Wife of American Jailed in Iran ‘Devastated’ US Didn’t Demand Release
Naghmeh Abedini, whose American husband Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned in Iran, spoke out Monday about the failure of the United States to work the Christian pastor’s release into the nuclear deal reached early Sunday, Fox News reported.
“It’s devastating,” Naghmeh Abedini said. “Iran has no incentive for them to release him. I don’t think we have any more leverage. We now have to consider other avenues and having other countries speak out because our country, when we could have used our leverage, chose to stay silent.”
With the holidays approaching, Naghmeh Abedini said her children were praying their 33-year-old father, who has been behind bars for more than a year because of his Christian religious practices, would be returned to the United States.
“It’s unbearable to think of another Christmas without him and see my kids not have him home for Christmas,” she said.
Despite the hope of the family, Saeed Abedini’s freedom was not a talking point when the Obama administration struck an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.
According to the White House, the release of Abedini — a U.S. citizen who was born in Iran and who was working in an Iranian government-approved orphanage when he was arrested — did not enter discussions that took place last week in in Geneva.
President Barack Obama raised the issue of Saeed Abedini’s release in September during earlier rounds of talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but an agreement allowing the prisoner to come home was not reached, prompting the American Center for Law and Justice to reach out to Secretary of State John Kerry.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow accused both Obama and Kerry of turning their backs on a U.S. citizen; however, Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said Saeed Abedini’s case, as well as the cases of other American prisoners in Iran, have been part of diplomatic discussions.
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Ted Cruz: Nation Divided Between Washington and Rest
The beleaguered Obamacare program is the best example of the huge rift between entrenched Washington politicians and the American people, Sen. Ted Cruz tells Newsmax.
The biggest rift in the country is not between Democrats and Republicans, he says, but between Washington and the rest of the country.
“There are a lot of politicians in Washington who just aren’t listening to the American people — and people are frustrated,” the Texas Republican said in an exclusive interview at the annual Restoration Weekend conference in Palm Beach, Fla.
“You take something like Obamacare,” he began. “Millions of Americans have been speaking up, saying: ‘This is a train wreck. This is a disaster. This is killing jobs. This is forcing people into part-time work.’ We’ve been seeing in the last few weeks that this is taking away the healthcare of millions of Americans
“Yet, Washington hasn’t been listening to them. That’s the frustration people feel all across this country. That’s something I hope will change.”
Cruz, 42, a first-term senator backed by the tea party, has been mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2016. He has long opposed Obamacare. In September, he spoke for more than 21 hours on the Senate floor against President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
The program has been plagued with problems since the rollout of its individual mandate on Oct. 1. The main Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, has been riddled with technological and accessibility problems — and millions of Americans have since been dropped by insurance companies because their plans do not meet the law’s requirements.
The House voted 261-157 on Friday to allow insurance companies to sell those health policies for another year. Thirty-nine Democrats, including several who face tough challenges in next year’s congressional elections, voted for the bill, sponsored by GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan.
The Senate is working on its own version of the Upton plan. For his part, President Obama has pledged to grant a one-year reprieve to Americans whose health policies have been canceled.
“As John Adams said, facts are stubborn things,” Cruz told Newsmax, reflecting on the House vote. “And the facts are Obamacare isn’t working. At this point, it is the essence of pragmatism to want to repeal Obamacare, because three-and-a-half years ago, some people might have believed that maybe Obamacare would work. Today, nobody believes that.
“It’s the classic illustration of liberalism and big government run amok, where people in Washington think they know better than you do about the healthcare you need and about the healthcare your family needs,” he added. “What has happened to the Democratic partisanship is that it has confronted the realty of the millions of Americans who are paying the price, who are facing real harms because of Obamacare.”
It did not help that the party’s most-popular figure, former President Bill Clinton, admonished Obama to change the law to let Americans who are happy with their health plans keep them.
“That speaks volumes — that this thing isn’t working, that nobody is defending it,” Cruz said. “That really was a signal to an awful lot of Democrats, that the wheels are falling off of this thing.
“We’re starting to see a lot more Democrats finally being willing to break from Obamacare, to stop the partisan obstruction they’ve been engaged in and to start, I hope, beginning to listen to the American people.”
