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[Freeman Note: We watched the last Romney and Obama debate last night. I was personally disappointed in Romney's performance. Obama lied so many times on so many issues: Apology tour, Libya, counter terrorism, his hostility to Israel, the economy, Romney's budget, the military and how he plans to make the world and America safe and secure. Romney simply was not aggressive enough in nailing him on these blatant prevarications. While I don't want to sound to too egotistical, I can think of dozens of people, including myself who could have done a better job. I still pray that we get a new president who has learned from the mistakes of the current one. My grandfather, Harry W. Freeman, used to love to quote the famous philosopher (Santayana) who said: "Those who don't learn from the past are forced to repeat it."--Bernard]

Insecure Obama, Insecure World

By Daniel Greenfield

Daily Mailer, FrontPage
23 October 23, 2012
The United States has had good presidents and bad, but it has never had a leader who came to a debate on national security with so much insecurity. It was a small petty man who sat on the other side of the screen, alternately smirking and scowling, grinding his teeth and launching attack after attack instead of finally taking the opportunity to set the record straight with the American people.
Barack Obama came to the debate with a roster of prepared speeches, few of them about foreign affairs and most of them about the economy. Even while his Secretary of Defense has given an unprecedented order to top military officials to stonewall the congressional investigation into Benghazigate, even as it has become known that his administration watched four Americans be murdered in real time and did not lift a finger to save their lives, talking points prepared by highly paid speechwriters fell out of his mouth assuring the American people that everything was going well. There was nothing wrong except for a few non-optimal bumps in the road made up of dead Americans.
Anyone listening to Obama would have to conclude, like Voltaire’s Pangloss, that we truly live in the best of all possible worlds. During the Bush administration, liberal pols like Obama liked to claim that they were part of the reality-based community. But as Calvin of “Calvin and Hobbes” said, “I’m not in denial. I’m just very selective about the reality I accept.” Obama would appear to have joined Calvin’s selective reality community. 
Instead of discussing foreign affairs and national security, the Contender-in-Chief did his best to divert the debate with a talking point that he called “Nation Building at Home.” “Nation Building” is usually a term reserved for the reconstruction of backward or broken nations. That Obama insisted on applying it to the United States was telling, but even more telling was that his big idea for the debate was not only a distraction but a call to repeat the same disastrous stimulus and shovel-ready project boondoggles that had dug the country 16 trillion dollars into debt.
Obama’s idea of a foreign policy agenda is to borrow trillions of dollars from China to invest in green energy and teachers unions while calling it nation building. Left unasked was the question of what nation would we be building—America or China?
In a truly bizarre moment, he insisted that the Navy no longer needed battleships because they had become as outdated as horses. The aircraft carrier and the submarine, according to Obama, had made the Navy destroyer as outdated as the bayonet and the warhorse.
While many Navy veterans might have punched a wall after listening to that idiocy, they can count themselves fortunate that Obama is in charge of America in 2012 and not in 1942 during the Battle of Midway. But no doubt Obama has a plan for lifting an Iranian blockade of the Strait of Hormuz and continuing his program of countering China in the Pacific at the same time… without relying on anything but aircraft carriers and submarines.
And what of the 20,000 Marines that Obama is firing after promising to keep faith with our troops? Perhaps they too are only horses and bayonets to be replaced by more advanced technology, like killer robots.
Obama claimed to have cut unemployment for veterans even while he plans to fire 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 airmen and 20,000 Marines. And then cut their Tricare health care benefits so that those men and women, who bore the brunt of Obama’s bungled Afghanistan surge, laying down 1,500 lives and 15,000 wounded, will now have to pay more for their health care while waiting on the unemployment line.
As he does in every speech and at every campaign event, Obama patted himself on the back for ending the Iraq War on Bush’s timetable, without conceding that it was Bush’s timetable, while accusing Romney of wanting to keep troops in Iraq. In reality, Obama’s own Vice President and Secretary of Defense had tried to negotiate an agreement to keep troops in Iraq. Obama lied about it then and has continued the proud tradition of lying about it now.
Once again Obama repeated his claim that the move to Afghanistan was an attempt to refocus the fight against Al Qaeda. But Al Qaeda continues to carry out far more terrorist attacks in Iraq, than in Afghanistan.
This week Al Qaeda bombmakers in Iraq supplied the explosives for a plot that would have killed thousands in neighboring Jordan, targeting shopping malls and the US embassy, demonstrating that Al Qaeda in Iraq remains a far more dangerous and destabilizing presence than in Afghanistan.
Obama showed his cluelessness again by boasting of having wrecked Iran’s economy while assuring the audience that this would make the Islamic Republic give up its nuclear program. North Korea’s economy is even more wrecked than Iran and its nuclear program remains on track. Given a choice between guns and butter, fanatical dictatorships will choose guns. Or as Nazi leader Hermann Goring said, “Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.”
“One thing Americans should be proud of,” Obama said, chin held high, “when Tunisians began to protest, this nation, I, stood on the side of the protesters.” And as a result of Obama’s stand, Tunisia, a formerly free nation has been taken over by genocidal Islamists, Sufis are being persecuted, tourists assaulted and rape victims put on trial. Perhaps that is something that Obama could be proud of, but few Americans would be.
“In Egypt, we stood on the side of democracy,” Obama continued, and that is true. The outcome of that stand on the side of democracy has been another genocidal Islamist takeover, an attack on the US Embassy in Cairo, the end of the Camp David Accords, the ethnic cleansing of Egyptian Christians and an Islamist president from a movement inspired by Nazi Germany chanting amen to a call to kill the Jews.
“The Libyans stand with us,” Obama assured Americans. And there can be no clearer sign of that than the refusal of the Libyan government to allow the US to fly armed drones or even properly investigate the attack. Obama mentioned the populist mob that attacked the Islamist militias in Benghazi. What he left out is that the mob only acted because the Libyan government insisted on shielding and protecting the militias.
From Iraq to Libya, from Afghanistan to Egypt, and back home where the nation building program never stops and the beneficiaries are his own bundlers and donors, Obama could not point to a single success. Even in Obama’s state of selective reality, there was nothing there. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are all violently unstable danger zones and will remain so for the foreseeable future. And the homefront is divided between those who are looking for work, those who have given up looking for work and those who expect to have to begin looking for work at any time.
As the evening wore on, Obama talked, he jabbed, he pointed, sneered and recited prepared speeches. What the world saw and what we saw was an insecure man once again trading the security of his country for another few minutes in the spotlight.
When he began the Libyan War, Obama stuck it out in Rio. When the Benghazi consulate was attacked, he chose Vegas over national security. Now given one last chance to tell the American people the truth, he took yet another vacation in the state of his own insecurity, over doing what is best for this country.
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Article printed from FrontPage Magazine:
By Ben Shapiro

