Saul Alinsky was no doubt a first-class jerk, but he wrote what passes for a bible among the left on how to wipe the floor with conservatives and then stomp their faces into a bloody mass. It was called Rules for Radicals and, in keeping with its author’s deep thinking and visionary purpose, he decreed ridicule t0 be one of the left’s top weapons. The left to this day uses ridicule ceaselessly, and even in the complete absence of logic and rationality, to deflect any argument the center-right makes for anything.
I want you to think of this little essay as a sort of tribute of mine to Mr. Alinsky, in case anybody gets the idea that I am motivated by anything but admiration for our Marxist friends. Here we go.
Oprah Winfrey, she of the Thousand Points of Property, told Americans recently that the current US president’s political enemies are disrespecting the office of the presidency by saying mean things about him. She probably had in mind words and phrases like “incompetent,” “brainless,” “greedy,” “gripped by megalomania,” or “mendacious, corrupt and deceitful.” I’m surprised that Ms. Winfrey, who banked endless millions by handling the neuroses of American women, leapt to the conclusion that such words are meant to describe the office of the presidency. Even a person of only so-so intelligence should be able to see that the insults hurled around so freely these days have nothing to do with the office Obama holds, but are meant for the fraud himself at any stage of his life and whatever he is up to. The fact that he is president, if an unmitigated disaster for America, is purely coincidental. On the other hand, maybe what was uppermost in Winfrey’s mind wasn’t the charge that Obama is unfit for office due to fundamental failings of morality, intellect and character, but the cruelty of all those people who suggest (or just say outright) that the man in the White House was probably born in his father’s homeland, where his mother could show the kid off to the baby-father’s other baby-mothers. As scary as it is to say this out loud, I too think it’s at least a possibility and I’ll tell you why: because Ms. Dunham was Rosa the Red from cradle to grave and might well have thought that giving birth in Africa was like giving the finger to America. Crazy as that sounds, I knew of a number of American women of similar ideological persuasion who went to the USSR (with permission from the Politburo, of course) to give birth in utterly filthy hospitals “for peace.” And of course that gave them life-long bragging rights over a shared joint with their left-wing social acquaintances.
I guess that Ms. Winfrey’s disapproval of harsh and personal comments about a president holds true only when the person in the Oval Office is a Democrat or a Marxist. I mention this apparent contradiction in moral standards between who she was and who she is because honestly, I can’t remember ever once hearing Oprah Winfrey taking to the national air waves to complain about the obscenities spoken about GW Bush by her pals in the entertainment world and every left-winger in America. Maybe somebody could kindly post on You-Tube some long-forgotten videotape with Oprah wiping the tears of distress from her eyes and declaring that comparing George W. to a female’s personal organs was waaay over the line, an insult to the presidency itself. Or perhaps heaving her voluminous bosom in indignation that anybody would even think of stringing up an effigy of Mr. Bush as several people did in the People’s Republic of California. I shudder even to think how her blood pressure would skyrocket today if somebody strung up an effigy of Barack Hussein, but hey – situational ethics it’s called.
To cut to the chase, what is really annoying is the hypocrisy of those on the left who practically wet their panties if the rest of the country doesn’t think like they think, or even worse – if they act like the left acts. That’s situational ethics too. When I’m in power, shut up and don’t say anything at all if you can’t say something nice. When I’m out of power — don’t you dare try to limit my freedom of speech. I think it was that big liar Hillary Clinton who used the latter line, investing it with all the moral indignation she could summon up. Perhaps moral is the wrong word when talking about Hillary, but certainly we can all recall that school-marmish voice telling us that Americans have the right to criticize anything they want and it isn’t unpatriotic, it’s a right. Sort of. Sometimes. In her case, she was voicing her views about the war in Iraq, which made it okay because that was GW Bush’s millstone. On the other hand, if someone complained about the disaster in Libya from the murder of Qaddafi (where is the International Court of Human Rights when you need it?) to the murder of Americans in Benghazi – what difference does it make? She considers that kind of speech to be frivolous and unnecessary (so shut up).
So to get back to Ms. Winfrey’s claim that criticism of the man who gave her a Medal of Freedom is somehow unpatriotic because it demeans the office he holds, I suggest she sit down for a chat with Hillary Clinton. Perhaps between the two of them, they can come up with a dictum that sounds red, white and blue, suits the left and doesn’t apply to the right, without revealing the hypocrites they are. In the meantime, a tip of the hat to Mr. Alinsky for letting us know it’s okay to ridicule the people we despise and to do so publicly and often.
Hip-hip-hooray! Our military has let it be known that we are currently negotiating with the Libyan government, such as it is, to grant us the great honor of training Libyan commandos and the Libyan Army. America can do this because it is rolling in money and has repeatedly demonstrated sterling judgment about those to whom we hand over our fine and highly destructive weaponry. Even Admiral William McRaven, head of US Special Operations Command, has conceded straight off that there are some unsavory types among those we are going to train. I guess that is a sort of caveat emptor to Americans, letting them know that another Bin Laden could result from our efforts, and if so, it isn’t his fault. Of course that’s his job, training other men in killing and sabotage, and I don’t doubt he’s doing it all for the glory of his country. And if he has to provide his services in a place that even he, apparently, views with a jaundiced eye, there is nothing to be done about it. America is running out of other countries whose armies we can equip and train, and for sure we have run out of reliable countries to equip and train, so Libya, Egypt, Tunisia — six of one, half a dozen of the other. They are all equally unstable and explosive, so if we are going to make future trouble for ourselves, Libya is as good a place to start as anywhere else.
The fun just doesn’t stop under this New America with its New Military, and neither does the madness. The brutal murder of our people under the noses of the Libyan authorities as top US military leaders slapped down anybody who wanted to save them must have given somebody the brilliant idea that we ought to train Libyans to kill more efficiently. Let’s face it — the Benghazi op was pretty sloppy. And I’m not talking about the blunders and excruciatingly poor judgment shown by Hillary Clinton and the self-indulgent mental midget she worked for, either. I’m talking about those Libyan fighting men who showed great spirit and joie de vivre on the rampage but who were rather disorganized and undisciplined in their assault. Had they been trained up militarily, properly, they could have killed even more of our people. There were a lot of things those marauders could have done much better and America is going to teach them how.
We want to train 5-7000 commandos for Libya, I suppose on the assumption that these men will then stem the rise of Al Qaeda and its many affiliates in North Africa. Either that or they will join up with Al Qaeda, taking their weapons with them. Apparently the policy-makers (the same ones who brought you Obamacare, Fast and Furious, and Acorn as voter registrants) feel it is time for the US to spread out from the Middle East, where we have already bungled things royally, into all those violent countries large and small in Africa that are thirsting for US defense dollars. For some reason our brilliant strategists seem to believe that raising the American flag in those places and inserting a number of US military just sufficient to be totally vulnerable will frighten the jihadists away, rather than attracting them like ants to a picnic. I’d love to get a peek at our military plans for the region, just to see if we’re planning on doing similar good deeds in Sudan, Somalia or Chad, maybe in the president’s homeland in Kenya or even the Congo. The world is screaming for more American military involvement in their countries, I’m sure. I know Americans are pleading with our government to get us sucked down into some more Treasury-draining misadventures in the Moslem civil wars. Right? Aren’t you?
Tell me something. How come the Commander-in-Chief, the one intent on fundamentally transforming our armed forces, doesn’t dispatch all these restless military types to our very own southern border? I personally feel they could make a far greater contribution to America’s security if they would teach ranchers in the Southwest how to protect themselves, their families, and their property from the drug cartels and people-smugglers who have made our country’s borderlands their home away from home. How about sending the Army Corps of Engineers to Arizona to build sniper outposts and man them with snipers? How about a giant ditch filled with water and alligators and a drawbridge? But no. The Commander-in- Chief, if he uses our military on the southern border at all, will use them to facilitate the crossing of millions of tiny broad-backed aliens who will need care and refreshment after their grueling journeys. Perhaps he could set up military training for these newcomers so they can support the president when he finally moves to shut down his political opposition and open up the borders completely. But using the military to keep our borders secure? Hah. Fat chance. The only purpose our military serves anymore is to make sure a certain quota of patriotic young men and women are mutilated and killed in feckless military adventures that have anything but victory as their goal in places of marginal or no importance to the United States.
Using one’s military forces in other people’s countries has traditionally been a favored means of keeping high-testosterone males busy elsewhere, particularly in times of high unemployment. The last thing a Commander-in-Chief wants is a lot of angry well-trained military men sitting around thinking about what a mess their country is and what they can do to address the situation. Obama certainly doesn’t want that; he already has enough problems with retired or ousted military brass who are speaking openly about the president’s assault on America’s armed forces right here at home. Here’s my guess: we are pulling out of Afghanistan and we’re well out of Iraq, but our men aren’t going to come home for a well-earned rest. I’d bet they are going to be kept busy fighting other people’s wars so they don’t try to start one at home.
And thus ends Obama’s War, the one in Afghanistan. He rode into office declaring that country to be in dire jeopardy and swearing to make victory against the terrorists there a focus of his foreign policy He was going to get us out of The War Bush Made and into one that was Obama-made. He was going to settle everything militarily and politically. With the Moon in the Seventh House, Peace would rule the universe.
I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the thousands of Afghans grabbing up whatever they can carry and heading into safe-haven camps for internally-displaced persons where they are seeking asylum in other countries. Many others are trying to get out of the country on visas. Australia is a big destination and the outliers are putting down roots and throwing out life-lines to relatives still trapped in the escalating violence unleashed by the resurgent Taliban. The UN Commissioner for Refugees thinks this is a response to the US pull-out of forces and the growing reach of the Taliban. The population is already experiencing what is to come when the Taliban return to power everywhere — women are particularly eager to get out of the country. Some have objected to being forced into servitude to the Taliban as cooks. Hah. Wait until they’re being marched onto the soccer field to be executed for objecting to cooking.
Yes indeed, Afghanistan has been another resounding Obama success story, one his right-hand man Hillary Clinton can take a lot of credit for, too. Afghanistan ranks right up there next to Benghazi and Egypt as shining examples of the great things one can accomplish if one is only a utopianist intellectual nincompoop. Afghanistan’s collapse into violence and anarchy (again) will not end with the deaths of a handful of people, as in Benghazi, or persecution of Christians or installation of a military junta, as in Egypt. This time a whole population is going to be terrorized (again) and when the bloodshed starts it will spoil not only individual reputations, but the image and influence of the United States of America. Because if, like Obamacare, this war was a center-piece of Obama’s brilliant strategies, what does is say about America’s ability to come through in a clinch or even make good on promises? If Afghanistan is a big part of Obama’s legacy, along with the Arab Spring, then we know that Obama’s legacy is pure trash. And what else did we expect from a man who, when all is said and done, is under-educated, poorly-informed, lazy, incompetent, and filling a job way above his IQ?
But let me give credit where credit is due. The Big Bopper said he was going to end US military involvement in Iraq and he did. Of course now Iraq is a full-fledged satellite of Iran and violence there is also going up and up and up. Lot of scores to be settled in the wake of the US retreat. It seems Mr. Obama and his minions have the reverse Midas touch: everything they touch turns to doo-doo.
It’s a good thing our president has decided to turn his attention to domestic affairs and let all that bothersome international stuff simmer away untended, as any further Obama initiatives for peace could plunge us into another world war. With the UN season come and gone, no more big empty speeches to make on the international stage, either. Egypt has taken note of Obama’s aloofness, deemed regal by his acolytes and disinterested by the rest of the world. The military officers who rule the roost for the moment are turning their eyes to Russia and its powerhouse president, Vladimir Putin, who demonstrated with Syria that Russia can be counted on to keep its word and stand by friends. There could be some hefty arms sales coming Russia’s way, and that would be bad news for America’s war industries. But what’s a little more unemployment — there are lots of 15-hour a week jobs going begging.
Syria continues waging war against its now largely-Jihadi opposition, and the warrior-peaceniks of the world and Assad’s regional foes continue to decry the lack of adequate punishment for Assad’s crimes. The Saudis, in particular, are fuming because we didn’t grab the chemical weapons bait they no doubt connived in planting. They were sure we would use the opportunity to unleash a small war to depose or kill Assad and oust from power his particular religious sect. But the chemical weapon pretext for war was deftly removed from the table by the Russians, who carried out a beautiful checkmate of the US. This means any attempt to divert attention from Obama’s misfortunes at home by starting a little something over there in the Middle East have now been vastly complicated. Given the level of international and domestic opposition to another war, Obama would have to plant some really devastating evidence of some really devastating crime to even be allowed to finish saying “I am launching an air campaign.” Of course, given the quantity of US weapons floating around the region, it might not be too hard to cook something up.
The world’s political configuration is once again in motion, with new players taking prominence and old players getting caught up in the consequences of their own policies and watching their stars set. America’s will to defend the really important things was drained in all the frivolous and secondary wars we waged when once the world’s only superpower. There are scores to be settled in the international arena, too, not only in countries we have abandoned to their fates. Too bad our military is in the process of being purged of its best officers and demoralized by social engineering. Our ability to do much more than bluster has been badly eroded. God preserve us from the need to wage a serious war anytime soon. And God preserve us from our own domestic Taliban.
Is everybody else out there as exhausted as I am with all these assaults on the US Constitution? Not to mention those on morality, common decency, and the culture in which our children are being incubated. It all seems to have reached a point beyond which I can no longer be shocked by the Left’s overreach and dictatorial inclinations, I know what’s coming, but I am always shocked nevertheless. Because these are attacks on the very American-ness of America.
First a word on Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in Virginia. As I shed a tear or two, I console myself with this more clear-headed reaction: Cuccinelli is a trail-blazer. The man who by all accounts ran a lack-luster campaign with next to no help from the GOP against a political sleaze artist and money-grubber (oops, fund-raiser) and was behind by double digits came within a point and three-quarters of defeating McAuliffe, who outspent him by 15 million dollars. And Cuccinelli was right on when he attributed this phenomenal surge to public anger over Obamacare. Public discontent with this crew of autocrats and social engineers is jelling into rebellion over their signature accomplishment, destruction of US health care.
Go, America! Get up on your hind legs and fight back against these creeps and Brown Shirts! I do believe something is starting here. It gives my blood a little tingle. Virginia was a clarion signal to battle. If we could bring the race to within a hair in Virginia, lop-sided with those sucking away at the public teat, then we can win all over the country with conservative, brilliant, able men and women who can make our case to the public that the only way to defeat Obamacare is to defeat the Democrats. Somehow, either with the GOP or against them, we have to make the difference at the polls. But it’s going to be hard, because the Establishment of the GOP has declared war on conservatives, brilliant political strategists that they are. Either they will listen to sense or they will be swept aside. A tide is rising.
Of course, now that McAuliffe has his sticky fingers all over the Virginia government, look for big help for that criminal Hillary Clinton. She is as ugly as a toad these days, but goes around oozing this saintliness. Still, I see her popularity is dropping big time and now she is below fifty percent at about where Obama is on a good day (47 percent), and thankfully his good days are getting to be fewer and fewer. McAuliffe and the duplicitous duet of Clinton and Clinton is enough to make my skin crawl. It reminds me of Travel-Gate and Craig Livingstone and enemies lists and Hollywood buying a stay in a White House bedroom, where they proceed to trash it. It reminds me of the Rose Law firm records hiding in her closet while they were under subpoena and imagine her taking out pages at her leisure and getting rid of them. I remember the Black Panthers she defended and the sexual deviants she surrounds herself with, and his ceaseless search for adoration. But she is part of the Old Guard now and she is going to be fighting an American public that is angrier than it has been in a long time. She cannot take her victory as assured and she is a fool if she does. As some late-night comedian once said, she carries around more baggage than FedEx. I plan to bring up at every opportunity her alleged investment in a drug-laundering enterprise in Panama’s jungle, right down there by Colombia, and will continue to demand an accounting of interest earned on said investment and US taxes paid.
Now on to equally disturbing news, or perhaps it is more disturbing even than Hillary Clinton. That is the accelerating purge of senior (and mid-level) officers from the US military for “lack of confidence” or for some peccadillo that is commonplace among the straight members of the military and rampant among the homosexuals. We all know that this is a full court press to oust anybody non-compliant with regime goals and to replace them with the compliant and the eagerly compliant. There is a lot of tattle-tale-ing going on in the military and it reminds me vividly of the control the Communists exerted over every organization and institution in the USSR. They did this by inserting people whose sole job was to report on the other people every single day. This is how they identified miscreants, enemies of the people, and the unorthodox. Who were then dismissed if not arrested and sent to a prison cell or a labor camp. I am certain this system is now in use by the Obama administration and not just in the military. The take-over of our government and armed forces is well underway.
But just as in the Virginia vote, here is the bright note: retired and ousted military officers are beginning to speak out on what is happening, warning the country of the purge that is underway and its goal — the emasculation (literally) of the military and its total subservience not to country but to party — the Democrat (or perhaps by then, the Democrat Socialist) Party to be exact.
So we have a really, really boiling mad public all across the country, regions of states demanding the right to secession, voters turning against the Democrats at the voting booth, our bravest and most talented military outraged over what is happening to the forces — what does it tell you? It tells me that all the conditions are ripe for revolution. We are not yet starving, although I’d give the ecologists a couple of decades before they ignite some worldwide famine with their hare-brained schemes or manage to kill of most of humanity, which is their ultimate goal.
I see the words flying off the ends of my fingers and I can’t believe I’m saying this. And not feeling paranoid, but just alert. When I did analysis of the Soviet Union and Latin America at State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the 1980s, I used to prepare very short bits for use in the morning briefing of the Secretary of State or even the President. One of the senior officials in the Bureau commented to a colleague that I found a communist under every rock. I shot back, “yes, that’s where you usually find them.” But my work was hardly paranoid and always based on factual observation of a situation. And about now, I think it’s time to start looking under all the rocks around here and poking a stick to get the communist out — because these guys are everywhere now. And you don’t have to be a political analyst to know it, or recognize it when you see it.
God save America, or if He chooses not to, please give us our own country. Amen.
I just heard a Fox News Channel expert say that our president couldn’t help needling John Boehner during the continuing resolution debate. If the Republicans had only gone along with his proposal, he advised, everybody would be focusing on the debut of State-controlled health care
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That gang of liars, Thought Gestapo, and thugs passing themselves off as the US government has surpassed all bounds in audacity. I was morbidly fascinated as I watched the Wicked Witch of the West Wing Kathleen Sibelius lie and lie and lie in front of the Congress. She was eager to blame somebody, anybody, other than herself or her boss for the disaster of Obamacare’s debut, but even this political robot gets it — the US public isn’t buying that load of manure. She had no choice but to say she was responsible as a last-ditch effort to deflect blame from the man she works for. I agree totally that Kathleen Sibelius is guilty as charged. She is one of the people who are guilty in this matter. She headed up the agency in charge of implementing a major new program and she didn’t care enough to make sure its parts worked. She rolled out a disaster. I’m certain she knew it would be a disaster, and so did the man she works for. But they weren’t going to cave to the Republicans on a delayed roll-out. It would just increase the chances that the opposition would find a way to deep-six the legislation altogether and suggest that the Republicans have some influence. Those weren’t prices the Dems of the far left were willing to pay. I guess they really thought there might just be glitches, since nobody had any idea if it worked or not. I bet they contacted all the right people on the eve of this sad debut and let them know there could be a few snags and hiccups when the lumbering and deformed health care law appeared over the horizon. No doubt the White House gave everybody talking points. In the event, their defense of a collapsing system amounted to the captain of the Titanic warning of a small leak as the hull sinks beneath the surface.
Kathleen Sibelius should lose her job, but more than that — she should be forced to go on the exchange to find a new insurance policy. But Kathleen Sibelius, like so many others in Obama’s political stable, is a rich filly. She doesn’t need to worry about her health insurance premiums skyrocketing off the chart, not least because she isn’t going on the exchanges, period. She has a perfectly magnificent health care plan and I’m sure that, as a member of the world elite, she deserves every bit of it. As compared to the rest of us dunderheads.
If nothing changes politically in America, my friends, this is the future. These clowns are the vanguard. If you like living under the rule of Kathleen Sibelius, you are going to love what comes next. Take it from the Russians, what starts bad doesn’t get better. This law may start by imposing penalties on people for not having insurance they couldn’t buy because of government blundering, but it won’t be the last indignity Americans are subjected to. Senseless rules and mindless enforcement are the stuff of which socialist bureaucracy is made. This all reminds me of how bad the system can turn if the government exists above and apart from the people. In Russia, way back in 2001, I had to do a mass mailing of printed pamphlets to all parts of the former Soviet Union. I went to the local post office to buy the postage, but the woman had only two types of stamps, both very small denominations. So I went to another post office and bought the stamps, but I brought the ready-to-go packages back to the first one to put in the mail. Unfortunately, the same woman who had indifferently advised that she had none of the stamps I needed now told me she would not accept the packages for mailing — because I hadn’t bought my stamps from her. Imagine. You’d think she got a commission, but no, it was just a matter of protecting the fragment of power exercised by somebody who was just a cog in a machine. That’s communism, or socialism as they like to call it before they shut down freedom absolutely. The morons think up the rules and regulations and change them at will and then strangle the public with them.
I almost fainted when I heard Sibelius say acidly to whoever was questioning her that he should blame her for the debacle, nobody else. Sibelius is the poster child for Obama regime arrogance and self-esteem and may have an ego rivaling that of the man she works for. For Sibelius to admit that she is incompetent and an idiot had to have hurt. In fact, she was caught in a hot mic moment muttering “don’t do this to me.” What this was remains unknown, but it might have been that simply calling into question her judgment and performance left her feeling water-boarded. This might be the first time in Sibelius’ life that she conceded her fallibility. She had no choice but to throw herself on her sword so that bonehead she works for won’t have to do something similar. This I believe is a first under Obama, somebody saying “I did it.” Hillary Clinton doesn’t count, because she said about Benghazi that she was responsible for anything that happened in the State Department, but then steadfastly refused to take responsibility. Well, let’s be honest, it is hardly likely that Sibelius will do anything further to expiate her sins or to assume responsibility. But at least somebody has said “here, shoot me.” Would that we could, Kathleen.
These imps from hell foisted this monstrous health-care on the American people using manipulation and deliberate lies to sell a lemon. They wrapped that abortion up in the glory of socialism and the false rights the Left offers to the masses, and they filled it with magic language that made it virtually unkillable, a zombie like the people who thought it up. The president of the United States, the Liar in Chief, should be impeached for his role in this. Maybe everybody in this administration should be impeached.
I once thought it would be a good idea to keep a chronology of this president and his communist cohort and the steps they take to foist on America a false ideology. But the outrageous, anti-American and illegal steps they have already taken to forcefully remake America from a democracy to a socialist state are too many, happening too quickly, happening simultaneously, to chronicle easily. The moves against our senior military are open today; this president and the men and women who are his brains want them gone, they are an obstacle to fundamental transformation. Religion in all forms is under assault, unless it is Islam, which is growing in influence in America. An age of licentiousness is underway, a time of moral dissolution and hedonism that will accelerate the decline of the United States. Since the people no longer count except as part of some political slogan, there is no need to come up with convincing rationales for the trickery and deceit and increasingly oppressive governance that is the coin of the Obama realm.
The Daily Caller carries a story about a freelance journalist and one-time reporter for the Washington Times, Audrey Hudson, who has become the latest victim of America’s Gestapo. On the pretext of searching for guns belonging to her husband — who was prohibited from owning any under a 1980s conviction for resisting arrest – Federal agents raided Ms. Hudson’s home in the wee small hours of the morning. Not only did they search for guns , but it seems they stole off with a large quantity of information relating to the woman’s investigative work. Neither she nor her work product were named in the search warrant; she was not informed about the seizure of this material at the time (and not until much later); and most importantly, the materials taken relate to an investigation of the federal air marshals service. The agents took Ms. Hudson’s legally-owned weapons, as well. That’s so interesting — were they going to look for her husband’s fingerprints on them? Or does a spouse now have to share in the punishment meted out to his or her better half? Or was it just plain illegal seizure?
Nobody who bothers to read my articles is a fool. You will all have concluded that the gun thing was cooked up after somebody did some investigative work of their own and discovered her husband’s conviction — a useful bit of information to those in the blackmail business. It was all our nefarious authoritarian authorities needed to break into Ms. Hudson’s home and steal whatever it is they really wanted. What they got were the names of all her confidential sources for the air marshals story, as well as bunches of de-classified documents originally bearing not a security designation, but an administrative one: for official use only. Ms. Hudson had obtained the material under the Freedom of Information Act. They informed her they had the documents only after they were reassured that they were legally obtained.
The KGB always carried out their raids in the middle of the night. That is when people are at their most defenseless, still half-asleep and not understanding what is happening. Millions disappeared in this fashion. I wonder when this left-wing junta will start simply snatching people off the street? Or dragging them out of their beds? Do you think these rabid dogs of the left will hesitate to do that if they have total power in the US? How many politically uncorrect thoughts have you had today? I personally will pack a ditty-bag in anticipation of an unannounced visit from the Storm Troopers.
What does this latest outrage against America mean? It means the criminals in Washington and in our local governments are becoming increasingly authoritarian. They will no longer wait for their enemies to cross a line. They will snoop around and find a pretext to do what they think needs doing, which is shutting up the opposition.
What else does it mean? It means that all agencies of the Executive branch are tainted by political corruption. Even our military no longer answers to the national interest, but to party and ideological interests. This corruption is deepening with every month this regime holds power. We’ve all heard about how many high-ranking military officers have been removed or retired from their posts in the past few years, but I’d like to know how many mid-ranking officers have retired or resigned in the same period. I’d also like to know how much shuffling has gone on in the civil service at the top and mid levels. I don’t think there’s much doubt that a purge is on not only in the Armed Forces, where it is well advanced, but across the government. Ask yourself this: is there a single arm of the Federal Government that you trust?
This raid also incapsulates the new debased approach to Constitutional freedoms: they are totally relative, as good Marxian values always are. If freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are absolutely inviolable when illegals mass on the National Mall, that doesn’t mean they are equally inviolable when exercised by the bikers, the truckers, the vets or any other regime opponents. If it is a violation of law for the FBI to snoop directly on a US citizen without a warrant, that doesn’t mean the IRS can’t snoop on all of us through the many channels now at its disposal. Freedom of religion protects atheists and Moslems, but not Christians or Jews. If the Attorney General acts like lightning in response to any perceived or pretended infringement of black and hispanic voting rights, it doesn’t mean he is equally vigilant when the Black Panthers intimidate white voters at the polls.
We apparently are in the age of the kangaroo trial, or monkey trial as the idiot Pallone from New Jersey called that charade. The Soviets always operated on the premise that you if make an example of some transgressor, make the punishment harsh enough, it silences everybody else. Russian comic Yakov Smirnov joked back in the 80s that the thing he loved most about America was warning shots. He added that Russia also had warning shots: they shot the first guy in the back as a warning to everybody else.
While we’re compiling lists of things we’d like to know — and we need a computer to keep track — let’s add the number of journalists who have been a) intimidated and threatened; or b) co-opted. The give-away is the coverage given to regime crimes against democracy. If they don’t say anything unless to mock, they are co-opted. I’d guess the number in category (a) is going to grow.
Have you noticed over the past five years the steady outflow of high-ranking military from the US Armed Forces? A number of commentators have written on this of late. Some see it as the smoke obscuring the fire, and others, representing the State Propaganda Machine, tell us these men had to leave for personal reasons or personal transgressions. Ah, personal transgressions. That is the stuff of which blackmail is made…
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What a shock I had yesterday when the Republicans caved 100 percent. Who would have guessed that they could slide so rapidly from “defund Obamacare” to virtually no demands at all? I would guess we all knew that was what they intended all along — throw a sop to the conservatives with a brief hold-out, then rapidly diminish our demands. Then boom! we cave.
Our elephants have become mere burros, carrying the load for the left. They are trying to cover up their lack of a position, virtue or valor by pointing to the bones thrown to the Republicans by the Emperor, but if they were bones, they were wishbones. The big deal is the promise to try to find a long-term deal by December. These people can’t even be creative in their irresponsibility, it’s always a committee that gets set up, adding to the bureaucracy. And nothing ever improves, either.
The Republicans failed to get any changes whatsoever to the health care legislation, much less its defunding. And they didn’t get a reprieve on the medical device tax. And they didn’t help the budget outlook. But look what they did get in their deal: all the USG employees furloughed get those two weeks of vacation fully paid! And all members of Congress and staff are exempt from the provisions of Obamacare! There’s another stunner, the Congress feathering its own nest. How can they possibly expect the public to look favorably on a system our elected representatives find unacceptable — it’s all for us, the sheep out here getting sheared.
