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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Al Qaeda On The Rise 

The Wall Street Journal reports that Iraq's second-largest city fell to Al Qaeda jihadists today. Fallujah -- less than 40 miles from Baghdad -- fell in January.

Look around the Middle East, my friends. Libya. Syria. Iraq. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Obama Frees War Criminals 

The "scandals" that come from Washington are so frequent they tend to desensitize us. I pray that does not happen with last week's release of the "Taliban Dream Team" from Guantanamo Bay. 

In a moment of unusual candor, Obama conceded that they could "absolutely" go back to the battlefield and threaten the lives of Americans. But Obama assured us that their release "was conditioned on the Qataris keeping eyes on them… We will be keeping eyes on them." 

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day At 70

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France that marks the beginning of the end of World War II. 

The World War II generation is passing, and with it our collective memory of the sacrifices they made to defeat Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito and the forces of tyranny. The Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France was a massive undertaking involving 160,000 troops, 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Left Deserts Obama On Bergdahl Deal

One of the striking aspects of the continuing controversy over the prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is that -- unlike the Benghazi scandal, the IRS disgrace and a host of other controversies in which there has been almost no liberal dissent from the Obama Administration -- the deal has produced a surprising range of opinion on the left. Indeed, many prominent liberals are criticizing President Obama’s unilateral move to trade Bergdahl for five Taliban commanders. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Obama "Caught Flat-Footed" 

We are now four days into the Bergdahl controversy, and the backlash shows no signs of subsiding. This headline says it all: "Prisoner Swap Blows Up On White House." 

The White House thought it had a grand slam on its hands. NBC's Chuck Todd said this morning that the White House expected "euphoria," that everyone would "rally around the flag." Instead, Todd says the Obama White House was "caught flat-footed" by the controversy. 

How could that be? 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Bergdahl Backlash 

If President Obama was hoping for a bounce from Saturday's surprise Rose Garden announcement about the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, he didn't get it. Instead, he is facing a growing backlash -- from the troops, from members of Congress and even from the media. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

What's The Deal? 
Saturday evening Barack Obama announced that the United States had secured the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held as a prisoner by the Taliban for five years. In exchange for Bergdahl's freedom, Obama agreed to release five "high-risk" Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The release of an American POW is almost always cause for celebration. But Bergdahl's release set off waves of shock and anger, and raises several serious issues. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Shinseki Resigns. Now What? 

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki submitted his resignation this morning. After meeting with Shinseki at the White House, President Obama told reporters, "With considerable regret, I accepted. We don't have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem." 

While I agree that Shinseki needed to go, the White House is counting on the media to fall in line now and "move on." Brace yourself for all kinds of rhetoric about how decisive Obama has been and how he is taking charge. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

VA Scandal Explodes 

There was an unusual late-night hearing on Capitol Hill last night as top officials from the Veterans Administration appeared before the House Veterans Affairs Committee. The hearing began at 7:30 p.m., just hours after the release of a damning inspector general's report, and concluded just before midnight

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: The VA Inspector General has released an interim report on the Phoenix VA health system. It found that more than 1,700 veterans were not included in the facilities records, and that patients were waiting at least 115 days for first appointments. Moreover, the report declared that "inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem nationwide." 

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