The refugee debate has become an embarrassment By Charles Krauthammer 11/29/15 The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar Assad began making war on his … Continue reading

Getting the Politics of Fear Right

(A copy of the U.S. Constitution with explanatory comments is available at: NATIONAL>RESOURCES/LINKS. – Admin.) (The 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) By Jeff Greenfield 11/24/15 Trump exploits our fears, while Obama underestimates them. Why can’t someone just deal with them? This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it. Exhibit A, of course, is Donald Trump, who had already risen to the … Continue reading

John Kasich: “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…”

By Russ Phillips NBC “Meet the Press” 11/22/15 Yesterday on “Meet the Press” presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich was interviewed by moderator Chuck Todd. Several days before, Kasich spoke to the National Press Club on his proposal for national security strategy. He referred to creating a “…new agency…to promote the core Judeo-Christian western values…” The video of his entire remarks are here. Chuck Todd questions Kasich about these remarks and other topics as printed below. The transcript of the entire program is here. CHUCK TODD: Welcome back. One … Continue reading

Marco Rubio on troops in Syria, vision of presidency, missing Senate votes…

(Last Sunday John Dickerson, moderator of CBS “Face the Nation,” interviewed presidential contender Marco Rubio and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) Turning now to the race for the Republican nomination, yesterday, we sat down with Florida Senator Marco Rubio out on the campaign trail in Des Moines. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DICKERSON: Senator, I want to start with the news that the United States is sending 50 special operations forces into Syria. Is that enough? RUBIO: Well, it’s an important start to what I … Continue reading

The battle over President Obama’s trade deal has officially arrived

The Washington Post By David Nakamura and Mike DeBonis 11/5/15 The Obama administration released the full text of a 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade accord on Thursday, launching what is expected to be a long and bruising fight to win final ratification in Congress for one of the president’s top priorities. A month after trade ministers reached agreement on the deal in Atlanta, the public will get its first look at the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an expansive pact that spans 30 chapters and hundreds of pages. After the … Continue reading

The 13 top moments from Clinton’s Benghazi testimony

The former secretary of state’s showdown with the GOP-led committee has produced a few fireworks and smart-aleck lines. By Nick Gass 10/22/15 The first hours of Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi provided a few fireworks and even a bit of levity from both the former secretary of state and her interrogators. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the presidential race, is facing a high-stakes grind in the hot seat and so far has shown off her ability to ably confront the Republican lawmakers probing … Continue reading

Ben Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan after 9/11

By Russ Phillips On today’s ABC “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos Ben Carson was interviewed and one of the topics was follow-up to Carson’s comments at the September 16th debate (search “petroleum” to locate comments) about how he would not have invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. Also interviewed was Bernie Sanders and the entire transcript and video for both interviews is here. The exchange with Carson about Afghanistan follows. What do you think about Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan? Is it realistic since even today the United States is not energy independent? … Continue reading

White House pushes for Iran filibuster

The administration seeks to tamp down expectations, but the numbers of supportive Senate Democrats are adding up. By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett 8/27/15 President Barack Obama’s almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal — but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference. A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn’t enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to … Continue reading

Congress, Don’t Isolate America Again Over Iran By Ambassador Samantha Power 8/26/15 While many members of Congress have declared their positions on the Iran nuclear deal, a significant number remain undecided. I and my colleagues in the administration have spoken to many of those still digging into its details, poring over the annexes and asking specific questions—questions like how long traces of uranium would be detectable after a hidden site was “cleaned up” (answer: many lifetimes over) or what the “snap back” of sanctions at the United Nations would mean for businesses that had already signed … Continue reading