Hannity: My Dad Hit Me With A 'Strap' And I'm Okay



Hannity On NFL's Peterson: My Dad Hit Me With A 'Strap' And I'm Okay (VIDEO)

"I got hit with a strap. Bam, bam, bam. And I have never been to a shrink. I will tell you that I deserved it," he said.
"I think he went far," Hannity then said about Peterson. "But I don’t want to see this guy get a felony, I don’t want to see this guy lose his job. He deserves parenting classes."
Hannity then took off his belt to demonstrate the technique.
He asked the panelists on his show if people should always be arrested if they use a switch, which Peterson allegedly used on his son. He then asked about his own father.
"So my father should have been arrested based on today’s standards?" he asked.
When two panelists said "yes" and "maybe," Hannity responded, "That's nuts."
“He went to far. But don’t put this guy in jail and ruin his career," Hannity said of Peterson. "I was not mentally bruised because my father hit me with a belt."
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During a discussion about Peterson on his radio show earlier on Tuesday, Hannity said that his main concern was that the government wants to tell parents how to raise their children.
"This is my problem with liberals, because here’s where my fear goes with all of this: You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do," Hannity said Tuesday on his radio show. "For example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal?"
"I think we’ve gotten to the point where if we don’t politically correct our kids, we might as well just hand our kids over to the government the day they’re born and let them raise them," he continued, adding that he was also concerned about kids getting birth control at school without the consent of their parents.
During the discussion, Hannity acknowledged that he believes Adrian Peterson "went too far" in disciplining his child, but said that government control over parenting was his "bigger concern."
"But my problem here is: Do parents have the right to instill their values in their children?" he said.


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Obama Says No U.S. Ground War Against ISIS But 'Mission Creep' Looms



President Barack Obama speaks at U.S. Central Command in Tampa Bay, Florida on Sept. 17.
President Barack Obama reiterated Wednesday that the U.S. is not about to get enmeshed in a ground war in Iraq and Syria.
“America can make a decisive difference, but I want to be clear: the American forces deployed to Iraq do not — and will not — have a combat mission," Obama told troops at U.S. Central Command in Tampa Bay, Florida.
“As your Commander in Chief, I will not commit you, and the rest of our armed forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”
But that may be a truth with modifications. For one thing, there are already 1,600 Americans on the ground in Iraq. While not there to conduct offensive missions against the Islamic State, the Americans are authorized to use force if attacked.
And not all military officials have taken the stance that ground forces are out of the question. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week testified before the Senate Armed Forces Committee that if the current plan to battle ISIS fails, he could "go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces.”
Dempsey

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks during a meeting with Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty, in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.
IMAGE: TRAN VAN MINH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
So how to reconcile what Obama has said with Dempsey's testimony? They're not actually that far apart, observers say.
"I do think that the president will not allow a large number of troops to be engaged unless something truly catastrophic happened on the ground," Michael Noonan, an Iraq war veteran and tnational security program director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, toldMash. "The whole notion of 'no boots on the ground' really seems to mean that there will be no large-scale conventional U.S. ground troops involved in the conflict."
U.S. officials may authorize a small number of troops to help coordinate airstrikes or plan assaults with Iraqi forces who are close to the front line, Nicholas Heras, a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security, said. “At this point in time, it’s unclear whether the Iraqi military is able to work with the Kurdish peshmerga...to take the offensive."
Kurdish soldier

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter patrols near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq on Aug. 17.
IMAGE: KHALID MOHAMMED/ASSOCIATED PRESS
As U.S. airstrikes against ISIS continue, the extremists may retreat to cities with a large number of civilians. In that case, Heras said, the U.S. would have to rely on Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and others to build ties with locals to help root out the radicals. And if that fails, the U.S. will have to come up with other options.
And then there are other scenarios, harder to predict. Americans on the ground could be captured or American planes might be shot down. In an event such as either of those, the U.S. mission would likely expand.
In his speech on Wednesday, Obama emphasized that the battle against ISIS "will not be America's fight alone." But he also made it clear that the U.S. mission could last for an indefinite period of time.
"If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven," Obama said. "We will find you eventually.”


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Obama Tweets His Vote on Scottish Independence



U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base on September 17, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
On the eve of the Scottish independence referendum, President Obama tweeted his hope that the UK will remains "strong, robust and united."
This isn't the first time Obama has made his support for the No campaign in Scotland explicit; he made similar statements alongside Prime Minister David Cameron at the G7 meeting in June. But that was before a series of polls suggesting the Yes campaign was within the margin of error for victory.
Scotland's separation would throw the UK's military and defense into turmoil, and weaken its participation in military actions against the Islamic State or in Ukraine, according to Foreign Policy.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also oppose Scottish independence. The former president released a statement Wednesday saying "it is possible to respect our differences while living and working together,” while Hillary told Jeremy Paxman in June that a Yes vote would be "a loss for both sides".
The most recent polling suggests Scotland will vote to stay in the union by a narrow margin. If undecided voters lean towards independence, the nationalists could still easily win.
If that happens on Thursday, Scotland will break its 307-year union with England and become an entirely separate country. They'd gain self-governance and oil revenues, but could lose the pound and the BBC.
Obama's tweet didn't deter Scottish supporters, who chanted his famous 2008 slogan "Yes we can!" at a pro-independence rally Wednesday.



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