Oh, yes, they also added in some no doubt utterly toothless verification system to make sure welfare frauds aren’t getting Obamacare subsidies when they don’t qualify. I’m sure this will make a critical difference in how much it is going to cost everybody and will uncover all those parasites we know are out there, sucking up as much taxpayer monies as possible for nothing whatsoever.
One thing I found interesting was that while 87 Republicans voted in favor of this white flag of surrender, 144 did not. I’m hopeful that this indicates a trend at the grassroots level of the party. The Senate may be lopsided in favor of the “above it all” crowd headed by the blustering McCain, but in the House the more steadfast have the edge. Who knows, of course, if a vote really signifies commitment. These pols are survivors, like crocodiles; if the legislation was going to pass anyway, a lot of them no doubt voted nay for purely electoral purposes. But at least they are concerned about their conservative base turning on them, even if they don’t yet care what we have to say. I suppose we could say that was something gained.
A lot of people are saying, “ho hum,” the Tea Party couldn’t ignite a popular movement, they are no powerhouse. We’ll see about that. The GOP could ride a wave of popular anger into victory at the polls if they would incorporate Tea Party demands as their own. But I don’t expect that to happen, since these guys seems always to be playing not to their own voters, but to those of the increasingly tiny moderate wing of the Democrat Party.
I’m glad this deep divide within the GOP is now out in the open, so people can discuss frankly what the alternatives for the party are. Maybe two parties is better for everybody except the left. At least if the GOP relies on a coalition to win the presidency, they will have no choice but to respond to its partners concerns. It’s a thought.
The GOP burro might just be dead.
Another week has flown by, life a round of bureaucratic exercises and politics a nest of snakes. The USG remains shut down and according to one poll, 70 percent of Americans can’t detect any difference in their lives because of the cessation of activity. I personally breathe a little easier knowing the engineers of our destruction are temporarily idle, and my most fervent wish is that they would stay off the job permanently. I admit that I was unable to speak with my local Social Security office to see why they were withholding money due them because SSA had miscalculated benefits when I had long ago sent them a check for same. The money grubbers never rest and never get furloughed. They just plow ahead with their screw-ups.
I see the Democrat politburo has tumbled to the fact that some of us have anarchist sentiments. Well, not usually — but when the choice is having an oppressive government or none, I’ll take none. Isn’t it odd that we, the once-silent majority who allowed this erosion of rights over the years, are the trouble-makers — and the Dems, whose leaders were all birthed in that totally self-centered and anarchist youth rebellion of the 1960s-70s, are the old-liners, the hard-liners. These guys and their State Propaganda officers like Chris Matthews and Candy Crowley could be time-dropped into 1930′s Germany and they would fit right in with the Nazi crowd, I guarantee it. Or with the Bolsheviks in 1917, executing the aristocrats, the wealthy, and the just plain disliked. Someone like Kathleen Sibelius is generic to any authoritarian system.
The polls have swung wildly of late, now favoring the Republicans, now the Dems. Most recently the GOP is getting hammered and the soothsayers have been poring over the omens to see what it all means. The brat in the White House has been childishly vindictive and overtly partisan and punitive. His goal is to make the public — or the half of the public he doesn’t care about — suffer until they squeal and he has rejected arrogantly each and every offer from the Republicans on issues that need negotiation. The public still blames the GOP, say the political mavens. It seems to me that the analysts are off on a wild-goose chase. “The nation is blaming the GOP” may be the case, but a big part of that nation belongs to the voices within the center-right. Some Republicans disapprove of the drama in Congress, counseling pragmatic action that gradually advances our interests (they say). They are vehemently opposed to the Taxed Enough Already crowd and their representatives in Congress. They think Boehner should shut them up. Many others disapprove of the GOP because they (we) know the leadership isn’t sincere or committed to conservative principles. We see Cruz out there in the arena carrying the tattered banner of freedom, while Boehner and company look down from Olympus in anger and consternation. And we out in the hinterlands look back on them with contempt.
The dramatic drop in GOP favorability is far more a judgment from the party base than a national view of the party. The downturn is coming from its own ranks — conservatives who don’t see our representatives in Congress listening to our voices. We aren’t angry at them for shutting down government, we’re angry because they’re already cutting their usual deals to get that government re-opened before they are accused of being an opposition. We are seriously annoyed that they are tearing Cruz limb from limb because his approach to legislating doesn’t conform with theirs. We’re irritated as hell that a lot of those people we thought were conservative are in fact also looking for a deal and an end to an inconvenient (if much needed) confrontation with no winners and some big losers. We are fed up with the accommodationist crowd.
We’re dismayed that the Party so obviously functions like a beast with one spine and two brains, or one and a half if you are really honest about the Establishment Republicans. The GOP has demanded negotiations on a series of major issues that affect our common future, but is wobbly on holding the line. They keep stepping back that much further. They are determined to short-circuit the conservative revolt and close out this messy chapter of a dying democracy. Our snot-nosed president says he has nothing to discuss. That is because he has no ideas on offer except do what I say. The GOP leadership has no obligation to accept that position as reasonable, but they will end up doing so in exchange for some cosmetic fix they can tout as a plus. Just to get the upper hand over the rebels in their ranks. Just to move on. What I’d like to know is, where they think they are moving on to. If they think they’ll win once the public is exhausted with the left, they are quite mistaken. By then a big part of their voting base will have disappeared.
From where I sit, a man like Ted Cruz is the only kind of representative we should have: one who believes in and upholds our Constitution and one who thinks his positions should be dictated by the people who put him in office, not the guys who decide if he’ll be the GOP candidate next time around. The intransigents are in power in our country; it will take more than an amiable opposition to oust them. We need fighters, not wimps.
Okay, I’ll concede that all this may be a bad sign for the GOP, but it isn’t a bad sign for the conservative movement. It is the conservative wing that is rising up in defiance and saying that the Republicans are not much better than the Democrats and that neither is a constitutional-minded group. I read a commentary by a conservative who wrote that there are no true rights that cost anything. If something is a right, it comes grace of God and no other way. So education or health care or one’s daily bread are not and can never be rights, because somebody has to pay for them. And rights can’t be bought. Those who can’t earn the bread they eat need to be cared for by the neighborhood, the community, the author wrote. Except we don’t have communities anymore, we are broken irreparably and there are too many needy — because the government wants to break us all down to the lowest common denominator, the better to control us. Poverty grows, anger grows, and who knows what lies simmering in our future?
Pat Buchanan’s latest cogent argument concerns secession – specifically, its international legal precedents and the movements around the country by parts of states to secede. I recommend it. Its something we should start thinking about. Because it is tragically clear that there is no way back to the Constitution under the current regime. They are entrenching their autocracy.
The America that is fed up with Washington abuses fired its first important shot across the bow of the USG after electing a handful of guys like Ted Cruz. For the first time in, gosh, hardly ever, the Republican leadership stood tall on an issue, the continuing resolution set-to. The reluctant warrior fought side-by-side with the visionary crusader. They fought for what was right, not what was convenient. Defund Obamacare! Millions of Americans were cheering. Then, in the blink of an eye, we were past that difficult period and back to business as usual. The next draft law sent to the Senate had dropped the big idea and moved on to mere details — important ones, but not the main show. Each demand is getting tinier and less significant and soon we’ll be down to “we want a committee of Congress to oversee Death Panel decision-making.” It would be nice, but as futile as the Congress itself has become.
The truth of the matter is that the enthusiasm of Establishment Republicans for carrying the torch of freedom has already waned; the timid warriors are scuttling back into their easy collaboration with the people who oppress us. They don’t want to get blamed for having a backbone. Furthermore, McCain has to get back to stirring up a hornet’s nest in Syria, which looks perilously close to slipping out of the war zone thanks to the sly maneuvering of Vladimir Putin. Perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions or biased or just cynical. But I have a niggling feeling that before long the leaders of the GOP (Camp Boehner, not Cruz) will be back in the groove, finding whatever way possible to cave to the Dude’s ultimatum of no negotiation without saying as much. The prez thought to combine two sets of negotiations and offer a few crumbs vis a vis the budget, but nothing on Obamacare. Let’s see what the GOP does. I’m guessing go with the flow, although these days that outcome is becoming chancier due to rebels in the ranks.
While the Dude infuses his adoring mob with a spirit of hatred and envy, the Republicans square off against one another inside their sagging Big Top. There may already be too great an abyss between the two camps to allow them to hold together. The difference between the wings is that of Chris Christie and Ted Cruz or Ron Paul. If we do get a third party movement, political stability will be even more fragile. But no matter what happens, I’m happy to see people who have a sense of history and a determination to fight against the complete transformation of America rather than just trying to soften the blow. It was inspiring to see Ted Cruz on his feet hour after hour talking to Americans about what Obama-care means for them and their loved ones. I know now that the new political movement emerging in America has a nucleus of leaders, even if they don’t agree among themselves on every issue. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul. And Marco Rubio, too.
Meanwhile, Cruz detractors within the GOP are having fun ripping into the man for public viewing. The twin-headed monstrosity McCain-Graham was aghast at the Texan’s nerve in refusing to cease and desist, shut up, sit down, have a taco, whatever. The peace-makers argued that the battle was done. It was time to pull down the flag and go home. Everybody will blame us, they cried, if we stand for something so much that we are willing to act like an opposition. The Old Guard tried to force the silence of those opposed to appeasement and they failed. Unfortunately, the Miss Congeniality clique won’t give up; they will continue to huddle and try to figure out how to shut up Cruz and Company — a very tiny company in the halls of Congress. Washington is the Land of the Deal, and nobody makes deals better than the GOP elite and nobody screws up a deal quicker than a conservative in today’s America. The GOP apparently doesn’t belong to us on the right; it belongs to some other amorphous group of wobbly virtues and principles. The Establishment guys still think the groundswell of support for the Cruz monologue was all pr. The sad truth is many of our so-called representatives haven’t represented us in ages. The wouldn’t know public sentiment if it bit them in their big soft behinds.
The only way the GOP is going to recover its vital center-right base is to go back to their roots and their founding ideas and start really fighting for them. If, like the False Pope now sitting in Rome, they decide to cast their fates and that of their institutions to the winds of change, they will find themselves out of office at the first election. And the Dems might think that they will benefit from the collapse of the GOP at the national level. But they won’t be crowing when they face the third party movement born from that collapse, because it is going to attract lots of people who don’t find room for themselves in today’s Democrat Party. It’s going to change the whole way this country does business.
The new Establishmentarians, as exemplified by such technocratic robots as Kathleen Sibelius and the racist Eric Holder, are worried about that rabble called America. The popular wave of anger at the suffocation of basic rights is only now beginning to build. With every day, the battle lines are more deeply drawn. The US Government has become openly oppressive and politicized. The law is entirely flexible and is applied to foes and suspended for friends. USG funds are used as political slush funds. Crimes of high officials go unpunished. And the right is beginning to strike back. God bless the bikers! God bless the truckers! Now if the rest of us would converge on Washington and hang out there on the National Mall, that would be a sight to behold.
If there are no changes made to the head-on collision course Obama and his Party leadership has set our country up for, we are going to have the immovable object meeting the irresistible force. No more turning a blind eye to the Marxist indoctrination our children are now subject to, no ignoring attacks on Christians (at home, let’s not even mention abroad). We are not going to take it any more. And we will see how well the right does at getting its people to vote in the next elections and in every election to see that conservatives with backbones are elected, not the cowards who now control the Party — or are trying to keep control of it, more accurately.
Every so often that vast right-wing conspiracy comes together for a brief while to allow a wave to swallow up the voracious left. I think we have already started the battle. Next year will be a big challenge that has to make a mark. We need one hundred more Cruz and Paul types. No resting now, blogosphere.
I thought that Fox News was the one source of major news coverage that didn’t buy into the liberal slant on life. I’m not convinced of that anymore. It’s a sure bet that when I open the FNC website, I will find a banner headline that Al Qaeda and Sons made off with large quantities of high-tech military hardware that we had sitting around – apparently unguarded – in Libya; and just below that a picture of that slut Miley Cyrus
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“I can’t imagine filibustering the bill that I like… ObamaCare will take a hit but it won’t be defunded. I don’t think the government is going to shut down.”– Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on “America’s Newsroom.”
Well, it has finally become pretty open. There is a breach in the Republican Party (let’s not bother calling it Grand anymore) that is likely not bridgeable. The Party leadership has turned the full blast of their fury at insubordination in the ranks, supposedly from guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, but aimed equally at thee and me. The immediate causes of the rupture are various: one is the willingness of the Republicans in the Senate to give Obamacare a pass, while the rebels want to make as big a ruckus as possible and give voice to what millions and millions of Americans are feeling right now. The Old Guard doesn’t get it: we know we’re screwed; we know Obamacare is heading straight ahead like a steamroller; we know it can’t be stopped. But we intend to be heard by all those who would silence us. We don’t want Third World health care whether in quality, quantity or availability. If there are serious consequences, so be it. If the USG has to shut down, please let it be forever. Tyranny or anarchy, not a lot to choose from.
Then there is the debt ceiling; ten to one the Republican leadership in the Senate will just pass it, claiming it is impossible to do otherwise — same as Obamacare. The Constitutionalists want to allow our debt to rise in exchange for something else, like lower spending. We don’t want to even go into the immigration morass, where even within the GOP we are two nations (and a thousand more if you count the illegals).
But although these are the “wedge issues” that have triggered the detonation process, the real issues are far deeper and more permanent. The Cruzites or Paulists, as you will (and probably that would include thee and me) insist that the Constitution means what it says and says what it means. There can be no down-sizing of our fundamental liberties just for the sake of avoiding a fight or appeasing the left. The Establishment thinks that cooperation is the highest goal they can achieve; the Freedom Fighters (and that term applies a lot more to us than to our Al Qaeda pals in Syria) think it is highly over-rated in time of crisis. The Establishment doesn’t want to deal with touchy issues that might turn a voter away: the glorification of homosexuality in our media and schools and public work places, the silencing of dissent, the anti-Christian campaign slyly supported by the Government, abortion even of full-grown babies, death panels for the lame and the halt, the re-writing of actual written history to distort it towards a new ideology — all of these are basic issues we are angry about, but the Establishment couldn’t care less. We are troublesome; we are cantankerous; we’re gumming up the works. All I can say to that is, “hallelujah!”
I wasn’t particularly drawn to Rick Santorum during the last election. He is a fine man, but always seemed angry. I guess I’ve reached that place now, too. And frankly I don’t care if the US public turns away from the Party because of its pro-Constitutionalist base. Let the chips fall where they may. The US public is, in any case, peopled by the ignorant who know nothing beyond tv sound bites, if even that much. My concern right now is that we have a bogus second party claiming to be the voice of reason and the only salvation for the GOP — the Chris Christie school of Republicanism — and demonizing the conservative wing of the party. Well, that’s okay with me. If I am to be essentially ignored, except for those begging letters looking to fund the Establishment, I guess I can do some ignoring back. Only I won’t really ignore them — I’ll be watching their every move and trying to document it for posterity. And millions of other bloggers are doing likewise.
Take a look at the Wall Street Journal, or the Weekly Standard. How many of their opinions do you share regardless of how well-expressed they are? Wall Street wants as many illegals as business can get so a relatively few people can get richer and millions will stay poor working for meager wages until the WSJ supports mainstream legislation to legalize them, at which point they will work for a lot more than our businesses want to pay — and it will all start over again. The Weekly Standard wants to walk that same old same old middle-of-the-road line, the one that frowns on excessive fervor, absolutes, red-lines and especially boat-rocking. They hold that position firmly unless and until it concerns intervention by the US in other countries’ internal affairs. Then they perpetually support intervention, positing some supposed moral obligation America has, or assuring us that there is some vital interest we dummies out here can’t see. The people who write for and editorialize at these and other prestigious “conservative” journals usually don’t speak for conservatives at all. They write for each other, for their interest groups. I suppose one can hardly be surprised. After all, I seriously doubt that any Marxist would be reading anything I have to say on just about anything.
There is an ugly air of civil strife in our country today. Our president’s only known talent is for division. He has turned the less affluent against the affluent, the young against the old, and the black, brown or yellow against the white. His party is supporting him full-throatedly in his assault on American values, and they have been on a scary roll. And his brain-damaged vice president Joe Biden is in Mexico pretty much handing out invitations to head North — because he promised them, actually promised them, that every single illegal in the US would be granted amnesty. If that isn’t grounds for impeachment, tell me, what is?
For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction and that is where we are. The reaction to the assaults on America, its history, its culture and its future is building to a critical mass and when it explodes there will be hell to pay. I think the black on white hate campaign that has resulted in so many utterly senseless and brutal murders is only the beginning. More oppression is waiting right around the corner handed out by those who know better than you what is good for you. A lot of people are just going to sit the fight out, round-eyed in fear and confusion, taking no stand. That is how we got here in the first place. But others are prepared and preparing for a confrontation that now seems inevitable.
Round and around the wheel of fortune goes, and where it stops, nobody knows. Not even Barack Obama.
I watched with great interest the questioning of State Department Under-Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy by members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the disaster in Benghazi. I never knew Kennedy personally, but by reputation he was highly thought of…
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The Prussian Karl von Clausewitz is a favorite philosopher for those who deal in war; he was something of a romantic and, like the Americans, felt it necessary to imbue the use of force with moral content. One of his most famous sayings is that “war is a continuation of politics by other means.” Alas for America, we have turned Clausewitz on his head and appear to believe that diplomacy is something we turn to when our will to war is thwarted. But we still believe in dressing up every act of violence in morality.
The hapless president of the United States was bested in his most recent attempt to demonstrate his manhood and unparalleled goodness by launching waves of bombers over the heads of Syrians, one and all, good and bad. His heroic Secretary of State, the one who fought in Vietnam for four months before skedaddling with a minor injury and a Purple Heart, inadvertently threw his boss off-stride by tossing out a one-liner about how the Syrians would never agree to turn over all their cw in one week. “Impossible” he huffed and of course that was true. It is impossible for Syria to turn over the weapons in a week, or a year, and probably not in a decade. After all, the US has spent years trying to dispose of its own massive cw stockpiles and it isn’t done by a long shot. (I have a feeling that we, too, have secret caches of the stuff, because you never know…)
Contrary to Kerry’s expectations, the Russian president intercepted that groan-inducing fumble. “Let’s ask the Syrians,” Vladimir Putin suggested reasonably. “Oh, of course we will hand them over,” said Bashar al-Assad graciously, “why didn’t you just ask?” And Kerry, thinking about how dopey he appeared, assured us that he actually believed it was possible before he thought it wasn’t possible, and it was all a clever ruse to sucker Russia and Syria. Putin and Assad were obviously acting in their own interests, not those of our incompetent Commander-in-Chief and his cast of clowns, but it temporarily saved Obama’s bacon — if that isn’t an offensive term to the son of a Moslem, and even if it is. Obama came that close to having his left-wing base rise up against him in anger, not to mention the small fact that a vast majority of Americans in general were deeply opposed to his war plans and would have like nothing better than to storm the White House.
I guess the world had given up hope that they could ever again cut America down to size, its ego had grown so bloated and its military power so overwhelming. But suddenly those tired of America’s preening had their chance. Without appearing to be in the least racist, people all around the globe were able to note for public consumption that the American president was a goofball, not a serious player, not smart enough for the rough-and-tumble of real international politics. Even those who were happy to see America’s incessant war-making shut off for a moment couldn’t resist sticking the knife in and watching a bit of Obama’s hot air seep out. But do not underestimate America’s War Wing. It’s war they want, and by gum, it’s war they will have.
How are they going to manage this? Through diplomacy. Here is how this works: the deal with Russia and Syria was that the chemical weapons stocks would be turned over to international control. If Syria reneges, then the matter of bloody retribution from an avenging angel may come up for further consideration. The Russians know there is no way that Syria’s cw stocks could be rounded up in the unrealistic time-frame the US insisted on, and thus they made time for Assad to wipe out the jihad-riddled opposition while staying the US from bombing their way into WWIII. The American goal, by contrast, is to set impossible conditions for a peaceful outcome and to get Russia to accept a UN resolution with sufficiently flexible wording to allow the US to bomb Syria at its leisure while claiming the blessings of “the international community.” Then the US can install its own puppet government — the kind of doofuses that now hold the reins in highly unstable countries like Libya and Egypt and Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama would once more appear to the world as a heroic figure. And equally important to all those jingoists in the War Wing who are not Barack Obama, the US will have defeated Russia and Iran in the zero-sum game they mistakenly believe is diplomacy.
Bah. Humbug. No sooner was the deal made than the war-mongers led by John McCain and Lindsay Graham began wailing that it was a bad bargain. Like Cassandra crying out her warnings to the deaf, they and others — many from the GOP’s neo-con wing — insist that Russia can never be trusted, communist or not, and that official Syrians — not the guys on our side who are chopping the heads off Christians and summarily executing prisoners — are too brutal to be allowed to hold power. Obama, they say, lost the game to Putin and hamstrung American war-making. The War Wing wants to make it truly impossible for Syria to comply with the terms of the agreement, maybe by insisting it all by wrapped up by sunset tomorrow, so they can claim that peace failed and war must rule. Their game is largely about the creation of enemies, real and imagined, which is essential if you are going to make people think your recourse to force is unavoidable and “morally good.”
So the game continues for the moment in that useless arena called the Security Council, the place where aggression is never averted and only rarely actually agreed to. The US wants a resolution against Syria much like the ones that were churned out year after year against Iraq before becoming the banners under which America invaded. Russia, needless to say, will not approve such wording, having seen time and again the way in which the US has used such resolutions to do exactly as it pleases, all the while claiming the whole world is at its back (rather than on it).
Sit back and relax. If you want war or you don’t, you don’t have a thing to say about it. Your views are as meaningless to our decision-makers as they are on things like health-care or the Constitution. The game is afoot and the chances are pretty good that America will find (or create) whatever it needs to work its will. And in the process, we will have churned out millions of new critics (and enemies,too) who think that America’s days of glory are long past, and its moral authority nothing more than thin gruel. And that will, in turn, lead to greater challenges in the future. Some of them might even be challenges to real American interests.
I was looking through my digital news sources this morning, searching for the latest case of black on white hate crimes. The most recent act of brutality involved a guy who looked a card short of a full deck who was murdered on a New York street by an angry (or perhaps bored) black guy who had publicly announced his intentions of attacking somebody white just before killing the victim. That incident came soon after an Australian kid who loved baseball was sent off to meet his Maker by a couple of bored black Neanderthals looking for a white boy to kill. I won’t go into chapter and verse on how many such deaths there have been over the past year, since I’m sure every one of my readers knows what I’m talking about. In any case, there won’t be a big gap before the next murder(s), because we are in the midst of a race war triggered by our First Black President and his multitude of pious black officials leading off with Eric Holder, head of the Department of Injustice.
How ironic that it is black racism that today is thriving. I pretty much passed through my late teens and adulthood (and now my golden years) hearing lectures on the evils of white racism from black people and left-wing whites who writhe with shame over Our Collective Guilt. We had to give blacks a big leg up in just about everything, since they had been kept down so long. How were we to know that this separate and entirely unequal treatment would continue long after that first generation of lucky recipients had raised kids and those kids had raised their kids? It seems like black folks just can’t get enough special privileges to make up for what their great-grandparents endured. Is it any wonder native Americans and now Hispanics have tried to get in on the act, too? Who wouldn’t? They just weren’t nearly as successful, although I’m thinking the Hispanics, especially all those in our country illegally, aren’t doing half bad.
Blacks learned from their shameless leaders, many of them sporting the title “Reverend,” how to play the race card for all it was worth. Not only were several generations of blacks given easy admission to the nation’s higher educational establishments (here’s looking at you, Obama), top jobs in the private sector, and good jobs in the USG, they learned something invaluable: how to shut white people up before they even said a word of protest. All they had to do was shout “racist!” and the white people scattered in silence. It got so bad that black demagogues were able to successfully argue that police shouldn’t be looking just for black criminals when a crime was seen with human eyes to have been committed by blacks. That was racist profiling. On the other hand, I never once heard of a round-up of black criminals when a white was known to have committed a crime; but that’s the way it was. We had to make up for the sins of our fathers by being totally stupid. Nothing showed up the iniquity of what white people were subjected to better than the case of Trayvon Martin, a strapping black young adult who was shot while trying to pound a fat Hispanic man into brain death. He was immediately transformed into a little kid who still sounded like a girl by the black community in general and especially by the black community organizer in the White House, who claimed to be both Trayvon Martin’s father and Trayvon Martin. (A little confusion there on father-son stuff.) Martin was a mere child victimized unfairly by (drum roll) a ”white Hispanic.” It showed how successfully blacks had made the color of the white man’s skin an excuse for discrimination, disrespect, hatred and violence – skills our white black president had mastered as he climbed his way to the pinnacle of power.
Let’s face it, even before Obama and his crew of race-baiters showed up on the scene, the US had been primed for the first ever openly racist president and openly racist administration whose targets were white. In fact, if the US had not been so prepared to feel guilt at every turn, Obama would never have become president. How else to explain the election — twice — of a man of mediocre intelligence, no warmth, no experience, no abilities, and massive ego? White guilt.
Every demagogue needs his mob. What good is rabble-rousing without a rabble? Obama grew up with a virulent worm of racist anger gnawing at his innards, planted there by his absentee father back in Africa ranting against white colonialism. What a delightful surprise for him when he discovered that he could make profitable use of his burning resentment by stirring up black anger against whites in his corner of Chicago and then using their zealous approval to feather his own nest. His race goading came to him naturally and it led him to an astonishingly (unbelievably) fast rise to political power. And he sure knew how to capitalize on the White Man’s Burden. He passed himself off as pretty much the only guy who could absolve white guilt toward blacks and the way to absolve it was for whites to vote him and his belligerent wife into the White House. So we shouldn’t be surprised that once elected he proved unable to let go of his security blanket. It was more of the same Marxist sloganeering tempered with a heavy dose of race-baiting – the idea that black people were owed by the white man. If after decades of special rights, black kids were still growing up in the midst of every type of criminal activity, held education in contempt, treated women like trash and used violence as an everyday tool – well, that was really Whitey’s doing. (Sometimes, of course, he blamed Republicans, but “Republican” is nothing but a black person’s code word for racist.) Black people in his world view have no responsibilities, but their rights are legion.
I’m frankly surprised it took so long for the hatred Obama was sowing among black Americans to blossom into today’s murderous campaign against whites. But the results of what our First Black President has done by igniting racial hatred have not yet been seen in their entirety. In the fullness of time, if the murdering rampage continues, there will be the inevitable response. Angry white people, tired of watching their government turn a blind eye to black on white violence, will cook up an answer of their own. And when that happens, my friends, all bets are off. It would be just the thing to finish off the US as any kind of pretender to world leadership — whites killing blacks, and blacks killing whites, all to the drums of hatred being pounded by people like Obama, and Holder, and Van Jones, and every black actor in Hollywood. And the New Ku Klux Klan.
I have to warn you: if that happens, we might get a NATO invasion or maybe just a teeny-tiny bombing campaign to put the white animals back in their cage. After all, human rights are a justification for anything and I’d hate to have to rely on European whites to call back the jets.
The United Nations was a follow-on to the League of Nations that was founded in 1919 in reaction to the carnage of WWI, “the war to end all wars.” The proposal for the League was central to US President Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points for Peace, its purpose to offer “mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike.”
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When Barack Hussein Obama first appeared on the national stage, along with his empty resume and blank history, I commented to someone that Obama looked like a Howdy Doody who spent a very long summer on the beach. The ears, I guess, along with his inability to speak without a script. But now that he’s been running the US into the ground for five years, doing things that strike sensible Americans as totally inexplicable, I think there is a much deeper resemblance. What I’m referring to is the hidden hand moving the parts and hidden lips speaking the words.
Obama’s bowing to the Saudi king or emperor or sheikh or whatever he is was only the most obvious give-away. Even ordinary Americans know better than to bow to foreign princes, but for a US president to do so was like a slap in the face to our very history. It was deliberate and offensive and he enjoyed every second of it.
Then there is Obama’s record of rampage in the Middle East. Sure, he deigned to let our Navy Seals zap Osama bin Laden, but that was for show. Even if he was too scared to watch the killing (he probably had his fingers in his ears and his eyes squeezed shut), he loved the adulation that poured in upon news of the Arab Rasputin’s demise. The real story, however, is the way he has used and abused America’s military forces to sweep secularist leaders from power in the Middle East and North Africa to install the most radical foes of America in the Moslem world. Osama bin Laden would have been proud of our president, I’m sure. He would gladly have flown off to paradise and all those virgin adolescent girls, his body filled with lead, in order to see his fondest dreams become reality. Haven’t you had that sneaking suspicion that somebody over there, some emir, is putting billions of dollars in secret accounts every time Obama orders a military strike? Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on that secret coded message that said “Syria’s next”? Too late, the prez has no doubt swallowed it.
