Obama lifts ban on arm sales to Vietnam

Oh I suppose I am just being silly. How does Obama lift a ban on arms sales to Vietnam? I assume the ban was placed by Congress. Try as I might, I could find nothing regarding this little matter. I can’t imagine how the wounded and families who lost loved ones deal with this. We arm a Communist country. That is what we do. We have no clue what the turn of events will be and where Vietnam’s future will end up. But this is how we show our love.

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U.S. President Obama on Monday lifted a half-century ban on selling arms to Vietnam, a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans.

“At this stage, both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect,” said Mr. Obama during his first visit there, The Associated Press reported. “This change will ensure thatVietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War.”

Every U.S. arms sale would be reviewed case by case, AP said.

More than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed in Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration saw advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record on human rights.

“They are still a communist country,” said retired Army Maj. Wulf Linden, a Georgia resident who served two tours in Vietnam. “If it’s the cream of our crop [of weapons systems], obviously that would be a bad mistake. It would be nice if we’re not selling to a regime that’s a documented communist regime. That’s my concern.”

Bao Nguyen, the mayor of Garden Grove, California, has written a letter to Mr. Obama and to Secretary of State John F. Kerry about Vietnam’s “atrocious” human rights record, including its imprisonment of dissidents in solitary confinement without charges.

“While we have an arms surplus to deal with, I don’t think dumping those arms on developing nations is the most effective way to counter China,” Mr. Nguyen said. “That’s because there’s no way to know that the government won’t use those weapons against its own people. Especially a government as corrupt and autocratic as Vietnam.”

More Washington Times

Obama apology tour continues – Sorry Argentinians because….

I didn’t think we could get through his last tour of Argentina without a bow, bend or otherwise denigrating the U.S. This one is particularly annoying. One has to dig deep on this one. Try about 40 years. Meanwhile Obama supports the most repressive regimes, oh yes he does, and decries we didn’t support Democracy in Argentina? Then I give you a clip done in 2012. You decide.

It was 40 years ago that the Argentine military overthrew the civilian government that had been unable to deal with Marxist guerrillas and left-wing violence in general. What followed was a brutal suppression of human rights and murder on an unimaginable scale by the military.

It’s nice that the president found it within himself to condemn the “dirty war” that the U.S. did nothing to stop.

The U.S. did not openly support the military’s tactics, but we didn’t say very much against them either. This left an opening for President Obama to apologize to the Argentinian people for our lack of enthusiasm in working to overthrow a government battling a communist insurgency.

It’s a shame he couldn’t have found the moral courage to make the same criticism of the Castro boys. They’ve been disappearing people for 57 years.

“There has been controversy about the policies of the United States early in those dark days,” Obama said while visiting a memorial park in Buenos Aires dedicated to victims of the dictatorship.

“Democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for. And we’ve been slow to speak out for human rights and that was the case here,” he said.

More at PJ Media

Bonus update: 

Published on Oct 23, 2012 – President’s apology tour four years ago.

President Obama says the idea that he went on an “apology tour” is probably the “biggest whopper” of this campaign. You decide.

Obama dances as the world burns.

Glad someone is having a good time. While the world burns. Next, will Obama try out on Dancing with the stars?

More good times with the Obamas, Valerie Jarrett, Grandma. Having a swell time here in Cuba. Wish you were here.

Biden and Obama – showing support for Bernie Sanders

Isn’t this getting interesting? First we hear that Biden is “having regrets.”  This interview of his on CNN essentially disses Hillary and comes out supporting Bernie. I will throw in a reminder that back in the day, Obama when Senator, supported Bernie Sanders for Senator over the Democratic candidate in Vermont. The intrigue continues.

CNN’s Gloria Borger sits down with Vice President Joe Biden and discusses the prospects of Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Here’s a video of Senator Obama endorsing socialist Bernie Sanders for Senate. (You will note his “Community Organizer” cadence in the clip.) He chose Sanders over the Democratic candidate.

Some of the quotes from the endorsement:Obama calls Bernie Sanders an “outstanding candidate”, Obama says “things can change”,Obama said “I want to make sure everybody is as enthusiastic as I am” concerning Bernie Sanders and “only a handful of wrong headed people don’t like him.” These amazing quotes are on this video the Obama campaign hopes you don’t see.Obama doesn’t seem to mind endorsing and hanging out with socialists.

