War With Iran

Frank Crimi in FrontPage As yet another international conference on Iran’s nuclear program appears on the horizon, there are growing signs that patience with economic sanctions is wearing thin   Despite continuous assurances by the Obama administration that efforts to slow down Iran’s mad dash to acquire nuclear weapons includes a military option, critics have long complained that the threat is hollow. As another international meeting on Iran’s nuclear program is being brokered, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s name can be added to that growing chorus of critical voices. While Netanyahu has long been an outspoken advocate of imposing tough economic sanctions on Iran, he’s been a quieter voice on utilizing the military option. So, it raised eyebrows when Netanyahu, in a meeting with Vice-President Joe Biden, made it clear that further economic sanctions against Iran could not be effective unless backed up by a credible military threat. Speaking with Biden at the GA summit in New Orleans, an annual event sponsored by the Jewish Federation, Netanyahu told the vice-president: “the only time that Iran stopped its nuclear program was

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The Lame Duck Season

Frank Crimi in FrontPage While Tuesday’s election saw Republicans win control of the House in January 2011, the 111th Congress is still alive and well and poised to do some more damage Despite losing control of the House of Representatives and suffering a greatly diminished majority in the Senate, Democrats still momentarily hold on to the levers of power and are poised to complete some unfinished legislative business during the lame duck congressional session. The session is scheduled to convene on November 15, 2010, and what could transpire between then and the convening of the next Congress in January has both parties concerned. Prior to the election, Democrats signaled the reintroduction of a series of bills to be taken up during this period. At last count, there were close to 20 such bills to be considered. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) already promised in his own re-election campaign to reintroduce both the DREAM Act, a fast-track for young, undocumented aliens to achieve legal citizenship, and a vote on the repeal of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Both measures

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The GOP’s Real Challenge

  Frank Crimi in FrontPage The hard choices required to lower the national debt may end up hurting Republicans more than Democrats Despite the Republican Party’s current optimism over its political chances in the upcoming midterm election, the recent release by the Treasury Department of the latest national debt figures may portend unforeseen problems for the party’s future electoral prospects. While Democrats may be held accountable by voters in November for our fiscal nightmare, Republicans may actually be the ones to suffer the longer-term effects. The Treasury Department’s report shows the national debt has increased by $3 trillion over the two years of the Obama presidency, raising the nation’s new overall debt total to $13.655 trillion. At the current rate of spending, the total debt accumulated by the end of Obama’s first term will be $5.9 trillion, compared to the $4.9 trillion accumulated over the entire eight years of the Bush administration. While it can certainly be argued that both political parties share a degree of blame in this economic calamity, their level of complicity is highly different. The Bush administration

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Barney Frank Flounders

Frank Crimi in American Thinker Congressman Barney Frank is in the fight of his political life. In the latest National Journal Political Insider’s Poll, surveying 111 Democrat operatives, over two-thirds of the respondents believed Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives after the November 2010 election. Underscoring the apprehension held by the polled insiders was their added belief that the losses would extend beyond moderate “Blue Dog” lawmakers to include a number of prominent progressive representatives. Conventional wisdom had long held the most likely Democrat victims in the House would come from the ranks of these forty or so conservative Blue Dogs. However, 2010 has proven to be a very unconventional political year. Keeping in line with the National Journal poll, political analyst Charlie Cook shows up to eighty congressional Democrat seats in serious play, which adds further proof that a good many progressive lawmakers seem destined to meet the same fate as their more moderate colleagues. “Tsunami” has been the word most often employed by pundits to describe the projected electoral beating Democrats are poised to suffer

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Reid’s November Nightmare

Frank Crimi in FrontPage It’s not easy being Senator Harry Reid these days. First, the four-term incumbent finds himself locked in a desperate reelection campaign against Republican Sharon Angle, with polls showing the race a statistical dead heat. Now, he has to go on television to remind Nevada voters to please not hold him accountable for their economic woes. Apparently, many of them were under the mistaken impression that Reid, as Senate Majority Leader in partnership with a Democratic House and President, would have some role in shaping national economic policy. However, in an interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC news, Reid was quick to disabuse anyone of that notion when he said “You know I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. You know I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures…I think it’s a stretch to think I caused the problems with this economy.” Now, for a politician to take credit during a rollicking good economy and begin pointing fingers when it tanks is usually par for the course. In that regard, Reid may be forgiven for trying to

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