It’s been an exciting few weeks in that usually dry-as-dust foreign policy field. First we had Obama’s dithering over whether to make good on his thoughtless threat to wreak havoc on Syria should it cross a chemical weapons red line that it turned out he never set at all, you dumbos. The ridicule reached such a pitch that Obama decided to show us that he meant what he said and he said what he meant, or perhaps it was ”I yam what I yam and I yam what I yam.” You can put those guffaws where the sun doesn’t shine, Obama let us know — it’s curtains for Assad. No matter what Americans wanted or didn’t want, he was going to blow Syria to smithereens, or perhaps just do a teensy-tiny little destruction that nobody but the kids evaporated into thin air would even notice. And for sure he wasn’t looking to topple the Syrian leader, he just had to smack his knuckles so he would pay attention. And Obama had such incredibly good intelligence that it was Assad and not his motley crew of “Freedom Fighters” who used the cw that he couldn’t possibly share it with us. “Believe me,” was his plea, even as we approached the year’s anniversary of Benghazi when Americans died in a disastrous effort to sneak big-time weapons to the Islamic jihadists whom America supposedly was not arming and fiercely opposed. Yes, indeed-y, we certainly have every reason to trust Obama’s word.
As anti-war sentiment was reaching a wild crescendo at home and abroad, Obama’s knees were trembling but his will was firm. It was time to dispatch one of the last remaining obstacles between the jihadists and total power in the Middle East and anybody who questioned his right to send our men off to war and risk a terrorist spree in the US could just sit down and shut up. ”I am the Emperor,” Obama said, if only implicitly. Despite every indication that he was going down to defeat in Congress and in the country, Obama let us know that he had only asked for the opinion of Congress on the assumption it would agree. Any other outcome would be null and void and not redeemable for cash. He assembled his confederacy of dunces to swear to America that failing to take out Assad would be the end of civilization as we know it. And it was so convincing, wasn’t it? I mean — we had the world’s most inept Socialist, Francois Hollande, who was already slapping on his plumed hat and strapping on his sword to fight by Obama’s side. And there were some other countries, like Moslem Albania, that said they agreed and were ready to do some cheerleading if not actually spend money or fight with the dumb Americans. But not to worry. Those emirs, sheikhs and despots of the Middle East were ready to pay American soldiers to die on their behalf.
Finally the dunderhead currently heading up the State Department, where he sinks into the hole Hillary’s butt made in the Secretary’s chair, tossed off one of his clever lines written by his wife. Sure, he said, Syria could avoid being bombed into the Stone Age, if it gave up those chemical weapons within one week, give or take 45 minutes. But that is impossible, so it is war.
At which point the guy with the brains leapt at the Golden Ring and ran with it. “Syria will give up its chemical weapons,” Vladimir Putin announced, echoed by Bashar al Assad, who said, “of course we’ll turn over those weapons.” I don’t know if Russia is going to take those weapons to dispose of them, or if they will be buried in New York’s harbor where the UN can keep an eye on them.
And the funny thing is, Kerry’s mouthpieces at State scoffed at the idea that his suggestion was more than a joke, an idle comment from an idle brain. It threw a spanner into the whole works. How could it possibly be that the US made a demand and Syria agreed? How was America to get around that one? The fighter jets were already gassed up, our pilots ready to die, and suddenly it isn’t necessary? Whoa, Nellie.
Never mind. Now that everybody and his brother has lauded this fantastic bit of diplomacy from Russia, both Kerry and Obama are tripping over themselves to claim it was all their doing. Why that idea had already been raised (by whom?) in Russia in a chat our president had with Putin. In fact, said Obama, Putin’s proposal was a mere “continuation” of something that no doubt was stewing in Obama’s empty head, even if he didn’t tell us. You see, there are lots of things Obama doesn’t tell us. It’s more convenient that way, because it’s tough to change your story once you’ve opened your big mouth (not that this has ever stopped Obama).
And here we are. To bomb, or not to bomb, that is the question. Already our Dear Leader and his flunkies are setting the bar higher and higher, so that he can use the line “they gave us no choice.” Obama is willing to wait a few weeks, he says, but not months. (How many years did America give Saddam Hussein before the hated Bush said “enough”?) You just watch. Howdy Doody has his heart set on getting rid of Assad and we can already see that the cw issue was a red herring. His masters, the ones with all those petro-dollars, want Assad gone and the jihadists in charge, and Israel’s security — of no actual concern to Obama — provides a convenient pretext. And he can always count on those useful idiots from the Republican Party to help him out. Why even now, John McCain is telling us all we have to do is let this cw turnover thingy “play out.”
And Howdy Doody is waiting for his next lines to arrive by encrypted message as the hidden hand moves his lips. I wonder what the dummy will say next.
“This evening, I ask the Lord that we Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: Violence and war are never the way to peace!”
So spoke Pope Francis in calling on the world to step back from the brink of war in Syria to which we in the US and the world are being dragged, kicking and screaming, by US president Barack Hussein Obama. This fabricated man rode a wave of anti-war sentiment into the presidency and has maimed, killed and destroyed in other people’s countries on a steady basis ever since. Today the global assassin with the Peace Prize is about to embark on another killing spree and how ironic that many on the left, those professional anti-war protestors, remain silent. I don’t even bat an eye when The Lennie Riefenstahl Brigade pushes the State line, dupes like Chris Matthews and Ed Shultz. Liar is their name, propaganda is their game. But pray tell — where is Cindy Sheehan? Where is Code Pink? Where are the Occupy Wall Street loonies? Same place they were when Obama and Hillary Clinton bombed Libya and murdered Qaddafi by proxy; same place they were when they empowered the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt; same place they were when the bombs rained down on Serbia for three months. Staring in their mirrors in silent admiration, I’d guess. I hear that the homely Mrs. Clinton is going to visit the White House today to egg Mr. Obama on. Two war-mongers chatting over tea. Please pass the polonium, somebody, please!
If the left has lost its voice, we on the right have found our own. This confounds America’s radicals who can muster no argument to justify Obama’s incessant reliance on force to show off his power, but whine instead that the right wing’s opposition is somehow illegitimate because they supposedly never saw a war they didn’t like. I’d put that differently: the right-wing has always before felt obligated to support their president, even in all the wars begun by the Democrats. That would be WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and in what the current president told us all was his war: Afghanistan, where now the Obama regime is making kissy-face with the Taliban who murdered 3000 Americans in mere minutes. The conservatives were far less accommodating when GW Bush blundered into Iraq at the advice of men who wanted to do what the President’s father would not, remove Saddam Hussein. In the end Americans’ disgust with the carnage and lack of coherence delivered a crushing blow to the GOP and ushered in the current Empty Suit, who spends at least several hours a day scuffing his shoes all over the historic furnishings at the White House to make his view of this country clear. We weren’t all that keen on Libya, either, and I hope that my fellow conservatives were as repelled as I was at the sight of America’s proxy forces executing Qaddafi while he was on his knees pleading for mercy. Then came Benghazi, which the regime in DC refused and still refuses to admit was just a half-assed and criminally negligent operation intended to deepen our involvement in Syria.
And where were the morally superior leftists when Obama boasted of choosing targets for assassination by playing with a special deck of cards made just for him, as apparently everything is just a game to him anyway? Silent is where they were. That is not morality, it is called cowardice, duplicity, hypocrisy and aiding and abetting. And all those traits are in full view today, as many of the president’s most fervent admirers hold their famous tongues about the evils of war-mongering. They still don’t get it: regime change is thoroughly illegal, even if we wish some external force (perhaps extra-terrestrials?) would swoop down and effect regime change in the US. It is also the worst possible rationale for war and we have had ample opportunity to see how poorly it works over the long-term.
I’m afraid that the US under the Democrats have treated other countries they way they treat people who don’t agree with them here at home: with contempt, lies, and violence. Our US bombers are playing the role of SEIU thugs beating up Tea Party’ers, or USG agencies persecuting ”domestic enemies,” or black people waging race war at the implicit urging of their president and attorney general. The Democrats have treated Russia with sneering contempt while pretending to want only the best for the Russian people, and that might be because the Russian people decided to jettison the Democrats’ favorite system of oppression, communism. Unfortunately for our armchair Marxists, Russia today looks sane and sensible and our own country looks brutal and stupid and false.
Catholic nuns who left the safety of Italy to work in Syria for people of all faiths have spoken loud and clear to the world, crying out against America’s urge to war. In addition to the moving and beautiful and painful things they wrote, they cited the words of a psalm that sadly refers to America:
Rebuke the Beast of the Reeds, that herd of bulls, that people of calves. Oh God, scatter the people who delight in war. The Lord has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down from heaven to earth to listen to the sighing of the captive, and set free those condemned to death. Listen, God, to my voice as I plead, protect my life from fear of the enemy; hide me from the league of the wicked, from the gang of evil-doers. They sharpen their tongues like a sword, aim their arrow of poisonous abuse. They support each other in their evil designs, they discuss how to lay their snares. “Who will see us?” they say. He will do that, he who penetrates human nature to its depths, the depths of the heart. Break into song for my God, to the tambourine, sing in honor of the Lord, to the cymbal, let psalm and canticle mingle for him, extol his name, invoke it. For the Lord is a God who breaks battle-lines! . Lord, you are great, you are glorious, wonderfully strong, unconquerable.
If only our president believed in God, instead of believing he is God, perhaps those words would have the power to move him. May his actions call down on his head what he deserves.
I have written quite a bit about the Syrian situation in my blogs and months ago predicted that Washington would roll out that tired old “war template” as soon as it suited them. The “war template” is that pattern of deceit and manipulation, used over and over, that enables our elected officials to drag our country into one war of aggression after another, from Kosovo to Damascus. All that is needed is to plug in new names – not Milosevic, Hussein, or Qaddafi, this time, but Assad. The accusation is always the same: we must engage in brutal
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I swore I wasn’t going to write another word on Syria for the time being. I was just going to keep an eagle eye on how the Republicans in Congress were behaving vis a vis Obama’s mad proposal to wage war on Syria. I was just going to make a list and check it twice. But the news surrounding this Great American Blunder is so bizarre and the ironies so intense that I have to comment.
Fox News website has a great picture of Obama and Putin. Obama is heading out of the picture frame with that characteristic pursed lips expression signaling that His Eminence has had his feathers ruffled. The pout is usually provoked by a question he doesn’t want to answer, or one that implies he is a liar or ignorant, or a suggestion he is not all he’s cracked up to be, or anything else that is irksome. Following behind him is a cheerful looking Vladimir Putin, chuckling to himself, who actually has a lot to be chipper about these days when it comes to the USA. My guess is he shook Obama’s hand, grinned and whispered to him: “Please, make my day — bomb Syria and put those boots on the ground!”
Remember when Jimmy Carter was in office and the Soviet Union was sending its highly limited quantity of sons to die in Afghanistan? We were so smug back then, boycotting the Olympics to show our moral dander was up and denying the Soviet Union the gas turbines for their oil industry. We watched with some degree of satisfaction as the Soviets were sucked deeper and deeper into that morass. But back then we had morals and a little smugness was in order when battling the Evil Empire. Of course, what good did our morality do us? We took Osama bin Laden under our wing to screw the USSR, hand-fed and nurtured him. Wow, was that ever a good decision.
I then read that Chuck Hagel, who has obviously been into the magic mushrooms, accused Russia of giving the chemical weapons used on August 21 in Syria to the Assad regime. There are two problems with Hagel’s charge. The first is that it assumes Putin is as stupid as Obama; what on earth would Russia get out of encouraging and enabling long-time ally Assad to provoke the Moral Conscience of the World into bombing? Unlike the US or Germany, Russia has not provoked a single war since the last Tsar shuffled off his mortal coils and it is unlikely they would choose to do so over Syria.
The other problem is that it blithely assumes that Assad’s people used the weapons. You will probably have noticed that, unlike the BBC, neither the USG nor the US media refer to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons as alleged, but instead follow Vladimir Lenin’s maxim that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth. Hence you will hear from every side that “Assad’s brutal use of chemical weapons against small children and old ladies” demands a military response. Well of course, if your objective is to get an excuse for bombing the hell out of Syria, you’re not going to admit that your claim is only an unproven allegation and not even a very convincing allegation at that. I’m going to give Meat-Head Hagel a break here and make an assumption of my own: he’s being fed the same disinformation from the same agencies as John Kerry (my face! my face! I can’t feel my face!). Neither of them has the native intelligence to sniff out cooked intel.
Then there is the insidious Senate draft resolution that was passed out of Committee with the help of John McCain, who had only the same day sworn he wouldn’t vote for it because it didn’t allow us to lay waste to Syria. But I think I know what changed his mind. In addition to giving the president three months to spend billions and billions of dollars we don’t have bombing Syria, the resolution has a clause that prohibits the use of military personnel for combat purposes — but leaves gaping loopholes that would allow us to invade Syria to “secure chemical weapons” or for other unnamed purposes that we don’t consider war-making. Anybody with at least several active brain cells will ask himself: you mean there won’t be any fighting if we send in troops to secure the chemical weapons? Old McCain knows better; it’s blood he wants, and he plans to keep pushing for it.
Another bit of news that ought to make us sit up and pay attention is Putin’s threat to give Syria S-300 missile shield defense systems (for which it has already delivered certain components) should the US attack. But that’s not an end to it. Russia also suggested these systems might be transferred to Iran, which had signed contracts for the weapons that Russia suspended in 2010 in response to Security Council resolutions. So now this confrontation that the US has been champing at the bit to start has gone from being the Big Bully against the much weaker Twerp, to being Big Bully against Twerp and Big Brother. That doesn’t even take into account the other bruiser in the neighborhood, Iran. Or China, which also sells Syria weapons.
I see that the Congressional Research Office has put on it’s green eyeshade and come up with a figure of 75000 US troops needed to “secure chemical weapons” in Syria. I think they need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how many soldiers we are going to have to march into the mouth of hell if they have to secure the chemical weapons, defeat Assad’s army, fend off Russian missiles and fight Hezbollah. I hope somebody has stepped up production of body bags in the US.
One last observation: John Kerry has sworn to the American public and to certain heroically skeptical members of Congress that Assad will definitely use chemical weapons against civilians again if they don’t let the Pentagon create mayhem in Syria. Hoo-hah. I would normally say, “how can you be so sure of that?” Except I am pretty sure how he can make such a hard-and-fast prediction. Because the same people who carried out the August attack no doubt have plenty of supplies to do it all over again. As I said before, if dozens of Syrians dead from chemical weapons doesn’t earn support for an American attack, then it will have to be a thousand. And if a thousand dead Syrians isn’t enough, I guess they will have to use the cw somewhere more heavily populated. Eventually, so the thinking might go, there is bound to be the desired reaction.
You know, when a government becomes so contemptuous of the people it supposedly serves that it can lie, spy and oppress them routinely, what hindrance is there to that same government using the same tactics against the world? Especially when they have big, bad military technology to hold over the world’s head as a threat.
I think we all know the answer to that one.
Just in case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a major propaganda campaign. The fawning press and the hawkish press do not call it propaganda, of course. They call it a “major push” to convince our Congress to back the bombing of Syria, just a few bombing sorties that will let everybody in the world know they dare not thwart US demands on anything. We are told that not waging war on Syria will make us all look like fools and weaken American leadership. But we all know the truth, it’s staring us in the face. America’s leadership has already been fatally eroded by our predilection for the use of force against others and by our arrogance. And if we don’t bomb, the only people who will look like fools are the president and his stooges in the US government.
This is what propaganda looks like and feels like. It is pervasive; it is false; it is goal-oriented. No dissension is allowed. If our government needs popular support to do something that constitutes a flat-out violation of international law, the solution is to fill empty minds with images and lies and watch the people fall into line. Frankly, it is similar to the care and feeding of mushrooms (keep ‘em in the dark and feed ‘em shit). The sad thing is, it works to a frightening degree. Before the government unleashed its propaganda campaign, only 9 percent of Americans favored bombing Syria for any reason at all short of an attack on America. The latest polls show that the figure is now over forty percent.
We are not getting the truth about any of what happened in Syria other than that a lot of people died. Instead Washington is rolling out the doctored evidence for our viewing pleasure. But instead of real proof we get such hogwash as “we know for a fact” or “we have all the evidence we need” or “we did our own tests.” We hear that the mass of evidence, the damning details, must be withheld or risk endangering our sources. All we can have are the bits and pieces those holding the information deem sufficient to calm our doubts. And our government tries to befuddle the public by exclaiming that nobody could possibly fake the results of the sarin attack that has been so thoroughly documented in video and photos. But then, who claimed the attack was a mock-up? Exactly nobody. It is a red herring. Our overlords want us to focus on the left hand, which is empty rather than the right hand, which is performing the trickery. Our government doesn’t want us to focus on the only question of importance, who perpetrated the attack. Or maybe for our Government, that is not an important question at all.
Personally, I don’t question the fact that chemical weapons were used in Syria. That seems to be a fact, and it isn’t the first time cw was used. But I’d be willing to bet that our info on who used the cw comes from that the men leading the opposition to Assad, the men McCain ludicrously calls freedom fighters and our own CIA is training and arming. That makes such claims highly suspect. We cannot afford to forget that the basic question in all crimes is, who benefits? Is it Bashar al-Assad, who knew that the US wanted him to use cw so they would have the excuse they were looking for to bomb Syria? Or is it the “freedom fighters” who know their chances of defeating Assad on their own are about zero. They need the US air force and its explosive ordnance.
Our government tells us over and over that the opposition has no access to chemical weapons, but that is another lie and misdirection. There is public and published information that Turkish police in May 2013 arrested a group of Syrian militants (anti-Assad) who had a five-pound canister of sarin gas and were planning to use it (supposedly in Turkey, but that doesn’t make any sense since Turkey is also an enemy of Assad). Here is what one report said:
Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.
The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.
If that’s not enough to convince you that our government is lying about opposition access to cw, you might want to consider that Carla del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, publicly stated in May 2013 that the UN commission of inquiry looking into cw use in Syria had very strong (but not incontrovertible) evidence that at least one sarin gas attack was carried out by Assad’s opponents.
In Iraq, we didn’t wait for Saddam Hussein to use a weapon of mass destruction before going in and laying waste to Iraq in the search for those weapons. That turned out to be a big mistake, as it led to the inescapable and increasingly loud question of “where are the weapons of mass destruction?” The people who rule our lives have learned from their mistakes and improved their propaganda and the visuals. This time somebody got the bright idea of using the cw in a big and public way against civilians prior to bombing Syria, thus providing the pretext for war and silencing skeptics. The only trick was to make it appear that it was Assad who ordered the attack. This was done in part, according to one informed source, by twisting intercepted communications to point to the desired culprit.
Listening to the two asses braying on tv last night (that would be McCain and Graham) I see that merely dropping bombs as a lesson for the hated Assad isn’t enough to slake their thirst for aggression. In blunt terms, the two men told us we need to beef up one of the two parties bringing death and destruction to Syria, give them powerful weapons, be their air force, be their logisticians, and really go all out to destroy the country. Only then can we install “our guys” so America can re-shape Syria into a shining example of democracy. If we aren’t ready to go all-out against Assad, they say, don’t bother bombing at all. Well, I don’t know about you, but not bombing at all sounds to me like the best suggestion McCain and Graham ever had.
If you think the fall-out from the US invasion of Iraq was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. We took on Hussein when his country was remarkably stable and we were still overwhelmed. In the end we left in defeat, handing over the country to Iran’s influence. In Libya, we removed Qaddafi from power and installed our pals, and then we had Benghazi. That country is in a shambles. Now we want to take on another much larger and much better armed country already embroiled in civil war, one with powerful backers and with foreign groups up to their necks in the dirty fighting. Our elected leaders want us to believe against all previous evidence that America will come out of this in fine shape, with no adverse effects to our country’s true interests. It seems the war-mongers have been convinced by their own propaganda.
I’d laugh if it wasn’t so tragic. I don’t know how our Senate will vote on this effort to start a war. I hope they have enough sense of self-preservation that they vote against it. But if they do give Obama what he wants, this is one voter who will sit out the 2014 elections and let the chips fall where they may. If your representatives don’t represent you — why bother voting?
As I write this article, our president is addressing our Congress trying to convince them that we have incontrovertible evidence that Syria’s Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own population. The only problem is that the evidence is not incontrovertible about who used the chemical weapons.
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Kosovo is an obvious precedent for Mr. Obama because, as in Syria, civilians were killed and Russia had longstanding ties to the government authorities accused of the abuses. In 1999, President Bill Clinton used the endorsement of NATO and the rationale of protecting a vulnerable population to justify 78 days of airstrikes.
That is probably as simplistic and yet useful an explanation of what Kosovo was ostensibly about as you can find. The Western establishment despised Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic for his defiance and his role in the bloodshed that ravaged Bosnia as Yugoslavia broke apart. Even more importantly, Milosevic, unlike his unindicted co-conspirator Franjo Tudjman, had no Big Power protection. The leaders of key Western nations wanted him out of power despite the peace agreement that left both the Croat and Serb presidents in power and not cooling their heels in a posh cell at the International Court. And Serbia was vulnerable. It had been long ostracized and punished for its role in the war by the denial of significant aid and too little humanitarian assistance. In that case, NATO was working on a war plan long before Bill Clinton’s personal immersion in scandal made bombing Serbia seem like a good idea.
Kosovo was the first clear case where NATO acted as an aggressor against a sovereign nation not at war with any other country using human rights as a rationale. NATO had deployed throughout Kosovo under cover of the observer missions and still could not provide a reason for NATO to act. The Serbs knew that was what NATO wanted and were anxious not to give them an excuse. Of course it was impossible to control: the Kosovar Albanians would attack Serbs — military, official or civilian – and the Serbs would strike back. Both sides committed violations of human rights. But that was an inconvenient truth for NATO, which wanted a convenient excuse, whether truth or a lie. And it got one at last with the discovery of about a dozen dead civilians in an isolated Kosovar Albanian village. The head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, US Ambassador William Walker, pronounced the case a massacre and identified the culprits, the Serbs. All that despite the fact that there were neither eyewitnesses nor any investigation into what happened. The real culprit was at least as likely to have been Albanian guerrillas as Serbs, but no matter. With this flimsy bit of evidence against Serbia, NATO decided the country had no right to sovereignty and NATO had full right to begin nearly three months of 24-hour bombing runs with the usual collateral damage (including the Chinese Embassy). The rationale was a right to act for humanitarian reasons, one of the expanded powers NATO assumed after the Warsaw Pact ended and Russia sank to its knees. We cared enough about those poor civilians in Kosovo to bomb Serbia, but not enough to prepare a humanitarian reception for them when they fled under NATO bombs. You can decide for yourself how moved we were by humanitarian need.
The trigger point in Syria is the use of chemical weapons. We know that because the bonehead with his dirty shoes on the furniture in the Oval Office warned the whole world that this was a big, fat red line. There have been several other incidents of cw use in Syria, but no evidence of either what was used or who used it. Doesn’t matter. The US neo-interventionists are thirsting to start another righteous war against the uncivilized and the unconquered, rub a little horse-manure in Russia and Iran’s faces, and plant the increasingly sullied and tattered US flag in all sorts of places where our nation is despised.
And that brings me to the part about Russia’s interests being a reason for the US to act by force. My only response to this is, what a surprise. The US has never broken out of the Cold War mindset and the unimaginative and boringly predictable interventionist lobby needs a Big Foe to get Americans worked up. But here is a news break: Russia aka USSR had strong influence in the Middle East prior to its Time of Troubles; they hand-crafted the groups that acted as role models for today’s Al Qaeda and created pivotal leaders like Arafat. Those roots didn’t die just because Russia was temporarily out of commission. Today Russia is seeking to renew ties in the region and strengthen those with its steadfast allies. This is what responsible governments do. They seek allies. Why is it so outrageous if Russia does so as well? And why on earth should it be a foundational precept for constant war? Will we start bombing every country where Russia is active?
As an aside, and perhaps an example of the high-handedness that now characterizes our foreign policy, I remind my readers that the USG rejected Russia’s use of the “Kosovo Precedent” with relation to its set-to with Georgia and asserted that Kosovo was a unique case and could not serve as any kind of a precedent. I guess they have had a change of heart.
I said before and repeat: all of this war-mongering on the part of our government is a mockery of international relations and it all started under Bill Clinton. Who gave a handful of nations the right to pick and choose the victims of our great technological savagery? Who gave us, the USA, the right to decide who was a good leader and who a poor or evil one, or who can carry out fifty kinds of mischief and corruption without punishment from NATO and who has to be killed or humiliated or removed? When did international law go by the side of the road – was it about the same time that the US Constitution did so, too?
The US sense of moral superiority has become its downfall. Now we cannot turn around without spying in someone else’s country behavior we don’t approve of. So we squander our moral standing (now entirely gone) and our treasure and even the lives of our children. And all the time, the USG has itself become increasingly despotic and oppressive and deserving of forced removal. We are like object lessons in self-deception and corruption. All that matters to us anymore is that people around the world jump when we say jump. Our only goal anymore is power, getting more and keeping it all. What a tragedy we are.
I never thought the US would replace Russia as the ugly arrogant ideologue contemptuous of other peoples’ rights. But here we are. At home individual rights and religious rights and all kinds of other rights are under simultaneous attack; and abroad we attack the rights of other countries to settle their own problems. Then we’ll try to stuff our own culture down the throats of the conquered, and expect statues erected to our heroic actions. And when we have a Benghazi or Christians under extreme attack in Egypt or a 9/11 – our government will be profoundly saddened and shocked.
I don’t know what folly our government is planning in Syria, but one thing is for sure: it won’t be to our credit and it won’t be to our advantage. The hounds of war are loose and at the world’s throat.
We have sat rapt before the Bully Pulpit of American imperialism, listening for many long months to the blabbermouths and big-shots of the neo-interventionist crowd tell us how urgently the world needs us to bomb Syria and perhaps dismember Bashar al Assad (I’m just assuming here). Yes, it is what we have all been hankering after, or so asserts that addled rooster John McCain. For people of McCain’s views, it is an absolute moral responsibility of the White Man to shoulder the Brown Man’s burdens and Americans won’t be able to look at ourselves in the mirror if we don’t flatten Damascus.
Finally, at last, hallelujah! The wait is over. We, the people of the United States, are about to bring more war to the people of Syria and surrounding countries, who apparently don’t have enough (with our help). Thousands of people, in addition to those whose blood is already on our hands, will perish in a mushroom cloud of violence after the US and its stooges in NATO pull the trigger. The President of the United States, an idiot of the first water, glided around talking about red lines no one dared cross, and then the Syrians, one party or another, had the audacity to use them. As if the fools running this country off the cliff of sanity never heard about how if you’ve got something, you’re going to use something, whether a bigger rock or a nuclear warhead. The genie is out of the bottle. Meanwhile, the late great Mr. Obama’s personal popularity has plummeted and it seems every world leader who can get away with it is yanking his chain. Never did a US president appear to all and sundry so weak, intellectually adrift and incompetent. Not even W.
I am not at all surprised that some weeks after handing the Syrian war to the CIA to run — our patron saint of guerrilla groups — the world is shocked into tortured outrage by the use of chemical weapons by somebody engaged in Syria’s civil war. That same somebody sniped at a UN convoy (oh, joy!). John Kerry just knows it is the Assad regime, no matter what anybody else says. We have the goods. The US is sure of it. I bet we are.
If you are saying to yourself, “is she suggesting the CIA had something to do with the chemical weapons incident?” the answer is yes. That is exactly what I’m saying. Of course they would never have personally used them, but plenty of proxies would be willing collaborators.
I mentioned in another post not long ago that the Agency was created for one purpose — running small coherent operations with a plan, a cast of characters, an endgame, and lots of money. But the Agency has developed all kinds of new purposes and resurrected old ones under the past couple of administrations and in response to terrorism. In the case of Syria and the use of chemical weapons, the operatives running the operation (aka war) are doing exactly what they are compelled to do by their very natures — meet the goal. They are bringing the same qualities for which they were recruited, including a knack for chicanery, deceit and manipulation, to a situation that is way, way above their pay grade. I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Here’s how it goes, as an example: if the Congress cuts off any form of military assistance to the Nicaraguan Contras, and you’re the CIA and certain military advisors, you do a dirty deal with another country to get the weapons to the Contras anyway. That would be Iran-Contra. Maybe you recall how well that went.
