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May 18, 2012 0 Comments

Putin skips the G8 summit — it’s time to re-set our relationship with Russia Articles / Opinion Editorials


The Russian “re-set button” that was grandly announced by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 was a unilateral gesture — and thus it’s no surprise the Bear is still smiling.

Now with President Putin’s unprecedented third term as Russia’s president underway and his decision to skip the G-8 Summit in Camp David on May 18-19, perhaps it’s time to re-think the whole thing.

First, though the idea might have sounded good to Americans who opposed President George W. Bush’s tough foreign policy after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the olive branch did not change Russia’s generally antagonistic posture towards its neighbors or the West. While Obama “hoped” to “change” the relationship, America instead found itself on the losing end of the new START agreement on nuclear arms reduction…. Continue Reading »

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May 4, 2012 0 Comments

Obama finally gets serious about bringing KSM to justice Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

President Obama’s whirlwind campaign stop in Afghanistan this week, exactly a year after Usama Bin Laden’s death, may make the commander in chief appear tough in punishing those responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. But looks can be deceiving.

As we proudly celebrate the Freedom Tower reclaiming New York’s skyline, literally rising from the ashes of America’s darkest day, and recall the sense of justice that Navy SEALs gave us one year ago this week, we still have some unfinished business at Guantanamo to take care of.

After Mr. Obama tried his best to close the Gitmo detention facilities and derail military commissions, the president has now reluctantly pressed the “re-set” button for the trial of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four alleged co-conspirators.

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May 2, 2012 0 Comments

Obama’s bipolar approach to terrorism Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

So much for “not spiking the football.” Though President Obama used that analogy to compare mildly excessive football celebrations with his refusal to release photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, the impeccably timed visit to Afghanistan exactly one year later more closely resembled the Green Bay Packers’ “Lambeau Leap” into the stands, or the “salsa dance” by the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz in the end zone.

Much of the criticism directed at Mr. Obama this week has rightly pertained to overtly politicizing bin Laden’s demise at the hands of Navy SEALs.

His diplomatic visit to Afghan President Hamid Karzai followed by a rally with our troops looked a lot more like full-blown presidential campaign events, complete with a U.S. flag draped over a military vehicle as a backdrop to addressing the nation. Meanwhile, his campaign stooped to new political lows by running an ad insinuating that former Gov. Mitt Romney wouldn’t have taken out bin Laden if given the same chance.

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