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WITH ALLIES LIKE BARACK OBAMA WHO NEEDS ENEMIES

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Approximately 14 million Jews exist in the entire world. Forty-two percent of them live in Israel. Forty percent of them live in the United States. This only partially explains why U.S.-Israel relations have been so tight over the years since Israel became a state in 1949. The plight of Jews in the Holocaust and Jewish-Americans staunch support for Israel also are major factors. Still, negative anti-Israel attitudes are not uncommon among Americans. Working in the Department of Defense for 23-years, I encountered many people who believed Israel didn’t deserve the treatment it received from the U.S. Government, reflecting similar segments of public opinion. Until President Barack Obama came along, however, no U.S. president had been so outright anti-Israel.

It’s possible to argue persuasively that there are several reasons for this. Barack Obama ascended to the presidency believing that his “magic” could cut through the decades of intransigence in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Then he came face to face with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who took office three months after Barack Obama. Like most Israeli prime ministers, Netanyahu was a no-nonsense pragmatist undazzled by Barack Obama’s proclaimed “charm and brilliance.” He didn’t ask “How high?” when Obama said jump. Their relationship was strained from the outset. Netanyahu understood that President Obama was competence challenged and that the president’s policy approach to the problem was flawed.

Another popular explanation is that President Obama is pro-Muslim and anti-Israel. From his apology tour in 2009 to his support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to his over indulgence of Iran to his rejection of the term Islamic-jihadist terrorism, he has demonstrated his affinity for the Muslim world on numerous occasions. Is it any wonder that so many Americans, as many as 40 percent in one survey, believe he is a Muslim?

Finally, I have no doubt that President Obama truly believes that Israel settlements are the main roadblock to peace and although his principal purpose in abstaining from the vote on the UN resolution condemning them may have been to stick a finger in Netanyahu’s eye, he likely believes that ultimately he’s doing Israel a favor.

Ever since the Camp David Accords achieved through the efforts of President Jimmy Carter, the prevailing rationale behind U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the belief that a negotiated settlement is possible by Israel trading land for peace, and even though this almost happened when Yasser Arafat was leading the Palestinians, it remains a distant mirage. When the peace process fell apart because Arafat couldn’t accept the best deal from Israel he was ever going to get, it proved that Palestinians have no intention of living side by side with Israel in a “two state” solution.

Indeed, however, President Obama may have done Israel and incoming President Elect Donald Trump a favor. By allowing the UN to remove whatever bargaining chips Israel had by declaring all Israeli settlements, including those in Jerusalem, as illegal, he destroyed any incentive Israel had for a negotiated peace. The Palestinians, emboldened by the UN will no longer seek a negotiated settlement trading peace for land. The UN says they don’t have to.

It’s time to stop believing that Washington, D.C., can discover the magic formula for peace. It should stop pouring U.S. taxpayer funds into the Palestinian National Authority, reduce U.S. funding for the UN and make it abundantly clear that the United States has Israel’s back by providing the military and economic assistance necessary. The UN, with President Obama’s help, has destroyed any chance for peace between Israelis and Palestinians for at least another generation.

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HILLARY CAN RUN BUT SHE CAN’T HIDE

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By now, if you pay any attention to politics, you know that on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace President Obama signaled to the Justice Department and the FBI what he expects the outcome of their investigation into Hillary’s email server should be. Mrs. Clinton should receive nothing more than a mild slap on the hand for carelessness. Since then, even those who have been predicting Mrs. Clinton would be indicted have begun to back away from their prediction.

Hillary Clinton is the one and only hope to ensure that the policies Barack Obama put in place will continue for another eight years. President Obama has no intention of following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and retiring to a quiet life, out of the media’s attention. With Hillary in office, Barack Obama will be nearly as omnipresent in the media as he is now. Neither will he stop apologizing for America or saying that “there is no difference between capitalism and communism.” He has a thousand and one reasons for preventing the Justice Department from indicting Hillary Clinton.

People who know FBI director James Comey say that he’s not the kind of man to yield to President Obama’s will if the evidence calls for more than a mild rebuke. And among the 100 or so FBI agents on the case, you can be sure they won’t remain silent if they believe their investigation has been subverted.

At issue here, however, is not just whether sufficient evidence exists to prosecute Hillary (I believe it does); it’s whether or not the Justice Department believes it would get a conviction. It’s not unusual for the FBI/Justice to decide not to prosecute a case, even if they believe the subject of an investigation is guilty, when it believes it’s not likely to get a conviction. Consider the egg allover Comey’s face if that happened.

