Epic fail: Obama delayed Foley rescue because he worried about his image

Supposedly, the Obama administration defines it foreign policy mission statement as “don’t do stupid [email protected]”. Well, there certainly has been plenty of that going around so I would have to say it’s been an epic fail. Furthermore, when you make decisions based politics, it always comes back to haunt you. Case in point: after the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, the Obama administration decided to tell the world about a failed rescue attempt in Syria for Foley in the city of Al Raqqa. They divulged in depth operational details that should have never been made public — basically, they panicked and tried to save political face.

So here’s yet another symptom of epic fail from Obama and his JV team of dubious sycophants. As reported by Fox News and Breitbart from the original article in The Sunday Times by Toby Harden, “Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorize the mission.” It’s claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed.”

In others words, the most important decision criteria for mission execution was President Barack Hussein Obama’s image.

As the Sunday Times article states, “for President Barack Obama the decision to send in the Night Stalkers was an agonizing one. The audacious bin Laden raid in Pakistan had been a success but also preying on his mind was the failed 1980 Delta Force operation to rescue American hostages in Tehran. Sandstorms and mechanical troubles led the mission to be abandoned and eight American troops were killed when two aircraft collided. The debacle cast a shadow over Jimmy Carter’s presidency.”

“It was shortly after midnight on the Fourth of July when the specially modified Black Hawk helicopters fitted with radar-evading equipment swooped down over Ukayrishah, a small town next to the Euphrates River, close to the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. Flown by pilots from the US 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment — known as the “Night Stalkers” — the Black Hawks’ first job was to destroy a jihadist anti-aircraft battery three miles away. But their main role was to drop several dozen elite troops from Delta Force and Seal Team 6, America’s premier counter-terrorism units, into the heart of territory controlled by Isis, or the Islamic State. Their mission was to rescue an American held hostage — James Foley — whose eventual fate many witnessed last week.”

Anthony Shaffer is a former lieutenant-colonel in U.S. military intelligence who worked on covert operations and someone I know very well. He said, “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready to go in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.”

A bunch of you will couner that President Obama was being deliberative and after all, he did go after Osama bin Laden. But as portrayed in the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” you may just recall it took over 100 days for a decision to be made by the deliberative Obama. I’d guess the “go” decision wasn’t supported by Valerie Jarrett, but she was overridden by Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton — who knew her own husband had allowed bin Laden to escape.

However, it’s worth noting the eventual timing of the mission may have made for a nice July 4th weekend announcement for Obama had the mission succeeded — and you know the political animals in the Obama administration would have danced in the end zone.

Instead, as the Times reports, “Obama played golf on July 5th, as well as an additional six times in the month he is said to have spent agonizing over his decision, the delay of which may have cost journalist Foley his life.”

Imagine the tragic irony. Obama golfed away, supposedly agonizing over an operational decision and golfed away after the death of the journalist who could have been saved by a more timely decision — by a Commander-in-Chief, instead of a Golfer-in-Chief. Talk about a “sudden death” game.

There comes a time when we must all recognize this presidency is not about America. It is not about serving and protecting Americans. It is all about Obama. How many times do we have to learn the lesson of this narcissist before we admit the truth?

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Leo Gessford Jr.
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That’s if you even believe they tried to rescue him to begin with.. I’m calling BS on the whole thing.

Janeen Collins
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I don’t believe it either. Obama doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about American citizens unless it furthers his agenda to take down the country. (i.e. – Michael Brown’s death)

Brigadier
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It’s pretty bad if you are bragging up your failures. WTF?

Kathleen Lathrop
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Hey, look at the drunk DA in Texas caught on tape acting like a complete idiot. If that was me I would have resigned (without being asked to) and crawled under a rock somewhere far, far away. Not her. She’s right out there in the open thinking her actions were stellar! I am beginning to think that liberalism is a mental disorder.

usaok59
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The sooner everyone realizes this, the better.

