Howard Dean Forced To Apologize For ‘American Sniper’ Comments

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean speculated last Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher that most of the moviegoers who went to see American Sniper were angry and from the Tea Party.

His comments have generated a lot of buzz, so much so that he says he’s been receiving countless tweets from “right-wing nut jobs” calling him out for making them.

Actor Gary Sinise joined the cause and called out Dean for his comments, forcing Dean on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to make a public apology for his comments.

“This is something in which I’ve almost never done in politics, I’ll apologize to the veterans,” Dean said. “I haven’t seen the movie, and I think it was wrong. I talked to a lot of people about it.”

But before his actual apology, he first had to take a jab at the Right.

“I make no apology to the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who’ve been Twittering me with nasty language, but I do apologize to the veterans; we owe them a lot and I think this movie was much more nuanced than I thought,” he added. “I have a lot of respect for the people who served this country and I apologize.”

Twitter responded to Dean’s apology and his presumptive criticism before watching the movie:

h/t: Right Scoop

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Krauthammer: The Biggest Error We Could Make Is To Lose The Damn War

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Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer denounced Secretary of State John Kerry on Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday night for his comments that the United States’ biggest error is to blame all “Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone.” Krauthammer told the Fox News host that, instead, the biggest error would be “to lose the damn war” because this administration refuses “to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires.”

“The biggest error that we can make, while it would be an error if we blamed all the Muslims in the world for the crimes that are occurring, including the latest one today in Libya, for example. It would be an error, but I’m not sure how many people in this country actually say that. That’s just a straw man. I mean, everyone who is critical of radical Islam prefaces in saying of course it’s a minority of Islam. It’s not a way to attack all Muslims. So this is a non-argument that he is making. And it wouldn’t be the biggest error that we make.

“The biggest error that we make is to lose the damn war because we refuse to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires. That would be a larger error because it would consign people to, for example, the hell that is Syria today, approaching a quarter of a million dead.”

Krauthammer went on to criticize President Obama’s strategy of leaving the region while supposedly arming and training the Syrian rebels.

“And the original sin here is not that Obama sort of is confused — I think he is in a way — but that he has a strategy. He came into office with a strategy: America leaves. This is not something that we should be involved in. We will leave and he didn’t quite understand (which is sort of an axiom of geopolitics) if America leaves, the vacuum does not remain a vacuum.

“There’s a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today about the comedy of errors of our supposedly equipping, arming, and training the Syrian rebels. They started almost two years ago. They have gotten nowhere. There was no impetus, there was no urgency. There was no logic behind what the president was doing. Everybody understood that he himself said and thought it was a fantasy. So he says it’s a fantasy and then he says he is going to arm them. This is a president who believes in withdrawal and these are the fruits of withdrawal.”

h/t: The Gateway Pundit

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Meet The Beloved 88-Year-Old Country Doctor Whose Caring Ways Could Cost Him His License

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Despite his advancing years, Dr. Carrol Landrum still makes house calls. That’s extraordinary enough in these days of Obamacare, doc-in-a-box, and production-line medicine.

But this 88-year-old medical doctor who is known, respected, and widely relied upon in the tiny Mississippi town of Edwards also works out of his car — a hard-driven 2007 Toyota from which he often writes prescriptions for the residents who have looked to him for their health care since 1959.

And that unusual practice of working from his unconventional office on wheels could reportedly cost Dr. Landrum his medical license.

Fox News reports that Landrum, a Navy veteran who saw action in World War II, still maintains a fighting spirit that’s helping him push back against the Mississippi State Medical Board and its investigator, Andrew Pitts.

“He said the director had told him to ask me to surrender my license right then and there or I would come before the board,” said Landrum.

“And he said, basically, ‘If you surrender it here, nobody would know about it. But if it goes to the board, it’ll be public knowledge and it might affect your reputation.’”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox News report on Dr. Carrol Landrum, the people who love him, and his fight to stay in business as an old-fashioned, country doctor.

h/t: Fox News

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WAR! Fox News Vs. The Pentagon In A High-Stakes Showdown Over Bergdahl And Obama’s Cred


Fox News stands resolutely by its report. The Pentagon labels it “patently false.” In essence, as Bill O’Reilly concludes, the Defense Department is calling the Fox News source “a liar.”

So, what’s the truth? Is the Army about to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion? Will Bergdahl soon face the music for willfully abandoning his post in Afghanistan?

As Politico reports: “The Pentagon vigorously denied reports on Tuesday that the Army is preparing to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, stressing the top commander reviewing the case has made no decisions.”

But Fox News, along with other organizations, says a decision has been made and that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given official papers on the matter. The Army acknowledges that its investigation into the Bergdahl controversy concluded months ago, but inexplicably the Defense Department has still not announced any findings or charges.

“Such charges, especially if they led to a court-martial, would kick up a political hornet’s nest following the intense criticism of the deal that led to Bergdahl’s release,” the Politico post says.

In a highly unusual move, the former military intelligence officer who claimed on Monday that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion was back on The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night to double down on his bold assertion.

Despite the Pentagon’s adamant push-back, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Bill O’Reilly that not only would Bergdahl be charged, but also that the White House was stalling and stonewalling to try to mitigate a potential political disaster.

“Shaffer, who believes the White House’s alleged decision to delay its announcement is politically motivated, added that he stands by ‘all of those facts,’ referring to his report on Monday that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a statement of charges.”

Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years before, in a highly controversial deal, the Obama administration swapped five Gitmo detainees for the sergeant’s freedom from captivity.

You can watch O’Reilly’s interview with Tony Shaffer by clicking on the video above.


h/t Fox News

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WATCH How Top Defense Analysts Just Devastated Obama’s Failed Policies In An Unforgettable Way


Barack Obama is coming under withering and sustained fire from U.S. military experts who say in no uncertain terms that the president’s defense policies are a failure.

Before Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn retired in the summer of 2014, he was the top guy at the Defense Intelligence Agency. So Flynn’s stinging criticism of the Obama administration’s sputtering terror-fighting efforts carries significant weight.

The Daily Beast says that Gen. Flynn leveled his harsh charge against the administration’s anti-terrorism policies at a Washington industry conference. He reportedly told the gathering of special operators and intelligence officers that, under Obama’s leadership, U.S. efforts to combat al Qaeda and the Islamic State have been paralyzed by the complexity of the fight.

Flynn further blasted the Obama administration, saying, “You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists.”

He said the administration is unwilling to admit the scope of the problem, naively clinging to the hope that limited counterterrorist intervention will head off the ideological juggernaut of religious militancy.

He also slammed the administration for refusing to use the term “Islamic militants” in its description of ISIS and al Qaeda.

And on Fox News Tuesday night, another highly decorated U.S. military veteran and defense analyst lit into the Obama administration with a similar charge of incompetence in the war on terror.

Retired four-state general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Jack Keane, told Megyn Kelly that Obama lacks a comprehensive strategy to protect America from the very real threat of radical Islam.

Earlier in the day, Keane had testified about terrorism before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In his appearance on “The Kelly File,” Gen. Keane said, “This administration has been paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East driven by the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

You can watch Megyn Kelly’s summary of Gen. Michael Flynn’s harsh criticism as well as the eye-opening interview with Gen. Jack Keane by clicking on the video above.


h/t Fox News

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