Is it Worse if Obama Knew or Didn’t Know About Merkel Spying?

As is always the case with political scandals, we have two conflicting reports. On one hand, you have an anonymous National Security Agency official saying that US President Barack Obama was briefed on the spying efforts against 35 world leaders and allowed it to continue. The response from the NSA is that he was told a short time ago and …

Is This Edward Snowden Shopping for Groceries in Russia?

The Russian news site Life News has published a picture of who they report to be NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Here is the roughly (and poorly) translated report: Former U.S. intelligence officer Edward Snowden is indeed in Russia. Available Life News was made ​​in Moscow, a unique photo fugitive programmer . It is evident that the American otovarilas in one …

Obama Disables AMBER Alert Website, Leaves Michelle O’s Exercise Website Intact

I have to admit that I’m not one of those who gets outraged over things such as national parks or monuments being shut down. Don’t get me wrong – I understand their importance – but it’s not high on my list of “essential government functions” that should be immune to a shutdown. When AMBERAlert.gov is on the list of websites …

Don’t Trust Iran

It’s a simple answer to an extremely complex situation. The world in general wants Iran to come to the table and truly negotiate to rejoin the world and cease their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this can really happen. While President Hassan Rouhani is making positive overtures towards the west, even accepting a call from …

What the US Government Can Learn from Israel About Budgeting

This morning on Face the Nation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a lot to say about Iran and the potential for lifting sanctions without a firm agreement in place about nuclear weapons. That was standard an expected, but he did have one sound byte regarding the budget that’s worthy of discussion. The concept is pretty simple: “We introduced one …

SEALs Raid Leader of Group Responsible for Nairobi Mall Attack

A Navy SEAL team raided the villa where a senior leader of the Al-Shabaab Islamic militant group is believed to have been. The Somali installation is in the town of Baraawe. The leader is believed to have been killed but they were unable to confirm due to heavy fighting that some reports put at over an hour. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for …

Krauthammer is Right About Poor Republican Strategy

The good news is that  Republicans in Congress are finally starting to stand up and demonstrate the conservative principles that guided the party until the mid- to late-90s. The bad news is that they handled this situation like silly schoolboys too shy to make the right move at the right time, so they botched it mightily when they finally asked …

Where Will Syria Sit in Obama’s Historical Legacy

To date, President Barack Obama’s greatest foreign relations claims to fame are the killing of Osama bin Laden and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The former was a great accomplishment, albeit a combined effort over the years by the intelligence communities of his and the former administration. The latter was earned before any action was actually taken by the president. …

Diplomats Walking on Eggshells Over Syria

Something needs to be done about Syria. Nobody disagrees with that. The points of contention being discussed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as the rest of the world centers around how the response should be delivered. Is it a strong condemnation over the use of chemical weapons? Is it a demand to hand …