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"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened"
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Paris and Election 2016: What Won't Work
Jonathan Tobin
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"Rise up together as one voice"
"Be careful where you stand"
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 OOPS: CLINTON FOUNDATION FINDS MORE FOREIGN DONORS  
Fox News: “The Clinton Foundation announced late Monday that it had amended its tax return forms from four separate years due to errors in the reporting of donations from foreign governments…The foundation now reports receiving $20 million in government funds between 2010 and 2013, most of it from foreign governments. The foundation had neglected to state its government funding separately from other funding sources in its original returns. The foundation also revealed that it raised $177 million in 2014, the year before Hilly Clinton announced her run for the presidency…Critics have said that the foundation's dealings during her tenure as secretary of state represented a conflict of interest. Critics have also slammed the foundation after it admitted earlier this year that it had not complied with an ethics agreement that had been insisted upon by the nObama administration and signed by Clinton prior to becoming secretary of state.”  -Fox News
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 What they meant to say… -   Forbes breaks down the amendments to the Clinton Foundation’s reporting in three consecutive years it received “no donations from foreign government sources” and to speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea that were reported as charitable contributions, but actually, the speech fees were payments for services.   -Fox News
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 Email from top aide says Hilly ‘often confused’ -   The Hill: “Former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton was “often confused,” according to a 2013 email from her longtime aide Huma Abedin… The comment…was revealed on Monday following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from conservative legal group Judicial Watch. In the Jan. 26, 2013, message, Abedin gave the note about Clinton while discussing the secretary’s schedule with another Clinton aide, Monica Hanley.           ‘Have you been going over calls with her for tomorrow?’ Abedin asked Hanley. ‘So she knows [then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan] singh is at 8?’ ‘She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call,’ Hanley responded. ‘Will go over with her.’ ‘Very imp to do that,’ Abedin said in response. ‘She’s often confused.’           The email was sent to Abedin via the email address that she kept on Clinton’s personal server.”  -Fox News
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 Gore still cool to Hilly -    An aide to the former Vice President Al Gore toldPolitico he’ll stay on the sidelines until his party has selected its nominee. “Gore’s reticence, his friends and allies say, is in part to maximize his own leverage on fighting climate change. But…also reflect[s] a complicated relationship with [Hilly]… [A] rivalry started when the two baby boomer policy wonks arrived in the White House in 1993. Gore got the new administration’s environmental and technology portfolios. Bill Clinton raised eyebrows by assigning his wife what would become an ill-fated attempt to pass comprehensive health-care reform legislation…Gore’s own efforts to take the next big step in his political career suffered in no small part because of the roller coaster politics associated with the Lewinsky saga and the general drama that has become synonymous since then with anyone running for office named Clinton.”   -Fox News
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 Former DNI Director Gen Michael Flynn Hammers nObama   {
rickwells.us} ~ Hannity sets the stage by playing clips of the out of touch, agenda-driven nObama excuse-fest at the G20 in which he portrayed the “effort,” or the lack thereof, in the so-called war on ISIS as having its ups and downs but more or less being effective overall... He was the only one in the packed conference hall who appeared to hold that belief, if he himself was being honest, which is seldom the case. Former NIA Director Lt. Gen Michael Flynn responds to the nObama claims that he’s got thing right in the war on ISIS as being “One hundred percent wrong. If you do not clearly define the enemy that you are going to face you cannot figure out the best way to defeat that enemy.” He continues, “We are facing radical Islamists and frankly this is a war on reality and the ‘president’ and his close advisers need to get real. They are obviously not under enough pressure, they are not JVs, the just demonstrated that again, and they will absolutely attack again in places like London, in places like Berlin, in places like New York, in places like Washington, DC, they are very, very well organized.”
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 nObama Will Dictate To Jihadi Jeh Johnson “Ignore US Governors”  
{rickwells.us} ~ Laughably, Hussein nObama made the statement from the podium at the G20 that “My first priority is the safety of the American people,” an obvious lie to anyone that hasn’t been lost at sea or working double shifts in a coal mine for the last six and a half years... His first priority is his agenda. The American people aren’t even on the list. In keeping with his hierarchy of administrative importance, his flooding of Americans with non-white parasitic foreigners is paramount. The destruction of our economy and the dilution of our nationalism are both impacted greatly by that process. Add to the mix the terrorist and terrorist sympathetic populations which will be included and nObama has a dream program of fundamental transformation he simply must see implemented. There’s a rub developing though, in our dictator’s plans. Some of his subjects, the uppity governors of various states now numbering to half of the nation, are defying his commands, refusing to allow his importation of high terror risk individuals into their segments of the country.        http://rickwells.us/archives/22374
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 nObama Has A Different Strategy… Bowing To Iran  
{Terresa Monroe-Hamilton} ~ nObama’s speech yesterday was an utter embarrassment to America. I have never seen a more foppish or weak leader on the geopolitical scene. It was hands down the worst moment of his presidency and that’s saying something... nObama has no strategy in the Middle East unless you count supporting Iran and not attacking ISIS. He’s quite willing to let Russia, France or anyone else go after them as long as it is not us. This is not how you fight a war. Any real military leader will tell you that. Walid Phares gets it. He is a National Defense University professor and teaches Global Strategies there. Phares is a longtime commentator on Fox News. He is an analyst on issues in the Middle East and no one is better at it. I have long admired him. Jon Scott, the cohost at Fox News said, “Walid, why can’t we take these people out? We know where they are. We’ve got people willing if we would just arm, the Kurds, we’ve got people willing to take them out.” Phares was exceedingly blunt in his answer and right on the money:
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 Terrorism, not Climate Change, Kills People  
{Cliff Kincaid} ~ On November 13, the same day as the terrorist attacks in Paris, USA Today ran a full-page ad from billionaire Tom Steyer’s group NextGen Climate highlighting the alleged global threat from climate change... As hundreds of people were being injured or killed in Paris, the ad featured these quotes about the “climate crisis:”
Hilly Clinton: “An existential threat” Bernie Sanders: “The greatest threat facing the planet” Martin O’Malley: “Critical threat to our economy”
In a new development, we have just learned from Judicial Watch that Hilly Clinton was characterized by her Muslim-connected aide, Huma Abedin, as being “very confused” about the world leaders she was supposed to be communicating with as secretary of state. The confusion may also be reflected in Mrs. Clinton’s bizarre utterance that so-called climate change is an “existential threat” that is somehow comparable to Russian nuclear weapons, which could reduce America to a burned-out cinder.
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 The War That Hasn’t Ended  
{Andrew McCarthy} ~ There is always the chance that the next attack will knock the scales from our eyes. Always the chance that we will realize the enemy is at war with us, even as we foolishly believe we can end the war by not fighting it, by surrendering... As this is written, the death count in Paris is 158. That number will grow higher, and very many more will be counted among the wounded and terrorized. “Allahu Akbar!” cried the jihadists as they killed innocent after French innocent. The commentators told us it means “God is great.” But it doesn’t. It means “Allah is greater!” It is a comparative, a cry of combative aggression: “Our God is mightier than yours.” It is central to a construction of Islam, mainstream in the Middle East, that sees itself at war with the West.
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 France, Russia pummel ISIS stronghold blast US rules of engagement 
{foxnews.com} ~ In the wake of Friday's deadly terror attack in Paris and the confirmed bombing of a Russian airliner, Russia and France are pounding the Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa... as while the number of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS still dwarves all others combined, America appears to be in a slap fight while others are punching hard, say military experts. U.S. rules of engagement and the overarching desire to minimize collateral damage are holding back the true force of U.S. air power, while Paris and Moscow have taken off the gloves following the bombing of a Russian airliner and Friday's horrific attacks in the French capital, according to one retired four-star general. As of Tuesday, the U.S. has launched 8,243 airstrikes against ISIS targets, including 2,841 in Syria, according to the Pentagon.        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/17/france-russia-pummel-isis-stronghold-as-critics-blast-us-rules-engagement/?cmpid=NL_fntop
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 44 Congressmen Ask Loretta Lynch To Appoint Special Counsel..."  