FreedomWriter
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I suppose narcissism is trait known to every clan belonging to the muhammadian’s. Barry-Obama’s traits are beginning to show he is a true muhammadian after all. His traits are so inline with his whole clan. I’m sure he has made them all real proud.

Jeff
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WORST. PRESIDENT. EVER.

Guessagin
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Don’t guess the Liar-in-Chief has ever heard….’If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’

Kathleen Lathrop
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Leo, I was of your mindset until reading this:
Anthony Shaffer is a former lieutenant-colonel in U.S. military intelligence who worked on covert operations and someone I know very well. He said, “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready to go in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.”

UberCon
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Pres. Obama… the best thing to ever for Pres. Carter.

BobinNC
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The amazing part is that Obama was praised so highly in his decision to go after OBL,honestly it was a decision a 3 year old could have made – get the bully. Fast forward to ISIS, another decision fit for a 3 year old. Draw the bad guys into the open – and hammer them, after-all you only need to kill them once. Unlike TV and the movies they do not get back up. Which brings us to Foley. BHO is so wrapped up in himself and his ego that he cannot not be trusted to make any decision, even… Read more »
Brendan
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Wasn’t the delay between the time Osama’s compound was discovered and the raid was authorized more about weighing the risk of loss of life against certainty that it was, in fact, Osama’s compound? And Mr West, isn’t your assertion that the President delayed authorizing this mission in Syria for fear of political backlash just purely speculation on your part? Is there any fact whatsoever to back that up or is this more Allen West speculation? In this article you wrote… “It’s claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed.” It’s claimed by who? You?… Read more »
gson97
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If you can’t tell Bulls***t from truth, then YOU have a problem. Since when has this administration been concerned about costing innocent lives? Benghazi ring a bell…. get your head out of the sand and THINK for yourself instead of drinking the Kool-Aid!

Brendan
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I prefer facts over biased speculation.

Bob Edwards
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youll get nonw of that from Odingo

Brendan
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Allen West’s name is not Odingo

97E
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LOL LOL! A leftist drone that cares about facts!?

Funny!

Brendan
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Are you calling me a drone because I dare offended your hero and asked for actual facts over speculation?
And yes, I do care about facts… someone on this idiotic site needs to.

Philanthropussy
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yeah, West. I bet the Foley family thinks you’re the best ever for continually politicizing the dead of their son with lies.

Camotim
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and love the puke who played golf to celebrate his death.

Philanthropussy
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I bet you that puke called the family and talk to them about the horror that happened to their son . Comforted them, instead of blaming others like West. Why would he talk to the press about something so intimate? So what he has a press conference to play golf? Do you know his schedule for the day? Did Truman play golf during ww2? You people don’t think. No common sense.

Richard Fontaine
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Why are you pretending to be a woman? Sick in many ways, not just your ideology but evidently a closeted wackjob as well.

Philanthropussy
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Great deflection, Robbie Boy. I stand by all my statements. You can’t handle a woman how speaks her mind, then skip my posts. I don’t have to ask for your approval , who the hell are you anyway ?

petfotoguy
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they actually do. will yours do the same for you when you die horribly at the hands of satans workers who chant allah Akbar?

Philanthropussy
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I doubt it will happen. I live in south florida. The lead terrorist , Atta lived here, so he knew how greaT it is here. Why blow up the party . Muslims love tropical drinks with umbrellas.

elle
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Obama already made it political before Foley was killed, always worried about how he looks politically with his decisions. Seal Team could have got him out if Obama said go. He needed to play lots of golf and think about it some more. Guilt for politicizing Foley murder is on Obama. Obama make trade with Bergdahl for terrorists to be free. Obama don’t care about Americans like Foley.

majorwiblit
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vacations, golf, vacations, golf
give it a rest..

nam vet
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Yeah, give IT a rest. Send IT on vacation to play golf.

