The United States military carried out air strikes against the Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Somalia Monday, but did not immediately provide a reason for the operation.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, according to CNN.
The governor of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region confirmed that a drone strike hit a village between the towns of Dhaab Tubaako and Haaway which had been captured by Islamic militants. more >>
As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let's hope they didn't spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult.
To wit, the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, which ranks countries based on four main factors – rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, open markets – has the US is headed in the wrong direction. "The U.S. is the only country," the survey states, "to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each of the past seven years."
As ordinary Americans toil to put food on the table and provide for their families, most "cling" to the idea that the highest aim of our leaders is to leave a legacy of greater freedom our children, not less. Americans don't believe in a monarchy, and they actually believe everyone should live by the same set of rules, not one set of rules for them and another set for the political class when circumstances or political arguments fail. more >>
Four years after the Arab Spring, taxpaying Americans continue to fund ethnic and religious cleansing throughout the Middle East, thanks to President Obama's subversive strategy to spread Islam.
The Eastern Mediterranean region, known as the Levant, was the birthplace of Christianity. Initially, Christ followers called themselves "The Way" (in Arabic "Ahl-Al-Deen") before they were known as Christians (John 14; Acts 9, 14, 24). Alexandria, Antioch, and Constantinople were all meccas of Christian scholarship. Christian trade centers included Jerusalem, Gaza, Caesarea, and Beirut and Christians lived peacefully throughout Ethiopia, Yemen, and Persia (Iraq and Iran).
Yet today, numerous organizations claim that within our lifetime Christians will no longer exist in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. more >>
The United States' ambassador to the United Nations accused Russia of "manipulating" and "lying" about its role in Ukraine, as U.N. Security Council members met for the 24th time on Thursday to discuss the apparent Russian invasion into Ukraine. The Russian ambassador retaliated by telling America to stay out of other country's affairs.
Ambassador Samantha Power said that President Vladimir Putin's government "has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied," about its involvement in Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin fought back against the accusations, and said that Ukraine "is waging war against its own people." more >>
His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways. No, I'm not talking about Jesus Christ, but President Obama's perception of himself. The problem with our president is he views restraint as an absolute virtue, and the golf course as his faculty lounge.
The nation was shocked to its core last week as we witnessed the brutal beheading of American photojournalist James Foley at the hand of ISIS. But what followed next left even Liberals like Maureen Dowd of The New York Times (read The Golf Address) with a nasty taste in their mouths. President Obama's tepid response to the murder of James Foley left much to be desired, but his trip to the golf course immediately following his speech garnered criticism from the left that is all too rare.
However, in his defense the president has been consistent. He doesn't see heroism in the traditional sense like most Americans, and he'd rather hear the praise from his friends and fawning supporters than the consultation of his cabinet and military generals. This is nothing new. Although you and I were disappointed at President Obama's pit stop speech on James Foley before heading to the greens you can rest assure he was patting himself on the back for another Academy Award winning performance. We the Pee-ons may have wanted to avenge the gruesome death of James Foley, but what do we know? When we played cops and robbers as kids we were dumb enough to believe the robbers were the bad guys. Under President Obama's Justice Department robbers are civil rights heroes. more >>
The worldwide struggle for freedom and democracy faces enormous challenges today. Despite the promise of the United States government to support that struggle wherever it can, the Obama administration is not standing tall on the world stage. The American Legacy, as a shining beacon for oppressed peoples everywhere in their time of darkness, is being abandoned.
The United States has a wonderful track record of fulfilling that commitment. Past leaders of our nation have taken seriously America's special role in a troubled world. But the fact that the US has historically advanced freedom and democratic values makes me all the more upset when our current leaders fail to demonstrate an understanding of our exceptional role.
September 1, 2014 marks the anniversary of one of the worst examples of that failure in recent memory. It was then the consequence of an apparent decision of our government to turn its back on a group of people it had promised to help. Fifty-two people lost their lives in a massacre perpetrated by Iraqi forces under the command of Iraqi Prime Minister- Nouri-al Maliki and under the direction of the exceptionally anti-democratic regime in Iran. All of them died in possession of documents signifying the broken promise of protection that had been offered to them by the United States. more >>