Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Foreign Policy in Shambles (Video)

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Remember “smart power?” That’s how Obama was going to right all the world’s wrongs. He went to Harvard and spent time in the third world – sooo all the liberal bien pensants (including Obama) told us he’d know how to fix things. After belittling GW Bush’s “horrible ham-fisted foreign policy” (to hear them tell it) – after traveling around the world his first year in office, bowing and scraping before world leaders, apologizing for America’s *past* arrogance — how is Obama’s smart power doing? How many friends has he made with his drone program, his arming of terrorists, his befriending of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Looks like Muslims the world over either despise him, disrespect him or both. US to temporarily shut down embassies around the world Sunday amid security concerns:

The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday — including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt — as a precautionary measure over terror-related concerns, State Department officials said.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed — only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Officials would not describe the nature of the threat.
Sunday is Obama’s birthday.

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

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Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” –Booker T. Washington

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.” – Thomas Sowell

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This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s The Great Divider    is my reaction to President Obama’s little speech on race after the Zimmerman verdict.What he had to say pretty much passed unnoticed by the legacy media, but as I point out, a lot of what he had to say merited notice for what it revealed about him and his mindset.  Here’s a slice:

President Obama had a few things to say last Friday about the Zimmerman trial, about Trayvon Martin, and of course about race.

It amazes me that the full import of his remarks will pass unnoticed by the legacy press and indeed by most of America. Because what the president had to say was nothing less than astounding coming from a sitting presodent of the United States.

It’s necessary to translate his remarks. As the president said, context is important.

President Obama started out after the pro forma remarks by upping the ante. Now, it’s not just that if he had a son he would have looked like Trayvon, but that 35 years ago he was Trayvon:

 But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

The president said this while violent protests that amounted to riots were going on in many locales and random whites were being assaulted by blacks using ‘justice for Trayvon’ as their excuse.

This is quite similar to the logic terrorism groupies try to foist on the unwary to justify terrorist activities; ‘well you know I certainly don’t condone violence but you have to understand their rage.’ Needless to say, that never works the other way around when objects of terrorism like the Israelis defend themselves. Any response is deemed ‘disproportionate’. And make no mistake. President Obama’s excusing the Trayvon riots on the basis of experiences and history is yet another important message, given that all important context. When he says “this experience and history doesn’t go away” he is not only justifying that violence but letting America know that no matter what, our country is guilty and no matter how much money or good will we expend, it will never be enough. It will never end.

Which means of course that according to President Obama, blacks of necessity have to nourish grievance for eternity and are not responsible for their own actions, no matter what.

That was President Obama’s central message. As I pointed out earlier, President Obama’s entire stance on this is political in nature . Trayvon Martin was a  useful  smokescreen to divert attention from his own failures, the scandals permeating his administration and a tool  to get black voters to the polls in record numbers in 2014 to support his agenda. It’s worth remembering that it was Obama’s Department of Justice that actually played a significant part in orchestrating, funding and organizing the violent protests that made the Trayvon Martin shooting a national issue. Because there’s money and power to be had by nourishing that black sense of grievance.

Roll that over in your mind a moment. Here we have a president whose Department of Justice deliberately assisted in fanning the flames that turned an obscure local incident into a national racial firestorm led, coordinated  and abetted by President Obama’s intimate associate Al Sharpton. We have the president’s own willingness  to exacerbate things  further by making a national statement inserting himself  into the matter and by.putting political pressure on local authorities to prosecute someone who had already been cleared of any wrongdoing after a through investigation by police with a case so shoddily put together that the special prosecutor had to bypass the grand jury mechanism standard in such cases to even have George Zimmerman charged and brought to trial.

Yes, President Obama’s quite right that the sense of racial grievance doesn’t go away. Especially when you deliberately pour gasoline on it .

The president’s attempt to embellish this message by whining about the indignities he supposedly suffered as a young black male..being watched when he went shopping in a store, walking across the street and hearing door locks on cars click, having women in an elevator clutch their purses tighter..’ was even more ridiculous coming from someone who has lived a life of privilege and ease his entire life and has known nothing but the best America has to offer.

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Yes, this picture of the racist hell the president endured 35 years ago while going to the ultra elite Punahou Prep School in Hawaii tells it all, doesn’t it?

More at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Bill Whittle with  The Lynching submitted by The Watcher. It’s an extraordinary video that examines the Zimmerman trial and in particular things about Trayvon Martin that would have a definite bearing on the public perception of the case if the media had covered them as they did  every detail of George Zimmerman’s life. Do watch  it.

OK, here are this week’s full results. Only Bookworm was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the usual two thirds voter penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!

 

 

Issa: Silencing CIA Employees Is Obstruction And Illegal (Video)

Rep Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee appeared on Fox News this morning to talk about the latest revelations in the “phony” Benghazi scandal – aka “the big one.”

Yesterday,  Issa issued two subpoenas to the State Department for documents relevant to the Committee’s investigation into the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya that cost four American lives.

The documents covered by the subpoenas will allow Congressional investigators to understand how the ARB conducted its review and how it obtained testimony from witnesses.  Witnesses interviewed by the Committee have testified that the ARB never asked them about the very issues that the ARB eventually cited as cause to hold four State Department officials accountable for the inadequate security posture in Benghazi.  Those four officials were subsequently placed on paid administrative leave based on the ARB’s recommendation.  Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry outlining some of the concerns expressed to the Committee by witnesses.  The subpoenas also require the State Department to produce 25,000 page of documents to Congress that are currently carted into the Capitol each day, preventing investigators from having full access.

“After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,” said Issa. “State Department tactics to delay and impede accountability have exhausted the Committee’s patience. Further subpoenas may also be necessary if the Department is not forthcoming on other requests.”

Rick Folbaum asked Issa the $64, 000 question, “what are officials trying to keep from being made public?”

Issa rattled off the three main components of the scandal (before, during and after) that have never smelled right.

– “Before Benghazi, there were plenty of calls for help that were unheeded…”

– “During the attack they did not call on friends and allies to bring aid…”

– “The constant misleading about what happened. The people deserve the truth on day one”, Issa said, “not an evolving truth that goes on until – actually for as long as it takes for us to prove that they didn’t tell the truth the first time.”

As for the CNN reports that CIA employees are being intimidated into silence, Issa said, “we are aware that there’s a pattern of saying they must coordinate with their bosses before talking to congress. Of course that’s not consistent with the law – and that leads to a general belief that you shouldn’t talk to congress and that happens to be obstruction, and it’s illegal under the statutes.

Via Gateway Pundit

UPDATE:

The Conversation: Report: At Least 5 CIA Employees Forced to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

Twitchy: ‘No f****** s***’: Atlantic writer decides there might be something to this Benghazi thingy