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President Barack Obama’s statement that “we don’t have a strategy yet” against the Islamist army rampaging across Syria will hearten Americans opposed to escalating the U.S. role in the Middle East chaos. But it’s hard to see how the fanatics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria won’t interpret it as Obama backing away from another American “red line.” That’s because Obama only a week ago called ISIS a “cancer” while his military and foreign policy advisers said it was an “imminent threat” (Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel) that “will eventually have to be defeated” and attacked in Syria (Chairman … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:30:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fixing tax code beats bashing execs ]]> Lead story image

Burger King is the latest company to find itself in a harsh spotlight for making a reasonable business decision to relocate its headquarters out of the country. Democrats have responded to this corporate tactic with super-heated rhetoric rather than any commitment to work with Republicans to fix a complex, Byzantine, out-of-date tax code that encourages a few executives to seek more business-friendly environments. Senate Democrats howl that these businesses are “corporate deserters” who, as Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas put it, “pledge allegiance to some foreign power.” President Barack Obama says firms adopting this approach, called inversion, aren’t patriotic. Treasury … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:28:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama may be about to eat crow on ISIS ]]> Lead story image

Two top administration officials — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey — declare the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist threat like we’ve never seen before, that it can’t be contained and that it “will eventually have to be defeated.” Unless they were speaking out of school — quite unlikely — that sure sounds like the White House is laying the groundwork for stronger military operations against ISIS. That would be a bitter pill for President Barack Obama given that his presidency has been committed to the premise that … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:31:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Stand with Israel against terrorism ]]> Lead story image

Hamas has broken more cease-fires than you can count on the fingers of both hands. The latest and 11th violation of a truce suggests the terrorist rulers of the Gaza Strip believe they can yet salvage some kind of success out of their failed war against Israel that has inflicted so much death and suffering on the people unfortunate enough to be subject to Hamas rule. The firing of scores of rockets into Israel came as Hamas did a breast-beating publicity gimmick. It conducted for Reuters journalists a tour of a tunnel that the Israeli Defense Force missed during the … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:21:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ U.S. hold on arms to Israel rewards Hamas ]]> Lead story image

The Obama administration places a hold on an arms shipment to Israel. This after it refused to send weapons to Ukraine to fight Russia-backed separatists. And after the White House rejected arming moderate rebels in Syria, which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says led to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorizing Iraq. President Barack Obama’s stance against new U.S. military ventures seems to extend to a reluctance to providing new weapons aid to allies. A big exception: military aid to Kurds when it appeared their capital in northern Iraq might fall to ISIS. Conquest of the Kurds, … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 01:04:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ We fight abroad to remain safe at home ]]> Lead story image

With crisis again gripping Iraq, President Barack Obama finds his foreign policy for the Middle East under question from the right, the left and even his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. It’s no surprise that national security hawks like Sen. John McCain think Obama isn’t committing enough firepower against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist army threatening Kurdistan with conquest and religious minorities with genocide. Nor was it unexpected that liberals like Sen. Dick Durbin would immediately fret about escalation of the U.S. military involvement in a country where so many American lives were lost in a … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Romney got so much right ]]> Lead story image

Almost every day, it seems, brings a headline demonstrating how right 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was, and how wrong President Barack Obama was, on the critical issues facing America. In 2012, Romney warned that Obama’s failure to secure an agreement to keep a residual military force in Iraq would threaten the U.S. gains made at such a high cost in American lives and treasure. “America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence,” Romney asserted. The chaos in Iraq today supports Romney’s view. With no … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:29:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hamas’ absurd claims of victory ]]> Lead story image

Hamas claims victory in its four-week war against Israel in the Gaza Strip. If the picture of collapsed buildings, demolished homes and rubble everywhere is victory, what would defeat look like? Hamas claims the 3,000 rockets it launched vanquished Israel. If nearly all of those rockets missing their targets or being shot out of the sky by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system is victory, what would defeat look like? If the deaths of hundreds of Hamas terrorists — 900 by an Israeli count — is success, what would defeat look like? If the killing and wounding of thousands of Palestinian … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:19:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Can’t allow Obama to govern alone ]]> Lead story image

The lawsuit by the House of Representatives against President Barack Obama is praised by Republicans as a crusade to preserve our form of government and damned by Democrats as all about politics. Could be that it’s both. At issue is Obama’s use of executive actions to pursue his political goals without going through Congress. His defenders say Obama has invoked executive orders fewer times than previous presidents; his critics say his measures have been much greater in scope and breadth. The critics have the better argument. When his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, proved to be difficult politically … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:28:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Israel can’t let up in war on terror ]]> Lead story image

