(By Donald Devine, '76 Contributor) The real shock of the terrorist mass murders in Paris and San Bernardino is the lack of seriousness in the responses from America’s ruling class, on both the left and right. They
Let’s take a quick stock of the world scene, shall we? ISIS continues to ravage the cradle of humanity, taking and ransacking ancient cities, reversing the gains we fought for in Iraq and seemingly growing
Could it be the President and his Muslim Brotherhood advisors  are really in sympathy with the ISIS goals of imposing the Shari’a and building the Caliphate? If so, their conundrum is how to make the President appear to be “doing something”, yet actually doing nothing to harm ISIS. Becoming bogged down in fruitless negotiations in “building a coalition” would then their purpose to a tee.
With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday “we are very confident that this will be a broad-based coalition with countries from the Arab world, from Europe, but also other key allies around the globe, like, for instance, Australia, which has joined us in humanitarian airdrops already in Iraq; or Canada, which has already put advisers on the ground.”
The official response of the Obama administration to the recent beheading of two Americans in Syria by ISIS has been muddled at best. The often timid and tepid statements by various White House spokesmen, the State Department, and even the President himself in response to these specific tragedies and the general threats poised by ISIS have been vague, confusing, contradictory, and sometimes downright silly. (You do know that the members of ISIS are Muslims right? The White House apparently isn’t even sure on that one.)
The Muslim world has been without a Caliph and Commander of the Faithful for ninety years, and now the new fundamentalist Islamic entity in Iraq and Syria known as the Islamic State has put forth a pretender to claim the title. At the age of 43, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi burst upon the national scene as the operational and political leader of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), and now is the new spiritual leader of the newly proclaimed Islamic State.
(New York City, Sept. 4) Last Sunday’s irreverent Daily News headline said it all: “Ready, Aim, Hold Fire”. If this city’s beloved writer Jimmy Breslin redid his satirical 1970 novel The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, it would be about the Obama Administration’s slapstick antics regarding Syria. But the real issue is not whether
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and re-election last year, I shared in many of my compatriots’ dread at what his policies would do to the economy and other domestic concerns. But I always harbored an even greater fear of what an Obama presidency would mean for the United States in terms of foreign affairs.
Mitt Romney seems more likely to win the White House as economic woes dog Obama, says John Andrews in the June round of Head On TV debates. Maybe; but both candidates must give us something to vote for, not just against, objects Susan Barnes-Gelt. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over congressional races, year-end tax hikes, the Syrian crisis, and Aurora’s corporate welfare. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997, with sponsorship by Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for June: