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The President’s big Mideast speech. Candidate Gingrich in trouble with his party. Rape charges for the head of the IMF. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama delivers a policy address at the State Department. (AP)

President Barack Obama delivers a policy address at the State Department. (AP)

Big outreach to the Arab spring this week, explosive news of sex and sexual assault, Newt Gingrich teetering on self-destruction, and above it all the next-to-last space shuttle flies in orbit.

In a major speech on North Africa and the Middle East, the president reached out to democracy movements and called for 1967 boundaries for Israel.

We’ve got a love child for Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Attempted rape charges for the shamed head of the IMF.  Newt Gingrich talking “rightwing social engineering.”  And much more.

This hour On Point:  our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Tom Ashbrook

 

Guests:

David Sanger, chief Washington correspont for the New York Times.  Author of “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.”

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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  • Michael

    I really hope Dominique Strauss-Kahn, doesn’t get away without having his day in court. As we know our court system is two tiers so of course one should have doubts. 

  • Michael

    Also Kudos to obama’s speech though I disagree with some of what he said he managed to make some good points and bring up topics our politics previously wouldn’t allow. Of course I understand it was also a attempt to head off the Septembers  Bid for Recolonization which by all accounts looks like happening. Of course the exception being some major outbreak of violence’s. 

    • Michael

       ” Bid for recognition which by all accounts looks like happening. Of
      course the exception being some major outbreak of violence’s”

  • Michael

    I notice no intro about how the Catholic Church (who god and jesus must of been on vacation for the last 1k years) came out with a study blaming the children and the 60′s for priest touching little boys and has refined  Philadelphia as children 10 and under instead of 13.

    Also Splinter group of Peter King IRA planted a pipe bomb in a attempted terrorist attack when the UK’s Queen came to Ireland.

    • Michael

      came out with a study blaming the children and the 60′s for priest  touching little boys and has refined in  Philadelphia that 37 priest accused of abuse are still serving and pedophiles  only with children 10 and under instead of 13 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedophilia)

    • nj

      The dangers of posting too late at night:

      “…refined Philadelphia as children 10 and under instead of 13.”

  • Gary

     Obama did not endorse THE ’67 borders, but boundaries BASED on them with land exchanges.  

    • Michael

       Conservative speaking for obama, lol

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciES8cEoGZ8
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPiExAXNpQ8

      “Obama in his speech called for Israel’s borders to reflect its territory
      prior to the Six-Day War in 1967, with the possibility of the two
      future states swapping some land that would otherwise fall within the
      new lines.”

      “We believe the borders should be based on the 1967 borders with land swaps.”

      Even the bush Admin hinted the same.

      • Gary

        Look at the title of the second video.  It is not true. 

  • Browntecumseh

     Please make sure to discuss the eruptive protests coming out of Spain, thanks, if possible could Jack comment on it I really love him.

  • Christian

    President Obama deserves high praise for two straight years of unemployment above nine percent, that hasn’t happened since the 1930′s.

    I wonder what President Obama will do for an encore, start a war with nuclear armed Pakistan? 

    • Michael

       Good thing republicans took control of the house and started working on jobs….Except of course they didn’t.

    • Anonymous

      Underneath this snide partisan remark is some truth.
      President Obama has not done enough to create a climate for job growth. Neither has the Senate or the Hose. If unemployment is over 7.5% in 2012, which it looks like it will be, he’s going to be a one term president. Unless the Republicans pick some extremist like Bachmann.  The Democrats are looking to lose both the White House and the Senate. Fasten your seat-belts folks we are going into the abyss.

      • Worried for the country(MA)

         Abyss?  Not if the GOP can get over their dysfunction and nominate a Romney or Daniels.  Neither of these guys are right wing nuts and would lead reform of the structural inefficiencies and bloat of our government that would benefit all.

        • Dan

          Your crystal ball seems useful, and I would like to purchase it from you.

          -dan
          Boston, MA

      • Publius

        As long as the Republicans continue to put their lust for power above the welfare of the Country, we will continue to be at risk. They have consistently blocked any measure that could repair the economy in the hope of keeping things so bad that people will blame Obama. Forcing Democrats to accept tax cuts for billionaires in order to get an extension of unemployment benefits for poor people who have lost their jobs is just an example of their priorities. They have cut funding of food stamps but closed ranks quickly to protect tax subsidies for the oil industry which is posting over $10 billion in profits PER MONTH. Wake up folks. 

      • Alan2004vadcmd

         Wow thats all I can say to this post

    • Cory

      McCain and Palin would have done much better had they won the election… 

      • Scott B, Jamestown NY

         Yeah, and we’d still be neck deep in Iraq, deeper into Afghanistan, probably boots on the ground in Libya, possibly in Egypt and Pakistan. 

