John Bolton: America will pay the price for our ‘weak, feckless, inattentive president’

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., gave a blistering assessment of President Obama‘s handling of foreign policy Tuesday, saying America will pay the price for having “a weak, feckless, inattentive president.”

Fox News host Greta Van Susterenasked Bolton to comment on what is happening in Ukraine, where bloody riots have the country descending into chaos. After explaining Russia’s role in events, he then spoke about America’s influence, or lack thereof, in the world.

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“This is not just Ukraine,” Bolton said. “We’ve got riots and demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela. Friends of the United States, in effect, friends of liberty, but friends of ours are out there trying to prevent their government from succumbing to autocracy and the U.S. government is effectively silent and inactive.”

Van Susteran turned the focus on Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking Bolton if this could be “a turning point in history.”

“What we’ve got in Putin is a man with a strategic vision and an autocratic mentality,” Bolton answered. “In Obama we’ve got a weak, feckless, inattentive president who not only doesn’t know what America’s interests are, I don’t think particularly cares about American national security.”

He added that Obama is devoted to “transforming America domestically,” and we will pay the price for this.

“We can see this all over the world,” he said. “American influence is slipping, slipping away in Ukraine, Venezuela, the Middle East and we will pay the price for this for a long time unless people speak up.”

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Hillary Clinton: “My Biggest Regret Is What Happened In Benghazi”

QUESTION: Any do-overs that you would — relative to Secretary of State?

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, sure. I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to — as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.

You know, my biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives, losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.

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Obama Giving Up on Promoting Democracy in Middle East, North Africa

The Obama administration has given up on promoting democracy in the Middle East and North Africa after the initial promise of the so-called Arab Spring yielded violent revolutions, experts say.

President Barack Obama was initially upbeat about the regional protests sparked by a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire. He declared in a May 2011 speech that “it will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region and to support transitions to democracy.”

Obama struck a different tone in his address to the United Nations General Assembly last September. The speech was delivered amid the backdrop of a bloody two-year civil war in Syria and a second revolution in Egypt that again installed a military-backed government.

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon

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Bur Dubai residents stuck in parking nightmare | GulfNews.com

Bur Dubai residents stuck in parking nightmare | GulfNews.com.

This is a vital issue and it is good that Gulf News has highlighted it. Before the problem becomes insurmountable and Dubai’s private transport system becomes bound in a gridlock plans should be drawn up to construct massive multi-storeyed parking facilities as there is a space crunch. However, the long-term, pragmatic and sensible solution would be to hugely augment public transport, especailly mass rapid transport systems, as no amount of infrastructure improvement would be, ultimately, able to handle the burgeoning volumes of private transport.

Read more at GulfNews.com

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Police urge caution as more rain predicted in northern emirates (UAE)

Please pray for the people of the northern Part of the UAE.  Having lived in Las Vegas, heavy rain in the desert can make for very dangerous driving.   Desert Ground is hard and does not absorb water.  Included is an article from Gulf News.com

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Traffic during Heavy rain early morning at Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd in Dubai

Sharjah/Ajman/Fujairah: Police in the northern emirates urged motorists to exercise caution as more rain is predicted, which might cause slippery roads and poor visibility. The police have also launched a public awareness campaign via Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry aimed at improving safety.

A man was seriously injured in Fujairah on Monday at around 1.30pm after his car skidded on the wet road and overturned several times.

Lieutenant Mohammad Al Dhufairi of Fujairah media and public relations department of Fujairah Police, said the Emirati man was speeding on the Masafi-Dafta road. He was taken to Fujairah Hospital for treatment.

He told Gulf News the police had put a plan in place to avoid any flood-related loss or damage. A warning was issued to residents to avoid the sea due to bad weather conditions and not to use mobile phones in open places for safety, while it rains.

Read more at Gulf News.com

This is an amazing story of a Saudi Woman Coming to Christ

I found this on Arab World Media.  This Saudi woman was defending Islam to former Muslims on line.   She tells her story in the two parts of this video of how she was lead to Christ and was able to leave Saudi Arabia despite the fact that her passport expired in three months.  She wanted to go to the UK and one’s passport (for Saudi citizens) must have at least 6 months left before expiring to get a UK Visa.  She only had 3 months left on her passport and needed permission from her father to renew it.  She was facing rejection or worse from her family.

God had given me a heart for the beloved Muslims in particular those in the Persian Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, and Yemen.  Please watch and pray for those beloved who do not know Christ.  And Please pray for my direction to lead them to the truth.  Also, for more information, please visit Arab World Media.

Blessings and Yours in Christ

Andrew

Persecution of Christians a Growing Problem in Pakistan – RescueChristians.org

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Published on Dec 22, 2013

Keith Davies appears on Fox News to speak about persecution of Christians in Pakistan. Support the important work of saving lives in Pakistan: https://ffmu.webconnex.com/persecuted…

Julie-You are so right!! Sanctions against Iran won’t work

Julie Boroski on “Why Sanctions against Iran won’t work”.

This video is so dead on.  I could not have said it better myself.  As we have seen time and time again, all sanctions do is hurt the regular people.  I did not think of how it would actually benefit a dictator.  Look at what has happened in Cuba since Fidel Castro took over.

Please watch and let me know what you think.

Andrew

Believe it or not, This is Christmas in Dubai, UAE

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And check out this article written by Evangelist Ravi Zacharias.  He was in Dubai with a Christian Business man and he describes his experience.

Early in December, I was enjoying breakfast with a fine Christian businessman from another country who, in his travels, covers several continents.  One of his biggest questions was, “How does one do business in a society where corruption is the defining reality?”  As we were talking, I couldn’t help but notice that the music playing in the background was “Hark! the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King.’”

 

We were not in the West.  This was a Middle Eastern country, a city with a futuristic skyline almost brash in its opulence and pomp, with pictures of sheikhs in their palaces lining the hotel walls.  Boasting the tallest building in the world, the largest indoor ski slopes, seven-star hotels with rows of Rolls Royces parked in front to stun the eyes—a country dripping wealth all around, a city that is a commercial capital, and the envy of the world.  It is not straining the description to say it had all the marks of the modern tower of Babel.  But there was no mistaking by the décor that this was Christmas.

Read more at A Moment in Eternity by Ravi Zacharias