Cruz also praised videographer James O’Keefe, who last week released recordings from an undercover investigation showing Obamacare “navigators” advising Americans to lie, ignore procedures, and evade legal requirements when signing up for healthcare.
Other investigations by O’Keefe targeted ACORN, a community organizing group for which President Obama worked when he was a lawyer, and NPR’s Ron Schiller, who wasexposed courting a pro-Muslim group by disparaging Christians, Jews, Republicans, and the tea party.
“The great thing about what James does is that he just runs a camera and lets people explain what they’re doing,” Cruz told Newsmax. “The navigators are all about using taxpayer money to fund partisan operatives, and that’s fundamentally corrupt.
“It’s wrong. It’s misusing the machinery of government, and what James has done is simply put on film that these folks understand their partisan operatives. They’re not engaged in anything other than trying to mobilize people, to keep Democrats in power to maintain their control over our lives.”
The best way to improve Obamacare is to “repeal it outright and let’s start over,” Cruz said.
“The Democrats are scrambling. They’re fleeing a sinking ship. What they’re desperately looking for is right now is not a way to fix the problem; they’re just looking for a political Band-Aid.
“They’re looking for something to cover their political rear ends — but, frankly, they don’t make a big enough Band-Aid to do that.
“This thing is fundamentally broken,” the senator told Newsmax. “Tinkering around the edges, sticking a Band-Aid on it, is not going to fix the problem.”
Cruz said the introduction of Obamacare is another example of how President Obama defies the U.S. Constitution when enforcing the law, Cruz said.
“It’s one of the most troubling aspects of the Obama administration: Aside from their radical policy, the way they’ve implemented it has, sadly, been lawless. Over and over again, this president has said, ‘I don’t care what the law is; I’m going to refuse to enforce it.’”
While he believes these executive actions are unconstitutional, Cruz stopped short of calling for Obama’s impeachment.
“That’s a question for the House, ultimately. The House, under the Constitution, makes the decision whether to impeach, and then the Senate is charged with trying it.
“Any impeachment would have to be tried in the United States Senate — and my responsibility would be to render judgment,” Cruz added. “I would not urge the House to do anything other than exercise its best judgment, and I would endeavor to the same on my end.”
The senator was just as indirect on his aspirations for a White House run in 2016.
“The instincts are to focus on politics, focus on the next elections. I’m trying very hard to keep my focus on the substance,” Cruz told Newsmax. “The challenges facing our country are enormous.
“The Senate is the battlefield right now, and my focus is on the U.S. Senate.
“I believe we can and should” retake the Senate in next year’s elections, Cruz added. “The terrain is very, very favorable to it.
“If Republicans stand strong, present a clear alternative — stand for free-market principles and the Constitution, stand strong against Obamacare — we’ll take the Senate by a significant margin,” he predicted. “If we roll over, if we don’t stand for anything, that’s the easiest way not to take the Senate.”
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Marines Scoff at Obama’s Proposed ‘Girly’ Hats
A plan by President Barack Obama to create a unisex-style cap for the Marine Corps’ uniform has Leathernecks up in arms over a look that many have derided as “girly.”
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DOD is pushing to spend $ 8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” a senior Marine told The New York Post.
The hats, which are smaller and thinner, are apparently aimed at looking as good on females as on males.
They are called the “Dan Daly” hat in honor of a Long Island sergeant who earned the Medal of Honor during World War I, according to the Post.
But the current hat has been a fixture of the Marine Corps since 1922, and critics think the new look is too feminine. Some also say it looks too much like a “porter’s cap.”
“The Dan Daly cap looks too French, and the last people we want to associate our Marines with would be the French military. Wide brim for me,” wrote one commentator on theMarine Times website.
“It looks good on the female noted, It would be good to see a side shot, I have a word for the men going to the so called Dan Daly look: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” said another.
Marine Corp Commandant Gen. James Amos will make the final decision, and officials have until the end of this week to give the proposed hat a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
But according to the Post, an informal survey of the Marine uniform advisory board found that “members did not like the appearance of the Dan Daly cap on the male Marine.”
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