On the other side of the ledger, if Clinton gets away with nothing by a slap on the hand, the apparent cover up will make Watergate look like a man wearing a hat to cover up his bald head. Richard Nixon knew the rules applied to him, he just broke them anyway. Hillary believes the rules don’t apply to her.

Whatever the outcome Hillary has a big problem. If she’s indicted, it’s the end of her campaign for president. If all she gets is a slap on the hand, the details of the FBI investigation will leak out in the middle of the general election campaign. The liberal media may want to sweep all that under the rug, but I doubt they’ll be able to do that. Once the general election campaign begins negative political ads reminding Americans of Hillary’s dishonesty, poor judgment and lack of achievement will fill the airways; and the email scandal will loom large in the presidential debates. Hillary can run, but she can’t hide.

Of course, every presidential election is a contest between the nominees of the two major political parties. As Will Rogers once said, “It’s a good thing that only one of the son-of-a-bitches can win.” Democrats will be equally if not nastier in attacking the Republican nominee, who will have his weaknesses, and American demographics tend to favor Democrats. Nevertheless, Hillary is not the politician her husband is, and Americans may decide that she is not above the rules.

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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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POLITICAL VINDICTIVENESS

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Nothing demonstrates how petty and vindictive President Obama can be than the closure of national memorials and parks. They weren’t closed during previous shutdowns and it takes more money and personnel to keep vets away from the Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and World War II memorials than it does to allow access to them. President Obama simply wants to make the shutdown as painful as possible for everyday Americans and blame it all on Republicans. This inexcusable behavior should anger every American. This is beneath the office of the President of the United States.

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DON’T SUSPEND MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO EGYPT

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Since the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, members of Congress and foreign policy experts in and out of government have debated whether or not the U.S. should suspend the $1.3 billion annual Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Egypt. The Obama administration’s Egypt and Middle East policies are in tatters, but the one thing it has done right is to continue military assistance to the EAF.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPUBLICANS

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African-American Republicans are the key to saving the Republican Party; it just needs more of them. State Representative Elbert Guillory, an African American from the 24th district of Louisiana, recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. He released a video explaining his decision that every Republican and every black American should watch. It provides the rationale for black Democrats becoming Republicans. (African-American Republicans)

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IS GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA?

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For those who oppose President Barack Obama, it’s easy to make him the force behind what’s transforming America. I suspect, however, that history will view him as a bit player. What historians more likely will highlight is the evolving role of government surveillance.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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OBAMA’S DISREGARD FOR THE NATURE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM

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President Obama’s fundamental disregard for the nature of Islamic terrorism, no doubt, has Islamist-jihadists around the world cheering.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

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When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to explain how it was that the Obama administration stood by an absurd story for two weeks after Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton indignantly shouted “What difference, at this point, does it make.” She was talking about whether the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was a preplanned terrorist attack or a spontaneous incident. It occurred to me, however, that this was the perfect way to deflect many criticisms in contemporary American Society. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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“A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND”

 

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Abraham Lincoln’s June 17, 1858, speech, upon accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s United States senator, was about slavery; but his admonition about a nation divided could just as well apply to 21st century America. What divides us today, however, isn’t one man’s right to own another, but government’s right to own us all. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AFTER THE 2012 ELECTION

 

If Gov. Romney wins the 2012 presidential election, and I believe he will, he faces a challenge that goes beyond reviving the stalled U.S. economy and restoring America’s power, access and influence around the world. He must broaden the base of the Republican Party by winning over voters from Democratic constituencies that helped bring progressivism to the brink of fundamentally transforming (ruining) America. (Read the full column at EWRoss.ccom)

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THE ALL-IMPORTANT 0.45 PERCENT

Americans know about Occupy-Wall-Street’s 99 percent vs. the 1 percent. Most have heard about the secretly recorded “47 percent will vote for Barack Obama no matter what” remark Gov. Romney made at a fund-raiser. Those that follow the presidential election campaigns know about presidential daily tracking poll percentages. How many Americans know about the all-important 0.45 percent?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE ISLAMIST-JIHADIST TET OFFENSIVE

 

Surely, Muslims from London to Sidney aren’t burning American flags and calling Americans names because of a stupid, amateurish movie trailer hardly any of them have ever seen.  (Read the full column at EWRosss.com)

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THE 2012 ELECTION WILD CARD

 

Political polling is both a science and an art; and it’s come a long way since it wrongly led the Chicago Tribune to proclaim that Thomas Dewey defeated Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. That doesn’t mean that many of today’s polls aren’t also misleading, especially if a wild card is in play.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

 

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