Posts tagged "National Security"

h/t: Hayes Brown at Think Progress World

Right on, Nancy Pelosi! 

h/t: Caitlin MacNeal at TPM LiveWire

h/t: Charlie Savage at The New York Times

crooksandliars:

Laura Ingraham Uses Crimea Invasion To Call For U.S. Border Control

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday used the Russian invasion of Crimea to say that the United States should be focusing on stopping undocumented immigrants from coming across its border.

During a Fox News panel discussion on Crimea that included former deputy Pentagon chief Paul Wolfowitz, Ingraham began by blasting the Iraq war, which he helped to orchestrate.

"Upwards or two trillion dollars in Iraq, right? We don’t have a lot to show for it," she said. "We are stumbling still in Afghanistan. The American people — we can talk about, we can do this and we can do that [to stop Russia]. And I understand that, I really do."

"But we have a country right now where people look around and say, why do we only care about borders and sovereignty when they’re other countries’ borders and sovereignty?" the frequent Fox News guest host added. "Why is it that we’re obsessed about that, but in our country, we have a middle class completely flat-lining, we have economic opportunity dwindling?"

Ingraham noted that she had supported the “military adventurism” in Iraq, but people now wanted to know, “Where’s the bang for the buck?”

"You can’t do this in the rearview mirror," Wolfowitz insisted.

"You got to learn from the past, Paul," Ingraham interrupted.

"One of the things to learn from the past, including the past of the 1930s, is if you don’t deter these sort of moves early, when you can do it without military force, you end up in wars," Wolfowitz replied. "And that’s what we’re trying to avoid here."

She’s wrong as usual. 

See Also: BREAKING: President Obama decides NOT to use military action against Russia - JPC

h/t: Carrie Dann at NBCNews.com 

Fox News “Medical A-Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow attributed Russian president Valdimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea in part “to the psychology of Barack Obama.” 

In a March 11 FoxNews.com column, Ablow claimed that Putin’s motivations should not be dismissed as those of a “simple thug,” but rather that “Putin’s psychology is being directly fueled by that of President Barack Obama.” Ablow criticized Obama as unwilling to assert both personal and nationalistic power, arguing that “Barack Obama apparently believes he was placed on this earth to be the most powerful person he can be, in order to restrain America in the expression of its power.”

Ablow went on to imply that Obama’s domestic policy was the catalyst for Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine:

How then could Vladimir Putin fail to notice the remarkable presence on the world stage of an American counterpart (Barack Obama) who is as interested as he is in disempowering the United States? How could he fail to act on the remarkable symmetry of such a moment in history? To not test the possibility that God intends him to be the instrument of a new world order, based on Russia’s manifest destiny, would be contrary to every fiber in his being.

To go further, I do not believe that Vladimir Putin would miss the fact that Barack Obama has imperiled the notion of individual autonomy (by seeking to disarm Americans, by seeking to make Americans dependent on unemployment checks and food stamps and by making it officially impossible to choose how to spend your own money, via the Affordable Care Act). Since giving each individual the right to power is not the goal of this American President, why would Putin believe that taking power from others would be opposed vigorously by this President’s Administration?

Ablow concluded that “If Crimea becomes part of Russia or all of Ukraine does,” Putin and Obama’s psychology will share the blame equally.

h/t: Sophia Tesfaye at MMFA

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.

Sarah Palin fawns over Putin on Fox News’ Hannity. And she’s not the only conservative media figure doing so.   (via mediamattersforamerica)

From the 03.03.2014 edition of FNC’s Hannity:

crooksandliars:

If there’s one thing I am really, really sick of, it’s greedy, amoral, inhuman politicians who worship and fetishize the military to the detriment of everyone else. And if I had to pick the worst example of that kind of politician, Dick Cheney would top my list:

Former vice president Dick Cheney went on Fox’s “Hannity” show last night to discuss the recent plans to reduce the Army to levels not seen since 1940 — through a reduction in personnel and removing a class of warplanes from the field — in an effort to cut budgets after a decade of war, calling the decision “over the top.” He told host Sean Hannity that President Obama would “much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.”

The military cuts proposed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Monday were in part a reaction to the Congress’ latest appropriations bill. The Pentagon is authorized to spend $1 trillion over the next two years — far more than the sequestration cuts allowed but $75 billion less than the Obama administration requested. The Pentagon’s plan would call for a reduction in troops from their wartime peak of 570,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000 troops.

The plan also proposes cutting pay and benefits for military employees. Hagel said Monday, “No realistic effort to find further significant savings can avoid dealing with military compensation.”

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Fox News has repeatedly hosted members of the fringe group Clarion Project, an anti-Muslim organization known for spreading Islamophobic fears, to discuss serious national security matters.

On February 20, Fox News hosted Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst from the Clarion Project, also known as the Clarion Fund, to discuss possible security threats on airlines. Mauro has recently appeared on Fox several times where he has argued that 'Muslim patrols' were a growing security concern for the United States, discussed the possibility of an anti-American alliance in the Middle East with Syrian Jihadists, and hyped fears that Somali refugees in the United States were becoming'homegrown' terrorists.

But Mauro and other Clarion Project members are not credible sources to discuss issues such as these given their virulent history of Islamophobia. Clarion Project has been widely criticized for producing and spreading Islamophobic material including the movie, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,a film that depicted Muslims as terrorists seeking world conquest. Think Progress reported that this was only the first installment of “Clarion’s ongoing production of Islamophobic films.”

Mauro himself has penned numerous pieces for the anti-Islam blog Islamist Watch where he has tracked his progress in identifying “Muslim enclaves” in the United States that he says will become “‘no-go zones’ where governments admit to having little authority over Muslims living there.” 

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Other board members from the Clarion Project who have also made their way onto Fox include Frank Gaffney, one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes and Fox’s go-to anti-Muslim activist, Zuhdi Jasser. Gaffney has used funding for his Center for Security Policy to produce reports promoting the baseless myth that Muslims are conspiring to implement Sharia law in the United States.

h/t: MMFA

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imageFox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Are male-wussifying feminists a national security problem? (via Raw Story )

Men are being oppressed by women, and it is now a threat to the national security of the United States, according to a conservative author who appeared Thursday morning on Fox & Friends. In his new book, Australian author Nick Adams alleges that “…



 

mediamattersforamerica:

"I don’t care about the bloody report!" — Bill O’Reilly*

It’s rare to have a Fox host be so succinct about the network’s philosophy on covering Benghazi. Reports don’t matter. Testimony doesn’t matter. Facts don’t matter. 

Fox wants to believe that the Obama administration made up a story about protests over an anti-Muslim video causing the attack as some sort of cover-up. But a new bipartisan Senate report proves that this initial understanding of events was not some mastermind cover-up, but the official  interpretation from the intelligence committee. 

Here are the Senate’s findings (emphasis added): 

The Majority concludes that the interagency coordination process on the talking points followed normal, but rushed coordination procedures and that there were no efforts by the White House or any other Executive Branch entities to “cover-up” facts or make alterations for political purposes.

No wonder O’Reilly doesn’t care about the report. It negates over a year of his network’s reporting.

From the 01.02.2014 edition of FBN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight:

mediamattersforamerica:

Last week, this man endorsed the assassination of the President. 

This week, he was on Fox Business as an “expert”—and accused Hillary Clinton of effectively murdering the Americans who died during the 2012 attacks on Benghazi.