July 22nd, 2014
Please share this article with those on your email lists. Rand Paul’s reading list is a reflection of his beliefs. Nancy
A Revealing Reading List
Rand Paul’s book recommendations.
By David Adesnik David Adesnik is a visiting fellow at American Enterprise Institute’s Marilyn War Center for Security Studies
July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE: When speaking off the cuff, he has made observations that seem to reflect the worldview of President Reagan’s left-wing and isolationist critics. In that vein, Paul suggested that the United States provoked Japan before Pearl Harbor and that Dick Cheney supported the invasion of Iraq in order to make a profit for his former employer Halliburton.Now there is the strange case of Paul’s reading list for students, which can be found on his official Senate website. The foreign policy section of the list consists entirely of works that blame the United States for the rise of Islamic extremism while offering solutions that verge on isolationism. Most of the books also express a sharp hostility toward Israel and toward those who believe that U.S. foreign policy should serve the cause of human freedom. Reagan, to put it mildly, was a friend of Israel and advocate of freedom.
Rand Paul is a man of conviction. His reputation for acting on principle is the foundation on which he has begun to build the infrastructure of a presidential campaign. It is very difficult, however, for a man of conviction to adjust his image without compromising his reputation for integrity.
In the realm of foreign policy, Senator Paul faces the challenge of dispelling perceptions that he shares the isolationist tendencies of his father, former congressman Ron Paul of Texas. He wants to convince conservative voters that he has been mislabeled and misunderstood. His approach to foreign affairs has not changed, yet Senator Paul now presents his views as applications of Ronald Reagan’s firm but cautious approach to national security.
The Achilles’ heel of this rebranding effort has been Paul’s own candor. When speaking off the cuff, he has made observations that seem to reflect the worldview of President Reagan’s left-wing and isolationist critics. In that vein, Paul suggested that the United States provoked Japan before Pearl Harbor and that Dick Cheney supported the invasion of Iraq in order to make a profit for his former employer Halliburton.
Now there is the strange case of Paul’s reading list for students, which can be found on his official Senate website. The foreign policy section of the list consists entirely of works that blame the United States for the rise of Islamic extremism while offering solutions that verge on isolationism. Most of the books also express a sharp hostility toward Israel and toward those who believe that U.S. foreign policy should serve the cause of human freedom. Reagan, to put it mildly, was a friend of Israel and advocate of freedom. Read the rest of this entry »
July 21st, 2014
Compare the difference between President Obama’s ”mention” of the downing of the Malaysian airliner to Ronald Reagan’s Address to the Nation in 1983. Nancy
WALL STREET JOURNAL July 18, 2014
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION
From an address to the nation by President Ronald Reagan on Sept. 5, 1983, after Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor:
I’m coming before you tonight about the Korean airline massacre, the attack by the Soviet Union against 269 innocent men, women, and children aboard an unarmed Korean passenger plane. This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world.
. . . And make no mistake about it, this attack was not just against ourselves or the Republic of Korea. This was the Soviet Union against the world and the moral precepts which guide human relations among people everywhere. It was an act of barbarism, born of a society which wantonly disregards individual rights and the value of human life and seeks constantly to expand and dominate other nations.
They deny the deed, but in their conflicting and misleading protestations, the Soviets reveal that, yes, shooting down a plane—even one with hundreds of innocent men, women, children, and babies—is a part of their normal procedure if that plane is in what they claim as their airspace. They owe the world an apology and an offer to join the rest of the world in working out a system to protect against this ever happening again.
. . . We know it will be hard to make a nation that rules its own people through force to cease using force against the rest of the world. But we must try. This is not a role we sought. We preach no manifest destiny. But like Americans who began this country and brought forth this last, best hope of mankind, history has asked much of the Americans of our own time. Much we have already given; much more we must be prepared to give.
Let us have faith, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “that right makes might, and in that faith let us, to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.” If we do, if we stand together and move forward with courage, then history will record that some good did come from this monstrous wrong that we will carry with us and remember for the rest of our lives.
July 17th, 2014
The book, ‘The Naked Communist’ was recommended by Dr. Ben Carson tonight on Megyn Kelly’s Kelly File. Dr. Carson is the only possible presidential candidate that I have heard who names Marxist ideology as the probable root cause for America’s malaise. Nancy
The Naked Communist was a best seller in the early 1960s, selling more than 1.5 million copies
. It found its way into the libraries of the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and homes all across America and overseas in Spanish and excerpted in other languages. In this hard-hitting book an urgent need is finally fulfilled. In one exciting, readable volume, the incredible story of Communism is graphically told.
The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than a hundred books and treatises on Communism, many written by Marxist authors. We see the Communist the way he sees himself—stripped of propaganda and pretense. Hence the title, “The Naked Communist.” Here is explained Communism’s amazing appeal, its history, and its basic and unchanging concepts—even its secret time-table of conquest! Vital questions are clearly answered—
- Who gave Russia the A-bomb?
- How did the FBI fight the battle of the underground?
- Why did the West lose 600 million allies after World War II?
- What really happened in Korea?
- What is Communism’s great secret weapon?
- Is there an answer to Communism?
- What lies ahead?
- What can I do to stop Communism?
No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you’ll be glad you heard him (W. Cleon Skousen).
– President Ronald Reagan, United States President Read the rest of this entry »
July 12th, 2014
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
FUMES FROM OBAMA’S CHEMICAL BOARD
by Kimberley A. Strassel
July 11, 2014
In the smallest stories we sometimes find the biggest themes. The small story of the past month has been dysfunction at a backwater federal agency known as the Chemical Safety Board. Yet in this tale of obstruction, bullying and lawlessness we find what is now the clear pattern of the Obama administration.
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE: CSB staff told Congress that seasoned investigators who tried sticking to the facts of investigations—rather than the Moure-Eraso agenda—were bullied, humiliated in front of peers, and stripped of duties by senior CSB leadership. Since Mr. Moure-Eraso took over, at least nine senior employees (nearly one-quarter of the agency) have left. This has crippled CSB investigations and piled up their costs.
CSB once tended to get reports out within six months of an accident; today the average is three to four years. It is still working on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and has racked up $4.25 million in expenses on that investigation alone. The average CSB probe runs about $400,000.
If you’ve never heard of the CSB, join the rest of humanity. Created by Congress in 1990, the CSB is charged with probing industrial chemical accidents. Like the National Transportation Safety Administration, it’s a rare entity with no regulatory authority; CSB’s only job is to investigate and make recommendations. Its board and staff have mainly been wonky safety experts, and the agency largely devoid of political controversy.
That changed with this administration. The scandal popped in late 2013 when the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins (charged with CSB oversight), sent a “seven-day letter” to Congress. Said letters are rare, since they are used (reads the statute) to convey to legislators “particularly serious or flagrant problems” at an agency.