majorwiblit
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It was George H.W. Bush, who took off on a 25-day vacation to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1990. Despite deploying troops in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Bush was nonplussed about concerns that he would not be able to effectively manage the situation. He explained he did not wish to ”be held hostage in the White House to events.” ** George W. Bush may have had the worst of it all, however, after his frequent trips to his ranch in Texas. According to the Washington Post, the nation’s 43rd president holds the record for most presidential… Read more »
Camotim
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So what you complain about others doing justifies obama doing it. Oh, damn I forgot about the race card. The odds of being KIA under either Bush were much smaller than under obama-boy. But then Bush-43 stopped you from your visit to one of saddam’s rape rooms.

elle
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Not talking vacations here. Typical liberal tactic to try head off into any direction except the one that’s being discussed. Bush isn’t president anymore so stop moaning about him. Obama is the pres now and the spotlight is on him, deal with it.

majorwiblit
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I could care less what your “spotlight” is on…
endless bashing everyday, 24/7, he can’t do anything without
west whining and moaning,,,
and all his good little drells here jump up and down for joy…

In looking at all this vacation crap that everyone here is
so fixated on,,, every president Dem and Rep has taken them,,
and the other party whines and complains… and it doesn’t seem to matter what’s going on in the world,,,they all do it…

What’s being discussed??
just another day of west pizzing and moaning about something
to get all the dull and ignorant to keep clicking…

elle
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Golf must be how Obama deals with all the stress lol! I couldn’t give two sh*ts how much vacation time he has, or if he uses golf as his stress therapy. What’s being discussed is the complete and total failure of Obama and his administration – again.

Philanthropussy
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Prove it, prove it all. You can’t because your are making it all up. Go ahead prove it. I’m waiting and if I don’t heard from you in an hour, I will contact you to remind you you are a nutcase.

Billie Jacobs
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There are none so blind as those who WILL NOT see !!!!!!!

Philanthropussy
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I know I great plastic surgeon who can take off your Obama goggles

okie Dem.
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That’s beautiful philanthropussy !

Philanthropussy
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Just watching out for a family in crisis .

Camotim
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Just watching out for your beloved ragheads, you prevaricating piece of hog dung.

elle
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“Prove it, prove it all” ??? Save your tantrums for Obama. What do you want proof of? Everything rolls upwards and lands in Obama’s lap, didn’t you know that? He’s the pres. It comes with the job. Isn’t the head of Foley laying on top of him center mass enough proof? Any more proof than that, you’ll need special clearance which I’m pretty sure you’ll never get by your comments around here. So in the meantime. . .Pentagon sources say Obama delayed the resuce by 30 days. He feared mission failure and bad press, cuz that is what he always… Read more »
Linda Dattilo
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Chill out the Philanthropussy! Who p***ed in your cornflakes?
Not anyone’s fault that this Administration is a total failure!
Nutcase? Well, we all know it takes one to know one! I would say have a nice day, but, that would pi** you off too!

Philanthropussy
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I guess that means you have no proof either. As usual, nothing to back anything up.

elle
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Well then what did happen? Please tell everyone why the mission failed. Tell us why Obama waited 30 days to give the go? You must be holding back on us or something. Oh, wait, that’s right! You don’t believe anything! If ISIS took you hostage and you were waiting on Obama to sent Seals to rescue you but then no one showed up, would you believe it then? We’ll be waiting for YOUR proof that what is said isn’t true.

majorwiblit
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Republican Candidate Features Stills Of Foley’s Killer In Campaign Ad
There is nothing sacred. Even Twitter and Facebook vowed to ban anyone who posted pictures of James Foley’s execution, even if it wasn’t graphic. That would include photos of his killer pulled from the tape.

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/republican-features-stills-foleys-killer

Philanthropussy
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it cheapens Foley’s life. West is a bitter fools that does nothing but spread lies and “information” he pulled out his ass.

Camotim
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No, raghead it reminds people of the evil your beloved ragheads present. That is what you do not like.
DEATH TO ISLAM!!!!

