By Christopher Ruddy

Newsmax Editor-in-Chief: Don’t Blame Obama For Iraq

June 18, 2014 11:10 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 82 Comments A+ / A-
Newsmax Editor-in-Chief: Don’t Blame Obama For Iraq

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, dissents from Republican rhetoric blaming President Obama for the deteriorating situation in Iraq and accusing the White House of bad faith in the prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — while reserving his disagreements with the Obama administration on other issues. 

Oh, the foreign policy woes of a president in his second term.

“Blame Obama” seems to be the mantra of the day, especially from the Republican side of the aisle, whether it be the Bergdahl-Taliban swap or the new crisis in Iraq.

Think for a moment about an American president who deals with the supporters of Islamic terrorism, a rogue organization dead set on killing Americans… with a history of having murdered hundreds of American servicemen.

That same American president decides he wants to open up a dialogue with them, and also actually sell them American arms!

Even though they have held American hostages, he sends emissaries to do a deal and doesn’t even bother informing Congress. No, this wasn’t Barack Obama, and it wasn’t the recent deal with the Taliban to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. This was the story of President Ronald Reagan and his behind-the-scenes deal with Iran in the mid-1980s.

So step back for a second and remember that time, just a few years after the diabolical Iranian hostage crisis – when 66 Americans were held at gunpoint at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days.

Those same Iranians were implicated in the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 of our soldiers. But in 1985, Reagan thought he could use Iran’s influence to free American hostages in Lebanon while potentially opening a new dialogue with Tehran.

Thus, he authorized the sale of hundreds of anti-tank missiles and other weapons to the Iranians, who were then in a rather desperate war with Iraq.

At the time, the behind-the-scenes deal was not disclosed to Congress. But even worse, it later became clear that several Reagan administration officials had concocted a scheme by which profits from the sale of those missiles to Iran were diverted to support the anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua, known as the Contras, in direct contravention to federal law.

Hence was born the Iran-Contra scandal.

None of the critics of the recent Bergdahl-Taliban deal authorized by Obama are suggesting anything as nefarious here.

What they are suggesting is bad judgment. And in that I agree — the president cut a bad deal. But I don’t think it was an evil deal or a dishonest one in its intent.

Through the years I have generally given Obama high marks for his handling of foreign policy.

As president, Obama has enlarged and enhanced the global war on terror that President George W. Bush first developed. To President Bush’s credit, it laid the groundwork for more than a decade of surprising security and safety for Americans at home and abroad.

But remember the days in 2008 when Obama was campaigning against much of President Bush’s war on terror? He talked like a dove then, but has ended up being quite a hawk.

Enter onto the stage the latest Iraqi crisis. Obama’s critics are now saying he’s to blame for that as well. The fact is, Obama asked Nouri al-Maliki’s government in Iraq to keep a residual U.S. force in place precisely to prevent what is occurring now.

Maliki refused.

America had given birth to a new sovereign Islamic republic in Iraq, and the U.S. can no longer dictate its decision making, as bad as it may be. Sure, we can prop up the Maliki government for a short time with military intervention. But, in the long run, we will not be able to sustain an independent Iraq without the use of permanent American forces on the ground. The American public won’t support that option.

The rapid growth of ISIS in Syria and Iraq did not materialize out of nothing. U.S. policymakers would be wise to find out who is funding them — and cut off that funding.

On the home front, Republicans should remember if they complain about everything, they complain about nothing.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to criticize the president about. I have done, and will continue to do, my share. The president has overseen the longest recession U.S. history. The economy remains stagnant at best, total employment has declined to record lows, and Obamacare remains a massive drag on economic growth.

As for Obama, he could save us all a lot of aggravation by taking a lesson from Reagan. Faced with the Iran-Contra mess, Reagan went on national television to apologize for his bad judgment.

“I take full responsibility for my own actions and for those of my administration,” he said, adding that the American people “deserve the truth.”

