nidal Hasan guilty on all counts.

Can America Survive Our Growing Virtue Deficit?

Yesterday we commented on the brutal murder of Christopher Lane, a young college student in Oklahoma, and how his death is being treated by the media compared to the Martin/Zimmerman confrontation, which was shamelessly exploited by the left. The Oklahoma incident will soon be purged from the public's consciousness because there is no narrative...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Obama & U.S. Credibility

The apparent chemical attack in Syria and the recent shutdown of America's Middle East embassies starkly demonstrate the meltdown of Obama's leadership and America's credibility in the region.

French and Israeli intelligence reports indicate that this was a real chemical attack against Syrian civilians and not a contrived event by the Syrian opposition. But an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council yesterday yielded little but...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The No Accountability Administration

As you know, four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, were killed on September 11, 2012, during a series of attacks against our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. An independent commission, led by former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, blasted Hillary Clinton's State Department for "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies." 

In response to the report, then-Secretary of State...

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