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(Video) Senator Rubio makes a fool out Senator Harkin over Cuba

Posted by: Phineas on February 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is truly a popcorn-worthy use of your time, my friends. Background: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), one of the leading progressives in the Senate, took a trip to Cuba recently. Perfectly legal, members of Congress can go on such fact-finding missions when they wish. The senator must have visited an alternate-Earth Cuba, […]

 

Lessons of World War I. @BarackObama, take note

Posted by: Phineas on February 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s an excellent (1) article by Victor Davis Hanson (2) on the lessons to be drawn from World War I, or, as I sometimes call it, the 19th century’s collective act of mass suicide (3). As this is the centennial year of the war’s start, we’re naturally seeing and will see all […]

 

Foreign Service officers revolt against lousy Obama appointees

Posted by: Phineas on February 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas In the Catholic Church, the sin was called “simony,” the buying and selling of sacred offices, such as bishoprics. The practice was one of the abuses that lead to the Reformation. Now Foreign Service officers are rising against a secular simony, the Obama administration’s appointment of unqualified ambassadors who also happen to […]

 

#Benghazi: Lady Macbeth regrets

Posted by: Phineas on January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas The Democratic Party’s presidential nominee-in-waiting (1) spoke before the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association in New Orleans last weekend and took full responsibility for the security lapses at Benghazi that led to the deaths of four Americans, including the Ambassador, saying, “I was in charge, but I put politics […]

 

He’s the Smartest President Ever, so give him easy words

Posted by: Phineas on January 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas From Florida’s Shark Tank via Jim Geraghty’s Morning jolt, it seems we have an explanation for the “Polish death camps” kerfuffle that roiled relations between our two countries a while back. His speechwriter was trying to protect him: In an exclusive audio file furnished by Shark Tank reporter, Special K, the President’s […]

 

Smart-Power Success! Al Qaeda takes Fallujah!

Posted by: Phineas on January 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Not “al Qaeda central,” as the Obama administration likes to call it, but the revived affiliate “al Qaeda in Iraq” (Zarqawi’s old outfit), which is more or less merged with its Syrian equivalent in one big happy family of murdering jihadi psychos. And, taking advantage of internal Iraqi political frictions, they’re making […]

 

Shocker: Syria to miss deadline on Obama WMD deal

Posted by: Phineas on December 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Hey, didn’t the Assad regime get the message that Obama really meant it when he said he was really, really serious about getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons? Keep this up, and he’ll go tell Putin on them: Syria’s failure to move part of its chemical weapons arsenal to a […]

 

Americans held in Libya, head-meets-desk quote. Update: released?

Posted by: Phineas on December 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s breaking news tonight that four Americans, likely military, are in the custody of the Libyan government, having been taken during a visit to the Roman ruins at Sabratha. As of this writing, no information has been released as to any charges, and the State Department has issued no statement. (Probably wise, […]

 

In which Barack Obama resembles James Buchanan

Posted by: Phineas on November 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Not in the sense of “after him, a civil war,” of course. That line of thinking, which I’ve occasionally seen, is a bit overwrought. But something Stanley Kurtz wrote today made me think of Jimmy B. Discussing what may have motivated Obama to ink this bad deal with Iran, Kurtz discounts the […]

 

#IranDeal: It wasn’t just the Israelis and the Saudis Obama backstabbed

Posted by: Phineas on November 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s been a lot of talk since the weekend about the deal brokered between Iran on the one hand, and the US and its European partners on the other, that supposedly somehow represented a breakthrough in the quest to prevent the Iranian mullahs from getting their hands on nuclear weapons. Discussions have […]