Obama should admit that maybe the Taliban deal wasn’t the best for America, but his intentions were good.

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  • dana becker

    “Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to criticize the president about. I have done, and will continue to do, my share. The president has overseen the longest recession U.S. history. The economy remains stagnant at best, total employment has declined to record lows, and Obamacare remains a massive drag on economic growth.”

    I am sure you can comment on the why aspect of the above comment but then you would have to blame the Republicans for obstruction which can be credited for much of it. And I don’t think the Obamacare statement has been proven to be fact either.

    • http://www.heritage.org/constitution kenndeb

      Yes. We have had presidents that have bypassed laws and have been caught doing so. All were sanctioned in one way or another, with the exception, of course, of our current regime. Our Emperor pics and chooses which laws he wants to follow. He seems to believe that our laws and constitution are only “suggestions” for him. He also seems to blame everything he’s caught at on someone else. It’s always someone else that is to blame for everything he does. When will the American people start demanding this regime take responsibility for the crimes it has committed? Apparently being the first illegal black POTUS gives him the right to ignore our laws, our constitution, and his employers, the American people.

      • latebloomingrandma

        Oh please. Did you not read the part of the article about the egregious behavior of St Reagan, who “apologized” to the american public using all the tools in his acting toolbox, and maybe a little of his early dementia coming through to project a bit of naivete, that his heart was in the right place, but he apparently did something wrong, according to his aides..
        So he gets a pass in history, with no cries from the impeachment crowd. Oh wait. He was a Republican.
        And just so you know, the US does not have “regimes”; we have administrations.

        • http://www.heritage.org/constitution kenndeb

          We use to have administrations. We also use to elect American citizens who would at least make an effort to follow our laws and constitution. We now have a lawless regime led by a POTUS that thinks he is Emperor.

          • Sand_Cat

            Thanks for affirming again that you are a delusional moron. I’d laugh, but it’s cruel to make fun of the mentally ill.

          • herchato

            Hey kenndeb I’m beginning to like you! Tell me who were those citizens who made an effort to follow our laws? Nixon? Reagan?

          • Independent1

            In case you’re not aware nitwit, even if Obama had been born in Kenya, he would still be a genuine natural born American citizen because HIS MOTHER WAS ONE. Which makes the birther movement even more totally asinine than it already is.!!!

            Despite what totally clueless idiots such as yourself seem to think, you don’t have to have been born on American soil to be A NATURAL BORN AMERICAN CITIZEN!!

            That’s why Ted Cruz, although born in Canada, is fully qualified to run for president because his mother was a natural born American citizen who had lived in the U.S, for more than 5 years after her 14th birthday.

            And like I think I asked you before – spell out one thing Obama has done which is not consistent with the Constitution. Come on!! Spell it out weirdo!!

          • KJBin1956

            Canisteercook: Maybe you weren’t even born during Reagan’s era, so it’s of no interest to you , I don’t know; but you are very naïve to think that every single president throughout our history has contribruted to where we are today.That is why so many people are upset with your comments.

        • Canistercook

          We are dealing with today’s problems not Reagans era!

          • Sand_Cat

            But the damage he did lingers on, especially in a general “dumbing down” of GOP supporters. For instance…

          • Independent1

            As usual, you’re wrong!! No other president has inflicted on America the damage that this utter disastrous human being inflicted on our country. His fantasies and transgressions will haunt America for decades to come. By far the worst president to ever be given the responsibility to guide our country. The disasters to our country that he committed and began know no end.

        • Fred Roman

          Why are you giving this moron a platform?, Let him die in his own stupidity,let him go and read to all the vermin congregated at his stable.

