Are We Confused Yet?!

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I sure am …

So Obama tells us, on one hand, that al Qaeda is defeated and on the run; while on the other hand he foments Islamic revolutions, arms terrorists and gives our fighter jets and tanks to the Muslim brotherhood … while he slashes the U.S. military and is working hard to disarm law-abiding citizens!
Meanwhile, the liberal drive-by mass media reports “U.S. Law Makers Rattled” (I am sure al Qaeda was thrilled to read this report) by new non-specific “specific threat” that will certainly be used to justify increased cavity searches at American airports and NSA spying on American citizen’s phone calls and emails … and we close 20+ embassies (We sure don’t want another Benghazi Gate)!
Of course, all this comes after spending over $2 trillion to defeat al Qaeda and their “man-caused disasters” and “over-seas contingencies”!
So, now we have new al Qaeda affiliates are cropping up all over the place like Yemen and Boston, … probably well-funded with U.S. taxpayer dollars via that same Muslim brotherhood Obama gave billions of dollars to!
Then in the name of Homeland Security, Eric Holder prosecutes our border states who attempt to protect their own borders by enforcing the federal laws he refuses to enforce … while hiding behind “Executive Privilege” to cover up his incompetence and gun-running schemes in Mexico … also while labeling the Tea Party, American veterans, and Christians as terrorists.
Meanwhile, Union leaders like Jimmy Hoffa Jr., finally realizing ObamaCare is as bad as we told them it was before Pelosi passed it to find out what was in it, are calling for it to be fixed, unfunded, or repealed … and in response, Obama simply gives his “rattled” Congress an exemption from that same ObamaCare!
SO…  is the crème-de-la-crème of the liberal democratic party?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Yay!

House Resolution 36: Obama’s Banghazi-Loo?

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On September 11, 2012, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya.  The four were: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Communications Specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.

For weeks, the Obama administration insisted it was the result of Islamic anger over an amateurish anti-Muslim YouTube videoU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, hit the Sunday news show circuit with this story, doing segments of five such shows in one day!  Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State joined in on the cover-up, appearing with Obama in a $70,000 commercial apologizing to “our Muslim friends in Pakistan” who were rioting and tearing apart their countries because they hated America so much.  Even Obama took this “You Tube Video” lie to the United Nations, delivering a long-winded speech about how evil it was for an American citizen to exercise his right to free speech by making the “anti-Muslim” YouTube video.

Obama’s administration even imprisoned the producer of the video for so-called “probation violations.” One wonders where the producer of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is now. Obama probably whisked him off to some rendition camp in Karachi.

Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts, most of us who can think for ourselves knew the Benghazi incident was a terrorist attack.  And finally, we all “officially” learned that it was indeed a terrorist attack; but now … nobody seemed to know who originally Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and the President of the United States that it was all caused by a YouTube video.

And … as it turns out; Obama was informed that the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack within two hours.

It also turned out from a series of hacked emails (from Bill Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) that Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate and CIA annex in retaliation for the CIA’s involvement in the Libyan civil waron Muammar Gaddafi’s side.  We also know from a Blumenthal February 16, 2013 email that the attack on the consulate was funded by our so-called allies, the Saudis.  And we now knowthat Benghazi was a hub for funneling weapons and cash to the al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels.

But this has only scratched the surface. There must have been something much worse going on in Benghazi for the Obama administration to so desperately want to keep a tight lid on it.  What was the Obama administration doing in Benghazi that was so top secret, that the thirty odd survivors have been kept under lock and key, prohibited from speaking to Congress, or anyone else for that matter?

Americans now know from the recently published book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, that Obama’s chief counter terrorism officer at the time, John Brennan (now CIA chief) had been secretly involved in the Libyan civil war.

Through a secret black ops unit—operating not only outside the purview of Congress, but outside the purview of the Pentagon and the CIA, John Brennan, conducted his secret war in Libya.  And this is probably not the only secret war he was involved in!  One would wonder, now that he’s CIA chief, what he is up to now?

Obama, smooth operator that he is, naturally promised the American people that  he would get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi and “bring the perpetrators to justice.”  However, to date, not one single person has been “brought to justice.”  The killers of an American Ambassador are still at large.  I wonder how Obama’s newly appointed replacement Ambassador, Deborah Jones, feels about that?

