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Machan: Obama’s inauguration speech 2013: “macabre politics”

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Dr. Tibor Machan writes today in The Daily Bell:

    If you check the president’s inauguration speech accepting his election to a second term as president of the country, there is in it evidence of a decisive tone of post-modernist political thinking, the road to confusing the public. That is to say, no rhyme or reason can be found in the political ideas Obama has chosen to lump together. There is in the pile a bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of yet something else – socialism, capitalism, fascism, authoritarianism, welfare statism, feudalism and nearly every other identifiable political viewpoint.

    It is almost as if he and his team are deliberately advancing an incoherent agenda, one that will leave the American people with no guide to what to expect from his administration of the American government. There certainly is no loyalty to the central element of the American political tradition, namely the doctrine of individual rights. Indeed, if anything, that is one feature completely missing from Mr. Obama’s political stew. We must all comply with his vision of a human community, a vision the centerpiece of which is that “we are all in it together,” that we are one huge tribe or hive of people who individually are hapless and indeed worthless. But even this collectivist political alternative is buried in mishmash so it’s hard to identify it and so it certainly doesn’t commit Mr. Obama to having to defend it with a coherent political argument. …

    … but as a self-proclaimed (but much disputed) radical “pragmatist,” the way he presents himself in his most recent political proclamations suggests very strongly that he is being deliberately obscure. Why?

    My guess is that his goal of top-down control of American society is taken by him to benefit from leaving his audience, indeed, the entire American public, baffled as to just what is best in political matters.

    The only explicit school of politics this approach comes close to is fascism, in which the society’s leadership is left in the hands of a charismatic ruler, like Mussolini or Hugo Chavez. Do Mr. Obama’s supporters realize this about him and his ideas? I do not know.

Obama’s (alleged) pint-sized anti-gun propagandists

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Something has been bothering me ever since I heard that POTUS Obama planned to have children surrounding him on the podium at today’s gun control presser. It’s not, like a lot of folks on Twitter correctly pointed out, that it was a cowardly use of children to push the progressives’ anti-gun agenda. It was.

What has been bothering me are the letters allegedly written by the children to the president.

Simply reading the words in the report by Stephanie Condon of CBS News should set off alarm bells:

    Those children — 8-year-old Hinna Zeejah, 10-year-old Taejah Goode, 11-year-old Julia Stokes and 8-year-old Grant Fritz — wrote letters to Mr. Obama, pleading with him to tighten gun laws in the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The letters, allegedly written by the children, are attached. Clearly, the letters that were chosen and their authors were selected with one goal in mind — gun-control propaganda.

Two of the letters directly call for new gun-control laws.

Grant, 8 years old and a second or third grader, writes on December 17th:

    I think there should be some changes in the law with guns. It’s a free country but I recommend there needs be a limit with guns. Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that. I think there should be a good reason to get a gun. I think there should be a limit about how many guns a person can own. We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook [space] es. I feel really bad about what just happened.

The one sentence that can without question be attributed to Grant is the last one. As for the rest of what was written, even if Grant composed the letter himself, it all sounds like the sort of things Grant may have heard his family say or was prompted by an adult to write.

Julia, 11 years old, uses a very old-sounding phrase: She “would not be able to bear the thought of losing any” of her four brothers and sisters.

Note that Julia also calls for more laws: “I know that laws have to be passed by Congress, but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed. Not just for me, but for the whole United States.”

What adult told Julia that Congress passes gun laws? What about state gun laws? Did no one bother to mention that to her? (The latter doesn’t get you noticed by the White House propagandists, though.)

Taejah, 10 years old, pleas with Obama to STOP “gun violence” — twice. That’s just not a phrase used by children. It’s one mimicked from adults.

Hinna, 8 years old, writes that she watched the news about the shootings “all day on Friday” December 14th and one question popped into her head, “Can we stop using guns?” This is followed by a hand-drawn universal stop symbol with what appears to be a gun with a very long textured grip and two disproportionately-large “bullets”.

We do not know the circumstances as to why Hinna watched the unfolding news about the shootings on the tv. Reports about the shootings could not have been on the tv prior to 9:30 AM on the East Coast as they had not yet happened. Was she home from school ill? Is she homeschooled? Was she home alone? Was she at school and the class watched the events on tv?

Regardless, what parent — or teacher — in their right mind would allow this impressionable 8-year-old child to watch this horrific story unfold for the whole day on the tv?

But you know the Obama admin motto: Never let a good gun crisis go to waste.

#youvebeenwarned

Fed Up! ’54,000 Mexicans sign petition for US gun control’

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“More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking,” the Assocated Press reported yesterday.

