And by “good lawyers,” he means the ones who work for the Obama regime.
Via CNS News:
Instead of asking Congress for new authority to go after terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration is turning to “good lawyers within the White House, within the State Department,” Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.
How is it that the Obama administration thinks it can rely on a 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) to go into Syria and Iraq 13 years later, Sen. Robert Mendendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Kerry at a hearing on Wednesday.
Kerry responded that “good lawyers” at the White House and State Department have concluded that the 2001 AUMF is sufficient because it “includes…al-Qaeda and associated forces.”
Because it worked so well in Vietnam?
The president hasn’t yet given the green light for an attack on Islamic State militants in Syria, but the U.S. military campaign against the group there is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control–going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes. The requirements for the strikes will be far more stringent than those targeting Islamic State in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war. After meeting with his top military advisers in Tampa yesterday, Mr. Obama insisted anew that U.S. ground forces won’t engage in combat in Iraq or Syria, despite suggestions by top military commanders that conditions could one day require that U.S. advisers and other military units play a limited front-line role (Here’s a look at why troops in Iraq don’t count as boots on the ground). Julian E. Barnes and Carol E. Lee report.
And the days in-between are spent golfing. Good thing there’s nothing important going on anywhere in the world right now…
Via Capitol City Project:
Despite many Democratic politicians distancing themselves from President Obama’s low approval ratings and declining his assistance– even in their own backyard– he’s still doing a good amount to help raise money for various groups. So far this year, on average, Obama is attending a fundraiser every 5 days.
According to a new report, Obama has appeared at 49 fundraisers this year through September 15 — even taking the time out of his beloved vacation at Martha’s Vineyard this past August.
“When we looked at Obama’s fundraising in May, we figured out that he was on pace to go to a fundraiser every six days or so. Now, he’s at five-and-a-quarter. That’s thanks to a particularly active summer; the president even attended a fundraiser during his putative vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in August.”
No surprise, the Air Force Academy already dropped “under God” from the honor oath cadets take.
Via CBN News:
The U.S. Air Force will no longer require airmen to say the words “So help me God” when taking the enlistment oath.
Air Force officials say the change comes after an airman struck out the words on his re-enlistment paperwork, going against a policy that prohibits omissions.
The airman say he was told by his commanders that he must swear to God or leave the Air Force.
The Department of Defense General Counsel backed the airman’s actions, ruling “So help me God” can be left out if an airman prefers.
“We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen’s rights are protected.”
Let me fix that for you: We are at “war against
this enemy Islam”…
KERRY: If you’re more comfortable calling it a war against this enemy of Islam then please do so. We are happy with calling it that. I think it’s much more important to focus on how we’re going to do it.
Apparently Obama is a god now, who knew?
Alternate headline: Barbra Streisand’s Obama-worship takes a turn for the worse.
Via ABC News:
AP: Speaking of politics, have you spoken to Hillary Clinton whether she’ll run for president?
Streisand: I would love her to run. I think we have advanced with Obama, and I think people are giving him a hard time, which is not fair because this Affordable Care Act is working and it’s going to help a lot of people. But it’s like Greek tragedy, you know, they always try to bring down the gods, bring down the kings, bring down the leaders.
Seems like those pinprick airstrikes from Obama isn’t slowing ISIS down… shocker.
AFP — A monitoring group said Islamic State fighters had seized a string of villages as they closed in on Syria’s third-largest Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab.
“In the past 24 hours, IS fighters have launched a huge offensive and seized at least 16 villages to the east and west of Kobane,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman, using the Kurdish name for Ain al-Arab.
“The IS is using heavy weaponry, its artillery and tanks,” he said, adding that thousands of Kurdish fighters defending the town on the Turkish border were being encircled.
The US estimates that IS has 20,000 to 31,000 fighters, including many foreigners, and there are concerns that returning jihadists could carry out attacks in Western countries.
Australia on Thursday detained 15 people in connection with the plot to behead a random person, in the country’s largest ever counter-terrorism raids.
Prosecutors said the plan, coordinated with a senior IS militant with Australian citizenship, would have seen random people abducted to “gruesomely execute” them on camera.
The feeling is mutual, Pant Suits.