And the result of his “investigation”, the so-called “Benghazi Accountability Report,” released on December 17, 2012, didn’t actually find anyone accountable. This is not surprising, since the report’s chief author was Islamic apologist Thomas Pickering, who is tied to the National Iranian American Council. Pickering also hobnobs with leftist billionaire George Soros, sharing the Board of Directors table at the think tank International Crisis Group.

Congressman Frank R. Wolf is now calling for a real investigation … a “Watergate style” investigation, as outlined in House Resolution 36, sponsored by over fifty congressional members.

Further, on April 8, an open letter was sent to the House of Representatives,  signed by seven hundred Special Ops veterans demanding House Resolution 36 be acted upon. The mother of Sean Smith, the communication officer murdered on September 11, has also supported the passage of House Resolution 36.

They want answers:

  1. Why were no military assets sent to protect American lives?
  2. Why was the “stand down” order given?
  3. Why has Obama hidden the survivors?
  4. Why has Obama forbidden the survivors to speak to Congress?

All in all, they are demanding that sixteen specific questions be answered.  Of course, Obama and his cronies will not willingly answer these questions; as they have not answered questions about Fast and Furious, or taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of  bankrupt “green energy” company CEOs who just happened to be Obama campaign bundlers!

A Watergate-style series of hearings may begin to unravel these Benghazi  lies and cover-ups … so Americans can finally find out what exactly the Obama administration was doing in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 … that Obama feels must be hidden at all costs?

Maybe we should pay some attention to the man behind the green curtain and see just what underhandedness Barack Hussein Obama was involved in.

Obama’s Actions May Bring About A 2nd American Revolution

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What can true Americans do? What is left to them when the current administration ignores the law of the Land and willfully circumvents the U.S. Constitution?  What can be done when Obama ignores Congress and rules by executive order; thus negating the principles of separate, but co-equal branches of government as part of a system of checks and balances? What can American’s do when a left-wing dictator wannabe manages, through the support of some wealthy left-wing agitators and a corrupt Chicago-style political machine, to gain the Presidency and then proceeds to dismantle the very fabric of what makes this country such an exceptional and successful nation?What do you do when your current government administration gets caught red-handed running guns to Mexican drug cartels, an action resulting in the deaths of two American Border Patrol Agents, to carry out a scheme to quash the 2nd Amendment and ban/confiscate legal, law-abiding American gun owner’s property; and when confronted; can simply hide behind “Executive Privilege?

What do you do when your dictator-in-chief politicized a tragic event to further weaken American’s 2nd Amendment Rights; while ignoring the real causes of the problem such as mental illness, the over-prescribing of brain-altering drugs in young Americans, and the unwillingness of too many parents and public schools to teach the much-needed life-lessons of resiliency and personal responsibility?

What do Americans do when their government, either through incompetence or willful neglect, cause the death of its own U.S. Ambassador to Libya along with several other Americans, hides behind a ridiculous “lets blame the video” lie, fires the appropriate “scapegoats,” and then never pursues the killers? What do you do when this same administration ignores Americans being killed by Al Qaeda in Algeria because they have already announced that Al Qaeda is defeated, on-the-run, and no longer a threat?

What do Americans do when the so-called “Free Press” is owned lock, stock, and barrel by that same administration, and serves as its official nation-wide propaganda machine? What do you do when the liberal, drive-by media spoon-feeds the “Obama is our Savior” swill to entitlement-addicted Cool Aid drinkers who cannot think critically, or will do nothing out of the fear of losing their cushy life-style supplied by the ever-dwindling numbers of over-taxed hard-working Americans; and vote only to keep their ever-increasing entitlements?

In the past, the American Spirit was one of Liberty … not entitlement.  We were only entitled the three things … Three God-given Rights … Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! This great ideal has since been fundamentally transformed!  Currently this is being interpreted to mean the right of some to help themselves to other people’s money and property … simply  because they do not want to work for it themselves … or are much too busy enjoying a hedonistic, drug-fueled, or other-wise irresponsible life-style!

When America was great … the primary ideal was personal liberty!  People came here seeking the liberty to work hard, to change their stars,  and to have a real chance at creating a better life for themselves … not simply the  guarantee of a mediocre life on the public dole!