        • Dominick Vila

          If President Obama did a tiny fraction of what Reagan did in Lebanon, and his decision to sell sophisticated weapons to the Iranians, while giving WMDs to the Iraqis, he would have been impeached, imprisoned, and executed by now.
          These are the historical facts the GOP is desperately trying to hide with made up scandals. Fortunately for the GOP, the Democratic party – and a complicit media – have been unwilling or incapable of exposing the crimes and misdemeanors committed by both Reagan and Bush II in a way that the average Joe can understand. Instead, we spend our time talking about Monica Lewinsky, the IRS going after cheating right wing organizations, and a DOJ sting operation trying to determine who was behind the sale of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. Let’s give credit where credit is due, the GOP has done a splendid job covering their horrendous record…and saving the hides of some of our worst presidents.

          • Independent1

            As I think you know , Reagan has my vote as being the worst president America has ever had the misfortune of having try guiding the country. For years, I thought it was Bush 2, but then I realized his nefarious actions were a burden that the country may work its way out of in the next decade or so; whereas the destruction Reagan created basically destroyed the fabric of our culture and has already plagued America for 3 decades and keeps on going.

          • Dominick Vila

            I agree, and let’s not forget that in addition to all the foreign policy debacles, he was also responsible for the Savings & Loan debacle cause, largely, by his efforts to deregulate and cast the government as being the problem…forgetting that he was the Head of the government he maligned.

          • Independent1

            Thanks for the reminder. Is there no end to the disasters that Reagan inflicted on America? I can remember back in those days when he was running around spouting his many fantasies, including things like “star wars”, I just had the feeling then that the sky was falling on our country.

          • plc97477

            Apparently when he was the head of it it was a problem.

          • plc97477

            He has my vote also with baby bush giving him a run for his money.

        • KJBin1956

          And remember that Reagan also put this country in peril when the air traffic controllers went on strike and Reagan fired all of them; and supervisors took over? They were way under manned and over worked while controlling a sky full of airplanes by themselves. We are only lucky that there wasn’t a bunch of crash incidents. He put us all in danger of that happening. This was not one of his best decisions but you hear nothing about it. I have nothing personally against any past presidents but all of them have made some grave mistakes and most did get FREE PASSES!!!!! Before people start critizing Obama they need to get their facts straight and see that it’s not just the here and now that matters. The past ADMINISTRATIONS are definetly tied into our here and now!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Grannysmovin

        Other than not advising Congress 30 days before the Bergdahl trade, please tell me which laws the President has ignored. The only “regime” is the Republican Legislators who are passing laws dictating women’s health decisions, voter suppression laws, trying to introduce Religion into public schools and the Government and they want to dictate what they believe is moral and/or immoral. It would appear by their actions and comments the only ones being oppressive are Republican legislators.

        • itsfun

          how about changing health care laws without congress.

          • Grannysmovin

            I believe the verbage we use is important he did not change the law he DELAYDid he change or delay implementation in parts of the law that Republicans in Congress said would hurt the economy and some small business and therefore delayed implementing certain things in the best interest of the country.

          • Sand_Cat

            Yes, the evil bastard did something you morons wanted. OOOH, pure evil. How dare he?

          • Independent1

            There’s absolutely nothing in the ACA legislation that says the White House doesn’t have the latitude to use it’s judgement in following up on the implementation of the law?? When Congress passes a piece of legislation whose implementation is the responsibility of the White House, its up to the White House to determine what timelines to use in getting the legislation implemented in the best way. Just because Congress was making noise, doesn’t mean they were right about the noise they were making.

          • itsfun

            The obamacare tax law has a implementation date in it. Changing the date is changing the law! It is not up to the white house to decide when to implement any law! The date is written into the law. By changing the implementation date he is changing law and that is against the Constitution. Law are made and changed by the Congress, not the President.

          • Independent1

            Bush proved that you are clearly wrong. No law becomes a law of the land unless the President signs it and in doing so, he has the discretion to determine how he will go about implementing the law. Congress is not all knowing. It clearly proved that with ACA. The law simply could not be enacted the way that Congress dreamed it up. Following all of the timelines Congress edicted would have put great hardships not only on individual Americans but also many businesses. The White House adjusted implementation dates to correct what Congress did wrong. It wasn’t the president who erred, it was the bi-partisan legislators who created the bill which included 189 GOP amendments who erred. In changing the implementation dates the White House was correcting THE MISTAKES OF CONGRESS!!

