President Barack Obama misjudged security concerns about the refugee crisis spilling from Europe into the US homeland, and a speech he gave in the Philippines this week indicates another foreign policy blunder.
Choosing to inject the US 2016 presidential race into a speech abroad was foolhardy, but missing the boat on justifiable national security concerns is a blunder his own Democrats should and will be held accountable for at the voting booth.
Social media is aflame right now in the US regarding the refugee dilemma created by chaos in Syria. Compassion is, as I mentioned in a previous column, in conflict with security concerns.
While many of us perceive the horrendous human suffering, we also have legitimate concerns about vetting procedures, especially since the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has an inordinate amount of influence over who qualifies as a refugee. Questions also arise about the disadvantage Christians face.
The numbers tell a complex tale. While some on the left have selected Bible verses to justify a “take them all” approach, others know there is more to consider than compassion. I’d also say it’s wise to refrain from quoting holy verses because there is much that can be condemned or praised by cherry-picking the text of any faith.
What is not being held right now is a rational discussion on what to do, and the discussion that is being held is not aided in a positive way by voices in Washington, including that of our president.
For weeks Jacksonville residents have known our city, popularly known as the largest in land area in the United States, has been designated by the Obama administration as a destination for incoming Syrian refugees.
Faith based groups receiving federal and state aid have posted statements on their websites and in local media, with two of the groups advocating for dramatically increasing the number admitted.
It’s hard to trust The Washington Post when it comes to coverage of the GOP, so an article resurrecting the ghost of Mitt Romney should probably be taken with a grain of salt. The article titled “Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win” is a perfect example.
The writer of the article suggested some GOP power brokers may try to urge Romney to enter the 2016 race.
There are, in my estimation, four candidates I hear regular American voters talk about. It’s amazing what you learn when you take time to listen to regular people outside the political royalty class. These voters include a number of Democrats I count among my inner circle. Those candidates are Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), and Dr. Ben Carson. Those are all outsider candidates, by the way.
In the United States, professionally organized protests often become more high profile in media ahead of an important election, especially if the left perceives its candidates to be weak.
There’s opportunity now for the right opposition candidate, because there is a critical need for unity. If the US continues the course leftist powers have decreed for years now, we are headed for deeper trouble.
How many times have Americans heard of air attacks on civilian areas—even on a hospital—in a war zone? Too many to count, dating to the presidency of Ronald Reagan and continuing to the present day era of Barack Obama. No president has gone to prison, and none should have. Each leader has made judgment calls in times of war or conflict on behalf of the country he took an oath to protect.
Members of the military, however, don’t seem to have leeway when it comes to judgment calls. Having covered the case of former 1LT Clint Lorance, the cases of three Navy SEALs, the case of a young US Army captain, and others, it is obvious to me the military justice system is in need of critical reform.
The business of politics often makes you feel like you’re lost in a funhouse designed by someone missing half his marbles, so I can’t say I was surprised by an article in The Washington Post about Sen. Bernie Sander’s take on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
Former 1LT Clint Lorance, serving a long sentence in military prison after being railroaded by the government of the country he served, is putting his time to good use.
Lorance hopes to spur reform in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Towards that end, he is sending a memorandum he created to all members of the US House and Senate. Having been targeted by the system he served, Lorance makes suggestions to create a fairer justice code.