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EL TANGO DE SANGRE

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As if President Obama couldn’t top the absurdity of the image of him standing with Raoul Castro in front of a five-story high image of Che Guevara in Cuba, the pictures and videos of the President with an Argentine tango dancer in Buenos Aries in the wake of the Brussels attacks takes the cake.

I visited Argentina in the late 1990s as part of an official Department of Defense delegation. As is customary, after an obligatory late-night Argentine beef dinner our hosts treated us to a tango show where the head of our delegation was given the opportunity after the performance to dance with one of the alluring female tango dancers. The professional tango dancers were terrific. It was a wonderful experience which I will always remember. I often used to joke with my colleagues that I should take a few months off and go to Argentina to study the tango, if only my wife would approve.

Nevertheless, set aside the question of whether or not the President of the United States should allow the cameras to capture him with a tango dancers leg wrapped around him. The fact that this took place in the wake of a horrible terrorist attack in Brussels likely aimed at Americans makes me scream, “My God, what was the President thinking.”

As a long list of commentators already have said, President Obama should have cut short his Latin America trip when he was in Cuba and gone back to Washington, D.C. to meet with his senior national security advisors. Terrorist attacks in Europe are not background noise, the new normal or not America’s problem.

Beyond behavior I believe was wholly inappropriate when blood still staines the floor of the airport and subway in Brussels, President Obama couldn’t help again apologizing for past U.S. policy. Why the President of the United States keeps apologizing to countries that can’t begin to approach what America has done for the world bewilders me. Argentina in particular has nothing to brag about. Between the succession of dictatorships, the Juan and Evita Peron regime and providing a safe having for Nazi’s, I think they should apologize to us.

I long for the day I can aging be proud of my president. Unfortunately, given current circumstances, it doesn’t appear that day will come any time soon.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CHE GUEVARA

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The picture of President Barack Obama standing with Raoul Castro in front of a large image of Che Guevara speaks volumes. At the very least, Pres. Obama’s advance team is incompetent. At worst, the President has no problem identifying himself with one of the most brutal communist murders in modern history, something no American president should ever do.

As Michael J. Totten write in World Affairs, “The truth about Che now has its boots on. He helped free Cubans from the repressive Batista regime, only to enslave them in a totalitarian police state worst than the last. He was Fidel Castro’s chief executioner, a mass-murderer who in theory could have commanded any number of Latin American death squads, from Peru’s Shining Path on the political left to Guatemala’s White Hand on the right.”

Wherever you stand on the U.S. official recognition of Cuba, President Obama’s management of foreign affairs during his time in office has only two possible explanations. Either the President is totally ignorant of foreign affairs and therefore incompetent in the management of them or President Obama has more sympathy for America’s enemies than he has for America.

While many argue the latter is more the case than the former, I tend to believe that both are equally at play. His ignorance of foreign affairs gives him a false sense of reality about American’s enemies, as evidenced by his dealings with Russia and Iran. At the same time, his revulsion, passed down to him by his father, of Western colonialism, and his experience with the pro-socialist/communist views of his mother, forged his world view.

We can’t climb into Barack Obama’s head, so it’s not possible to know what mixture of incompetence and anti-Americanism affect his foreign policy decisions at any given time. I speculate, however, that Pres. Obama will cherish the photo of him standing in front of Che’s image with Raoul Castro. If you believe Pres. Obama has done just about all the damage he’s going to do to America, he’s not done yet. God only knows what he has up his sleeves for the next seven months. And after the election, regardless of who becomes our next president, Barack Obama will be ever-present in the media underpinning his legacy.

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JUST WHAT DOES BARACK OBAMA BELIEVE?

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I’m not one of those people who believes that Barack Obama is a Muslim, but I don’t think he’s much of a Christian either. Judging him by his words and actions, he comes across more as an agnostic—a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. President Obama has expressed an affinity for the Muslim call to prayer he heard as a child growing up in Indonesia, but that doesn’t make him a Muslim nor does it demonstrate a belief in Allah.

I cite three points, which you may or may not accept, in support of my argument.

Barack Obama sat in Rev. Jerimiah Wright’s church on and off for 20 years, more for political expedience rather that a deep faith in Jesus Christ or a belief in the teachings of the Bible, one can argue. President Obama needed a way to relate to the African American community in Chicago, because his own background was that of an atypical African American. The activist Trinity United Church of Christ provided him the credibility he needed to become active in the black community and Chicago politics. The fact that he claimed that he never heard all the outrageous, racists comments Rev. Wright made about White America is wholly believable. We don’t know how often Barack Obama and his family went to Trinity United on Sunday, but if we did, my guess is that he went a lot less that you would have expected him to.

During his campaign for the Presidency in 2008, Obama’s went to church occasionally, but after the election the President and his family rarely saw the inside of a church. This is not that unusual, as many U.S. presidents have avoided going to church on Sunday. Also failure to attend church regularly doesn’t mean you’re not a Christian. By itself, this argument doesn’t mean much. When taken into consideration with my other two points, however, it is revealing.

Finally, President’s Obama’s decision not to attend Justice Scalia’s funereal Mass speaks volumes. What possible legitimate excuse could the President have for not attending the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court Justice other than a national emergency. My guess is that the President placed little value on the institution of the Catholic Church, the ceremony or the person it was held to memorialize and honor. As the President of the United States, I believe Barack Obama had an obligation to represent all the people of America by attending the funeral. Why should the U.S. Congress consider the President’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia when President Obama has so little respect for the Supreme Court and those who disagree with him that serve on the Court?

