President Obama has engaged in military actions around the world as much as any other president. Since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after entering office, he has proven himself as aggressive as the most hawkish Republican president in history. This comes as no surprise in hindsight; when Obama was first running for president, he indicated he would bomb Pakistan, which even most Republicans opposed.
By April 2012, The New York Times was calling Obama "warrior in chief," saying he "has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades." Law professor Jonathan Turley, considered one of the top left-leaning constitutional experts in the country, told MSNBC that Obama is worse than Bush or Nixon at launching unilateral, unconstitutional wars. Jack Goldsmith, who led the Office of Legal Counsel for part of the George W. Bush administration, says Obama has expanded war powers beyond any previous president.
In response to the liberal backlash against the 47 Republican senators who sent a joint letter to leaders of Iran about their nuclear negotiations with the Obama administration, conservatives have been quick to point out that, on several occasions, Democrats actually met with foreign leaders hostile to the U.S. in an attempt to undermine Republican presidents.
Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner wrote a piece Tuesday pointing to five different instances when Democrats tried to undermine Republicans presidents' foreign policy efforts.
These included a meeting between KGB officials and former Democratic Sen. John Tunney during the Cold War; 10 Democrat lawmakers voicing support for the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in 1984; former House Speaker Nanci Pelosi visiting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2007; Democrats visiting Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2002; and former Democratic President Jimmy Carter sending a letter to assorted nations in 1990 to stop George H.W. Bush from going to war with Iraq. more >>
Former Army Gen. David Petraeus, who admitted to sharing classified information with his former mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell and lying to the FBI about it, is still a White House adviser on Iraq and the Islamic State terror groups, according to reports.
Newsweek, which confirmed it with a White House official, reported that Petraeus, who is also former CIA director, has been advising the National Security Council on Iraq and ISIS, another name for Islamic State, since last summer.
Petraeus no longer has a CIA security clearance, the magazine added. more >>
US Senator Ted Cruz was correct in his claim that the Internal Revenue Service's tax code has more words than the Holy Bible.
At a speech Tuesday before the International Association of Fire Fighters, the potential Republican presidential candidate said, "On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good."
In a fact checking article for The Washington Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee found that Cruz's comment was correct. more >>
Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march from Selma to Birmingham, a "bloody Sunday" in which police officers attempting to stop the march launched tear gas and brutalized dozens. President Obama traveled to Selma to mark the historic moment by leading a memorial march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The address he gave has been warmly received. Many were heartened to see the President more publicly embracing his role as America's first black president. Others, like The Atlantic's James Fallows, praised the President for offering an inspiring articulation of the American dream.
Republicans are getting a lot of heat for their conspicuous absence from the event. At best, it's being ridiculed as a terrible political gaffe; at worse, reviled as a symptom of the "dark vein" of intolerance that still persists in the Grand Old Party. Doubtless these theories hold some truth. There are certainly plenty of tone deaf, foolhardy politicians out there, and unfortunately bigotry and racism will always be with us. But I would suggest that there is another important factor at play, which is that the issue of race in America has been hijacked by the Progressive Left to such a poisonous extent that authentic dialog has become virtually impossible. And despite his unique and historic opportunity to do otherwise, President Obama has done nothing to improve the situation; in fact he's made it worse.
It may seem like ancient history at this point, but President Obama's habit of inflaming racial tensions and fostering division on this issue goes back to the very beginning of his presidency. Some may recall his actions following the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. Without knowing the full details of the event, he said that the police acted "stupidly" and implied that race was a motivating factor in Gates' arrest for disorderly conduct. What then followed was the now infamous and awkward "Beer Summit," in which the President attempted to transmogrify a routine law enforcement episode into a lesson on racial sensitivity. This kind of ideologically loaded approach to race coupled with his lack of charity towards law enforcement officials would only be the first of many by his administration. And the message sent to the American people, to borrow a phrase from the President himself, was crystal clear: If you don't adhere to the Progressive narrative on race in America then you have no place in the discussion. In other words, you are either with us, or you are against us. more >>
More than 159,000 people have signed a petition calling on the White House to file charges against 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran stating that any nuclear agreement between the Obama administration and the Islamic Republic would be null and void without support from Congress.
Posted on the website "We the People" on Monday, the petition claims that the GOP senators violated federal law when they sent the letter to Iran.
"Forty-seven senators saw fit to issue a condescending letter to the Iranian government stating that any agreement brokered by our president would not be upheld once the president leaves office," reads the petition. more >>