Philanthropussy
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Again, no common sense. Other’s have crazier avatars , but you get nutty about mine. It’s a custom idiot .
I wore it for Halloween. I was Miss Terrorist 2010. Happy???

disqus_v3SHzvCspj
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My thought too. It reflects badly on O so it must be expunged, ‘reprehensible and apalling’ just like O’s presidency. Kill the messenger and make up a reason.

Gordon Waite
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Yet it is fine for the president, the media and the race gaiters to politicize the death of a black thug in the St. Louis area? You hypocrite.

Philanthropussy
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And West’s story about the black cop killing the white kid. I can play this game all say , fool

Gordon Waite
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Liberals always name call and belittle those that disagree with them. An intelligent person debates, the Ignorant call others names. BTW, ignorant is not a name, it is the state of being w/o knowledge on a particular subject.

Philanthropussy
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You call me hypocrite. I call you fool. The ignorant one, like you, call like babies and deflect when they can’t come up with anything better to say. As I said before, I can play this game all day.

Brendan
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Ah, the classic “two wrongs make a right” defense.
Your argument is that it’s okay for Allen West to politicize a tragedy because others have done it too.

disqus_v3SHzvCspj
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It’s not politicized and it’s not a tragedy. It is a brutal murder of a civilian for terror purposes by a savage, and hiding it is also condoning it. Udall can go to hell.

Brendan
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Mr West is politicizing it by throwing out speculation for the sole purpose of a political attack.

gson97
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You name fits…. pussy!

Philanthropussy
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You’re not a pussy lover?

Gail Lowery Briggs
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VULGAR !

Brendan
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nevermind.

Brendan
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you are disgraceful

Philanthropussy
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cat

foramerica
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Mr. West, as usual you are spot on. We need people like you in government. It seems like all of Obama’s moves are self-motivated. He is more interested in how he looks than what happens to our country.
“It’s claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed.”
Unfortunate for Obama, his presidency was Carterized a long time ago.

Earl Lee
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We need people like you in government?? He was in government he couldn’t get re-elected!!!

Camotim
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more racist diarrhoea of the mouth

disqus_v3SHzvCspj
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I’m told Panetta authorized the Bin Laden raid because O couldn’t make up his mind. I’m also suspicious about the Foley timing because he was extracted by ISIS on the same day as the raid after being there for months. Somebody snitched. Somebody with a TSBI operational need-to-know clearance snitched. That is a hanging offense.

rickihardb
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please deliver us from this idiotic administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have no reason to be indebted to an administration that is set to destroy the United States of America.. not the United brotherhood of Muslim!!! Lets impeach them all!

Lori
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As the rest of the world watches and laughs! The biggest clown show I know of………world not all Americans agree with this worthless golfer!

Bob Edwards
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Americans dont but moochers looters rioters and terrorists do

Camotim
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well, with the iggest mooch in history as are First Man what can be expected

Dennis Mirante
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His image was carterized long ago.

petfotoguy
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with all this going on, it still baffles me why even the worst of the worst of the illegals want to come here. its not about freedom or even freebies… its gotta be something else because anyone in their right mind can see there is nothing one can be given for free that makes living under this maniacs rule worth it.

nam vet
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He needs at least 3 months to decide which underwear to put on. What did they give him 3 days?

Terrie Hunt
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Obama’s entire presidency is a failed mission. Everybody knows he dithers when he should be taking action, and he only takes action when he’s covering his own butt. He doesn’t care who he puts in danger, apparently.

cindy
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What will it take to remove Obama and his minions from office?????? I am so worried that another two years of Obama will be the demise of America as we knew her.

cpet
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If Eisenhower, Johnson, Reagan and Bush got away with it, so will Obama and basically anyone else in office. I am yet to see anyone get impeached. I was too young to know much about Nixon although Ive read about it.

Earl Lee
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To remove Obama you’ll have to wait unit Jan 2017!!

