That the socialist French government of François Hollande just blocked a bad deal with Tehran, emerging as the hero of the Geneva negotiations, is on one level a huge surprise. But it also follows logically from the passivity of the Obama administration.
American foreign policy is in unprecedented free-fall, with a feckless and distracted White House barely paying attention to the outside world, and when it does, acting in an inconsistent, weak, and fantastical manner. If one were to discern something so grand as an Obama Doctrine, it would read: "Snub friends, coddle opponents, devalue American interests, seek consensus, and act unpredictably."
Along with many other critics, I rue this state of affairs. But the French action demonstrates that it does have a silver lining. more >>
The mystery "Obamacare woman" whose photo was used on the front page of the Affordable Care Act's website has stepped forward to reveal that she was bullied online over the flaws and glitches in the website's launching.
"They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They're cyberbullying," the woman, identified only as Adriana, said in an interview with ABC News' Amy Robach, published on Wednesday.
"I'm here to stand up for myself and defend myself and let people know the truth," she added. more >>
President Barack Obama should keep his promise to let Americans keep their current health care policies, former President Bill Clinton said.
"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," Clinton said in an Ozy.com interview posted Tuesday.
During the debate over passage of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Obama frequently claimed that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." He repeated the claim as recently as September, just weeks before the Oct. 1 ACA rollout. The claim, though, turned out not to be true as millions received cancellation notices from their health insurance providers. more >>
In the spring of 2012, when I wrote The Last Israelis, I thought that the pessimistic premise of my cautionary tale on Iranian nukes was grounded in realism. I had imagined a U.S. president who passively and impotently reacted to Iran's nuclear ambitions, leaving it to tiny Israel to deal with the threat. But something far worse is happening: the Obama administration is actively making it harder for Israel to neutralize Iran's nukes, and more likely that Iran will develop a nuclear arsenal.
A few months after my apocalyptic thriller was published, The New York Times reported that "intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials [dating] almost to the beginning of President Obama's term" resulted in an agreement to conduct one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. In those secret talks, did Obama long ago concede to Iran a nuclear capability? If so, then the current Geneva negotiations merely provide the international imprimatur for what Iran and the US have already privately agreed. That might explain why France (of all countries) had to reject a Geneva deal that would have left Iran with a nuclear breakout capability.
An investigation by The Daily Beast also reveals that the "Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran's new president last June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva..." The report notes that Treasury Department notices show "that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June." more >>
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said in a recent interview that although she is pleased a Republican was re-elected as governor in the blue state of New Jersey, she feels lukewarm towards a possible 2016 presidential run for Chris Christie.
"I would never put my faith and hope in any one individual politician,'' Palin told Matt Lauer on Monday morning's airing of the "Today" show, when Lauer asked the former Governor of Alaska what she thought of Christie. Christie recently won his re-election for Governor of New Jersey and is considered a favorite of the GOP party for a possible 2016 presidential election run.
"Not any of them. There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he were on the scene, that's who I would put my faith in," Palin added. more >>
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is raising emergency donations for close to 4 million children believed to be affected by the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan, which has caused widespread damage and killed thousands.
"We are rushing to get critical supplies to children who are bearing the brunt of this crisis," said UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi.
"Reaching the worst affected areas is very difficult, with limited access due to the damage caused by the typhoon to infrastructure and communications. But we are working around the clock to find ways to get these supplies to children as quickly as conditions allow." more >>