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In the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, four Americans were killed and any number were injured. The Democrats have no interest in what happened, but the Republicans should insist that an investigation be launched and continued until the American people know exactly how and why those Americans died.
Obama has already told so many lies about what happened and his involvement that nothing he says can be trusted. Originally Obama said that he found out about the attack at night. It was no later than 5 p.m. with the sun still shining brightly in Washington, DC, and there is no way that is night. If he can't even tell the truth about when he found out about the attack, how can the American people believe anything he says about it?
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Four years ago I was disappointed when Obama was elected president. I didn't agree with much he stood for politically and was also concerned about his lack of experience. But I was hopeful that he would do a good job and get the economy cranked up again.
This year I am worried for the country. Obama certainly has the experience, there is no question about that, but his apparent lack of concern about the country and the world is shocking.
There is nothing wrong with traveling to Thailand, Burma and Cambodia. Maybe when he planned the trip he thought he might lose and wanted to get in one more long trip on Air Force One. But Obama didn't lose, he won, and he has two huge crises coming to a head. One is the fiscal cliff. Maybe he thinks he can solve that with a couple of telephone calls to Republicans in Congress, but that seems really unlikely.
The other is the escalating war between Hamas and Israel. Obama is no friend of Israel so maybe Israel will be better off if he is in some foreign capital. Right now it is a missile and air war, but Israel is not going to allow Hamas to pepper its country with missiles. Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel, even targeting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Think about this. Hamas has rockets but cannot aim them well enough to hit Tel Aviv, a city of 400,000 about 40 miles away. The US by comparison can launch a rocket from a Kansas cornfield and hit a telephone booth in China. We have drone pilots sitting in Las Vegas blowing up vehicles on mountain roads in Afghanistan. It is an incredible technology gap.
Israel gets criticized because Hamas launches hundreds of rockets and kills three people and Israel launches one air strike and kills 11 people/. So the liberals who support Hamas say it's unfair. But Israel has air raid sirens and gets as many people as possible to safety before the rockets land. Hamas, as noted, is terrible at aiming rockets.
But Hamas also does the opposite of Israel. Hamas uses its people as shields around its missile sites. So even if Israel launches a surgical strike against a missile installation there are likely to be civilian casualties because civilians are all over the place. Israel gets the blame of the mainstream media even though it is Hamas who is using their own people to gain a public relations advantage. If Israel simply knocked out all the missile sites and didn't kill anybody then Hamas wouldn't have much to complain about, so the leadership of Hamas makes certain that if a missile site is hit civilians will be killed.
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One of the reasons for his trip besides visiting dictators was to visit one of the world's most renowned human rights activists, Aung San Suu Kyi, yet Obama repeatedly mispronounced her name.
He also made a mistake when referring to Burma President Thein Sein. Obama called him President Sein, which is similar to calling Obama President Barack.
It would appear that President Barack is phoning it in on this trip, which once again raises the question of the purpose of this trip. Did he just want to be the first president to visit a couple of countries?
The gaffes are also interesting because they are so little reported in the American mainstream media. The world press, however, is not quite so nice to Obama, and with the magic of the internet all the newspapers of the world are at one's fingertips.
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So what has Obama done for the immigration situation? He has deported more illegal immigrants than President George W. Bush and tightened the regulations on employers who hire illegal immigrants. If immigration reform was high on Obama's list and he has a plan, why didn't he pass that plan during his first year in office when he could have passed anything he wanted? It wasn't until Republican Sen. Scott Brown took office in February 2010 that Obama lost his filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate. He basically had a year when Republicans couldn't do anything to stop him, but he didn't do much except work at pushing through Obamacare. He didn't pass any comprehensive immigration reform.
Obama has been president for four years. Everyone agrees that some immigration reform is needed, but he really hasn't done anything. Yet Obama gets the Hispanic vote because he keeps saying he is going to help the illegal immigrants.
The ones who are really losing out in all of this are the legal immigrants. We have made it nearly impossible for good people who want to follow the laws to immigrate, but if you enter the country illegally and live here without paying taxes for 10 years then you are supposed to have earned the right to become a citizen.
There is no doubt that we need a much better program for people to come into this country and work as laborers, but that doesn't mean that we have to ignore the fact that people have come here illegally and worked illegally ignoring the laws of this country.
I have been trying to help a couple legally immigrate to the US, and at this point it appears impossible. She has a doctorate from UNCG and he is a graduate of the UNC-Asheville. They are professionals who could live anywhere in the world but want to live, work and raise their children in Greensboro, North Carolina. What a compliment to our city. But the US immigration services so far has made it impossible for them to move to the US.
It is an insane system that we have now and Obama has done nothing to fix it, yet because of what he said, not what he has done, he was the favorite for those who consider immigration a major issue.