The AP continued:

    Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country’s violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States.

    Mexico’s best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented the petition at the U.S. embassy Monday.

    Activist Javier Sicilia said “The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy.”

    About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech presented by Mexico’s interior secretary in December.

    Before the activists presented their petition, President Barack Obama said Monday he would present a new U.S. gun control plan within days.

Call me suspicious, but when a Mexican activist group calls for gun control in the U.S., you have to be, well, suspicious. However, there is a lot to be learned here.

Keep in mind, it is the Mexican crime network that is trafficking the guns into Mexico — aided and abetted by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress that are responsible for using stimulus funds to continue the Southwest Border Initiative’s Project Gunrunner, ATF’s gunwalking program (2005-2011).

A DOJ Inspector General report from November 2011 did, in part, place the blame for the gun trafficking on Mexico’s severe restrictions:

    Violence associated with organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico is widespread, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths. In part because Mexican law severely restricts gun ownership, drug traffickers have turned to the United States as a primary source of weapons, and these drug traffickers routinely smuggle guns from the United States into Mexico. The criminal organizations responsible for smuggling guns to Mexico are typically also involved in other criminal enterprises, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and cash smuggling.

How about the Obama admin initiated “Fast & Furious”? Just whistle past this graveyard, too. There’s nothing to see here.

fyi: None of this has anything to do with proposed gun control for law-abiding gun-owning U.S. citizens.

So, let’s return to our Mexican activists and spokesman, “poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist,” Javier Sicilia, whose son was brutally killed in March 2011 in Mexico by Mexican drug traffickers.

Sicilia was TIME magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year “for his work in organizing the 2011 Mexican protests.”

    Believing that President Felipe Calderón’s five-year-long military campaign against Mexico’s narcocartels has simply exacerbated the violence, he created the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity — which is informally and popularly called Hasta la Madre! or Fed Up! — to push for a stop to the mafia bloodshed and for new anticrime strategies and reforms.

Carried out in 40 Mexican cities, the protesters are calling for an “end to the Drug War, the retreat of military forces from the streets, the legalization of drugs, and the removal of Mexican President Felipe Calderón.”

If these seem to be unreasonable demands, here’s a reasonable explanation penned at an April 7, 2011 protest by Al Giordano at NarcoNews.com (emphasis added):

    See, what has happened here is politically significant: those who have long had and voiced their grievances with “the evil government” of Calderón have intelligently latched on to the anti-war-on-drugs cause as their own, too, because they smartly percieve it as a “wedge issue” that encompasses the whole of national discontent and which could very possibly result in the toppling of an authoritarian president, “elected” only via well documented electoral fraud, with absolutely not a shred of moral authority among his own people. In just one week, humble and dignified Javier Sicilia has collected the free-floating moral authority that nobody else could credibly assume in this Failed State named Mexico and supplanted the napoleanic Calderón as the moral leader of a nation. A big reason that has happened is because, due to his columns over so many years, everybody knows that Sicilia dislikes political parties, has zero interest in running for political office, and serves as a kind of “anti-caudillo” figure at contrast with the strong swashbuckling machismo of so many previous political and revolutionary leaders that the public has grown uneasy with. This is not to say that “the Sicilian” who now puts order to “the mafias” is any kind of pushover at all. When he speaks of the need for criminals to return to their “codes of honor” and leave civilians alone, a guy named Giordano understands exactly what a guy named Sicilia is talking about: this is a man with guts and cunning, too, and one who knows his enemy, and his enemy’s history. …

    and for the multitude assembled, it was the reestablishment of the proper social order: that in a democracy, an army, if there is one, must be at service of the people. Four years of Calderón having reversed that order – he converted the people into mere pieces on the Army’s chess board, objects to be pushed around, stopped, searched, invaded, molested and assassinated – has brought the public to its absolute limit.

    Cuernavaca is now the unlikely epicenter of something of revolutionary potential: the reestablishment of the proper order of things in which a people rule its own country. It has been a bloody battlefield for four years (before that it was a tranquil flowered city with a strong pull on tourists who now no longer come there due to Calderón’s War) but now it is a new kind of battlefield: a struggle to reconquer the terrain of daily life for every citizen, every family, block by block for every neighborhood. …

On August 9, 2012, Tom Hayden, a main SDS organizer, ’60s radical, anti-war activist, and Communist sympathizer, reported at The Rag Blog that Sicilia’s protest movement was winding its way towards the Obama seat of power:

    A new peace movement to end the U.S.-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through 25 U.S. cities to Washington, DC, in September.