Daily Mailer, FrontPage 

23 October 23, 2012

I recently penned a piece in this space describing how Hollywood comedians refuse to hit President Obama. They claim he’s unmockable – which is itself a mockery. Obama is the most mockable president in American history. And it took Mitt Romney to show it.
Last week, at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City, Romney took a good-natured look at the Obama record. And it was knock-down, drag out funny. Here were some of his best lines:
I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening, because he’ll laugh at anything.
Of course we’re down to the final months of the president’s term. As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room with everyone in white tie and refinery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking. So little time, so much to redistribute.
In the spirit of Sesame Street, the President’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter “O” and the number $16 trillion.
Campaigns can be grueling, exhausting. President Obama and I are each very lucky to have one person who is always in our corner, someone who we can lean on, and someone who is a comforting presence. Without whom, we wouldn’t be able to go another day. I have my beautiful wife Ann; he has Bill Clinton.
President Obama’s humor was also funny, but oddly defeatist in the sense that it was at his own expense. Here were some of his best lines:
This is the third time that Governor Romney and I have met recently. As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate. I felt really well rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate.
Although it turns out millions of Americans focused in on the second debate who didn’t focus in on the first debate — and I happen to be one of them. I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews. Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg; this time around, I gave him a stroke.
Monday’s debate is a little different because the topic is foreign policy. Spoiler alert, we got Bin Laden.
There’s something else worth noting about the comparative humor between the candidates. Obama’s humor was largely self-effacing; Mitt Romney’s humor was far more aggressive. That’s because Obama recognizes that he’s seen as mean and nasty at this point in the election cycle, and he wants to walk back that perception. Losers poke fun at themselves when it comes to the Al Smith Dinner; winners poke fun at their opponents.
Back in 2008, John McCain actually admitted that he was the underdog in the election, and proceeded to tell jokes targeting Bill Clinton and himself. Barack Obama aimed his fire squarely at McCain and the wealthy. Guess who won?
Humor is a weapon. And it hasn’t been wielded well by anyone on the Republican side of the political aisle since Ronald Reagan. Humor humanizes. And Mitt Romney went a long way toward humanizing himself at the Al Smith Dinner.
His increasing humanity in the public eye, in fact, is probably why his favorable ratings have been climbing steadily ever since the first presidential debate. According to the Pew Research Center, Romney has actually overcome Obama in the likability ratings – his favorability is 50 percent, compared with Obama’s 49 percent. Gallup agrees: Romney leads 49-48. Just eight months ago, Obama led Romney by a margin of 55 percent to 29 percent.
The greatest obstacle for Romney going into this election cycle was whether, after the dehumanization of hundreds of millions of attack ads, he could be restored as a decent human being in the eyes of the electorate. And he has gone a long way toward doing it. The more the American public sees of Romney, the more they like him. And the more they see of President Obama, the more they don’t. That’s why the media has made it its mission to stop the public from seeing Romney. As Romney joked at the Dinner:
I never suggest that the — that the press is biased. I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have my job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it.
Humor cuts through the nonsense. It’s no coincidence that our most successful presidents have been funny. And it’s no coincidence that our funniest candidates have become president.
All of which bodes well for Mitt Romney.
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Article printed from FrontPage Magazine:


Obama: Cooperation with Israel Has Never Been Stronger

23 October, 2012

Touting his record, US president points to Romney quote saying he'd "do the opposite" of Obama's policies; in debate, Obama says current military, intelligence cooperation with Israel is unprecedented.

US President Obama at a campaign rally [file]

Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

Pointing to his own record of support for Israel in order to question those of his Republican rival, US President Barack Obama asserted that cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem has never been stronger than during his presidency, speaking at a campaign rally in Florida Tuesday.

Recalling statement by Mitt Romney from earlier this year in which the Republican presidential candidate said of his positions on Israel, "I think by and large you could just look at the things the President's done and do the opposite."

"Last night I reminded [Romney] that cooperation with Israel has never been stronger," Obama retorted in front of a crowd of supporters.

The night before, the two presidential candidates repeatedly spoke of their support for Israel and their intention never to let Iran acquire nuclear weapons, in the final debate before the election.

During the debate, Obama said that when it came to the relationship with Israel and other allies, “Our alliances have never been stronger, in Asia, in Europe, in Africa, with Israel, where we have unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation, including dealing with the Iranian threat.” 

Both candidates said they would stand by Israel if it was attacked by Iran.

“If Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel,” US President Barack Obama said when asked that question by moderator Bob Schieffer.

GOP challenger Mitt Romney echoed Obama, saying, “If Israel is attacked, we have their back, not just diplomatically, not just culturally, but militarily.”

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Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report.



Video: Donald Trump Promises Bombshell on Obama

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

23 October, 2012

Billionaire Donald Trump has the US on edge. He promises “big news” on Obama. Personal? Political? “All in one.” 

Real estate developer Trump and his wife Melania

Real estate developer Trump and his wife Melania / Reuters

Billionaire Donald Trump said on Fox News that he will deliver a bombshell on President Barack Obama on Wednesday, but he refused to reveal details. He assured viewers the news could change the outcome of the presidential election.
Trump has endorsed Mitt Romney after having considered running for president, and he has been one of the most vocal Americans doubting that President Obama was born in the United States, a condition for being president.
The real estate magnate phoned in the news to “Fox and Friends” and said he has "something very, very big concerning the president of the United States. It's going to be very big. I know one thing; you will cover it in a big fashion."
Trump wrote on Twitter, "Stay tuned for my big Obama announcement,” and then sent another tweet, "Just wait and see!"
"It's very big. Bigger than anybody would know.”
Fox asked Trump if the news is personal or if it reflects his capacity to govern, and he answered, “It’s all in one.”
He said he will make his announcement around noon Wednesday, and American media undoubtedly will be on edge, not to mention Obama’s campaign team.
One offbeat website suggested tongue-in-check that its “analysts” discovered that the source of the news is that Trump, during a visit to his hair doctor, “Dr. Heywood Jablome," saw a file on Obama at the hair doctor, an indication that the president is bald.