Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gen. Jack Keane: Obama "Doomed Afghanistan to Protracted War"; Chose Not to Win - Video

Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 25, 2017 | Brian 

Here is Gen. Jack Keane on Fox News yesterday where he told the honest truth about the situation of the War in Afghanistan.

Keane bluntly said that after 16 years of the United States being at war in Afghanistan, “The war is not winnable given current U.S. policies.” Keane called that reality “outrageous.” Keane said Barack Obama was given a strategy to win by his generals, a strategy that needed 40,000 U.S.

Troops for victory. Obama rejected their plan and only gave them 15,000 Troops and then pulled those forces out 15 months later. “That doomed Afghanistan to this protracted war that we have right now.” . . .
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The Cowards of Academia

Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2017 | Dennis Prager 

Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of left-wing professors that the public is beginning to have contempt for the universities. As a result, a handful of academics at a handful of universities have signed statements on behalf of allowing "diverse" views to be heard at the university.
These statements are worthless.
While some of the professors who have signed them may sincerely believe that the university should honor the value of non-left free speech, one should keep in mind the following caveats.
First, the number of professors, deans and administrators who have signed these statements is very small.
Second, while no one can know what animates anyone else, it's a little hard to believe that many of those who did sign are sincere. If they are, why haven't we heard from them for decades? Shutting out conservatives and conservative ideas is not new. Plus, it's easy to sign a letter. You look righteous ("Of course, I support free speech.") and pay no price.
Third, these statements accomplish nothing of practical value. They are basically feel-good gestures.
If any of the rioting students read these statements -- a highly unlikely occurrence -- it is hard to imagine any of them thinking: "Wow, I really have been acting like a fascist, rioting and shutting down non-left-wing speakers, but now my eyes have been opened and I'm going to stop. Even though my professors have taught me that every conservative is a sexist racist xenophobic Islamophobic hatemonger, next time one of these despicable human beings comes to campus, I will silently wait for them to finish talking and then civilly ask challenging questions."
Thanks to left-wing indoctrination that begins in elementary school, most American students do not enter college as supporters of free speech. As reported in The New York Times on Feb. 7, 2017, a Knight Foundation survey found that only 45 percent of students "support that right when the speech in question is offensive to others and made in public."
If any professors want to do something truly effective, they should form a circle around a hall in which a conservative is scheduled to speak, with each of them holding up a sign identifying themselves as a professor: "I am (name), professor of (department)."
If just 1 percent of the professors on campus -- that would mean just 43 faculty members at a place like UCLA -- were to stand in front of the building in which a conservative was to speak, that might actually have an impact. If they were then attacked by left-wing thugs, other faculty members would be forced to take a position.
But it won't happen. It won't because the university is a particularly cowardly place. And it has been so for many decades. In the 1970s, when I was a graduate student at Columbia University, left-wing students took over classrooms and administration offices. But I recall no faculty members objecting; and the college presidents and deans, were, if possible, even more craven.
Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak this week at the University of California, Berkeley. Last week, the university announced it was canceling her speech, providing the usual excuse that it couldn't guarantee her safety, or others'. This excuse is as phony as it is cowardly. Berkeley and other universities know well that there is a way to ensure safety. They can do so in precisely the same way every other institution in a civilized society ensures citizens' safety: by calling in sufficient police to protect the innocent and arrest the violent. But college presidents don't do that sort of thing -- not at Berkeley, or Yale University, or Middlebury College, or just about anywhere else. They don't want to tick off their clients (students), their faculty, leftist activist groups or the liberal media.
Under pressure, Berkeley's cowardly administration rescinded its cancellation and rescheduled Coulter's speech during the daytime during pre-finals week, when there are no classes and many students are not on campus. Coulter has rejected these changes and vowed to speak on the originally scheduled date.
So, next time you read a statement by some professors -- virtually all of whom, remember, have been silent for decades -- on behalf of allowing opinions other than their own to be expressed on their campuses, take it with a large grain of salt. It's primarily because some alumni are finally withholding funds from their closed-minded alma maters, or because the students they have produced have become so violent even the mainstream media can't ignore it.
Until they line up to safeguard people like Ann Coulter and stop teaching their students that conservatives are deplorable human beings, their open letters aren't worth the printer toner that prints them.

White House ‘confident’ of averting shutdown as Trump shows flexibility on wall

Washington ComPost ^ | 04-24-17 | Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and David Weigel 

The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall. Despite one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the brinkmanship that came to define spending battles in the Obama years has tumbled into the Trump era, as have the factional divisions over strategy and priorities that have gripped the GOP for a decade. But with a Friday deadline looming to pass a new spending bill, the Trump administration projected confidence that a shutdown would be avoided. In the face of fierce Democratic opposition to funding the wall’s construction, White House officials signaled Monday that the president may be open to an agreement that includes money for border security if not specifically for a wall, with an emphasis on technology and border agents rather than a structure. Trump showed even more flexibility Monday afternoon, telling conservative journalists in a private meeting that he was open to delaying funding for wall construction until September, a White House official confirmed. “The president is working hard to keep the government open,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters Monday. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was “very confident” that an agreement would be reached by Friday, but he pointedly said he could not “guarantee” that a government closure would be averted.
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Media can have their dinner; Donald Trump will eat their lunch!

The Boston Herald ^ | April 25, 2017 | Jaclyn Cashman 

President Trump is once again trolling the media — and looking to turn tables on the big mockfest they had planned for him — by skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday.
Instead of spending the evening getting skewered by a hostile Fourth Estate and a politicized comedian, Trump has opted to throw a party of his own with thousands of his supporters in Pennsylvania.
He tweeted, “Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!”
That means much of the elite media will have to hang up their tuxes and stilettos and head to the Keystone State.
Trump is again sticking it to the professionals who get paid to cover him, this time by denying them the opportunity to get dressed up and hobnob with their colleagues, and yuk it up at his expense. He’s fed up with their one-sided coverage, and he knows exactly how to hit them where it hurts.
“Over the years you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you, but when they make stories up, when they create sources — ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t exist,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” which came as he continued his verbal assault on the left-leaning press, calling news organizations like The New York Times, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS, “fake news.”
Normally, the Sunday shows would focus on highlights from the dinner. Now Trump will own the news cycle. He’s kneecapped the event known as “nerd prom.”
At first glance it may have seemed thin-skinned of Trump to announce in February that he wouldn’t attend the dinner. But when he can’t even host the Easter egg roll without ridiculous coverage comparing his crowds to Obama’s, it’s hard to argue the point.
He’ll be the first president since Ronald Reagan to be a no-show — and Reagan bailed because he was recovering from a gunshot wound from a failed assassination attempt.
Saturday marks Trump’s 100th day in office — a key benchmark on the effectiveness of a new president.
But Trump will be able to command that narrative.
It would have been incredibly entertaining to watch Trump interact with many reporters and news outlets that he calls fake news. But it will be more fun watching him toy with them in Pennsylvania while they play to an empty seat.

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