          The car companies wouldn’t have bailed out, resulting in 6 million more people in and around the industry being out of work.

          No financial bailout of the banks, putting us in a global depression.

          Palin bails after a year in office so she can make more money on TV.

          McCain start yelling at members of Congress,’ You kids get outta my yard!” from the White House balcony.

      • Scott B, Jamestown NY

         Yeah, and we’d still be neck deep in Iraq, deeper into Afghanistan, probably boots on the ground in Libya, possibly in Egypt and Pakistan. 

          The car companies wouldn’t have bailed out, resulting in 6 million more people in and around the industry being out of work.

          No financial bailout of the banks, putting us in a global depression.

          Palin bails after a year in office so she can make more money on TV.

          McCain start yelling at members of Congress,’ You kids get outta my yard!” from the White House balcony.

      • Scott B, Jamestown NY

         Yeah, and we’d still be neck deep in Iraq, deeper into Afghanistan, probably boots on the ground in Libya, possibly in Egypt and Pakistan. 

          The car companies wouldn’t have bailed out, resulting in 6 million more people in and around the industry being out of work.

          No financial bailout of the banks, putting us in a global depression.

          Palin bails after a year in office so she can make more money on TV.

          McCain start yelling at members of Congress,’ You kids get outta my yard!” from the White House balcony.

      • Publius

        Republicans should be completely ashamed that someone of Sarah Palin’s intelligence level (or lack there of) was selected to represent them.

      • margbi

        Really?

    • Dan

      Know what else hasn’t happened since the 1930s?  A financial collapse on the scale of what went down from 2007-2009.  Funny how that works.

      What, exactly, would you have the President do?

      -dan
      Boston, MA

    • Publius

      Oh don’t be so modest! You Republicans definitely deserve most of the credit. 8 years of Bush economic policies (tax cuts for billionaires and deregulating the financial sector) did more than anything else to push the economy to the brink. And then, of course, Republicans in the Senate fillibustered to stop anything that might fix the problems before the 2010 elections. Hell, Republicans even blocked any serious reform of the Financial Industry after they ripped off the entire Country. Obama only deserves credit for taking out bin Laden (in 2.5 years, although Bush couldn’t in 7) and marginally overcoming Republican resistance to getting the economy back on the right track.

    • Publius

      Oh don’t be so modest! You Republicans definitely deserve most of the credit. 8 years of Bush economic policies (tax cuts for billionaires and deregulating the financial sector) did more than anything else to push the economy to the brink. And then, of course, Republicans in the Senate fillibustered to stop anything that might fix the problems before the 2010 elections. Hell, Republicans even blocked any serious reform of the Financial Industry after they ripped off the entire Country. Obama only deserves credit for taking out bin Laden (in 2.5 years, although Bush couldn’t in 7) and marginally overcoming Republican resistance to getting the economy back on the right track.

    • Publius

      Oh don’t be so modest! You Republicans definitely deserve most of the credit. 8 years of Bush economic policies (tax cuts for billionaires and deregulating the financial sector) did more than anything else to push the economy to the brink. And then, of course, Republicans in the Senate fillibustered to stop anything that might fix the problems before the 2010 elections. Hell, Republicans even blocked any serious reform of the Financial Industry after they ripped off the entire Country. Obama only deserves credit for taking out bin Laden (in 2.5 years, although Bush couldn’t in 7) and marginally overcoming Republican resistance to getting the economy back on the right track.

    • Publius

      Oh don’t be so modest! You Republicans definitely deserve most of the credit. 8 years of Bush economic policies (tax cuts for billionaires and deregulating the financial sector) did more than anything else to push the economy to the brink. And then, of course, Republicans in the Senate fillibustered to stop anything that might fix the problems before the 2010 elections. Hell, Republicans even blocked any serious reform of the Financial Industry after they ripped off the entire Country. Obama only deserves credit for taking out bin Laden (in 2.5 years, although Bush couldn’t in 7) and marginally overcoming Republican resistance to getting the economy back on the right track.

  • Ed

    NY State is considering a vote on same sex marriage. Mayor Bloomberg said that if any state congressman changed his or her vote to a yes, he would support him or her in any future election no matter what their position on any other issue, because this ‘is the most important issue of our time’. Has he completely lost his mind?

    • Ellen Dibble

      I sometimes wonder what is going on.  A report yesterday came up with the news that certain Republicans are in favor of marriage between a man and a woman.  Oh, take me to that place! 

