Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House

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Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to yet another Secret Service lapse, President Obama seems to be more vulnerable than we think. An intruder, identified as Omar Gonzalez, was able to jump the White House fence and enter the front door of the North Portico before he was apprehended. This is unacceptable and shameful on so many levels.

President Obama and his daughters had departed for Camp David minutes before Gonzalez pulled his stunt. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of the presidential residence.

This is yet another devastating incident of failure on the part of the U.S. Secret Service. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called the Secret Service blunder “totally unacceptable.”

Chaffetz said, “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job.” Adding, “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.”

The officers who apprehended Omar Gonzalez, of Copperas Cove, TX., say he was unarmed. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House and was taken to an area hospital after complaining of chest pains.

President Obama Fails to Name Specific Conditions to Defeat ISIL Threat

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President Obama Fails to Name Specific Conditions to Defeat ISIS (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

ISIL THREAT: President Obama delivered an address to the nation about the threat of ISIL (ISIS), but failed to name specific conditions on how we would defeat this extremist group. Did I think he would tell every specific steps he is considering in going after ISIS, absolutely not, but I wasn’t really sold on us going into another war, particularly in the Middle East where so many countries are in really bad shape.

The fact is, we can’t go into Syria and change the course of history and then leave. There are a lot of unintended consequences when we get into war. If we conduct air strikes, someone will be shot down, if we use special forces, someone will be captured and we will find ourselves in an endless war. Yes, we have to help the Syrian moderates and the Iraqis, but we can’t forget the millions of Americans who are no longer in the workforce and the disappearing middle class.

President Obama laid out his strategy to take out ISIS would consist of four steps. The U.S. will conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State, increase support of forces on the ground, work to prevent attacks by cutting off ISIS’ funding and improving intelligence. He also said the U.S. will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians.

The problem is, the more we get involved and invested in this, the more this will become America’s war. The Middle East is a mess, a horrible mess. How will we rebuild the Iraqi army, which has effectively disintegrated? Who are those local partners we will work with in Syria? Fictitious partners, right? Believe me, I want President Obama to succeed. He’s disinclined towards war, unlike the Republicans, but I doubt U.S. military intervention will be the way ISIL will be defeated.

Here’s the full text of President Obama’s speech on ISIS threat:

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work – and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.  Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.  Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades.  For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.  Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.  Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

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President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

BAD STRATEGY:  President Obama enraged pro-immigration activists with his decision to delay immigration reform until after the November elections. Um, that’s called playing politics — a blatant political move. But will the immigration advocates run to the other side? I scarcely believe the Republican Party is right faction to align with.

What makes this upsetting to many pro-immigration Obama supporters is the fact that he promised to take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, but had some kind of epiphany and decided to wait until after the November congressional elections. Unnamed White House officials told the New York Times that executive action risked undermining Democrats in the 2014 elections.

Let’s backtrack a bit…

On June 30, President Obama pledged to review recommendations for executive action and “adopt those recommendations without further delay,” but as usual partisan bickering after that pledge led to Congress going on recess without a final bill. So, technically, Congress, as usual, is behind this inaction.

Fast-forward to the present…..

This is yet another broken promise by the president and by the U.S. Congress. Once again, immigration reform has been punted for all the wrong reasons — politics.

Immigration advocacy groups called on President Obama to go it unilaterally, but would that have been in the best interest of those Democrats in tough re-election bids? They want policy over politics. Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream called President Obama’s stunning reversal a “slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community.” United We Dream said the president “has further cemented his legacy as the #DeporterInChief by delaying the usage of his executive authority to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants.”

Um, Obama just played the Hispanics and he has been playing the black community since Day 1. Yeah, I said it. It’s another broken promise but will that mean these groups won’t support the Democrats in the next presidential election? The alternative certainly is no better.

The fact is, when President Obama had the votes in the House and the Senate, they could have easily passed immigration reform, just like universal healthcare. Cornel West’s head must have just exploded over Obama’s latest move. I’m just saying.

Right wing chorus is loud and shrill…..

House Speaker John Boehner called President Obama’s decision a political move, though he wants him to forego using executive orders altogether. That’s laughable, but why even dignify Boehner’s opposition with a comment?

ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff

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ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff (Photo credit: Attribution Unknown)

The ISIS criminal who beheads American Steven Sotloff taunts President Obama in new video saying, “Obama, I am back.” He seems to be same militant who beheaded James Foley.

Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, worked as a freelance journalist. He was captured in northern Syria a year ago. ISIS also threatened to execute British captive, David Haines.
Some intelligence officials believe Steven Sotloff was executed on the same day as James Foley. ISIS is engaged in a propaganda game with the release of each video.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Obama Might Be “Too Cautious” on ISIS Threat

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Obama might be “too cautious” on ISIS threat (Photo Credit: NBC MTP Screengrab)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said ISIS poses a real threat and chides President Obama as being “too cautious” in his response to the militant group. Feinstein was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

She also said ISIS wasn’t akin to a JV (junior varsity) team as the president had suggested, but a major varsity team.

Feinstein’s criticism comes as Secretary of State John Kerry penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that a global coalition was needed to wipe out ISIS and the threat it poses.