{rickwells.us} ~ Justice, in the many distorted and largely unrecognizable forms that it takes in Washington, DC, moves slowly... Illustrating that point, on Tuesday, during House Judiciary Committee hearings into the many shortcomings of the blatantly political Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta Lynch was given a letter signed by 44 Congressmen. The letter, asking for a special prosecutor to be named to investigate the espionage activities of Hilly Clinton, was dated October 28th. It’s a good thing Rep Ron DeSantis (R-FL), chose to deliver it personally, handing it to Lynch from his seat in the hearing room; three weeks is long enough without getting the USPS involved. The signatories recognize political foot-dragging when they see it; they’ve been trying to extract this information for years and more than a couple of them have themselves engaged in the practice from time to time. But they now claim to have had enough. They think it’s time for a change and a Special Counsel. The text of the letter is copied below and can be viewed in its entirety here. https://desantis.house.gov/sites/desantis.house.gov/files/LynchLetter.pdf
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 The State of the World - In Just One Picture  
{Mark Tapson} ~ This picture has made the rounds of the internet for a couple of years now... but in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and the continued insistence of many that "terrorism knows no religion," perhaps it's a good time to bring it back again. The state of the world in just one picture.
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 Islam Attacks, Left Blames All Religion  
{Paul Bois} ~ In the aftermath of the awful terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday by radical Islamists, leftist atheists have been using the atrocity as another rallying cry to eradicate all religion... refusing to point their crosshairs at Islam itself, but at Christianity. True to comedian Evan Sayet's masterful prediction that leftists will inevitably side with "wrong over right, evil over good, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success" at every moral junction, they have been targeting religion relentlessly since Friday. On Saturday, as mourners gathered outside the Bataclan in Paris – the same venue as the terrorist attacks – an unknown French musician set up a piano painted with a giant peace sign and began singing John Lennon's "Imagine," which should be actually titled "Imagine All the Stupid People," considering the song's call for the elimination of countries, possessions - and all religion. Except that it wasn't Christians - or for that matter, Buddhists, Hindus, or even Wiccans - whose ideology drove them to slaughter nearly 130 people last weekend in Paris. 
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 Sessions And Cruz Blast nObama Regime – More Cover Up  
{rickwells.us} ~ Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter to hanoi-John Kerry, Jeh Johnson and Loretta Lynch back in August requesting information about 72 individuals... largely naturalized citizens who were allowed to immigrate to the United States, who had been charged with terrorist violations. They made compliance with their request easy by including a chart, enabling them to simply fill in the blank with the needed information. The individuals were charged with offenses such as providing material support to a terrorist organization, conspiracy, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiring to supply manpower to ISIS and threatening a law enforcement officer. They originated, not surprisingly, in terrorist sponsoring nations such as Somalia, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Many had become naturalized US citizens. The Senators sought rather mundane and easily reportable information such as their “Date of Initial Entry or Admission to U.S.,” “If Applicable Immigration Status at Time of Initial Entry or Admission,” the “Current Immigration Status of Parents If Parents Are Citizens,” and whether or not their US citizenship is due to being “Natural-Born or Naturalized.”        http://rickwells.us/archives/22416
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Paris and Election 2016: What Won't Work
Jonathan Tobin
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     {jewishworldreview.com} ~ In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, there was no pause in the presidential race.
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     The Democrats addressed the U.S. response to terrorism in their debate Saturday night. On the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire, the various Republican candidates had their say too. But unlike the impact of most events on the contest, the real question today isn't who won the news cycle. None of them did though arguably, some of them lost it by saying things that will come back to haunt them later on.
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     Rather, the events in Paris should have reminded voters that as much as they would prefer to ignore the rest of the world, the most important responsibilities of any president are those that relate to foreign policy and national defense.
