Today, on the 1 year anniversary of his shocking and tragic death, we remember our friend Andrew Breitbart. A colleague, and our brother in supporting America’s troops. We were saddened beyond belief by the news of his untimely death last year. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with his wife and children.
May he rest in peace with God.
by Susan Heavy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Journalist Bob Woodward on Wednesday criticized Barack Obama’s handling of the automatic U.S. budget cuts set to take effect this week, calling the president’s decision to hold back on military deployments “madness.”
His comments continued what has become a running dispute between Woodward, perhaps the country’s best-known print journalist, and the Democratic White House over who is responsible for the across-the-board cuts scheduled to begin on Friday.
Fort Hood heroine says victims ‘betrayed’ by Obama
Published February 12, 2013 | FoxNews.com
The heroine police sergeant who helped stop the Fort Hood killing spree and went on to sit with the First Lady at President Obama’s State of the Union speech three years ago has been laid off and says she and other victims of the shootings have been “betrayed” by the commander-in-chief.
After the devastating tragedy of losing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, many of us were shocked and appalled at the insensitivity and cruelty of Ron Paul’s twitter post.
Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 4, 2013
The tweet got a lot of attention, almost sounding as if Paul thought Kyle “got what he deserved,” as one journalist put it.
After a 94-3 vote, Hillary Clinton has been replaced by this:
Congratulations are in order for Senators Inhofe, Cornyn, and Cruz for being the only three out of 100 Senators who had the backbone to vote NO on confirmation of John Kerry for Secretary of State.
Most of the members of the Senate voted in favor of Kerry, one of the most cowardly anti-military leaders in politics today. Kerry, the one who dishonored our Vietnam troops and turned his back on them in front of the whole nation. Kerry, who disgracefully threw his medals on the White House lawn. Kerry, who supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but then called it “George Bush’s Vietnam” and fashioned himself as the peace candidate to try to beat Bush in the 2004 election.
Check this list of the most shameful quotes and gaffes made by Kerry, compiled at Free Republic.
Move America Forward accepted an invitation from the Red Cross to take part in the Northern California Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) Quarterly Meeting. ISFAC (Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee) is a voluntary Military cooperative partnership, organized to provide multi-service networking for training and assistance, to ensure Total Force Family Readiness. The event headed up by Deborah Burrow is to bring agencies offering various resources and information together to assist Military personnel and their Families in the Northern California region.
Mrs. Burrow welcomed MAF as its newest member at the January Meeting on Coast Guard Island, Base Alameda. “Thanks so much for attending our ISFAC meeting and being a speaker. Your program is wonderful and I know you will be a great resource and support for our troops.”
“Officially joining ISFAC is just one more way we are able to support the troops” said Scott Raab, Director of Outreach. “We are committed to helping as many troops as possible cooperationing with ISFAC, and all the great service organizations, like the Red Cross, who make up their membership.”
There was a great, and extensive article today on The Daily Caller written by Ken Tinnerman, who is the President of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. Which is a great organization that has spoken out in support of human rights and similarly aligned pro-freedom movements in Iran. (www.iran.org)
Even more importantly they are one of the principle organizations who are closely watching the worst elements of the Iranian regime and the mullahs that control it, and pointing out politicians and leaders back home with ties to those radical elements.
Chuck Hagel: The Darling of Tehran
Posted By Kenneth Timmerman On 1:45 PM 01/28/2013 @ 1:45 PM
The Iranian regime loves Chuck Hagel.
Iran’s official English-language propaganda outlet, Press TV, has suggested that President Obama picked Hagel to be his secretary of defense because he wants Hagel to help craft a “grand bargain with Iran” — you know, the type of deal that would cement in place the clerical dictatorship, spell the end of any hope for U.S. support to the pro-freedom movement, and allow the regime to continue enriching uranium with no verifiable limits.
Another regime publication called Hagel’s selection “a message of peace from the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” and admiringly quoted Hagel as claiming sanctions on Iran “will only lead to U.S. isolation.”
Here in the United States, the pro-Tehran lobby was quick to champion Hagel’s cause. Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), argued that Hagel deserved support because he would oppose the “extremist pro-Likud circles … who are seeking to establish a veto on U.S. national security policy.”
Such language, of course, is just a variation on Hagel’s own rant against the influence of the “Jewish lobby” on U.S. politics.
Over the years, Hagel developed a relationship with the American-Iranian Council, a precursor to NIAC. Both groups oppose U.S. sanctions on Iran, support Iranian trade with U.S. businesses, and promote unconditional U.S. negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program.
These are precisely the changes in U.S. policy that the Iranian regime is seeking. As a U.S. senator, Hagel actively supported all three.
In July 2001, Hagel was one of just two U.S. senators to oppose renewing the original Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA). This was the initial effort by Congress to put pressure on the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on foreign energy companies investing in Iran’s oil and gas sector.
Hagel’s backers have claimed the senator only opposed unilateral U.S. sanctions. But Hagel’s statements and actions both in the Senate and beyond suggest otherwise.
In June 2001 and again in March 2002, he addressed conferences sponsored by the American-Iranian Council in Washington to emphasize the need for the U.S. to abandon sanctions and open trade with Iran.
From 2006 to 2008, he opposed numerous bills and resolutions that would have stepped up pressure on the Iranian regime, including an October 2006 measure calling on the European Union to join the U.S. in placing the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group on its terrorism list.
In October 2008, he used a Senate privilege to single-handedly kill broad bipartisan legislation, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, to extend U.S. sanctions and harmonize them with measures then in place worldwide as a result of United Nations Security Council resolutions — about as multilateral as you can get.
Rather than sanctions, Hagel has favored a policy of outreach, negotiation, and accommodation with the Iranian regime regardless of the regime’s actions against the United States, U.S. allies, or its own people.
In May 2007 — less than one year after Hezbollah provoked a war in Lebanon at the instigation of Tehran — Hagel joined Senators Joe Biden and Arlen Specter in addressing a formal invitation to the speaker of the Islamic Republic parliament to meet with U.S. officials.
Later that year, Hagel sent a private letter to President Bush, urging him to engage in “direct talks” with the Iranian regime. The goal of such talks was to dispel the notion “that the United States’ actual objective is regime change in Iran, not a change of Iran’s behavior,” Hagel wrote.
In September 2007, Hagel joined just 15 other senators in opposing a bill to add the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations because of its involvement in murdering U.S. troops in Iraq.
Hagel’s supporters write, “In an interview on Nov. 9, 2007, Hagel told the Lincoln Journal Star that he feared the Bush administration might use the Senate resolution on Iran as cover for a military attack.” But as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Hagel knew full well that the soon-to-be released National Intelligence Estimate on Iran would impose an insurmountable roadblock to any such plans, if they did indeed exist.
Congress has been instrumental in helping steer the Obama administration toward policies to increase pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran, while expanding on work done by the two previous administrations to build an international coalition to slow down the emergence of a nuclear-armed Iranian regime.
Chuck Hagel opposed these polices when he was in the U.S. Senate, and has continued to do so since then.
As Tehran’s best friend in Washington, he is exactly the wrong person to be President Obama’s man at the Pentagon.
Kenneth R. Timmerman is the founder and President of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (iran.org), and the author of “Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran.”
Time Magazine blogger Mark Thompson blew a head gasket today when he opened up his e-mail box and found one of our MAF E-mails trying to raise money to oppose the Chuck Hagel nomination. He cried on his blog at Time.com
Apparently he REALLY didn’t like the graphic we made with a picture of Obama and Ahmedinejad together, looking approvingly towards Hagel. The tag-line reads “Iran’s Choice for SECDEF”
Obama demands quick action to raise debt limit
By JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama demanded on Monday that lawmakers raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that “Social Security benefits and veterans’ checks will be delayed” if they don’t and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange. (more…)
The meaning of Hagel
By Charles Krauthammer,
Published: January 10
The puzzle of the Chuck Hagel nomination for defense secretary is that you normally choose someone of the other party for your Cabinet to indicate a move to the center, but, as The Post’s editorial board pointed out, Hagel’s foreign policy views are to the left of Barack Obama’s, let alone the GOP’s. Indeed, they are at the fringe of the entire Senate.
So what’s going on? Message-sending. Obama won reelection. He no longer has to trim, to appear more moderate than his true instincts. He has the “flexibility” to be authentically Obama. (more…)