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Russia's Putin Says Cold War 'victors' Want To Reshape World

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Russia's Putin says Cold War 'victors' want to reshape world

LAURA Russia Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:39am EDT

 

(Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized on Friday what he called the United States' "unilateral diktat" in global affairs and said the "so-called" winners of the Cold War wanted a new world order that suited only them.

In a speech fiercely critical of the United States, Putin told an informal group of political scholars known as the Valdai Club that the global and regional security system had been weakened.

Underlining that Russia was a strong state more than two decades after the end of the Cold War, Putin said Moscow would not "beg" in response to the sanctions imposed on it by the United States and the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine.

So Far, So Fast

Yesterday, 07:25 AM

Things Fall Apart
By Patrick J. Buchanan

 

Friday - October 24, 2014
 
When this writer was 3 years old, the Empire of Japan devastated Battleship Row of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
 
Before I was 7, Gen. MacArthur was in an office in Tokyo overlooking the Imperial Palace, dictating to a shattered Japan.
 
In 1956, President Eisenhower, impressed by the autobahn he had seen in Hitler's Reich, ordered a U.S. Interstate Highway System constructed, tying America together, one of the great public works projects in all history.
 
Within a decade, the system was on its way to completion.
 
In 1961, John F. Kennedy said the United States, beaten into space by Nikita Khrushchev's Soviet Union, would put a man on the moon and return him to earth within the decade.
 
In July 1969, President Nixon, on the deck of the carrier Hornet, welcomed home Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins of Apollo 11.
 
What ever became of that America? What ever became of that can-do nation? What has happened to us?
 
This October saw the vaunted Center for Disease Control and Prevention fumbling over basic questions on how to protect Americans from an Ebola epidemic in three small countries of West Africa.
 
In September, an intruder with a knife climbed the White House fence, trotted across the North lawn, walked through the unlocked front door of the president's house, barreled over a female officer, and ran around the East Room before being tackled by a Secret Service agent going off duty. The president had just departed.
 
Days earlier, an armed security guard in Atlanta with a violent criminal past was allowed by Secret Service to ride an elevator with Barack Obama.
 
Last summer came reports that 60,000 children and young people from Central America had walked across the border into the United States, overwhelming our Border Patrol.
 
Last spring, we learned that sick and suffering vets were deliberately made to wait months for appointments to see VA doctors, and dozens may have died during the wait.
 
Earlier, the rollout of Obamacare, years in preparation, became a national joke and a metaphor for government incompetence.
 
Under President Bush came Katrina, where 30,000 residents of New Orleans were stranded for days behind a pool of stagnant water after a hurricane. The city and state couldn't handle it.
 
Yet, during five days in 1940, 350,000 British troops, besieged at Dunkirk, were rescued from across the Channel by their countrymen in boats and yachts under the guns of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe.
 
Such events have contributed to a collapse of confidence among Americans in the competency of their leaders and their government.
 
Large majorities now believe America is heading downhill, that the future will not be as good as the past, that we are going in the wrong direction.
 
Malaise pervades the republic.
 
And there are larger reasons for these sentiments.
 
Our recent wars, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, all seem to have left them and us worse off. In fighting our new war in Iraq and Syria we have neither a credible strategy nor sufficient troops to prevail against the Islamic State.
 
Already, Americans are asking: Why is this our war?
 
Since the mid-1970s, the real wages of working Americans have stagnated as we have run uninterrupted trade deficits totaling more than $10 trillion. Under Obama the national debt has surpassed the Gross Domestic Product.
 
Our manufacturing base has been hollowed out with Detroit as Exhibit A. We outsource our future by borrowing from China to buy from China.
 
We borrow from Japan and Europe to defend Japan and Europe, though World War II has been over for 70 years.
 
FedEx tracks with precision millions of packages a day. But the U.S. government cannot locate and send back 12 million illegal aliens.
 
Thirty years after a Reagan amnesty that carried a commitment to secure our borders, Obama is preparing an executive amnesty for untold millions of illegals, as soon as the election is over. And still the borders are not secure.
 
If government is conceded a role in anything, it is in building roads, bridges, highways and airports, and in running public schools.
 
Yet our infrastructure is crumbling, U.S. children fall lower and lower in international competition, and the racial divide in academic performances has never closed, despite an investment of trillions in education over half a century. 
 
Even Joe Biden calls LaGuardia a "Third World" airport.
 
Many private institutions are succeeding splendidly. But our public institutions, save the military, seem to be broadly failing.
 
Congress is gridlocked. The president is seen as a dithering incompetent. The Supreme Court is polarized irreparably.
 
Our political, racial and cultural clashes, traceable to conflicts created by the revolutions of the 1960s, are daily magnified and exacerbated by cable TV, the Internet and social media.
 
"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world," wrote the poet Yeats.
 
Clare Luce put is another way. In this world, she said, there are two kinds of people -- optimists and pessimists. "The pessimists are better informed."
 

Prayer

09 October 2014 - 06:52 PM

There are some who believe God created everything and then basically headed out on an extended vacation, leaving us to go it alone.

