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Mike Rogers on ISIS

June 26, 2014

Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers has some insight into why ISIS and al Qaeda have had issues, and note that while the intelligence community was well aware of the growing threat from ISIS, watching them gain power and influence over the past three years, the administration largely ignored the threat.  Here’s a brief clip of Rogers [...]

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Iraq Descends into Chaos

June 14, 2014

Iraq is descending into chaos as a terrorist militant group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) has seized the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, and have stampeded across Anbar province to within 50 miles of Baghdad. A number of factors are in play:  the fact that the US never renewed the SOFA [...]

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Botched Nuke Deal with Iran

November 24, 2013

So the Obama Administration waited until 11pm EST on a Saturday night to announce a major breakthrough in talks with a belligerent foreign power.  Almost seems like he was trying to push the Sunday talk shows away from more bad Obamacare news, but I digress. So what’s this all about?  Iran has made a deal [...]

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Putin’s Victory Lap Goes Through Iran

September 15, 2013

The ever-funny poignantly honest Mark Steyn wrote a piece for NRO that says everything about the state of American “ineffectualism” which has led us to a point where: A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama’s partner for peace, and the [...]

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A Brewing Mess in Syria

August 27, 2013

In the wake of yet another chemical weapons attack against the rebels in Syria by the Assad regime, President Obama has allowed the US military to position itself to strike Assad at any time, with multiple options.  This would be the third major military intervention since our Nobel Peace Prize winning President entered office.  Retired [...]

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Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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Ryan Battles Biden Laughs on Way to VP Debate Draw

October 12, 2012

Last night’s Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan turned out to be an inkblot debate — when people with a political inclination watched it, they pretty much saw what they wanted to see:  Biden was strong and aggressive… or was he inappropriately arrogant and rude?  Ryan was articulate and competent… or was [...]

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America Defends OUR Human Rights Record?

November 6, 2010

After I laughed a bit, I noticed that the UN wasn’t joking about this one.  Yesterday, America continued to allow itself to be subject to scrutiny regarding our apparently terrible human rights record by a UN forum on the topic.  Allegedly, we discriminate, racially profile, have overcrowded prisons, still have the death penalty, are religiously [...]

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Arizona and Real Human Rights Violators

August 31, 2010

You be the judge on whether or not Arizona’s immigration law should be included in an American report to the United Nations on potential human rights violations:  which of the following does not belong? #1.  A woman named Neda protesting for democracy in Iran shot and killed by plain-clothes military agent: #2.  The government-backed Janjaweed [...]

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When You Think of Women’s Rights, You Think of… Iran?

April 29, 2010

No, this isn’t a joke:  Iran has been appointed to the United Nation’s Commission on Women’s Rights.  Yup, the people who do this: No wonder she’s being buried alive, look at all the skin that’s showing!  I mean if you can see a woman’s mouth what’s next?  You do the math — pretty soon she’ll [...]

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Newsflash: Iran May Be Making a Nuclear Bomb!

February 18, 2010

I know, I know!  It’s so shocking and such a surprise — news that just seemingly appeared from nowhere! Mind the sarcasm, but Captain Obvious strikes again:  the IAEA has just released a report indicating that it seems like Iran is making a nuclear bomb.  Hans Blix was nowhere to be found in the report, [...]

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Iran: We’re Nuclear! … Almost

February 11, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “big” proclamation which was supposed to scare the pants off the West happened to be a pretty predictable one.  Iran is now in possession of some highly-enriched uranium with the capability of enriching higher.  You need 90% enrichment for weapons, but Mahmoud admitted their capabilities range from 20-80%.  Meaning, not much has changed [...]

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Something Brewing in Iran

February 1, 2010

A couple of stories that have surfaced today make me wonder if something is brewing in Iran.  First, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday that Iran would “deliver a harsh blow to the ‘global arrogance’ on this year’s anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.” The anniversary, which takes place on February 11, marks the beginning of [...]

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Hillary Clinton: Talking to Iran Didn’t Work

December 16, 2009

Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear bomb, and all we’ve been doing for the past 11 months of the Obama Administration is trying to talk without preconditions.  Well, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now admits that talking has basically yielded jack: Now, to be fair, the Bush administration wasn’t doing much more [...]

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Putin: No Quid Pro Quo on Sanctions

October 14, 2009

President Obama’s latest version of “peace in our time” (taking back our promised anti-ballistic missile shield in Eastern Europe) really hasn’t yielded much from the Soviets Russians, who we had tried to please by the move especially regarding the biggest looming international security threat of our age — Iran.  Wasn’t such a gesture in Eastern Europe [...]

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Why The United Nations is Useless

October 5, 2009

Conservatives for years have been contending that the United Nations is a useless, ineffective organization that caters to dictators and rogue nations.  In an interview yesterday International Atomic Energy Agency (an independent organization that reports to the UN) director-general Mohamed ElBaradei spoke about the security in the Middle East.  He also identified what he saw [...]