    • Anonymous

      Who cares. Same sex marriage is a none issue. If Gays and Lesbians want to get married let them. It’s their life and there are also the legal ramifications of being a legal spouse. Stop imposing your religious beliefs on others. It’s so 15th century.

  • Michael

    Jon Stewart Destroys Bill O on the whole Common Sense issue. 

    http://www.indecisionforever.com/2011/05/17/jon-stewart-and-bill-oreilly-talk-it-out/

  • Ellen Dibble

     If the Palestinians are not supposed to have arms or army, and there is supposed to be an arms embargo preventing such, then will the Jordanians, the Syrians, and Egyptians take responsibility for defending the borders?  
         There is a mind-boggling set of info coming across as to do the populace of Egypt despise the inhabitants of Gaza?  (And is Gaza part of a postulated “contiguous Palestinian homeland”????)  And what about Jordanians?  Are the people there big-time supporters of Palestinians or also despising them?  How about Syria?  
        It is clear that there are reverberations of the way that individuals, through terrorism, can actually shake things up.  bin Laden may be dead, but the point that a few people on 9/11 could provoke the United States into spending ourselves into generations of penury via unnecessary wars — that point is not lost on Arab populations.  For that matter, that point seems not to be lost on Obama, who starts to align the United States with the interests of the individuals and their rights and aspirations, again asserting that we want the same rights of life, liberty, etc., for all people everywhere.  Right, especially, if those individuals know how to be really pesky.  Obama doesn’t mention terrorism, but that is the flip side of peaceful demonstration. Apparently, opinion whether as to an autocrat like Gaddafi or a nation like Israel that (apparently) seems like an “entitled” bully in the area, one way of the other, individuals are making newfound influence felt.

    • Michael

       Hi Ellen,

      Before the uprising, Arab governments in the area(Jordian,Egypt, and even Sryia) had a cordial with israel and  the U.S. supported such, but the population did not. Hench U.S. and Israel support of Murburk over the protestors, the U.S. slow response to act to Sryia and U.S. silences on Jordan. Also what happen in Egypt has taken away a P.R. talking point that the Israeli blockade was supported by the people of Egypt and Egypt itself.  Though Wikileaks shown that the blocade was intended to keep the gazans just above crisis level and Gisha (A israeli human rights group) has shown that not just weapons were blocked but, fresh meat, chocolate, jam, canned foods, toys, note pads etc.  One would assume that many people in the middle-east see this the near blind support for Israel. Though many of it’s supports will be happy to repeat Hamas wouldn’t recognize Israel, of course leaving out that Hamas would if israel returned to it’s 1967 borders, this same supporters also state the same for arab countries yet omit the arab peace plan in the early 2000′s or the 1993 letter from Arafat.  I’m sure if the U.S. took a more balanced approach to the middle east and the Palestinians and Israeli peace deal. This would reduce tensions.

      Have you heard of the Gandhi style peace demonstration in the west bank? BBC did some reporting on such and the brutal crackdown on them. I ask cause one would think that this type of demonstrations should be promoted both by the world and Israel and Brutal crackdowns should be called out since, like you stated they other alt is terrorism.

      • Ellen Dibble

        I hope we hear more about the Gandhian style protests among the Palestinians.  I hear that the Arab Spring was inspired by the peaceful protests of the Palestians (huh?), and that now they are reciprocating in acknowledgement of the peaceful protests everywhere else.  
            I listened to Zbigniew Brzezinski (who says Obama should have been more specific as to Israel/Palestine) with David Ignatius (new book, Bloodmoney, a novel of Espionage) on Charlie Rose last night.  http://www.charlierose.com/, as well as Charlie Rose with Mort Zuckerman (listening to American Jews, whom the president addresses today, if I heard it right, AIPAC, or something, where he says Obama just lost himself their support, saying that to the extent Obama said things publicly, he forecloses all possibility of negotiation), Richard Engel (from Cairo, listening to the streets, where he finds a lot of support, as I recall, for Obama’s recognition and support), with Ignatius again and Charlie Rose.  
            Notable also, I heard a rich and influential Saudi on NPR talking about how in Bahrain, the uprising is not by all Shiia, but only the Shiia who are being sent and supported by Iran.  He says that monarchy is one that works, whether a constitutional monarchy or not.  It serves all. 
            I also hear that Bashir Assad is pinching those outside of his circle, whereas his father had led Syria to prosperity by making sure everyone had water, education, those sorts of things, under color of “socialism.”  Bashir is turning that back, under color of “capitalism.”
            I fell asleep before the end of Charlie Rose, but got my head thoroughly re-arranged.

        • Michael

           Hi Ellen,
           
          One could call Aipac confense bipartisan but its platform and goals are not. As for guest you can find tons of Zealots. It also marginalize and demonizes groups such as J-street and Jews for peace. Maybe AIPAC was once something great and could be proud of. It’s nothing but a shell of it former self and mainly a group of blind zealots that supports every/anything israel does. The ADL has fallen so low as to honor Rupert Murdock, and Bibi has invited Glenn Beck to meet him.

          Of course obama and others will speak at such event because of politics and doing not would label and attack him as anti-Semite yet this does not apply to the NAACP, or CAIR. Many of the pledges seem to be anti-democratic and one-sided

          As for Bahrain it seems there government made the same reasoning and justifications  Gaddafi did in libya which may or maynot be true in regards to Iran but what is clear is Iran is a good scape goat for the U.S. to look the other way but I followed the bbc, al jazeera and some other foriegn news sources even RIA news and it’s was reported not only did Bahrain’s government attack protestors it went a step further going to shia majority villages/towns/areas and started firing at homes and people. The reason for this or how they explain it was that the hope was the force the protestors to return home to defend themselves.

          From what I have been reading about Assad before the uprising was that he was actually modernizing his country and liberalize as you pointed out the state. This was one of the reasons the U.S. was/were thawing out relationship with Syria.

          “I heard a rich and influential Saudi on NPR talking about how in
          Bahrain, the uprising is not by all Shiia, but only the Shiia who are
          being sent and supported by Iran.”

          I take anything I hear from the Saudi with a grain of salt, BBC reported both the King and I believe the Saudi interior ministry and repeated when Gates went to calm things down that. It blamed Iran because the protestors wanted democracy, and as Saudi interior ministry stated it’s against Islamic law to protest (http://www.npr.org/2011/04/06/135183927/response-to-arab-uprisings-causes-u-s-saudi-rift) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12656744)

        • Michael

            Also if you have time watch the video called “The Israeli Lobby” by

          Marije Meerman, VPRO Backlight 2007 it explains why such student government presidents are invited they also call for pledges for unbridled support for Israel. Unheard of for any other group. Like many lobbies there interest is often the case not in America’s best interest. It features Tony Judt as well which goes into far better detail if that’s what you like.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N294FMDok98

          Or by well respected Louis Theroux from the bbc on the Ultra Zionist. Which such group is full is blinding supported and violences committed by such group omitted by groups such as AIPAC, J-Street does somewhat address this and give them credit for such. But again there marginalized often by AIPAC even know they the newer generation 
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n13edIU7zmE

  • Anonymous

    DEBT CEILING? Obama calls for billions of dollars in aid to Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan…

    Someone should really tell Obama that we don’t have money to throw in the air half way around the world  to governments that are hostile twards the US.

     http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/05/19/20110519obama-mideast-aid-funds.html

    • Dan

      You’re honestly quibbling over $2bn spread over two to three years?

      And you’re basing your quibble on concerns about our $14.32tn debt?  Seriously, Brandstad?

      Do shut up.

      -dan
      Boston, MA

      • Anonymous

        I personally think $2bn is a lot of money and I would be the majority of Americans agree with me.  

        It should be saved. 

    • William

       It does seem odd that the very wealthy Arab nations are doing nothing to help Egypt, etc…

  • http://twitter.com/FilipinoBoston Aki Stamatelaky

    I wish Obama will give the Philippines more military and economic aid. We don’t received billions of dollars but we are the true friends and ally of the American people. 

  • nj

    As the chief pitchman for the American empire, Obama seems the equivalent of the tobacco companies of past decades, steadfastly repeating claims that their products were harmless, in blatant denial of what everyone knew to be true.

    How is any reasonable and aware person to reconcile his eloquent yet hollow rhetoric about the “moral force of non-violence” while he has continued and expanded U.S. war making around the world, ramping up troop levels in Afghanistan, killing civilians with predator drones in Pakistan, and attacking Libya without even congressional approval.

    • Dan

      You’re drawing an equivalency between the President and tobacco executives, huh?  Why, exactly, is this appropriate?

      -dan
      Boston, MA

      • nj

        I thought it was pretty clear, but feel free to come up with a more appropriate analogy to illuminate Obama’s hypocrisy, deception, and duplicitousness.

        • Dan

          No, it’s not at all clear: how are executives of tobacco companies like the elected President?  When has Obama lied to Congress, for instance?

          Remember Egypt?  Moral force of non-violence and all that…

          -dan
          Boston, MA

        • Dan

          No, it’s not at all clear: how are executives of tobacco companies like the elected President?  When has Obama lied to Congress, for instance?

