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May 9, 2011

Is Obama a Serial Liar?
Nancy Morgan
In just the last month, Obama has made several statements that are just not so. Statements made to the American public that were in direct conflict with known facts. More

Our State Department Shows a Clear Bias Against Christians by Ignoring Their Slaughter

On April 29, 2011, the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) co-sponsored a 2011 Hours Against Hate event. Hosted by George Washington University, the event was billed as a “Town Hall Discussion on U.S. efforts to combat discrimination and hatred against Jews, Muslims, and others.” Hopefully, the 100 million-plus Christians experiencing persecution around the world today, along with Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’i, etc., are included in “and others.” The IRF office should be reminded that advocates for persecuted Christians played a major role in its creation, along with the creation of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Both were mandates of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).

Obama’s Worst Enemy
J.R. Dunn
Obama’s worst enemy is Obama, and his downfall will commence when voters awaken to the fact that many of his current “crises” — and all the most critical ones — are self-inflicted. More


“Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” Work

The successes of the CIA and other intelligence agencies, the old saying goes, are never known and the failures are never forgotten. The takedown of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, who were guided onto their target by the work of hundreds of intelligence officers around the world, is a welcome exception to this rule. In a similar way, the successful strike on bin Laden forces us to take a fresh look at the notion that enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) are not useful or effective. If recent comments from high-level officials are any indication, EITs played an important part in the hunt for and elimination of the terror mastermind.

Are We at War or Spectators at a Sporting Event?
Grant Giske
What more can we do to aid our enemy in telling them how we fight, what resources we have, what we will not do to kill them, and what we know about them? More

Cut the Bloat: Both Ours and Washington’s
Paul Gessing and Deane Waldman
Why is the federal government subsidizing programs that make Americans fat? More

Do You Really Trust This President to cut the Military Budget?

To cut defense responsibly, the president must first decide which of our foreign commitments can be abandoned safely. This is no easy task, given the scope of threats we face. And the president has not done this. Instead, he has directed defense officials to conduct yet another review to identify $400 billion of expenses they can jettison.


Glide Path to Federal Budget Sustainability
Greg Richards
A glide path for federal spending to return the federal budget to break even, which is the same thing as long term sustainability, is possible. More

With Osama’s Death, Russians Get Hope in Their own Fight Against Global Jihad in Chechnya

Russian authorities also used bin Laden’s death to call attention to their own successes in the war on terror. A spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry said he wanted to emphasize that “this is a natural result: Bin Laden, Basayev and others like them sooner or later catch up with what they have done.” The Moscow News called it a “Basayev moment.” Shamil Basayev was second-in-command to Aslan Mashkadov, elected Chechen president after the first Chechen war. Basayev soon quit the government and declared his movement was no longer solely about Chechen independence but was part of the global jihad. There is evidence that Basayev received funding from bin Laden himself during this time. (The timeline fits as well, since Basayev’s decision to challenge Mashkadov for the presidency was made the same month Zawahiri made his trip to the Caucasus, establishing links he would take with him to Afghanistan.)


It is Immoral Not to Allow Enhanced Interrogations
Rabbi Aryeh Spero
Nothing guides liberal policy more than how a particular policy effects their reputation among their liberal and left wing colleagues across the globe. More

Osama Bin Laden’s strategy sounds familiar
May 09, 2011
Wait just a minute, captured documents reveal that Osama Bin Laden wanted to use race and class warfare to weaken America? Isn’t that what the Democratic Party has been doing for the past half century? More

What Has the Progressive Philosophy Wrought in Real Life California?

Since 2000 we have both lost jobs and gained people, and the per capita household income is about 65% of California’s average, the average home price about half the state norm.  In some sense, all the ideas that are born on the Berkeley or Stanford campus, in the CSU and UC education, political science, and sociology departments, and among the bureaus in Sacramento are reified in places like Selma — open borders, therapeutic education curricula, massive government transfers and subsidies, big government, and intrusive regulation. Together that has created the sort of utopia that a Bay Area consultant, politico, or professor dreams of, but would never live near. Again, we in California have become the most and least free of peoples — the law-biding stifled by red tape, the non-law-biding considered exempt from accountability on the basis of simple cost-to-benefit logic. A speeder on the freeway will pay a $300 ticket for going 75mph and justifies the legions of highway patrol officers now on the road; going after an unlicensed peddler or rural dumper is a money-losing proposition for government.   The subtext, however, of most of our manifold challenges here in the other California are twofold: we have had a massive increase in population, largely driven by illegal immigration from Latin America, mostly from Oaxaca province in Mexico, and we have not created a commensurate number of jobs to facilitate the influx.

Iran readies Bushehr nuclear plant for start up
May 09, 2011
Stuxnet or not, Bushehr appears to be nearly operational. More

‘Senior Pakistani government official’ admits ISI help for bin Laden
May 09, 2011
Zardari challenges the ISI. More

Cheney defends CIA interrogators
May 09, 2011
A trial would be counterproductive and damage morale at the agency. More

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