Tuesday, November 24, 2009 To: Friends & Supporters From: Gary L. Bauer We Are Grandparents! Our first grandchild has just been born to our daughter Sarah and her husband, Rodney. Asher Lee Anderson weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and it looks to me like he may be another conservative! Seriously, everyone is fine, and we are thankful for God’s gift of life. Our daughter Elyse is excited about being a fantastic aunt. Her husband, Jake, and our son, Zach, are thrilled to be uncles, and Carol and I are looking forward to grandparenthood. (All advice is welcome.) Mush vs. Steel Barack Obama came back from his Asian trip with nothing to benefit the U.S. Meanwhile, Iranian “strong man” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to outmaneuver the Obama Administration, even in our own back yard. The Shiite fundamentalist is strengthening ties with Cuba and Venezuela. Today, he is in resource-rich Brazil, making deals and taunting the United States. From there, he heads to Bolivia to continue to bolster his influence in the Western Hemisphere. After a year of watching Obama’s limp-wristed foreign policy, the Holocaust-denying dictator has concluded he knows his adversary well. He told the Brazilian media that the U.S. and Israel “don’t have the courage” to attack Iran and stop his nuclear weapons program. He is probably right about Barack Obama, but I suspect he has misjudged Israel. Back home in Iran, Ahmadinejad continues to smash dissent while Obama and the State Department grovel at his feet, begging for negotiations. Ahmadinejad laughs in return, and strengthens his control of Iran. Six thousands military centers are being opened in elementary schools throughout the Islamic Republic to indoctrinate young jihadists. The Revolutionary Guards are being given control of various forms of communication – telephone land lines, cell phone companies and Internet providers. In the spring, it will launch its own news agency to spout the mullahs’ propaganda. But no insult, no affront, no threat from Iran will dispel our president’s delusional view that if only he could sit down with Ahmadinejad they could kiss and make up. Unfortunately for us, Obama’s “mush” is no match for Ahmadinejad’s “steel.” With each hour, we grow closer to an unprecedented defeat of U.S. interests in the Middle East. Leftwing Lies In past reports, I’ve expressed skepticism about the so-called global warming consensus. Not only did the science seem suspect, often contradicting common sense, but it was clearly ideologically driven. Like the promise that more government programs would save money, the radical environmental movement has a terrible track record of making hysterical predictions that never materialize. And its solutions are always the same – bigger government and higher taxes. In recent days, there have been shocking revelations that the science behind the global warming scare may well be a total scam. E-mails have been leaked from key scientists that appear to expose blatant data manipulation and efforts to suppress dissent. Science and academia are supposed to be all about free inquiry. But these scientists are acting more like petty liberal ideologues determined to pursue their leftwing agenda regardless of the facts. I won’t go into all of the details about the emails in this report. You can read more here and here. But this is not just a scientific scandal. “Climategate” is a huge political scandal as well, encompassing leading leftwing luminaries like Al Gore, who have been working for years to impose various socialist schemes aimed at undermining our sovereignty, crippling our economy and redistributing our wealth, all under the guise of combating global warming. I’m pleased to report that Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is demanding an investigation, and rightly so, because the stakes are tremendous. The entire premise of cap and trade – massive new energy taxes and vastly expanded government power – rests on this apparent scam.