Camotim
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What? Does the race card make him immune from impeachment, conviction and remmoval from office? Also, are you suggesting somehow that the race card trumps the 22nd Amendment? Like most, if not, all obama supporters you a pathetic piece of racist trash.

will
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and have Joe Biden as POTUS? Think Republicans are thought of as racists now? Wait till they impeach and the entire country becomes a Ferguson

Richard Fontaine
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You mean a staged clown show led by Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton? Yeh, that whole country.

Earl Lee
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Once again…you’ll have to WAIT until 2017!!!

GoneFishing
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…and Earl (no such thing as a black conservative) Lee will eternally be a pitiful racist.

Earl Lee
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Allen (I hate muslims) West rides in to save the day by posting to his BLOG!!! If you really want to change the direction of america you would run for political office. Keep sending this man your money and make him rich just like sarah palin!!

Christopher StClair II
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Christopher StClair II

You do know he had run for office several times, right? Or do you really not believe that informing and influencing American opinion between elections is worth doing?

Earl Lee
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Uh huh…you buy a allen west tee shirt today? This is all about MONEY skippy!!! Exactly what sarah palin did is exactly what allen west is doing!

GoneFishing
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The compulsive stalker, Earl (no such thing as a black conservative) Lee, accomplishes nothing by trolling here.

KimWilde
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You’re certainly allowed to have your opinion. but as for mine of you go home TROLL.

Earl Lee
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Did you buy a allen (i hate muslims) west tee shirt today?

GoneFishing
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Haven’t you medicated yet today?

Bill Ingham
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yup dumb ass

Douglas
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I dislike this SOB with a passion but I can’t say he was responsible for Foleys death directly but His policies are . Now the American body count will start climbing again.

ColoMom
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Col. West . Thanks for mentioning Obamas narcissism. His is actually recognized as being Pathological. It is a personality defect & explains some of his actions. An Israeli shrink wrote a great article back in ’08. Worth checking out.

Sandra Goshorn
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It’s my observation and belief Obama has been raised/trained for just what he’s now doing: Bringing down American Democracy. Everything he has done has that end in mind. I Knew we were in trouble when he “bought” votes with the promise of money, benefits and legalization. And we LET Him! This man is no more an American than Saddam Hussain (not sure of spelling) AND HE WAS NEVER VETTED. What does this say about the “Clown Party”?? It says they aren’t in favor or the American Democracy either.

Brian_R_Allen
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…. the Clown Party isn’t in favor of the “American Democracy” either ….

If only that was true. But those clowns are in favor of an American democracy. Despite there isn’t one.

America is a Constitutional Republic, not a “democracy!” .

Sandra Goshorn
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Thank you for correction and I’m sure that’s important to you. But I don’t split hairs. It’s been nearly 60 years since I was in school and my memory isn’t what it used to be…. please forgive my stupidity! BUT back to the substance of my observations: The Congressional Parties Have lied, stolen money (remember the Social Security Trust Fund?? Never paid back),misled and misused their power, all to the betterment of themselves. Have you ever met a many term POOR Congressional Person? I haven’t either. Having said that I believe the CLOWN PARTY has done everything it can to… Read more »
Earl Lee
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So that means he KNEW the future…he KNEW that he would elected PRESIDENT one day? Get outta here!

Sandra Goshorn
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Mr Lee: No he didn’t KNOW the future, he is expected to “make fundamental changes”, something he made no bones about. He is in the process of weakening (via Executive Privilege) our Democracy, weaken our military’s ability to protect America & it’s citizens, undermine the economy by destroying small businesses via taxation and Obama Care; allow unlawful “visitors/criminals” full access to the US without any vetting – paying them benefits for which they’re not entitled and finally “buying votes” from our neediest citizens by promising them more/increased benefits if he gets into Office. The final insult is the Clown Party… Read more »
Earl Lee
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Once again its …DEMOCRATS BAD…REPUBLICANS GOOD! Simple minded people!!

