American Elephants

Maybe Next Week, Maybe Later. Very Well Thought Out. by The Elephant's Child

The New York Times reports a varying plan from President Obama to give work permits to up to five million illegal aliens, 3,3 million people who have been living in the United States for at least five years, or a policy that would give work permits to people who have lived illegally in the country for at least 10 years, or about 2.5 million people.

Mr. Obama’s actions will also expand opportunities for immigrants who have high-tech skills, shift extra security resources to the nation’s southern border, revamp a controversial immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities, and provide clearer guidance to the agencies that enforce immigration laws about who should be a low priority for deportation, especially those with strong family ties and no serious criminal history.

And what about the nine million unemployed Americans? The gains in employment in October turned out to be bartenders and food servers.  There are seven million people who are employed part-time, but would prefer to be working full time. Then there are the 2.2 million who were not in the labor force, but wanted and were available for work, but haven’t looked for a job lately.

Just asking.

President Obama Makes the Case Against President Obama’s Executive Amnesty by The Elephant's Child

Mr. Obama clearly spells out just what he can and cannot do as head of the Executive Branch of Government. Perhaps we need to remind him?

Where Is The Evidence That Iran Is Developing Nuclear Power for Peaceful Purposes? by The Elephant's Child


When a regime is secretly developing nuclear weapons, protestations that they are only developing nuclear power for “peaceful purposes” doesn’t meet believability standards. Nuclear energy developed for peaceful purposes can be developed right out in the open where everyone can see. No need to hide it under mountains nor in disguised locations.

When you add on to that mass rallies where the people are led in cries of “DEATH TO AMERICA” and “DEATH TO ISRAEL,” one should probably assume that they mean it, or at least the leadership does. They have devoted considerable resources to their missiles with assistance from Russia and North Korea. Missiles in development may be able to strike targets in Europe and Russia. Their program is a formidable weapon of terror.

Reuters just reported that Iran had stepped up its nuclear enrichment activities while supposedly under an agreement not to do so. A former chief of the IAEA has claimed that Iran may have five times as many centrifuges as they have admitted they have. It has been revealed that Obama has been writing secretly to the Ayatollah Khamenei sending 4 letters, none answered directly. Obama seems desperately set on a “deal” with Iran, but there seems to be little likelihood of anything significant, or even any agreement that the Iranians would observe.

Khamenei responded contemporaneously shortly after Obama’s letter:

Khamenei reiterated that the “current conditions of the region,” including those inside Iraq, are “the result of policies that non-regional powers and some regional countries adopted in Syria in an irresponsible way and we should stand up against these policies in a decisive way.”

Iran’s leader then dismissed “western claims” about fighting the Islamic State as dishonest. “We do not trust the honesty of those who made these claims and we believe that the issue of DAESH [a derogatory way of referring to the Islamic State] and terrorism should be resolved by regional countries.”

The twitter account in Khamenei’s name disparages the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, and makes it clear that Iran’s red lines for the negotiations are basically unsurmountable  obstacles to any meaningful deal.

A Democrat “Think Tank”, the Truman National Security Project”s campaign  to sell the public on an Iran deal has urged associates to brand critics of the Iran Deal as “Un-American.” Truman associates accuse congressional skeptics as “not rooting for an American win.”

There’s an adult response to serious international security questions.  Do I not recall Iran saying that the Americans worship life, but we worship death? Or do I misremember? President Obama and Secretary Kerry appear weak, desperate for an agreement that is likely to be completely meaningless. As Ronald Regan quoted an old Russian proverb — “Trust but verify.” Iran has been the major sponsor of international terrorism, and terrorism in the Middle East for a very long time. They have never observed any sanctions. Why do we assume they will start now?

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