Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

Merrick Garland, what’s the point?

March 17, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Marc Ash  

"Battle? Ideological confrontation? Reshaping of the Court? Forget it -- Garland is a safe pick for America's ruling class. Obama punted. Hatch defeated him without a fight. Better than Scalia. Sure, but that really doesn't say much. Scalia was arguably the most purely politically-motivated Supreme Court justice in American history. A ham-fisted, ideologically driven, right-wing operative who came to the court every day with a clearly defined agenda. Will Garland be better? Yes. Will Garland show any courage in moving the country forward? Not likely. Why would anyone who understands the scope of the problems facing the country today fight for this Hatch-Obama offering? They should not." (03/17/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Merrick-Garland-What-s-th-by-Marc-Ash-Judge-Merrick-Garland_Senator-Orin-Hatch_Supreme-Court_Supreme-Court-Nominee-160316-248.html  

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Skin in the game: Obama and the destruction of Libya

March 15, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Wight  

"Of the many crimes committed in the name of humanitarian intervention by the West, the destruction of Libya in 2011 is among the most heinous. It was a classic example of 'destroying the village in order to save it' that will and must never be forgotten. ... So damning is the evidence of the crime committed against Libya and its people by those who claim to act in the name of freedom and civilization that one of those responsible, President Obama, is now seeking to deny his guilt." (03/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/15/skin-in-the-game-obama-and-the-destruction-of-libya/  

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Why I won’t miss Obama

March 14, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"While Obama's foreign policy has been compared to Eisenhower's by more than a few people, Obama has failed to do the one thing that clearly distinguishes Eisenhower from his predecessor and several of his successors: concluding the existing war(s) and avoiding new ones. This has supposedly been Obama's preoccupation throughout his presidency, and he has often boasted about ending America's foreign wars, but it hasn't happened. He has not only failed to conclude the U.S. role in the war in Afghanistan, but has started at least two new military interventions and routinized the waging of perpetual, unauthorized war in many countries during both of his terms." (03/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-i-wont-miss-obama/  

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Guantanamo Bay: Obama reiterates call to close prison in final plan to Congress

February 24, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A final plan by Barack Obama to fulfill his pledge to close Guantánamo Bay – functionally identical to what he has already proposed – has already run into heavy political opposition, underscoring the likelihood Guantánamo will remain a detention facility after Obama leaves office. The plan, released on Tuesday in accordance with a congressional request, reiterates previous administration insistences on closing Guantánamo rather than proposing a long-elusive new option with the chance of breaking through more than seven years of GOP refusal on Capitol Hill." (02/23/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/23/obama-guantanamo-bay-closure-plan-congress?CMP=fb_gu  

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Obama plans trip to Cuba to further ties

February 18, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, senior Obama administration officials said, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. The brief visit in mid-March will mark a watershed moment for relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a communist nation estranged from the U.S. for over half a century until Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved toward rapprochement more than a year ago. Since then, the nations have reopened embassies in Washington and Havana and have moved to restore commercial air travel, with a presidential visit seen as a key next step toward bridging the divide." (02/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-obama-cuba-visit-20160217-story.html  

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Obama’s Supreme Court appointment

February 17, 2016
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"Republicans have already said they will try to block any attempt by President Obama to have his nominee replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. The president has less than a year left in office, so blocking his nominee may be easy. But the Republicans may be playing right into the president's hands. Who would Obama most like to see take that Supreme Court seat? He'd like to occupy that seat himself." [editor's note: I consider it highly unlikely that he's at all interested in being on the Supreme Court himself - TLK] (02/17/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/17/obamas-supreme-court-appointment/  

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The Courtpocalypse and how to delay it

February 17, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"At least three more SCOTUS justices -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer -- are, as was Scalia, in their late 70s or early 80s. Along with Scalia, they cover the whole range from 'liberal' to 'conservative.' And like Scalia, there's every reason to believe that they will each retire or die during the next presidential term. The Supreme Court is soon to be re-made in a big way, almost certainly altering the 'liberal/conservative' balance. Scalia's death puts that re-making front and center in the presidential race." (02/16/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4736  

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Federal bureaucracy grew 70% more under Bush than Obama

February 16, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education    

"President Obama's new budget includes a table showing the number of executive branch civilian employees the administration expects to have in 2017. With that, we can compare the growth in federal government employment over eight years of Obama (2009 to 2017) to eight years of President George W. Bush (2001 to 2009)." (02/16/16)

http://fee.org/articles/bureaucracy-grew-70-more-under-bush-than-obama/  

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Religion and politics: Obama visits the Mussulmen