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     If the electorate keeps that in mind, it ought to be very bad news for those seeking the presidency without demonstrating any command of war and peace issues. But in a year in which the normal laws of political gravity have been demonstrated to be in question if they have not been altogether suspended, it remains to be seen whether Paris or the issue of terrorism will have any impact on the race.
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     More to the point, we need to wonder whether even after these horrors, candidates without any grasp of the issues will continue to garner substantial support. So perhaps rather than point out what the candidates should be saying today, we need to take a moment to understand what the war Islamists are waging against us is not about. At the top of that list is immigration.
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     Yes, those who have been arguing against bringing in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the country have been right all along. Despite the assurances from the administration and Hilly Clinton that the U.S. has the capability to screen these persons, that is obviously untrue.
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     The overwhelming majority of these refugees are victims of ISIS. They deserve our sympathy and should be helped but their needs must be addressed in the Middle East. Transporting them to the West is an open invitation to the terror group to further infiltrate our borders.
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     But the notion that the Paris attacks elected Donald Trump, as some of his supporters claim, is nonsense. Sounding tough on immigration is one thing but it is no substitute for an understanding that we are at war.
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     Aside from his animus for refugees, Trump's position on the war on ISIS is virtually indistinguishable from those of the Democrats who all want to outsource the fight against the terrorists to others. If there is anything we should have learned in the last few years it is that the only way the Islamists can be defeated is by the application of U.S. force.
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     Advocating that the U.S. rely on Vladimir Putin's Russia to do the job, as Trump foolishly wishes to do, is self-evident proof of foreign policy incompetence. So, too, is Hilly Clinton's assertion at the debate last night that the primary responsibility belongs to Bashar Assad's Syrian regime or the Iraqi government that she and President nObama left at the mercy of Iran and ISIS.
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     The second thing that this is not about is the importance of keeping America out of foreign wars. Americans are sick and tired of Afghanistan and Iraq and were eager to applaud when President nObama told them he had "ended" these conflicts. But the other side didn't get the memo and the empowerment of ISIS is a direct result of this unforced error.
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     After 9/11 most Americans understood that they could no longer sit back and wait while the enemy came to them. As much as that struggle was mismanaged at times and that democracies lack the patience for generational struggles, the same lesson applies today.
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     If you are looking to separate those candidates that understand the nature of the challenge facing the country today and those who don't, the volume of their rhetoric shouldn't mislead you.
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     Chest-beating here is as useless as the meaningless talk about the importance of diplomacy coming from the left. Nor should those candidates who think this war can be won on the cheap without committing major resources be allowed to get away talking tough. Next year we will either elect a president who knows we're at war or we won't and it isn't hard to see which of them understand that.
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     Most importantly, this is not about insiders versus outsiders. Anger at the political establishment has fueled the candidacies of Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and even Bernie Sanders among the Democrats. There is a good deal to be said for cynicism about career politicians. Moreover, a certain distance from the Washington power combine of lobbyists and other special interests can be a plus. But the notion that a candidate can learn foreign policy on the fly as Carson is trying without much success to do is risible.
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     Most Americans don't care that much about foreign policy and generally don't seem to mind when presidential candidates share their ignorance of the nuances of remote conflicts or the people driving them. Some of them candidates believe this gives them a pass on their own ignorance. They also think fear about involvement in foreign wars will always outweigh worries about a terrorist war that may be coming soon to a city near you. But in a 2016 election cycle where terrorism and the mess that Barack nObama is leaving behind is shaping up to be the most dangerous problem facing the country, dumb won't cut it this time.
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     It should also be pointed out that ignorance comes in more than one variety. It applies equally to Bernie Sanders who thinks pandering to the left gives him a pas for claiming that global warming rather than Islamist beliefs causes terrorism. It also applies to a candidate with foreign policy experience who hasn't learned a thing from her mistakes. Hilly Clinton's record of foreign policy failure is every bit as much of a disqualifying factor as Trump and Sanders lack of fluency on these issues.
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     Can America elect a president that understands the nature of this conflict, isn't diverted by sidebar issues or knows it can't be won on the cheap? Time will tell.
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