            And If the White House doesn’t have the latitudes you say, you should write a letter to Bush and tell
            him he was wrong in making a signing statement with virtually every bill he signed, not only modifying implementation dates, but actually sections of the legislation he said in his signing statements that his administration WOULD NOT IMPLEMENT!! The Bush Administration basically watered down virtually every bill that was enacted during his disastrous 8 years in office. (That’s among the multitude of other sins the Bush Administration committed which sheeple such as yourself seem to love to overlook.)

          • itsfun

            First the President doesn’t have to sign a bill for it to become a law. The Congress has to power to override a veto.

            Congress didn’t “dream up the law”. No where in the constitution does it say the president has to power to determine when a law will be implemented. The implementation dates are clearly put into every law.

            Article I Section 7 of the Constitution:

            2: Every Bill which shall have passed the House of
            Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be
            presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he
            shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections
            to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter
            the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to
            reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that
            House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together
            with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall
            likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that
            House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of
            both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names
            of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered
            on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not
            be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted)
            after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a
            Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress
            by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall
            not be a Law.

            If a law cannot be enacted the way it is written by Congress, then it is the responsibility of Congress to make the necessary changes to the law, not the President.

          • old_blu

            He didn’t change any laws he chose not to enforce them, and that my dense Fox Trained sheep is completely legal for him to do.

          • itsfun

            Show me where in the Constitution it say the President has the right to decide what laws are to be enforced and what laws are not to be enforced. The President is not a king as you suggest. You are watching to much MSNBC. Chris Matthews is not right very often.

          • old_blu

            I don’t watch MSNBC or Chris Mathews (sp) I don’t like them any better than Fox News.

            Way to spin this around though.
            You said he changed the laws, and he didn’t.

            HE JUST REFUSED TO ENFORCE THEM.

            By executive order and that is completely legal.

            “An offshoot of the implied powers doctrine is the The Presidency A to Z executive order. This critical instrument of active presidential power is nowhere defined in the Constitution but generally is construed as a presidential directive that becomes law without prior congressional approval. It is based either on existing statutes or on the president’s other constitutional responsibilities. Executive orders usually pertain specifically to government agencies and officials”.

          • itsfun

            If a law says it is effective on a specified date and the president changes that date, that is changing the law.

          • old_blu

            I know this is a waste of my time and it’s the last time I will ever waste it on you because your hate for Obama is greater than your love for America.
            He didn’t change the date he changed the date he is going to start enforcing it.
            No need to respond I already know what your kind will say.

          • itsfun

            A tolerant liberal putting a person in a group. What is my kind?

          • old_blu

            Huh? Okay I’ll play one more time because you’re kinda fun.
            Because I’m a Liberal you think I should be tolerant?
            Hell no even Liberals don’t have to be tolerant of ignorant ass-holes.
            That should’ve answered your question.

          • itsfun

            I see; Liberals preach tolerance, but don’t practice it. Is your best answer just to call people dirty names? Just amazing you have the guts to call someone an ignorant ass-hole.

          • KJBin1956

            I wish I could give you 10 likes here. This is what it really comes down to; it’s true people have lost respect and love for our country. It’s more important to jump on the bandwagon to hate Obama ” our Commander and Chief” And these people believe anything they are told without doing any research themselves. If they really were interested they would know their facts then make an informed opinion!!!!! My father, who is retired now was the US Regional Manager for GAO during the late 60′s and through the 70′s. Government issues were important and taught to us growing up. The main thing I have taken away from those teachings is that it is important to respect the sitting president in office. You may not agree with all the decisions they make, and unless he is actually breaking any laws or putting this country in danger somehow then we need to stand united especially when it comes to foreign policy. Because this country has always had to deal with countries who hate us, and it’s not good when we don’t all work as a team!! Do you know what I mean? Common sense really!!!!!!!!! So unless you have proof or knowledge at least on a subject that you can come out make accusations, then you’re just assuming things, and you know what they say? When you assume you make an ass out of you and me Or out of our president and all of us. We look pretty stupid to a lot of people right now cause we are so devided, we just are still civilized enough not to start beheading our oppositions. We live in a dangerous world , so we need to be a UNITED STATES and not DEVIDED regeime .

          • old_blu

            Well thank you Honey, thank you very much (<– in my best Elvis voice) Hahaha.

            You my friend are absolutely right we the people used to all stand united, I/we knew the politicians were going to argue and fight with one another, but we stood behind and respected the decisions that our president and our leaders made. The hate from the extremist on the right for President Obama has divided this country. They'll never see that though.

          • Independent1

            NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!

            As I stated above, NOTHING in the Constitution says that the president MUST implement laws exactly as written by CONGRESS. NOTHING SAYS THAT!!!!!!!!!

            And the fact that Bush got away with doing just that FOR 8 YEARS, NOT IMPLEMENTING LAWS EXACTLY AS DICTATED BY CONGRESS, PROVES THAT!!!!!!!!!

          • idamag

            Surely, you don’t expect anyone as poorly educated as he is to understand how our American government works.

          • Independent1

            The Constitution DOESN’T specifically say that the president MUST IMPLEMENT laws in exactly the time frame Congress edicts. So clearly, since Bush was able to get away with adding signing statements to hundreds of pieces of legislation in which, he even stated he was not going to enforce parts of bills that he signed, the fact that the Constitution DOES NOT SAY that the president has to implement laws, EXACTLY AS WRITTEN BY CONGRESS, means Congress CANNOT edict to the president exactly when bills will be implemented.

            Clearly, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION DOESN’T SAY is just as powerful as what it does say.

          • idamag

            Your stupidity amazes me. The ACA was passed by both the House and Senate. Of course, that is the American way. If you had kept your mouth shut we could have only wondered about your intelligence.

        • idamag

          And you know that if he had given Congress 30 days notice, Bergdhal would still be in prison.

      • Sand_Cat

        Yes, Reagan was really “sanctioned,” right? His “taking responsibility” was meaningless when paired with his claim to not remember any of it. And what happened to him? Maybe you consider having at least three quarters of the federal installations in the US named after him to be “sanctions,” but I suspect most reasonable people would disagree.
        Every GOP president since Reagan – and at least Nixon before him – twisted, stretched, and abused the Constitution and US law in ways that expose whatever such actions Obama may have taken as the trivialities and sour-grapes whining of fanatics disappointed that their guy isn’t in there twisting things their way.
        Oh, and he’s “illegal”? You really are out there, aren’t you? As I said before, if you’re a Democrat, you’re an antebellum one.

        • Dominick Vila

          …and letting an obscure Marine Lt. Colonel take a political bullet for him…

      • sealbeams

        Does Bush have to take responsibility for anything? Maybe he gets a pass for being mentally challenged. But what about the person that ran the show and now is in favor of doing it again. Don’t forget, these people are still proud of what they have done to the United States. You have the right to say almost anything you want and I give you credit for admitting you are a racist. This explains your comment. Your honest, just uninformed.

      • jeff725

        Your argument died at “first illegal black POTUS.”

        • nurse

          quite racist don’t you think.

          • Dominick Vila

            Racist and dumb. I wonder what he meant by “illegal” black POTUS. Is he saying African Americans don’t have the right to be President?

          • ralphkr

            I think he must be referring for the 19 million votes (or was it Billion?) for Obama from China and Mexico. He reminds of the local Republicans who cited that they had proof of voter fraud back in the 40s because there had been some votes cast in our county for Democrats which was impossible to be legal since our county had no traitors in it.

          • idamag

            And since the Democratic way of electing a president is now in question, if their man doesn’t get in – vilify him, turn rabidly hateful and lie, lie lie.

          • idamag

            He is also saying that Americans shouldn’t have the right to vote unless they vote his way.

      • nurse

        You are delusional. Obama has not committed any crimes. You listen to the sound bites at FAUX.

        • Nicko Thime

          That’s why they make all those noises about impeachment but don’t seem to be able to actually get that together.

          • Sand_Cat

            If they take the Senate this fall as all the pundits predict, look for another Clinton era-style witch hunt.

          • Nicko Thime

            I’m not near so worried about the Senate as some.

          • Sand_Cat

            I hope you’re right, but a wise man once said something to the effect that if you get all the stupid people on your side, you can be elected to anything, and Einstein suggested human stupidity was one of the two infinites, and he wasn’t sure about the other.
            When I look around and see the idiotic things said and done by so many people in our government, I have to think the GOP has cornered a very large share of that market.

          • Independent1

            Or to actually prove any of the fake scandals that they concoct: many of which were actually started by Bush: like the Solyndra loan which Bush approved in 2007 and Fast and Furious which was a program the Bush Administrations started and got dumped into Holder’s lap.

          • idamag

            I see the, proud no more, elephant with a giant magnifying glass in his trunk looking for something to call a scandal. The tpotty wouldn’t even have liked Reagan. The Republicans don’t even like each other.

          • plc97477

            That may be the only way we are all the same. No one likes the repugs.

      • herchato

        Ex president Bush and his vp Dick Cheney can’t vacation in Europe because they would be arrested for war crimes. All presidents have probably bent or broken the law but if they can make the defense of national security they’re good. President Obama’s biggest problem as president was being born black. Many Americans will never accept that!

        • Sand_Cat

          I’m not sure that’s true (the part about Dick and Georgey’s vacations), but it should be. Actually, they shouldn’t be taking vacations: both should be in prison here in the USA.

          • idamag

            Actually, there are warrants for their arrest in France and Germany. They have been tried absentia in Norway and Switzerland and found guilty.

      • Independent1

        Common moron, let’s see you be specific about exactly what laws Obama is choosing to follow and which ones he isn’t.
        You clueless jerks are so quick to throw accusations but when it comes time to be specific you can’t put up a thing.

        Obama hasn’t picked and chosen any such thing. It was Georgie boy who had the habit of using signing statements on virtually every piece of legislation he ever signed. Signing statements in which he would depict exactly what in the legislation he had no intention of having his administration enforcing. Talk about a dictator!! Not only did he sound like one in his overblown speeches (if you ain’t with us you must be against us; countries that won’t agree to implement democracy must clearly be enemies of America.) He was such a pompous ass that the whole world hated America and that included England.

        And explain to me exactly how Obama can be such an Emperor when he’s only issued 170 Executive Orders, while Bush issued more than 100 more than that, and Reagan and Bush 1 issued more than twice as many; and even Teddy Roosevelt, arguably the best Republican president in the past 100 plus years issued over 1,800 of them, and Coolidge, another GOP president issued more than 1,200 EOs.

        You have to be without question one of the most clueless posters ever on the NM!!

        • old_blu

          Is that crickets we hear?

          • Independent1

            Hi old_blue!! Do you think these wimps from the right will ever stop griping??

            The juvenile right-wing trolls on the NM are every bit as bad as the GOP nitwits in the House that just can’t seem to stop acting like six-year olds. Only someone around six years old would think that voting 50 plus times to repeal Obamacare was something justifiable to do when they knew full well doing so was wasting at least 75 million dollars.

          • old_blu

            Hello Independent good to see you my friend.
            You’re right as usual. There are some dense ones that’s for sure.
            I was just talking to one and I’m not sure he/she can comprehend English.

      • Dominick Vila

        Ken, both Republican and Democratic administrations have used Executive Orders, routinely, to manage the programs they are responsible for, and to achieve goals important to the nation. You may not like Obamacare, but many of us do and consider it a critical element in our ability to improve the health of all Americans, overcome our dismal life expectancy, and potentially lessen the burden of expensive benefit packages to our corporations. If anything, the Obama administration has shown great restraint in using that Executive privilege when compared to some of his predecessors.

      • KJBin1956

        I have never heard out of Obama’s mouth that he blames everything on everyone else. What I have heard has been his intentions to help this country get back on track. Because you can’t fix things overnight it’s his critics who are so public and quick to lay blame on him at every turn. It’s unfortunate that they are playing these games in Washington but this has been the GOP plan from the start to cause all this desention and it’s working. Some people like kennedeb believe what they say.It’s like people want to oppose him like it’s the thing to do??? Without really studying the facts they jump on this bandwagon. We should be demanding kenndeb, investigations into crimes that some prior presidents have definetly been involved in. And there is proof, whereas where is your proof that Obama has broken any laws to be calling him a criminal? With everything he’s been accused of, you notice the real proof is never there? It has been a complete smear campaign to discredit our president and that is something we all should be worried about!!!!! Sounds like a bunch of children who are sore loosers!!!!!!!

  • ps0rjl

    It used to be that when one party lost the election while licking their wounds, they pledged to work with the new President. Now with the Tea Party in control of the Republican Party they pledge to do everything they can to obstruct the President. The Republican Party now being led around by the nose by the Tea Party faction is like a child who if he doesn’t get his way does everything he can to be a brat. Too bad we can’t take them to the woodshed.

    • KJBin1956

      This is what I’m talking about exactly. What has happened to a fair election and whoever won was respected as the people’s choice and is respected as our sitting president? The Tea Party– what a joke !!!!!! They just keep making fools of themselves. Don’t they know it? It’s comical to say the least. They just keep trying their tactics only to put their feet in their mouths; but in the meantime it’s all doing damage in public opinion here and abroad because we look so devided. My God let Obama do his job as he was elected fairly to do!!!!!!!!!!

  • Grovegal10

    Well at least you had the heart to say stop blaming Obama for everything but you should have taken it one step further to say Obama was presiding over the slowest economy recovery because he’s thwarted at every turn. This obstructionist Congress spent every year of his presidency blocking him at every turn. This Congress will go down in history as not just bad – determined to hurt the American people at all costs just to slam the black man in the White House. PBO will go down as one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen but only in history will the truth be known. For now, the men with the money command the airwaves and their talking heads who can’t get enough hate spilling into the country. Get the money out of politics before we all become sheeple to 500 billionaires.

  • latebloomingrandma

    When I heard about this ISIS all of a sudden so powerful, one of the first things I asked was where are they getting all the money? Follow the money to find the answer. Money today is the Biblical “golden calf.”

    • Canistercook

      Black gold!

    • Independent1

      From what I’ve read, the Saudi’s are bankrolling ISIS.

  • Bryan Blake

    I was hopeful that there might be a shift coming in the hatred of conservatives for President Obama. Given that very hatred Mr. Ruddy deserves credit for going as far as he goes. I am sure that Ruddy has already faced the fangs and bites of phone calls and e-mails from others of his party. The foul breath of the word traitor probably lingers outside of his office.

    • Canistercook

      Hatred of the direction the country is going is the problem. Our high debt, our economy, job loss and the threat of more terrorism. We are in bad need of good leadership! The question we need to ask is not skin color or sex but ability to lead us in the right direction.

      • Independent1

        Every statement you made is wrong!! How are you so fortunate to be wrong so often.

        The threat of more terrorism; Kind of interesting given that the past 6 years have been the safest with respect to terrorism in the past 40 years. There have been less than 1/2 a dozen terrorist related attacks on Americans overseas and at home with only 1 resulting in fatalities – 4 of them. While in contrast under every one of the previous 4 presidents (3 of the Republicans), there were an average of more than 10 overseas attacks with an average of more than 60 people dying. George Bush actually presided over 13 attacks, including one on the homeland with more than 3,000 Americans dying – and you make the idiot comment about an increased threat of terrorism??

        And job loss – fact is that more jobs have been created in the past 5 plus years than were created in the previous 8 years under Bush. On an absolute jobs basis, Bush’s 8 years actually saw negative job creation; at the end of his 8 years, there were less jobs in America than when he started – and if you extend his job destruction into the first 9 months of Obama’s presidency, given that there were 800,000 jobs being lost/month when Obama first walked into the White House, job creation under Bush would have seen a negative 3 million plus jobs lost.

        And with respect to the debt – Obama has reduced deficit spending faster than any president since Truman right after WWII. Taking the 1.4Trillion in debt that Bush ran up in his last budget, and reducing it to around 680billion within 4 years, actually cutting it more than in half, as he promised. And Obama has also turned out to be the smallest spending president since Eisenhower, with an average 1.4%/yr spending increases, compared to over 8%/yr for Reagan and Bush 2 and 5.6%/year for Bush 1.

        And only about 1 trillion dollars can really be charged to Obama with respect to our 17 plus trillion in debt, with Reagan and the 2 Bushes being responsible for more than 90% of it.

        Wow!! I didn’t believe anyone could be as totally clueless as yourself!! You win the booby prize for idiocy!!!

      • KJBin1956

        I agree 100% with the post by Independent1. Safety efforts have been enhanced greatly to help ensure Americans safety here and overseas. Although it is impossible to prevent all threats that have been made against the United States, there have been numerous threats prevented. I feel Obama is a thinker and weighs his options before acting, and hasn’t maybe always made the correct decisions, but I do honestly feel he has our best interest at heart. and the man has stood tall considering all the criticism he has had to endure. Remember all these radical countries are constantly watching this powerful nation called the United States and know our history already of not being so honest in the past; so of course they can’t trust us. And to top it all off they see how our own opposition party causes so much upheavel where this president is in a constant state of defending his policies. So we do look weak right now due to our own government not being able to work with each other .That has not been Obama’s fault. He has had to continue to run this country without all our support. We have been taught al our lives that we need to at least respect the sitting president, whoever he may be, due to that fact that there always have been countries who want to destroy the strongest nation in the world. So to sit and block or be critical of everything our sitting president does is not the American way. And how soon we forget of the wrongs ( and some BIG WRONGS!!! ) of some previous presidents, or the easy forgiving of these wrongs; we should wise up and see the critics of Obama are acting like children who have always been people who don’t play well with others. These terrorists aren’t stupid and they are just waiting for us to put our guard down and seize an opportunity, and with all this desention in Washington it may only be a matter of time. Remember they always have their eye on the prize!!! God Bless America!!!!!!!

  • Canistercook

    There is a lot of blame to share. Bush and Congress for war and Obama for some recent events. Time to get heads out of the sand and attack the problems.

  • Allan Richardson

    The President who made the deal to swap arms for hostages, Reagan, almost certainly sent those emissaries in BEFORE he was elected, precisely IN ORDER to get elected. That’s why the mullahs didn’t make a deal with the CURRENTLY LEGAL President, Jimmy Carter: they had a deal with the man they were going to help make the NEXT President, Ronald Reagan. That explains why the hostages were FINALLY released SIMULTANEOUSLY with the Reagan inauguration.

    Interference with official foreign policy by a private citizen OUGHT to be considered TREASON, but Reagan and his CIA buddy Bush Sr. got away with it.

  • GREG SIMPSON

    kenndeb, You don’t have any proof of any of that garbage you are talking about.What crime has he committed?Illegal black president?You people are still on that one.Who did he blame and what was he caught at? As far as ignoring the American people,the American people elected him twice,remember? When are the American people going to demand these Republican congress men get off there lazy butts and start working to move this country forward? That is what the so called employers should be doing,

  • Stuart

    How long is this guy going to keep his job? He wrong about complaining about everything. You’re not a true conservative unless you do.

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