T here is a lot of talk about how Israel is faring in the propaganda war over terrorism in the Gaza Strip. There can be little doubt, though, that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the firm backing of 90 percent of Israeli Jews, is determined to win the actual war, to accomplish the worthy goal of crippling Hamas’ ability to wage terror on Israeli civilians. That means destroying the Hamas stockpile of rockets it fires toward Israeli towns and cities with the intention, mostly foiled, of slaughtering civilians. That means blowing up and collapsing the surprisingly large … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:53:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obamacare’s never-ending story ]]> Lead story image

Obamacare appears headed for another rendezvous with the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices bent over backward, well mainly Chief Justice John Roberts did, to save the Affordable Care Act two years ago. Will similar legal gymnastics be found to rescue President Barack Obama and Democrats from the clear text of the law this time? At issue is explicit language saying that subsidies to purchase health insurance should go only to Americans who buy coverage through “an Exchange established by the State.” There’s reason to believe that the law was written this way to compel states to establish exchanges so their … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:38:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Targeting civilians is Hamas tactic ]]> Lead story image

It’s pretty clear that the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine didn’t deliberately target a civilian jetliner; they thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian military plane. It’s crystal clear that Hamas is aiming rockets at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and a missile hitting an airliner taking off, landing or on the ground would be a deliberate attack on a civilian plane. Then again, civilians are the targets in Hamas’ war on Israel. Hamas wants to kill Israeli civilians in pursuit of its genocidal goal of eradicating the Jewish state. It wants Palestinian human-shield civilians to be killed by Israelis to … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:36:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two clear-cut bad international actors ]]> Lead story image

The two international crises dominating the news this weekend have something in common: In each there’s a clear-cut bad actor who’s responsible for the bloodletting and misery afflicted on innocent people. No Ukrainian crisis would exist — and no airliner would have been shot down — had not President Vladimir Putin financed, armed, trained and provided boots-on-the-ground leadership to the Russian-speaking separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine, turning the region into a war zone. Israel would not have directed air strikes or sent its troops into the Gaza Strip had not Hamas, the terrorist organization ruling there, rained rockets … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:46:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids paying for failure to control borders ]]> Lead story image

The waves of children and mothers from Central America washing over into the United States unleashed so much anger and outrage for the simple reason it confirms suspicions that our national borders are out of control. President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can talk all they want about our borders being more secure than ever. But the images of this mass migration tell a different story. Also telling another story is bipartisan legislation advancing in Congress to speed deportation hearings for these immigrants and change a law covering them. The argument is that we have to take … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:49:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Diminished Obama fumbling in Middle East ]]> Lead story image

The Middle East is in flames, and the president of the United States seems largely irrelevant. Israel and Hamas terrorists are fighting another Gaza war. What was once touted by the administration as a success story in Iraq degenerated into a nightmare of bloodshed and triumph by Islamist fanatics. The Syrian civil war plods on with the death toll at 150,000, millions turned into refugees and dictator Bashar al-Assad still in power despite Washington’s demand that he must go. No one sees the United States as the power-player of yesteryear. President Barack Obama has squandered American credibility in foreign affairs, … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ One side in Israel conflict is to blame ]]> Lead story image

Already the headlines and news accounts speak of the Israelis and Palestinians “trading” strikes, talk of the two sides escalating their conflict, and, of course, repeat the tired, misleading phrase “the cycle of violence.” A pretty simple rule of thumb applies to the outbreaks of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed: No Palestinian violence, no Israeli violence. There’s no cycle, there’s a cause and effect. As the death tolls mount, that simple truth fades from view as calls from Washington and European capitals increase for both sides to exercise restraint. Let’s not forget the current fighting, which may yet evolve into a full-scale land … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:41:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Our nation remains exceptional ]]> Lead story image

SORRENTO, Italy — “We were there first. London was our colony. We were there before the Anglo-Saxons, before William the Conqueror and the Normans.” This outburst of pride in the Roman Empire of 2,000 years ago came from an Italian with whom we had struck up a conversation during lunch on the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Naples below the majestic cliff where picturesque Sorrento sits. A three-week vacation in Italy focused on the glories of Michelangelo, the wonders of the Renaissance in Florence, the ruins of the ancient Forum in Rome and the fascinating remains of a city killed by … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:22:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 Israeli teens’ deaths a war crime ]]> Lead story image

It’s a moment of moral clarity: Three teenagers were kidnapped and murdered for the simple reason that they were Jews. Let’s not hear any rationalizations about “Israeli occupation” or “settlements” or “building in settlements.” Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, were targeted by Hamas killers as the three Israelis hitch-hiked in the disputed territory of the West Bank. They were kidnapped and, when one of them used his cell phone to call the police, shot to death, and their bodies were hastily buried. The only regret from any Hamas operative was that the teens weren’t alive … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:54:27 -0500