Here’s another example: if the US president doesn’t want to start a war with Syria that will bury him politically, then you go over the president’s head. Your first attempt is to develop a secret way to smuggle weapons to your mixed team of Al Qaida sympathizers and incompetents in Syria. To this end, you use the enthusiastic Turks as middlemen and operate out of a particularly hellacious corner of Libya riddled with radical sects and wannabe terrorists. If and when that falls flat, you need to ignite popular indignation over the cruel use of chemical weapons. The ensuing explosion of humanitarian fervor will swamp the US president, who himself told everybody what would take all choice out of his hands: the use of chemical weapons. And lots of them. If killing off 100 Syrian civilians doesn’t do it, the ante must be upped: now it will be 300 or 400 victims. Now Obama is going to look even dumber than he does already if he waits for the attacks to rise to a thousand a pop. Something has to give.
If you don’t believe the above can happen, you are still living in Dream Land, aka the former United States of America. I was the Nicaraguan Desk officer during the Iran-Contra affair and I can assure you that legality is the least of concerns when the Agency is running an operation, which is what this is to them. A really, really big operation, where the assets are NATO and the United States military.
I’ll tell you what I think: I think the White House didn’t want to touch the third rail of war with Syria with a ten-foot pole and they thus fobbed off all responsibility for getting things done to the Agency, which has now acted true to form. The only question is what America’s foreign policy buffoons are going to do in Syria that will be a suitable encore to the ineptitude demonstrated throughout the Middle East and, indeed, the world under Barack Hussein Obama.
Gen. Dempsey tells us that merely bombing Syria back into the Stone Age is unlikely to solve the mess over there. I think what he wants to say is we will have to go in with our troops if we go in at all. I don’t know if he is urging that route or not. If he is, he needs to be fired or retired.
Kerry is all gung-ho on war now, a changed man. You know, he was against war before he was for it. And that pitiful specimen of manhood, Chuck Hagel, suddenly finds a taste for blasting people out of their shoes. And I don’t need to go into that freakish couple, Lindsay and Johnnie. We all know that for them, a day without warfare waged under the Red, White and Blue is a day without sunshine.
I think the critical point has been passed. Obama is afraid of looking like a 90-pound weakling, having perhaps realized he is not Olympian in nature but a mere mortal subject to failure and public ridicule.
The bullies are about to emerge from the Bully Pulpit. Yahoo.
I am sitting as I write in an absolutely gorgeous spot in Costa Rica. Across the street, such as it is, there are monkeys playing, jumping from the trees to the rooftop and back again. Parrots fly over the forest and the sea is minutes away. Last night my sister-in-law felt an earth tremor. I’m pretty sure the epicenter is the USA. There is nothing like traveling through US borders to drive home the fact that our country is under siege and it is under siege because the criminals now sitting in their fancy offices in DC are encouraging the influx, legal and illegal, of the foreign-born to “transform” the United States to a mobocracy that they can control.
When six of us showed up at the Miami Airport yesterday, the first thing I noticed is this: virtually everybody in the hotel and in the airport are Hispanics, from maids to immigration officers to check-in agents and baggage handlers. Probably most of Miami is Hispanic and African these days. Everybody at the airport speaks Spanish and there might be just a tad of irritation if somebody wants to speak English with them.
The infrastructure at the airport and probably everywhere else in Miami is deteriorating. At the hotel, the coke machines take no cash; you are supposed to be trusting enough to swipe your credit card to get a $2.00 soft drink in a place plagued by crime. My assumption is that the “no cash” policy is to prevent somebody from vandalizing the machines to get the money out and that is probably wise. In the hotel rooms there is a notice telling guests to lock and latch their doors — when they are in them! This brings to mind terrible images of people suffering away-from-home invasion as they brush their teeth. The hotel had four elevators for far too many people and only two of them were working. As I sat tapping my foot in irritation, waiting for the elevator to land on my floor, I thought to myself that Michael Bloomberg’s slow-elevator strategy to force people to use the stairs was already in force in Miami. Then I asked for a whiskey sour at the bar and the otherwise very nice bartender acted as though I had asked for a unicorn. He had no idea what a whiskey sour was, suggesting the drink is not a Latin American favorite.
The dilapidated hotel is no different from the rest of Miami, which is decaying rapidly under the assault of the poor and the uneducated and too little money to maintain infrastructure. At Miami International, escalators may or may not work and the smell of must and mold surrounds you. And when you do a 360, you see that there is hardly a white American to be seen anywhere. This is the Third World. I know that most of those Hispanics were people up from Latin America and the Caribbean shopping for things they can’t get back home. But the staffing of the airport speaks volumes. In the 80′s and early 90′s, I spent considerable time in the Miami Airport during my postings to various Latin American countries. At that time, Hispanics were strongly represented among the airport staff, but it was still about half native-born Americans and half immigrants. Today the white American has all but disappeared there. The immigrants, legal and illegal, have taken over. Miami is barely part of America anymore.
The departure process itself is a metaphor for where We the People stand vis a vis those insufferable bureaucrats and ideologues who are running (and ruining) our country. First of all, one of the couples had to turn around and go home after planning the trip for a year because the husband had only a green card (id for permanent residents) and no passport. He had immigrated legally to the US from Chile decades ago as a child of six and had never bothered to get his citizenship. What was so infuriating was that he had consulted with both Immigration and the Costa Rican Embassy in advance and was told flat out that traveling with the green card was just fine. But when the time came, it turned out that was false. He had to show some kind of passport to travel, as well. He was not allowed to fly.
Tell me this: when did it become an iffy thing getting out of the United States? Are we at a point where pretty much anybody can get into our country, but nobody can get out? Are we prisoners here unless we can jump through ever-changing bureaucratic hoops? This is the kind of thing I expect from dictatorships and backward countries — not from our own government. The departure process itself makes a person feel they live in a police state: rubber gloves, herding, the suspicious looks from the half-educated who are running the show. I felt as though I had escaped when I finally took my seat on the airplane. As we took off, I was still trying to absorb what we had just experienced but the only conclusion I came to was that our own country died some time ago and I just didn’t realize it. Unless something drastic happens (and I pray for it), Miami and California are the face of America’s future.
I feel peaceful here in Costa Rica, away from the terrible stresses of the United States. And then I turn on my computer and see that the Orwellian-named Immigration and Customs Enforcement is welcoming in actual mobs of illegal immigrants in California and shipping them throughout the country. They are putting them up in hotels (at our expense) since there isn’t enough room for them at the detention centers. I read that each year 600,000-800,000 illegals evaporate into thin air once they cross the border, many of them released by Immigration to do as they please.
Speakeasy USA. Just say the magic word and you win — not $100, but lifetime residency in the US with all the benefits paid for by the US taxpayer. I am convinced that the surge in illegals we are now seeing — no doubt in anticipation of an amnesty — is being deliberately promoted. I do not discount that US officials are complicit in this travesty. Somebody is coaching the illegals to make certain claims that constitute — possibly, potentially – grounds for asylum. But under US law, such claims are not supposed to be assumed to be true, but must be proven. Just claiming asylum doesn’t give the claimant a right to enter the US. That is, unless ICE decides that anybody showing up at the border with the right excuse — even if another several hundred are waiting in line with exactly the same claims — automatically gets in.
Back in the 80′s our government was a hell of a lot stricter. I knew a woman, a highly-educated Mexican married to a member of the Nicaraguan Somoza family. When the Sandinistas took over with Jimmy Carter’s help in 1979, the Somozas fled to the US and my friend, all four and a half feet of her, stayed behind changing cordobas into dollars, in the streets under the rifles of the Sandinistas. The Sandinistas wanted Somoza’s money and she was dealing with them, feeding them bank information and then immediately transferring the money into another account somewhere else. She managed to smuggle out several million dollars in her Mercedes, and in absentia she was given a 30-year sentence. And imagine this: the Mexican government denied her husband asylum. She was told that she was free to enter, as a Mexican born and bred, but the Sandinistas needed dentists so her husband should go home (to prison). Yes, Mexico denied asylum based solely on political grounds. And our own Immigration wanted to deport both of them because they didn’t buy her asylum story and they insisted they could go to Mexico. It was only when I intervened with the facts about what they faced in Nicaragua and the Mexican government’s perfidy that Immigration granted her asylum.
Well, all that caution in granting entrance to the US has long since gone by the boards. My sister-in-law lives in Arizona. She has been told by people who know that indeed illegal Mexican immigrants are being coached in how to get asylum and then steered to all the free benefits available to them. You don’t even need to be credible anymore to waltz into our country and start feeding at the trough. Because these people who are changing the very substance of our country are useful to the tyrants in Washington. The more, the merrier. Screw America.
I’m going to look at property here in Costa Rica. I hope there will be a revolution in America, but I am not confident. I think it might be wise to get out while we still can. I met a Texan couple here who are doing the same thing. They say there are lots of Americans looking for a place to settle outside of the USA.
I think a reverse migration is occurring.
A lot of people find Edward Snowden a heroic figure, and I’m one of them. But the latest news about this idealistic young man is disturbing and suggests he is drawn to perilous activity like a moth to a flame. He’s probably more tragic than heroic. If he doesn’t come to a bad end, the way he’s going, it will be a miracle.
What set me on this train of thought was the news that Snowden had been offered a job at the social media company Vkontakte that would have involved computers and I rather think the Russians don’t want him working with computers. But that wasn’t what worried me, this is what worried me:
[Snowden's attorney] said instead of working for the tech industry, Snowden will look for a job as a human rights activist.
Whoa, Nellie. If anybody doesn’t think Snowden is a starry-eyed idealist who has a nose for trouble and goes right for it is not paying attention. What could be the number one worst thing that new asylee Snowden could become involved with in Russia outside computers? Human rights, of course. I’m sure Snowden’s heart is in the right place, and he no doubt feels eternally grateful to the human rights groups who supported his asylum request and wants to help others. But Eddie — what are you thinking?
Russia doesn’t like human rights activists. Russia knows that almost all of the NGOs working on a whole variety of ways to change the country are funded from foreign sources unfriendly to Russia, such as George Soros and his Open Society front groups. Soros funded the Open Society foundation when the Soviet Union collapsed. He has invested heavily in non-governmental groups, especially human rights organizations, seeded throughout the former Soviet countries. He has accumulated more power abroad than he has in the US. I don’t know who is scarier, Russian intelligence or George Soros.
In Russia being a human rights activists is one of the riskiest propositions a person can undertake. Think Andrei Sakharov, or Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Knowing things those with power don’t want you to know can be extremely dangerous to your health. And in Russia the state security types wouldn’t have any qualms arranging an assassination for someone seen as a particular thorn in the side.
Please, somebody over there in Russia, tell Snowden to go into some other line of business. I’m worried that Putin might find it necessary to bump Snowden off, upon which he can tell Obama he did it for his sake. Our Idiot-Savant president would no doubt be highly pleased and flattered that Putin was trying to make it up. He might even start the rumor that it was he who arranged an early departure for the turn-coat.
Boy, do I ever feel sorry for Snowden’s parents. All they can do is sit and watch their son self-destructing. He seems to have been taken in by some American ex-pats. I hope they help him see the light.
I used to like Chris Christie a lot. I thought he was tough and funny and smart. But there were signs along the way that maybe Christie was not a great a fit for the Party as a presidential candidate, at least not for the conservative wing of the party.
I’m back to Snowden again. This case fascinates me for two reasons: one, Snowden revealed how powerful the octopus of US intelligence has become, pulling in every scrap of information about us 24/7, and two, it involves Russia and its complex relationship with America.
It seems as if Russia is about to grant Snowden temporary asylum. A lot of hysterics in the US, in the Administration and in both parties, call this a slap in the face and harboring a criminal. Obama wants him back and nobody is cooperating. As I’ve written before, the law is clear that the nation accepting an asylee does so based on its own judgment of the merits of the asylum application. I don’t ever recall a case where spies were turned over — but then, in the old days the spies were generally absconding to the country for which they had spied. This is a horse of a different color, but it really makes the issue of asylum, from a moral perspective, easier to decide. Snowden did not violate his vow to secrecy for monetary reasons, or for fifteen minutes of fame, but out of conviction that the US government was violating fundamental Constitutional principles in its non-stop and expansive monitoring of the nation’s personal business. He sought asylum knowing he would be imprisoned for life for what he did and suspecting that all sorts of not-quite torture awaited him. Who wouldn’t seek asylum? Just because you reveal the evils of an entity doesn’t mean you’d like to be punished for it. People who claim he’s a coward for running don’t get it. He wants to tell his story. He can’t do that from a prison.
I read someone or other recently who was bitterly asserting that Snowden’s character was evident in his choice of countries as possible asylum. Huh? Isn’t it quite clear that his choice of countries was not a choice? He had a handful of nations that were gutsy enough to challenge the US on this one, and not one more. He was roundly rejected by all the NATO countries to which he applied and China, that bastion of enlightened self-interest, shoveled him straight onto a conveyer belt into Russia, where a surprised Putin was pretty annoyed at the stunt. Putin, however, doesn’t have a personal problem dealing with the US. He considers Russia an equal in many respects to America — particularly today’s teetering America. And as a tough guy, he doesn’t react well to threats, veiled or otherwise, which is I’m sure what Obama offered during the famous meeting in which fisticuffs appeared under consideration or in Obama’s case, pouting.
When Snowden came to Moscow, Russia became the obvious asylum granter. After all, everybody makes it clear they couldn’t possibly grant asylum unless Snowden were in their country, and he can’t get to another country because the USG has indicated it will force down any flight suspected of carrying him — even if it is also carrying the president of another country. I wonder how Americans would react if Obama’s plane were forced down by Russians to take someone off it by force. Not well, I’d guess. The US is setting some really bad international precedents.
Of course the Chinese and Russia now know what Snowden knows. There’s nothing to be done about it. Such a hush-hush organization ought to have better security. But Putin’s hands are tied as far as Snowden’s status. He has said and his chief alter-egos have said that Snowden was never a spy for Russia and is not a criminal from their perspective. He will not be turned over. I know the US has people over there squeezing, threatening and pleading, but I think they ought to let this subside into oblivion. It isn’t doing much for the US image to be seen as begging at Russia’s door, and in vain.
A couple of things occur to me. First, I’ve learned from the denial of Snowden’s asylum request that the Europeans’ claim to moral superiority (over America, certainly) is totally bogus. Their judgment that crimes of conscience are identical to crimes of venality makes it plain that they are quite amenable to abandoning any principles they might actually hold dear when it comes to stark self-interest. They didn’t want problems with the US, and they sure didn’t want all the details of their own felonious snooping on their citizens coming out in the open. They as much as put their imprimatur on US spying at home and abroad.
Second, Snowden will be okay in Russia. He might even find a Russian girl to marry. It isn’t the US, or London or Paris, but it is Moscow, which is a very interesting place. It’s absolutely true, as former UK spy Matthew Dunn writes on the Fox News website, that the Russian government will always be watching him and he will never be trusted by the people who give him asylum. But aside from that, he will find a huge and fascinating country with people who generally think what he did is heroic. What they really are reacting to in Snowden is probably their own secret wish for someone like Snowden who would blow the lid off the Russian State’s domestic espionage.
Here is a link for my latest article for Patriot Update about just how stinky our government has become.
Let’s start with the news reported in the WSJ that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), very influential internationally, proposes that the global community vow not to give preferential tax rates to businesses. As everybody knows, businesses are dedicated to (drum roll) the maximization of profits. As a result of this peculiar tendency, they migrate to places most propitious to the achievement of their goal, e.g. to tax havens. The OECD seems to consider the proffering of tax breaks to be poaching and the imposition of usurious tax rates by rapacious government a God-given right (except they don’t believe in God). Suggestions of a world-wide treaty have been floated.
Just a few observations. First, I’m on the alert when I hear the term global community; this normally means a handful of big, rich and powerful countries calling themselves Everyman. This is the same premise as NATO being synonymous with the US, the international community being NATO and three other countries, and the community organization being a handful of paid union thugs. The little guys, the pipsqueaks of the world, don’t have an ounce of influence in such grand constructs as global communities and will merely have the screws put to them as often as necessary. I recall one Eastern European leader who complained that being in NATO was just a change of ownership, as they had as much input as they did in the Warsaw Pact.
Here’s an inconvenient fact the OECD seems to have overlooked: some countries actually depend on this one little mechanism — taking less of other people’s money — to attract investment, which means jobs and thus greater prosperity for those countries clever enough to appeal to a natural human urge. Like Thailand and the sex industry. This raises the question of why on earth these tax heretics would favor the OECD scheme to jack up tax rates and chase out investors. Surely it only gives one more advantage to the rich and powerful? I am not sure the proposal will go any farther, but if it does I think I know what the solution will be for those countries whose one chief source of income is wiped out. The solution will be to impose a little teeny tiny international tax on the world citizens, payable to some international organization you never voted for and answerable to no US authority, for subsidies to the countries formerly providing tax shelter. The give-away or subsidy comes gratis from the global community, which in this case happens to be you, the tax-payer.
Don’t you feel it’s getting a little warm? Is that the hot breath of Big One World Government you feel on your neck? The unified global taxation scheme is being pushed by the trans-Atlantic leftwing cohort because it brings the Star Council of the Federated Nations of Earth that much closer. It would convert countries from independent go-getters to paid servants of the Global State. European Union administrative bureaucracies have become monstrous. Faceless overpaid Eurocrats spend whatever time they actually work dreaming up new regulations to further diminish Europeans’ freedom of action, all done over a delicious coq au vin luncheon at a fine restaurant in Strasbourg or dinner at a four-star restaurant with their colleagues to “think outside the box.” An Italian can’t find his favorite cheeses because some little gourmand in one of the EU commissions doesn’t like it. The regulations these anonymous bureaucrats churn out are hard to challenge, much less change, and each and every one of them increases the power of the bureaucracy as a whole. It is a profoundly undemocratic form of government, which explains continuing very large minorities within EU member countries strenuously against EU membership.
That same level of suffocating regulation and control awaits us down the road if we start handing over bits of our sovereignty to international bureaucrats who live off our hard work. They are self-perpetuators, these pan-governmental drones. They need the wealth we earn or create to keep themselves afloat and they will get it by constantly raising taxes: for internet use, for international travel, for ecological projects, and on and on — all on top of what your very own government steals. This is how the human is finally extinguished as a free being.
On another subject, Maggie’s Notebook had a blog this morning about the inclusion in the dread Senate immigration bill of language forgiving up to three forgeries of US passports for aspiring immigrants. I was glad I was sitting when I read it. It is nothing less than stunning. When I was in the diplomatic service, people were hauled into court for visa fraud, of which there is always a case or three. Usually this involved cash or sexual payments in exchange for the issuance of visas. The State Department gave no quarter and showed no mercy when they found corruption in the ranks. The miscreants were drummed out of the service and generally did a prison term. It is a felony to issue a visa in return for a payment or favor. Period. Wouldn’t you think forging a passport, another felony of even greater harm to our country, would be treated this way? Wrong.
Now it seems some illegal alien who was smart enough to follow the money trail all the way across the Rio Grande can forge US passports for others and they have to make a long-term practice of it to be considered for deportation rather than citizenship. The law as good as says “you can forge three US passports but no more.” Even worse is that the Republicans whose wise lead we are to follow have no idea that this provision is in the document. John McCain was his usual snide self when he retorted to a question about the language that he did not know for a fact that the passport forgery forgiveness bit was in the bill. Marco Rubio also was clueless about the provision.
To John McCain, from a former supporter — retire. You are embarrassing yourself.
To Marco Rubio, from someone who still supports you — get new advisors. Immediately. You’re straying way off course on domestic and foreign policy.
One last thought. There is a measles outbreak in Europe and America because parents wouldn’t have their kids inoculated for fear of autism. Now the children will be at risk from high fevers and other complications. These are the unintended (but predictable and predicted) consequences of false science perpetuated by airheads. I have a relative whose name will be withheld who only washes her kids once a week because germs are good for them. Tell that to the Indian sub-continent. I guess their back-to-naturism works until it doesn’t. I just hope some day those kids figure out it pays to bathe daily. Teens or adults bathing once a week — ugh. Smart people are sometimes not so smart at all.
The news is that James Earl Carter has finally turned his eagle eye for abusiveness to the USG and finds it guilty. For the first time ever, I find that I agree with most of what Carter had to say. This is a scary moment for me. If there is a president I despise approximately as much as I do Obama, it’s Carter. Carter managed in four years at the helm to trash his country and those of other one-time allies like the Shah of Iran and Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua, helping into power anti-American regimes in both places. In retirement, he has been an attention-grabbing gadfly with a huge sense of righteousness. How nice that he is now willing to step forward in defense of Americans’ basic rights instead of blathering about Myanmar or some other country we really don’t give a flip about.
The subject Carter was speaking about in some touchy-feely Atlanta conclave was the invasive nature of today’s American government and its violation of fundamental principles of liberty, to wit, NSA and other espionage systems. He said that there is no longer a functioning democracy in the United States. He said it about a Democrat president. A Democrat president who finally relieved Carter of the title for worst president ever. Hallelujah and saints be praised!
And I wonder: what has changed here? How is it that many on the left and many on the right who agree on nothing else agree that there is no functioning democracy in America? Have the scales fallen from their eyes? Does this new willingness to speak out against Obama give hope that we can forge alliances never conceived of to defeat the neo-totalitarians? Maybe Carter will take up the case of Edward Snowden and press for safe-passage documents to see him to his chosen place of asylum. Wouldn’t that be a kicker, a real Nobel Prize moment.
It always happens in left-wing revolutions that people who were most guilty of promoting everything that evolved into tyranny are among the first to be eliminated by the new regimes. Erstwhile allies become enemies of the State because the State knows better than anyone how much damage the erstwhile ally can do to the Establishment. It’s like Mao’s encouragement to China’s people to “let a hundred flowers bloom.” In that enigmatic oriental way of his, this meant “go ahead, you intellectuals, disagree with me, tell me the error of my ways, write plays and poetry and paint pictures and fully express yourself.” When the flowers were in bloom, he was able clearly to see his enemies, sticking out above all the others, and he snipped off their heads. Just think of all those left-wing intellectuals dead or might as well be dead in places like Russia, China, Cuba and North Korea. In Russia, the famous writer and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky — a leading intellectual light among the communists — shot himself less than a decade after the Bolsheviks took power. He was terribly depressed to find that the people who were going to make Russians free were actually worse than the Tsar.
So it’s nice to see that some of the lefties — by no means all of them — are recognizing at last how we have changed from a free-thinking and free-living nation into a nation where half are in thrall to their government and half want to bring it down and everybody is owned by the State. Rights are becoming an arcane concept, unless you’re talking about the sham rights the UN and the left are pushing: the right to a job, the right to a house, the right to a university education, the right to free health care, and so on. (In reality this means the right to any job the State offers you, two rooms and a toilet for your house, and the right to higher education only for the brightest or the connected — the rest will be shuffled off to technical schools to serve the needs of the State. It means the right to a poor and much-reduced level of health care that will succeed in jacking up the death rates and thereby thin out the ranks of the old and useless.)
Even the shabby quality of the things the State claims it can provide forever for free cannot in fact be guaranteed. The only rights we can guarantee are those in our founding documents, like the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The rest are nothing but cheap promises.
When elements of the two extremes of American politics can come together on the threat to freedom — or more accurately, when the left can see, too, that freedom is under assault – it means we have gone far down the road to tyranny. House hearings have revealed only the tip of the iceberg of corruption and politicization of our federal bureaucracy. The neo-totalitarians are sprinkled throughout the system, quietly churning out regulations to bind us and coerce us down the paths they have chosen. But there are tremors beneath our feet portending big changes in America. Things are coming to a tipping point, or maybe a parting of the ways. Our government wants to control us like bytes and bits of a computer and this nation within a nation, the conservative nation, isn’t going quietly.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama might not make a long-planned trip to Russia for a chit-chat with Vladimir Putin due to a list of bilateral spats that starts with Edward Snowden. According to the article, Sen. Lindsey Graham told an interviewer that he would fiercely consider not going, because everything Russia is doing at the moment is making the world a much more dangerous place.”
Fiercely is not a word I normally would associate with Lindsay Graham. Wimpy, yes. Collaborative, yes. Self-important, check. He and John McCain, the Senate bookends, are doing their best to get the US acting as judge, jury and executioner in every spat any two foreigners get into, and now both are ready to pick a fight with Russia over Snowden. Both men know full well that Russia didn’t run Snowden as an agent, he was dumped in their lap by China after Chinese intelligence had all it needed from the American. Of course they’re angry with China too. They ought to spend less time berating other countries for taking advantage of our official stupidity and more time trying to find out why there is so much official stupidity. A contractor of callow age walked off with such vital information that it might sink us (not). Who should be beaten about the head and ears for that offense?
And now on to substance. I can certainly understand why Obama wants to avoid a high-profile visit to the home of his former BFF, especially when Putin isn’t likely to yield on any of the outstanding issues. Mind you, all of the issues are impasses, it isn’t a matter of concessions on both sides. The US wants Edward Snowden, Russia won’t hand him over. The US wants an end to Russia’s nuclear cooperation with Iran, Putin is firmly against. The US wants Russia to abandon its old ally Syria and line up behind the US, and Putin would rather die. Only on Snowden is there still a possibility to put this behind us: Putin might agree to arrange a fatal accident for the whistle-blower now that Russian intelligence have all the goodies Snowden brought – but only if Barack Hussein asks nicely. What are the chances of that?
Then there is the charge so eloquently leveled by Mr. Graham that everything Russia is doing makes the world a more dangerous place. What he means is, Russia won’t step aside and let the US have its way on every international issue, especially those dealing with the use of force. He doesn’t seem to think Russian actions might be based on Russian national interests, but instead sees it as Russia being stupidly obstructionist. It annoys him no end that Russia is supporting a secular government and long-time ally in Syria against opponents heavily represented by radical Islamist groups. Graham is one of the cheerleaders for giving arms and military training to that very same rabble, although he insists we’re only helping the good guys. As if the good guys all alone can overthrow Assad and as if he or any of us know who the good guys really are. In any case, the record so far of similar US meddling is not exactly a recommendation for such projects. Egypt is a good example of how things go wrong when political change is too rapid. That whole Middle East-North Africa region is an example of this.
Graham was no doubt also exercised when Russia opposed the partition of largely Orthodox Serbia by NATO. The US first secretly armed and trained the Moslem rebels in Kosovo and then bombed Serbia to end the fighting. Afterwards the US and the EU handed the Kosovar Albanians a big chunk of Serbian territory. Who benefitted from the weakening of a Christian state and creation of a new Moslem state? Was it really the US?
To sum it all up, who has racked up an impressive record of overthrowing governments by force since the end of the Cold War? Who has launched its bombers with relative frequency over the past twenty years? Who is really making the world a more dangerous place? I think you’ll find that Russia hasn’t had a single war outside its own borders since Afghanistan, and they learned their lesson. We haven’t.
The impulse behind these confrontations of will is the inevitable movement of global political dynamics. It was once and briefly a bipolar world, which was such a clear-cut game that it was easy to play and this made for a high level of actual global security. Then, even more briefly, we were a unipolar world, with the US calling virtually all the shots and throwing its military weight around in a way that was no doubt also inevitable — power does go to the head — and that led to the rise of coordinated opposition from other existing or emerging powers. With China beginning to exercise its own growing military might and Russia recovering from its long disarray, the US must once more contend with interest group politics on a world-wide scale. The new dynamic will require our government to move away from the profligate misuse of our military forces to change other countries’ leaders toward a more collegial form of interaction. That doesn’t mean our own vital national security interests should ever be subject to any other country’s veto; we don’t haggle over bottom-line interests. But it does mean we have to make sure we assert only truly vital national interests, rather than investing every two-bit domestic crisis around the world into another urgent need for intervention. Holding our punches has become a lost art.
Frankly, I think the emergence of blocs capable of checking the US on use-of-force matters is a healthy development. If power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, I think we have been in a very dangerous place. The more we have to ration our power to conserve it for the great battles that may be coming, the less likely we are to continue wasting it.
There follows my latest post on Patriot Update; predictably, I’ve had nothing but sticks, stones, and grenades launched at my post since it appeared. But when I submitted it my comment to the editor was, bet this one gets a lot of feedback. Nevertheless I stick by my guns — in every sense. Read it and tell me what you think. If reaction to date is any gauge, poor Marco is in very deep kimshee. He needs some new advisors, don’t you think?
I’ve been so wound up lately over events I don’t and can’t control that I decided, hey, relax. Chill out. Instead of thinking about where we are today, remember what summer was like for all those years when America looked and acted like America, men married women, illegal aliens avoided public demonstrations, and presidents governed on behalf of the entire nation, not for one faction.
