Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Despite Clear Contrary Evidence Obama Continues to Blame Others for Failing to Heed Warning About ISIS Menace

What does it say about a President who is so misinformed on such a key issue?

So, on the 60 Minutes program Sunday Obama answered a question whether the rise of ISIS was a "complete surprise" by saying "Well I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria." Notice the word "they" not "we" and certainly not "I" which is Obama's favorite word.

It's not the first time Obama has tried to blame the intelligence community for the fact that his Administration failed to address the rise of ISIS before it was too late. But reports from multiple sources, including public testimony of Administration officials document the threat posed by ISIS going back nearly a year. (1,2,3) Reports also indicate that these same warnings were repeatedly contained in Obama's daily intelligence briefing. Was he not reading these key briefings or listening to his intelligence chiefs?

Eli Lake at the Daily Beast records:
One former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” the former official said.
I think the problem is more serious than that. He obviously is getting these reports but he simply refuses to take them seriously as it interferes with his belief that he's somehow ended the wars and decimated Al Queda. He must be actively blocking any information that contradicts that belief.

General Flynn, one of those who gave specific warnings about ISIS that now seem prophetic in their accuracy was forced out of his job months after making his warning.

Responding to criticism of Obama's remarks, White House Press Spokesman Josh Earnest said  "Ultimately, the president is commander-in-chief. And he's the one who takes responsibility for ensuring that we have the kinds of policies in place that are required to protect our interests around the globe."

Obviously those policies to "protect our interests around the globe" aren't working and there's no one to blame but Obama!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shocker (Not): 70% of Illegal Immigrants Fail to Show Up for Immigration Appointments

Is there anyone who thought they would?

Readers recall what we were told by the Obama Administration. Those entering the country illegally in the Southern Border invasion would be required to show up at local immigration offices to begin the process of assessing their claim to stay in the United States.

But now, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) admits that 70% of those apprehended have not shown up as required. What a surprise!

Furthermore, only 14 of those deemed unworthy to stay in the U.S. have been deported despite orders for 860 to leave.

Frankly, there's no reason for any of these illegals to fear deportation or reporting to ICE. With a backlog of 400,000 cases in the Immigration Courts and no effort by the Obama Administration to expedite these proceedings it's unlikely that any of these illegals will be deported.

We are creating a new underclass in America with tens of thousands, perhaps more, illegals who speak little English, are uneducated and have few skills. The negative consequences that will have for our economy, our culture and already overloaded social services has yet to be seen!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Difference Between Tough Obama & Tough Bush UN Speech: Bush Actually MEANT What He Said!

Time and again we've learned that with Obama words are a poor substitute for action!

Obama is known for recycling rhetoric in speeches. In his address to the United Nations he is now borrowing from George W. Bush. Here's a comparison of both leader's speeches to the U.N.

Readers are forgiven if they can't bear to watch as by now they know that with Obama words are all you get. As Hillary Clinton once suggested in 2008 it's "just words, just speeches."

Contrast Obama's words with President Bush who few would argue actually meant what he said and was prepared to take effective action in line with the goals and strategy he expressed!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

General Says Obama Isis Campaign Has Not a "Snowball's Chance in Hell of Succeeding"

What a shame Obama views military operations as political theater and ignores implications for national security!

So, nearly two weeks after Obama's big night time address to the nation where he signaled he would order military operations against ISIS terrorists in Syria the bombs finally began landing Monday night. If the two week notice didn't give ISIS enough time to prepare defenses and move critical targets, the night time bombing of what were likely mostly empty buildings sent them a wake up message.

And now we learn that Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize, may be personally approving bombing targets. However you want to look at it, this is Obama's war. Can't blame this one on George W. Bush!

Obama pledged to "eradicate the cancer" of ISIS. Bombing alone won't get the job done. The New York Times reports that weeks of bombing ISIS in Iraq have had only limited impact. The Iraqi Army is still a shambles and the Kurds are still not receiving the heavy weapons they need to be an effective combat force. Training and weapons delivery make take months.

The same is true in Syria where Obama derided Free Syrian Army fighters as a "fantasy" which he now embraces. The training plan funding by Congress may train about 5,000 troops but take up to a year to do it. They will then face a terrorist army that has grown exponentially and currently numbers over 30,000. You don't have to be a military genius to see the downside in that plan.

Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2006-2010 recently said this about Obama's plan: "the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.” In one way or another that view is echoed by other current and former military who understand that without an effective ground force the "cancer" of ISIS will simply scatter and continue to spread despite the pinprick bombing approach.

But as the Washington Post reports, Obama has a history of ignoring military experts while he clings to short term political gains like claiming he ended the war in Iraq. And he never seems to learn from his mistakes which should be obvious to him by now.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: We Are Paying Price for Obama's Mistakes

Just to drive the message home that Obama ignores sound advice at our cost, former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on Sixty Minutes. He made two important points about Obama ignoring advice on keeping troops in Iraq and arming Syrian rebels earlier when it might have made a difference:

PELLY: Back when you watched the Stars and Stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were you confident in that moment that pulling out was the right thing to do?"

PANETTA: No, I wasn't! I really thought that it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq. The decision was that we ought to at least try to maintain eight to 10,000 US troops there, plus, uh, keeping some of our intelligence personnel in place to be able to continue the momentum in the right direction. And, frankly, having those troops there I think would have been given us greater leverage on Maliki to try to force him to do the right thing as well.
PELLEY: In retrospect now, was not arming the [Syrian] rebels at that time a mistake?

PANETTA: I think that would have helped. We paid a price for not doing that in what we see happening with ISIS.
Unless Obama magically wakes up from the delusion he knows better than the Generals and suddenly has an epiphany which causes him to learn from the mistakes he's made in Iraq in the past I don't see how his current strategy can succeed. As General Conway says: not a snowball's chance in Hell!

P.S. The Democrat mantra when things were going bad for President Bush in Iraq was that Bush should "listen to the generals." They said it over and over.  Funny how we don't hear that any more.

Save the Earth Crowd Trashed NYC Before Taking off in SUV's and Private Jets

But they demand you ride a bicycle to work and can't question a word they say!

On Sunday the usual gang of communists, hippies and overpaid celebrities came together in New York City to tell us all how much they love the earth and demand that man stop destroying the planet. In their wake they left mounds of garbage scattered along the parade route despite the fact that trash receptacles were available nearby.

Greenies demand jail for climate opponents but can't
pick up their own litter!
And after their leaders finished demanding the rest of us to go green, they climbed back into their huge SUVs and headed to the airport where their private jets awaited.  But before climbing into his Chevy Suburban organizer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. demanded a law to jail political opponents who disagree with his radical environmental views. Sieg Heil mein fuhrer!

Meanwhile, the public has heard 25 years of scaremongering from this crowd. And as none of their doom and gloom predictions have come true they just shout even louder!

In 2012 Biden Said Romney Would Take U.S. Into War in Syria

Romney was right about the threat. Too bad more voters weren't paying attention to Obama's weak and incompetent policy!

 Via National Review a short video from September 2, 2012 but loaded with irony:

BIDEN:“He [Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home. He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran. He wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia. And these guys say the president’s out of touch?”
Obama "out of touch?" That's just the half of it. Biden began his remarks by saying "listen to what [Romney] says about foreign policy. It's a shame more people didn't. Instead we have a situation that is much, much worse than it would have been if Romney had been elected!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Will Scotland Split? Thursday Vote on Independence Looms

UPDATE: Scotland said NO to Independence, Yes to the United Kingdom. 55-45%

Will nationalism and ethnic identity trump common sense?

After Thursday the United Kingdom may be united no more. After more than 300 years of union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland Scotland votes on Thursday over the question of Independence.

Polling shows Scottish voters are evenly split though there are concerns that the polling may be way off.

Nationalism and ethnic identity combined with centuries old resentment of the English is driving the vote. But Scots must also know that separation would be no bed of roses. Their economy would no longer be stabilized by the British Pound. Large businesses, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, have threatened to leave Scotland if the vote for Independence carries.

