Wednesday, May 28, 2014

APNewsBreak: Obama delays DHS deportation review  
AP News

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year.

Obama in March directed the government to examine whether deportation practices can be made more humane, seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates. But that step emboldened House Republicans to argue they can't trust Obama to enforce the law, and that bypassing lawmakers through executive action would deliver a death knell to the broader immigration overhaul that Obama and Democrats are seeking.

Caught in the middle, Obama is seeking to preserve what the White House sees as a narrow window in June and July in which Congress could conceivably act before Washington's focus becomes consumed by the November midterm elections.

"The president really wants to maximize the opportunity to get a permanent solution enacted, which requires Congress," said Cecilia Munoz, the director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council.
The delay defuses an emerging split among traditional Obama allies that emerged after the president commissioned the deportation review.

Some immigration advocates and Democrats urged Obama to take immediate executive action in the face of congressional procrastination. But others insisted the focus should remain on pressuring House Republicans to act while there's still a chance — however slim — to pass a bill that could provide a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

"We've got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives," Obama said earlier this month.

That window, White House officials said, has opened now that primary elections have wrapped up in many states where Republican incumbents are being challenged by tea party candidates who oppose an immigration overhaul. But a make-or-break deadline comes when lawmakers leave Washington for a monthlong August recess to focus on campaigning.

In Denver on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden made similar remarks about Republican opposition to immigration reform and reluctance to deal with legislation during campaigns.

"They've got their chance now," Biden said. "Most of the primaries are over."

Obama informed Johnson of his decision to delay the review during a White House meeting last week in which Johnson updated the president on the review's progress, a senior White House official said. Homeland Security will continue working on the review but won't release the results until the window for congressional action has closed, said the official, who wasn't authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

Obama's announcement comes the same day a coalition of groups backing an immigration overhaul asked Obama to hold off in order to "give the House leadership all of the space they may need."

Among the groups urging Obama to delay were the National Immigration Forum, the Service Employees International Union and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On the congressional front, the Senate last year passed a comprehensive bill with bipartisan support that Obama says meets his criteria for what an immigration fix must include. Republicans have refused to take up that bill, saying they preferred their own piecemeal approach. But House GOP leadership has made no move to bring legislation to a vote. And last week, GOP leaders last week blocked any votes on immigration legislation — including one offered as an amendment by a Republican — in yet another ominous sign for immigration's prospects.

Johnson has offered few details about what potential policy changes he's considering or what the timeline for acting might be. But Obama has previously taken modest executive steps to ease deportation. Two years ago, he offered protection from deportation and extended work permits to some immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Johnson has said he's reviewing a possible expansion of that program, but he and Obama have both cautioned that the government is constrained in what it can do without Congress.

SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX) blames Palestinians for failed peace talks                                                            Bare Naked Islam

 

d28cf31bdef3d921bbbd478745b7fde7Tea party favorite and rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate visits Israeli’s Knesset, says US shouldn’t dictate settlement policy, expresses concern Obama will “seek loopholes” for US to fund Hamas.

 

JPost  America has no business dictating terms on issues of vital national security to Israel, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said in the Knesset Monday.


He placed the blame on the Palestinians for the recent failure of peace talks, saying “the principal impediment to peace is that, to date, the Palestinians have refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and have refused to renounce terror. “Unless and until the Palestinians can agree on those very basic starting blocks, no lasting peace solution is likely,” he stated.


Cruz described US President Barack Obama administration’s approach to Israel-Palestinian talks as “to criticize and harangue and pressure the Israeli government.” “The US should stand with Israel,” the Texan senator, who sported black cowboy boots and a Lone Star belt-buckle, said.

 

netanyahu spanks obama with the cattle prod“Terms of peace should not be dictated by outsiders,” Cruz explained. “America has a role facilitating negotiations, helping bring the parties together and providing a fair and neutral forum where booth sides can engage, if they wish, in good-faith negotiations, but any decisions about the terms of a peace deal should be made by Israel and the Palestinians.”

 

Settlements, for example, are “a question for the government of Israel,” said Cruz, who doesn’t “think it’s America’s role to try to impose a policy about where Israeli settlements are located and where they’re not.”

 

Cruz maintained his call for US Secretary of State John Kerry to resign earlier this year for using the term “apartheid” in a doomsday prediction of what will happen to Israel if it does not make peace with the Palestinians. “For the secretary of state to use a loaded term like ‘apartheid’ with regard to Israel was grotesquely inaccurate and deeply harmful,” Cruz said.

 


Benjamin-Netanyahu_2673048k“Those words will be repeated by enemies of Israel, by Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran, and all of them will say ‘this is not our characterization, these are the words of the US secretary of state.’” According to Cruz, Kerry’s comments were “part of a long string of foreign policy blunders, which have consistently alienated and abandoned our friends and allies, and embraced and appeased our enemies.”

 

One of the ways the Obama administration does that is to ignore laws about sending funds to foreign countries, Cruz explained, expressing concern that the president will find ways to continue to fund the Palestinian Authority despite the expected Fatah- Hamas coalition government. US law forbids funding terrorist organizations, including Hamas.

