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Drone outcries a double standard

 

By Cal Thomas

AN UNSIGNED and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, “. . . is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team’s views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies.”

The proviso is they must pose “an imminent threat

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:29 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:57 PM )
 
Big government has just begun

By Cal Thomas

BILL CLINTON isn’t often wrong when it comes to politics, but his assertion in his 1996 State of the Union Address that “the era of big government is over” was a bit premature. In light of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, the era of big government has just begun.

The reliably liberal columnist Dana Milbank of The Washington Post exhibited refreshing honesty when he wrote of Obama’s speech, “.?.?. it failed to rise to the moment.”

The president’s address was more campaign rhetoric than visionary. He even lowered

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:52 PM
 
Control leaders, not the guns

 

By Cal Thomas

IF LAWS WERE enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty.

The latest effort to “control” guns in America is as likely to deter someone intent on breaking the law as outlawing lust would affect one’s libido. What’s in a heart can’t be controlled by restricting what’s in a hand.

Following the Newtown tragedy, President Obama vowed to seek the passage of an assault weapons ban and hastily assembled an administration-wide gun control task force, an effort that amounts to little more than a political act designed to impress what Rush Limbaugh calls “low-information voters.” Government must be seen doing something to keep mad men from shooting children and moviegoers, even if that something will likely prove ineffective.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:49 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:30 PM )
 
Vietnam plus-50

By Cal Thomas

HANOI, VIETNAM — It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. “advisers” to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country’s unification under Communism.

Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

A local TV program reminds a visitor of Chinese propaganda “operas” circa 1970. Performers, some wearing military garb with a backdrop of missiles and an American B-52 bomber going down in flames, commemorate the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong ordered by President Richard Nixon. Banners and posters in the streets reinforce the government’s history lesson.

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:35 PM
 
You gotta have positive attitude

 

By Cal Thomas

“YOU GOTTA HAVE hope; mustn’t sit around and mope.” — “Damn Yankees”

Sitting in the room at the Jack Kemp Leadership Award dinner last week, listening to Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and of late the GOP vice presidential candidate, I sensed more than a generational shift in party leadership.

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:51 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:35 PM )
 
Taxpayers, revolt!

By Cal Thomas

CONGRESS RETURNED to “work” this week (now there’s a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people’s money is a taxing experience.

Their task is to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a geological construct of their own making. It doesn’t take a genius to predict both parties will try to do two things: (1) reach an agreement that will allow each side to take some credit and (2) require those who work for a living to pay government more while they come up with phony, or inconsequential spending “cuts.”

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:52 PM
 
Changing America

 

By Cal Thomas

“THE COLOR OF the world is changing day by day.” — “Les Miserables,” the musical.

A look at the electoral map indicates the Republican Party won in square miles. Unfortunately for them, electoral votes, not landmass, won President Obama a second term. Analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that total spending on federal elections would peak at nearly $6 billion, an all-time record. This spending included ads that carpet bombed swing states; yet we are still an almost equally divided nation. But America is rapidly changing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:34 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:45 PM )
 
Foreign policy open to debate

 

Editor’s note: Cal Thomas wrote this column prior to the presidential election and a new Thomas column was not available for the News-Review before press time at noon Tuesday, Nov. 6.

By Cal Thomas

AFTER WATCHING THE third presidential debate, are you clear on America’s foreign policy? I thought not. That’s because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, rather a series of foreign policies, which must be tailored to fit each nation.

 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:35 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:46 PM )
 
The 2nd debate

By Cal Thomas

IN FORM, President Obama came back strongly in last Tuesday’s debate with Mitt Romney, but substantively he continues to lag behind the Republican candidate. That’s because the president has a record to defend and it isn’t a good one.

Television being what it is, the president looked and sounded good, but the air seems to have gone out of his messianic balloon as voters focus more on facts and less on spin.

If promises mean anything — and they don’t to most politicians — Romney hit the president where it hurts: on his failure to live up to most of his promises.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:40 PM
 
Total reprobate

By Cal Thomas

“YOU CAN’T RUN from your mistakes. You have to confront them.”?—?Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn’t go on TV to confess their sins. That was back when most understood what sin is, before everything became excusable, especially for celebrities and the politically powerful.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a media tour promoting his book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” It certainly is.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 2:41 PM
 
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