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Winning the War on Terror With the CIA

Posted by on Apr 28, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, Democrats, Interrogation, President Obama, War on Terror | 0 comments

Why are the Democrats (and some Republicans) creating a straw man over the CIA interrogation methods?  Is it because they believe that captured suspected terrorists or terrorist sympathizers deserve treatment in accord with the Geneva Conventions?  That does not seem to be the case.  The reason, I submit, is because they want to deflect attention away from President Obama learning his foreign policy on-the-job.  
Has President Obama’s policy of engagement brought Iran or North Korea to the negotiating table to stop their nuclear programs?  No.  Has he been able to get the Russians to tone down their nationalistic sabre rattling over the issue of former Soviet satellites entering NATO?  No; instead he allowed the Russians to pin nuclear warhead reduction talks to a dismantling of the U.S. European missile shield.  
But don’t worry about those issues.  Instead, concentrate on the perceived sins of the past committed by those working on the intelligence fronts in the War on Terror.  Let’s judge the methods used in the successful effort to stop attacks against America from the safe armchair of hindsight.  

Entertaining the straw man created by the left leads to an unavoidable problem.  The problem is that the Democrats knew of the CIA interrogation methods well before such knowledge was politically convenient.  So the straw man could be knocked down in both directions, harming those who created it, as well as those who simply worked to win the War on Terror.  

The Wall Street Journal had a great Op-Ed piece regarding the political amnesia issue.  Check it out.
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Lost in the Trees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, DOJ, Obama, War on Terror, William Kristol | 0 comments

I am puzzled by the Obama administration’s somewhat schizophrenic approach to foreign policy.  In Europe the President apologized profusely for what he deemed to be sins of the past.  However, here in America, Obama’s Justice Department is seeking to reinforce the Government’s ability to wiretap those deemed dangerous.  Now we have the Administration’s Director of National Intelligence telling us we are now safe in a sunny April, 2009.

I attach a link to the brief filed by the Department of Justice regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to allow you to draw your own conclusion regarding the wire tap authority.
William Kristol wrote a great article on these issues:
Please Mr. President, find a path through the woods of foreign policy that provide a clear and consistent path for America to take.  Inconsistent approaches and acknowledgements of the War on Terror do not serve our best interests to keep America safe and WIN the War on Terror.
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Tea, Anyone?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Conservatism, Freedom, Obama, Socialism, Taxes, Tea Party | 0 comments

I witnessed the many images of real Americans protesting the current fiscal irresponsibility of our government.  The “Tea Parties” displayed a wonderful array of people concerned about the economic futures of themselves and their children.  What a great testament in opposition to those who say Americans do not really care about current events and fiscal matters!

Although I have not yet decided as to whether I support the Tea Party movement, I think if it remains true to its causes, it is probably a good thing.  I credit the Obama administration for taking action to tackle the recession and the financial mess on Wall Street.  But I think that the Tea Party movement which brings to light how America has been fleeced by both parties via bailouts is a great wake up call to Washington.  It is a great reminder to those in power that America believes in BOTH personal and financial freedoms; and that America cares about the future of its children.  We especially do not want to see our children excessively taxed to pay for bailouts caused by greed.
Some regulation of the residential mortgage industry is needed to avoid another housing bubble.  Additional regulation is probably needed to prevent our banks from creating other unsustainable asset bubbles.  But let us avoid having the government’s foot in the doors of our banks and businesses.  History has proven that private ownership of the means of production has brought greater wealth to the world than socialism.  While there will always be bumps in the roads of financial markets, we need those financial markets to be free from as much government intervention as possible.  So please tell your representatives to avoid over-reacting to a temporary circumstance.
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Obama and American Sovereignty

Posted by on Apr 7, 2009 in America, Economy, Europe, Obama, Sovereignty | 0 comments

As I feared in my last post, President Obama strayed from the path of promoting America’s interests in Europe last week.  Instead, he pandered to European Anti-American sentiment and seemed quite content to allow the United States to be conceptually demoted from its position as a political, economic and military superpower.  

Watching excerpts of the President’s town hall meetings in France and Turkey revealed a demeanor indicative of one being on a class field trip, as opposed to a political and diplomatic mission.  Mr. President, the time to be apologetic for America’s preeminence is never; and certainly never on foreign soil.  
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A Foggy Day in London Town

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Economy, G20, London, Medvedev, Obama, Russia | 0 comments

London is definitely the place to be this week, if you enjoy being at the center of world politics.  President Obama has a lot on his plate for the U.S., between meeting with the G20, PM Gordon Brown and Queen Elizabeth.  In addition, every television station is currently filling the air with images depicting protesters of all sorts testing their wills against the London police.  

From what I see in the media, the G20 meeting has many issues to address.  It seems as if there are almost too many issues up for discussion.  President Obama needs to be clear in what he intends to accomplish on his trip to the UK.  He needs to further efforts to promote policies that will allow the U.S. to free itself from a protracted recession.  So America goes, the rest of the world will follow, be it a continued recession or economic prosperity.
It is discouraging to see President Obama getting sidetracked from focusing on economic issues by foreign leaders.  Russian President Medvedev has already taken President Obama away from a focus on the economy and into foreign policy issues that benefit Russia.  If our President makes generalized agreements to work with the Russians to reduce nuclear warheads, it may make the world more safe, but it does not remove the existing economic barriers to free trade with other nations.  This lack of focus on the economy reduces the crucial time available to develop economic opportunities for the U.S.  with other G20 nations.  President Obama, please stay on track to promote American business and develop a framework to stabilize the world stock and currency markets.  This is what will turn the U.S. (and world) economy around and put jobs back into the hands of hardworking Americans.  
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