 

288443-obama-mideastisrael“The world has become a much more dangerous place,” Cruz warned. “The most frequent thing I hear from our allies across the globe is ‘Where is America? What happened to American leadership?’” Cruz posited that the US should “stand by its friends and allies and be resolute with those who would do us harm.”

 

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This makes sense. After all, the jihadis who infiltrate the Afghan military and police forces will need targets. And the increasingly hostile Karzai and his successor will need those bags of no-strings-attached CIA cash still delivered regularly to their offices. “U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan,” by Julie Pace, Associated Press, May 27, 2014:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
Obama’s decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and will allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office.
The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. While current Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, U.S. officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give his approval.
The plan calls for the U.S. military to draw down from its current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year. Those troops would be dispatched throughout Afghanistan and focus on counterterrorism missions and training Afghan security forces.
They would not be engaged in combat missions.
Over the course of next year, the number of troops would be cut in half and consolidated in the capital of Kabul and at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan.
Those remaining forces would largely be withdrawn by the end of 2016, with fewer than 1,000 remaining behind to staff a security office in Kabul.
The American forces would likely be bolstered by a few thousand NATO troops. The total NATO presence, including U.S. troops, is expected to be around 12,000 at the start of next year….

Joe The Plumber Defends Gun Rights to Shooter's Victims' Families

By Lisa Degnen
/ Newsmax
 
 
Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher has written an open letter to the families of the Santa Barbara victims murdered by rampage killer Elliot Rodger.
 
"I speak now only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara," he wrote on Barbwire.com.

After offering his condolences on the tragedy, the gun rights advocate got right to the point.

"As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights," he wrote.

"Richard Martinez, whose son (Christopher) was among the murdered, choked back tears at a news conference, blaming politicians the next day: 'The talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live?' Martinez said — and much more.

"There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like — it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes — at least I can’t."

But Wurzelbacher said blaming "the proliferation of guns," lobbyists, politicians etc. is a tactic of the left and that as a father, he also has the right to protect his family.

"We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it," he continued. "Even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said 'Obama Voter' but I’m waiting for it to be official."

Wurzelbacher became famous during the 2008 election for questioning President Barack Obama's tax plan.

In February he made headlines again after taking a union job at Chrysler.

"I’m outside on a break smoking a cigarette and right on cue — some guy calls me a 'teabagger,'" ABC News reported Wurzelbacher as saying. "I asked him if he recognizes the training we receive in the military, in the trades as legitimate but he didn’t seem interested in a serious discussion and just rushed off."

He also added that Democrats, "who are supposed [be] to so tolerant and enlightened regarding homosexuals," should be lambasted as hypocritical for using what he calls a gay "slur" to describe tea partiers.

Craig Andresen

Outing a CIA Station Chief??? Nice Try but…

By Craig Andresen 
   
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Remember Valerie Plame? The “covert” CIA agent that liberals are so SURE was outed by Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby? Liberals, when losing any foreign policy argument continue to bring that up to this very day because, liberals like to ignore the facts.
Far be it for me to try and confuse liberals WITH the facts.

Okay…not so far be it.

Here are the facts regarding the outing of Plame…

First of all…Valerie Plame was NOT a covert agent. She was, in fact, very well known as a CIA agent working on nuclear counterproliferation.

Her “outing” wasn’t outing at all and neither Libby nor Cheney had a single thing to do with it.

It was, in fact, Richard Armitage, then the Deputy Secretary of State who was giving background to Bob Novak who was, at the time, writing a column regarding the Bush 2003 State of the Union speech and it was Novak who asked, off handedly, why it was that Joseph Wilson, a liberal and harsh critic of Bush 43 had been sent to Niger by the CIA to investigate what Bush had referred to as Iraq’s intention to purchase yellowcake uranium FROM Niger.

Armitage responded…“you know his wife works at the CIA, and she suggested that he be sent to Niger.”

Novak connected the dots using a ‘Who’s Who” and Wilson’s own bio and wrote about it in his column.

Those are the facts…not conjecture as Armitage himself later confirmed Novak’s version of the meeting but liberals, as they are all too eager to do, still hold up Scooter Libby and Cheney as the culprets in outing the non covert Plame and always point to the fact that Libby was convicted of it.

That also is a fabricated bending of the truth as Libby was NOT convicted of outing Plame…

RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS


TODAY on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS our special guest will be a return visit from Dr. Jim Garrow!!! Dr. Garrow spent 45 years with the CIA and I can GUARANTEE you the topic of Obama’s “outing” of the CIA station chief WILL come up!!!

Don’t miss RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS…TODAY… WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH for our LIVE CALL IN SHOW with your chance to ask Dr. Garrow YOUR questions from 2-4pm EST on CPR Worldwide Media!!! The call in number is 928-255-0201

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The call in number is 928-255-0201



Op-ed: 
Syria comes back to haunt as drones fly by  
By: Diane Sori

There's trouble on the horizon folks as our 'traitor-in-chief' is at it again, and now the ghosts of both Benghazi and the many drone attacks shadow Obama's newest political moves.
 