          Remember Egypt?  Moral force of non-violence and all that…

          -dan
          Boston, MA

        • Dan

          No, it’s not at all clear: how are executives of tobacco companies like the elected President?  When has Obama lied to Congress, for instance?

          Remember Egypt?  Moral force of non-violence and all that…

          -dan
          Boston, MA

        • Dan

          No, it’s not at all clear: how are executives of tobacco companies like the elected President?  When has Obama lied to Congress, for instance?

          Remember Egypt?  Moral force of non-violence and all that…

          -dan
          Boston, MA

      • nj

        I thought it was pretty clear, but feel free to come up with a more appropriate analogy to illuminate Obama’s hypocrisy, deception, and duplicitousness.

      • nj

        I thought it was pretty clear, but feel free to come up with a more appropriate analogy to illuminate Obama’s hypocrisy, deception, and duplicitousness.

      • nj

        I thought it was pretty clear, but feel free to come up with a more appropriate analogy to illuminate Obama’s hypocrisy, deception, and duplicitousness.

  • Rod

    The President’s speech was a major victory for Israel. He talked about ’67 borders with “land swaps” which means that Israel retains the major Settlement blocks which of course is not the ’67 borders at all. He said nothing of Jerusalem or the rights of refugees. So negotiations will revolve around security and borders. This has long been the aim of Israel.

    • Publius

      Ok wait, The U.N. set the boundaries in ’48 and the Arabs attacked and attempted to take Isreal by force….and LOST. The Arabs then started 3 more wars and Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war the Israeli army withdrew from most (not all) of the areas it captured. This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel’s willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew. Despite being under NO obligation to do so, the Israelis have offered to exchange land for peace. Since when do people that lose a war of aggression have a “right” to return to the territory that they lost or to expect negotiations to give them the results they tried to accomplish through war?

    • Publius

      Ok wait, The U.N. set the boundaries in ’48 and the Arabs attacked and attempted to take Isreal by force….and LOST. The Arabs then started 3 more wars and Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war the Israeli army withdrew from most (not all) of the areas it captured. This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel’s willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew. Despite being under NO obligation to do so, the Israelis have offered to exchange land for peace. Since when do people that lose a war of aggression have a “right” to return to the territory that they lost or to expect negotiations to give them the results they tried to accomplish through war?

    • Publius

      Ok wait, The U.N. set the boundaries in ’48 and the Arabs attacked and attempted to take Isreal by force….and LOST. The Arabs then started 3 more wars and Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war the Israeli army withdrew from most (not all) of the areas it captured. This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel’s willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew. Despite being under NO obligation to do so, the Israelis have offered to exchange land for peace. Since when do people that lose a war of aggression have a “right” to return to the territory that they lost or to expect negotiations to give them the results they tried to accomplish through war?

    • Publius

      Ok wait, The U.N. set the boundaries in ’48 and the Arabs attacked and attempted to take Isreal by force….and LOST. The Arabs then started 3 more wars and Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war the Israeli army withdrew from most (not all) of the areas it captured. This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel’s willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew. Despite being under NO obligation to do so, the Israelis have offered to exchange land for peace. Since when do people that lose a war of aggression have a “right” to return to the territory that they lost or to expect negotiations to give them the results they tried to accomplish through war?

  • Avi

    Glad to hear a tougher line on Israel.  Netanyahu will have nothing new to peddle but his regular fear mongering. It is a political reality in Israel (and in the U.S.) that the ‘tougher’ on more ‘hawkish’ a politician is, the more existential threats he sees. To Netanyahu, everything (be it the Iranian nuclear activities or a dozen unarmed Palestinians braving the border fence) is a ‘threat’ and therefore an excuse to continue the bone headed policies of ignoring reality and making the conflict harder to resolve still.

  • Worried for the country(MA)

    Jack, why give the Palestinian’s the false hope of ’67 borders?  How is that helpful toward any sort of peace deal?  It makes no sense. 

    • Worried for the country(MA)

       OK, I missed the land swap piece.  However, Israel should and will give up no territory that threatens its security.  I suspect some of the pre-’67 border will be problematic.

  • Freeman

    I admit,I am confused;because the United States “supports” a country,does this “alone” give THEM a license to oppress and abuse their people ? 

    • Dan

      What?  No, of course not, who ever said that?

      -dan
      Boston, MA 

  • Jim

    Our politicians, and the press, spend too much time on international affairs. We have issues here at home that need attention!

    • Dan

      Oh for god’s sake, seriously?  Name three American politicians who spend “too much time” on foreign affairs.

