Author: George J. Pilibosian

Why Would the President of the United States Found ISIS?

I don’t know about you, but if I were elected President of the United States and was able to ride around the world on Air Force One, I would hardly be dissing America. Yet many mainstream Republicans are using the argument that Barack Obama not only hates America, but they are saying he actually founded the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS. Donald Trump is certainly using this argument to win the presidential election. Here is what FactCheck.org has to say about such an approach: Donald Trump claims that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “founded ISIS.” But the origin of the Islamic State terrorist group dates back to the Bush administration. Trump points to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011, under Obama, as “the founding of ISIS,” but experts say the expansion of the Islamic State after that point can’t be pinned on the troop withdrawal alone — if at all. And there’s the fact that President George W. Bush had signed the agreement and set the date for that withdrawal. “It’s a massively complex problem,” Clint Watts, the Robert A. Fox fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, told us. It “goes beyond one single policy decision about keeping or moving troops.” Furthermore, Trump himself supported withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as 2007, telling CNN in a March 16, 2007, interview...

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Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani Made More Than $100 Million Using 9/11 Connections

IMAGE CREDIT: GOLFCHANNEL.COM The man who served as Mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rudy Giuliani, has reappeared in the spotlight – as a surrogate for the Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump. During the last several weeks, Giuliani has appeared on all of the major television and cable networks, continually beating the drum that he believes Hillary Clinton is corrupt and has improperly used her government connections and contacts to profit personally, through the Clinton Foundation. Watch his appearance on MSNBC yesterday: This is quite an interesting charge for Giuliani to level at Clinton, considering that one can easily make the argument that Giuliani used his experience in handling the fallout from the September 11 attacks and his government connections to snare a personal profit for himself – to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. On May 3, 2007, John Solomon and Matthew Mosk of The Washington Post published a piece on the ways in which Giuliani used his connections and government ties to earn this remarkable payday. Here is an excerpt: “On Dec. 7, 2001, nearly three months after the terrorist attack that had made him a national hero and a little over three weeks before he would leave office, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani took the first official step toward making himself rich. The letter he dispatched to the city Conflicts...

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Facts Finally Bite Republicans in the Rear

IMAGE CREDIT: 2016election.com Sadly, it has taken the apocalyptic Republican nomination of Donald Trump for president to force the Republican Party into realizing that perhaps facts really do matter. This exchange between MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Bret Stephens from The Wall Street Journal makes the point so well (see the transcript below the video): JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): What do we — I don’t want to speak for you. I’m a registered Republican, I don’t know if you are or not. I’m a conservative, I certainly know you’re a conservative. How much do we look at our own party and say, well, you look at a lot of polls and in some states 50 percent of people not only wanted to ban Muslims, they wanted to ban mosques in America. Shouldn’t we, after this election, have a post-mortem, not just about the candidates we nominate, but the party that we’re in? BRET STEPHENS: Well, I think the point you’re making is an important one, in that too much of the Republican Party became an echo chamber of itself. And so, if you spend your time listening to certain cable shows all the time, listening to nobody else, if you’re prone to the kind of conspiracy theories that whiz around on Twitter or certain fringes of the internet, you end up having this kind of conversation that’s just increasingly divorced from reality. The...

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MSNBC Just Screwed up the Presidential Election

MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, left, Lawrence O’Donnell, center, and Chris Matthews take part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal summer press tour, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Normally, the advent of a new Olympic Games gets just about everyone in the world so excited, they tune in and tune out everything else. But when it comes to politics, the signature topic of MSNBC and its anchors, one would think that team wouldn’t be distracted by such an event, when the most intriguing and potentially damaging presidential election is just a few weeks away. However, that is exactly what has happened. Here is what TheWrap.com had to say about the idea: “NBC has already kicked off its Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro ahead of Friday night’s opening ceremony but as many loyal viewers rely on the network — and its sister stations — for news, prompting the question: Will NBC’s newscasts transform into Olympic infomercials for the next three weeks? The “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” will both air live from Rio through Aug. 19. A press release sent last month from NBC News said that the “Today” show “will once again begin America’s day with great stories and adventures from the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games.” On Friday, the majority of the first hour of “Today” was...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Delivers Deadly Zika Virus Sting To Weeks-Old Baby

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call One of our most-read editorials is about the idea that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is the biggest welfare recipient of the United States, because he receives a paycheck from the U.S. Government of over $193,000 per year while he has stated publicly he intends to do as little work as possible. Now, if you are a partisan Republican, you may agree with McConnell’s concept of blocking all the opposition wishes to accomplish, however, it you truly care about the health and well-being of the American public, you may just cringe at this news from Fortune magazine: A Texas Baby Just Became the First Known Person to Die From Zika in the U.S. The baby was born a few weeks ago with microcephaly. The Zika virus outbreak claimed its first known life in the United States when a baby who tested positive for the virus and developed birth defects died in Texas, health officials said Tuesday. The baby was born in a Houston-area Harris County hospital several weeks ago and exhibited birth defects including microcephaly, or an abnormally small head, that are associated with the virus. The child’s mother is believed to have contracted Zika while traveling abroad in El Salvador and wasn’t aware she had it. As of August 3, there were 1,818 travel-reported cases of Zika virus in U.S. states. But the number of infections...

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The GOP’s ‘Moral Compass’ Provides No Direction

IMAGE CREDIT: bsnews.info For decades, the Republican Party has claimed ownership of America’s moral standing. Everything from family values, to the insistence that marriage is only between a man and a woman, to the idea that each of us must create our own success, to the belief that lawsuits are simply an excuse for not taking personal responsibility for our actions. It is interesting then, that so many prominent Republican leaders who have publicly expressed disgust at some of the words and actions of Donald Trump, still say they support his candidacy for president. The Huffington Post has put together a list these individuals, and as you read through it, you will likely be shaking your head, wondering where the moral compass of the Republican Party really is pointing. It’s unusual to see so many party leaders and high-profile Republicans struggle openly with their opinion of the presumptive nominee. The biggest crack in his foundation of Republican support came when the reality star said that an American judge of Mexican descent would be biased against him in court. Trump also touted that the Orlando nightclub shooting last month justified his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country. Here’s a rundown of some notable Republicans who’ve stuck by Trump despite faulting him for intolerant statements and behavior: Mitch McConnell IMAGE CREDIT: Reuters/AP Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on June 26, McConnell twice declined to answer...

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Could Sarah Palin Replace Donald Trump as the Republican Nominee for President?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump in New York in 2011. ANDREW BURTON / GETTY IMAGES Just yesterday, nobody was really talking about the idea that Donald Trump might pull out of the race for President of the United States. Wow, what a difference a day makes, as today, the topic was discussed on every major network and on all of the major political news blogs and websites. This has prompted the editorial staff at Kwotable to think deeply about who could replace Donald Trump, were he to withdraw his candidacy, and still be in keeping with the qualities that appeal to Trump voters. fivethirtyeight.com compiled a list of similarities we think you should review and consider: 1. They’re not all that conservative Palin has a reputation for being very conservative, but she’s not. OnTheIssues.org, which grades public statements, rates her as a “moderate conservative.” Palin supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She has described herself as a feminist. Palin is far less conservative than other Republican bigwigs, such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; both rate as “hard-core conservatives.” Palin’s ideology lines up much better with Trump’s. When you convert Palin’s and Trump’s OnTheIssues grades to a -100 (most liberal) to 100 (most conservative) scale,1 Palin and Trump have nearly identical scores (47.4 for Palin and 47.5 for Trump). Trump has strayed from conservative...

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