Obama plays the fear card over and over and over again!  How many times have you heard: conservatives want to push Granny over a cliff … guns are evil … Republicans want you to drink dirty water …  Paul Ryan will steal your social security checks … Romney is a horse-owning job outsourcer!  Parents are now too stupid to fix their own kids school lunches.  Women are too stupid to get their own birth control!  Entrepeneurs are too stupid to build their own businesses?  Americans are too stupid to keep their own incomes!  Why does he do this?  Because fear is the “passion” of slaves!  Wealthy progressives want their stupid peasant class.  Ans the Cool Aid drinks will willingly give it to them …  in exchange for their public housing, food stamps, ObamaCare, welfare checks, free condoms, and un-employment checks!  For the Cool Aid drinkers, these entitlements are worth their price … chains and slavery … they will stay on the progressive plantation!

What is then left to the rest of us?  Are we to go quietly into the night?  Are we to simply sit back and watch American be destroyed by an enemy, one that is not foreign … but domestic?  History shows us all where the path Obama has us on will lead to.  The “lamp of experience” shine a very clear light on where we are headed.  Are we going to allow ourselves as a nation to be relegated to such a level of degradation and abasement that we cannot be allowed to think for ourselves, cannot be trusted with guns for our own defense, and will not be allowed to exercise our own person sovereignty?

Is our legacy to our children and grandchildren destined to be one of debt, mediocrity, and simply another failed socialist, nanny-state?  Or, … can it still yet be that of  a great nation; a shining Beacon of Light, a powerful, respectful nation of hardworking, honest and compassionate people?   Not the much-politicized progressive false-passion of the liberal propaganda machine, but the true passion that comes from the heart of an honest, caring, and strong individual … an American!

The actions of a few ideologically driven radical left-wingers, like Obama and his cronies, that have somehow managed to manipulate the system to gain political power are going to back America into a corner … a corner there may be no peaceful way out of.  Much like the infamous Dredd-Scott Decision, where a Democratically controlled Supreme Court almost guaranteed the U.S. Civil War by rendering a decision that eliminated any possibility for a peaceful resolution to the slavery issue … the Obama administration‘s ideology-driven executive orders, his constant circumventing of the U.S. Constitution, and his war on what makes Americans Americans … may well be the tinder that serves to ignite a 2nd American revolution!

If this is Treason, then make the most of it …

Gas Prices Soaring Due to Seagulls!

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Since our anointed Messiah, the mighty Barack Obama, bravely bowed to the pressure of radical tree-huggers in the EPA and quashed the Keystone Oil Pipeline deal with Canada … it looks like China (who will most certainly refine and burn Canadian oil in a much more environmentally friendly manner than the U.S. would have) is going to get that oil.

Iran is close to going nuclear, rattling its scimitars, and threatening to block the Straits of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. Meanwhile, Obama seems intent on vacationing … while pretending the current Iranian President and his reasonable radical Islamic administration are no threat to the U.S. or its ally Israel (that evil perpetrator of the Holocaust myth).

Obama’s enlightened view that Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea are all simply misunderstood … and would play nice if the U.S.  would only just cripple its military and negotiate from a position of  weakness … makes me feel so much safer.

In fact, I am so very relieved to hear this!  Why you might ask?  Because that then gives Obama’s administration much more time to take on the really important issues like:

  • suing states for trying to protect their citizens from illegal immigrants who run drugs, humans, and weapons (paid for by Eric Holder) across our southern border;
  • finding “better” ways to count the number of unemployed in America so his numbers don’t look so bad in an election year;
  • and most importantly… providing all Catholic woman mandatory free condoms, abortions, and morning after pill insurance coverage whether they want it, will use it, or not.

I mean after all, why should it matter to pro-lifers and/or Christians that their tax dollars are being used to fund abortions!?  How closed-minded of us!

You know, I am afraid I must admit that I simply did not know that condoms were so darned expensive and so hard to get.  What was I thinking?!   Those must all be empty condom boxes and packages on the drug store shelves and behind the convenient store counters!  Have the public elementary schools run out of the free condoms they distribute by the handfuls to our children?  That’s simply horrible!  Are all those condom vending machines in truck stop men’s rooms empty?  Maybe Obama should issue an executive order mandating a new Truck Stop Men’s Room Czar and fund the associated bureaucracy? He could charge it with enforcing regulations mandating that trucks stops make sure these condom vending machines are always full, and that they are also available in the lady’s room (for equal rights), at the fuel pump islands, and in the trucker’s gift emporium next to the fuzzy steering wheel covers.  They could even put free condom and morning after pill vending machines in all our public schools starting in Kindergarten!  Wouldn’t that be swell!?