Scotland would also no longer be part of NATO and this would weaken Britain, America's strongest ally.

Also, Britain would be forced to create a new flag that omits the Scottish influence.

One upside would be that if Scotland, which has a majority of left wing Labour Members of Parliament leaves, then Conservatives in the Britain that remains will have a much stronger position.

Finally, Queen Elizabeth II would remain Queen of Scotland but in another year as she surpasses Queen Victoria's record for longest serving British Monarch her legacy would be tarnished by the loss.

An article in the UK Daily Mail lays out other large questions.

On the one hand it would be interesting to see how such a separation proceeds and whether it backfires on those who are pushing it. On the other, it would be a move that weakens both parties.

I would vote NO!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why Wasn't the Murder of 19 Year Old Brendan Tevlin Front Page News?

Gunned down by a gang of black Muslims isn't newsworthy?
Brendan Tevlin, 19. Killed for being an American
Both Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missiouri and Brendan Tevlin of Livingston, New Jersey were on their way home the night they were killed. Brown, 18 and with drugs in his system had just robbed a convenience store and assaulted a police officer while trying to take away his gun. Brendan Tevlin, 19 and a straight A student who had just finished his freshman year of college had just texted his mother he was on his way home.

Brown was shot by a Police Officer while apparently rushing the officer. Tevlin was shot dead in his car at an intersection by a gang led by Ali Muhammad Brown who believed the killing was justified because of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Killers of Brendan Tevlin claim the murder was a "just kill" and "vengeance" for U.S. Middle East policy.
There weren't any riots after Tevlin was shot in June. No protest marches, no one trying to use the tragedy for fundraising or to register voters. Al Sharpton didn't show up to accuse blacks of waging a war on whites and Attorney General Holder didn't show up to commiserate on the danger we all face from terrorism. Neither did reporters flood into the New Jersey trying to ring every drop of blood from the scene.

The death of Brendan Tevlin went largely unremarked. Yet, in terms of the danger that faces each of us it is far greater than the tragedy which took place in Ferguson, Missouri.  But I suppose there's no political gain to be made by drawing attention to Tevlin's death!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sen. John McCain Schools Former Obama Press Sec. Jay Carney

Carney has been lying for a living for so long, a cold dose of truth might be too much for him!

A month ago Obama dismissed any alliance with the Free Syrian Army as a "fantasy." Now they are Obama's new ally in the war (oops... sorry, can't call it a war even though we are bombing them) against ISIS. McCain had been closely following the situation for years and requesting we arm the rebels. Carney tries to put the old White House spin on it but he no longer has a lectern to hide behind and McCain just blasts him. McCain then proceeds to describe how all of Obama's  bad decisions in Iraq have brought us to where we are today.

Well worth watching:

CARNEY: I think we have to agree to disagree on this.

McCAIN: No, facts are stubborn things, Mr. Carney, and that is his entire national security team, including the Secretary of State said we want to arm and train and equip these people and he made the unilateral decision to turn them down. The fact he didn't a residual force in Iraq, overruled all of his military advisers, is the reason why we're facing ISIS today.

So the facts are stubborn things in history and people ought to know them. And now the president is saying basically that we are going to take certain actions, which I would favor, but to say that America is safer, and that the situation is very much like Yemen and Somalia shows me that the president really doesn't have a grasp for how serious the threat of ISIS is.

CARNEY: Well, again, Senator, we're going to have to agree to disagree. And I think on the question of the residual force, there was another player in that which was the Iraqi government. A, and B, it was the fulfillment of the previous administration's withdrawal plan. And it was also the fulfillment of the president's promise to withdraw from Iraq and not maintain a true presence, in perpetuity, which is pretty consistent with what the American people wanted and believed it was the right approach.

