Why does inviting the leader of one of our closest allied nations to speak to Congress spark such a controversy? Because he’s about to tell Obama what he doesn’t want to hear–that employing the honor system with a nuclear Iran won’t keep the world safe.
So Obama has refused to attend, and refused to meet with Netanyahu at all on his visit. Joe Biden and John Kerry both quickly came up with other plans to avoid the speech, and several congressional Democrats say they’ll sit out the address because it’s an “affront to the President.” For national security and international interests pale in comparison to their main duty: protecting Obama’s ego.
It’s the latest proof that Obama’s foreign policy style is that of petulant prom king…which is all fun and games, until he lets the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism build nuclear weapons.
Another little testament to the damage Obama’s attitude has wrought was a shocking report from a Kuwaiti newspaper claiming that the President once threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they went through with a plan to target Iranian nuclear sites. The report is unconfirmed, but the fact that such a story gained any international credence (especially in Israel) illustrates how little trust our allies have in our Peace-Prize winning Prez.
Amnesty’s back in the House–Will they, won’t they cave?: The drama over the funding of Obama’s amnesty continues. The House passed a temporary funding measure just before midnight on Friday, to push the fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security (and the interlaced illegal amnesty plan) to this week.
It provided ample fodder for the Establishment on the weekend talk shows to bash the 52 conservatives who voted against the temporary measure on Friday; the usual suspects (Peter King, Lindsey Graham, etc) were sniping at their conservative colleagues for not “understanding reality on DHS funding.” Reality, in their world, means just give Obama, Pelosi, and Reid everything they want already.
In public, Boehner says he’s putting the funding battle back in the Senate’s lap. But a source in a FOX/AP report says Boehner spoke to Pelosi and Reid, and “committed to bringing up a bill without conditions.”
The alleged backroom dealings with Democrats against his own party, could explain why Boehner’s attempt to pass funding for three weeks tanked, and why there’s renewed furor from Republicans that his days as Speaker are numbered. But who would expect a betrayal from John Boehner? If (or more likely when) the Man of Orange buys enough Democrat votes to steamroll his own party’s majority (again), every Republican representative that gave him their vote for Speaker ought to present themselves at their district back home with a personal apology and a plan to replace him.
All of the Establishment’s machinations over how they can illegally fund Obama’s illegality, makes the happy few taking real stands all the more distinct. Once again, Mike Lee issued one of the most important (and underrated) statements at CPAC, when he laid the blame for Obama’s executive crimes at the feet of Congress. America’s real leaders are standing up…they’re the ones the “leadership” tries to eliminate.
Ted Cruz vs. Jeb Bush on Common Core: While Jeb Bush was bussing in supporters at CPAC, another 2016 contender tackled one of Jeb’s (many) weaknesses right in Bush’s backyard.
“We should repeal every word of Common Core,” he said. “We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum.”
Cruz described Common Core as “national standards being dictated from Washington,” ABC Newsreported.
Cruz has long been “emphatically opposed” to Common Core, and has prominently promoted school choice in his senate career. In stark contrast, Jeb Bush has maintained constant and unabashed support of Common Core’s big government power grab; he again endorsed Common Core at both CPAC and the Club For Growth event.
Behold 2016: the year of bold contrasts, no pale pastels.
Poll finds Russia America’s #1 Enemy: Putin has made his mark. The latest Gallup poll finds 18% of American people view Russia as the top foreign threat to our nation. Last year, Russia came in third, with China at number 1 (20%) and North Korea in second place.
The poll, conducted Feb. 8 to 11, indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric and aggressiveness in Ukraine have begun to spook the American public.
“International events over the past year, particularly the dispute with Russia over the Ukraine situation … have likely made countries other than China seem more threatening to the U.S.,” Gallup found. “[T]he U.S. economy has greatly improved while China’s has slowed, making the Chinese economy seem like less of a threat than when the U.S. economy was struggling to emerge from recession and the Chinese economy was growing more quickly.”
At the same time, Russia’s opinion of the U.S. has sharply dropped:
According to the latest data from the Global Indicators Database, just 23 percent of Russians held a positive feeling toward the United States in 2014, compared with 51 percent the prior year. An October 2014 poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center also found that 22 percent of Russians view the United States as the “main source of terrorist threats” to the motherland.
Putin isn’t exactly untouchable in his own homeland. He’s come under particular fire over the last week, because one of his vocal critics, Boris Nemtsov, was assassinated near the Kremlin. Thousands of Russians marched on Moscow on Saturday to “show President Putin they are not afraid to voice their opinions and wish for a “Russia without Putin.”
So we have two superpowers with a combative history, each led by men with a history of doing what they want, without regard to law, morality, or popular opinion. As a result, both have increasingly vocal public opposition. Both are battling tanking economies. Both are presently engaged on opposite sides of a budding war in Ukraine. What could possibly go wrong?
Rebekah Maxwell, producer of the Steve Deace Show, began reporting and producing at WHO Radio in 2007, with on-air work recognized by the official alphabet soup: the AP, IBNA, NBNA, RTDNA, NAB (all the while staying far from the TSA and UFOs). She delights in debating religion, politics, and all other subjects impolite at the dinner table. Her favorite time of year is Caucus season, and she’s an accomplished slam poet, ready to spit the truth…in mad rhymes, if necessary.
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