Washington Weekly Review

August 8, 2014

House Majority Leader McCarthy Statement on ISIS


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement regarding American-led air strikes against ISIS:

"With each passing day, an unchecked ISIS grows more powerful, increasing in territory it occupies and continuing to target and kill religious minorities and moderate Muslims. These actions have destabilized the entire region and have created the largest terrorist safe haven since September 11, 2001, posing a direct threat to the United States and our allies.

"The threat to U.S. personnel in Erbil and the potential death of thousands of Christian and Yazidi minorities trapped on a mountaintop by ISIS is but the latest example of ISIS' reign of terror... (READ MORE)

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Speaker Boehner Statement on Incident in Afghanistan

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement following news reports of a violent attack on American forces serving in Afghanistan:

“Anyone who has said ‘Godspeed’ to a family member or friend deploying in harm’s way knows the quiet fear of watching on the sidelines while our deployed military and civilian personnel complete their work in service to our nation.  There have been far too many knocks on the door over the last thirteen years, and while we wait to learn more details of the deadly incident at Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, let us not forget that for at least one family, their lives have been changed forever. Others are learning loved ones have been wounded.  Our respect and prayers are with those families today... (READ MORE)

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Kerry and the “Merry-go-Round” of History

Preparing to write this article was akin to riding a roller coaster with no end in sight, until I had an “ah hah” moment.  Then the roller coaster became a “Merry-go-Round” and the story line began to make sense. 

In various media sources, the following descriptions have been given to John Kerry’s actions and decisions about his efforts to broker “peace” between Israel and Hamas:  “Obama and his secretary of state are abandoning Israel.” “Kerry is inept,” “an unguided missile,” “messianic and obsessive about the prospects of peace,” and “conspiring with and empowering Qatar and Turkey” (cohorts of Hamas and Israel’s enemies), and “aligning himself on the wrong side of the battle against Islamic extremism.”  Another described Kerry as “an alien who just descended to earth from a spaceship.” One other indictment is this from the Jerusalem Post:  “His final act of betrayal of Israel was his repudiation of the Egyptian cease-fire which Israel had accepted”... (READ MORE)

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Crisis mode: Obama leadership woes sinking Dem hopes

The WSJ/NBC News poll dropped like a bucket of cold water on Washington, where fevered attacks over legislative minutiae and blame-placing in recent weeks has caused politicians to forget what is actually going on. And what’s going on is that Americans are deeply frustrated with their president, his refusal to govern by normal means and his handling of crises at our border and around the world. Foreign policy seldom intrudes into the midterm election discussion, but when the world seems to be falling apart, Americans get anxious and upset with their commander in chief and his party. That’s clearly what’s happening here. Sixty percent of respondents said the U.S. is in decline, only 35 percent were satisfied with America’s role in the world, and just 21 percent said that the next generation would be better off.

The president likes to say that he can act alone on domestic issues, a dubious supposition. But on international affairs, an area in which American presidents have enormous latitude, the situation is dire. Respondents offered a negative assessment of the U.S. response to the Ukrainian war, the Syrian civil war, the conflict in Gaza, the rise of ISIS and especially the flow of illegal immigrant minors across the southern border. Just 11 percent were satisfied with the handling of the border crisis. Overall, just 36 percent of respondents approved of Obama’s handling of foreign policy, 12 points lower than ahead of the 2010 vote... (READ MORE)

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