      -dan
      Boston, MA

  • Ellen Dibble

     Sanger just said Israelis were disappointed to hear “1967 borders with swaps,” because they were expecting something better.
        What were the Israelis expecting — or hoping for?
        WHAT ON EARTH?  No Palestinians anywhere?

    • JimmyK

      like they care, really; they’ll just do what they want to do, they know they own us 

  • Freeman

    Why or why does the United States “continue” to support and give large financial handouts to these countries that REFUSE to obey laws,international or otherwise while the pain in our country continues to increase ( Massey;Wall-Street Criminals; jobs;energy etc etc etc ) ? 

    • Dan

      What is this I don’t even

  • Osullivan in SD

    I know that this is the US of A BUT…… the queen of england is in Ireland this week and opened her speech with a few words of the irish language! For the 3.5 miillion Irish and ~80 million irish diaspora…. it was a great moment this week.

    Looking forward to seeing what Barack O’bama will be saying in Ireland next week!

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Wackerdr

    I’m not a Newt fan but I applaud him for speaking the truth about the Ryan plan. When it comes to health care issues, what’s the difference between Obama’s plan and Ryan’s? Both require us to purchase private insurance from a blood-sucking, profit-motivated corporation whether I want to or not. The only difference is that Ryan wants to appease me with a voucher that won’t nearly be enough to cover my costs. 

    • Publius

      Here, here! It is pretty sad when even a right-wing ideologue like Newt can’t appease these people. I would hope that Moderates would take note of the speed with which the Republicans are eviscerating anybody that disagrees with their extreme ideology.  

  • Sarah

    I don’t particularly care to hear about sex scandal stories. Ever.

    • Megan

      Jack Beatty’s comments in this program have joined my highlight reel:

      This isn’t Sexual McCarthyism, this just what equality means. That’s the revolution. That’s the change. Men and women have to be treated equally. You can’t abuse your power. A man can’t abuse his power, vis-a-vis a woman, in this country any longer and get away with it… The standard has just changed.”

      You nailed it, Jack! Thanks so much for giving it straight!

  • Gnnon

    Note to Newt: when throwing granades, your throw the granade not the pin.

    Note to Newt: the emperor has clothes on.  

  • Scott B, Jamestown NY

     Newt, in his obfiscating way, was saying that the the Ryan plan’s “social engineering” was basiacally pushing the middle,working, and poor classes further down and the US mofre towards a plutocracy.  Had would have been better of saying that no Reublican is going to be elected supporting a plan that tears apart Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Scott B, Jamestown NY

     Obama’s speech was very good, but the Middle East (and many here) is waiting to see if he lives up to it or if it’s just lip service. 

    I can’t blame him for not taking in Suadi Arabia in the speech, but everyone knows that tricky business, and that Obama’s not going to show his hand, or even a peek.

    • Dutp

       no wonder – his hand is empty.

      • JimmyK

        not just his hand, his promises too 

    • Dutp

       no wonder – his hand is empty.

  • Alan2004vadcmd

    Please spell check before you post your comments!

  • Dutp

    here is one fair assessment of BHO `visionary’ speech, enjoy

    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2011/05/obamas-abandonment-of-america.php

    • Michael

       Right wing Zealot hack no thanks,

      Someone who would leave america to to work under a foreign military government instead of joining our own military deserves little respect. Plus she served under Bibi whose current  government passed the most discriminatory and racist laws 21+.

      The link is pretty much fear mongering, refers arabs to jihudist and terrorist, makes mutiple falseshoods in regards to egypt and Tusinia and even defends the actions of Bahrain and Yemen. than goes on the fear mongering some more with tons of hyperbole languages.

      For once could the pro- anything Israel supporters post some atleast objective or less biased info.

      Some examples from Dutp link

      “Then of course there are all the hostile, hateful details of the speech”

      hostile? hateful?

      “it is irrelevant because obviously the Palestinians don’t want peace.”

      come on

      “AS FOR ISRAEL, in a way, Obama did Israel a favor by giving this speech. By abandoning even a semblance of friendliness”

      For real?

      “obama effectively abandoned the pursuit of the US’s core interest of
      preventing nuclear proliferation. All he had to say about Iran’s openly
      genocidal nuclear program is,”

      Gezz, Pretty darn radical.

      “Beyond his abandonment of Bahrain and Yemen,”

  • Dee

    Obama knows he is on the right side of the law and the world today as it moves against the ruthlessness and lawness of the Zionist entity in Pale-stine….
     
