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EWROSS.COM APRIL 26 POLL

Can President Obama stop Iran from Achieving a nuclear weapons capability without the credible threat to use military force as a last resort? Please leave your comments below.

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STOPPING IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGORAM

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ leaked memo to National Security Advisor General James Jones (USMC Ret) that said the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s continuing movement towards a nuclear weapon capability raised some eyebrows. And so it should. But neither the American people nor the White House should need a memo to alert them to this reality. As Fredrick the Great said “Negotiations without arms are like notes without instruments.” The Obama administration’s Iran policy has no melody because it has no threat of arms. (MORE)

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TRANSFORMING AMERICA

On October 31, 2008, at a campaign rally at the University of Missouri, candidate Barack Obama said “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Not everyone took him literally. In the fourteen months since he became president, however, he has clearly demonstrated that is precisely what he intended to do. It’s what motivates his supporters and infuriates his opponents. It is the standard by which Americans ultimately will judge his presidency. (More)

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THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT

Leave your comments here to EWRoss.com’s April 19 poll question: Will the Tea Party movement remain a grass-roots conservative force that tends to benefit the Republican Party, or will it become a third political  party that takes support away from Republicans.

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SARAH PALIN THUMBS UP TO PALIN-ROMNEY

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In this exclusive Boston Herald video Sarah Palin gives a thumbs up to a question about a Palin-Romney ticket after her speech to the Tea Part gathering on Boston Common. Is the cat out of the bag or is this just a blinding glimpse of the obvious?

Here’s the link to the Boston Herald article “Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012? You Betcha!”

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROLIFERATION

Leave your comments to this week’s EWRoss.com poll question: What effect will President Obama’s new nuclear weapons strategy,  that is more specific about when the US would or would not use nuclear weapons in response to a weapon-of-mass-destruction attack on the US, have on nuclear weapons proliferation? Will it slow nuclear proliferation, have no effect whatsoever, or will it accelerate nuclear weapons proliferation? (Return to Poll)

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OBAMA’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS STRATEGY

I wasn’t going to write about President Obama’s new nuclear weapons strategy–a central tenet of which is that the US would not authorize a nuclear strike against a nonnuclear country in retaliation for a chemical or biological attack if that country is in compliance with its nonproliferation obligations under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Then, on Friday, April 9, I listened to Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn tell Laura Ingraham, sitting in for Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, that people like Sarah Palin who oppose the president’s new strategy (principally conservatives) aren’t smart enough to understand it. (more)

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SARAH PALIN’S SRLC SPEECH

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Palin’s comments about Obama’s comment about her and her criticism’s of the president will receive the most media attention, but her remarks about US energy policy are excellent. She demonstrates a command of the issue and a way forward for the United States to become less dependent on foreign oil. It will be interesting to see if she does something similar on other issues in  future speeches.

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MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS OBSOLETE

Is making nuclear weapons obsolete really a good idea? Do we want to return to a world were nuclear deterrence no longer exists? It certainly is a grand and altruistic idea, but would it make the world a safer place? For the 45 years of the Cold War the Soviet Union and the United State went to extreme lengths to avoid direct military conflict with each other. We fought each other’s proxies. We fought the North Koreans and the Communist Chinese in Korea and the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese Army in Vietnam. They fought the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Without nuclear weapons on both sides the likelyhood of a WWII-scale war between us would have been much higher. What would happen in the Taiwan Strait if the US and China did not possess nuclear weapons and a war broke out there. It may not be likely at present, but it could be in the future.

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FREE SPEECH AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NC

I received this in an email from a friend this morning.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Jesse Nieto is one of those many unsung patriotic Americans. He served 25 years in the Marine Corps, including two combat tours in Vietnam. His youngest son, Marc, and 16 of Marc’s shipmates were killed on October 12, 2000, by Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole. Nieto has worked as a civilian employee at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina since 1994.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard delivered good news to Mr. Nieto. He ruled that Camp Lejeune officials violated his free speech rights when they ordered him to remove decals attacking Muslim terrorists from his vehicle. Judge Howard enjoined Marine officials from further enforcing the ban against Nieto.

Beginning in 2001, to show his anger toward the Muslim terrorists who killed his son, Nieto displayed various decals on his vehicle expressing anti-terrorist sentiments, such as *“Remember the Cole, 12 Oct 2000, ” “Islam=Terrorism, ” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.”* Based on a complaint from a Marine who is married to a Muslim, on July 31, 2008, two military police officers (MPs) issued Nieto a ticket for displaying “offensive material.”