Meanwhile, gas prices are steadily climbing (locally up .03 cents per gallon as of yesterday) and they are estimated to go above $5 per gallon by summer. I heard yesterday that they are already paying $5 a gallon in some areas of California.  I wonder who, or what, Obama and his cronies will blame this on, because (despite the fact that Obama wants to crush oil companies and even stated during his 2008 campaign that he likes higher oil prices as long as they increase slowly); this will hurt his current  re-election bid.  He has to find something or someone to blame!  Hmmm!  Can he still get away with blaming it on George W. Bush, or maybe the Arab Spring turned to Summer, the Tea Party, a lazy do-nothing congress, or perhaps ATM machines!

No wait … I know!  He can blame it on seagull migrations!!  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  After all, it really could work!  Obama’s mainstream-media lap-dogs will gleefully run with the story (and can probably even find a way to blame seagull migrations on the Tea Party, the Catholic Church, and conservative republicans).  Perhaps most importantly, however, all the cool-aid drinkers will swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Obama’s newest excuse might even get discussed on “The View” with dissenting views being soundly, vigorously, and vulgarly ridiculed by the likes of Whoopee Goldberg and Joy Behar!!  Perhaps Janeane Garofalo and  Bill Maher will join in!

After all!  Facts be damned … if the anointed One has spoken it  … it must be so!

The Problem With Ron Paul Revisited

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You know, I really do like a lot of what Ron Paul says when it comes to the U.S. Constitution, our government, spending,  and capitalism; but then he always has to go and blow it … with his fantasy world views on foreign policy and national defense.

I am sorry … but Anwar al-Awlaki gave up his American citizenship when he chose to become a terrorist and commit the worst kind of treason … plotting the death of thousands of American citizens.

Are we supposed to risk the lives of a dozen or so Navy SEALS to try to capture this piece of crap, just so some terrorist friendly lawyer can make a few million dollars defending him in some terrorist friendly Court … like maybe the 9th Circuit Court in California?  If an armed drone can end his threat to our nation and its citizen’s safety without needlessly risking the lives of our soldiers …  then so be it … al-Awlaki gets a “drone enema.”

Maybe if Anwar al -Awlaki was living in say Boston or San Francisco … it would be different; and we could arrest him without launching a major military offensive.  Then by all means: liberals could read him his Miranda rights, and try him.  Then then Ninth Circuit Court could make a hero out of him and slap his wrist.  But that fact is that  al-Awlaki is (or excuse me … was) in Yemen.  And … there is the real world/ fantasy difference folks!

Speaking of California, the left-wing loonies in charge of that once great state are at it again.  The state is already bankrupt and want to cut medicare payments to save money, but at the same time … they are going to pay $10,000 to each trucker in California (or who drives into California) to aid them in changing out a perfectly good diesel engine that meets federal emissions standards for a new “California-friendly” diesel engine that meets their state’s special emission standards.  One owner of a small trucking business in Minnesota had to shell out over $40,000 to change out perfectly good diesel engines in his trucks just so he could deliver loads to California.  Hmmm … $40,00 … wouldn’t that have been just about enough to put another American to work?  Sheer California madness!  We should just let that state regulate itself out of existence …

Justice or Vengance

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This Sunday also just happened to be September 11,2011 and the 10th anniversary of the attack on the world trade center in New York City.  In church I listened to a sermon by Reverend Joe Minarik that talked about forgiveness versus vengeance.  It was a well thought out sermon and I did enjoy listening to it, and it is often very true that some people mistake revenge for justice.  We all need to find forgiveness in our hearts for those people who have offended us … or how can we expect God to forgive us? 

How does that translate to September 11, 2011 and the actions this government took to punish the perpetrators of that heinous attack?  Did the U.S. seek revenge or justice.  Does forgiveness mean there is no consequences for evil actions?  Can we forgive those who do us wrong and still expect justice?