Some of my best memories are of the ice cream man. In our house, ice cream was not a daily occurrence and we could never get enough. If we had grown up on a farm, I assure you all six of us girls would have had a churn going at all times. We adored ice cream, and the jingle of the ice cream truck would set off frantic activity in our home as we scrounged for nickels and put in orders to our designated buyer. My mother, a hard-working woman who loved her kids more than anything else in the world, was always happy with her popsicle while the rest of us were quiet at last, at least as long as the ice cream lasted. In our household, even the most idyllic moments could be shattered by violence among the tribe and I remember once getting something I hadn’t asked for and, being the youngest and spoiled, I made a fuss. That earned a whack at my head from my oldest sister, who was quick to the use of force against her disobedient younger siblings. My poor mother, no doubt after a morning of similar fights, finally lost it and threw her popsicle at my bullying sister in frustration. That was such a remarkable act from my usually long-suffering mother, who was not one for using the rod, that it earned her a moment of full wide-eyed silence from us all. I often wish she had enjoyed that popsicle because most of her life was toil and duty and not much fun. The memory makes me realize keenly how selfish children are by nature. It’s only parents who make their kids generous and they do it by example. My mother set such an example for us and we have never forgotten her big heart and open arms.
I remember the swimming pool in the center of the town, and those long hot summer days outside Washington, D.C. — a sleepy Southern town so muggy in the dog days that the British diplomats used to get special pay allowances for being assigned there. The community pool was another low-cost summer amusement we turned to frequently in a house where the pennies were made to scream from all the pinching. We would get our bathing suits and towels and walk under the full-leafed trees along hedged sidewalks to the center of our little burg, where we stood in a line that was never very long — a lot of the kids were on vacations or in summer camps — to pay our admission. Inside there was an area for vending machines with candy and a strip of grass for sunbathers and the pool, full of screaming kids. We didn’t know how to swim, any of us, but it didn’t keep us from playing in the water and pretending to be Esther Williams. We couldn’t do the crawl, but we could do graceful spins and somersaults underwater. We would sit for hours in the hot sun, turning dark like gypsies, and never worrying about cancer or dying. We ate candy from the vending machines and never worried about diabetes. Life was all ahead of us, its joys and its sorrows.
I remember Vacation Bible School. We were all Catholics in our family, but we were quite a distance from the Church and had no car, so we were only occasional celebrants at Sunday Mass. (A priest actually went to my mother at home and chastised her for neglecting her children’s religious training, but what can you do? I think that’s pretty much what she told him, too.) We didn’t even care about what religion we were learning, because they were all about Jesus. We did our Brownies activities at the Jewish Community Center, too, and they didn’t even believe in Christ. I don’t remember much about the religious component at the summer school, I’m pretty sure mostly we did arts and crafts and drank Kool-Aid and ate cookies. I remember it very happily and wonder what happened to religious tolerance. It was easier back then.
I remember Mr. and Mrs. Dupree, the older childless couple who lived in the end house with Mrs. Dupree’s mother, Mrs. Williams. They had a huge beautiful yard with big oak trees and lots of squirrels and Mrs. Williams would sit patiently on her stoop, an unshelled peanut in her wrinkled hand, until a squirrel approached cautiously to take it from her.
And I remember the young family who lived across from us. The parents were first cousins from some rural place whose travails everybody attributed to their violation of the taboo against marrying a relative. The couple’s youngest of three children was a little girl born blind; their oldest, a boy, fell on a stick and poked out an eye; and the middle child, another son, was attacked by bees while climbing high in a tree, fell and went into a permanent coma. We were all awe-struck by the quantity of suffering that could be rained on one family.
Finally, I remember those long summer evenings, when the worst of the day’s wilting heat had passed and all that was left was a deep warmth filled with the sounds of cicadas and crickets and kids calling ”all-ie all-ie out come in free!” I can almost hear the far-away wail of a train whistle or the barking of a dog, every sound muffled and softened by the thick foliage all around us. When the sun set, the whole country gathered in the flickering light of black-and-white TV’s, fiddling with the rabbit ears to get a better picture of the same handful of shows: I Love Lucy and Gunsmoke, Milton Berle and Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan. It was a time when television actually united us because we were all seeing the same thing, every day; we shared a common frame of reference. TV ads were primitive and low-budget and part of their time– doctors smoking cigarettes for their calming properties and women tossing their shiny Prell-washed hair, and Bucky Beaver and Brylcream, of course.
And at night, when we went to our beds we went with a feeling that everything was as it should be, with a certainty that in the morning it would be the same place as when we lay our heads on the pillow. We lived in a safe haven in those summer days, in a country that really was the best place on earth and a beacon to millions enslaved by the same philosophy that today is ascendant in America.
It’s good to remember the past. Somewhere in our jumble of impressions is the substance of what made America special and unusually righteous. We should hold fast to that ideal in these days of turbulence, when everything we were seems to be disappearing and everything we are becoming is alarming.
Our government is a mess. Once-free Americans now feel small and helpless before the bureaucracy’s massed power and high-handed actions. We are angered and baffled by the indifference of our elected leaders to the broader public interest, and we are fed up with the orchestrated barrage of government propaganda. Today we can hardly escape the smug faces of Hollywood airheads. If they aren’t trying to sell us perfume or underwear or turning in third-rate performances in cinematic flops, they’re trying to tell us how great the State’s socialist policies are. Accolades to the end of freedom are galling and the lies our government promotes egregious, yet we can’t seem to make the criminals pay for their crimes. The president and his closest advisors have been dodging responsibility for their misdeeds all their lives and continue to do so. Our loyal oppositionists, meanwhile, are altogether too loyal. Except for a minority of the righteous, our Republican representatives are unable to wage a war on ideas because they don’t have any.
I am fascinated by the disastrous turn of affairs around the world and the disturbing face of One World Government that we are beginning to see take shape. The immediate cause of my consternation is the matter of Edward Snowden, whom I will forever think of as The Whistleblower because that is who and what he is. He blew the whistle on a scary, massive intelligence collection operation that had global reach and did reach as deep as possible into the lives of all of us world citizens. I don’t even care what the end was for the those carrying out the espionage, all I care is that it is a huge open invitation to grave abuses of everybody’s fundamental rights. I assume it is or will be used in bad ways. Snowden let us in on the big secret: you have no privacy rights, period. And the apologists can claim that our Congress, inept and ineffective, knew about the program, but that doesn’t mean any of the rest of us knew what was going on. In a country whose youths don’t even know who the Vice President is, the realities of an omniscient power-sucking monstrosity of espionage could hardly be expected to register at all. It took an Edward Snowden to rip the cover off the totalitarian machine growing within our country and that makes him a whistleblower and a hero.
In the real world, whistleblowers are allegedly a protected category of people whose revelation of crimes outweighs any malfeasance involved in acquiring and revealing such information. We all know that in fact whistleblowers, some of them, are destroyed by those whose crimes they expose. Not everybody is Karen Silkwood. But there is a widely held view that the person who risks everything to reveal what is or should be a criminal enterprise deserves protection from retaliation. Not surprisingly, Obama’s coterie of thugs has been relentless in chasing down whistleblowers and leakers and even boast of it. They only liked whistleblowers when they weren’t in power. Nowadays nobody can expose highly secret information, whether about legal or quasi-legal or flat out criminal activity, and get away with it.
Edward Snowden is Karen Silkwood on a global scale. He didn’t just alert Americans to their government’s pervasive espionage, he alerted people all around the world. Now Snowden is on the run and most governments are dusting off their American lackey caps. The bottom line is that these usually-pontificating nations, the kind who give peace prizes to men for literally no reason at all, are turning their backs on their humanitarian mantra and a legitimate asylum seeker because he would be inconvenient politically. Snowden remains imprisoned at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, a victim of a world governed by the mediocre and the blind. I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it: there are no more heroes. There are only shabby bureaucrats doing their duty.
What is most worrisome is this slithery silent falling into place of the world’s governments behind the will of the American Emperor. I see one man, trapped, as the US builds a prison around him country by country. I suppose I should be impressed by the power of threats and demands, but instead I am repelled. This is what the One World Government looks like. There is no escape; there is no haven. There is always one real ruler, like Germany in the EU, and that country calls the shots. For the moment it is the US on top. Who knows who will be calling the shots tomorrow?
I’m sure the European governments are as afraid of Snowden’s disclosures as our own is. Their goal is to get their hands on him and shut him up. I can only assume that this because they, too, are guilty of massive invasion of privacy and disclosure of their violations would create a political firestorm. If governments’ responses to a plea for asylum are predictably limp and without principle, that is not the case with the astounding and profound silence from the usual chorus of harpies and NGOS who decry every violation of every right, real or imagined. Where is their voice of protest, the demonstrations? Snowden is a case made in heaven for rallying the self-righteous and yet they hang back. It’s in a critical situation like this that we see the end result of allowing governments to provide major and in some cases all funding to NGOs, as is the case in Europe and Canada. The reliance on government converts them from fictional independent organizations into functional Government Organizations. Their silence about Snowden is complicity.
NATO sells itself as the guarantor of freedom, but the latest development in the Snowden case, the forced landing of the Bolivian president’s aircraft for a search for Snowden, should serve as a lesson to us all in the evils of massed power and authority. Air closures are a major weapon against dissenters to the common trans-atlantic interest as seen from a handful of world capitals. We saw the tactic during the war against Serbia in 1999 when Russia was barred from over-flight of aspiring NATO countries in Eastern Europe, thus preventing Russia from aiding Serbia while NATO bombed.
By the way and for what it’s worth, I think that a rumor was deliberately spread by Moscow that Snowden was going home with Bolivian President Evo Morales in order to create an international stink when the countries collaborating with the US did something to impede the flight. The uproar will complicate a subsequent effort or efforts to bring down planes suspected of carrying The Whistleblower, especially with another Latin American leftwing president on board. It would increase the odds that Snowden reaches an asylum country.
I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the pilot had ignored the edicts closing the airspace over France and Portugal– would the jets have been scrambled to bring the plane down? Would somebody have fired a missile the way the Russians did to Korean Airlines passenger flight 007 that refused to leave Russian airspace back in 1978? I guess Morales didn’t want to take a chance. But the Bolivian is furious at the indignity of being chased down like a common criminal. This will play well for a long time in Bolivia and elsewhere in Latin America. Another foreign policy coup for the American Emperor.
Things are beginning to shake out here, but I couldn’t even guess how it all ends. Putin has rather clumsily gotten Edward Snowden off his hands by first offering him asylum and then stating a condition that he knew would be utterly unacceptable to Snowden. If Snowden were to agree never to say another word about what got him where he is, he would immediately lose all his growing icon status. He would be saying, “I’m sorry I revealed the global tentacles of US espionage strangling the rights of ordinary people.” He would be saying “I am a criminal.” He would never do it.
Now you get some flavor of how the KGB worked. They could be brutal, but they were never stupid. On the other hand, I don’t think Putin earned any glory at home with this ploy. First off, his comments made it seem as if he was protecting American secrets and possibly crimes, something not calculated to go over big with a Russian audience. For Putin, it was a particularly weasly statement reeking of insincerity. Even more important, people suspect the real reason he doesn’t want Snowden in Russia isn’t so much out of fear of US reaction. It’s because he doesn’t want to have a super-snoop pounding away on a computer somewhere in his domain. Russian human rights advocates have been urging Putin to grant asylum and I would guess it was for the same reason that Putin doesn’t want to do it.
Now Snowden has predictably “withdrawn” his asylum request with Russia and is apparently throwing out a lifeline to all our heroic Socialist states, the ones run by the lunatic fringe (Venezuela) and those smug with their own self-satisfaction – and that means you Norway, and you Sweden, and you Denmark. So far, no request to North Korea.
At this point, I’m waiting to see if even one of the NATO countries has the guts to defy the US and say, come to us. All of them have embassies in Moscow and it is not a problem for the Russian government to transfer him to any point within Russian territory and from there to another country. These NATO governments have no apparent problem signing on for bombing campaigns against people for highly dubious “humanitarian” causes, so I wonder if even one of them will abide by its obligations as an asylum-granting country and open its doors to a someone who can easily be described as a political dissident. So far a number of countries, including Switzerland with its humanitarian cachet, have said he has to get to their actual soil before asking for asylum. I’m sure the fact that he has no valid passport is also a technical problem if they want it to be. My point is that asylum can be extended without reference to what kind of travel document the applicant carries and regardless of all other technicalities. That these so-called problems are being discussed is an indication that the governments in question deem this to be a case where a nation’s human rights obligations can be ignored in pursuit of self-interest. Self-interest in this case amounts to the same things Putin was concerned about: not getting the US permanently out of joint and not having a snoop on their hands.
I hope one of the European countries does step forward to take in Snowden because I’m getting this creepy idea that all these world socialist governments are closing ranks behind Big Brother to silence him. Maybe all of these governments are also poking into the private lives of individuals both at home and abroad, and maybe they care a lot less about their citizens’ fundamental rights than they do about sending a warning that nobody can reveal official crimes and get away with it. How scary is that? The implications are profound. Once upon a time what you did, the alleged crime, was weighed against your reasons for acting and the public benefit from what you revealed. Now it doesn’t seem to matter what crimes you reveal or what your motives were. Your crime of speaking out is far greater than any crime the State commits. Political crimes have been added to common crimes as the basis for denial of asylum. So tell me, oh great humanitarians: what the hell can you get amnesty for? I’ll give you one guess: running away from a right-wing government, of which there are fewer and fewer, or maybe fleeing a NATO bombing campaign.
There is one very obvious possibility for Putin to put an end to the Snowden Affair without losing too much more face. He can give him as a gift to the soon-to-arrive Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. Since Maduro is coming in at Sheremetyevo, it would be a convenient moment to smuggle Snowden onto the presidential flight for the return trip to Caracas. I think it would be a sure bet the US wouldn’t scramble the jets for the 29-year old hacker when he is enjoying the company of a Latin American president. Maduro has yet to catch fire with the poor and the ignorant who voted him into office despite his catchy campaign slogan, “I am Chavez.” He would get a little boost from shafting the US so publicly, especially after Rafael Correa of Ecuador — his competitor for Dictator of the Year in Latin America — lost his nerve. On the other hand, it is rumored that the Venezuelan has been mulling over a sort of rapprochement with the USG, for what reasons we do not know. Probably because he hasn’t caught fire with his voting base.
One thing is for sure, the longer this situation drags on the worse it looks for both Snowden and for the high repute of the world’s leading nations. I’m waiting for all those thousands of State-funded NGOs around the world to join their voices to the call to grant Snowden asylum. It’s a moment like this when you can really judge the conviction behind stated beliefs — or not.
Well, well, life is full of surprises. The fire-breathing anti-capitalist populist demagogue Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who doesn’t take orders from the US, seems to have lost his cojones. If I am not mistaken, he has reconsidered giving asylum to Snowden. You know the jig is up when they start citing technicalities, like “he isn’t in our country so he can’t ask for asylum.” I seem to recall countless cases of people walking into US embassies and demanding asylum, and some of them got it. All Moscow would have to do is get Snowden to the Ecuadorian Embassy, which is legally Ecuadorian territory. He asks for asylum and voilà, he’s an asylee. He could leave on any flight to Quito and there is only a middling chance that Obama would scramble the jets once they get on our side of the world.
Apparently everybody is having some indigestion flowing from their take-that decisions. For Correa, granting Julian Assange asylum in his country’s Embassy in London has turned into a headache or perhaps even an ulcer. Ecuador can’t smuggle Assange out of London, the Brits would stop it. So our Wikileaks hero or villain is stuck there in some stuffy building for all eternity, highly limited in the mischief he can get up to and no doubt bored out of his mind. Sounds like my version of hell for both the asylee and the diplomats. (The US had a similar case in Moscow in the 80s when a large family of Pentecostals took refuge at the Embassy. They were there for years.) The Ecuadorian Embassy’s confidential communications have been leaking like water through a sieve and they suggest growing tensions with the Embassy’s tenant. Assange claims it’s an official disinformation campaign and the Ecuardorian diplomats privately accuse Assange of being the leak, which bit of information comes from leaked communications. (Oh, yes, there is that aspect of making spies welcome; you can never trust them.)
In Moscow, they have a different knotty issue. Having happily allowed Snowden to enjoy the benefits of the Sheremyetevo transit lounge while sharing his information with them, they would now like him to go. Anywhere. I bet the Russians have conveyed that unambiguously to Edward Snowden. But now it looks like a game of musical chairs and Putin is the last man standing. And if Correa can afford to turn tail at US threats, Putin cannot. The Russian public likes Edward Snowden, they look on him as a heroic young figure who risked everything to warn the world of US treachery. (I’d bet that is an image also widely shared among European youth.) Putin has swaggered and figuratively boxed our president’s ears. If nobody will take Snowden off his hands (and I wonder if China sent Snowden to Russia without asking Moscow?), then Russia must consider his asylum request, if made. That’s a big if. It sounds as though Snowden is weighing the benefits of allowing the dictatorial USG to handcuff him and try him for treason, thereby making him a global icon and ensuring the issue of US spying never goes to bed. If he decides against that route, he will probably be able to stay where he is, only as an official asylee. The WSJ reports that a number of Russian media and political types are now speaking out in favor of asylum for Snowden and this is seen as a way for the Kremlin to judge reactions. I might be proven wrong yet again, but I can’t see Moscow turning Snowden over to the US if they can’t offload him.
Putin joked that the entire affair was like shearing a piglet: too much squeal, too little wool. As a former KGB agent, he might have been expressing his view of the new intelligence Snowden brought with him — not much they didn’t already know. Or he might have been trying to console the USG that it’s not such a big deal after all, when in fact it is a big deal. We will only know if Snowden comes home or our techno-geeks manage to trace his footsteps through the cyber-world.
But it doesn’t really matter anymore. Snowden was the agent, but it was what he revealed that must concern us. The pervasive electronic invasion of our lives is not okay, and if the system is good in the hands of good men, it can be evil in the hands of the wicked. I don’t have a lot of faith left in our government’s good will. And as far as I can see, there aren’t any heroes anymore.
ICE employees responsible for our alleged border are not happy with the immigration legislation that has snaked its way out of the Senate and is now slithering toward the House. They say the proposed law will make their jobs impossible and who would know better than they? I tend to think, like Rand Paul, that the legislation is DOA when it hits Boehner’s desk. On the other hand, there’s no telling these days. Everybody seems to be shaking in their boots at the thought of crossing a bunch of illiterate illegals. The 10-foot tall Hispanic is reminiscent of the giant they had in the USSR military, or so we thought. In reality, the latest bunch of South Americans is smaller than ever and not the frightening thing the GOP has imagined. What we have to start doing is actually competing for Latino votes, with ideas packaged in fun, the way the Dems do it. Sending out kids who look like they’re recruiting for the Mormon Church isn’t going to do the job. There must be plenty of Latinos, young and ambitious, who would be interested in running for a local office and know what will attract youth. What’s the problem? We don’t have to give away our country to keep our country from becoming a one-party state. We just have to act like a two-party state or we’re going to end up a three-party state. At least. Welcome to political chaos brought to you via democracy.
Another subject: Trayvon Martin. The 6-foot plus “little boy” or “Obama’s kid” that the press wanted to portray sounds like a trashy-mouthed lout, not to mention a racial profiler. Maybe if he hadn’t had that ugly toad on the other end of the phone he wouldn’t have decided to show off by accosting the overweight and edgy Mr. Zimmerman. But when I heard the girl say that she and Trayvon had been on the phone all morning, the thought floated across my mind, “what did these two talk about for several hours running?” I don’t know about Trayvon’s mental acuity beyond the fact that he wasn’t Rhodes Scholar material, but his friend seems to be borderline retarded. Ms. Gen-teel perhaps is of Haitian origin, just judging by last name and poor grip on English. She was barely intelligible throughout her testimony except when she was sassing the DA.
And as for the DA — grounds for mistrial, right there. I found my toes curling in embarrassment when he was meandering his way, often unsuccessfully, through the intricacies of the case. I knew he couldn’t be a top-flight lawyer when he failed to recast Zimmerman as a Latino, not some German that he doesn’t even look like. Fat is okay, a little longer hair, maybe he could use a Spanish word or two and say things like pendejo or madre mia. The defense could raise how little Jorge used to want so much to be an American and so on. If race is going to be a major issue, let’s make it a bi-racial issue and make it harder for our political foes to score points. And back to Ms. Gen-teel. I was wincing at the young woman’s efforts to think. She probably was high as a kite on something, but mostly I think she was just utterly stupid and ignorant. Too stupid even to lie convincingly. If I were Jorge, I’d already be working on a mistrial. I think a real lawyer might have been able to do something coherent with the characters in this play. How painful to watch!
Edward Snowden continues his new life of misery on the run from justice, washing up in one of Moscow’s airports, probably Sheremetevo, the international hub. The US has dropped the ugly American tone and has fallen back on cold wounded dignity as a theme. But the whole affair at least gave Obama the chance to sum up all his smallness of mind and spirit when he was asked if he had, by any chance, picked up the phone to call dear pal Vlad and ask for a helping hand. Obama visibly bristled, as only he does with such style, and replied that no, he did not, and he did not because why should he have to?
Such tact, such statesmanship, such logic. He presented himself as an angry kid whose only response to his mother’s nagging is “I shouldn’t have to!” That’s a really stupid thing to say, because maybe, if he actually wants Snowden back, a phone call would be all the healing balm needed. Nah. I think it has gone beyond mere miffiness between the two men, something was said by Obama to Putin to put Putin’s nose out of joint but good. That was evident after their private talk. Maybe Mr. P, whose own Czar-like stature should appeal to The Prez, got a hefty dose of Obama’s arrogance? Then, like manna from heaven, Snowden showed up in Moscow. Who could resist, in all honesty, the chance to stick it to Barack Obama? In response to Russia’s refusal to play ball, or, as some might see it, kowtow to Washington’s orders, the USG is taking its usual limp-wrist actions, winding up the litany of Russian human rights abuses to beleaguer Putin with. The gloves are off. There is nothing that makes Obama angrier than somebody not taking him seriously or giving him sufficient adulation. It’s pretty much the same with Putin.
The other worrisome comment Obama made was his declaration that he wasn’t going to “scramble the jets for a 29-year old hacker.” This raises the alarming suspicion that somebody, probably the increasingly senseless John McCain, actually proposed scrambling the jets or some such other hare-brained scheme. I have heard a few lunatics proposing to re-launch the Cold War. I swear, the US is really acting very unprettily these days. Given what the USG was up to, I’d keep a lower profile on the effort to get Snowden back. In fact if they had acted diplomatically instead of making a big show out of it all, perhaps Snowden would not have become an issue at all.
As for Snowden, he’ll probably end up in Ecuador. Latin America is no shirk when it comes to giving the US the finger, most countries there having done so at one time or another, and Ecuador’s president is going for the Most Revolutionary pageant this year. If the gringos want to pull a stunt to kidnap him, which they have the capacity to do in South America, it will give Correa fuel to keep the nationalist fires going for years.
Finally on the Supreme Court rulings. Who cares what happens in California? It’s already a one-party state mired in corruption of every kind. The fight is on for real in the individual states where the issue is undecided, and I’m satisfied that the Court affirmed this as an area where the states rule. If they can stand by that position in future challenges, then we’ll be as good as we can get until we have our own country.
I’m hearing a lot of commentators from both sides of America who are very angry that China and Russia are thumbing their noses at us over Edward Snowden. Leaving aside for the moment all the sneering invective from the Obama regime about the anti-democratic regimes in those countries, the bottom line seems to be that somehow the US has been so good to both of them for, like, forever and now they owe us. John Kerry and Jay Carney want us to recall in particular that the US has bent over backwards to extradite people back to Russia. Over and over.
Okay, so tell me this: did the US actually have some interest in spending millions of dollars fighting the extradition of what were, frankly, common criminals and swindlers? Did we want these felons in the US forever? I think we will all agree that the answer is no and no. That suggests, then, that the US was pursuing simple self-interest in cooperating with Russia on extradition, which we quite naturally portray as beneficence. Everybody does.
If you’re still doubtful, consider this: if the person the Russians had been trying to extradite from America had been someone we considered a political dissident in danger from his government, someone like the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn, we would have refused the Russian request. Extradition does not apply to asylees. Nothing would make us budge.
Of course, the USG doesn’t consider Edward Snowden to be an errant philosopher, but a vile back-stabber and heinous criminal. But in this case what the US thinks of him is irrelevant. The host country, currently Russia, once China, later, who knows, North Korea? determines what he is. If they see him as having exposed massive global spying by the USG, deem such activity to be in violation of internationally accepted principles or law, and feel Snowden could not receive a fair trial in the US, they will endorse his action with asylee status. That’s the whole story.
Then there’s the back story. You and I know perfectly well that Russia and China both aspire to the same pervasive level of global spying that the US has attained, but their sins are hidden from view, potential whistle-blowers no doubt having been run down in the street or just disappeared. This gives them the theoretical high ground and they are milking it for all its worth. The world is finally getting their own back against us, and there is little to do except take it as long as this clique of morons in Washington is in power.
Is it because we know our prez is a blowhard that he is lately so unconvincing? Didn’t you cringe just a tiny bit when you heard our officials trying to give orders to other countries? Didn’t you find yourself adding after one of these vague threats of retaliation, “And what are you going to do about it?” In diplomacy we learn that you can say some pretty stiff things without resorting to open bullying. The White House and the Congress, not to mention the NSA, apparently missed that lesson. They didn’t use any finesse or tact, which is the norm when you want what in essence amounts to a favor, but they are still just huffing and puffing. Unfortunately for Obama he can’t use a drone in either of the two offending states, and thus our nations are at loggerheads. Diplomacy, it seems, is dead in Washington.
And another thing: ultimatums aside, have you noticed how we talk to other countries as if they’re vassals? This is the way “gringo” diplomats have historically talked to Latin Americans, who are a chatty, friendly bunch under normal circumstances but bristle when dictated to and then get even in sly and sullen ways. US diplomatic snottiness is responsible for fully half of our problems there and the way we’re verbally shoving Russia and China isn’t doing much good, either. Did anybody really think that snarling at Vladimir Putin would frighten him into compliance? He’s belligerent by nature and nothing gets him going more than a weak opponent. In fact, it’s not just Putin, it’s pretty much all Russians. They hate a sniveler. Give them a smart, ruthless, self-interested and relentless opponent any day, but don’t offend them by sending out your B or even C team. Kiss of death. Now Putin is strutting for his Russian audience and they are enjoying the show.
There is a lot of speculation that China and/or Russia were in from the beginning and coordinated this very public humiliation. You don’t need to look for a conspiracy in any of this. Sometimes life gives you lemons (and who knows that better than the Russians and the Chinese?) and sometimes life gives you lemonade. Edward Snowden fell into the hands of our rivals and he brought with him invaluable information. They’re not letting him go until they have gotten every bit of useful intelligence out of him, and I would be willing to bet today that whoever ends up with him will never extradite him to the US.
In the meantime, we watch this unfolding sitcom with a mixture of “you deserve” it for our government and a deep concern for our country. We have been slapped down by people we have considered our inferiors and it stings. Now we are reduced to that snarling whimper we sometimes hear from cornered dogs.
I never thought I would approve of somebody stealing secrets from the USG. I had nothing but contempt for the traitors who scorned our security and carried vital classified information to sworn enemies of our country. And they did it out of hatred for America. The little Manning twerp with his inflamed acne, sexual confusion and marginal intelligence is an example of the kind of vermin I particularly despise, people who do us incalculable damage for the sake of their fifteen minutes of fame.
But that was in the Golden Age of America, when our government was headed by people who respected the Constitution and fundamental individual rights and if there were violations of those rights, it wasn’t an official policy but a crime. It was a time when you might not like an administration’s policies, but the most you wanted to do was vote the bums out, not start a revolution. It was a time when the government thought spying was for foreign enemies rather than for the ordinary Joe talking to his pals on the phone or sending emails about his wife’s operation. It was a time when the IRS, that maleficent organization, was more interested in sucking every penny out of the average American’s pocket than in preventing someone from participating in the country’s political life. It was a time when, if a high official lied blatantly before Congress and the country, they suffered for it and were shamed.
Oh, yes, those were the days, but they be gone, my friends. Today our government is too absorbed in silencing and shutting down its domestic political opponents to have a lot of interest left for our foreign foes, and the sad shape we’re in on the foreign policy and security front testifies to that fact. How can the FBI be expected to follow up on a tip hand-delivered to them from another government about the terrorist inclinations of one of America’s all too numerous asylees when it is all tied up plotting political retribution against our own citizens? Those guys can’t do everything, you know. And the priority for this illegal government — because that is what it has morphed into — is not our domestic security. Hey, a leg or two lost, maybe a little kid blown to smithereens — small potatoes when you consider all the other things our Guardians of the State have to worry about. They hardly have a minute’s rest as they carry out surveillance on nefarious reporters trying to find out what role our highest officials played in leaving Americans to fight alone against a murderous mob in Benghazi, or digging out supposedly private medical records of people trying to get a tax exemption for their organization. The new Enemies of the People are Americans who want to expose the mutation of our government into a monstrosity that combines the very best ideas of both Hitler and Stalin. The danger of being unmasked for who they are is the issue that most absorbs the energies of our elected and unelected officials.