After Nieto refused to remove the “offending” decals from his vehicle, the Base Magistrate issued Nieto a written order, ordering him to remove his vehicle from the base until all decals were removed and banning his vehicle from all other federal installations. The order in effect prevented Nieto from driving his vehicle to Arlington National Cemetery (a federal installation) to visit the grave marker of his fallen son. As a result of the Marine Corps’ unlawful action, the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit against the Camp Lejeune Commanding Officer and the Base Magistrate on behalf of Nieto in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The civil rights lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the military’s ban on Nieto’s speech.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented; “Political correctness is destroying our military.  9/11 was caused by Islamic terrorists, and our troops are being killed by Islamic terrorists overseas and on our very own military bases; yet, our commanders are more concerned about ‘diversity’ and not offending the Muslim community. And here, the military re-victimized a father anguishing over the murder of his son by Islamic terrorists because they don’t want to offend Muslims.”

During sworn testimony taken in the case, Marine officials admitted they would allow speech that favored Islam, but not Nieto’s speech because they considered it “extremist, indecent, and offensive.”

In his opinion, Judge Howard responded to the government’s argument as follows: “Defendants argue that the regulation is reasonable and necessary because it is aimed at preventing speech the sole intention of which is to inflame the passion of those within the Base command. However, defendants fail to recognize that pro Islamic messages, such as ‘Islam is Peace, ’ and ‘Islam is Love, ’ may be just as incendiary to individuals like plaintiff as anti-Islamic messages are to the individual who complained about plaintiff’s decals.”

Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel for the Law Center who handled the case, commented, “As Judge Howard’s well-reasoned opinion makes plain, political correctness and ‘diversity’ do not justify violating the Constitution. As a former Marine, I am ashamed at the way the Marine Corps treated this grieving father and war veteran. When I told him of the good news yesterday, he was elated. He plans to be back on base with his vehicle early next week.”

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TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT

Target-rich environment is a term that describes a combat situation in which a militarily superior force is presented with a large number of highly desirable, poorly defended high-value targets all at once. In politics, it’s a situation in which a political party, believing it has the superior position, is presented with many things its opposition says or does that are exploitable all at once.

Read my full column at http://ewross.com/Target-Rich_Environment.htm and leave a comment below.

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MILITARY METAPHORS

Post  your comments on this weeks EWRoss.com poll question: Is it appropriate or inappropriate for politicians to use military metaphors to rally supporters on contentious issues like Obamacare? In my April 5 column, TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT I argue that the use of military metaphors like those Palin uses are appropriate. The ladies on The View, however, have  different opinion. What’s yours?

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EWROSS.COM UPDATE

Beginning last week, The Daily Caller began posting selected EWRoss.com columns.

You’ll find links to last week’s column, “Obama and Israel,” this week’s column, “Target-Rich Environment,” and links to future columns posted at The Daily Caller, at the bottom of each EWRoss.com column.

Because of the increased traffic posting on The Daily Caller has brought to EWRoss.com and to consolidate the multiple places where readers can comment on my columns, sidebars, and polls, I have created a companion blog site, Ed’s Blog. The EWRoss.com poll results page no longer contains a comments section.

Please follow the links to Ed’s Blog where you’ll find places to leave comments on all three. No registration or password are required. All that’s necessary are your name and email address, however, your email address will not appear with your comment.

You will also find an EWRoss.com RSS feed, links to other blog sites, and my most recent tweets on Twitter.

EWRoss.com is in it’s 5th year, thanks to all of you who visit the site regularly. Considering everything that is available on the internet and the seemingly limitless sources for commentary and opinion, I’m grateful for the thousands of people from around the world who visit EWRoss.com every month.

Thank you for visiting EWRoss.com and Ed’s Blog.

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TO IPAD OR NOT TO IPAD, THAT IS THE QUESTION.

As someone who is known for an addiction to the latest electronic gizmo and as an owner of both an iPhone and an iPod Touch (that old iPod Video sitting in the Bose Sound Dock doesn’t count), can I live without an iPad–at least until the second generation iPad comes along with better features? I’m betting with myself that I can hold out, but the bet is a small one. That way I won’t lose much. What about you?

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