No surprise considering this is the same administration that scrubbed every mention of the words Islam, Muslim, and jihad from counterterror documents.
President Barack Obama addressed questions that the United States had underestimated the threat of Islamic State attacks, noting that the US and its partners had “acute awareness” of the threat, but that its difficult to strike a non-governmental group.
“The concerns about potential ISIL attacks in the West have been there for over a year now and they come through periodically,” Obama told reporters at a Group of 20 summit in Turkey on Monday, using an acronym for Islamic State (IS, also formerly known as ISIS).
The president promised that the US has not underestimated the ability of IS to strike Western countries militarily, but because the terrorist group does not conduct “conventional warfare,” it is difficult to stop.
“We play into the ISIL narrative when we use routine military tactics that are designed to fight a state that is attacking another state,” he said. That’s not what’s going on here. These are killers with fantasies of glory who are very savvy when it comes to social media and are able to infiltrate the minds not just of Iraqis and Syrians but disaffected individuals around the world.”
“It’s not their sophistication or the particular weaponry they possess but it is the ideology that they carry with them and their willingness to die,” Obama added.
There was no way to prevent the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night, Obama said.
Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said new Ebola Czar Ron Klain will report to former U.N. ambassador and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
“Mr. Klain will ultimately however report to Ms. Monoco [Homeland Security] and to National Security Advisor Susan Rice in this effort,” Earnest said.
As a reminder, Susan Rice is the woman who went on five Sunday talk shows to lie about a YouTube video being responsible for the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. She is also the same person who said alleged Army deserter and Taliban sympathizer Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.
By every economic measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office. You wouldn’t know it, but we are,” the president said Friday.
That’s right, the president — the president of the United States, mind you — says Americans are better off, they just don’t know it.
That is the height to which the president has raised his level of mendacity. He has the sheer audacity to tell Americans that he has successfully turned the economy around, that things are all good, but that there are no real quantifiable indicators by which they could ever know that.
In fact, Mr. Obama says Americans have never had it so good.
“Over the past 51 months, our businesses have created 9.4 million new jobs,” he said at a feel-good stop in Minnesota. “Our housing market is rebounding. Our auto industry is booming. Our manufacturing sector is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. We’ve made our tax code fairer. We’ve cut our deficits by more than half. More than 8 million Americans have signed up for private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act.”
Of course, as usual with the president, none of that is true. In 2007, there were 146.6 million Americans employed. Last month, there were 145.7 million people in the workforce. But it’s all worse than that. The labor force participation rate dropped more than 3 percentage points, which equals nearly 8 million people. Now, just 62.8 percent of working-age Americans hold jobs, a dismal number that’s the lowest in 35 years….
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The mainstream media continues to amaze!
CNN’s Carol Costello on Tuesday suggested First Lady Michelle Obama has signed bills into law.
While discussing Michelle Obama’s 2010 health initiative, Costello said that the First Lady Michelle Obama “signed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act into law.”
Newsbusters was first to catch the gaffe and quickly pointed out the First Lady has no such power.
After this gaffe, Ms. Costello should stick to discussing her impressive eating techniques and avoid politics altogether.
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Today comes word that the White House blew the cover of the CIA station chief in Kabul by identifying him in a list submitted to Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson and other reporters covering Obama’s trip to Kabul. Wilson copied the list in the pool report that he disseminated to 6,000 recipients (“including foreign media, not taking part in the trip”) before noting the reference to the “Chief of Station” named on the list.
The Post’s Greg Miller manages to work Valierie Plame into the mix in an extremely misleading fashion before noting the recipients of the pool report with the station chief’s name. Well done, Greg. Here is the heart of Miller’s report:
Somehow, that message got missed.
Another bizarre Obama holiday address…
In his Easter Address this year Barack Obama reminds us that the great religions, including Islam, teach us to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”
From the White House website:
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning…
…For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him. We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life. And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as He loves every one of us.
The common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to rededicate ourselves to that universal mission…
This week a girls’ seminary in Pakistan named its library after Osama bin Laden.
The National Constitution Center has chosen its winner of the 2013 Liberty Medal, an award that goes to someone who “furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality, often against great odds.”
This year, it goes to this person:
And former Florida governor Jeb Bush is presenting the award to her, not reluctantly, but willingly. After all, he’s the NCC Chairman:
“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush, the NCC’s chairman, said in a statement announcing the award. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”
I don’t know that I’ve ever associated the word “leader” with Hillary Clinton. I’ve associated a few others, but never “leader.”
Meanwhile, four people were still killed in Benghazi. But what difference, at this point, does it make? Am I right, Jeb?
Someone please get the video of this presentation. I have a feeling it will come in handy during the 2016 Republican primaries. I don’t want a GOP candidate who’d head an organization willing to give Hillary Clinton an award for furthering freedom.
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Last week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois House Bill 1189 into law. Though the claim was that it was tough on crime, because of the anti-gun ideology behind it, it ends up criminalizing crime victims.
All you really need to know about MSNBC is that Matthews isn’t the first host on the network to make this claim. This isn’t some special fever dream born of one too many leg tingles. This is, to some degree, network groupthink.
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Upon the demise of Osama Bin Laden, Barack Obama was positively ubiquitous. He basked endlessly in the afterglow.