The Wall Street Journal recently showed Vladimir Putin in Crimea. There was the saturnine Slav in an unusually ebullient mood. He was standing in front of a banner ostensibly celebrating the victory of the USSR in what Russians still call "The Great Patriotic War" against Hitler in 1945.
The Secretary of State admits he was "inarticulate." And he proceeds to prove it daily. We might have thought that was an unusual quality for America's top diplomat. But in his statement trying to extricate himself from his most recent gaffe, the Secretary digs in deeper.
Secretary of State John Kerry has taken only one element from all of America's history in his peripatetic quest to forge a Mideast peace settlement: It is Theodore Roosevelt's famous "Big Stick." It was the Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Roosevelt, who famously quoted the West African proverb: "Walk softly but carry a big stick."
President Obama has added a new twist to shuttle diplomacy. It seems whenever Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the air en route to Washington, the Commander-in-Chief chooses that time to apply the screws to Israel's democratic government.
The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of "an exodus approaching biblical proportions." Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.
The debates over Obamacare seem to be, like Ben Franklin's death & taxes, the only certainties in our lives. This has clearly been the case since Inauguration Day, 2009. Yes, President Obama called for an immediate "stimulus" of nearly $1 Trillion to prime the pump, to create shovel-ready jobs. We never heard that phrase shovel ready before Mr. Obama employed it. And, within the first two years after passage of the huge stimulus bill, the president himself acknowledged there was no such thing as shovel ready jobs.
President Obama is receiving plenty of criticism for his selfie cellphone portrait at the funeral of South Africa's revered leader, Nelson Mandela. What the president had to say in tribute to Africa's greatest statesman was largely overshadowed by the press pictures of Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark's shapely blonde chief of government, Helle Thorning Schmidt.
The side-by-side comparisons of President Obama's statements then and now are devastating. Especially the "period." Period here is no punctuation mark. It's a way of underscoring the word of the President of the United States.
When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes." Too memorably, as things turned out. He won that election handily, carrying forty states against the hapless Michael Dukakis and 53 percent of the vote. It was the last comfortable victory the Republicans have seen.
As a candidate in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that Ronald Reagan was a "transformative" president in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons—then pushing Hillary's rival candidacy—were red-faced in rage.
What President Obama calls "flexibility" soon translated into flaccidity. The Russians have always been sensitive to weakness in their opponents.
Why would Iraqis want this Jewish Trove when they don't want the Jews? The idea that Jews driven out of Baghdad over a forty-year period might want to come back is fanciful. But the simple fact is: They can't come back.
When Ronald Reagan was running against the hapless Jimmy Carter in 1980, a reporter challenged him. What would you do differently? Gov. Reagan, ever genial, smiled and said crisply: Everything.
You probably cannot find a more scholarly, measured, and careful writer than Michael Barone. When Michael Barone says the Obama administration views "Christianity bad, Islam good," people sit up and take notice.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is commanding big speaking fees. She regularly gets $200,000 for unburdening her mind on important topics of the day. Bill Clinton has topped all former presidents, however, in speaking for dollars.
Americans should shed no tears for Mubarak's departure. He stayed in power for thirty years the way the Tsar did: by combining secret police crackdowns combined with fanning the flames of anti-Semitism.
In one of his first actions on entering the Oval Office, President Obama famously tossed the bust of Winston Churchill out into the snow. Well, only figuratively. But he wanted to make the point that Sir Winston was no longer in favor in the U.S.
Dani Dayan is an Israeli envoy that visited Washington recently. He came as a representative of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria
President Obama's recent trip to the G-8 Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland, included an address at the Waterfront hall. There, he criticized Catholic and Protestant schools and compared them to segregated schools in the U.S. when he was a boy. His remarks were hailed by British atheists.
Mikey Weinstein and his militant atheizers in MRFF (the so-called Military Religious Freedom Foundation) are boasting of their ability to crush any outbreak of Christian expression in the military
President Obama has made good use of his sense of humor. He has often used his wit to disarm his critics. He has, we admit, a sly sense of humor. And it serves him well. He loves to expose his critics to ridicule. He's actually much more appealing—and politically more successful—when he deploys humor against his opponents.
President Obama is suffering the not untypical reality of Second Term blues, or blahs. His administration is beset by scandals foreign and domestic. But his record can still be examined for a clear understanding of this president's preferences, namely home schooling.
A very significant date, March 4, 2013, passed virtually without notice. It was on that date that President Obama's tenure exceeded that of Abraham Lincoln. We can all give thanks to God, of course, that Mr. Obama's term in office has not been cut short, as Lincoln's was, by a heinous act of political violence.
One of the most famous sayings of the Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky was this: "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." It's one of the few correct things that violent Communist ever said.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's governing majority, is not actually crucifying the nation's Christians. But they are nonetheless actively persecuting Coptic Christians who are said to be one-tenth of the population of the largest Arab country.