    First. I would like to salute Obama for standing with the people and their desire to have their human rights recognized and their right to self deter
    mination honored in their sovereignstates todayby all. This indeed is a noble and just thing to do and I commend the President for this…
     
    For too long this position has been missing in US Foreign Policy and it has
    caused greast injustices to be waged in Latin America against indigenous
    populations by dictatships (all in the name of “American interests” which
    were rarely if ever spelled out…) and again, in the Middle East against the Palestinian people by the Zionists land thieves…First, in 1948 when the British gave up the Mandate to the UN and again in 1967 durning the six day Israeli war…

    Please see an award winning eye witness video account of this by Sal-
    mar Abu Sittu who became a victim of Jewish terrorism when he was 10
    yrs old in the Palestinian territories and note how he adds “…they de-
    stroyed my life …” http://www.alternatefocus.org/SittaShow.html

    Thank God —in Latin America most of the tyrants have fallen or been forced out by their people today. The same must happen in the Middle East and in the Zionist Regime in Israel. And as the the 14 justice panel in the Hague ruled unanimously in 2004–all Israeli troops must withdraw to the 1967 border and all Israeli structures must be dismantled or void.

    I am so glad today–to see the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also take this conflict in right dirin this conflict by taking it to the UN in the Fall seeking full reconition of a Palestinian state at the 1967 border..

    Obama has rightly positioned himself with the wishes of the world on
    this too….It’s the right and noble thing to do and it will finally make
    many Americans and Israelis proud…..Dee

    • William

       I always admired Israel and their ability to create a very civilized nation and culture. The Moslem would be a much better place if they put aside their hate towards other religions, cultures etc…and tried to become more civilized.

      • JimmyK

        must be the discrimination, violence, persecution, lies, murder,… that is so civilized 

  • Dutp

    Leftist loonies are all over the web today…
    Personally I can’t wait for Bibi to deliver us from this nightmare of a president. Shake the congress Bibi!  

    • Jim in Omaha

      Is it your position that Israel can build as many settlements in the West Bank area as they want?  If so, what is the legal or rational basis for that position?  

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      It is not “Bibis” Congress to “shake”. The Congress, in theory anyway, represents the people of the USA, not Israel.

      • Anonymous

        You’ve got to admit though: PM Netanyahu just rocked the house!

  • Chilli

    So if Osama Bin Laden is dead (even though Benazir Bhutto said in an interview in 2007 with David Frost that Bin Laden was already DEAD!), when is Obama going to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan?

    • wavre

      Things that make you go uhm…

      So did the french a year or so prior to the late Benazir Butho’s interview.

       For the military industrial business, Bin Laden was becoming irrelevant to the “justification” of the war expansion .Now his”death”is more useful to the business of war than him”alive”. Bin Laden is more than ever the gift that will  keep on giving, now that we have allegedly got in possesion of all his”documents”.

      Of course, i’m just another conspiracy theorist:O)  

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

        Are you the second gunman on the grassy knoll? 

  • Tom

    Dear Israel,
    I’m an American, and I want you to know that I think the man occupying our White House is an idiot. Let me be very clear that I consider our two nations, Israel and the United States of America, as allies.

    I apologize for the misguided and presumably darkly motivated remarks of Barack Obama, apparently intended to make it appear Americans stand against you and with the Palestinian terrorists….we do not. Based upon the people I know and communicate with, I believe the vast majority of Americans disagree with Obama.

    Please be encouraged that we are moving as fast as we can, and sparing no expense or lack of effort to ensure American voters correct the mistake we made by allowing the Obama administration to be fraudulently foisted upon us by the liberal media, and their backers.

    We have a lot to talk about once we’ve eliminated the immediate danger that threatens our own nation, and our important alliance with you, but for now, please don’t blame the American people for the ludicrous remarks of the idiot standing at the teleprompter.
     

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      Who are you in reality?  Sarah Palin…what rubbish.

  • Tom3

    Assassination nation: Are there any limits on President Obama’s license to kill?As part of its war against violent extremism, the Obama administration now claims a right to kill Americans without a trial, without notice, and without any chance for targets to legally object. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0517/Assassination-nation-Are-there-any-limits-on-President-Obama-s-license-to-kill

    • Zing

      It’s about time…violent extremism needs to see the fruits of their volition…sow the dragon’s teeth, reap the dragon…more power to him.

  • Tom3

    Assassination nation: Are there any limits on President Obama’s license to kill?As part of its war against violent extremism, the Obama administration now claims a right to kill Americans without a trial, without notice, and without any chance for targets to legally object. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0517/Assassination-nation-Are-there-any-limits-on-President-Obama-s-license-to-kill

  • Joshua Hendrickson

    I never thought I might actually applaud Gingrich, but I think his “right-wing social engineering” comment about Paul Ryan’s plan was spot-on.  Of course, he will now reap the Teaparty whirlwind.  I certainly don’t think Gingrich deserves power but I bow to his courageous/foolhard method of political seppuku.  Proof that the purest poison in politics is the truth. 

