Geesh, old fart Jimmy Carter actually sends condolences to North Korea? This is yet another old senile ex-president who should stick to pounding nails with a hammer building houses for people who will just trash them. Or go and watch his peanut plants grow.
Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of Kim Jong-il and wished “every success” to the man expected to take over as dictator, according to the communist country’s state-run news agency.
A dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr. Carter sent the message to Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s son and heir apparent.
“In the message Jimmy Carter extended condolences to Kim Jong Un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il. He wished Kim Jong Un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to [North Korea] in the future,” the KCNA dispatch read.
For the first time in Navy history, a lesbian sailor was picked to plant the traditional homecoming kiss on her significant other.
Through a raffle held onboard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta won the right to be the first off the ship when Oak Hill docked in Virginia Beach after several months at sea. As part of a time-honored tradition, the first off the ship gets to share the first kiss with a loved one.
23-year-old Gaeta was greeted by her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, 22, and the two locked lips while the crowd gathered around them cheered.
“It’s something new, that’s for sure,” Gaeta said after the historical smooch. “It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming.”
To the Occupy Wall Street crowd, equality means that government gives each citizen the same amount. To a conservative, equality means that every American is given the same opportunity to succeed. In an interview on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made it clear that he is against any form of government sponsored income equality, saying, “I am for income inequality.”
In an interview yesterday, the Republican presidential hopeful expressed some sympathy for those Occupiers who worry that Americans might be losing out on a “fair shot” at the American dream, but strongly rebuked their aim for “income equality.” Santorum instead heartily endorsed income inequality, and rebuked President Obama for backing what Santorum called “Marxism”:
“They talk about income inequality. I’m for income inequality. I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas and take more risk, and they should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with income inequality.
“President Obama is for income equality. That’s socialism. It’s worse yet, it’s Marxism,” Santorum said. “I’m not for income equality. I’m not for equality of result — I’m for equality of opportunity.”
Rick Santorum consistently says the right thing on the campaign trail. Sadly, no one is listening.
(been spending some time reading about Rick and where he stands. personally I see him way ahead of Mittens Romney and about equal with Newt. so far)
Iraq will become Barack Obama’s Vietnam. Not in the boogieman sense that the left has been using the Vietnam War for the last 40 years where every American use of force is the “next Vietnam” but rather in its aftermath.
The Vietnam War ostensibly ended in ended in early 1973 with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The agreement was based upon an agreement by all sides to stop hostile activities and for American troops to depart. The Americans would continue to supply the South Vietnamese military. In addition, the SVN leadership was explicitly assured that were the North Vietnamese to resume hostilities the United States would begin bombing Hanoi and other targets in the North.
Unfortunately for the South Vietnamese, the promises of arms and support were mirages. In 1974 Congress cut military aid to Vietnam from $2.3 billion to $1 billion and then in 1975 to $300 million. Thanks to the Democrat’s Case-Church Amendment, when the North had resupplied and resumed hostilities, the promised US bombing never came. In April 1975 Saigon fell and the South surrendered.
Then came the nightmare. Upwards of a million South Vietnamese found themselves in prisons, “re-education camps” or other tropical outposts where they were treated to starvation, torture and murder. Hundreds of thousands more braved the oceans in order to escape, a quarter of them never reaching shore. The effects of this nightmare reached into Cambodia and Laos as well.
And now there is Iraq.
The war in Iraq was obviously far different from the one in Vietnam. Unfortunately however, the aftermath may be similarly unpleasant.
While Iran will not invade Iraq anytime soon, the country could still become a vassal of the ayatollahs. If Iraq escapes that fate it may well collapse into a civil war that eventually draws not only the involvement of the Iranians, but of the Saudis, the Turks and other neighbors as well. Oh, and, yes, perhaps eventually the Americans again.
However one feels about the war in Iraq in the first place, the manner of the exit ensures one thing, that the American blood and treasure spent toppling Saddam Hussein and seeking to establish a viable democracy in the Middle East will likely be for naught.
Read the rest here.
(I see Iraq busting into civil war, with Iran moving in to pick up the pieces.)
The Palestinians can fire rockets at Israeli civilians and the U.N. says nothing. Israel builds on its own land and the U.N. falls all over itself in a rush to condemn the Jewish state.
(INN) — UN Security Council members condemned Israel on Tuesday for the planned Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria as well as for ‘price tag’ vandalism.
According to a report by AFP, the condemnation was led by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal. The four said in a joint statement after a council meeting on the Middle East conflict that they were “dismayed by these wholly negative developments” and the threat they pose to the peace process.
The four council members also called for strong measures by the Israeli government “to halt attacks on mosques and Palestinians by extremist settlers.”
According to the report, the four European countries said Israel’s recent announcements of accelerated construction in Judea and Samaria send a “devastating” message, and urged the Jewish state to reverse the plans.
On Sunday, the Housing and Construction Ministry published a series of tenders for construction of 6,000 new homes, 1,000 of which in the vicinity of Jerusalem. The plan is to build 350 units in the hareidi-religious city Beitar Illit, 500 units will be built in Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood and an additional 180 residential units will be built in Givat Zeev.
AFP reported that South Africa, India and Brazil launched their own condemnation at Tuesday’s meeting, while Russia’s UN envoy questioned whether a two-state solutionwas now possible.