Last Friday, to a packed hall at the modernist Ford Foundation building not far from the UN, former Sec. of State and presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was embarrassed that the United States has never ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. “It’s embarrassing. I mean, really, it’s embarrassing,” she said.
Clinton was speaking to a conference called “Women and Girls Rising” that was a look back at rosier days for the feminist agenda during the mid-90s and the great global UN conferences at Cairo on population and Beijing on the rights of women. Long-time Clinton adviser John Podesta also spoke and he, too, complained, “…many think the U.S. can’t ratify anything these days.”
There are a whole host of UN treaties most of the world has ratified that have either never been signed by the president or never given consent by the Senate, including the women’s rights treaty, but also one on children’s rights, and a more recent treaty on persons with disabilities.
Does it get any more clueless than this?
Via Daily Mail:
Ministers must not ignore the growing threat of violence from far-right extremists in Britain in the wake of ISIS terrorism and crimes involving UK Muslims, a senior Home Office adviser said today.
The anonymous expert on right-wing extremism warned that the Government is putting an emphasis on the ‘global jihadist agenda’ while possibly ignoring the growth of the far-right at home.
The adviser warned of the importance of preventing a violent attack being carried out by the far-right in Britain in the future.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I have been working with people from the far-right for about 27 years now.
‘I can see increases in some of these groups and membership in some of these groups based on things that are happening nationally here and internationally.
Positioned for what? – An implosion?
On Wednesday while speaking at the 2014 Congressional Picnic at the White House, President Obama said that “America is now positioned better than we could have ever imagined.” Heralding the bipartisanship House measure granting him authorization to act against ISIS, President Obama said, “If we continue to act together,” progress could also be reached on schools, roads, bridges, investments in research and development as well as cures for diseases.
Update to this story
Australia accounts for the largest per capita number of foreign fighters in ISIS.
(AFP) – A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering “demonstration killings” in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today.
“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in Isil to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” he said.
“So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”
I get the feeling John isn’t being very honest with us.
Via Washington Examiner:
Secretary of State John Kerry testified in front of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday afternoon on the United States’ strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “ISIL must be defeated. Period. End of Story,” Kerry testified in front of the Congress.
Echoing much of what President Obama said earlier in the day at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Kerry emphasized the fact that U.S. ground troops will not be sent into combat in Iraq.
Speaking loudly over a group a protestors in the background, Kerry reassured Congress that the plan to destroy the Islamic State has been well thought out.
“We do have a clear strategy to degrade, defeat and ultimately destroy ISIL and it’s not in its infancy.”
He seems like a delightful fellow.
A man running for Baltimore County sheriff on an “anti-police brutality platform” raised some eyebrows with his recent comments, saying, “white people should just shut the f*ck up” because they’re “the most violent people on the planet.”
The comments were made while he ranted about the Ray Rice case, arguing that the running back’s wife was the one at fault.
“Women want equality, she got some of it,” Wiggins wrote. “There are only white Jew women on this thread telling me what black women think… When you whites, particularly you Jews, stop killing women in the Middle East with your dual citizenship, then come talk to me about protecting women’s rights.”
On his website, Wiggins also accuses white Baltimore Police of “assassinating” black men.
“The murders of Black men are continuing with ‘no motive,’ ‘no suspects’,” he writes in his “Baltimore Genocide Report.” “PBD are engaging in random assassinations.”
I feel your pain, Michelle. It’s not easy going on endless taxpayer-funded vacations and having an army of servants.
First Lady Michelle Obama visited sick children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she complained about living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and being married to the president of the United States. She made the comments in response to being asked about her “favorite part about being in the White House.”
“About being in the — about being First Lady is being able to do stuff like this, really. And it is so special for me to get to meet kids like you guys,” Michelle Obama started.
“Because sometimes living in the White House and being married to the President and trying to live a life like that, it can be hard. But when I meet you guys, I am so inspired, which is one of the reasons why I like to come and spend time with you guys. You all are smart, and you’re focused, and you’re just so courageous.
Catherine Deveny’s (who writes for the Guardian) bio is pure moonbat gold:
“…she is the mother to three little boys aged 11, 12 and 15. She lives in an atheist kibbutz with her partner, gay husband, various housemates and sons.”
HT: Chicks On The Right via GayPatriot