February 4, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"For 20 years prior to his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Since his election as president, Obama has attended Christian worship services numerous times, has spoken annually at the distinctly Christian National Prayer Breakfast, and has periodically issued messages of holiday solidarity (Easter, Christmas, etc.) to 'my fellow Christians.' But some people don't believe he's a Christian. He drinks beer, eats pork, and marks Islam's holy month of Ramadan with good wishes to Muslims (in one, refers to 'my own Christian faith') rather than with that religion's required fasting, but some people believe he's secretly a Muslim. And some Republican politicians actively encourage that belief. The can of hummus got opened up again on February 3, when Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore to tell American Muslims 'you're part of America too. You're not Muslim or American. You're Muslim and American.'" (02/04/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4554  

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Obama gives final annual stem-winder of his presidency

January 13, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"President Barack Obama took aim on Tuesday at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and accused critics of playing into the hands of Islamic State in a speech meant to cement his legacy and set a positive tone for his final year in office. Obama, delivering his last annual State of the Union speech to Congress as president, called for leaders to 'fix' U.S. politics and criticized candidates such as Trump for using anti-Muslim rhetoric that betrayed American values." (01/13/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obama-idUSKCN0UQ0I620160113  

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Gun industry credits Obama for boost in business

January 10, 2016
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Augusta Chronicle    

"Gun retailers around the nation and across the metro area say people have bought guns at a feverish pace since the president tearfully announced an array of executive orders Tuesday that could, among other things, subject hobbyists and occasional gun sellers to federal licensing requirements. The president pledged that unilateral action would be forthcoming during his Dec. 6 address to the nation, just four days after a husband and wife killed 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that was labeled a terrorist attack. Obama's renewed interest in gun control is creating a generalized fear among citizens feeling vulnerable to domestic terrorism and other crimes, said Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a Springfield, Va.-based gun rights organization." (01/10/16)

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2016-01-10/gun-industry-credits-obama-boost-business  

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In dramatic reversal, Obama announces he won’t support any candidate who doesn’t support repeal of all US victim disarmament laws

January 7, 2016
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The Hill The Hill
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[editor's note: OK, a little bit of editorial license there. What he actually wrote is: ""I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform." And as we all know, the only "gun reform" that reflects common sense is repeal of all US "gun control" laws. Unfortunately, HIS definition of "common sense" seems to be a combination of near-perfect stupidity and thorough-going evil - TLK] (01/07/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/265171-obama-i-wont-campaign-for-any-dem-that-doesnt-back-gun-reforms  

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“Gun control” — can someone please make that man a ham sandwich?

January 6, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The language of the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment is clear and its intended meaning is well-documented. The framers of that amendment -- who had just emerged from a long war against the world's most powerful army, a war won by an armed citizenry -- understood the right to keep and bear arms as a right 'of the people.' They specifically and intentionally barred the president, Congress, the state legislatures, your local city council, ANYONE, from infringing it. Every 'gun control' law now on the books is unconstitutional and therefore, per Madison v. Marbury, void. Not only is Obama's executive order sortie, taken in conspiracy ('consultation') with the Attorney General of the United States and other government functionaries, not within his legal authority, it's a crime." (01/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4000  

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Obama: Crocodile tears for past victims, executive orders to create future victims

January 6, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"President Obama again shed tears for the children of Newtown. As he did on the morning of the 2012 mass shooting, Obama choked up Tuesday as he mentioned the 'first graders' gunned down at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., while again proposing measures designed to [theatrically exploit gun violence for political advantage]. 'Every time I think about those kids, it makes me mad,' Obama said at the White House as he announced new executive actions designed to [disarm future victims of violent crime]. The Newtown massacre claimed the lives of 20 children, and Obama's emotional comments about the most innocent victims of gun violence inspired a flood of comments on social media." (01/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2016/01/05/obama-newtown-crying-guns/78307648/  

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Obama claims “legal authority” for new victim disarmament edicts

January 5, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"President Obama vowed Monday to press ahead with new executive actions on gun control after meeting with top law enforcement officials, claiming he has the 'legal authority' to act -- and defying congressional critics who say he's pursuing a 'dangerous' overreach. The president, without giving any specifics, said he'll be 'rolling out these initiatives' over the next several days. He spoke after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top officials to review their proposals and finalize his plans." [editor's note: Resist much, obey little! - TLK] (01/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/04/obama-meeting-with-ag-on-gun-control-actions-faces-gop-backlash.html  

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Cool car and hot coffee for President Cool

January 4, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The President of the United States claims to be very popular with 'the zero to eight demographic.' The kids like his name, which they say in an unbroken string of syllables: Barackobama. Politics is a lot like football. Teddy Roosevelt was the coolest president ... until Barackobama. All this, and more, we learn from the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's online interview show, in which Jerry drives a comedian to a coffee shop for a video-recorded chat." (01/04/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/04/cool-car-and-hot-coffee-for-president-cool/  