With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries. The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent. We have proof already in northern Iraq, where United States airstrikes have shifted the momentum of the fight, providing space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to go on the offensive. With our support, Iraqi leaders are coming together to form a new, inclusive government that is essential to isolating ISIS and securing the support of all of Iraq’s communities.

Airstrikes alone won’t defeat this enemy. A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition, who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS’ capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media. And we need to strengthen our own defenses and cooperation in protecting our people.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned that the West will be the next target of the Islamic militants, unless there is “rapid” action.

Slain Teen Michael Brown’s Grandfather to Obama: “I Voted for You” So Meet With Me

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Slain Teen Michael Brown’s Grandfather to Obama: “I Voted for You” So Meet With Me

Les McSpadden, the grandfather of slain teen Michael Brown, demanded that President Obama visit him in Ferguson, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton. President Obama hasn’t said whether or not he intends to visit Ferguson.

McSpadden said, “America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my president to step forward.” He added, “I want to say this to my President, I voted for you, so you ought to be able to meet with me.”

The Congressional Black Caucus has been largely silent on calls for President Obama to visit Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder will be visiting Ferguson on Wednesday.

Personally, I don’t think the president should make a trip. It would be a distraction. There is a federal investigation underway in addition to an investigation by local law enforcement, so he should let the system work.

 

US Launches Air Strikes on Islamic State Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil

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US Launches Air Strikes on ISIL Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil (Pictured Lloyd Austin) [DoD photo by Cherie Cullen. (Released)]

Pentagon: US military aircraft conduct strike on Islamic State artillery ‘used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil.” The airstrikes are meant to go after ISIL military artillery and formations. This morning the airstrikes targeted a clear military formation outside Erbil. General Lloyd Austin, the first African American to lead the U.S. Central Command, was the general who gave the order to fire after President Obama’s authorization. It’s ironic that Austin should give the order, since he played a big role in the drawdown of military forces from Iraq.

Washington Post: “The airstrikes targeted artillery being used by militants of the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending the Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, the Pentagon said. It said the artillery was used “near U.S. personnel.”

“The U.S. action came after President Obama authorized airstrikes against Sunni Muslim extremists who punctured Kurdish defenses in a powerful offensive in northern Iraq on Thursday. Obama also sent U.S. military aircraft to drop food and water to besieged Iraqi civilians in the region.”

The Islamic State militants will be hard to contain because they are well financed. It is not clear how they are getting their money and weapons, but they aren’t only wreaking havoc in Iraq but also in Syria. It is troublesome that ISIL is getting support from the Sunnis. What that means is the if the U.S. bombs on behalf of the Kurds, we are playing right into ISIL’s propaganda and further pushing the Sunnis squarely in their corner. There are no easy solutions.

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

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President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama announced $33 billion in commitments to Africa to form economic partnerships beyond the usual humanitarian aid. This comes as the U.S. is playing catch-up to the Chinese, who have capitalized on the growing economies. Africa is home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies and fast-growing middle class. That means increased spending power.

The bulk of the commitments Obama made comes from private sector companies like Coca Cola and General Electric.

President Obama noted that just one percent of U.S. exports go to sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. trade with the continent is about the same as its trade ties to Brazil.

Obama said at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “We’ve got to do better, much better.” He added, “I want Africans buying more American products and I want Americans buying more African products.”

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who opened the summit, said, “We also realize we have some catching up to do.” “We are letting Europe and China go faster than the U.S.,” he added.

Fact-sheet on Doing Business in Africa: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/05/fact-sheet-doing-business-africa-campaign

Here are some tweets about the #USAfrica:

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Accuses Democrats of Waging War on Whites

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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Accuses Democrats of Waging War on Whites (Credit: MSNBC Video Screengrab)

Democrats have been searching for a replacement for Todd Akins and they found him….Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). Yeah, he went there… This is not even worth a comment but read on….

During an interview with Laura Ingraham, Brooks accused Democrats of waging a war on “whites.” Yeah, he pulled the ole race card! Here’s the transcript from Real Clear Politics:

Brooks: “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true, okay?

And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law, enforcing and securing our borders, and every one them understands that illegal immigration hurts every single demographic group. It doesn’t make any difference if you are a white American, a black American, a Hispanic American, an Asian American, or if you’re a woman or a man….

Ingraham: I don’t think [U.S. Rep.] Raul Labrador would probably say there’s a war on whites, though, Congressman – that characterization’s a little out there.

Brooks: But that is in effect what they’re doing, though. And that’s the political game they’re playing there, okay?

Ingraham: They’re playing the race card, just like they played the war-on-women card. This is what the left does. I just think that phraseology might not be the best choice.

Brooks also stated that everyone in America, regardless of their race, is affected by the influx of undocumented and legal immigrants. In other words, in his view, we need to halt ALL types of immigration because it lowers wages. Um, gee, I wonder how he explains his heritage? So, now we have moved on from Todd Akin’s honest rape, to other issues, such as treating immigration reform as a “thoughtful issue.” I could never in good conscience ever support the Republican Party, not when lunatics like Mo Brooks are holding elected office.

Now for the audio:

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies

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Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

More trouble for President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act. A federal appeals court panel dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the law may not be provided in at least half of the states, the Washington Post reports. The provision helped millions to purchase health insurance on federal health care exchanges.

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Blow to Obamacare