Americans have already lost many of their rights. Apparently freedom of association is out the window; some organizers like the illiterate and felonious ACORN folks, are deemed to be worthy of approval and US taxpayer money. Other Americans, who lack a proper appreciation of Marxist ideology — people who support the Tea Party or Americans for Prosperity — need to be taught a lesson. Roll out the IRS, the FBI, and the NSA, please. Launch the drones. Certainly freedom of speech has been jettisoned, and if you don’t believe it, try hurling an insult at some protected species of human who is calling you names. How about the Second Amendment? Do you feel safe from USG retaliation if you have a gun, or are you sitting there, with the gun pointed at the door, waiting for an FBI raid?
Constitutional freedoms have suffered erosion over a long period as the State has inched its way farther and farther beyond its limited authorities. The drip has now become a deluge that threatens to swallow our liberty altogether. These days, every time I talk on the phone I have an overwhelming urge to sign off with a very rude greeting to NSA and Big Brother (that would be the sham citizen in the White House and his evil band of elves).
All of this brings me to the most visible victim of the police state, Edward Snowden. Yes, he swore himself to secrecy when he took his job, and in normal circumstances his violation of that oath would be beyond the pale. But how can an honest American go to the job everyday, knowing that his organization and the government in Washington are silently, criminally, insidiously, burrowing their way into all of our most private lives and communications? How can he keep silent knowing that the power ministries (as we sneeringly call the Russian law enforcement bodies) respect no Constitutional limits?
For the first time in my life, I hail the secrets-stealer. Snowden is heading into a life of misery, a permanent exile who will never see home again, but the rest of us have been given the vitally important knowledge that our government has become a criminal entity. If you think the USG is brutal when it comes to getting even with somebody guilty of nothing more than believing in small government, you can imagine the fire-spitting fury it is in over Snowden, who removed the patriotic camouflage from a spying program that was aimed at everybody in the United States — every damned one of us. Even that slob Michael Moore.
So I can only feel contempt when I hear the pundits screeching about the terrible Edward Snowden. I feel particular contempt listening to the NSA’s Gen. Alexander, who owes FBI ex-chief Robert Mueller a beer for lying on his behalf. I confess, the General’s somber assessment that the damage Snowden did was irremediable left me cold and unconvinced. Watching his sneaky, lying face all I could think is that the traitor isn’t Edward Snowden — it’s Gen. Alexander and all the others just like him drawing a USG salary. And as for irremediable — back in the 1950′s two of the NSA’s cryptographers pranced off into the Red Sunset of Moscow carrying all our secret codes. Somehow we survived. The hysteria our officials are ginning up is intended to deflect attention from the crimes being committed. I don’t think Snowden is bringing the US to its knees, but I fervently wish the information he gave us would bring our government to its knees.
David and Goliath. In Amerika, there is only one Goliath and it is the State broken free of its restraints. The rest of us, including Edward Snowden, are the Davids. What are we going to do with the information Snowden gave us at the cost of his own freedom? Is there anything short of mass rebellion that can stop this remaking of America? If we let this pass without making it the greatest rallying cause in over 200 years, then we will have squandered the sacrifice of Edward Snowden.Because living in a place like Cuba or China is not freedom. It’s only a different kind of prison.
God bless Edward Snowden.
Ah. The red line was crossed. And for your information, not once, but ”a whole lotta times,” which is exactly what was needed to allow Obama to cave to pressure from the neo-interventionists. He needed a pretext that would force him to act, so he could still claim to be a man of peace driven to the limit of his patience.
And so the presence of the chemical weapons in question, which we were told was almost impossible to confirm more than a few hours after use and that we were told couldn’t be traced definitively to either Assad’s forces or to the rebels have now definitively been traced to Assad’s forces and it has been definitively concluded that Assad’s forces used them all over the place, even though casualties were fairly low. All of this falls as manna from heaven for our beleaguered and felonious president. What a coincidence and in the nick of time.
(And here is an aside on measurement. When Clinton needed an excuse to bomb Serbia because of political scandal at home, he got one: a very murky incident in which 14 people were murdered. One of the forensic specialists that looked at the site and the bodies, a Finnish woman, later stated that she was skeptical of the claimed events and that an investigation as such was never done. The much-needed “massacre” of 14 persons was deemed enough of an atrocity that NATO had to start its 3-month bombing campaign at US expense. Now that we are in Syria, less than a hundred deaths, a figure cited for one alleged sarin attack, is deemed “pretty small.” Go figure.)
The template of war has been pulled out of somebody’s pocket and used to land us in the middle of a civil conflict that isn’t going to be Kosovo, and not Libya either. It is going to be a truly regional war with lots of fronts and lots of actors. Obama has put his foot on the slippery slope that will deliver us to the war-thirsty, like John McCain and the hosts of others who hate to miss a chance to bomb somebody else’s country. John McCain seems ready even to inject US troops into the fighting in Syria. He needs to retire, but it won’t be soon enough: NATO is already revving up its jets and putting a shine on the ordnance.
This is what it feels like to be American, anymore. Completely without any form of power over the forces that control our country. Americans don’t want involvement in Syria. I guess the White House hopes a big propaganda show by the Tame Media (and I’m afraid Fox News, too) will make Americans forget that we didn’t need to go in at all. Now the job is to convince them that our contribution to the Syrian bloodshed was unavoidable, almost a sacred duty, and it was all for a good cause.
America is cast loose from its moorings and we are headed for a sea of troubles.
I’ve been writing now and again about Syria and the mess poorly-conceived foreign policy has made of the Middle East and North Africa. The US Government has taken to intervention like a duck to water, but the only fun part is the bombing. Afterwards is when is gets really sticky. Because we invariably have nothing substantive to offer and no foundation in the given society for a transition to democracy and civil peace. We cannot afford Marshall Plans these days, so Rent-a-Cop has to do, instead. It doesn’t work, as Benghazi and a glance around the region will confirm.
Obama has so far refused to go against Syria militarily. But his reluctance is under intense pressure these days. In first place, he is up to his gray hairline in scandals of his own making. The USG has been subverted by political operatives and the malfeasance infects numerous agencies and departments, from Homeland Security to the FBI to the NSA and the DOJ. We have learned of massive data collection operations that constitute a grave violation of Americans’ fundamental rights, of the AG’s mounting of illegal operations that violated our neighbor’s sovereignty and its snooping under false pretenses into reporters’ private communications. Homeland Security has put conservative groups on lists of potential terrorists. Doctors, responding to Kathleen Sibelius and the HHS, have turned patients over to law enforcement for confiscation of legally-owned arms and pressure to get psychiatric care, and many of those targeted are vets. The IRS has become the thuggish enforcer for a criminal administration. And still Obama is not going to be impeached, at least I don’t think so, but he’s floundering now and looking weak and dishonest. He is not who he once was (but really never was). So he needs to burnish his reputation globally and at home, and what better way than to carry out a successful bombing war somewhere? Long-term disasters are not his problem, they will fall to his successors to deal with.
He is being pushed in the same direction by the neo-interventionist chorus, going at it hammer and tongs and gnashing their teeth at the idea that Assad will prevail over his enemies, many of whom are jihadists and Moslem fundamentalists. They want action now, and at a minimum massive arming of the rebels (and jihadists). Russia out-maneuvered the US on this one, reckoning that Obama wasn’t going to try another Libya and thus backing ally Assad to the hilt. And now Assad stands at the brink of (no doubt temporarily) retaking control of Syria. France and the UK are also keen to step in and save humanity and when one thinks of the mess their countries are in, does that seem remotely sane? This drive by US and European leaders to appear to be waging a strong war in favor of freedom and light is self-destructive. But it appears that notwithstanding so many previous failures at democracy-building, these indomitable foes of bad behavior still think that sub-rosa intervention and eventually overt NATO intervention is helpful to longer-term peacemaking. An article in the WSJ today reports that President Barack Obama and his top advisers are reviewing proposals that would allow the U.S. to arm the rebels. One option calls for the U.S. to provide funds to allies Britain and France to jointly buy weapons for the Supreme Military Council, the rebel army leadership board commanded by Gen. Idris, according to U.S. officials.
It’s hard even to imagine that in this slough of despair we are in here at home our government wants to open our Treasury to support people we soon will be opposing. Gen. Idris may be a decent man, but he is not going to be the boss if the Western interventionists have their way and Assad is murdered, deposed or exiled. All you need to see is how the opposition forces react when they are up against the wall. The opposition forces are using scorched earth tactics, flattening cities as they abandon them. They are committing serious abuses of human rights. But after all, many and increasingly more of them are jihadists, and what we are seeing of them should give us an idea of what they’d be as a government. To expect anything else is hope misplaced.
It worries me that a confluence of events has so greatly increased the likelihood of US intervention in a place we should keep at arm’s length. It is a tinderbox. We almost had a direct military confrontation with a much weaker Russia over the airport in Kosovo; how much more likely is such a confrontation if we choose to begin military action against a close Russian ally? How would we react if somebody attacked one of our close allies? Is it worth it? What problems will it solve? We don’t have any answers, but one: if we bomb the place, all the fighting stops (for the moment). In the meantime, we’ll edge our way to the abyss of another war by giving heavy arms to the Syrian opposition. Even now the two sides are turning Aleppo to rubble, fighting over things like hospitals. Think what they can do if the level of weaponry escalates. They’ll need those hospitals, and some mobile morgues, too.
I hope for once in his life this Shallow Hal in the White House will show some intelligence and backbone. Just Say No, Barry. You can keep your choom, but please swear off intervention. Our country can’t afford any more humanitarian wars and we most certainly can’t afford the fallout if we notch up another head of government.
Instead of foreign adventures, I’d like to see our President concentrating on restoring Americans’ confidence in their government by coming clean and ordering his subordinates to come clean on all the misdeeds the Federal apparat has been carrying out in recent years.
I guess that’s a non-starter. Too bad for Syria, and for us, too.
Our Immigration Laws Are Killing Us
Written on Friday, June 7, 2013 by Norma Brown
Our prissy PFC Manning, on trial for turning over tens of thousands of classified official documents for publication is playing the global savior card. Fox News reports that, according to Manning’s attorney, [h]e released these documents because he was hoping to make the world a better place…He was 22 years old—he was young, he was a little naive in believing that the information would actually make a difference.”
What a novel defense! It has probably only been used by every spy since the beginning of time. I know that there isn’t anything to suggest why Judas betrayed Christ, but I can hear him now, asking the other Apostles “what could I do? if I hadn’t acted, the Jews would really be in the soup.” When you’ve seen one traitor, you’ve seen them all. When I was assigned to the US Consulate in Leningrad my husband, the head of the Consular Section, came across the case of two gay Americans who had defected to Russia, taking from their employer, NSA, all its secret codes. Many years after prancing off into a Red sunset, hands and hearts intertwined, one of them had married a Russian woman and had a family and the other was pining away in loneliness and angst. What the two men found in the Soviet Union was that the government might welcome their treason, but nobody, and especially not the government officials, trusted or respected them. In a letter to his brother, he said he gave the Soviets the secret codes from NSA only because he truly believed that “gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail.” He wanted to make the world a better place and so he decided to make things fair by allowing the Soviets to read our mail. His brother wrote back and advised him to stay where he was because the US (in the 1980s) was not going to be welcoming him with open arms. No kidding. It was the Reagan Era.
I wish there were someplace that Manning could have defected to that was as uninspiring and oppressive as the former Soviet Union. Maybe North Korea. Instead he stayed here counting on the fact that he could easily become a modern day folk hero for revealing sensitive US internal deliberations and views to all the world. He still could become such, but I don’t think so. The fact is that Manning is a twisted little creep who thinks that all of life is a video-game. He is going to find out otherwise, as he is bound for a long stay in a penitentiary somewhere. I don’t know if he is being tried for treason and if not, why not, but he is a traitor and what a pity we don’t just execute them anymore.
The other bit of news that catches my eye is a Tweet from some journalist claiming that the IRS scandal is about to go nuclear with the defection of underlings angry at the whole affair, especially the part where the guys lower on the totem pole get pooped on from above. I’ll bet they’re dying to get a chance to add their two cents. The dirt is going to flow now.
My sisters and I grew up in DC and its suburbs and eventually we all became employees of the only boss around, the USG. We’re experts on the civil service persona and one thing you need to remember about them, even if you are the biggest dog on the block: watch your back. One of my sisters worked in an agency with a macho mentality and a lot of ex-military and ex-cops. In her little part of the USA, they had an office headed by a senior officer who ran a loose ship at the very best. The entire office must have spent an easy sixty percent of their time misbehaving: having bbqs, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, hanging out in bars en masse and getting drunk while driving USG cars, taking unlimited free time without charging the hours, having in-office affairs. It really was a disgrace and it went on for years. In the end, somebody let the word out about what was going on, one of the DC bosses took an interest, and the rats began to desert the sinking ship. Everybody turned against the top man who had made all their malfeasance possible, trying to avoid any retribution for their own abuses. And the man, who was about a year short of his planned retirement, just took early retirement. No investigation, no punishments. That’s how things work in the world of the Government Employee. The important things are to protect the reputation of the higher ups who prefer scandal silenced without drawing undue attention or leaving a record. And the thing about the lower-level drones is, they have to take a lot of guff from insufferable political appointees, but if they ever get a chance to get even, bend over and kiss your aspirations goodbye.
There are some very wicked characters in the IRS play, people like Lois Lerner. Speaking of whom, the fraudulent Federal Elections Commission where she formerly carried out political persecution needs to be looked into, as well. We need a study of FEC decisions to determine if there is a tangible bias against center-right political interests and in favor of the left. This has got to stop. We’re being steamrollered right out of our constitutional protections.
I’d like to move on to a whole new set of themes for my articles, but I am relentlessly sucked back into the whirlwind of scandals surrounding the Most Incompetent Man in America. His closest political allies once seemed to be the crème de la crème of the Left, the brains and the savvy. But it turns out they owe their political success less to brains than to absolute ruthlessness, and now they have turned their brutishness on the American public. They also have an absolute inability to deal with bad news other than by lying, blaming somebody else, or name-calling. God forbid one of them should actually say, I’m responsible for this pile of steaming doo-doo and here is what I’m doing about it. Not even in your dreams.
I heard on Glenn Beck’s program yesterday that the Obama gang, and nowadays gang is the only accurate name for them, is putting out an incredibly stupid excuse for the HHS Secretary’s fund-raising activities in support of a pro-Obamacare propaganda machine that Congress refused to fund. (By the by, didn’t the White House say it was illegal for the USG to take money from private citizens to re-start the suspended White House tours? But now these same private citizens can fund whole programs?) Let it be known that Kathleen Sibelius was forced to break the law and/or ethics standards by twisting the arms of likely beneficiaries of the Obamacare windfall, to wit, the insurance companies. Republicans made her do it because they wouldn’t give her the money to do what she wanted to do. It’s like watching a bunch of alleged adults turning before your eyes into the whining, lying, irresponsible brats they were as children. It makes you want to slap them.
I realize that the Sibelius excuse is basically the same excuse used for everything inane and criminal done in Obamaland: it was George Bush or the Tea Party or the Republicans or conservatives, or all of them together, who kept these felons from obeying the law and acting ethically. Like, if the Republicans in Congress would enact stringent national gun control laws, we wouldn’t have had to run illegal operations to create a pretext for such legislation, operations that sent powerful weapons into Mexico that led to hundreds of deaths. (And those boys at ATF and the DOJ must have been bummed out knowing that, because of their exposure, they could never take political advantage of the scheme’s huge pay-off – hundreds of people numbers mowed down in drug violence.)
Alas, poor Sibelius, the times are changing. Through all Obama’s predations on the American nation, our lazy and uninterested electorate has turned a deaf ear. Bo-ring. But this IRS business did what not even the callous abandonment of brave Americans fighting for their lives could: it scared them. Everybody hates and fears the IRS. It is one of the USG’s bogeymen. The IRS scandal awakened the dark suspicions of millions of Americans (including many who despise the Tea Party) that their government is being perverted and used as a weapon of oppression by the Dude in the White House and his inner circle of bandits and liars. People previously oblivious to Obama’s disasters and scandals now listen to the lame mistruths trotted out to explain and bury the crimes and they know them to be lies.
Americans are at last listening and that is a direct result of the gross abuses of the IRS and the spate of attention being given to it and other scandals, They don’t like what they are learning. You can see their unhappiness in Obama’s poll numbers and Hillary’s, too. We’re still waiting after five years in office for the man who swaggers around our country like Massah on the plantation to name a single high-ranking member of his administration who was guilty in Benghazi, or in Fast and Furious, or the AP surveillance, or the IRS persecution of conservatives. Nope, not a one. It was all those corrupt or overly-ambitious civil servants. We know, of course, that there were plenty of those, people like the haughty, steely Lois Lerner who has made a career out of harassing and hounding the center-right. Or the droll Mr. Shulman who will forever regret his comment on Easter Egg rolls at the White House, a comment that raised the hackles on millions of Americans. We all now have seen a parade of the politically corrupt masquerading as dedicated Civil Servants. These people had no qualms whatsoever about bringing their politics to the office and indeed seemed to think that was their job or erhaps vocation is the better word. But these government employees are only doing the will of the guys who are dreaming up all these illegal and corrupt scams. The real culprits are the Big Dirty Boys of Obama’s inner circle.
So I got a kick out of seeing David Plouffe flailing as he tried to pooh-pooh Karl Rove’s accusations of the unethical and probably illegal behavior of the government under their watch, or David Axelrod trying to use apparent logic to make it all go away. Everything they say now amounts to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. According to Axelrod, to have set the IRS on the American people in order to paralyze political opponents would have been so incredibly stupid that nobody in their right mind would try it. Implication: everybody knows how smart we are, so there you go — we never would have done it. He forgot to add that this incredibly stupid action may in fact have facilitated Obama’s reelection by blocking conservative groups from getting tax-free status under 501(c)(4). Their harassment of the petitioning groups and of their potential donors was the kiss of death for many conservatives trying to gear up for a get-out-the-vote effort in 2012.
And then we have that childish Tweet from David Plouffe in response to Darryl Issa’s description of Jay Carney as a paid liar, calling Issa Mr. Grand Theft Auto. This apparently is a reference to a decades-old incident when he was a teenager. What is most instructive in the name-calling by Plouffe is that it reveals how deeply these leftwing thugs delve into their opponents’ lives to find mud and material suitable for blackmail. You can go back to the beginning of Obama’s career to find these bottom-feeders sucking up as much mud as possible, in one case using their influence to get a judge to unseal the opponent’s divorce records and used the personal information to smear him. Nice guys and I’m afraid they see all Americans as patsies to be played.
I suppose Mr. Issa was indelicate and perhaps unfair when he called Jay Carney a paid liar. After all, every spokesperson for a government Big Wig is essentially a paid liar. And as Ms. Nuland at the State Department told annoyingly insistent reporters about Benghazi, “I’m paid to be stupid.” Truer words were never spoken. Both she and Jay Carney were not sent out to answer questions honestly, but to convey the institutionally-approved talking points and deflect as many press questions as possible. No press spokesman would last long if, instead of following the script, he went out and said “I know Benghazi was a Chinese fire drill and the decisions taken were boneheaded and incompetent and shameless, and both the Secretary of State and the president were complicit in all those decisions and the deaths of four people.” But it seems to me Carney is having a hard time. And if lying gets to be too much for him, he can always resign. That goes for all the other liars in this administration, too.
I wish I’d written this book about how a black dude with zero experience, a far-left ambiance, no known performance history in university (other than being a non-producing editor of his law review) and very little in the real world, but who is really really cool gets nominated by a left-wing party for president. He wins the primaries, snatching victory from the jaws of the overweight and homely white woman who thought it was all hers. The black dude then goes on to defeat an elderly and exceedingly ungracious senator from the opposing party and become president, after which he sets a goal of never working more than 25 percent of the year and re-inventing America according to his half-formed ideas of socialist utopia including the dictatorship part. He breaks every law, lies blatantly, lets people die in US missions abroad, encourages America’s enemies, and weakens the US military in every conceivable way. He takes credit for other people’s work (he actually gives a speech already given by a dear friend of his who is a state governor!). Oh, wow, the details I could include.
Had I written that book I might even have become a millionaire, but I don’t spend a lot of time on conspiracy literature and I would never have been able to come up with the plot. And in any case, I’m afraid had there been such a book it would have been tagged “action thriller” but never considered a possible scenario except under the Republicans.
Unfortunately, when the book comes out it will be biography or maybe history, if the history hasn’t been entirely re-written or disappeared by then. I know a lot of people, the ones whose brains haven’t been turned into mush with drugs or too much exercise and too little hard work, who five years into this horror show still can’t believe it’s happening. We have surely reached the very outer limits before we go head over heels into open tyranny if two-bit bureaucrats turned political axe-men can oppress — how better to describe it? — thousands and thousands of Americans for their political or religious views and then either flat out lie to us in sworn testimony or declare they won’t answer. That suggests to me that a) what we have seen of IRS abuses is only the tippy-top of the iceberg; b) they are all guilty at a minimum of lying under oath, but certainly in the case of the Nurse Ratched of the Obama Administration, Lois Lerner, she is guilty of serious violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. It is time to set down a marker and make an example of all those who were involved in this. They need to spend some time in the cooler. And we should not be stopping there, because the orders or instructions or encouragement to violate those rights comes straight from the inner circle of the White House. Note to Republican Party: whatever you do, do not stop the investigations no matter the State propaganda line. Don’t stop until you know what we all want to know: the full extent of corruption and politicization at the IRS, who was setting the program, and who collaborated on the violation of our rights. You may not succeed in uprooting the traitors, but you should make them sweat mightily.
Then we have that charming pudge, Hillary Clinton. She was looking fat and geeky and (ugh) old last I saw her, but I’ve looked into my crystal ball and see her at a fat farm that costs about $50,000 a day, where the staff is starving her into dropping fifteen pounds while she gets her face, stomach and butt lifts, hair transplants and ceramic veneers, as well as a remedy for the double-vision thing so she is able to ditch the coke-bottle glasses.
The cosmetics thing is a given; she’s got to spruce up, she looks pretty bad, like something the cat drug in. But what I can’t wait to see is the reality face lift she gets from all those pals in Hollywood and the media. Here, before the re-write starts, is the truth: Hillary Clinton has committed various acts that hover perilously close to felony, although she has never been indicted for them. She hid those law records all the while aware they were being subpoenaed, per her assistant’s testimony, and then placed them to be found after they had been purged of damaging information. Then she lied denied and cried and got away with it. There were rumors galore about the Clintons’ involvement in a drug-running operation using Mena Airport back when they were the Governor. As a young law student, she defended Black Panthers who killed policemen. As a middle-aged woman she lied about flying into Bosnia under hostile fire, nor did she bat an eye when proven to be a liar. She thinks everybody not with her is against her in some vast right-wing conspiracy. She was in on that whole Travelgate business. And does anybody remember those two scuzzy guys who were low-level political operatives who were ensconced in the Clinton White House compiling information on Republicans? If you don’t like Obama siccing the IRS or the Justice Department on you, you aren’t going to be happy with Hillary. And of course, let me not forget her most recent demonstration of personal character: her denial of security to people officially assigned to a hyper-dangerous place and her collusion in the denial of critical help to those same Americans under assault. Her lying afterward is the least of her egregious sins.
She’s a smart cookie, hard as nails, but oh how she loves the limelight, both her and that blowhard she’s married to. But she’s corrupt and yes, she’s a chronic liar. She’s lied for a whole lifetime in politics, and used her position to feather her nest and further her ambitions. She still isn’t satisfied.
If we are so lucky as to toss that bonehead Obama out on his ear (I see in my crystal ball that the Secret Service are having to drag him from the White House), are we really going to be saddled with his female twin and her entourage of harpies and political spies? I have three years to find somewhere else to live, so I plan to do some traveling. I no longer count on the overarching common sense of the American public.
The estimable American Spectator carries on its website an article by Jed Babbin discussing the legality of the drone war and the Democrats’ preference for murder by long distance and other weighty issues.and raises concerns over the efficacy of our current foreign policy. Follow the link below to read more from Babbin, who served as a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush.
by Jed Babbitt
Back in the days when we had them, declarations of war were short, simple, and clear. By contrast, the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (from here on AUMF) cobbled together by Congress and signed by President Bush after 9/11 reads more like a generic threat addressed, “To whom it may concern.” It authorizes the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations, or persons…”
What can one even say? The level of chutzpah in this Orwellian regime is stunning. Our Beloved One spoke at a graduation ceremony recently and in that sneering, snickering voice we’ve come to detest, warned that forces of evil were whispering in their ears not to trust their Government, that Government was somehow bad. Don’t listen to those voices, the president warned the starry-eyed youths. It’s all conservative skullduggery.
What a liar that guy is.
Even as the Cool Guy was speaking, the details were emerging of one scandal after another involving abuse of government power for political purposes. Disclosures laid bare a picture of sinister activities by Obama’s enforcers in the USG who carried out the President’s will — in first place buddy Eric Holder at the Justice Department, then Homeland Security and the IRS. The Benghazi scandal also brought in the State Department, which apparently exercised poor judgment throughout the Libyan saga — in my opinion from the decision to intervene to depose and murder Qaddafi, but certainly from the decision to have any US diplomatic presence in Libya that was not massively secured. The Department’s post-crisis engagement in rewriting the story does no credit to the Department or its then-Secretary, Hillary Clinton, who took full responsibility (in a very limited way) for the actions of the State Department and then disappeared from view for a long time. She ought to be given full responsibility for the Benghazi debacle and for the web of lies she wove afterwards about that pesky video. The lie she perpetrated about religious inflammation led to, probably required, the arrest of the maker of the video on some third-rate parole violation, but this was an act of political detention — just like in Guatemala or North Korea. The victim was a convenient scapegoat and his arrest showed the Moslems how sorry we were for somebody exercising freedom of expression. I think the man ought to bring suit for political persecution by a desperate government.
Sad to say, even high-ranking military officers and even David Petraeus lost their way in all the Benghazi deceit and ended up complicit in the deception peddled to the American people in defiance of what they instinctively knew — that this was a terrorist attack.
Obama also had other helpers in abusing the power of the government, to wit, anybody whose last name begins with A through Z who works at the IRS. We are only beginning to see what they were up to over there under those green eyeshades. Ms. Lois Lerner is turning out to be quite the Machiavellian, having previously used her power at the Federal Electoral Commission to hound the Christian Coalition, once again asking inappropriate questions about religion. She had an even wider field to operate on at the IRS. One hopes somebody will start screaming at the top of his lungs for the removal from office of this woman and her investigation.
It’s possible that of all the sins committed, the stupidest one, the one that will cost Obama most dearly, is the violation of journalists’ civil rights through wiretapping and other surveillance. This jackboot policy has finally given our lefties in the press a taste of what the rest of us have been feeling: violated. Do I detect a certain cooling of the love affair between Barack and the boys on the bus?
It is looking very gloomy these days for Mr. O and a lot of others who have carried out the Chicago Machine’s insidious plots against Americans. Reputations will be undone. Scallywags will be paraded and maybe even tried for their crimes against the Constitution. Hopefully at least one political career will go into permanent stall, particularly when coupled with other grave flaws and loads of heavy baggage. You know who I mean.
These anti-Constitutionalists have used the people’s government against the people, to collect information, to monitor, to influence, to control, to slander, to harass and abuse, violating our fundamental civil rights. Worse, they have deliberately lied to the American people on one issue after another. They are felons. And they are running our government.
So, young graduates, take that into consideration when you decide whether or not to trust your government. If you still do, you need to go back to school.
We watch happily as the edifice of lies comes tumbling down. This incompetent egotist pretending to be President of the United States is in the middle of a swamp of lies, trying to lie his way out of lies, and all because he really believed he was great and infallible. He took no care to tread softly when abusing the power of his office and saw no limits to what he could get away with. And why not feel that way? He has been protected at every step by shadowy patrons and by the left-stream media. The supposed truth hounds of the Fourth Estate, the official media lap dogs, have buried anything even a little negative about their idol and helped him make up stories for public consumption that benefitted him. Isn’t it bizarre that after so long not a single girlfriend or boyfriend has been found, no written matter from school at any level, no editorial in the Law Review at Harvard, no school transcript, no birth certificate. I would have thought it impossible to do, but all traces of his existence in substance seem to have disappeared. That fits in with the hard planning that lay behind Obama’s candidacy and the elimination of all evidence of his ultra-left affiliations and sympathies and his generally uninspiring (I am absolutely sure) academic performance throughout his post-high school years. It was the Chicago Machine’s political engineers like Axelrod and Emanuel who created this fictitious character called Obama, who debuted on the public stage as a tabula rasa in 2008.