McCAIN: Mr. Carney, you are again saying facts that are patently false. The fact is because [Senator] Lindsey Graham, [former Senator] Joe Lieberman and I, we were in Baghdad, they wanted a residual force. The president has never made a statement during that or after that he wanted a residual force left behind. The Iraqis were ready to go. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the number cascaded down to 3,500. That was not sufficient to do anything but to defend themselves. And you in your role as a spokesperson bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq. If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today. And there would be a lot more...
History has vindicated McCain's view of national security policy. With absolute certainty, I can say that if McCain had been elected in 2008 instead of the Community Organizer Iraq today, and the entire Middle East, would be a more peaceful place. None of this ISIS nonsense would be going on!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Obama's Get Tough on ISIS Speech: More Politics, Little Strategy

Still, at least he's committed to acting in Syria!

I apologize for the following rambling discourse of Obama's Wednesday speech. Considering how rambling and incoherent Obama's policy remains I am sure readers will forgive me. My thoughts on the speech.

First, Obama's announced strategy:"This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years." That took a year to develop? And is the limited air strike with drones approach sufficient to remove what Obama calls the ISIS "cancer" after it has metastasized so much? Doubtful.

Second, Obama refused to strike in Syria a year ago without congressional authorization. In Wednesday's speech he said he "welcomed congressional support" but did not say he would wait for it. Fine by me. I actually agree that the Commander in Chief does not need Congressional approval for every action by the U.S. military. However, candidate Obama said in 2007: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." Chalk that up to more hypocrisy from Mr. O.

While some Democrats, and some Republicans, are calling for a vote authorizing strikes in Syria, my guess is that the Dems really do not want to vote on it. Too many peaceniks to get angry if they vote yes and many, MANY more real Americans who would hold Dems accountable in November if they vote no.

Third, Obama talked about a "broad coalition" joining the U.S. in this fight without mentioning any names. Probably because there are so few. One count puts U.S. and coalition partners at nine. Contrast with George W. Bush's coalition in Iraq that included 47 nations with 37 putting "boots on the ground" in one form or another.  Bush's coalition was called the "coalition of the willing." So far, Obama's coalition appears more reluctant.

One element of that coalition are fighters in Syria. Obama said we have "ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition." This comes only a month after insisting that support for the Free Syrian Army was a "fantasy" that "an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists" would be effective in the fight in Syria. That was then, this is now.

Fourth, the timing of the speech, coming as it did after so many missteps and Obama's cratering poll numbers has all the appearance of a strategy that has more to do with the politics of the moment rather than a robust and effective war fighting strategy. With Obama getting dinged badly for repeatedly looking at national security from a political perspective (as contrasted with Bush according to Bill Clinton) and the American forces being sent to Iraq (now totaling nearly 1600) have much confidence in the mission if the political winds shift again?

Finally, overall I am pleased that Obama is finally doing something. But I have grave doubts about his willingness to stick to the plan as time goes on. In both Iraq and Afghanistan he's demonstrated that he will cut and run if that's what the politics of the moment call for. Doing so again now would be a disaster!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Tragedy for Young Yazidi Women: 17 Year Old Begs for Death from ISIS Rape Camp

Where are the women's rights activists?

From the Daily Telegraph:
A young woman from the Yazidi religious minority captured by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has described the horror of being kept as a sex slave by the extremist group.

The 17 year-old said she was one of a group of about 40 Yazidi women who were still being held captive and sexually abused on a daily basis by Isil fighters.
The woman said her captors had initially confiscated her mobile and those of all the other women, but had then "changed strategy", returning the phones so that the women and girls could recount to the outside world the full horror of what was happening to them.

"To hurt us even more, they told us to describe in detail to our parents what they are doing. They laugh at us because they think they are invincible. They consider themselves are supermen. But they are people without a heart.

"Our torturers do not even spare the women who have small children with them. "Nor do they spare the girls - some of our group are not even 13 years old. Some of them will no longer say a word." The woman, given the false name Mayat by La Repubblica, said the women were raped on the top floor of the building, in three rooms. The girls and women were abused up to three times a day by different groups of men.
The young woman has begged her captors for death as the shame and horror of what is happening to her is too much to bear but the ISIS monsters just laugh and rape her more.
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