This issue looks at Israel’s solution to school shootings, Obama’s gun ban, possible impeachment charges against Obama, Morsi’s crackdown on protestors, the Russian-Syrian alliance, Iran’s latest military muscle-flexing, and Obama’s plans to detain U.S. citizens.
OUR ISRAELI CONNICTION
A Lesson from Israel
In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, arguments and accusations are flying around as to what steps should be taken to prevent another such massacre. Israel has been dealing with this kind of violence much longer and more regularly than we have. They have found a solution that has proven to be successful. Their schools have remained safe. Something to think about.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Obama’s Gun Ban List Leaked
Red Flag News reports: Slipping below the radar (or under the short-term memory cap), the Democrats have already leaked a gun-ban list, even under the Bush administration when they knew full well it had no chance of passage (HR 1022, 110th Congress). It serves as a framework for the new list the Bradys plan to introduce shortly. Read more, including the list of guns to be banned.
Obama Could Be Facing Impeachment
Godfather politics reports: There are rising concerns on Capitol Hill that President Obama is
considering sending US troops into Syria. The military has already taken steps to increase its presence in the area and has been supplying Patriot missiles to Turkey. At a recent press conference, Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) explained his resolution before the House (H.Con. Res. 107), saying:
“The sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.”
News from The Israel Project
Fears that Egypt is sliding into Islamist autocracy are deepening as the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government continues to crack down on critics. In just the last 24 hours, reports have emerged that Cairo has opened treason investigations against opponents of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked President Mohammed Morsi, and that civil servants have been ordered not to criticize the president. Egypt’s uneven democratic transition is likely to have economic consequences and to undermine Morsi’s efforts to pivot to economic stabilization, a focus the president announced in the aftermath of a referendum that saw Egyptian voters approve a new constitution emphasizing Islamic law.
Russia is increasing its efforts to mediate a solution to the Syrian conflict, and is calling on its Damascus allies to engage in dialogue with opposition groups seeking to overthrow the regime of Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad. The Kremlin has also extended an invitation for talks to the Syrian National Council, broadly acknowledged as the main rebel group. Moscow has strongly backed the regime’s efforts to put down the rebellion since hostilities broke out two years ago, but Russian officials have recently acknowledged that rebel forces are gaining momentum and may be able to militarily overcome the government.
Iranian press reports conveyed by Chinese media describe a “massive” six-day military exercise launched by the Iranian navy on Friday. The drills come at a time of generally heightened tensions between Tehran and regional Arab states, and just days after Gulf Cooperation Council states lashed out at Tehran for interfering in their internal affairs and threatening their territorial integrity. Iran’s Arab neighbors have expressed grave concerns about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, echoing the warnings of Western analysts to the effect that nuclear weapons will give Iran immunity to take over disputed territory it claims for itself, including the entire nation of Bahrain. In July 2010, the UAE’s ambassador to the United States publicly made the case that the benefits of bombing Iran’s nuclear installations outweighed the costs. Leaked cables emerged later that year indicating that Saudi Arabia had privately urged U.S. officials to strike Iran.
Beck on Benghazi
According to Glen Beck, President Obama could go to prison for his actions in the Benghazi affair and cover-up. To watch and listen to him make his case, click here and then click on the picture of Glen to start the video. It’s worth watching to the end. Consider the implications if he’s right.
Indefinite Military Detention of US Citizens to be Signed into Law by Obama
Freedom Outpost reports: We’ve been trying to keep you aware of what has been taking place with the talks concerning the 2013 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We’ve covered the Feinstein amendment, which effectively did nothing, except to empower Congress to authorize the military at their whim to violate people’s 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights. But now the talks are all done and the legislation is headed for Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law soon, just as it was nearly one year ago today, including provision to use the military to indefinitely detain US citizens. Read more.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.