Thursday, September 18, 2014

Congress, Vote No–Obama Should Reassess

Posted by Victor Davis Hanson, NRO On September - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious.

NYT: Obama Directs Pentagon To Expand List Of Targets

Posted by Joanna Zelman On September - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.

Obama’s Stealth War on Global Warming

Posted by Coral Davenport, National Jrnl On September - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Coral Davenport, National Jrnl

What Is Striking Syria Supposed to Accomplish?

Posted by Thomas Sowell, IBD On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Thomas Sowell, IBD
Why are we even talking about taking military action in Syria? What is that military action supposed to accomplish? And what is the probability that it will in fact accomplish whatever that unknown goal might be?What is painfully clear from President Obama's actions, inactions and delays is that he is more or less playing it by ear, as to what specifically he is going to do, and when. He is telling us more about what he is not going to do -- that he will not put "boots on the ground," for example -- than about what he will do.All this is happening a year after issuing an...

Obama’s Economy Hits His Voters Hardest

Posted by Stephen Moore, Wall St. Jrnl On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Stephen Moore, Wall St. Jrnl

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President on Syria

Posted by Mark Memmott, NPR On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Mark Memmott, NPR
President Obama's call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.Calling Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons "a barbarous act," Boehner emerged from a meeting at the White House to say he supports Obama's request.

President ‘Present’ Has Democrats Worried

Posted by John Fund, National Review On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
John Fund, National ReviewWashington is abuzz with talk about how much President Obama has damaged America’s credibility with his indecisiveness on Syria. It’s become accepted fact that Obama’s decision-making style resem...

Congress Should Say No to Intervention

Posted by Jed Babbin, American Spectator On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Jed Babbin, American Spectator
For a few days, President Obama almost had us convinced. Not that we should use military force to punish Syria, but that he actually was going to take responsibility for something.But Saturday's sudden announcement shocked even those closest to Obama. Instead of just attacking Syria, Obama decided to ask Congress for another "authorization for the use of military force" (AUMF). Which means that, as he has on everything from Obamacare to Benghazi, Obama chose to let someone else take responsibility for his actions.

Dennis Santiago: How will we explain this next week?

Posted by Dennis Santiago On September - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
As President Obama uses the power of the White House this week to lobby to intervene in Syria, perhaps the Nation needs to ask him...

Thinking Through Our Syrian Options

Posted by Peter Wehner, Commentary On September - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Peter Wehner, CommentaryThe list of mistakes by Mr. Obama includes, but is by no means limited to, declaring two years ago that Assad must go (and doing nothing to achieve that end); declaring one year ago that if Syria used chemical weapons it would ...

Putin Ready to Turn Tables on Obama at G-20

Posted by Timothy Heritage, Reuters On September - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Timothy Heritage, Reuters

Here’s One Way Income Inequality Has Gotten Worse Under Obama

Posted by The Huffington Post On September - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Despite President Obama’s view that growing income inequality is hurting the nation, it’s actually gotten worse during his tenure, at least according to one measure....

Obama’s Justice Department Overreaches

Posted by Boston Herald On September - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Obama’s Last-Minute Change Surprises Aides

Posted by Margaret Talev, Bloomberg On August - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg

Like Wilson, Obama Pursues a Noble Mission

Posted by Bill Scher, The Week On August - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Bill Scher, The Week
As President Obama moves toward launching military strikes against the Syrian regime, some have been quick to charge him with hypocritically following in the footsteps of the president he long sought to repudiate: George W. Bush.Ron Paul kicked things off two months ago with a baseless charge of "fixing the intelligence and facts around the already determined policy." More recently, a leading Russian legislator claimed Obama would be "Bush's clone" because "just like in Iraq, this war won't be legit." Fox News columnist and strident U.N. critic Anne...

Obama’s Unseriousness Has Been Exposed

Posted by Bryan Preston, PJ Media On August - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Bryan Preston, PJ Media1. Failure to consult Congress. The Obama administration has built no consensus among Congress for any kind of strike. Generalissimo Pelosi wants a strike, but beyond her there is very little appetite for any U.S. action. Democr...

Syria a Big Test for Obama’s Second-Term Team

Posted by Jonathan Allen, Politico On August - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Jonathan Allen, Politico
John Kerry's job is to make peace, but on Monday the nation's top diplomat was the man tapped to issue the clarion call for an American strike on Syria."What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality," Kerry said. "The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity."

Colleges Are Headed for a Reckoning

Posted by Charles Lane, Washington Post On August - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Charles Lane, Washington PostPresident Obama deserves credit for using his bully pulpit to address the crisis in college affordability. Especially admirable is his insistence that institutions must control their costs, instead of jacking up t...

Why Won’t Obama Visit North Dakota?

Posted by Amy Harder, National Journal On August - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Amy Harder, National Journal
DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad.The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America's energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit.

Obama’s Good Middle East Report Card

Posted by Aaron David Miller, LA Times On August - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Aaron David Miller, LA Times
Think the United States is fairing badly in the Middle East? Convinced that our policy is chaotic, confused and contradictory, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf?Think again. It may not be politically correct to admit it, but when it comes to furthering America's core national interests, Washington isn't doing badly at all. And here's why.Defining U.S. national interests is a critically important task, and not enough attention is paid to it. If you don't know where you're going, the old saw goes, any road will get you there. And we've seen the consequences of...

The Syrian Question

Posted by Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker On August - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Dexter Filkins, The New YorkerThis time it’s different. For months, Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, has been suspected of using chemical weapons against the rebels who are trying to remove him, in violation of international treaties and ...

Obama’s Grand Strategy for Middle East Failed

Posted by Walter Russell Mead, WSJ On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Walter Russell Mead, WSJ
In the beginning, the Hebrew Bible tells us, the universe was all "tohu wabohu," chaos and tumult. This month the Middle East seems to be reverting to that primeval state: Iraq continues to unravel, the Syrian War grinds on with violence spreading to Lebanon and allegations of chemical attacks this week, and Egypt stands on the brink of civil war with the generals crushing the Muslim Brotherhood and street mobs torching churches. Turkey's prime minister, once widely hailed as President Obama's best friend in the region, blames Egypt's violence on the Jews; pretty much...
Obama's forceful remarks echoed the strong statement he made on this issue last year, standing with soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia. This is the kind of strong leadership we need to educate our students and rebuild our economy.