More Than 90 Percent of Middle Eastern Refugees to U.S. on Food Stamps

Posted on September 11th, 2015

WAIMH Red ArrowBy Caroline May

More than 90 percent of recent refugees from Middle Eastern nations are on food stamps and nearly 70 percent receive cash assistance, according to government data.

According to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) data highlighted by the immigration subcommittee staff of — chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest — in FY 2013, 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees (accepted to the U.S. between 2008-2013) received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare.

The high welfare rates among Middle Eastern refugees comes as the Obama administration considers increasing the number of refugees — who are immediately eligible for public benefits — to the U.S., particularly Syrian refugees. Read More..

Obama Kept Key Iran Nuclear Deal Details from Congress, House Republicans Allege

Posted on September 10th, 2015

AlertEDITOR’S COMMENT: Finally, the House Republicans are trying to assert themselves on behalf of the American people, partly as a result of a ‘full-scale” revolt against John Boehner, as he was not planning to fight the Iran deal any longer. In other words, the leadership was willing to cave in again. Now, we have to hope that Senate Republican leader McConnell does not ‘wimp out’ in the face of heavy pressure from the White House. Even if these tactics don’t succeed, the Republican leadership needs to show conclusively that the favorable votes on this Obama Iran deal are all Democratic.

By Stephen Dinan and Anjali Shastry

GOP’s last-ditch effort to derail agreement could create legal hurdle for president.

House Republicans will attempt a last-ditch effort to derail the Iran nuclear agreement by asserting President Obama has withheld key details of the deal from Congress, meaning the 60-day period for Capitol Hill’s review hasn’t even begun, GOP lawmakers said Wednesday.

The move could create a legal hurdle for President Obama, who argues he has power to move ahead with lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran as of Sept. 17, when he deems the clock runs out on Congress‘ review period.

“Many of us feel this is a deeply flawed agreement. We think it’s going to endanger our national security, we think it’s going to endanger the security of our friends and allies in the region, and we’re just looking for any way that we can to derail this agreement,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, Utah Republican, emerging from a closed-door meeting of the House GOP where details were being hashed out. Read More..

Why There Is Still Time to Demand a Better Iran Deal

Posted on September 10th, 2015

Obama’s Nuke deal campaign from www.caglecartoons.com # 167367By Rachel Zissimos

As Congress’ September deadline to approve or condemn the Iran deal approaches, the Obama administration has intensified its lobbying efforts, appealing to individual members of Congress who remain on the fence.

Last Friday, President Obama drafted a letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler D-N.Y., defending what he calls “a very good deal for the United States” that will eliminate all pathways to a nuclear weapon, facilitate the full or partial “snapback” of sanctions, and ensure “tremendous oversight.”

Nadler announced his support of the deal later that day, albeit with little enthusiasm. He assessed the deal as “far from perfect, to put it mildly.” Nadler is not the only politician to have voiced support of the deal begrudgingly.

The administration has accused Republicans of lining up to oppose the deal before it was even released. However, blaming concerns on party bias dismisses legitimate criticisms that span both sides of the aisle. Read More..

Deja vu All Over Again: What Happened When We Did A Nuclear Deal Two Decades Ago with Another Rogue State

Posted on September 8th, 2015

Iran Snake Oil Salesman, Obama, Kerry, from www.caglecartoons.com # 166824  By Jeff Lipkes

Claudia Rosett in Forbes offers an instructive comparison between the “Agreed Framework” with North Korea in 1994 and this summer’s “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” with Iran.

With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically elected leader of one of America’s closest allies, to say this nuclear deal is mortal folly. He warns that it is filled with concessions more likely to sustain and embolden the nuclear-weapons-seeking despotism than to disarm it.

This critic has more incentive than most to weigh the full implications of the deal, because his country is most immediately in harm’s way — though it has not been included in the nuclear talks. He notes that the nuclear negotiators have sidelined such glaring issues as human rights, and warns that Washington is naive, and the U.S. is allowing itself to be manipulated by a ruthless dictatorship.

No, the critic I’m referring to is not Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though he has warned of precisely such dangers in the Iran nuclear deal. I am citing the warnings voiced 21 years ago by the then-President of South Korea, Kim Young Sam, as the Clinton administration bargained its way toward the 1994 nuclear deal with North Korea known as the Agreed Framework.

As it turned out, Kim Young Sam’s misgivings were right on target. The 1994 Agreed Framework did not stop North Korea’s pursuit of the bomb. Instead, it became a pit stop on North Korea’s road to the nuclear arsenal it is amassing today. Read More..

Harry Reid Confirms Senate Democrats Will Filibuster Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted on September 8th, 2015

RedArrowWAIMHlargerEDITOR’S COMMENT: When is the Republican leadership going to wake up, and actually act responsibly, and do what they were elected to do? In this issue, as significant as it is, the republicans should simply change the ‘rules’ regarding filibuster, in the same way that Harry Reid did, when he was in charge. For some idiotic reason, the Republican leadership has this quaint and outdated notion of ‘respect’ for existing Senates rules, and ranks this notion higher than its interests in protecting the country!

By Stephen Dinan

Democrats will try to mount a filibuster to block the Iran nuclear deal from even having to reach President Obama’s desk for a veto, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid signaled Saturday in a statement.

He and his party colleagues already have enough committed supporters that they would be able to sustain an Obama veto and allow the Iran deal to proceed, but a filibuster would be an even bigger coup, halting the issue earlier in the process and heading off a protracted — and potentially politically costly — veto fight.

A surge of support for Mr. Obama’s stance this week has put Democrats well over the 34 votes needed to guarantee upholding the veto, and they are now within striking distance of the 41 votes that would guarantee a filibuster, too.

