Well, it’s nice to see the attorney general do something right for a change, like standing up for national security and the rule of law. Which is supposed to be her job. From Reuters:
President Barack Obama is again facing dissent from within his administration – this time from Attorney General Loretta Lynch – over his plans to shutter the Guantanamo Bay military prison, according to senior administration officials.
Lynch, a former federal prosecutor whom Obama appointed to head the Justice Department two years ago, is opposing a White House-backed proposal that would allow Guantanamo Bay prisoners to plead guilty to terrorism charges in federal court by videoconference, the officials said.
Over the past three months, Lynch has twice intervened to block administration proposals on the issue, objecting that they would violate longstanding rules of criminal-justice procedure . . .
White House officials confirmed that President Obama supports the proposal. But the president declined to overrule objections from Lynch, the administration’s top law-enforcement official.
“There were some frustrations,” said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The top lawyer in the land has weighed in, and that was the DOJ’s purview to do that.”
If enacted into law, the Obama-backed plan would allow detained terrorism suspects who plead guilty to serve their sentences in a third-country prison, without setting foot on U.S. soil. The plan would thus sidestep a Congressional ban on transferring detainees to the United States, which has left dozens of prisoners in long-term judicial limbo in Guantanamo, the American military enclave in Cuba.
Obama has vowed to close the prison on his watch. But while he has overseen the release of some 160 men from the prison, the facility still holds 80 detainees.
It’s good to be the king, especially when you stop doing the job. From a piece I have running in LifeZette.
With his three-day, taxpayer-funded family vacation last weekend to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and California’s Yosemite National Park, President Obama is set to begin the most fun, exciting — and frivolous — seven months of any presidency in modern history.
Are you distressed that the economy is stalled at about 1 percent growth, that job creation at its lowest rate in years, that ISIS is plotting major attacks, and China is flexing its military muscle? Too bad. It’s playtime for Obama.
Obama’s extended diatribe against Donald Trump following the Orlando attacks points to just how self-indulgent this already narcissist president is prepared to be. Instead of trying to unite the country after the worst terrorist attack since 9/11, Obama opted for partisan politics instead. To the extent there will be any work being done at all during the remainder of his presidency, it will be political. So once he’s off the national park hiking trails, the fun really begins on the campaign trail for Hillary. And Obama has proven that his top skill is campaigning.
“I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary,” Obama said in a video he made for her campaign. Of course he can’t. Because like any leftist insurgent, Obama loves the revolution far more than governing.
There will be campaigning, abundant vacations, and of course, golf. You can read the rest of the piece here.
President Obama is trying to promote his exorbitant three-day vacation with his family OUT WEST to the Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite with as some kind of benign effort to promote our nation’s National Parks.
Check out the White House video below.
Millions of dollars in flight costs, including Air Force One and whatever other support jets they have to send out there. And that’s just flights lone, not to mention all the other logistical costs. For a family vacation masquerading as a public service.
The Obamas depart today. Please. Just enjoy your vacation and send us the bill, and put a lid on the hypocrisy.
President Obama failed to even call Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings. But this should come as no surprise, as I wrote in a piece running today in LifeZette:
Whether it comes to his policies or his use of the phone, Obama, it seems, always makes the wrong call.
Last July, another Islamist terrorist killed four Marines and mortally wounded a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cathy Wells, the mother of one of the deceased, 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, was asked on Fox News’ “Hannity” days later whether she had heard from Obama. “No,” she said, though it didn’t faze this brave woman.
“He died for his country, doing what he loved for the love of his country and for his family,” she said. Hannity, for his part, “lamented that the White House went out of its way to put up rainbow-colored lights on the day of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, yet cannot pick up the phone to call the five grieving military families,” Fox reported.
Indeed, Obama bothered to make a phone call the day the ruling came down. The president, who just a few years back vocally opposed gay marriage, telephoned the lead plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell.
You can read the rest of the piece here.
Michelle Kosinski of CNN Tuesday illuminated a piece of the effort by President Obama and the White House to create straw men and distract from Obama’s failure to stem ISIS terrorism.
Not saying this was necessarily her intent. But it was the result of her sharp questioning.
In this case, she asks White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about why Obama, in his remarks earlier Tuesday after a meeting with his national security team, felt he needed to focus on Republican criticism that he won’t use the term “Islamist extremism.”
The president, of course, would rather attack his GOP opponents than outline any new solutions for the growing threat from, yes, Islamist extremists.
Kosinski wanted to know:
Was that really necessary, though, to make this speech political? What did the President think it was adding to make something that is about fighting the kind of act that we just saw [instead] about fighting Republican rhetoric? What did he think that was going to add?
What it adds is a distraction. By attacking Republicans instead of trying to unite the country and tell us what he’s going to do about this problem that has developed under his watch, Obama passes the buck. He can’t pass the buck to George W. Bush as much, because all that was almost eight years ago now. But he can at least pass it to congressional Republicans.
And it lets this most peevish of presidents vent his considerable personal pique.
In a portion of their exchange, actually just before the above question, Earnest says:
And for people who say that the only reason we haven’t defeated ISIL is the President hasn’t used the magic words that they have chosen, that’s cynical politics there, and it doesn’t do anything to protect the country. And, in fact, as was on display tragically on Saturday night, it potentially makes the nation more vulnerable.
Now, who exactly, says “the only reason we haven’t defeated ISIL” is that the president doesn’t call it Islamist extremism? Nobody. Talk about straw men. And what does Earnest mean by “it potentially makes the nation more vulnerable”? Is he blaming Republicans for the Orlando attack? Who is more to blame than the person supposedly in charge of fighting terrorism?
President Obama today delivered and emotional rebuttal to Donald Trump, castigating the presumptive Republican nominee for his proposals to ban Muslim immigration and for his call on Muslims to do more to expose terrorists within their communities.
Obama spoke at the Treasury Department following a meeting with his national security team:
We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America. We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests that entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer — they were all U.S. citizens.
Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith? We’ve heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It won’t make us more safe; it will make us less safe — fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims, making young Muslims in this country and around the world feel like no matter what they do, they’re going to be under suspicion and under attack. It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government is betraying them. It betrays the very values America stands for.
Obama also dismissed criticism that he doesn’t call the terrorists committing attack again the United States and others in the West by their proper name, radical Islamists:
Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.
There has not been a moment in my seven and a half years as President where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label “radical Islam.” Not once has an advisor of mine said, man, if we really use that phrase, we’re going to turn this whole thing around. Not once.
Groups like ISIL and al Qaeda want to make this war a war between Islam and America, or between Islam and the West. . . . if we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush and imply that we are at war with an entire religion — then we’re doing the terrorists’ work for them.
And of course, after detailing the steps being taken to slowly defeat ISIS, Obama suggested that gun control could help stem further attacks.
Here’s the video. Obama’s remarks on gun control and his reaction to his critics, including Trump, begin at about the 10:40 mark.
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