Consequences are sometimes necessary for us to learn … and I would say it was justice that most Americans sought after 9/11.  Not revenge!  Revenge would have been the indiscriminate murder of 3000 muslim innocent men, women, and children.  That did not happen.  Though we can argue about whether what we did was the right thing, anyone of sound mind and intellect should be able to accept that it was measured, restrained, and that every attempt was made to only go after Al Qaeda associates and their supporters.  We did not Nuke the Middle East.  I think my thoughts on Iraq should be clear from earlier posts, and yes, even Obama stated that Afghanistan was the “right war to be fighting” to achieve justice for the victims of the World Trade Center bombing.

Sometimes I get the feeling that some people do not mistake vengeance for justice, but instead they mistake justice for vengeance.  “vengeance is mine … saith the Lord” is often quoted by certain Christians as an exhortation to stand by and  to do nothing when horrific acts or events are playing out.   To me, Jesus’s lesson of “turning the other cheek” is not an admonition to go meekly to the slaughter … it is the defiant act of a warrior.  It clearly says, “that slap didn’t faze me … would you like to go for the other cheek as well!”  I have never bought into the Marvin Milktoast version of Jesus Christ.  Marvin Milktoast could not have survived 40 days in the desert,  run the money-changers out of the temple, faced down Satan and demons, or endured the suffering Jesus endured during his crucifixion.  Jesus was a warrior … like David or Sampson …a warrior for God … with a keen understanding of where and when not to use force or violence.

God gave us as sense of right and wrong, a free will, and a thinking mind!  The belief that “divine intervention” is the only biblically correct means to stop the evil acts of others is simply a cop-out and an excuse to avoid personal responsibility.  I am reminded of a story about a pious man sitting on his roof as the flood waters rose about him.  A truck came by and his neighbors shouted for him to climb in;  they were headed for higher ground.  He refused their help, saying that he had faith God would rescue him.  The water kept rising.  A boat came by and the rescuers hailed the man.  Again the man refused rescue saying that he was waiting for God to come and save him.  Still the water kept rising.  A helicopter flew overhead and tried to lift the man to safety.   Again the man refused, yelling that God would save him. The water continued to rise.  Sometime later the man stood at the Pearly Gates and Peter opened them to let him in.  The pious man, his faith shaken and feeling somewhat miffed, asked Peter why in Heaven’s Name God had not come and rescued him?  Why did God let him drown?  Peter looked at the man and said, “Sorry. God was sort of busy that day.  However, he did manage to find the time to send you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter.  Why did you not jump on one of those?

While violence is and should always be the last resort, the fact is that if only evil men are willing to use violence, only evil men will win.  Here are a few quotes I like:

“An unwillingness to deal forcibly with violence does not equate to moral rectitude!”

~ Mary Malmros

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it!”

~ Pericles

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing!”

~ Edmund Burke

 

 

Liberal National Insecurity

Axis of Evil

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Looks like President George Bush may be getting a little vindication after all the fuss liberals made out of his “Axis of Evil” comments about Iran, Iraq, and North Korea and their support of terrorism and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. John Bolton, then United States UN Ambassador, when beyond the “axis of evil” to include by including Libya, Syria, and Cuba in this group.

U.S. intelligence officials will show members of Congress a videotape and other supporting evidence to prove their case that Syria was building a nuclear reactor with North Korean assistance. Those gutsy Israelis bombed the site in September 2007 as a preemptive national defense measure.

Intelligence officials claim the evidence is very clear and compelling and that it comes from a variety of sources, and … not just Israeli intelligence.

The Syrian reactor was similar in design to a North Korean reactor that has in the past produced small amounts of plutonium, the official said. It was not yet complete but was far enough along to demonstrate a resemblance to the North Korean reactor at Yonbyon.

It seems that Syria had not reported the site to the International Atomic Energy Agency nor was it under international safeguards, possibly putting Syria in breech of an international nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Why would they act this way if it were legitimate and non-military in nature? Maybe we should ask Nancy Closing … she is on great terms with the Syrians.

Plutonium-producing reactors are of international interest because plutonium can be used to make high-yield nuclear weapons … and we all know how liberals like fight for the right for terrorists to build their own nuclear weapons.

Open Borders

96 Border Patrol Officers have been killed by violent criminals coming here to “do the jobs most Americans won’t do.”

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These photos show how easy it is along many sections of our southern border to cross into this country. Are these the footprints of a terrorist, a drug smuggler, or just some hard working hispanic families? The real problem is, we have no way to know who they are or where they’re actually from. They could just as easily be Al-Qaeda or Hamas terrorists as they could be hard working Hispanic families! … how would you know? …. how can you tell?

