Friday, September 14, 2012

Foreign affairs and the election

Same old, same old

This may be the best political ad of the campaign.  It brings home the message, nothing has changed. 

And here is a new ad targeting Jewish voters

Direct and to the point

The real scandal: Was State warned before the attack?

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missingfrom the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed "safe".

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.

In the meantime the Obama Administration denies it was warned or that the attack on Benghazi was premeditated. 

Gaffes on foreign policy?

As the press tries to look the other way and say the Romney committed a gaffe by commenting so quickly on the American Embassy’s twitter condemnation of a movie producer in California, the current White House occupant actually did commit a gaffe.

Kirsten Powers finds media obsession with Romney’s Cairo statement inexplicable

Kirsten sounds like a Republican commentator here.

Obama lied and an ambassador died

And it wasn’t just an ambassador.  Peace and security in the Middle East seems to be gone as well.  The reset button didn’t do a very good job.

Romney was right

Later Wednesday morning, both the president and Secretary of State Clinton made second statements, both tough condemnations of the violence.  But Romney remains right: the administration's first instinct was to express regret for hurting any Muslim feelings, and not to strongly condemn attacks against the United States.

Romney was also correct in his statement to condemn the violence.  President Obama caught up with that 16 hours after the Cairo Embassy posted their twitter condemning the film maker.  

Liberals at MSNBC side with the Islamists in Egypt and Libya

It seems if the liberals at MSNBC were in charge free speech could have you end up in jail. 
Over at MSNBC, a riot of consensus broke out when contributors Mike Barnicle and Donny Deutsch as well as University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler all agreed that the people behind the video should be indicted as accessories to murder.

Sometimes I suspect hard core liberalism is a mental disease, and other times I know it.

Meanwhile Obama from 2009 in Cairo

It appears Obama’s new beginning has not worked out well. 

Obama misses 56.2 percent of his daily briefings

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama's schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) -- the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times -- or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent -- falling to just over 38 percent.

Der Spiegel: America’s Middle East Policy is in Ruins

This link has summaries of seven different German Newspapers or periodicals.  It’s not good news for Mr. Obama.

Steyn on Obama:  Every American should be ashamed

Mark Steyn lets loose on Obama’s speech in Las Vegas on the deaths in the Middle East.

The empty Chair loses in November

 The author of this article claim Obama will lose and lose big in November and goes through the list of people who voted for him in 2008 and won’t in 2012.  

Morris chimes in on why Obama loses in November

Most interesting was the Gallup Poll he sites which found 54% of voters chose “leave me alone” vs 35% who chose “lend me a hand.”  

Rasmussen:  The Bounce for Obama is over

Today’s daily tracking poll has Romney up 48% to 45% for Obama with 5% undecided.  Obama gets 48% of the population at least somewhat approving of his performance while 42% strongly disapprove.  If the undecided break 4-1 the current poll has Romney 52% Obama 46% which is close to what I think it will end up.  

The choice in November

It appears President Obama wants to change America and its economic system from what made us the richest country in the world to one that will make us the fairest.  

Churchill understood the choice perfectly. He said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

First Lady asked where they would live is they lose the election?

When asked by a kid where the Obamas wouldlive if President Obama loses, "The First Lady said they could figure that out later," according to the pool report.

That would be plan B.  Oh, that’s right; Obama doesn’t have a plan B. 

Chicago Teacher’s Strike Continues over teacher evaluations

The Chicago Teachers Union claims relying on student testing for evaluation of teachers is madness (it’s 20% of the rating).  But isn’t it more like quality assurance?  Aren’t businesses sued when their product fails to do what it is supposed to do? 

7 Examples of why voter fraud is a national problem

This article details out 7 examples of voter fraud.  It seemed that after the 2000 election and the problems in Florida both Democrats and Republicans were concerned about voter fraud.  Now the Republicans still are, but the Democrats seem to feel we don’t need to worry any more.

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