I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.
For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions:
Havana is locked in a bygone era, somewhere in the vicinity of 1959, as if the Castro revolution had only occurred yesterday.
Vintage cars serve as taxis rumbling along cobblestone streets. Classic cars run on diesel, a smell permeating the city. Cuban women are colorfully dressed, like Carmen Miranda or the Chiquita Banana lady, aggressively selling Cuban cigars to unwitting tourists in Old Havana Square.
Across the bay stands the foreboding ancient Morro Castle, a fortress built to guard the city. Public thoroughfares decorated with Russian-constructed missiles serve as a chilling reminder of how close the U.S. once came to nuclear war during the showdown between Khrushchev and Kennedy.
And yes, it was all preventable. Western weakness invites eastern aggression. Every. Damn. Time. Yet the Left never learns its lesson because its adherents are too busy trying to rewrite history than learn something of value from it.
Is it not okay to die in one war because it was George Bush’s but okay to die in another because it’s Obama’s war, Save Jerseyans? Why is this not an electoral issue? Have Obamacare, illegal immigration, and gay rights turned everyone’s attention away from the fact there is still a war going on?
When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaeda and an Iraq; two years later, al-Qaeda had seized major cities where hundreds of U.S. troops died. Even as we drawdown in Afghanistan, as was proven with Iraq, any gains made by the United States will be quickly lost under the wrong leadership.
Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple starring together in ‘That Hagen Girl’
A heartbroken country is mourning the loss of Shirley Temple this morning, Save Jerseyans, the childhood film star who stole the nation’s hearts – and kept people smiling – throughout the most difficult depths of the Great Depression.
What does it say about contemporary America that today’s downtrodden, hopeless, jobless, and health care-less citizens have to rely on Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? But I digress…
Shirley Temple ventured onto an entirely different stage as she grew older and left Hollywood behind: the realm of electoral politics and foreign policy.
Excessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.
Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.
They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.
There is growing concern about what appear to be recent attacks on free markets and on capitalism itself by Pope Francis.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady has analyzed all this quite objectively in the Wall Street Journal. Here’s part of what she has to say:
In the document released last week he [Pope Francis] admonished those who defend “trickle-down theories, which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.” There is no empirical evidence for this, he wrote. It is instead “a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
“Our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us.”
With those words, former Vice President Dick Cheney summed up the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy.
However, Cheney’s scathing analysis remains at odds with President Obama’s own self-assessment. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, Mr. Obama declared that the world is “more stable than it was five years ago.”
Which begs the question: is President Obama delusional? Or is he simply so narcissistic – or naïve – that he believes by declaring the world to be safer, it simply becomes so?
Something we were the first to point out back in October has finally come to fruition, Save Jerseyans: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) will assume control of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
This decision by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers comes after the passing of legendary Florida Congressman Bill Young.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady, and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” Chairman Rogers announced in an official statement. ”He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense subcommittee.”
The Committee’s power is tied to its control over hundreds of billions of dollars in the defense budget. In FY 2010, the House Committee on Appropriations’s defense subcommittee steered $636 billion for the Pentagon. Having assumed the helm of it half-way through his 10th term in Congress, Frelinghuysen is now unarguably one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill.
Photographer’s Mate 2nd class Joseph Sharp aboard the USS Forrestal in 1978
On Veterans’ Day, we honor all the men and women who have protected our country and fought for our way of life.
Today, I would like to especially thank the Vets of the post-Viet Nam era.
One of my most vivid memories from growing up in the 1960′s and 1970′s was watching Mr. Hayes, a tough man and a Vet in my neighborhood, balling his eyes out as his eldest son went off to Viet Nam. His son came home two years later, but he was different. There was no parade, as the war was still on and increasingly controversial. The younger Hayes was angry and seemingly damaged.
With pictures of casualties on the evening news every night, news of William Calley’s My Lai Massacre trial, the Kent State shootings and protests throughout the country, and witnessing how veterans of Viet Nam had come home changed, military service and the draft was feared by many. Young men went to college, got married and had children or fled to Canada to avoid being drafted into the war.
Some of you remembered that today (Monday, November 11th) is Veterans Day without prompting, Save Jerseyans, but most of you who remembered did so only because you’re off from work. Even fewer of you know much at all about this holiday’s true origins.
Not good! But your error is correctable. Take a few minutes to acquaint yourselves with the relevant history: