â€śWe have your back,â€ť President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obamaâ€™s administration famously claimed to â€ślead from behindâ€ť in overthrowing Libyaâ€™s strongman, Khaddafi. Young Sergeant Benjamin Anthony spoke to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit this week. Sgt. Anthony described aÂ differentÂ vision of leadership.Â AhalaiÂ he gave as the Hebrew word for â€śafter me.â€ť Officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) they shouldÂ lead from the front.Â That used to be Americaâ€™s idea of leadership, too.
We need to dig deeper and give more careful thought about whether racism is as pervasive as all the rhetoric seems to imply or whether other factors are driving the problems that continue to plague non-white communities. And if so, perhaps all the rhetoric about race weâ€™re hearing reflects more Democratic political operations than realities of America.
The AP news service is quick to highlight the deaths of Palestinians, especially the admittedly tragic deaths of children (who are often used by Hamas as human shields). The same â€śnewsâ€ť services fail to point out that the reasons there are not more Israeli deaths, from rockets launched into Israel, are the Israeli shelters and Iron Dome intercepts. Somehow, the writers also forget to mention that if there were no rockets being fired and terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens in the first place, there would be an abiding peace in the region.
To hear educators and pundits talk youâ€™d think we are at the dawn of a change in public school education that will herald a new commitment to providing students and parents an education worthy of the tax dollars spent. Yet, until such time that teachersâ€™ unions stop being impediments to success, our education system will not deliver the results we need to prepare todayâ€™s students for tomorrowâ€™s challenges.
Bill Kristol, George Will, and Charles Krauthammer would rather commit ritual Seppuku than admit that Limbaugh has been right from the start.Â Â And to tell the truth now is to admit their own incompetence.Â Â So the party line will be that the President is illustrative of the Peter Principle.Â Â He isnâ€™t following a recipe that he once taught to ACORN operatives out of Rules for Radicals, heâ€™s merely â€śJimmy Carterâ€™s second term.â€ť
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