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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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JEB BUSH?

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Is Jeb Bush the answer to the Republican Party’s woes?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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FLASH MOB AND KNOCKOUT CRIMES

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Flash-mob crimes and teenagers knocking out random strangers on the street are rare in the overall scheme of things; although they are on the increase. They don’t compare to murders in Chicago or fights that occur in Walmart stores on Black Friday, for example. Nevertheless, they represent a disturbing wave of lawlessness that justifiably should concern Americans.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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VIETNAM, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: LESSONS AMERICA NEVER LEARNS

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The United States has fought three counterinsurgency wars in the past half century, all of which have or are about to turn out less than resoundingly victorious, to say the least. You would think America would get the hang of counterinsurgency warfare, getting it right eventually; but there are lessons American political leaders never learn.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE DRONE WARS

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During the George W. Bush administration, Democrats and anti-war groups derided enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and the detention facility at Guantanamo as inconsistent with American values and a recruiting tool for al-Qai’da. Far fewer of those critics decry the Obama administration’s killing of al-Qai’da terrorists, including American citizens, with drone strikes, despite the collateral damage that is far more detrimental to winning friends in the Islamic world.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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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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MITT ROMNEY AND CHINA

Where does Mitt Romney stand on China? What kind of China policy will he pursue if elected?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

The campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 reflects the difficulty Republicans primary voters are having with the conservative credentials of the candidates. What is a true American conservative? How do we reliably tell the difference between someone who has the heart and soul of a true conservative and those who wear the conservative label when it benefits them but will find excuses to shy away from it when they are in office? There is one sure-fire test.  (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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KILLING QADDAFI

There’s an obvious difference between SEAL Team 6 putting a bullet in Osama Bin Laden’s head and Libyan rebels summarily executing Muammar Qaddafi after capturing him. Ample legal precedent supports killing illegal enemy combatants in time of war. There is no legal precedent, internationally or otherwise, for the summary execution of a captured Qaddafi, nor is it consistent with the “American values” we’ve heard so much about with regard to the George W. Bush administrations conduct of the war on terror. (More)

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IT’S TIME TO DO WHAT’S NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT IN IRAN

The revelation by Attorney General Eric Holder that elements of the government of Iran were behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubier, with an explosive device in a crowded restaurant and set off bombs at embassies in Washington, D.C., takes Iranian provocation of the U.S. to a whole new level. It’s time for The U.S. to go beyond sanctions and do what’s necessary to bring about a change of government in Iran.

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THE LEGACY OF 9/11 IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN TERRORISM

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To say that 9/11 changed America is a gross understatement. It could well prove to be the lynchpin in a series of events that will determine the course of American history in the 21st century. Like the aggression and rise of nationalism in the early 20th century, which led to World War I, World War II, and the Cold War with it’s Korean and Vietnam wars, the 9/11 attacks and the Islamic Jihadism that spawned them will have lasting and profound effects on America for generations. (More)

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RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

If you are even a little bit confused about what’s truth, what’s political propaganda, and who’s winning the argument in the debate over raising the national debt limit, you’re not alone. The facts that most everyone can agree on are that the national debt is over $14 trillion. Given current trends, spending will exceed 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year and will hover around 22.5 percent for the next five years. The spending spree began under President George W. Bush and got much worse under President Barack Obama. That’s where the consensus ends.  (More)

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ISOLATIONIST REPUBLICANS VS. INTERVENTIONIST DEMOCRAT

Are Republicans returning to their isolationist roots while Democrats under President Barack Obama become more interventionist?

Polling results and recent statements by Republican presidential hopefuls suggest that Republicans are becoming more isolationists. Conversely, while the far left remains staunchly anti-war and non-interventionist, President Barack Obama, in the mold of his post-World War II Democratic predecessors, appears to be leading Democrats, albeit unwillingly, toward greater interventionism. He seeks to maintain substantial U.S. forces in Iraq. He continues the war in Afghanistan. He’s intervened in Libya. And he is conducting not-so-secret wars in Pakistan and Yemen.  (More)

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