Obama spying on consumers, leaving massive security breaches

After watching the love fest with Hillary last night, reading the headlines of how wonderful the debate was, I could find nothing of note to post on the topic. But this little number, the gathering of our financial data, is not worth a mention by the MSM? A question about this could not be asked of the candidates? Where is the GOP? There is no one willing to take this on in our congress? No doubt this info will end up in the Utah spy center.The GOP should have a cake walk to the Presidency. Why do I think they will be willing to shoot themselves in the foot? Here we go:

Privacy: The most powerful unaccountable agency in Washington is mining and amassing all your personal financial data. While that’s bad enough, it also isn’t adequately protecting them from hackers and identity thieves.

A just-released inspector general report found that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is conducting a massive consumer data-mining operation without the security safeguards to protect the sensitive data from cyberattacks.

The CFPB is collecting and stockpiling more than 600 million credit card accounts, along with personal data from millions of mortgage loans, but “has not yet fully implemented a number of privacy control steps and information security practices,” warned CFPB Inspector General Mark Bialek in a 10-page memo to CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

More alarming, the agency is sharing the massive databases with outside contractors and storing sensitive private information on unsecured clouds, making the data extra vulnerable to cyberattacks “from outside governments and organized groups.” More at IBD

Other posts of worth:

NSA, FBI Tapping Servers Of 9 Top Internet Companies To Gain Access To Americans Emails, Photos, Messages… 

NSA Utah spy center revealed – 100 years of total data stored 

Other Sources: NY Times NSA Domestic Spying Center tells the tale of the mass surveillance of Americans.

Other posts I have done that may be of interest:

Barack Obama’s Surveillance Society.

Obama fights injunction against unlawful detention of U.S. citizens

Obama” ‘Prolonged Detention”, otherwise known as FEMA Camps.

The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.

Obama: ‘Those who take religion the most seriously are often those who are suspicious of others’

Once again, Obama takes an opportunity to express his disdain for us bitter clingers who love our God. It reminded me of the clip of him revealing is own personal views which include “Collective Salvation.” Also known as Black Liberation Theology. It works swell in forwarding his Marxist agenda. I might add, and importing the so-called “Refugees.” Some who will surely want to kill us.

President Obama lamented the rancorous, divided state of U.S. politics in a wide-ranging interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson.

In the unusual discussion, Obama revealed some of his longstanding frustrations with politics while asking the Iowa author questions about her family, her Christian faith and her writings.

“How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them?” Obama asked during the interview, which was published Monday in the New York Review of Books.

Robinson replied that those “turning in on themselves — and God knows, arming themselves” against an “imagined other,” are not “taking their Christianity seriously.”

Obama’s comments about religion’s role in America have often irked his opponents. Throughout his presidency, a vocal group of Obama critics have questioned his Christian faith.

More over at the The Hill

Here is Obama’s on his personal salvation. Apparently only if we agree to becoming a Marxist nation, can the man find salvation.

Notes from video:Bizarre Obama thinks he can only be saved by saving African Americans
1995 Dreams from my Father Interview

Obama touts religious freedom, meanwhile forces abortion support

Recall the thousands of waivers that were given to the administration’s cronies when Obamacare first came along? The Catholics were not so lucky. One thing is for sure. The Obama team is relentless with their thousands of lawyers.

(CNSNews.com) – “So we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation.”

That is part of what President Barack Obama said—in touting his administration’s commitment to religious liberty—when he greeted Pope Francis at the White House today.

Among the religious institutions involved in these lawsuits with the administration are 15 Catholic dioceses and archdioceses, and multiple Catholic universities, schools and religious orders.

“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’” the bishop wrote in the column. “There is no other way to put it.”At the same time, according to a count maintained by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Obama’s Justice Department is actively fighting 56 separate federal court cases aimed at forcing 140 religious ministries and institutions to cooperate with an Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health care plans in the United States to cover contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

The Catholic Church teaches that contraceptives, sterilization and abortion are morally wrong.

More at CNS News

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