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Poll Watch: Low Marks for Obama on Fighting Terrorism

Poll Watch: Low Marks for Obama on Fighting Terrorism

Less than two weeks after Islamic State terrorists killed scores of people in Paris and Beirut, fewer than one in four Americans say they think President Obama has a clear plan for combating the terrorist group, according to a new CBS News poll.

Sixty-six percent of Americans – including nearly nine in 10 Republicans – say the president has no clear road map for dealing with the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. These figures are the lowest marks the president has received on handling the terrorist group since CBS News first asked the question in September 2014.

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AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama’s ISIS plan

AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama's ISIS plan

Americans are souring on President Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State group, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.

More than 6 in 10 now reject Obama's handling of the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, where Obama has been escalating the U.S. military's involvement in a bid to break a vexing stalemate. Support for his approach has followed a downward trajectory since the U.S. formed its coalition to fight the group in late 2014. Last September, Americans were roughly split, yet disapproval has jumped 8 percentage points just since January.

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Israeli diplomats threaten to disrupt arrangements for PM’s Obama meet

Israeli diplomats threaten to disrupt arrangements for PM’s Obama meet

Israeli diplomats are threatening to disrupt arrangements surrounding the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ne in Washington, over an ongoing labor dispute between Foreign Ministry employees and the Finance Ministry.

Monday’s White House session will be the first meeting between the two heads of state in a year — and more pertinently since the July signing of the Iranian nuclear deal, brokered by the US and five other international powers and fiercely opposed by Israel.

The Foreign Ministry workers’ union warned Thursday that it could call a strike among diplomats in Israel and aboard without prior warning, thereby disrupting the scheduled meeting next week.

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Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

ed note–in the unlikely event that readers of this website were unaware, AEI is every bit as much a subversive, 5th column organization dedicated to feeding Israel’s maniacal thirst for war and power as is AIPAC, ADL, WJC, etc. During better days in America’s history, every one of the individuals associated with this ‘stinktank’ would have been brought up on charges of espionage, and upon conviction, shot for their crimes.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive an award from a conservative think tank on the same day that he meets with President Barack Obama.

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US Petition Urges Obama to Return Nobel Peace Prize for ‘Millions Killed’ ….Nobel admits giving Obama the award was a mistake

US Petition Urges Obama to Return Nobel Peace Prize for ‘Millions Killed’ ….Nobel admits giving Obama the award was a mistake

Americans are urging Barack Obama to return the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the US President in 2009. The petition, published on the White House website on October 8, roundly rebuked Obama for the US’ foreign policy in the years of his presidency, particularly in regard to the Middle East, and calls on the president to change “our failed and murderous policy” in the region.

Former Nobel chief: Obama Peace Prize a failure

Remember that Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama got in 2009? Well, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all, a former top Nobel official said.

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Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not ‘working,’ 400k more may die

Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not 'working,' 400k more may die

Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said he resigned his post because of the Obama administration's failed Syria policy and he predicted that another 300,000 to 400,000 Syrians will die if nothing is done to stop the bloodshed. Asked by Sharyl Attkisson on "Full Measure" Sunday why he had resigned, Ford said: "The reason is, I could no longer defend the administration's policy on Syria."

He then repeated three times that he knew the policy "wasn't working."

He resigned just after administration officials announced that Obama had approved a plan to provide training and equipment to moderate Syrian rebels. The $500 million program was ended this week after it came under fire for training only a handful of rebels in the fight against the Islamic State. Many of the weapons the U.S. sent to the moderates quickly passed to al Qaeda in Syria and other jihadist groups.

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Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive an award from a conservative think tank on the same day that he meets with President Barack Obama. Netanyahu will receive the American Enterprise Institute’s 2015 Irving Kristol Award on the evening of Nov. 9. He will be meeting with Obama during the day at the White House — their first meeting since tensions between the leaders burst into the open earlier this year over the Iran nuclear deal.

AEI is a leading conservative think tank and has produced papers excoriating some of Obama’s signature policies, including his health care reform and the Iran deal.

On Sept. 8, AEI was where former Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal, calling it “madness.”

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Nobel panel saw Obama peace prize as ‘mistake,’ new book claims

Nobel panel saw Obama peace prize as ‘mistake,’ new book claims

The former director of Norway’s Nobel Institute revealed this week that he regrets the committee’s decision to give the 2009 Nobel Peace award to President Obama.

Geil Lundestad, director at the institute for 25 years, said in his just-published memoir that he and the committee had unanimously decided to grant the award to Mr. Obama just after his election in 2009 more in hopes of aiding the American president to achieve his goals on nuclear disarmament, rather than in recognition of what Mr. Obama had already accomplished.

Looking back over Mr. Obama’s presidency, Mr. Lundestad said, granting him the award did not fulfill the committee’s expectations.

“[We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” he told the Associated Press in an interview.

The award so early in his term appeared to take the Obama White House by surprise, and Mr. Lundestad said U.S. officials privately asked if a Nobel Prize-winner had ever skipped the awards ceremony.

Normally the Nobel committee’s decision regarding recipients remains private, and Mr. Lundestad’s frank and revealing remarks regarding internal decisions have caused a stir in Norway, detailing the politicking and compromises that have gone into determining the annual laureate.

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Obama Humans Rights Violations: We Must Demand Accountability in the Encore Term

Obama Humans Rights Violations: We Must Demand Accountability in the Encore Term

As the confetti settles and election euphoria wanes, progressives must concentrate on the next task: holding their own accountable. President Barack Obama’s first term was in many ways a disaster for civil and human rights, yet even the most vehement rights defenders have barely mentioned the extrajudicial killings of Americans, the deaths of innocent civilians in the drone war, or indefinite detention. Yes, Obama ended Don't Ask Don't Tell, defended free speech on the internet, and bolstered socioeconomic rights with his health care plan — for this he deserves great credit. But supporters must be honest with themselves: overall, Obama has a very mixed rights record and we’ve done next to nothing to challenge him on it.

To begin with: the drone wars. There are three huge reasons why Obama’s extensive use of drones is so problematic. First, Obama’s assassination-based foreign policy broadly interprets “counterterrorism” to justify killing anyone deemed a terrorist — even American citizens — without a trial, a policy that is in direct contradiction to the Sixth Amendment. In a watershed moment, the administration first defended their killing of U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki a year ago in Yemen as “consistent with the rules of war.” While reassuring us it’s “a very grave decision,” Obama now says killing American citizens sans trial is legal so long as it meets a three-part test — and kill they have. We don’t have solid numbers, but we do know thousands have been killed as a result of this policy, hundreds of them innocent civilians and American citizens. The Obama administration has sacrificed our civil rights on the altar of paranoia — the very criticism levied at Bush for the so-called Patriot Act. The precedent: it’s now much easier for the president to kill, the Constitution be damned.

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