    Named the Caravan for Peace, the trek is intended to put human faces and names on the estimated 60,000 dead, 10,000 disappeared, and 160,000 displaced people in Mexico since 2006, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Pentagon, and the CIA supported the escalation of the Mexican armed forces. …

    About 70 Mexican activists, many of whom are relatives of victims, and about 30 Americans will accompany Sicilia on the caravan along the U.S.-Mexico border, north from New Orleans through Mississippi and Alabama, to Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The U.S.-based Global Exchange is charged with coordination and logistics.

Global Exchange was co-founded by anti-war activist and Code Pink co-founder, Medea Benjamin.

Hayden continued:

    More than 100 U.S. immigrant rights and peace groups are actively involved, including the Drug Policy Alliance, the NAACP, the Washington Office on Latin America, the Center for International Policy’s Americas Program, the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the National Latino Congreso, Presente.org and Veterans for Peace. Fifty grassroots groups are involved from California alone.

    The caravan may force a response from President Obama, who at the Summit of the Americans this past April stated “it is entirely legitimate to have a conversation about whether the laws in place are ones that are doing more harm than good in certain places.”

That, however, is not the conversation that Obama will have over gun control. Hint: Fast & Furious, Arab spring, and the list goes on.

Hayden continued:

    Most of the deaths in the Drug War, begun during the Bush era in 2006, are now on Obama’s watch from 2008 to 2012. Yet it’s often difficult for Americans, even sympathetic ones, to see the patterns of violence as a repeat of the Central American civil wars. Many Americans think of the 60,000 dead not as innocent victims but as somehow complicit in the drug culture. This perception is deceiving, as the cross-section of caravan witnesses dramatically reveals.

The Trans-Border Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity came on a mission to “Bring to the American people’s conscience their shared responsibility for the thousands of dead, missing and displaced in the drug war.”

The only problem with this honorable mission is that it is not the American people who are to blame. The blame belongs at the caravan’s intended destination, with the seat of American power, with the “I Won” and Congress.

P.S. I have written extensively about Mexico and the war on drugs and crime at rbo2, which I have temporarily reopened to public access.

Oh, SNAP! POTUS not solution-oriented when it comes to America’s poor

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It should come as no surprise that data from the USDA and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that one in every four children in America “participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, in fiscal year 2011.”

Caroline May reports at Daily Caller:

    The USDA’s “Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011” shows that in 2011, 19.9 million children, or people under 18, received food stamp benefits.

    The Census estimates there were 73.9 million children living in the United States in 2011, meaning that 26.9 percent of children, or approximately one in four, were on food stamps in 2011.

    The USDA notes that children constituted 45 percent of SNAP participants in 2011. Some philanthropists and policy experts believe efforts to reform SNAP because of high youth enrollment are misguided, arguing that the program ultimately helps the economy and improve kids’ health.

    But Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions — one of the most vocal critics of the recent skyrocketing SNAP enrollment numbers and USDA’s promotion of the benefit — contends that something must be done about government policies and a USDA that he says is more interested in enrolling Americans in the program than finding real solutions.

    “It has become sadly clear that Agriculture Secretary Vilsack wishes to make welfare part of the normal American experience, with no regard for social or economic consequences. How else can you explain why he gave an award to a recruitment worker for overcoming the ‘mountain pride’ of rural Americans?” Sessions told The Daily Caller, recalling one of the many outreach efforts the USDA has engaged in over the years to get more people on SNAP.

Compare this information to the pure B.S. propaganda Preezy Barack Obama shoveled September 10, 2010, when he announced his new U.S. Global Development Policy at the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City:

    Consider the millions of people who have relied on food assistance for decades. That’s not development, that’s dependence, and it’s a cycle we need to break. Instead of just managing poverty, we have to offer nations and peoples a path out of poverty.

Honestly?

While “we” are offering illegal immigrants easy access to all that America has to offer, how about “we” make a little effort to offer legal Americans a path out of poverty?

Besides, handing out mountains of food stamps intended to feed hungry children (and not to be used for gambling at casinos, nail salons, tattoo parlors, or to buy porn) will not solve America’s poverty problem.

It that was all that was needed, well, then, the UN could just hand out globally-accepted food stamps and call it a day.

Lying Liars: Black Bloc anarchist Mark Provost, co-founder of #OccupytheNRA and another #OWS hypocrite

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Occupy Wall Street never saw a crisis it could not exploit. This time it took no time at all for an OWS branch of gun control crazies — Occupy the NRA — to issue a call to arms (no pun intended) to organize and capitalize on Friday’s horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“In recent months, Occupy Wall Street has proven to be a versatile force capable of tackling a variety of issues from inequality to Hurricane Sandy to crippling debt,” Allison Kilkenny wrote yesterday in the leftist rag, The Nation.

Kilkenny (her real name), continued:

    Now, an offshoot of the original movement says it plans to unleash the power of the 99 percent on the National Rifle Association.

    In the wake of the tragic elementary school massacre in Connecticut, the group launched Friday afternoon with a Facebook page, “Occupy the NRA,” which currently has over 3,300 likes.

    The group’s first post was a picture of an assault weapon with overlaid text: “The US has 5% of the world’s population, but accounts for half of all firearms worldwide and 80% of the gun deaths in the 23 richest countries.” The image has been shared over 8,300 times and liked by 655 people.

    Another post lists the contact information for every NRA board member and encourages the page’s followers to write, e-mail, call, and “ask them how many more children, parents, sisters, and brothers must die before they’ll agree to truly effective gun control.”

Ironically, the newly-minted protest group’s leader is Mark Provost of my home state, New Hampshire. If you are not aware, our state’s motto is “Live Free or Die”. Obviously, Provost does not subscribe to that belief.

On his Twitter profile page, Provost self identifies thusly: “Economic journalist focused on US income and wealth inequality, Occupier.”

But Provost is so much more.

In January 2012, Provost heckled then Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney:

    Occupy New Hampshire activist Mark Provost made national headlines Wednesday when he attended a town-hall meeting hosted by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and asked about his past comment that “corporations are people.” Provost’s question to Romney came as Occupy New Hampshire is preparing for a series of events leading up to the state’s Republican primary to highlight the disproportionate impact corporations and wealthy donors have on the political process. We play an excerpt of the town-hall exchange and get Provost’s response to Romney reply. “I think his response really, again, is this denial that there’s this class in the country and that there are some people within the corporation, specifically the workers, that are taking it on the chin so that the United States’ executive management can make massive bonuses, and serve their shareholders rather well, too, because the profits largely go to capital gains and dividends.”

Provost, however, is an equal opportunity heckler. In November 2011, at an Obama event in Manchester, NH, Provost went on the attack:

    President Barack Obama got a rude reception from a few protesters in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

    The President was temporarily thrown off his stride when Occupy protesters interrupted his speech.

    The protesters asked the President to help stop what they see as police brutality being waged on their members.

    “I want the President to immediately direct his justice department to…any police officer or any police chief who does not respect the First Amendment,” said Mark Provost, an Occupy protester.

    After listening patiently, the President asked for his turn to speak and was given a polite applause when he acknowledged the protesters.

    “So a lot of the folks who have been down in New York and all across the country in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration,” said Obama.

It’s always good for budding anarchists to know the Preezy is on their side.

NATOblackblockIt just so happens that the photo ID for Provost’s Twitter profile picture bears the label “NATOblackblock”.

The Wikipedia article for “Black bloc” reports:

    A black bloc is a tactic for protests and marches where individuals wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items. The clothing is used to conceal marchers’ identities, allow them to appear as one large unified mass, and promote solidarity.

(fyi: Aspiring anarchists can watch a video series on the Black Bloc Field Manual and watch Black Bloc introduction.)

How does that song go? If you’re a happy anarchist and you know it, clap your hands? Why hide?

The NATO Black Bloc “protesters”, as Jonathon M. Seidl reported May 21st at The Blaze, clashed with police “at the end of a march protesting the NATO summit” held in Chicago. World leaders were there to “[discuss] the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reported from inside the Black Bloc clash:

    Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and hurled them toward McCormick Place, where world leaders met behind closed doors.

    It was supposed to end there — at Michigan and Cermak.

    But a “Black Bloc” of about 100 anarchists wanted something else. The group, which chanted “What do we want? Dead cops!” as it left Grant Park at 2 p.m., surged to the front of the protest crowd and tried to break through the imposing line of Chicago cops in riot gear blocking its path.

    Then, in a scene Chicagoans feared ever since the city learned it would host the NATO Summit, the two sides violently clashed on live TV, with police nightsticks flailing and protesters unleashing a volley of sticks, bottles and at least one rock.

    The battle at Michigan and Cermak flared and then slowed, and then flared again in bursts between 5 and 6:30 p.m. By then, much of the Black Bloc had slipped away, leaving behind a scene of bloodied protesters and four injured cops, including one stabbed in the leg.

    With police intent on pushing protesters west away from the NATO Summit, and the Black Bloc hell bent on pushing east towards President Barack Obama and dozens of world leaders, the clash seemed an inevitable conclusion to months of debate over how and where the protest would end.

This is not to say that Provost was among the 100 or so anarchists who clashed with the police but these questions must be asked: Was Provost in fact at the NATO protests with the Black Bloc? If not, he’s a poseur, a freud. If he was, then he is clearly broadcasting to the world that he was part of the anarchist brigade in Chicago.

Let’s look at the evidence.

On May 17th, Provost tweeted a link to the Occupy Chicago and NATO/G8 Guide.

Provost traveled to Chicago with fellow Boston area anarchists.

In a May 21st interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Provost admitted to not only having been there but also to witnessing “police brutality”:

    GOODMAN: Chicago Police have also been criticized by activist groups for using violent force to break up protests. On Saturday, a police van was videotaped nearly running over a protester. Mark Provost of Occupy Boston and Occupy New Hampshire witnessed the incident.

    PROVOST: I witnessed a young woman hit by a police van, and then he subsequently attempted to run over a protester for approximately 40 yards down a hill, going 10 to 12 miles an hour, not staggered, but fully 10 to 12 miles an hour. I’ve never witnessed such violence in my life.

There are a number of videos posted online that show the incident. A clip on LiveLeak.com shows the protesters attacking the van. Democracy Now! described it as police entrapment.

The stage had been set for just such an incident days earlier. The Blaze reported May 17th:

    Today marks a moment when radical Leftist anti-NATO demonstrations in the city, affiliated with “Occupy NATO,” are hitting their stride. And as with all Leftist demonstrations, black bloc tactics are involved. To that end, a group of masked thugs from the protests went to the trouble of taking over Chicago’s Halsted Street, even going so far as laying down in front of a police station. …

    One such person, after apparently being accused of racism by a protester, defiantly yells back “I’m a racist! F**k you! F**k everyone!” Another, meanwhile, says incredulously about the organizers of the protest, “You’re not even from Chicago! What are you doing here?”

    Intercut with the clips are shots of breathtaking displays of public disorderliness, including protesters swarming the Chicago subway (some of whom are wearing black scarfs over their faces), and screaming obscenities at the police. Others go so far as blocking cars with street signs while hooting.

    Perhaps most hilarious of all, there are a few shots of members of the National Lawyers’ Guild (an organization which was noted for being a communist front group as far back as the 1950′s) observing the proceedings, and describing the protesters as their “clients” even though these protesters are, presumably, paying them precisely no money.

This is all so déjà vu, as it was Obama neighbor Bernardine Dohrn who helped set up the National Lawyers Guild legal defense operation in Chicago in October 1969 (as well as help to organize the Students for a Democratic Society protests) ahead of the Days of Rage riots.

Dohrn was there, you see, to provide free legal services and keep the 1960s version of Black bloc anarchists out of jail.

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Chuck Hagel and Obama’s global taxation agenda

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Preezy Obama wants former Nebraska senator and RINO Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, so reports Bloomberg.com.

According to an anonymous source cited in the report, Hagel “has passed the vetting process at the White House Counsel’s office”. The decision is pending: a second source reported Hagel has already “told associates that he is awaiting final word from the president”.

There is no question there will be a lot of chatter by New Media about the possible Hagel selection. Meanwhile expect more of the same Obama cheerleading from the Lamestream Media.

It came as no surprise to some back in Febrary 2008 when candidate Obama selected Joe Biden as his running mate, particularly since on the 13th of that month it was Biden who rushed the passage of Obama’s bill, The Global Poverty Act (S.2433), also referred to as the “Global Poverty Tax,” through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The bill, introduced December 7, 2007, by Obama, Hagel, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), was based on H.R. 1302 that was passed by the Democrat-controlled House September 25, 2007. The Senate bill had been scheduled for debate since April 24, 2008, but — fortunately — never moved any further in the process.

According to the Borgen Project, which supported the legislation, the Act:

    • Declares it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme global poverty in half by 2015.

    • Requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to carry out that policy.

    • Includes guidelines for what the strategy should include – from aid, trade, and debt relief, to working with the international community, businesses and NGOs, to ensuring environmental sustainability.

    • Requires that the President’s strategy include specific and measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks, and timetables.

    • Requires the President to report back to Congress on progress made in the implementation of the global poverty strategy.

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media wrote in February 2008:

    Obama’s bill has only six co-sponsors. They are Senators Maria Cantwell, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Lugar, Richard Durbin, Chuck Hagel and Robert Menendez. But it appears that Biden and Obama see passage of this bill as a way to highlight Democratic Party priorities in the Senate. …

    It appears the Senate version was being pushed not only by Biden and Obama, a member of the committee, but Lugar, the ranking Republican member. Lugar has worked with Obama in the past to promote more foreign aid for Russia, supposedly to stem nuclear proliferation, and has become Obama’s mentor. Like Biden, Lugar is a globalist.