Charles Krauthammer argued that the most important goal of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was to establish a coalition of Sunni Arabs to deal with Sunni radicals.
On the day before Christmas eve, president Barack Obama effectively cursed Israel. When God gave Israel (which includes Jerusalem) to Abraham, take note of what he said.
Personally, I want the United States to be blessed. God is clear about the consequences blessing Israel. God is clear about the consequences of cursing Israel.
I believe God meant it. I believe God will be faithful to his word.
I’ll make you a great nation
and bless you.
I’ll make you famous;
you’ll be a blessing.
I’ll bless those who bless you;
those who curse you I’ll curse.
All the families of the Earth
will be blessed through you.
Genesis 12:3 The Message (MSG)
Charles Krauthammer condemned Obama’s tacit support of today’s U.N. resolution that calls for an end to Israeli settlement building.
What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N. That was a phrase used by Pat Moynihan, the great Democratic senator, the former U.S. ambassador who spoke for the United States standing up in the U.N. and to resist this kind of disgrace. To give you an idea of how appalling this resolution is, it declares that any Jew who lives in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, the Jewish quarter, inhabited for 1,000 years, is illegal, breaking international law, essentially an outlaw, can be hauled into the international criminal court and international courts in Europe, which is one of the consequences. The Jewish quarter has been populated by Jews for 1,000 years. In the war of Independence in 1948, the Arabs invaded Israel to wipe it out. They did not succeed, but the Arab Legion succeeded in conquering the Jewish quarter. They expelled all the Jews. They destroyed all the synagogues and all the homes. For 19 years, no Jew could go there. The Israelis got it back in the Six-Day War. Now it’s declared that this is not Jewish territory. Remember, it’s called “the Jewish quarter,” but it belongs to other people. And any Jew who lives there is an outlaw. That’s exactly what we supported. The resolution is explicit in saying settlements in the occupied territories and in east Jerusalem.
In 2012, running for re-election, Obama spoke at the meeting of AIPAC, the big Jewish lobby. He said, “Is there any doubt that I have Israel’s back?” That’s why he didn’t want do it while he was in office. That’s why he didn’t want to do it in 2016 so it would injure Hillary and show to particularly American Jews, who tend to be Democratic, that it was all a farce. He does it on the way out, and that’s part of why it’s so disgraceful. He didn’t even — he hid it until there would be no consequence. Now he is out the door and the damage is done for years. That resolution cannot be undone.
General James Mattis is a Marines Marine. He is widely respected. He will present some challenges to getting through the confirmation process but I wouldn’t bet against him.
It can be a good thing to have on your resume that President Obama ffired you because of your position on the Iran deal.
It’s good to have a military man. It’s also good to have a military man who is known as ‘mad dog,’ because let’s say you’re trying to send a message to obstreperous Iranians who have been harassing our boats. I think you want to send a message that says something like if you don’t stop within 48 hours, I may have to turn the matter over to mad dog, translated afterwards into Persian. I think that can be quite useful.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier
Dr. Charles Krauthammer examines the Thought police on patrol. The surest way to stop our constitutional government is to stop free expression of speech.
…[T]he left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced… To oppose it is nothing but bigotry, akin to racism. Opponents are to be similarly marginalized and shunned, destroyed personally and professionally… Long a staple of academia, the totalitarian impulse is spreading. What to do? Defend the dissenters, even if — perhaps, especially if — you disagree with their policy. It is — it was? — the American way.
Let it be known that I am an Atlanta Braves fan. I understand the passion of the hometown team. Baseball does transcend most everything else. Even politics for pundits.
So … speaking of Bryce Harper:
He’s the best baseball player on the planet, probably in the entire Milky Way. (Those box scores are slow in coming in.) And for the next three years, he’ll be playing at Nats Park. After that, he becomes a free agent and will command the largest contract in the history of professional sports. He might very well end up with the money-bag Dodgers or Yankees and $500 million. Give or take.
By 2019, we could all be underwater or living under sharia law, depending on whether your doomsday is of the Democratic or the Republican flavor. In the interim, I’m going to eat, drink, and watch Harper.
I don’t want to be lectured by a traitor [Edward Snowden] who speaks from a land that doesn’t have a constitution, or had one and it was entirely eviscerated by a thug [Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin] has just invaded another land. ~~ Charles Krauthammer
“Special Report with Bret Baier.” Watch here.
Charles Krauthammer nails it. We have an obligation to prevent people with evil intentions from coming into our country. There is evil in the world. We must confront it.
The Islamic State has said they are out to kill us and will use refuges to do so. Should we not believe them?
Wisdom is needed. Let us pray to God to provide it to our leaders.
The Syrian-refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans.
This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar al-Assad began making war on his own people, he unleashed his air force and helicopters. They dropped high explosives, nail-filled barrel bombs, and even chemical weapons on helpless civilians. President Obama lifted not a finger.
In the earliest days, we could have stopped the slaughter: cratered Assad’s airfields, taken out his planes, grounded his helicopters, and created a nationwide no-fly zone. (We successfully maintained one over Kurdistan for twelve years between 1991 and 2003.)