While generous budgets are allotted to massive social service programs to support these illegal immigrants, our national security is literally left wide open. Millions have crossed in remote places such as these while many of our elected representatives have ignored the problem to get re-elected,  bowed to anti-American political pressure, or even worse … knowingly looked the other way.

It’s time for those who have benefited from this influx of cheap illegal immigrant labor and the government agencies who cater to these illegal immigrants be brought to task by the American people … the interest and security of the United States citizens should always be first consideration of our government.  That was the founders point in creating a federal government to begin with.

For an accurate real time count of the illegals crossing our borders go to ImmigrationCounters.Com

This disturbing video clearly shows illegal alien children freely crossing a US Border Patrol Checkpoint in Arizona to attend US public schools. Now, I am not advocating persecuting or prosecuting children … but where do it all end?  School bus service, free breakfast and lunch programs and a full range of public services are provided these illegal alien children. Could it be the fact that school budgets are based on attendance levels, that the school district or their teachers union mind this situation at all? This same kind of scenario is being repeated across our nation every day …. at the expense of our children.

This telling video exposes statements made by some of the leaders of the illegal alien movement, many of which are our own elected officials and academic leaders. Why are these individuals fostering such division and anger in a country that has traditionally welcomed legal immigrants. Many of their statements are outright falsehoods, but then again liberals have never let the “facts get in the way of a good story.”  The fact is that the Mexican government’s ceded the barren and undeveloped border land to America for $15M in the “Treaty of Guadalupe” and in return , the U.S. forgave all the Mexican debt owed America. Here’s a link to these historical facts; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hildalgo .

These individuals are simply trying to blur the lines between legal and illegal, to dismantle the borders to create a new voter base for themselves.

Americans have nothing against LEGAL IMMIGRATION, we all immigrated here from somewhere else! But the unchecked influx of illegal immigrants, many of them criminals, if having a disastrous effect on our country, its economy, and our national security …. it must be stopped. Contact your Senators and Congressman … let them know where you stand!

Democratic Candidates Dishonest About Surge Successes

Does it bother anyone besides me that the Democratic presidential candidates can’t even mention the success of the “surge” in Iraq?

As Fred Barnes points out in his article in the weekly standard, They Can’t Handle The Truth, even our anti-war biased media has headlined evidence that General Petraeus’ strategy (the addition of more American troops and tasking them with the protection the civilian population) has dramatically reduced the level of violence in Baghdad and other regions of Iraq.

Are they really that uninformed? Or, are they simply being dishonest? Either situation would not bode well for this country if one of them were elected president.

During the New Hampshire primary, Barack Obama did state that the decision by Sunnis in Iraq to embrace American forces was simply a direct response to the Democratic Party’s capture of power in Congress during the 2006 election. And as Fred Barnes writes, looking at the facts, there is no evidence for his claim. The Sunnis had, in fact, begun to turn against al Qaeda before the 2006 election.

Bill Richardson seems to have been on another planet for the last year or so. Terming Iraq “a massive failure,” he voiced a number of inaccurate claims.

He stated there had been no reconciliation, that there had been no sharing of oil revenues, that the Iraq government had made no effort to train additional security forces, and that there could only be a political solution to Iraq and not a military solution. In actuality, both solutions are needed.

Bill Richardson was wrong on all four counts.

John Edwards also provided an explanation that strains the limits of credibility saying that the withdrawal of British troops from southern Iraq has caused “a significant reduction in violence.”

Hillary Clinton basically just reaffirmed what she said during a Senate hearing; that she had to “suspend disbelief” to accept that the surge was working. Hillary went on, stating that the purpose behind the surge was to create time for political reconciliation and for the Iraqi government to deal with the many unresolved problems that confront it. She stated that no Iraqi government action, it’s time to bring our troops home as quickly and responsibly as possible.

I agree with Fred Barnes. As much as I hate to admit it, at least Hillary Clinton was partially correct. One of the goals of the surge was to create an environment of political reconciliation and let environment lead to the completion of the other benchmarks set by the U.S. for the Iraqi government.

And yes, I realize that these steps have been slow in coming, but they are coming. Nine of the eighteen benchmark goals set by the U.S. for the Iraqi government have indeed been met. And, that was simply one of the goals and not the only goal, as Hillary Clinton wants to suggest.

