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Translation; we support Israels right to fend off the blows from the Palestinians but not to hit back.
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The Phone Call to Putin

Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 10:04 AM
We again we have a situation caused by the feckless foreign policy of this President which his supporters and apologists defend on the basis that his opposition doesn't have any good plan to resolve it either. The inane premise of this tactic is that you can avoid blame if you allow a situation to deteriorate to the point where no one can come up with a way to do anything productive about it.
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Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 9:52 AM
That is why it is so clear than the left is being disingenuous as regards to immigrants. If they were really concerned about all that immigrants have, quite clearly, contributed to this country in the past they would spend at least some of their time and effort to impi9rve and streamline the legal immigration process.
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Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Jul 20, 2014 9:42 AM
"the government has legitimate functions that only it can do" That is true. We need government to do those things because no other agency can do them. Not because government does them well. Government does nothing well. That is why what it does needs to be limited.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Democrats are not furious at Elizabeth Warren. She claimed a nebulous Native American heritage in order to gain special treatment intended to compensate for discriminatory treatment assumed to have been perpetrated against a Native American because of their heritage. It is, in the first place, a presumption that any and all Native Americans would have been subjected to such discrimination without any evidence to that effect. But I do not object to that given how difficult that might be to prove. However, in order for it to be true it is necessary that the fact of her Native American heritage be known to any discriminator at the time of the alleged discrimination. Elizabeth Warrens Native American heritage was not known by anyone until she claimed it as justification for the special treatment she is presumed to be owed because of it. Therefore, she could not have been subject to the discrimination prior to that which she now claims to have endured. But even that is not why I think those who support her and this policy should be upset with her. They should be upset with her because by the way she did it she accepted special treatment that, had she not accepted it, might have been available to others far more deserving than her and for which such special treatment was intended.
"The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago" This is an open admission that they knew three years ago that they could not fulfill their subsequent promise to provide Lois Lerner's emails to Congress. How many iterations of 'not guilty of this wrong doing because of being guilty of another' does it take to avoid any and all blame?
Regarding the issue of whether or not there was a ';stand down' order issued; The Democrats are, as usual, being too cute by half by relying on a technical distinction without a difference. Of course there was no 'stand down' order issued. For that it would have required that there had been a 'stand up' order from which to order a 'stand down'. Those troops in question had presumed they would get that 'stand up' order and were preparing to carry it out. Eventually, when it did not come, they were informed that they should stop those preparations as there had been no authorization to deploy. That is not a 'stand down' order as such but it reflects just as poorly on the administration as if there had been. Worse, in fact, as at least the requirement to issue a 'stand down' order would have demonstrated that at some point, at least some one in authority had actually contemplated a substantive response to this act of war.
The evolution of morality; "Never Again", "Never Happened", "Never Mind". History is not determined by the winners. History is determined by those who perpetuation the conflict.
Both the Obama administration and its apologists have quite apparently decided that their agenda trumps the Constitution and the rule of law.
Maybe he is just being a realist and recognizing that he no longer has any value other than as a fund raiser for the Democrats and that for the Democrats, that is sufficient.
This President is clearly and undeniably allowing both world and certain domestic affairs to proceed independent of his, and thereby our, participation, I cannot think of any redeeming or acceptable reason for him to do so. Surely his supporters must be weary of pretending their support of and faith in him is justified. They seem not to be able to lower the bar far enough that he cannot find a way to slither beneath it.
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