U.S. Secretary of State John Hay called the Spanish-American War of 1898 a “splendid little war.” Superficially, the description seemed apt. The war lasted less than four months; our fighting forces distinguished themselves with valor; and the United States, acquiring territory from Puerto Rico to the Philippines, emerged as a “world power.” However, behind victory’s fervor lay deceptions, and principles of the Founding Fathers were discarded, portending future misery for Americans.
On Tuesday, 10 people suspected of being al-Qaeda militants were killed by American drone strikes in Yemen according to official Yemeni media reports. Reports indicate that in separate attacks, missiles fired from Predator drones hit two cars carrying seven people in the town of Radda in southern Yemen. SABA, the state-run news agency in Yemen, claims that among those killed in the strike was Abdullah Awad al-Masri. Al-Masri, also known as Abou Osama al-Maribi is described as “one of the most dangerous elements” of al-Qaeda operating in the country. He allegedly ran a “bomb-making” facility located in the Bayda province.
It is hardly news that the U.S. government routinely doles out aid to tyrannical regimes around the world. Less well known is the fact that many of those regimes recruit or conscript children as young as 11 years old into their armed forces — and that President Barack Obama has more than once thwarted Congress’ attempt to prevent U.S. military aid from going to such countries.
Plans announced by French President Francois Hollande to "tax the rich" are driving wealthy French citizens out of the country. Vincent Grandil, a partner in the Paris law firm Altexis which caters to rich French citizens, is increasingly being asked by his clients if now would be a good time to flee France for countries with lower tax rates.
In the latest demonstration of its disregard for religious freedom, Saudi Arabia has deported 35 Ethiopian Christians it had been holding for several months for the "crime" of praying together in a private home.
Opponents and liberty-minded activists are up in arms over the fact that the genocidal mass-murderer ruling over Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, is set to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Observers said the move will further discredit an institution that has already become a laughing stock around the world for appointing so many communist and Islamic dictatorships as supposed guardians of human rights.
Republican critics and presumed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are slamming President Obama for reversing a landmark welfare reform law instituted in 1996 under the Clinton administration. The 1996 law enacted a number of reforms, including a time limit on how long families could receive aid, a requirement that recipients must eventually find work, and a provision that replaced a federal entitlement with grants to the states.
It would seem that all of the optimistic talk of “hope” and “change” that marked President Obama’s campaign of four years ago is now ancient history. This election season, as the Obama administration forecasted prior to the completion of the GOP primaries, would be full of nit and grit. As the most recent Obama super PAC ad makes abundantly clear, the president is making good on his word.
As American lawmakers debate reining in, auditing, reforming, or even abolishing the controversial Federal Reserve System following a growing wave of bipartisan outrage over its bailouts and wild currency printing, discredited U.S. central bank boss Ben Bernanke is actually urging Europe to create a centralized fiscal authority to be more like the United States. But the process is actually already well underway.