In our RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Benghazi expose, my friend and partner Craig Andresen and I exposed what we believed to be Obama's gun and weapons running operation to the al-Qaeda backed Syrian rebels and the 'targeted kill' of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Well now simply arming rebels with guns and small weapons has been upped a notch as NOT only are these rebels getting US arms, but Obama is getting ready to send a number of our military personnel into Syria to train the anything but moderate rebels. Obama's hoping these weapons will aid the rebels in their fight against Bashar al-Assad, and hoping to train those who will fight against al-Qaeda-linked groups, what I want to know is since these 'supposed' moderate rebels ARE already al-Qaeda backed and supported rebels, what is Obama doing...having al-Qaeda fight against itself...I don't think so.

And I seem to remember that about a year ago Obama had CIA operatives training the 'supposed' moderate rebels to some degree...something Obama officials will NOT discuss because it was a covert operation...have to hide the fact that those weapons now in rebel hands were funneled through Benghazi you know. But now Obama hopes that these new weapons and additional training can help pressure al-Assad into surrender without actually committing to getting us involved in yet another messy and prolonged Middle East war.
 
Obama hopes he can pressure al-Assad into surrender...have to stop laughing as Obama is NO Vladimir Putin, and NO world leader today quivers in fear of Barack HUSSEIN Obama or anything he says, promises, or does.
 
And what does Obama want to give these 'supposed' moderate rebels...possibly antiaircraft missile launchers for one...way beyond simple guns and small weapons...and he would have special-operations forces doing the training... again more than simply arming rebels with guns and such. And who will decide exactly which rebel groups will be armed and trained... well Obama and his minions of course, and by leaving it to Obama you might as well just outwardly hand the weapons over to al-Qaeda and be done with it.

And when you throw Syrian opposition leaders into the mix...leaders who are complaining about the size of the current CIA covert 'arming-and-training’ program, and whining that only an overt U.S. military led program will be successful in increasing the number of rebels training to better fight al-Assad, you just know trouble is on the horizon...trouble as in getting our troops involved in a sovereign nation's civil war which will most assuredly turn into a proxy war of Obama vs. Putin...the U.S. vs Russia...and with Barack HUSSEIN Obama as Commander-in-Chief you just know Vladimir Putin and 'Mother Russia' will come out on top.

Now when you add in that Obama has bowed to pressure to tone-down if NOT outright halt our overseas drone operations, things are NOT boding too well for the U.S. both in the Iraqi and Afghanistan theaters of war...and with our troops still dying over there both are still theaters of war NO matter how many troops Obama has withdrawn.
 
And after using drones religiously for many years raising the ire of both sides of the Congressional isle, Obama has now basically bowed to pressure NOT from our side but from the side of the enemy...or should I say from the side of his islamic brethren...as he slows down or outright stops the use of drone strikes which the governments of Pakistan and Yemen claim cause civilian casualties. But, and this cannot be stressed enough, civilian casualties are part of war and if said governments don't want civilian casualties...collateral damage if you will (just like Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty were collateral damage)...than those government should simply handle the terrorists on their own for its collateral damage that most times will force an enemy to lay down its weapons...and this the enemy wants to negate and neutralize and Obama of course wants to acquiesce to their wishes as America's enemies seem always to be his friends.

So as he now tries to deflect attention away from his bowing once again to his brethren's demands, Obama keeps claiming that keeping the U.S. on an 'endless war footing'...which he says the use of drone strikes does...is both unnecessary and cost prohibitive as soon our troops will be totally and completely out of both Iraq and Afghanistan. Now saying that his administration will be more selective in its use of 'targeted' drone strikes against any and all terrorists, Obama claims a more 'calibrated' use of drone strikes will be done because foreign governments are starting to step up to the plate to combat the terrorists themselves.

Oh really...tell that to Nigeria as they battle Boko Haram...tell that to Nigeria who asked for U.S. help and aid a few years ago to help in that battle and who Obama turned down...just saying.

But when all is said and done, the truth is that drone strikes are an ongoing reality...a successful reality when done to the enemy (NOT as musings are heard of drones soon to be attacking American citizens on American soil)...that while curtailed down a bit drone strikes will simply NOT go away. And with Obama saying that when drones do attack it will be a given that “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.” An impossibility for sure and Obama knows it, so instead he has hinted that he will work with his Democratic cohorts to repeal the 'Authorization for the Use of Military Force '(AUMF) that was passed by Congress right after the 9/11 attacks. In fact, it was the AUMF that authorized the war in Afghanistan, and attacks and drone strikes against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia...attacks authorized, signed, sealed, and delivered by this very man.

But try as he might the AUMF is here to stay as this is the main process by which Congress creates plans for war...and besides trying to do away with it will be met by a united political front from the Republican controlled House.

So as Syria and the issue of drones heats up yet again...NOT that those issues ever really simmered down...Barack HUSSEIN Obama will unabashedly continue to placate those who hate America the most as he puts on his best 'smile for the camera' photo-op smile and LIES to 'We the People' once again.