  • Christian

    President Obama has denied press access to the Boston Herald for apparently being critical of administration policies which may have hurt President Obama’s feewings. 

    Didn’t candidate Obama promise to have the most transparent administration ever in back 2008?

  • JonS

     Typical Obama speech full of the usual grandiose statements that bear absolutely no relationship to actual events. As Sanger correctly pointed out (but shied from any direct criticism ), Obama’s Mideast speech lacked any governing coherence with immediate events. Curious how none of the guests mentioned how similar Obama’s “arab spring “policy sounds like Bush’s promotion of democracy.

    Obama’s policy towards Israel is shameful. Glad to see Prime Minister Netanyahu make a complete fool of the community organizer.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      Obama’s policy is not much different than WJC’s policy. Obama is, however, not willing to kiss the backside of the Israelis.  I have long supported Israel…but that nations has too much political influence in the Congress. And Israel really, really, needs to end the illegal settlements. They are making an impossible situation worse. Israel has paid a huge price for 60 + years of war…it is time to stop that nonsense. Both sides.

  • Michael

    Assuming the posters here and much america is unaware, since I keep hearing the fear about Israel security and how now israel cannot return to it’s 67 borders. I like to point this out.

    “Qualitative Military Edge” This was written into law, thanks to our sell out congress. What’s QME?”On October 15, 2008, just three weeks before the US presidential election, George Bush signed into law the Naval Vessel Transfer Act which had been sponsored by one of Israel’s most loyal supporters in the US Congress, Rep. Howard Berman.

    The new law, which from its title might have been assumed to relate
    primarily to the sale of ships from the US Navy to foreign governments,
    actually had a much more important purpose: to place every American
    president under a legal obligation to ensure that Israel maintains its
    military dominance over the Middle East.”

    What had previously been a matter of foreign policy, suddenly became
    law — law written to meet the interests of a foreign government.

    Israel’s regional hegemony is legally enshrined in the concept of
    Israel’s “Qualitative Military Edge” (QME). The US Government must now
    guarantee that “the sale or export of the defense articles or defense
    services will not adversely affect Israel’s qualitative military edge
    over military threats to Israel.”

    The law states:

    [T]he term ‘qualitative military edge’ means the ability
    to counter and defeat any credible conventional military threat from any
    individual state or possible coalition of states or from non-state
    actors, while sustaining minimal damages and casualties,
    through the use of superior military means, possessed in sufficient
    quantity, including weapons, command, control, communication,
    intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities that in
    their technical characteristics are superior in capability to those of
    such other individual or possible coalition of states or non-state
    actors. [Emphasis mine.]

    Andrew J Shapiro
    is the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. One
    of his primary responsibilities is to ensure that Israel maintains its
    qualitative military edge. Does he serve the US government or the
    Israeli government? It’s far from clear.

    http://warincontext.org/2010/07/19/qualitative-military-edge-another-name-for-israeli-brutality-backed-by-the-us/

    Unheard of I know.

  • Michael

    So much for our deficit harks,

     For Fiscal Year 2010, the Administration requested $2.775
    billion in security assistance funding specifically for Israel, the
    largest such request in U.S. history. Congress fully funded our
    request for FY 2010, and we have requested even more — $3.0 billion —
    for FY 2011. These requests fulfill the Administration’s commitment to
    implementing the 2007 memorandum of understanding with Israel to provide
    $30 billion in security assistance over 10 years.

    I understand Brandstand will be outrage with all the spending the Obama Admin is doing..

  • wavre

    People often talk about Obama’s african origins even though he was not raised by his african dad. In the other hand, people bearly mentioned his jew origin on his mom’ side, the side that raised him?
    I wonder why. 

  • Sharko

    Obama should be impeached for his illegal war in Libya which he launched without authorization from Congress. 

  • RL

    Obama and others keep throwing out the word “democracy” assuming it is a positive thing.  Why is nobody discussing the spectrum of democracy and what Aristotle feared in “people-ruled” democracy- namely “mob rule” by the uneducated and inept?  Madison and others were aware of the problems with majority, mob, and religious rule, which is why our Constitution provided for a representative democracy and no establishment of religion.
    So called majority rule, or mob rule as the Greeks would have called it, in Islamic countries may very well lead to the institution of Sharia law or other religious rule (which is misogynistic and oppressive).  As Americans, we can, and should, oppose this based on our Constitution and secular laws.  We should not automatically support anyone under the guise of “democracy.”
     

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