Traditionally, we give Presidents broad leeway in deciding what ceremonies and events they chose to attend or participate in, and the media has largely given President Obama a pass on his refusal to attend Scalia’s funeral. Furthermore, in America we accept at face value whatever faith people claim to profess. If President Obama says he’s a Christian, we accept him as a Christian. Nevertheless, it would behoove the President to provide more evidence to demonstrate he is what he claims he is—a Christian. It also would behoove Hillary Clinton to do the same thing.

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SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT?

I have to admit that back in 2010 I was one of those who supported Sarah Palin. Despite the fierce media attacks on her, I though her record as Governor of Alaska made her the right candidate to tackle the establishment on both sides of the aisle. I still like Sarah Palin, I admire her spunk and fighting spirit; however, I believe she has done too much to deminish her image as a presidential hopeful. Also she still talks in unending sentences and does not appear to have attempted to make herself a compelling candidate. She has not demonstrated that she can handle the serious national security issues that will be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign. Two-thousand-twelve was a domestic policy election; 2016 will be a foreign policy election. I have no doubt that we have not seen an end to Islamic-terrorist strikes against the U.S. or our allies. Seventy-six percent of Americans now say terrorism is the most important issue facing the country. We want a commander-in-chief who can lead the armed forces and the country with a clear vision and a decisive hand. Sarah Palin is not that person.

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REMEMBERING JFK

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Fifty years ago, I was attending an English class at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, when I learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Like the rest of America, I spent the next three days watching television and thinking about what it all meant. I didn’t know it then, but JFK was to have a lasting impact on my political perspective; although I’ve never voted for a Democrat.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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PRESIDENT OBAMA BLINKS

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The president who has treated Congress as if it were an advisory board rather than a co-equal branch of government suddenly wants congressional authorization, which he does not require, for a military strike on Syria.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THERE YOU GO AGAIN MR. PRESIDENT

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Mr. President, are you and the people who write your talking points ignorant of the history of Vietnam and those that inspired Ho Chi Minh, or were you just attempting to humor the President of Vietnam last week when you took a break from your perpetual campaign to meet with Truong Tan Sang in the Oval Office? Either way it’s troubling.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THE JIG IS UP

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The trifecta of scandals plaguing President Obama and his administration will get a lot worse before they get better, casting a paralytic pall over his second term and greatly reducing the likelihood American voters will coronate Hillary Clinton as his successor.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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INTELLIGENCE LEAKS AND A DOJ COVER-UP: WILL THEY TOPPLE THE PRESIDENT?

Did top national-security officials, with or without President Obama’s approval, leak sensitive and highly classified national security information to make President Obama look like a strong, decisive leader? Is Attorney General Eric Holder withholding information from Congress that might implicate him and other high Justice Department officials in a “gunwalking” cover-up? If one or both are true it could mean defeat for President Obama in November.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENTS AND EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIRS

There is an interesting correlation between the most successful presidents over the past 80 years and those that have had extramarital affairs. Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton all had extramarital affairs before or during their terms of office. Only Ronald Reagan appears to be the exception to the rule. Is it any wonder that voters may be willing to overlook Newt Gingrich’s affair?  (More)

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WHAT THE 2012 ELECTION WILL TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES

Following the 2008 election Americans learned a great deal more about the man they elected president than they knew about him when they voted for him. The 2012 election will tell us more about ourselves than the man we elect as our president, no matter who he is.  (More)

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THEY’RE RIOTING IN GREECE, THEY’RE OCCUPYING AMERICA

To paraphrase an old Kingston Trio song:

They’re rioting in Greece, they’re occupying America.

There’s unrest in China, and Middle East hysteria.

The whole world is festering with unhappy contrarians

The Islamists hate everyone, everyone hates Americans

Palestinians hate Israelis, someone hates the Dutch.

And no one likes anybody very much.

Amidst all this chaos, Americans want a president and legislators that will restore order, prosperity, and national security. It’s difficult to imagine how we can elect the right people, however, when we spend more time focusing on form than substance. (More)

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A TALE OF TWO SPEECHES: OBAMA ORATORY VS. THE PALIN PARADIGM

Consider the speech given by President Barack Obama before a joint session of Congress Thursday evening along with the one Sarah Palin gave at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa, the Saturday before. President Obama, a gifted orator, delivered his “jobs plan” with eloquence, passion and determination. Still, even with sweeteners intended to attract Republican support, it set forth the same failed ideas he’s pursued for the previous 961 days. Sarah Palin, with her high-pitched voice and quirky Alaskan pronunciation of certain words, “delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment—left, right and center—and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.”  (More)

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FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE HUB OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

I begin my radio show every Sunday evening, “. . . coming to you live from the outskirts of the hub of Western Civilization.” The hub of Western Civilization, of course, is Washington, D.C., on the outskirts of which I have lived for the past 32 years. Indeed, it is the most powerful city, not only in the West, but in the entire world. I fear, however, I will live to see the day when it is no longer.  (More)

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NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE 2012 ELECTION

The state of the U.S. economy and jobs are the overwhelming issues that will determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Still, in a close race, national security issues could play the decisive role.

Given the inherent advantages President Barack Obama has on national security as an incumbent president and the likelihood that Republicans will nominate a candidate better suited to challenge Obama on domestic issues, Mr. Obama will have an advantage. Insufficient attention by the Republican nominee to national security issues could be a politically fatal mistake.  (More)

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