The Iran debate is slated to begin Tuesday, as Congress returns from a long summer vacation. Read More..

Guess How Many Refugees the Rich Gulf States Have Taken In?

Posted on September 8th, 2015

Saudi Arabia and refugees from www.caglecartoons.com # 168448By Rick Moran

The refugee crisis continues to haunt the countries of the European Union as tens of thousands of desperate people try to escape war, famine, and chaos in their home countries try to reach the wealthy democracies of Europe.

Germany plans to take in 800,000 refugees this year with other EU countries being urged to take in a bigger share. But one group of nations that would, on the surface, appear to be an ideal destination for the refugees has held back giving any support to the migrants. They are rich, they are Muslim, but they have closed their doors to the crisis.

In fact, the Arab Gulf States have yet to take in a single refugee. You read that right; zero migrants taken in by the fabulously wealthy autocratic monarchies of the Persian Gulf.

Washington Post:

Some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians. There’s also been a good deal of continental hand-wringing over the general dysfunction of Europe’s systems for migration and asylum.

Less ire, though, has been directed at another set of stakeholders who almost certainly should be doing more: Saudi Arabia and the wealthy Arab states along the Persian Gulf.

As Amnesty International recently pointed out, the “six Gulf countries — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain — have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.”  Read More..

And Now It Begins

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

Game Over financial collapseBy Monty Pelerin

And now it begins –the long-awaited financial collapse! The domino effect is not underway yet, but a preview of what is coming can be visualized. Detroit, Greece and Puerto Rico are harbingers of what faces many, if not most, political jurisdictions. Common to all is political legerdemain, lying and promises made that never could be fulfilled. All that differs is the degree of harm already inflicted and a jurisdiction’s ability to hold out.

Economics and mathematics are required to determine the downward spiral that most government entities have boxed themselves into. Economics tells us why there is not, nor will there be, a recovery. Mathematics tells us the hole is now so deep that there is no way out without massive defaults on debts and promises. Throw a bit of public-choice theory in and it all seems inevitable.

The three defaults mentioned above do not signal a domino effect. They are early warning signs, however, of what lies ahead. There is little similarity among the three entities other than the common element of political excess. Excess is a universal tendency of the ruling class of any democratic regime. It is independent of culture, language, religion, etc. It is the way that plunder is achieved and office is retained. Read More..

Barack Obama’s Inability to Grasp Reality

Posted on August 31st, 2015

Iran side deals Obama from www.caglecartoons.com # 166776By Wesley Pruden

Barack Obama is afraid he might be a warmonger at heart. Who knew? But making war against an Islamic enemy? That defies everyone’s imagination.

The president keeps changing his arguments for approval of his deal with the mullahs in Iran, and the tone of his denunciations of anybody who argues with him grows ever harsher and disrespectful. The latest refinement of tone is his assertion that it’s his way or the highway, that war with Iran lies at the end of that forbidden highway.

But who would start such a war? He doesn’t say. As crazy as the mullahs are, the craziness lies in a distorted theology, not in statecraft. The mullahs are smart enough not to believe everything they say, and go to war against the United States. We logically conclude that Mr. Obama is afraid that he might be the one to start the war. Who else does he think it could be? His “it’s me or war” is rendered nonsense, and he knows it.

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever searching for a reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, he has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men who listen to the call to evening prayer that so captivated him as a boy in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — actually dream of bringing death to America. Read More..

IAEA Says It’s Running Out of Money to Monitor Iran

Posted on August 27th, 2015

WAIMH Red ArrowEDITOR’S COMMENT: Sounds about right! Let’s see. The Security Council of the UN approved the basic agreement, when asked by President Obama, as he went around Congress, but none of these geniuses checked to see if the funding was in place to carry out the vital required inspections and monitoring. Also, why does it always seem that the American taxpayer is saddled with these extra financial burdens. Iran is about to receive the benefit of $159 billion in restricted finds, and no one at the State Department thought to include this financing as part of their negotiations?

By Adelle Nazarian

The world’s nuclear watch dog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says it is strapped for cash and needs at least $10 million to carry out the critical monitoring required of them in the Iranian nuclear deal.

“The Agency has immediate funding needs related to the continuing costs of implementing monitoring and verification under the existing Joint Plan of Action,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in remarks presented to the agency’s Board of Directors this week.

“These total $800,000 euros per month. The extra-budgetary contributions which we have previously received for this purpose will be exhausted by the end of September,” Amano said.

In response to the IAEA’s financial woes, the United States’ mission in Vienna reportedly said on Tuesday that it would make sure the agency has enough money to report on Iran’s past, present, and future nuclear programs. Read More..

Almost 200 Retired Generals, Admirals Tell Congress: Vote Down the Iran Deal

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Money for Iran from www.caglecartoons.com # 167170By Jason Devaney

Nearly 200 retired U.S. military generals and admirals sent a letter to Congressional leaders Wednesday, asking them to vote down the Iran nuclear deal.

According to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the letter, many of the signees have worked in the White House going back three decades.

The letter was addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

“As you know, on July 14, 2015, the United States and five other nations announced that a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been reached with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons,” the letter reads.

“In our judgment as former senior military officers, the agreement will not have that effect. Removing sanctions on Iran and releasing billions of dollars to its regime over the next ten years is inimical to the security of Israel and the Middle East. There is no credibility within JCPOA’s inspection process or the ability to snap back sanctions once lifted, should Iran violate the agreement. In this and other respects, the JCPOA would threaten the national security and vital interests of the United States and, therefore, should be disapproved by the Congress.
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