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President Obama’s departure for his Hawaiian vacation the other day reminded us of the chaotic scene at the end of the Vietnam War when desperate American military and civilian personnel were extricated from Saigon by hovering helicopters while surging North Vietnamese troops, pressing forward with their encirclement of Saigon, were mere yards away.
Make no mistake: Mr. Obama is presently under siege, and he can no longer blame his troubles on nasty Republicans putting politics over the public interest. Even the media, finally tired of serving as the administration’s lap dogs, are calling him to task.
Front and center, of course, has been the disastrous rollout of Obamacare along with the patent untruths the president spoke about its costs and about how Americans would be able to keep their current insurance plans and doctors.
We now understand why he delayed the much-anticipated (or much-dreaded, depending on one’s political perspective) rollout until after last November’s presidential election. Just imagine a president having to run for reelection with this debacle hanging over his head – especially with the Benghazi controversy still fresh in voters’ minds.
Damage had already been done to Mr. Obama’s credibility by Benghazi and a host of other embarrassments, including the revelation that the IRS had targeted conservative groups. But it took the Obamacare fiasco to sink the president to unprecedented lows in the opinion polls, with a majority of Americans viewing him as untrustworthy or incompetent – or both.
Mr. Obama is also facing an open revolt by senior Senate Democrats who are ignoring his importuning to delay enactment of new sanction legislation aimed at Iran on the grounds that it would thwart the continuation of current talks with Tehran. And a growing number of our allies are wondering whether the U.S. is still a reliable ally given Mr. Obama’s having ignored his own “red lines” regarding Iran and Syria.
Ominous also is the recent Chinese assertion of jurisdiction in international waters despite U.S. protests and Russian moves in Asia and Europe. Meanwhile, Iran’s support for terror around the world continues unabated.
We are at a critical juncture in our history. We really need the president to somehow refurbish our image in the world and regain respect for his office. Because whatever one may think of his politics and policies, he’s the only president we have, and he has three years left to his second term.
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The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation
Anti-Semitism is a social toxin that destroys the things that people most cherish and enjoy.
Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
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