Obama was Mystery Political Meat in a manner of speaking. And his moral emptiness and massive ego made him a great front man for the Machine, malleable and endlessly ambitious with no moral compunctions about anything. He wasn’t a quick thinker, but if he could read it off a teleprompter, he could say it with enough pizzazz to make it sound profound. The Dems needed no more than an attractive, young, black man with a left-of-center chic and no known history to drag him down. The high level of animosity toward George Bush Jr. and his Party would then carry them to victory. And now we find that the Mystery Meat candidate become president is pork, corruption, cronyism, and any violation of citizens’ rights needed to achieve political ends. If we ever uncover the real records of Obama’s past, we will no doubt see that the corruption infecting Washington began in Chicago, under the tutelage of his inner circle. And if we never know what his true past was, we know what sins he has committed in the past four and a half years, or at least some of his sins.
Obama is in a pickle today because he is narcissistic in the extreme, has always expected special privilege because of his skin color, and mostly because he practices politics the Chicago way. There is no tactic too low for these guys, no lie too egregious or too blatant. Forcing people to do your will is their stock in trade. Everyone in the entire world has been witness as the Obama crowd attempts to rewrite history before our very eyes on the Benghazi issue. They don’t care if we know they’re rewriting history. They count on enough people being uninformed and uninterested to protect Obama from retribution. A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth is a maxim they steer by. And let’s face it, the Chicago mob are Marxists to their very toes; they imbibed leftist doctrine with mother’s milk and they were all tough and smart. They knew what it would take to consolidate their power after buying their way into power with promises to take away from one set of Americans to give to another set. Once their man was in the White House, it was a given that they would attempt to muzzle the opposition and replicate the dirty politics of Chicago at the national level. They decided to use all the various USG agencies at their disposal to discredit, block and stymie their opponents and give them unprecedented political power. They almost, almost succeeded.
The IRS political targeting, the Justice Department’s violation of reporters’ privacy, political targeting of the media, and the whole stinky mess of Benghazi, which implicates Hillary Clinton as much as it does Obama – these are only some of the scandals we know about, and you can bet only some of the abuse of power scandals that are still happening though undiscovered. The Obama-ites twisted arms and misused official power and harassed and hounded and showed themselves ready to stoop to anything, no matter how shabby and criminal, to maintain political power.
But as is their wont, people talked. They talked about Benghazi and the lies being sold by the Administration, they talked about the IRS harassment and its role as a political bulldog for the Obama team, and they talked about the wiretapping of reporters on the pretext of national security. Now they are called on to tell us what happened and who made it happen. As with the Clintons, it is unlikely we’ll break through the stonewalling of this pack of scoundrels, but the Congress cannot stop pushing. This is where we have to take our stand against Statists who are contemptuous of the Constitution, the rule of law, individual rights and truth and think the rest of us exist to do their bidding. I think they are going to be surprised. This isn’t Chicago, anymore, Toto.
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Oh, my word. Now the president is offended, following in the footsteps of BFF Eric Holder, who also gets his back up when he’s asked too many questions. As I’ve pointed out before, the “I’m offended,” or “I’m deeply offended,” or “I’m outraged” gambit is the last defense of this particular crop of scoundrels, who skate through life denying responsibility for everything that doesn’t redound to their credit and taking credit for all the good that is done, even when not actually done by them. Gore and the internet, Obama and the cessation of the rise of the tides. In Obama’s case, he likes to take credit for things in advance of anything being done, to wit, the rise of the tides. If George Bush Jr. had reacted so indignantly when the left called him names – forget the accusations against him, which were scurrilous – the infotainment complex and their political pals would have scoffed. And it’s absolutely true, nobody likes a cry-baby. Fortunately, Bush never did whine about being offended. Only Obama has adopted that as a political tactic. It could be that old black radical thing, the final defense to keep you from being jailed for one offense or another. And even though it shall never come to pass, if ever there was a president who should be impeached and jailed it is Barack Obama. Maybe then we could get our hands on his real birth certificate.
I’m sure it isn’t a lot of fun being in the hot seat and having right-wing conspirators demanding to know what you were up to while Americans were fighting for their lives, unassisted by the USG, in Benghazi. Or how Eric Holder could have justified the wire-tapping of journalists in order to track down government leakers. Why couldn’t he find the suspects first and then wire-tap them? This is guilt by association. What’s wrong with this picture? I can see that it is annoying to face a roomful of reporters (a bit testier after the AP scandal) who want to know how the IRS can carry out a policy of serious violations of Americans’ civil liberties and Mr. Obama not have an inkling — until he read it in the press! (Although a top advisor supposedly knew but never thought it merited being brought to that Busy Man’s attention.)
I’m going to make an aside here: when I was in the US Consulate in Leningrad in the 1980s, the top dog was the Consul General. He was a man nearing retirement age with a face that was strongly reminiscent of Mr. Magoo. This man had the gall to distribute each morning his calendar of appointments, with a normal day that went like this: Morning: visit to the Kirov Ballet school; Mid-day: Lunch; Afternoon: Open; Evening: Swan Lake Ballet. An actual meeting or reporting chores did not appeal to Mr. Magoo, although he did submit one extremely long treatise to the State Department on the ladies of the Kirov Ballet, in which he discussed the effect on their monthly cycles of excessively vigorous exercise. Leningrad was Podunk compared to Moscow, but the Consul General should at least have had the humility to keep his inertia and laziness secret. It was like he was boasting that he never did anything but go to the museums, the ballet, the opera, and Finland. And he was still the boss. Obama is just like that. It’s definitely in your face politics, and his wife is in the trenches along with the others. She’s working overtime to show America she can spend as much public money as possible without ever taking a serious hit for it. Mr. Obama’s goal is to take away as much of our freedom as he can without ever taking a serious hit for it.
Here’s another aside: I never ran across a USG bureaucrat of even the highest rank who would make a decision of the magnitude of what was done by the IRS. No underling is ever, ever going to opt in favor of the violation of civil rights for political purposes on their own say-so. This is pure political conniving and maneuvering, using the weapons of the USG against its citizens. And think of this. They have superiors in those IRS offices. Nothing was done. Was everybody in on it? Were any complaints filed about it from within IRS? Somebody gave the green light to target conservative and religious organizations for special treatment intended to stymie the free formation of political associations and the ability to receive tax breaks under the law. Such a decision could only come from the highest authorities in the USG, and I do mean presidential, and vice presidential, and Cabinet-level.
On the other hand, maybe Obama actually knew nothing about any of the swarm of scandals surrounding him. I have often commented that Obama is the ultimate Empty Suit, the dummy with many hidden hands working the mechanism. His handlers, guys like Rahm, and Plouffe and Axelrod, might well have decided to pervert the IRS for political benefit, without telling their front man who might then be liable for the commission of crimes. Either way, not a pretty picture.
I’m afraid the Dear Leader is going to have to continue in a persecuted frame of mind, offended or not. He is part of an anti-constitutionalist regime that is working tirelessly to undermine and diminish the fundamental rights of Americans – on the right and the left. (And that reminds me how Stalin used the same tactics of repression against his friends that he used against his enemies. Divide and conquer.) His crimes came to light one way or another, and I’m sure we don’t know the half of what this den of sticky-fingered demagogues from Chicago are up to. The US Congress will be in deep trouble if they try to sweep any of these scandals under the rug, because this country is riled and getting daily more riled. And we are offended, too — deeply, deeply offended by the charlatans who are steering our country onto the rocks.
Just a quick update on Syria: it has moved from bad to worse. I don’t know what Our Eminence John Kerry said in Russia during that amicable talk that led supposedly to an agreement to get Syria and the opposition talking and agreeing, too. All I know is, Russia is moving naval assets into the waters around Syria, where it maintains a large expatriot community and a naval base. One news report referred to Russia’s aging fleet, but the vessel in the photo I saw was impressive enough. I’m pretty sure it could blow another ship out of the water. Now comes the news that Russia is gasp selling a whole bunch of high-tech arms to Syria. Everybody is decrying Russian perfidy. Russia is making things worse. It is putting lives at risk. It is responsible if things fall to pieces.
Isn’t the West overdoing the sorrowful anger routine? Please. We are almost certainly and illegally arming Assad’s tribal opponents. Benghazi is rumored to have been a base for US intelligence agents working on a covert program to round up Libyan weapons and get them to the Syrian opposition, no doubt through the Turks. So right now we’re talking about illegal, covert, third party delivery of weapons. We have been giving them all kinds of other help, most of which we will never learn of. We are provoking the bloodshed. We are creating a deeper and wider civil war and upping the stakes at risk if NATO tries to intervene. We are doing this as Afghanistan falls into deeper disorder and Iraq moves effortlessly into the Iranian sphere of influence, and as instability stretches its ugly tentacles into a whole series of states in the Syrian region.
I get the Russia game. This is a region of serious interest for Moscow and Syria is a long-time client state. The arms relationship has existed for many years. Now they are sending off the latest generation of weaponry to replace aging Syrian stock and the West is howling in indignation. But when did Syria lose the right to self-defense? Or its right to national sovereignty? Everybody knows NATO is mulling bombing Syria, it’s natural that Syria is going to re-arm and upgrade. And by what right are we to start telling the other Big Boys who they can arm and what arms they can sell and, most of all, what their foreign policy should be — which is always supposed to be subordinate to that of the US and its pals in NATO?
Look at what happened in the post-Soviet period: the US and its NATO allies divided up the world for sales of their national arms production, leaving nothing but what the West considered the unattainable or undesirable markets for Russian military arms sales. It’s a fact. Goodbye Warsaw Pact, hello NATO. Russia needless to say cultivates its clients among what is left, or what it had held on to after 1991, and they are not about to halt those sales at a time of a client state’s greatest need because NATO — which is not seen as friendly in Russia — deems it advisable. Especially not when Russia is determined to check the US in this instance, deeming the political risks of US/NATO intervention in Syria greater than the risk of a NATO-Russia confrontation. Russia knows that the fastest way to bring down a NATO government is to set in motion the European anti-war apparat.
Because matters have started deteriorating so quickly in the Middle East, we may not be able to resist the force of events that we ourselves have helped set in motion. But we need to pull back in Syria, because things are going to hell in a hand basket and our meddling this time is bringing together all the big players: the US/NATO, Iran, Russia, Israel, and the jihadists.
On to rosier themes. Paul Ryan had some questions for that mealy-mouthed IRS Director and I was reminded why I like Ryan so much. He is straightforward. He is clear. His thoughts are organized and directed. He never loses sight of the ball. I believe him, I trust him. He will be a great presidential contender. He will be so much better as Ryan running as Ryan than as Ryan running for Romney.
Even Ryan couldn’t get a straight answer from Steven Miller. The IRS Director, as he heads hastily for the exit, wanted us to know that the trouble with those audits and the hounding and snooping carried out by one measly office against a homogenous group of political activists was really nothing more than bad management. Pure coincidence determined who was selected for harassment and who wasn’t. Foolish mistakes indeed. These are high crimes and misdemeanors and somebody should be hauled into court (but I doubt Holder or Obama would agree to go).
Meanwhile the left moves into hyper-drive, with the narrative being sold that all these scandals are make-believe propaganda spread by rightwing Republicans. I have a feeling the Dems actually fax around talking points to these infotainment airheads. The only good news is that Carl Bernstein says the IRS scandal is nuclear and Bob Woodward disagrees. He thinks it is Benghazi that is nuclear, and the IRS is not quite, not yet. I think the whole thing is pretty atomic, too. I’m waiting for a mine to go off under Ms. Clinton’s bounteous rear end any time now. She is a wily one, but she is also a big liar and dabbler in criminal activities. Remember that 10,000 dollar investment of hers that turned overnight into 100,000? Do you think it was an anomaly, or merely the only reported instance of such profit?
As I skim through the news on the internet it strikes me that this regime can be counted on to blame everything stupid or inefficient or corrupt or criminal or anti-constitutional on somebody else; that is, of course, when they cannot sweep such things under the rug. Of course there has always been George Bush, although the name surfaces less now. It was a great shtick, but even the greatest lose their appeal. The latest case of TODDI involves the IRS, home seat of scoundrels and violators of civil liberties, the political heads of which claim that the decision to go after conservatives seeking tax-exempt status was never ever ever political in motive, that the IRS agents meant well, but that what was done was wrong, and mostly they want you to know it was all done by “lower level types.” And remember that the Benghazi debacle originally was written off to lower level minions doing purely administrative work poorly and making the wrong calls. Civil servants who were shuffled around but never punished, by the way, which is probably fair since they weren’t to blame. I hear Romney has been accused by Jay (Nothing Shames Me) Carney of causing the entire Benghazi controversy. Would that Mr. Romney had followed up on Benghazi with an elbow to the throat of Mr. Obama, so to speak, during that final debate.
Do you remember years ago when people at State Department snooped on the passport information from certain left-wing political luminaries — and they got punished. That was pure snoopiness. What we have with the IRS is retribution, punishment, political vendetta, but not, I think, innocent mistake, snoopiness, or low-level obsession. Is there any weapon, no matter how anti-constitutional, that these Marxists won’t use against lo! those many enemies surrounding them. I think they should be nervous about us enemies, too. There’s no telling what we’re up to. Boo!
On the other hand, the weasly, cowardly nature of this royal realm’s apparatchiks reflects nothing so much as the weasly, cowardly character of its royal sham, Mr. Obama. Obama himself loves to fob the blame off on others and almost certainly used the ploy his entire life. His family escutcheon probably reads “It wasn’t my fault.” I can’t remember a single occasion on which he has stepped up to the bat and taken the fall for some bad decision. He blamed the Secret Service, those known political connivers, for the termination of White House tours, so there’s no depth to which they won’t sink to deflect opprobrium. On Benghazi, of course, after much silence on the matter, both Hillary and he competed at who could assert with most presidential authority that he (or she) accepted full responsibility. After those dramatic announcements, Hillary flew off to Latin America and then had a stroke or something, which we can attest to because she was wearing coke bottle glasses. To date I am pretty sure neither of them has in fact accepted the blame for the real events in Benghazi and Tripoli and Washington, nor have they been made to do so. I’m a bit more hopeful with the Benghazi hearings and the frank testimony given. If the president and his erstwhile Secretary of State were not co-sponsors of the decision to “let it roll,” meaning “screw those saps on the ground in Libya,” then I’ll eat my hat. They made a hellishly wrong decision that led to a night of horrors in Benghazi and the death of Americans. Now they’re trying to blame somebody else. Liars and cowards both of them.
Is it any wonder Americans whose eeg’s show actual brain activity are suspicious of and despise their government? We are now witness to a bald attempt to rewrite the story even as the story is breaking — while you are watching with your own two eyes and hearing with your own two ears. The nation is in the grip of a propaganda machine. But this business of Benghazi will hopefully cost the irresponsible Obama and Clinton big time. People don’t like being lied to, and knowing everybody knows they were lied to. If you add to Ms. Clinton’s dubious portfolio certain other peccadilloes involving Latin American investments, she is carrying a big load into any presidential campaign. She’s a political hack who lucked onto Bill Clinton, but she’s still a political hack.
The news is bountiful these days. John Kerry tells Russia that it wouldn’t be good if Syria were perhaps to “break up” into various parts and asks for help to avert such an eventuality. Well, tell me this: how does the break-up of Syria happen? Is it an act of God, or nature, or just another NATO adventure? So far there is insufficient public support for the opposition to oust the government. A lot of people have died. It is a tough suppression of armed opposition. But the Assad regime isn’t firing against bows and arrows. The opposition has the jihadists on their side for the moment and now the US. No news on if we will arm the opposition. If the peace talks amount to nothing, almost a given, the US probably will arm the opposition, using them as our proxy boots on the ground. But I wouldn’t count on avoiding our own boots, too, hitting the Syrian desert.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed that it is time to get the interested parties to the table. This time Russia will be playing a key role, not the way it was when NATO bombed Serbia when Russia was stiffed out of any role because it didn’t agree with the US approach.
It is good to get the parties to the table and if Kerry and Russia really have some basic agreement rather than just a hope and a prayer, good for them. Better to talk than to kill. But the forces of darkness are gathering over there in the Middle East and there are mines everywhere. We are meddling at our own peril if we try to settle by force this fight between Moslem sects and jihadists and Radical Islamists and so-called democratic forces, which often prove not to be in fact. Especially when we have now added Israel to the military picture. All the pieces are in place. If there is a fight, you can forget Assad being the target; it will be to a large extent a war against the US and Israel.
Then we have the glorious Benghazi hearings. I just love Darrell Issa. Thank heavens for the few men like him in politics. It is proving to be an enlightening experience, and at last all these threatened people were free to say what had to be said. And the Democrats on the committee were a disgrace, especially that hypocrite Elijah Cummings and his bullish demeanor and approach. It was a lesson to hear him tell us in a voice of indignation that everybody in the Congress wants whistleblowers to speak up, nobody wants to silence voices, but those voices should wait until all the investigating is done before saying what they want to say. Right. Cummings’ presentations were rife with unspoken contempt and threat. As were those of his colleagues, whose only recourse is somehow to impugn the credentials of the whistleblowers. Not a good moment for our resident Marxists.
Of course, they are all the attack snakes of Hillary Clinton. Here’s what I see happening on the night of events. Both Hillary and Obama were very anxious to avoid a disaster on their watch and particularly at that moment. Hillary was practically the godmother of the NATO bombing of Libya and publicly crowed (what an appropriate term) that Qaddafi was dead. Still, perhaps other decisions would have been taken if it were not election eve. Mrs. Clinton did, at least, say it would be a good decision to evacuate the families from Libya. But both our Socialist friends decided that it was more prudent not to intervene militarily, for a change. They decided to let help come from Tripoli as quietly as possible. The worst thing, and the one thing to avoid, was the possibility of an Iran-like scenario where the rescue sets off something bigger or just goes belly up. So they took a chance and it didn’t pan out. People died. It was a gross negligence, a criminal negligence that led to their deaths. It was motivated by naked, ugly ambition on the part of both Clinton and Obama. One of them should be impeached and the other should never be allowed to become president of this country.
And now that we know about the lies they told to cover up their incompetence, we know the suspicions of a cover-up did not arise from just a misunderstanding or a poor explanation of the facts. Lies. The snippet of video that set off demonstrations in Cairo was grasped at to explain a “spontaneous uprising” that went awry. Hillary offered it up repeatedly, as did our chief prevaricator, Obama. And everybody knows Susan Rice was a liar. Or a patsy. They knew from the get-go it was an attack, not a demonstration, and that information was suppressed.
And their pet media went along with the lies, and even Candy Crowley played her role in trying to dupe the public. The information masters won, but it may prove to have been a pyrrhic victory. Now the edifice is coming down. Everybody will be seen as the base calculators they are. And the liars they are.
Wow, things are interesting of late.
Ah, Libya. As a young woman I applied for a job at the Libyan Embassy in DC. The man who interviewed me kept staring and asking ridiculous questions like: (pointing to a phone) “Do you know what this is?” He refused to tell me what they were paying (no, it’s shameful, it is not enough, he expostulated.) He described my work load as practically nothing, type a few lines, sometimes answer the phone. Nothing. When I left he looked at me and said, “You look JUST like Libyan woman.” I guessed that was the problem, he couldn’t conceive of a Libyan woman who knew what a phone was. Didn’t think a Libyan woman should work? All I can say is, they never called back to offer me the job.
So I have this soft spot for Libya, or at least for that foolish man who reflected his society. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t even sure where Libya was. Today Libya is a nightmare in the making, becoming another Lebanon with the hot oil of Syria waiting to spill on the fire. (We won’t even go into what is happening in Lebanon.) The governing group that finally coalesced in Tripoli, if it has coalesced, was based on men not up to the job, essentially sectarians who were there by virtue of NATO unseating their foe. Now the other sect(s), the ones our bombs drove out, are looking for blood. Libya was moved, with a great deal of help from NATO countries and NATO itself, from a fairly stable dictatorship of Qaddafi to an unstable democracy that arranges pro-government rallies to make itself look popular, but which faces a determined radicalized foe. It is no longer Libyan v. Libyan, but Libya v. the entire radicalized Moslem world. All those little beads of Mercury, the itinerant Jihadis, rolling hither and yon to join up with larger globs of mercury, the native Jihadis, to wreak mayhem across the land.
Armed militia targeting Libya’s ministries and media in the capital this week have alarmed international observers who say deteriorating security conditions are becoming a matter of serious concern.
I bet there’s angst among the Libyan leadership. We left behind a train wreck, but our erstwhile allies will pay the price, not us.
I’m wondering if there is any way to avoid being sucked into a permanent state of war and anti-guerrilla posture throughout the Middle East and at home. And if our government had a hard time morally endorsing armed guards at US diplomatic and government facilities in Libya, how hard will it be to engage our military in a land and air war along so many fronts, including the home front? How long do you think that will last before a bankrupt US decides it can’t do more and packs it in? Think of the chaos that will leave behind.
Yet here we are. We are about to double down on the Syrian government. Obama drew a red line and is under intense pressure by people either blinded by idealism or insane to do something. But hold on. The truth has not been determined. Who used the chemical weapons, if they were used at all? Who has the motive? Do we really believe Assad and his Army don’t know better than to provoke such an outcome? Or maybe this was an act of sabotage, perhaps by Israel, drop a little vial of something through an agent and give NATO the damn assurances it needs. Or maybe Assad has had a breakdown and the Army, which will sustain the gravest casualties, had a breakdown, too. So they use a teensy bit of the stuff, just to gauge the reaction. Don’t you think it more likely that someone who wants US bombs falling would be able to come up with a “teensy bit” of chemical weapons, just enough to set things in motion? If not Israel, then one of the radical Islamic guerrilla factions. Don’t you see how easy it is?
Obama knows disaster lies ahead if he engages directly. And voilá. Israel acts instead. I wonder, is Israel prepared to fight Syria seriously, or is it merely paving the way for US support militarily, although the US has no treaty with Israel? The game is underway, ladies and gentlemen. There is no stopping it now. Let us hope that Israel is just getting even for claimed Syrian violation of Israeli airspace or lobbing of missiles or whatever cruelty of the day is going on. Let us hope that this is not the opening stage of a regional war. Let us fervently hope and pray, too.
When is this madness going to stop? How many people have to die in that poor, backward and crazy region before we will feel we have pacified them into loving us? Is Boston the new America: think twice about using the bus, take a car, it’s safer. Forget the Metro. Think of all America’s disaffected youths, sullen, out of work, barely educated, who are just looking for something interesting to do. Jihad is fishing in rich waters here at home.
There used to be a time when those dirty 60′s bomb-throwers would have been in the streets to protest the on-going militarization of our foreign policy, but as they are now commanding the troops, they have no problem with these imperialist wars. I love to see our flag fly over safe Embassies in countries that welcome us. Not as the standard of a sinking ship. Secure the US borders — there’s a good use for our military.
Let me be the first to say “I told you so.” Obama has now come out and reminded the world he still plans to shut Guantanamo, which he deems unnecessary to US security. This from the president who went to Las Vegas to raise some cash while a US Ambassador and others died in Benghazi, and patron of Eric Holder, whose FBI fumbled the case of the Boston terrorists so badly that a number of people are now learning how to walk with prosthetics.
Newsmax writes that Obama dismisses Guantanamo as not necessary to keep America safe, it is expensive, it is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed.
An earlier post of mine suggested that the spreading hunger strike at Guantanamo and the consequent bad publicity for the peace-loving American president could give Obama the impulse and the chance he needed to try to close Guantanamo. Why not? He and his henchman are waging an all-fronts war.
I’m afraid our Moslem Socialist god has feet of clay. He is for the first time in his life developing a real reputation and it isn’t that of the American hero. Maybe Robert Redford’s idea of one, but not mine.
Still, I’d rather he not go into Syria. So at last I find one thing in common with the egotist at the White House. And if it hurts his reputation, so much the better.
The GOP is furious with Barack Obama for not doing something, anything and preferably violent, after the USG went public with unconfirmed claims that the Syrian government may have used small amounts of a substance like sarin causing some casualties. Israel and everybody else (read Western Europe and all the sheikhdoms) thinks it’s true, but it’s also hard to prove. And there are plenty of twisted motives here, so it is hardly beyond the realm of possibility that Assad’s foes would try to set him up on the rap so the West could come to the rescue. Pat Buchanan wrote a good analysis of our situation in his article Their War, Not Ours. But one would have to be there at the time to prove if it’s sarin, it evanesces or something.
The Republicans and even members of our incompetent president’s party make the logical and fair charge that Mr. Obama swore to the whole world that use of chemical weapons was a red line. That was like, sooo stupid. It gave enormous power to our so-called allies. It serves only the interests of the Assad opponents to give NATO the excuse it needs to act unilaterally against Syria. Do you think Al Qaeda shrinks from a head-on conflict against the infidels in Moslemlandia? Heck, they are ready and they have millions of sacrificial lambs waiting to join in a Jihad to end all Jihads. What on earth, any rational human being asks, is our elected Congress thinking of? The usual suspects, McCain and Graham, are leading the pack, baying for the blood of Assad. They are living in the past. Time to give up the unaffordable antics abroad and batten down the hatches at home. That southern border is bleeding people into the US, the whole game is going down and we are contemplating a bombing and/or invasion of Syria?
On the other hand, I think Obama was careful to talk of ”a whole lotta” use of chemical weapons, which gives him an out. If he wants to go to war to distract attention from the growing debacle around Benghazi-Boston, he will conclude that the amount, though small, was sufficient to prompt a bombing war. If he doesn’t want to go to war, he will decide the amount used is way less than “a whole lotta” and thus does not merit the use of physical force.
Right now I am thinking the lean is toward bombing, or at least selling a great many weapons to the opposition, on credit of course. In that case, the bloodshed will ramp up. Refugees will seek refuge and murderers will roam the land. And then NATO will bomb and the problem will be over, pack up and go home. Game over. Maybe he will settle on something in-between, interventionist but not full-out war. Sanctions are always popular.
Syria isn’t some tiny emirate we can blow into, drop a few bombs, and blow back out of. Syria is big time risk, it is Iraq, it is an Iran, it has the potential of bringing Russia into the picture. There is no short game here. If we venture there, we would find ourselves sucked deeper and deeper on a playing field very hostile to us and our interests. Fighting would hold biological and chemical warfare risks, as well as overcoming a sophisticated air defense system with plenty of replacement armament awaiting sale back in Moscow. The war would be certain to spread to neighboring countries with strong Syrian influence, like Lebanon. Maybe Jordon.
Not bombing makes the US president appear foolish and weak. Don’t lay down a dare and then back down when the gauntlet is taken. But you can’t really justify bombing because you will look stupid, can you? Or can you?
NATO bombing would add a whole new and explosive element to our clumsily played chess game in the Middle East and North Africa. It would become a rallying cry for all the disaffected secularists we have ousted from power mixing with the ranks of extremist Moslem groups like Al Qaeda or its many proxies. The once-powerful are now the guerrillas that we have to fight globally and at home. The jihadists have shown they can play the game in our very own living rooms. Boston was only the second effort in what will no doubt become a prime objective, terrorizing the Homeland part of Homeland Security. And don’t forget that Hezbollah is accused of launching an unknown but no doubt deadly drone against Israel. Don’t you think they got the drones from the Iranians, who reportedly are busy producing them from a reverse-engineered US drone they captured. Oh, joy! We are now officially passing into the Drone Era. They probably make them in garages, both here and abroad. Makes my skin tingle with excitement, or it might be the electrical pulses being given out from the skies above us.
We are all potential targets in today’s totally out of whack world, targets of our own government and of our foreign born or inspired enemies, the global jihadists. Welcome to the multi-polar world, a place where a guerrilla group has assumed a global importance and belong to not a single treaty on human rights or inviolability of territory. Who do you think has the upper hand in the long run?
Oh, boy, are we ever nearer to thee, my NATO. Chemical weapons is the plat du jour. Everybody needs desperately for there to be a big public use of chemical weapons by anybody in Syria. SecDef Chuck Hagel first told us there was no evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria, which was probably true, and then there there was evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, depending on who you believe ( “sources of varying reliability”). Hagel perpetually looks as baffled as we feel watching his sad performance and the obvious manipulation of information. Soon we will have the necessary pretext for bombing Syria, no doubt imprisoning or killing Assad, killing many, many more Syrians today and in the future, and why? It would only spread the reach of jihad even farther. Meanwhile we have a war at home in which we are behind the eight-ball, we have an unraveling Iraq, an unraveling Afghanistan (and we haven’t even left yet), and we apparently need another war. We have so much money floating around here, man, it really is “Obama’s stash” to be wasted on anything his little heart desires.