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Rush On The Olympics

October 3, 2009

With the news that Chicago would not get the Olympic games in 2016 (and in fact, came in last place in the voting by the IOC), despite Obama’s lobbying for it, Rush Limbaugh gave one of his brilliant opening monologues on the subject.  Rush’s sentiments express pretty much what I am feeling, a “serves him [...]

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Iraq and Afghanistan: An Exit Strategy

September 29, 2009

Vanderleun over at American Digest has come up with a simple and effective exit strategy that the U.S. could employ for the Afghan and Iraqi wars.  I must say, his plan is compelling, given recent world events. Unfortunately, I don’t think this strategy fits into the HopeAndChange strategy of talking to dictators and thugs.  Sorry [...]

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Netanyahu Calls Out the UN

September 25, 2009

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the United Nations stating plainly that Iran is insidiously destabilizing the region through proxy wars, openly threatening Israel while denying the Holocaust, and thumbing its nose at the IAEA (not big deal there, but an honorable mention seemed obligatory).  Hence, a stronger hand is needed by [...]

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Obama Sell-Out on Missile Defense

September 17, 2009

In Obama’s short political career he’s thrown Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, Israel, Van Jones, Grandma, etc. under the bus to advance his political agenda — it’s a bumpy ride in the Obama Nation!  Well, today he’s thrown two more entire countries under the bus: Poland and the Czech Republic!  Obama and crew have decided to end American plans [...]

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Beat It and Iran’s Green Revolution

June 26, 2009

Most people would agree that the media has gone overboard in their coverage of Michael Jackson’s death.  That’s not to say his death isn’t newsworthy.  After all, no one can deny the impact Jackson had on our popular culture.  It’s just that the more important events unfolding at the moment, like the Iranian protests, deserve [...]

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Fox News Smackdown

June 24, 2009

No wonder President Obama doesn’t like Fox News.  They are the only media outlet doing their jobs by asking tough questions of the one on a consistent basis.  At yesterday’s press conference (which admittedly contained more substinative questions than Obama’s last press conference; there were no “what excites you, what humbles you” type questions), Major [...]

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Neda, the New “Voice” of Iran

June 22, 2009

A young woman, Neda Soltan, (whose name means “voice” or “calling”) was protesting with her dad on Saturday when she was shot in the chest by the basij, the plain-clothed Iranian secret police.  Video of her death has leaked out and spread across the Internet and some of the protest leaders have called for Thursday to be [...]

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Violence in Iran Escalates

June 20, 2009

The word out of Iran is this:  violence.  The pro-Mousavi protesters decided not to acquiesce to Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s meaningless recount gesture, which reinforced Ahmadinejad’s victory.  Nor have they disappeared after Khamenei promised to crack heads if the protests didn’t disappear. Well, the head-cracking has begun.  Word out of Iran at this moment is that [...]

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“Meddling” in Iran

June 17, 2009

Earlier this week, Obama gave a high-profile speech not defending the democracy movement in Iran saying that given our history with Iran, an American President should not meddle with them.  I know that he’s trying to wait and see, not turning Iran into Obama’s version of Hungary in 1956, but in principle he should have shown more [...]

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Iran Votes Against Change

June 13, 2009

Ha!  That’s a funny title since transparent democracy is quite foreign the closer one gets to the reins of power in Iran where a theocratic oligarchy tells their puppet (still Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) what to say and how to act.  Putting Mahmoud’s opponent, Mir Hossein  Mousavi, in power would have been like merely changing the label but [...]

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Obama on Iran: Trust ‘Em, While Isolating Israel

June 2, 2009

Our Leader has spoken (fast-forward to 2:26 for this money-quote, then his naivety on display thereafter): “Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations…” Has anyone informed the Beneficent One that we tried this same appeasement approach to a belligerent nation seeking nuclear “energy” in the past?  That would have been North Korea!  But at least when NK [...]

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Obama Czechs His Instinct on Missile Shield in Eastern Europe, at Least for Now

April 5, 2009

President Obama has announced that the United States will push forward with the planned missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.  However, Obama also reserved the right to change his mind in the event Iran no longer posed a threat. On the surface, Obama’s decision resembles a welcome departure from the mixed signals [...]

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Appeasement Update: Syria and Cuba

February 12, 2009

The new era of Capitulation and Appeasement is in full force.  The Obama administration plans to lift all sanctions against Syria as part of it’s unraveling of the War on Terror.  Syria is a state sponsor of terrorism.  They aided Al Quaida in Iraq against our armed forces, are building a nuclear reactor, and have [...]

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An Iranian Threat On The Horizon

February 11, 2009

Just what we need.  With all of the current domestic trouble with the economy, the last thing that we need is a major foreign policy crisis to enter the fray.  According to the Wisconsin Project, Iran is probably now only two months away from having a nuclear weapon.  All the while, Obama wants to hold [...]

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