Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

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)

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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)

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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)

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Is Obama the worst president ever?

September 3, 2015
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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)

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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."

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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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Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

June 30, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon    

"US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them. The pair met for extensive White House talks, a meeting originally planned for 2013 but scuppered by revelations the National Security Agency eavesdropped on Rousseff's calls. ... The pair rolled out a litany of unoffensive economic, political and military agreements ranging from work on patents to food security in Africa. But they also unveiled ambitious joint renewable energy targets, hoping to present a collective front ahead of crunch global climate talks later this year." (06/30/15)

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Another open letter to Barack Obama

May 17, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I applaud your recent support for freer trade. Yet I cannot help but note that all five of the benefits that your administration's website ascribes to freer trade are beside the point. Each of your '5 ways that trade is linked to our economic strength' highlights ways that freer trade helps American producers. Your list contains not even a hint of the chief and overwhelming economic justification for freer trade -- namely, the greater access to lower-priced goods and services that freer trade brings to consumers." (05/15/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/05/another-open-letter-to-barack-obama.html  

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The liberal apologies for Obama’s ugly reign

May 16, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Paul Street  

"A second liberal and 'progressive' apology for Obama's corporatism, imperialism, militarism, and eco-cidalism places the blame on the rest of us. It's our failure, this second storyline goes. The citizenry and activists are at fault for not making Obama be the progressive, populist, environmentalist, and peace-dividend president he really wanted to be. We didn't compel him to advance the decent, egalitarian, and ecologically sustainable policies he sincerely desired to enact by organizing and protesting from the bottom up. This justification for Obama's power-serving presidency is barely less idiotic than 'the Republicans blocked him' excuse." (05/15/15)

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IL: Obama presidential library to be built in Chicago

May 12, 2015
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle on Tuesday said they wanted to locate their Obama library and museum in Chicago -- with an announcement on their foundation website declaring 'Sweet Home Chicago.' ... Their decision gives Chicago a permanent, public institution housing the legacy of the Obama presidency and the Barack Obama Foundation. The Obama Center will be a massive building and job creating project on the South Side that could spark an economic renewal in the surrounding communities. The decision on whether the Obama project will be at Jackson Park or Washington Park -- both near the U. of Chicago main Hyde Park complex -- will come, the foundation said, 'in the coming months.'" (05/12/15)

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Obama rebukes “politician” Warren as trade feud escalates

May 10, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A growing feud between President Obama and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked up a notch Saturday, with the president rejecting her recent warnings about a long-sought trade deal and saying in an interview, 'Elizabeth is a politician just like everybody else.' The president and the liberal Massachusetts senator have been sparring amid an internal Democratic battle over Obama’s trade push. The administration wants Congress to give the president so-called 'fast-track' authority, which would ease the ability of the president to secure trade pacts -- in this case, a major agreement with Pacific nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Most recently, Warren has argued that giving Obama the new authority could open the door for a future administration to strike a deal rolling back provisions of the landmark 2010 financial-industry regulatory overhaul." (05/10/15)

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Obama’s unaccountable drone war

May 7, 2015
posted by

Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"The recent killing of two foreign captives in an errant drone strike in Pakistan has raised some serious questions about the government's employment of what has become its principal offensive weapon in its global war on terror (which the White House now prefers to call its overseas contingency operations). While President Obama, who has claimed that drones strikes only take place when there is 'near certainty' about the target, took personal responsibility for the mishap, it does not require much understanding of Washington's ways to realize that the gesture is in reality quite empty since the Chief Executive is unlikely to bear any actual consequences." (05/07/15)

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Obama flunks the constitutional test

May 4, 2015
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"As the world awaits the Supreme Court's rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, pundits have engaged in a phony war that misses a larger story: the court's rejection of the government's extreme claims of unlimited federal power. Indeed, the Obama administration has already lost unanimously 20 times, having passed in its first five years the Bush DOJ's number across two full terms (15)." (05/04/15)

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The Obama paradox: Can a first-term senator win the White House again?