“Obama runs the presidency as if his main job, his only job, is rhetorical and political, shore up the base, make speeches. It’s all rhetoric. He’s got a crisis of management. He has got a system that doesn’t work. It’s his signature legislation. It’s sort of the heart, the symbol of the embodiment of his idea of a caring, progressive central government. It’s a mess…It’s amazing to me he became president on the basis of rhetoric. He’s conducted the presidency on rhetoric. And he perpetuates it.” ~~Charles Krauthammer
Pray for peace in Jerusalem.
“It’s a lesson we have to learn, re-learn, over-learn every single time, and the reason is quite simple. The Palestinians, the moderate Palestinians, the Fatah Palestinians, Abbas, have shown us again and again that when it comes to making a final deal to get a peace with Israel, they are not interested. … They will do interim deals, they will do temporary deals. But here, they were confronted with an Israel prepared to create a Palestinian state, divide Jerusalem, and withdraw every Israeli, every Israeli who lives in a settlement on Palestinian territory. The answer’s always no, and the reason is this: they will not accept a Jewish state in their midst.”
– Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Watch here.
There is a huge media and political bias against Israel. It is real and it isn’t to be ignored.
“More than 30 dead in Israel as Palestinians armed with knives attack innocents. What’s responsible? A campaign of incitement, which slanderously accuses Jews of intruding on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and murdering Arab children in cold blood.”
Who is legitimizing this campaign? None other than Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, whom President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have long held up as a peacemaker.
“I think nobody would dispute that whatever disagreements you may have with him, he has proven himself to be somebody who has committed to nonviolence and diplomatic efforts to resolve this issue,” Obama told writer Jeffrey Goldberg in 2014.
So what is the truth?
“David Horovitz of the Times of Israel recounts the history. Not only did Abbas reject Olmert and Obama. He insisted in 2013 that the Palestinian “right of return,” which would irrevocably transform Israel into a bi-national state, be part of any deal. Declared in 2014 that Israel was committing “genocide” in Gaza. Announced in 2015 that the Palestinian Authority would no longer uphold previous agreements. Charged Israel, falsely, with infiltrating and violating Muslim sites. Encouraged Palestinians to lionize the knife-wielding assailants as martyrs, victims of Israeli “execution.” Spread the myth that 13-year-old Ahmad Mansara, recovering in an Israeli hospital from wounds he incurred in a botched terrorist attack — in which he critically wounded a Jewish teen — had been killed by an Israeli vigilante.”
We should be proud of our work. We should be able to enforce agreements that already exist. We should be able to maintain an international coalition on how dangerous nuclear weapons are in the hands of the largest sponsor of terrorism there is in the world.
“It’s really hard to watch the president and the secretary of state and not think how they cannot be embarrassed by this deal. Think about this. Half-a-dozen times, the Security Council has passed resolutions which said Iran has to stop all enrichment otherwise there will be no change in sanctions, no relief. Which means six times China and Russia — not exactly hardliners on Iran — have signed on to this…This is a sham from beginning to end.” —Charles Krauthammer
“Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” ~Jesus (Matthew 5:37)
“I think we have to start with a journalistic note, which is that you [Bret Baier] posed the question…Trump supporters and Trump himself thought was somehow unfair…I think what we saw today was retroactive vindication, not only of the legitimacy of your question but its importance. We had a whole day devoted to this. And I think you asked the right question at the right time and now we have a different answer.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Watch here.
Here is the exchange from the debate.
“Gentlemen, we know how much you love hand raising questions so we promise this is the only one tonight,” Fox News’ Bret Baier opened the debate by asking. “The only one. Is there anyone on stage—can I see hands—who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person? Again, we’re looking for you to raise your hand now, raise your hand now if you won’t make that pledge tonight.”
Trump raised his hand.
“Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump, to be clear, you’re standing on a Republican—“ Baier started to follow up.
“I fully understand,” Trump said.
“The place where the RNC will give the nominee the nod,” Baier interrupted.
“I fully understand,” Trump said again.
“And the experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over the Democrats and likely another Clinton. You can’t say tonight that you can make that pledge?” Baier followed up.
“I cannot say,” Trump responded. “I have to respect the person that if it’s not me, the person that wins. If I do win–and I’m leading by quite a bit–that’s what I want to do. I can totally make the pledge if I’m the nominee. I am discussing it with everybody. But I’m talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.”
Russia is a very real threat and President Putin is obviously not to be trusted.
The greatest danger, in addition to Putin’s interest in re-establishing it’s former empire, is the dangerous alliance with Iran.
On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action.The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its security — is testimony to Vladimir Putin’s contempt for the American president. He knows Obama will do nothing. Why should he think otherwise?
— Putin breaks the arms embargo to Iran by lifting the hold on selling it S-300 missiles. Obama responds by excusing him, saying it wasn’t technically illegal and adding, with a tip of the hat to Putin’s patience: “I’m frankly surprised that it held this long.”
— Russia mousetraps Obama at the eleventh hour of the Iran negotiations, joining Iran in demanding that the conventional-weapons and ballistic-missile embargos be dropped. Obama caves.
— Putin invades Ukraine, annexes Crimea, breaks two Minsk cease-fire agreements and erases the Russia-Ukraine border. Obama’s response? Pinprick sanctions, empty threats and a continuing refusal to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, lest he provoke Putin.