 

There are others who hold to a partial view of this, in that they believe God doesn't deal directly with us but He's active in some things.

 

These views, and others, naturally effect our understanding of prayer.

 

Do you believe God hears your prayers and responds to your prayers?

 

Do you believe God "speaks" to you (not like walking with you in the garden chatting), through the Holy Ghost, that still small voice, the Word, preaching, others?

 

Some believe God doesn't respond to our prayers and anything we consider an answer to prayer is simply coincidence.

 

Some don't believe in coincidence.

 

Some believe God doesn't speak to anyone in any way these days.

 

Do you believe God does sometimes answer prayers for healing, wisdom, protection, etc.? There are some who reject that idea.

 

What are your beliefs regarding prayer and God's interaction, or lack thereof, in our lives?

Trying To Get On The Same Side As The World

07 October 2014 - 06:06 PM

Not much has changed in a hundred years.

 

 

TRYING TO GET ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE WORLD

 

The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God, give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!

 

--A.B. Simpson (December 15, 1843 - October 29, 1919, Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance)

 

 

How are things where you are?

Can America Fight A Thirty Years’ War?

07 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

Can America Fight a Thirty Years’ War?

 

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
 
"The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."
 
With this citation from Madison, Cong. Walter Jones is calling for a debate and decision on whether America should go to war in Syria and Iraq, when Congress reconvenes after Nov. 4.
 
Last week's events make Jones' request a national imperative.
 
For former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says we are heading into a "30-year war" against the Islamic State and the emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere.
 
He faults Obama for not bombing Syria when Assad crossed his "red line" and used chemical weapons. U.S. credibility was damaged, says Panetta. "There's a little question mark to, is the United States going to stick this out?" This new war is the opportunity "to repair the damage."
 
Yet consider the man Panetta wants to lead the United States into a war to restore America's credibility.
 
The president's "most conspicuous weakness" is "a frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause," says Panetta. Too often, he "relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader." He "avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities."
 
But with Hamlet as your commander in chief, why would you start a war?
 
And consider our allies in this new war.
 
Joe Biden has been forced to apologize to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for saying at Harvard that both had been providing huge infusions of money and weapons to the ISIS terrorists who have beheaded Americans.
 
But what was Joe guilty of, other than blurting out the truth?
 
The terrorists of ISIS are today closing in on the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani on the Turkish border, having overrun scores of villages. A hundred thousand Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey.
 
Yet though ISIS warriors are visible right across the border, and Turkey has the second largest army in NATO, with 3,500 tanks and 1,000 aircraft, the Turks are sitting on their hands, awaiting what may be a massacre.
 
Why? David Stockman quotes Turkish President Erdogan this weekend: "For us, ISIL and the (Kurdish) PKK are the same."
 
Erdogan is saying a plague on both their houses. To Istanbul, the PKK are terrorists, as are the ISIS fighters the PKK is trying to keep from overrunning Kobani.
 
The United States, too, designates both the Islamic State and the PKK as terrorist organizations.
 
Which terrorist organization do we want to win this battle?
 
Who do we want to win the war between ISIS and the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra front on one side, and Assad's regime, which Obama and John Kerry wanted to bomb in August of 2013?
 
Whose side are we on in Lebanon?
 
This weekend, al-Qaida's Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, lost 16 jihadists in an incursion into the Bekaa Valley. Who defended Lebanon and fought the terrorist intruders?
 
Hezbollah, which we have declared a terrorist organization.
 
Whose side are we on in the Hezbollah vs. al-Qaida war?
 
In Yemen last week, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, whom the United States has been attacking for years, sent a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car into a hospital used by Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital of Sanaa.
 
Are the Houthis America's allies?
 
Probably not, as they have plastered Sanaa with their slogans, "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, and victory to Islam."
 
The Houthis fighting al-Qaida, like Hezbollah fighting al-Qaida, are Shia, supported by Iran, which is on our side against ISIS in Syria and on our side against the Islamic State in Iraq.
 
But to Bibi Netanyahu, speaking at the U.N. last week, Iran is the great enemy: "[T]o defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war."
 
Hence, the neocon war drums have begun to beat for U.S. strikes on Iran if negotiations on Iran's nuclear program conclude Nov. 24, with no deal satisfactory to the United States.
 
But no matter how olfactory its regime, why start a war with an Iran that is a de facto, and perhaps indispensable, ally in preventing ISIS from establishing its caliphate in Damascus and Baghdad?
 
Since 1980, writes Andrew Bacevich, the United States has invaded, occupied or bombed 14 nations in the Greater Middle East -- Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen, Pakistan and now Syria.
 
The cost: Tens of thousands of U.S. dead and wounded, trillions of dollars lost, hundreds of thousands of Muslim dead and wounded, millions of refugees, Christians foremost among them. And for what?
 
Are we better off now than we were 30 years ago, with the Middle East today on fire with civil, sectarian, tribal and terrorist wars?
 
Congress should vote no on any new Thirty Years' War.
 
Privately, Barack Obama would probably be grateful.
 
 
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