Sandra Goshorn
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You remind me of a three year old from your statements. Therefore you should be treated as much. You don’t absorb anything that someone else is saying because you are thinking very hard for a reply to that which you will not hear. Usually it’s name calling because logic is a difficult function for a three year old’s brain.
I feel sorry for you. However, I do say THANKS for showing me very clearly HOW & WHO elected Mr. Obama. He’s not earned the title to which he aspires.

basehitz
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Liberals often accused Bush of being arrogant. Somehow they refuse to see Obama’s condescendingly dismissing anyone who criticizes (even if it’s the majority of the country on EVERY issue.) I was highly critical of Bush policies. Obama I believe wants to diminish the country as Dinesh D’Souza convincingly argues in his works.

Earl Lee
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I love the way you LOONS take opinion as FACT!!

Sandra Goshorn
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Mr. Lee, I don ‘t know who you are, but I’ll share something my father shared (Brig Gen William Ekman) to us kids:
“ITS BETTER TO REMAIN SILENT and APPEAR TO BE A FOOL, THAN TO OPEN YOU MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT”.
Me thinks you protest too much.

GoneFishing
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Since when is Col. West stalker, Earl (no such thing as a black conservative) Lee interested in facts? You never speak on the articles he writes, but always of your personal animosity against a black conservative. You’re fooling no one but yourself.

Mel H.
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Well said .!! It is all so true.

cgsociety-771ebd2bc6c27b36d00995d5f1e332ac
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cgsociety-771ebd2bc6c27b36d00995d5f1e332ac
I honestly believe that Obama has succeeded in everything he set out to do…and we are suffering because of it. He purposefully delays taking action with the hope of failure. He honestly has never EVER been on the US side, he’s done everything in and beyond his power to subvert anything that could be beneficial to the nation. It’s just very agonizing having to wait until this administration has done all the damage it will do. I just hope once he’s out of office the rebuilding of this country foreign and domestic will get US moving in the RIGHT direction.… Read more »
Brian_R_Allen
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The Great Pretender, Barry Buraq Hussayn Oddjob-Wannabe Charles Taylor Frank Marshall Davis-Ubambi-Soetoro, would have to improve several-fold for him to come anywhere near being “Carterized.”

Jimmah Cartah is (at last, thank God!) about to die happy. Knowing he has been robbed – in trumps – of the wooden spoon for Worst-Ever “president!”

Richard Fontaine
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A human piece of ………oh well you know.

john
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Anyone who still supports Obama and the Democrats who held on to him, are hateful

john
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ALL i CAN SAW IS THAT I was never fooled by him so he didn’t get in with my vote
And if you are a D, away with thee

Sandra Goshorn
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I was fearful that the “I-Man” had the support of the Military brass due to the lack of decisive action on their part. Either they are also victims of the Clown Party aka Democrats or they are afraid of the Head Clown. I choose to believe they were taken in by Obama and have been threatened somehow to keep them in line. I received the following email from a former member of Special Forces. He suggests that Obama simply has no respect for the Military. READ ON: Two star Major General Harold Greene was killed in Afghanistan on August 8,… Read more »
Frugalone
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Why do you respond to the trolls? If they do not like Mr. West why are they here? They are here to antagonize. They will go away if you do not respond to them.

Beryl D Combs
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Obama’s image is that he is either a traitor or a complete nincompoop.I am one who believes he is a puppet,created and controlled by silent billionaires who believe they can make themselves richer and more powerful if this country becomes totally socialistic and is ruled by the totalitarian regime . I do think that Obama was elected by a conspiracy and that the demos and rhinos are aiding and abetting him,either because he is blackmailing them or paying them off.. Our president and congress are corrupt, bought and paid for. It is true that we have the finest governing body… Read more »
lokiswife
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The White House “promised” to look into any petition to them with over 100,000 signatures. Here is their response to the 130,000 signatures for the release of the Marine held in a Mexican jail: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-release-usmc-sgt-tahmooressi-suffering-ptsd-mexico-imprisonment/qslJk2Xd