April 30, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann  

"Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul all have a Barack Obama problem. All three Republicans are running for president as first-term senators -- just as a young Senator Obama did eight years ago. And the last thing America needs is another President Obama, Republicans are fond of saying. That argument may hold sway with some GOP voters, but there’s a problem with it. Mr. Obama won the presidency -- twice. And it’s hard to argue with success." (04/28/15)

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Report: Obama gave CIA “secret waiver” for Pakistan drone killings

April 28, 2015
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Indian Express [India]    

"President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US' drone programme but secretly approved a waiver giving CIA more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a media report has said. Obama tightened the rules for the US drone programme in 2013 to reduce the risk of civilian casualties but secretly exempted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from carrying out adequate intelligence-gathering missions in Pakistan before conducting drone strikes, The Wall Street Journal reported. Obama, in his directive, stated that proposed targets should pose an imminent threat to the US but the waiver exempted the CIA from this standard in Pakistan." (04/27/15)

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President Obama finally challenges his party’s trade skeptics

April 28, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Daniel J Ikenson  

"Trade policy divides Democrats and unites Republicans. That axiom has guided Democratic leadership in Congress since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid assumed the reins and intentionally drove the trade agenda into a ditch. Better to bury international trade in a heap of disparagement and fallacy than risk the consequences of an honest, informed discussion. But change is in the air. With 21 months left in office and his ambitious trade agenda hanging in the balance, President Obama is finally challenging his party's retrogressive stance." (04/27/15)

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Why Obama wants to lift sanctions on Iran

April 27, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"[K]eep in mind, that what Obama's doing is extremely unpopular with many powerful groups; the congress, the media, Israel and even high ranking officials in his own State Department. Could it be that the powerbrokers who pull Obama's strings and tell him what to do have suddenly seen the light and want to open a new era of reconciliation and friendship with Iran? Of course not. No one believes that. The only reason Obama would strike a deal with Iran is because the US wants something in return. And the US does want something in return. The US wants a substitute for Russian gas flowing to the Europe so it can destroy Russia economically and implement its strategic plan to spread US power across Asia so US mega-corporations can maintain their dominant position in the global economy. Obama is playing nice with Iran so he can pivot to Asia as easily as possible." (04/27/15)

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Warren calls on Obama to declassify trade deal details

April 27, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking President Obama to make public classified information in the international trade deal that he's asking Congress to 'fast track' -- the latest incident in which the populist, first-term Democratic senator appears critical of the president's relationship with Wall Street and big business. At issue is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP -- a significant deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations that aims to create a free trade zone in the Asia-Pacific region. A letter dated Saturday and co-signed by fellow Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was written in response to Obama's suggestion that critics of the TPP, specifically Warren, were wrong about the trade deal and 'dishonest' when they claim the TPP is a secret deal." (04/26/15)

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White House: Two hostages accidentally killed in drone strike

April 24, 2015
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USA Today    

"President Obama expressed 'grief and condolences' Thursday for a drone strike against suspected terrorists that accidentally killed two hostages. Obama said he took full responsibility for the operation and apologized to the families of the hostages. 'I profoundly regret what happened,' he said. The two Western hostages -- one American, one Italian -- were killed during a drone strike this year that targeted members of al-Qaeda, the White House said." [editor's note: By "taking full responsibility," I assume he doesn't mean turning himself in, confessing, and pleading guilty to multiple counts of terrorism and murder. He just means he's saying the words "I take full responsibility" - TLK] (04/23/15)

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Graham, McCain call for wahhhhhhmbulance over Paul “lapdog” remark

April 23, 2015
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Politico    

"The Senate's Two Amigos are firing back at Rand Paul's 'lapdog' diss. Paul, the 2016 GOP presidential contender who's tussled with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain over foreign policy, took aim at the hawkish duo this week by charging that they are 'lapdogs' for President Barack Obama's policies abroad. On Wednesday, Graham -- considering a 2016 bid of his own -- dismissed the Kentucky Republican's criticism and said Paul would have the 'worst chance of anybody to make a case against Obama’s foreign policy.' ... Meanwhile, McCain said an anonymous Obama administration official has compared him and Graham to Doberman Pinschers -- rather than lapdogs." [editor's note: I have to agree that Graham and McCain aren't "lapdogs." More like rabid Chihuahuas - TLK] (04/22/15)

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Obama won’t call genocide genocide on 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

April 22, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"President Barack Obama, wary of damaging relations with Turkey amid growing unrest in the Middle East, won't use the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire to declare the brutal episode a genocide. Despite Obama's campaign promise in 2008 to 'recognize the Armenian Genocide' as president, the White House on Tuesday issued a carefully worded statement on a high-level administration meeting with Armenian groups that avoided using the term 'genocide.' An administration official said Obama, who will mark the centennial this Friday, would similarly avoid using the word. The term angers Ankara, which denies that Ottoman Turks carried out a genocide." (04/21/15)

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No cigar: Obama’s Cuba critics are dead wrong

April 21, 2015
posted by

Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"At the Summit of the Americas, President Obama took the next crucial steps in his quest to normalize relations with Cuba. Not only did he have a cordial meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro, he announced that Cuba would be removed from the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism. Both actions have been long overdue. Predictably, Obama's rapprochement with Cuba has drawn fire from hard-line hawkish elements in the United States." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m29ohjh  

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