Tag Archives: President Obama

Hugh Hewitt: Sea Change

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Sea change. An enormous one. That’s the only way to understand President Trump’s first 100 days — as a breaking from and often a breaking of the Obama presidency, one every bit as turbulent as what’s encountered by a sailing ship going from calm seas into a hurricane.

Trump’s first 50 days were a jumble of ups and downs, mostly downs. But beginning with the flawless testimony of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Senate Judiciary Committee and his subsequent confirmation under rules that will speed the way for future Supreme Court nominees, the Trump turnaround began and gained an almost uninterrupted momentum.

The president’s directive to strike Syria after it apparently rained sarin poison on babies and toddlers was a defining moment, reinforced by using the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.

Just imagine what the next three and two-thirds years can bring — if President Trump minimizes the errors of the first 100 days and repeats the parts that have been greeted with broad-based conservative applause.

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Lanhee Chen: When America Leads

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Last week, the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad likely launched a chemical weapons attack that killed over seventy of his own people and injured many others. Assad is guilty of many heinous acts against the Syrian people, which together have triggered one of the great refugee and humanitarian crises in modern history. Assad’s latest attack included the use of advanced nerve agents—its victims included numerous babies and children.

In 2012, President Obama announced that the use of chemical weapons by Assad would breach a “red line” that would trigger a U.S. military response. A year later, Assad used those weapons, and nothing happened. This was but one of the many foreign policy failures of the previous administration.

President Trump should be applauded for taking decisive action to attack the air base from which Assad launched his vicious attack. There are no easy answers in Syria, though, and it may not be the last time that America needs to exercise her military might.

But we know for sure is that the world is a better place when America leads.

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Report: Obama Knew Assad Kept Chemical Weapons

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From the story:  A former Obama official acknowledged Sunday that the U.S. “always knew” an agreement with Syrian President Bashar Assad did not clear all chemical weapons out of Syria, despite the fact that the administration touted the deal as an unequivocal success at the time (Washington Examiner). Remember that PolitiFact rating of “mostly true” given to John Kerry’s claim that they got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out of Syria?  Retracted (IJR).  Hugh Hewitt had a recent run-in with PolitiFact (Daily Caller).

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FBI Director Wants DOJ to Refute Trump Wiretap Claims

James Comey Calls For Wiretap Investigation

Comey wants the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s wiretap claim (NY Times).  Hugh Hewitt explains why “it’s quite possible” for Trump to be correct (Hugh Hewitt).  A former Bush attorney believes Trump is right that it happened but wrong to blame Obama (The Hill)  It wouldn’t be a complete shock if it did happen (Yahoo).  A look at Trump’s trouble and turmoil in the White House (Washington Post).  USA Today ran a list of Trump “claims without evidence” (USA Today). The media also jumped on Trump’s float that the Russians should find and release Hillary’s missing emails (The Federalist).

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