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Obama isn’t liberal enough

December 17, 2015
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Avens O'Brien The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien  

"He was full of gems about the free market, ending war, the PATRIOT Act, and closing Guantanamo Bay. He admitted to smoking pot in college. I knew there was plenty we would disagree on -- after all, I'm not a Democrat, but I knew after 8 years of Bush it was time for something and someone different, and Obama was different. He was a liberal, and I was ready for one of those in the White House. I didn't get what I wanted though. I wanted a liberal. What I got was ..." (12/16/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/obama-isnt-liberal-enough/  

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Obama’s Guantanamo challenge

December 1, 2015
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Kelley B Vlahos The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos  

"Outside, its buildings bear the signs of the blistering sun and the sea. Inside, cell walls and 'feeding chairs' trace, however invisibly, the blood and bodily fluids of men. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is more than a memento of one of America's darkest periods of war and insecurity -- it is a living, breathing testament to it. Year after year, President Obama has promised to close it. As he enters the last year of his final term, he may have to fight the entire Congress to get it done." (12/01/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/obamas-guantanamo-challenge/  

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Obama: No ground troops against Islamic State

November 17, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Describing the Islamic State as 'the face of evil,' President Obama said Monday he will continue working with other countries on a coordinated strategy to destroy the militant group -- without U.S. combat troops. ... Military advisers have told him that ground troops 'would be a mistake,' Obama said during a news conference in Turkey, the site of the G-20 summit. In addition to likely casualties, Obama said the United States would be put in a position of occupying large parts of Syria and Iraq without any clear way out, as happened after the 2003 invasion of Iraq." (11/16/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/16/obama-g-20-news-conference-turkey-paris-attacks-terrorism/75863678/  

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Obama, Castro meet on US soil

September 29, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"For the first time in more than 60 years, a U.S. president has met with a Cuban president on U.S. soil. President Obama sat down with President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today. At Obama's side were Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, in addition to other aides. The two leaders have met before, but today's meeting marks the first time the heads of state of both countries have met on U.S. soil since the Cuban revolution." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nohfwbf  

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India, US trade talks begin; Kerry says Obama keen to meet Modi

September 22, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"The first strategic and commercial dialogue between India and the US began in Washington on Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Barack Obama. The focus the dialogue is on boosting trade ties and enhancing regional security. US secretary of state John Kerry said that President Obama is very much looking forward to meeting PM Modi at the United Nations next week. The two sides would be discussing some of the most complicated issues of the day, said Kerry as he and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj led their high-level delegations at the dialogue at the State Department." [editor's note: When it comes to trade, the only way things become "complicated" is when the politicians get it into their heads that they should be in charge of what everyone else does - TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptul86z  

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The quiet grand strategy of Barack Obama

September 15, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Alfred W McCoy  

"In ways that have eluded Washington pundits and policymakers, President Barack Obama is deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the 21st century. After six years of silent, sometimes secret preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives whose sum is nothing less than a tri-continental strategy to check Beijing's rise. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnsyzc6  

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Is Obama the worst president ever?

September 3, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff  

"He started out, campaigning in 2008, as someone would would restore the rule of law in US international affairs and here at home after eight years of criminality during the Bush and Cheney administration, as saying he would end America's wars and bring back an era of international cooperation and negotiation, and as saying that he would confront the dire threat of global climate change. On the basis of that promise, he won a dramatic election victory, raising hopes across the country and across many voting blocks. On that basis, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize -- the first time the award was given before anything had been done by the laureate being honored. And on the basis of that promise, people expected action on climate change. Instead, the president began backpedaling almost instantly." (09/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odzyzzl  

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Can the Supreme Court force Congress to own the war on ISIS?

August 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Bruce Ackerman  

"The biggest casualty in the struggle against the Islamic State so far has been the American Constitution. One year into the battle, the president and Congress threaten to destroy all serious restraints against open-ended war-making by the commander-in-chief. President Obama waited for half a year before even submitting a draft resolution authorizing his initiative. But it is now obvious that the Republican-controlled Congress finds it politically convenient to stand on the sidelines and let Obama take the blame for the escalating instability. That leaves only the Supreme Court to halt this transformation of the president into a latter-day King George III."

http://tinyurl.com/po85k6p  

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Lessons from Obama’s war in Libya

July 15, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"In March 2011, President Barack Obama succumbed to French pressure and led the NATO alliance from behind in bombing the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. At the time, Obama was criticized for not letting the United States remain in the forefront of eliminating odious regimes through the use of military power. Given the results of post-Gaddafi chaos in Libya, however, perhaps having 'led from behind' gives Obama some political cover for what has become yet another U.S. intervention fiasco. It shouldn't." (07/14/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7447  

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