Obama is still making up that famously slow mind of his, but he might just come to a decision soon. He has his Islamophiles like Brennan whispering in his ear not to rock the boat, and maybe even a realist or two telling him it’s political suicide to trigger another Iraq. But I remember when NATO was practically wetting their panties for the okay to bomb Serbia, and Clinton the First was getting more and more embroiled in the Lewinsky affair. Suddenly, after much and prolonged indecision, he said, yes, let’s bomb Serbia.
There is something of that in the air these days, with Obama having badly fumbled the first major trial of his instincts and reactions. The Bostom bombers were known to us well in advance, but the FBI couldn’t find sufficient enthusiasm for a thorough follow-through (and attitude flows from the top down), the Russians were unresponsive when the Americans kept whining that there was nuthin’ there, and so the FBI just shut the case. Impressive performance, isn’t it?
So Obama may just end up needing a war against Syria to draw attention away from the many errors of judgement our beloved Leader has been committing of late. That’s one of the dangers of absolute power: you start to believe your headlines. The other danger is that you start off so full of yourself in your second term that you put forward for legislative action one of the thorniest issues ever in the belief your moral suasion and popularity will carry the day. So as he flounders in the sea of gun control, and watches over a security apparatus that ought to have prevented the Bostom Bombings, he might look upon Syria as a chance to change hats to Horatio Hornblower. All he needs is a win, it doesn’t matter what ensues a couple of years down the line, he needs that old mojo back.
If he does agree to bomb Syria, he is making the first irreversible error of his presidency. (Really, the second, the first being Obamacare.) We should be supporting Assad as a bulwark against the jihadi forces that are the driving impulse behind the civil war and behind permanent war in the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds. World dominion, guys, the global emirate. And we seem determined to remove every leader of any strength we encounter. If you really think Syria has idealistic weenies in the political center (I would guess there are more than a few, there always are) who are going to take power from the Moslem guys who cut off heads at the slightest irritation, you aren’t being realistic. Our chosen heros like to debate and smoke a peace pipe. The other guys are determined.
Ever since somebody made up their minds that we should get rid of Assad when we had a chance, we have been padding our chances. If Assad is doing bad things, so are his opponents, and the latter are being openly egged on and assisted by the US and its European allies. We don’t know if chemical weapons are being used, or by whom if they are. There are plenty of bad actors in this play. But our government is floating the idea of intervention by going public with a claim that a little bit of chemical weapons was used causing not too many bodies, all things considered. If that seems to strike a chord with Americans, next we’ll find the proof of who used them, when and how, and appropriate anonymous photos of dead bodies.
What good are we seeking? What good have we done so far? Isn’t all our effort and blood in Iraq already a kind of joke, as the country assumes its annointed position in the Iranian satellite system? Will we have to fight another war in Iraq, this time to free it from Iran? And what makes us think Iran won’t make plenty of trouble in a post-Assad regime through the radicalized Islamists who will be swelling the ranks of “Al Qaeda and Sons”.
I’ve linked to a particularly relevant and insightful essay by Peter Hitchens on the state of the UK, once and former British Empire. Everything he writes is equally applicable to the United States and to its one-time conservative party, the GOP. It won’t make you any more hopeful, or happy, and it will probably bolster your worst fears. Do read it. It’s worth your time.
See I’m Not Getting Married in the Morning at American Spectator.
This administration has become famous for its various narratives, which in plain English, formerly the language of the United States, is called propaganda. There is the “rich people hate poor people” story line, and the “rich people don’t pay enough taxes” groaner, and the “you can keep the doctor of your choice” lie, and the “illegal aliens are neither illegal nor aliens” hoo-ha, and the “Obama is a man of the people” fib, and then the ”we have destroyed Al Qaeda and its affiliates” fairy tale.
The last of those narratives is very important both to Obama and his erstwhile foe and aspiring presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. For Obama it shows that, even if he is a communist sympathizer and despises America, he can keep the country safe. For Clinton, it shows that she knows what she is doing. Wrong and wrong.
Benghazi blew the last story line out of the water, because both of the above-named persons were sound asleep at the helm. Actually, Obama was not asleep, just too busy fund-raising to give a damn what happened to a bunch of white US government employees in Libya. Hillary was…somewhere, we’re not sure where or doing what. Then she had a stroke and has no doubt forgotten anything she ever knew about events there. What we know is that before the bloody and predictable debacle on the anniversary of 9/11, she didn’t want a bunch of weaponized Embassy guards strutting around the diplomatic premises in Benghazi. That would have spoiled the big whopper that the Libyans adore us and her in particular for pressing for the bombing of Libya and gloating at the murder of its one-time leader, Moammar Qaddafi. So instead of high security at a tremendously vulnerable outpost, we had a questionable bunch of doofuses (at best, doofuses) who were supposed to frighten away evil-doers with admonitions like, “hey, don’t do that!” They didn’t even have rubber pellets to bruise the attacking throngs, which are only authorized for use at Guantanamo.
Mrs. Clinton claimed to Congress that she knew not a thing about any request for better security from her dear, dear, dear friend, the late murdered Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. (I’m sure nobody made her swear she was telling the truth, as Senators from both parties were too busy lauding her to the skies.) According to Clinton, it was underlings who made all those reckless political decisions that left Americans defenseless in the face of a terror assault, including the order to “stand down” made to Americans frantically seeking assistance. If you bear in mind that the one thing that had to be defended above all else was not life and limb or diplomatic premises, but the Democrat fable that terrorism was a thing of the past, you can really begin to understand the chain of otherwise unintelligible actions and events.
Now we have the making of a new remodeled, rewritten truth, that based on the bombing of the Boston Marathon participants. Within moments of sharing notes with near-death survivor and Chechen terrorist Djokhar Tsarnayev, the authorities announced their view that there was no foreign connection to the bombings, nor were the brothers members of a terror cell. One of the terrorists said so.
Gee, now we don’t even need investigations. All our officials have to do is put on their Great Kreskin turban and they can immediately pierce through the fog of controversy. All they need to do is put a simple question to a terrorist and take the answer for truth revealed. It is much cheaper than digging into the matter and in these times of sequester, every penny counts.
Real facts are coming out very slowly — those that weren’t witnessed by millions of people – since they have to be pulled out like bad teeth. What has been revealed so far is that the Russians tipped off US intelligence well before Boston that a certain Chechnyan resident of America was up to no good in Dagestan (Russian Federation) and hanging out with Islamic radicals. US Senators were told by American intelligence briefers that Russia warned the US not once, but multiple times, including once since 2011. According to a report in RT (Russia Today), Moscow specifically filed a request with the FBI advising that the elder Tsarnayev was a follower of radical Islamism and was preparing to leave the US for a particular region to join “unspecified underground groups.”
Then we had the claim that US intelligence had no idea that Tsarnayev had left the US headed to Russia subsequent to the Russian warning, the reason being that somebody misspelled his name. Cripes, if our national security hangs on literacy, we are seriously in deep kimshee. Now the testosterone-laden Janet Napolitano tells us that in fact there was a “ping” when Tsarnayev left the country. Where the ping sounded is unknown, but she said that the investigation into Tsarnayev was closed before he ever came back. Great. That makes me feel safe as houses, as the Brits say. US Homeland Insecurity gets a ping, has no idea where, beyond or within Russia, Tsarnayev was headed, with whom he was hanging out, or what he had in mind for the future, and still our officials closed the case. Apparently they found so little to be concerned about that they didn’t even bother getting back to their Russian source, either.
Let’s cut to the chase. So far, our security officials look like buffoons and clowns. Russia all but wrote the US a treatise on terrorism and painted a picture of one aspiring mass murderer, and we still couldn’t get it right. The lying and cover up is in full swing and don’t expect to ever learn what really happened or who screwed up so badly. It will just be a slow drip, drip of damning details, that are soon forgotten and never publicized by the State media on the left. Remember, as with Benghazi, the important thing, the one thing, that has to be defended at all costs is the myth that the brilliant foreign policy leadership of our resident Marxists has destroyed the threat from Al Qaeda and its offshoots. You can go to bed at night knowing America is safe, as long as you don’t require two legs, or even one, or even your own life.
I wonder what is in store for us down the line. The hunger strike in Guantanamo is picking up steam, and will soon become a cause like Palestine for jihadists and their admiring throngs in America and abroad. Obama may yet find a reason to shut down Guantanamo and set free those boys, perhaps citing international opinion. We are also trying like crazy to get Russia to go along with NATO bombing of Syria, have doubled our assistance to Assad opponents, and are hearing the calls from those same tribal interests to unleash NATO and win a war for them. Russia won’t go along, but NATO doesn’t really care and will pick its moment. And when it does, then all hell really will break loose. The blood may run in Syria, but it is going to spill over into our own streets.
Just some musings on various topics today, after long days of watching obsessive coverage of the Boston bombings, their victims, and their perpetrators.
I’ve been shaking my head about the fact that Russian intelligence tried to warn Americans about the Jokers six months ago, but the FBI couldn’t find a thing on these guys. Apparently, there was so little reason for concern that they did not maintain surveillance, either. Or keep up with their social media antics. It wasn’t rocket science, it was simple due diligence.
There is an underlying problem here that I feel ought to be mentioned. It is called hubris. The Americans far more than the Europeans are contemptuous of Russia in all manner of ways, perhaps because the Europeans, from Sweden to Germany to Poland to France, have been tussling with the Russians in one West European-concocted war or another for centuries and they have yet to win one. We Americans especially suffer from arrogance in the military realm. We have shiny new lethal weapons of every variety and the latest design, and Russia is still burdened with an old-time Army and Navy, unable to invest the gazillions of dollars necessary both to modernize their economy and show off their weaponry in Kremlin parades. At least I guess that is the reason behind our sneering attitudes when it comes to things military and security. But Russia’s intelligence services are still excellent and given the neighborhood they live in, they have to be. As far as the military hardware, it’s true that Russia doesn’t have the money to turn out all kinds of new models of all kinds of new weapons, but it knows how to upgrade what they have and come up with new generation critical weaponry. It still knows how to focus its first-rate scientific community on such projects. Most significantly, they are not talking about unilateral nuclear disarmament, although they’d love to encourage the USA and its destructive president to go right ahead with such a project.
America, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has ignored Russia’s warnings on various foreign policy conundrums. We have been condescending and all-knowing, playing Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel, or Moe to Curly and Shemp. We have ignored Russia’s warnings about the folly of intervening in the Middle East and in North African countries for no clear reason other than to showcase our big bombers, leaving behind unstable governments and huge pools of actual and potential jihadists that nobody can keep under control. That was a luxury the US could once, briefly, afford — the terrorists were concentrating on Russia and Israel, not America. Not anymore.
Maybe you’re not aware of the fact that long before 9/11, when Al Qaeda was a destructive whirlwind in the second bloody Chechen war and the terrorism that ensued all around Russia, the Russians tried to warn the Americans about the group. But we Americans always know better. Thanks for the information, we’ll get back to you. Al Qaeda wasn’t a big problem for us. And then there came 9/11, and suddenly we were Al Qaeda experts. Now we send drones after the jihadists around the globe and are on to their every move, unless they are up to no good in the United States, in which case we are close to stupidly ignorant.
And so it was with the Tsarnayev brothers, who had minimal experience with Russia or Chechnya, their father having raised his family in somewhat safer climes such as Dagestan (also a Russian Moslem region, but one not convulsed by civil war) or the former Soviet republic of Kirgizstan (ethnic Asians most) or in the United States. Yet six months ago, when the older brother decided to head back for a visit to Russia, a place where Chechens are far from welcome, the Americans had not a glimmer of suspicion. When Russian intelligence shared with us the elder Tsarnayev’s highly suspicious activities in radical Moslem circles there and his disappearance before he could be detained, the Americans were not totally dismissive, they passed it along the chain. But hey, the guy’s an American. Not only that, but a damned lucky guy to be an American — given all the best we had to offer the world’s refugees (although why a guy with residency in Kirgizstan was a refugee beats me). Why would such a lucky guy bite the hand that feeds him? And he’s a boxer! What more proof of healthy American attitudes do you need?
The FBI did a no doubt cursory examination, gave the man and his family a clean bill of health, and forgot about him. Because our FBI is light years better than those stone-age Russians, right? And if we couldn’t find something right there biting us on the nose when we began our inquiries, it couldn’t possibly be there. Until it bit us in the ass. It was probably the sequester that convinced the FBI not to bother following up, and I’m hoping against hope that the guy in the White House will try that one out on the American public.
And so on Patriots Day, while all the world watched, the Tsarnayev brothers blew up a couple hundred people, killing three and wounding grievously many others. And now our intelligence agents are Johnny on the Spot, digging the way they should have been digging some time ago, before a bunch of people were maimed for life. Or lost their lives.
One final word on the subject: when the police finally found the remaining brother, the relief of the Bostonians must have been enormous. But instead of breaking into chants of “USA, USA!” it would have made a far better and deeper impression if everybody had bowed their heads in a prayer of thanks for an end to their fear, or even sung “God Bless America.” But everything today seems to be judged as if it were a game, and our movies and our television and our video games reinforce that idea. And frankly, if it’s a game, we aren’t doing too well.
So much for national security.
Then there is that endless source of amusement, the Republican Party and the buffoons who are running it. The latest shot to the foot comes in South Carolina, bastion of conservatism, where disgraced and shameful and shameless former Governor Mark Sanford, no doubt egged on by the lovely Señora, decided that his bizarre and irresponsible behavior in the waning days of his stewardship of the state was no reason not to go for national office. Heck no. He’s even in tune with the Latino-loving ambiance of our times, can speak a few words of terrible Spanish and probably knows how to samba. Okay, it’s true, people today don’t actually condone feelings of shame or responsibility, so he can be forgiven for trying to cash in on the feel-good society we have become. But when the primary was underway and it looked like the voters (and how many were Democrats, do we know the answer to that?) were going to choose Dumbo, did the Republican Party apparat jump in to gin up the Republican voters, put forward a good alternative candidate, back the Sanford opponent? If so, it certainly escaped my attention.
And now that Sanford won the primary (and again I ask, with how many Democrat votes?), the National Republican Congressional Committee has hiked up its pants, rolled up its sleeves, and announced it will not give a penny to Sanford’s candidacy.
Forget the fact that it probably has hardly a penny to give to anyone due to its past brilliant leadership, just bear in mind that the Marxist Party of America, aka the Democrats, are running the sister of TV and left-wing celebrity Steven Colbert. That will mean big bucks coming into her coffers, free entertainment from the faux conservative, and well-deserved endless mockery of the former Governor.
Even the Republican Party admits this means the seat goes to…the Far Left. No hay problemo, as they have said in so many words. We’ll get it next time around.
I’m just wondering where they are digging up these utterly brainless Party operatives. And who are these operatives operating on behalf of? And why on earth do they still think they are going to have a next time?
With enemies like these, the Democrats don’t need any friends.
Despite the most fervent wishes of the left in America, in particular their spokespersons in the field of so-called journalism, it seems that the folks who brought us the Boston Massacre were not Christian fundamentalists, Tea Party types, Republicans or Libertarians. Instead they are what any sane person had to have concluded from day one, jihadists. Not dark-skinned, obviously Arab types, but Chechens.
Let me give you an idea of who the Chechens are. In the 1990′s, the Republic of Georgia was convulsed by civil strife among the Georgians themselves and with other ethnic groups actively seeking to break away in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The ethnic Abhaz are fair-skinned Moslems, the Georgian residents of the region Orthodox Christians. The Abhaz enjoyed special treatment under the Communists and as an ethnic minority were given privileges and positions reserved solely to them. The Georgians, at last in charge of their own destiny, used the departure of the Russians as a chance to lord it over their rivals, “level the playing field,” and reassert Georgian sovereignty in the region. The heavy-handed rampaging of Georgian paramilitary forces in the region ignited a ferocious response and fighting began for control of Abkhazia. The Russian military, in complete disarray, saw the divisions in Georgia as an opportunity to stoke the fires, give Russia enhanced influence over the Abkhaz and leverage over the Georgians, and to keep the Georgian government in a state of permanent instability. This same tactic was used elsewhere in the Soviet Union to give Russia time to get itself together and reassert its influence over its former satellites.
In 1992-93, with major assistance from Russia, the Abkhaz forces defeated the Georgians in brutal fighting that took place under the noses of the frankly useless UN observer mission. (The head of the mission, a Nordic general, was said to keep an Abkhaz mistress.) The Abkhaz were reinforced with Moslem fighters from the North Caucasus, including Chechens, and atrocities were carried out against the Georgian population, many thousands of whom fled the region into the rest of Georgia where they remain to this day. Mutilation of victims by the Abkhaz forces was very common, one practice being the “Abkhaz necktie,” where the throat is slit and the tongue pulled through. Rape was common, and in at least one case, as reported to me by a displaced Georgian, a man’s feet were put into boiling water. I personally visited an abandoned school where the bloody handprints of one of the Georgian men tortured and killed there provided graphic testimony of what had happened (one of the victims had been castrated while his brother, held on another floor, listened to his screams).
The Chechens were known as the most brutal and bloodthirsty of all the fighters. A US Embassy officer was speaking to a Chechen fighter in Abkhazia when he suddenly pulled out of his pocket a proud trophy, the ear of one of his victims. Russia paid for its encouragement of the Chechen fighters, who later used the same brutal methods in their fight to break away from that country. Among their most infamous operations was the take-over of a Russian theater in 2002, where their plan to blow themselves and everybody else up was thwarted by Russian special forces, but only at the cost of lives of both children and adults. In 2004, they took over an elementary school, an operation that led to the deaths of nearly 800 people, including 177 children.
This is who was behind the Boston Marathon bombings, not Christian Americans, but two Moslem men raised in a culture of bloody and merciless vengeance. The death of one small boy was nothing to them, and their only regret, I am sure, was that they failed to kill and maim thousands. We may never know all the details of who sent them, who woke their sleeper cell and ordered their actions, or what event provoked the bombings. It looks as if one of the perpetrators is dead and the other is determined to follow him to what we can only hope is not Paradise, but the inner circle of Hell.
It must be a sad day for those who were openly praying it would be a white American who had committed these murders, supposedly to avert hostility against Moslems but really to feed their narrative that their own political opponents are stupid, immoral, brutish beasts. Too bad. This is one American who can add two and two, draw logical conclusions, and figure out who the enemy is. As blind and self-righteous as the left in our country is, I would never attribute such a crime to them with nothing to back me up but hate and malice. Let us all heap shame on the head of the Chris Matthews, the Bill Mahers, and all the other ideologues who find it easier to dirty the name of their own country than to defend it against its real enemies.
Here is what the US military at Guantanamo tells us: the slugs dressed in prison-wear had 147 of 160 surveillance cameras covered up for several (three? four? twelve?) weeks before the guards went in to stop the funny stuff. The detainees are terrorists, but according to the military, the reason the guards went in wasn’t to make sure they weren’t fabricating a nuclear weapon, but to make sure the bearded brutes were okay. Some of them were refusing to eat because of the unfair imprisonment they were suffering — oh,how they long to be back on the battlegrounds of jihad! — and alleged lack of respect for their damned Korans. The sweety pies who brought us the rubble of the World Trade Center were armed with makeshift weapons, including broomsticks, homemade knives and long batons made of tightly coiled plastic and other materials.
Why don’t we just blow them all the way to Paradise, which would take care of the first complaint. And as for the second, I don’t believe it for a minute and I think it is an outrage to the victims of 9/11 that these murderers are allowed to have their outdated version of a Bible that dictates women are chattel and mandates war against the infidel. That would be us, my fellow infidels.
The military guards had to train for weeks to get it right, they were prepared for anything. And when they went in they wore riot gear. Injuries were minor.
I have so many comments I don’t know where to start. But let me try. How could the military allow the situation to get so out of control that they had to train for three weeks to handle it and to be prepared for anything? Is anybody awake at Guantanamo or are they dozing off in the brutal mid-day sun? I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the US military is on the wrong track and not only in Guantanamo, so wrong that it would be like thinking you’re on the Oregon Trail and ending up in Okefenokee Swamp — and that is an apt description of what we have allowed that detention camp to become. Full of alligators and mild-mannered egrets, guess who plays which role.
The information was provided by the military to real traveling dung beetles, the reporters, who saw a chance to show how tough they are by putting the US armed forces up against the wall, rather than being back in Washington trying to find out where Obama was born, or where the money for Solyndra ended up, why retired US Army Colonel Allen West couldn’t get a recount in an obviously cooked Florida electoral tally, or what the First Family’s next vacation plans are. The reporters got a peek at the terrorists, who were pacing restlessly in their cells. I bet they were. There they were, busily plotting a major uprising for weeks on end, and whammo! They were back in their cells. That would make anybody mad. One was so pissed off that he banged his head against a door, apparently in a search for brain matter, but all he got was a little blood. The medical personnel made sure he was okay, stitching up his boo-boo. The final outrage is that all those young angry terrorists still have a chance to earn their way back to the community rec room, if they are good and don’t do all those naughty things again. That includes doing us the favor of eating the food they get at our expense everyday, adapted to their peculiar religious strictures.
Meanwhile we have terrorism in our streets and ricin in envelopes heading for our Senators and Homeland Security begging for hints from the public, which is the scariest thing of all. Homeland Security my foot. And yet I have heard not a single question about whether the events at home and those in Guantanamo are related. Not one. Not even on Fox News. Instead I hear the left-wing trying mightily to make the bombings into a right-wing plot, with the chorus only getting warmed up. The longer Homeland Insecurity can’t find who the perpetrators were, the worse the noise from the left will become. It was Tax Day (wow, unlike every other year!). It was Patriot Day (wow, a Tea Party favorite day!). They’ll be finding other tell-tale signs of the conspiratorial right’s involvement, you watch. And no evidence needed! What a lucky break!
The Lennie Riefenstahl Brigades of the left-stream media are working over-time to morph the face of American protesters, good and angry about a government contemptuous of our American founding documents, into the faces of terrorists like Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn and Kathy Boudin, bombers, murderers and icons of the left. But I don’t want to give away the ending. You will just have to watch it all play out before your eyes.
First: my deepest sympathies to anybody injured mentally or physically by what happened in Boston today. Whoever did it, lethal injection is way too good for them and if I had my way, they’d suffer terribly before they died.
A whole bunch of bombs went off (and didn’t) in Boston, timed to blow up as many as possible of the multinational participants in the race with maximum public attention. Thoughtful, intelligent people thought to themselves, could this be associated with the “uprising” of the prisoners at Guantanamo, those scum who ought to have been executed long ago? The jihadists love synchronization, like Esther Williams swimmers. But guess what? The brain-dead left think it was right-wing conspirators who did it. I’m referring at the moment to comments by some idiot by the name of Luke Russert at NBC (Nothing But Communists), but give this a couple of hours. Soon we’ll have the entire panorama of left-wingers, from Hollywood to the White House, trying to foist this off onto conservatives. Perhaps, if they are really, really creative, they can tie it into constitutionalism and the fight for smaller government, although I was unaware that any of the boneheads inhabiting the highest offices in the land were running in the Marathon. Neither was anybody from the EPA, one of the top terror organizations in the world.
I guess they think conservatives are behind this violence because Boston is the heartland of some of the most outré liberalism found in the US of A, vying with Los Angeles as the champion of social engineering insanity. They assume that, being supporters of the Second Amendment, we conservatives also support the setting off of bombs against physical fitness buffs. For such ideologues, there is nothing too low or twisted to attribute to people who support the unfettered exercise of their Constitutional rights.
Here’s a news bulletin for you dolts on the left: the Second Amendment is about guns, which you don’t like and we do, and not about bombs, which are obviously MUCH harder to control and are far more often detonated by the left (does Baader-Meinhof ring a bell? how about eco-terrorists?) or Moslem lunatics, the latter enjoying far greater support on the left than Christians do. Instead of trying to send conservatives to Coventry, and if possible to prison, for daring to question the rights of the State over the Individual, these petty, self-righteous and stupid marxists might take a deep breath and count to 500,555,644. That should calm them down.
Of course, I’m forgetting, aren’t I, that the US military, now entering its fifth year under the New Regime that flies the Gay Flag and wants PFCs to rate the Generals, has already distributed a text to the troops that lists Catholics and the Tea Party along with jihadists as dangerous extremists. There was no doubt a lot of heated discussion about including the jihadists. So the left might be excused (but I don’t excuse them) for thinking that somebody who wants to see the Constitution honored in this country also think blowing limbs off of the innocent is a mere extension of politics.
I just wanted to get my two cents in before we become flooded with the nonsense being dreamed up at this very moment by our political opponents who want to bring our country to its knees.
Because I’m willing to go on the record: no Timothy McVeigh here. This is jihad in its purest, most terroristic form. It was dreamt up in order to terrify Americans. It has. And to force us to do their bidding. It remains to be seen if that will work, too.
And anybody looking anywhere else for the perpetrators is not only stupid, but criminally stupid.
The coddled prisoners at Guantanamo, who are allowed to mingle in their comfortable community center when not enjoying the the exercise equipment they need to keep their muscles toned, have risen up against their wicked guards. You and I, sillies that we are, might wonder about the wisdom of allowing murderous scum to mingle, thinking it might facilitate the plotting of some minor version of 9/11 right there at the detention center. But the Department of Defense wanted to soothe the inflamed feelings of the world’s rabble and make imprisonment for heinous crimes as comfy as possible and so they did. The same official concern for the well-being of the World Trade Center murderers was demonstrated when the guards, under assault with giant improvised shivs (broomsticks!), responded with rubber pellets. Think about it. Our military missed the chance to wipe out every last one of them in one fell swoop using real weapons, assuming they are allowed to carry real weapons. At a minimum the guards should be shooting pork gristle pellets, hold the rubber, which can be more usefully made into tires.
Minor bruising of a few riotous conspirators has been reported, shocking news that has the International Committee of the Red Cross deeply concerned. This is the self-same ICRC that stood by dipping their French bread into their Swiss fondue as the Sandinistas built a prison around ex-National Guard soldiers and continued enjoying 3 squares a day while the Sandinistas carried out thousands of extrajudicial executions inside the walls. But bruises on a jihadist murderer? Heavens to Betsy, it’s off to the International Court at the Hague, just as soon as the buffoon in the White House agrees to put the US under that mockery of a court’s jurisdiction, which could occur at any moment. I bet there is even a movie in development at this very moment, starring Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx as put-upon jihadist leaders, that will make you weep at the brutality of the US military.
The prisoner assault was preceded by tell-tale signs that something was up. The inmates draped cloth (gosh, I hope it wasn’t their undies) over windows and surveillance cameras to protest snooping on their activities, which included weapon-making and perhaps group sex. (By the way, I feel similarly annoyed with USG snooping on my activities, which are no more dangerous than pounding away on a computer keyboard, but the ICRC hasn’t volunteered to handle my case.) The Moslem militants were preparing for some mini-Armageddon, which came when the guards stormed the camp rec room to haul off (well, more likely to gently escort from the premises) some hunger-strikers. I’m guessing the next thing we will see is international pressure to remove the cameras and put up drapes at the windows, to which I expect our spineless leadership will readily agree. And by the way — windows?
Before writing one more word, I feel compelled to share with you what Fox News had to say about the horrendous conditions at the camp – abuses so rampant that they prompted a 3-week visit to Cuba in the depths of the Swiss winter by highly-paid ICRC officials just prior to the uprising:
Camp 6 had previously been a section of the camp reserved for detainees who followed prison rules. In exchange they were allowed to share meals and pray together, have nearly round-the-clock recreation time as well as access to satellite TV, computer games and classes. It held a majority of the 166 prisoners at the base before the hunger strike began, but the military said the number was down to fewer than 70 on Saturday.
So much for following prison rules, whatever they might have been — wash your beard after meals? And I bet you, too, sometimes feel like rioting over the trash beamed into our homes by the infotainment world. Could it have been a re-run of the movie Babe (the pig, not the ballplayer) that finally pushed those poor men over the edge? Or the sight of senior citizen Madonna performing live without the courtesy of veils? Maybe it was a retrospective on the life of Billy Graham? Whatever it was, it worked, as did the Al-Qaeda sponsored video games like Muslim Mali and its closing line, “Congratulations, you have become martyrs!”
Apparently the situation at the camp is so dire that the ICRC is threatening to return, which just confirms that the organization always and without fail favors the terrorists over the good guys. My advice to the Guantanamo chefs is, ditch the pork chops before the highly-sensitive Swiss get there.
One final word on all this. Thin is in. Ask anybody in Hollywood, where looking like an Auschwitz victim is practically de rigeur. Please, as one ordinary American, I’m pleading with you: just let the prisoners starve themselves to death. Encourage everybody to join in. Post images on every wall of 72 dark-eyed virgins with beckoning smiles. It is a much surer way of sending these brutish animals to Paradise than bruising them to death with rubber pellets. And close the Youth Center while you’re at it.