Another, second goal, was to reduce the violence, secure Baghdad, and to protect its citizens. That goal has been achieved.

A third goal is to defeat al Qaeda in Iraq.

How are the democratic candidates going to reconcile this position to that of the many Democrats who have recently traveled to Iraq and concluded the surge is succeeding?

I realize that the Democratic candidates will certainly not abandon their anti-war rhetoric regarding Iraq. That would alienate too large a block of antiwar voters.

However, they could have at least acknowledged the fact that the surge seems to be working and that if the Iraqi government does what it should, there might be a need to look at a change in their policy.

Then, as suggested in the article, they could certainly have eased right back into their anti-war rhetoric by saying that Iraqi leaders must now move quickly because Americans are still dying in Iraq, and at the moment, there is no reason to expect any real political progress by the Iraqi government. Therefore, the only policy that makes sense is to begin the withdrawal of troops.

At least, as Fred Barnes says, that would have been honest!

Why We Fight The War On Terror!

Since the days of Saint Augustine, theologians, and intellectuals have debated the Just War Doctrine.  It would seem clear, simply from the fact that this discussion has lasted so long, that wars based on aggression or greed would not be considered just wars.  America has never waged an aggressive war based on greed or avarice. Prior to World War II, Franklin Roosevelt stated that America hated war. America hopes for peace. So if we go to war, we want to be sure the cause is just.  Our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq meets the criteria of a just war, a war fought for the sake of enduring human values.  This war that we have been forced to fight is about ideology … not terrain … or even oil.

Many Americans like to pretend this war on terror began on September 11, 2001. However, the Fascist Islamic Fundamentalists declared war on us way before 9/11, and they have shown us time and time again who they are and why they must be stopped.Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda have been waging a war against the United States for many years.  On November 5, 1998, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were indicted in a Manhattan courthouse for conspiring to attack U.S. facilities overseas and to kill American citizens.  It was found then that he and Al-Qaeda had attempted to obtain components to nuclear weapons and chemical weapons as far back as 1993.  Contrary to the popular myths spun in our left-wing media outlets, it was also found that Al-Qaeda had forged an alliance with the government of Iran, and had also reached an agreement with Saddam Hussein himself in regards to weapons development.

Here are just a few of the many other examples to illustrate the kind of brutal and barbaric enemy we are up against:

November 4, 1979: Fifty-two American citizens were taken hostage when militant students of radical Islam stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.  After 444 days in captivity, they were released when Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980.

December 12, 1983: Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait by an Iranian backed group called Al Dawa or “The Call.” Six people were killed and 80 more were injured.

March 16, 1984: Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon.

December 1985: Simultaneous suicide attacks are carried out against U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at Rome and Vienna international airports. 20 people are killed in the two attacks.

April 5, 1986: A bomb destroys the LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin.  The discotheque was known to be often frequented by U.S. serviceman.  This attack killed one American and one German, and wounded 150, including 44 Americans.

August 7, 1998:  Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is injured among the 10 killed and 77 injured.


October 12, 2000:  A terrorist bomb badly damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and wounding 39 more.

September 11, 2001: Nineteen terrorists with known ties to Al-Qaeda hijacked four U.S. airliners and flew two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  The fourth, also on its way toward Washington, D.C. crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA when courageous Americans tried to retake the hijacked airliner from the terrorists. Over 5,000 innocent civilians were killed in New York City, as many as 200 were killed at the Pentagon site, and 45 were killed at the Shanksville site.

January 23, 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and murdered on video by an Islamic group in Pakistan. His grave was found near Karachi on May 16.

Tom Fox: In 2005 terrorists group in Iraq calling themselves the Swords of the Righteousness Brigade took four Western peace activists hostage. Tom Fox, a fifty-four-year-old American with a group called Christian Peacemaker Teams was tied up and shot in the head.  His body was dumped near a railroad in Baghdad. When his body was recovered, it clearly showed that this peace activist had been badly tortured before somebody put a bullet in his brain.  What is righteous about that?

Nick Berg: Nick Berg was an American contractor in his mid-thirties working to help rebuild Iraq’s telecommunications infrastructure.  Captured by terrorists, he was brought in front of a video camera and pinned him down while Abu Musab al-Zarqawi cut off is head.  This was a heinous act stemming from a brutal belief system with absolutely no redeeming qualities!

Today’s extreme Muslim fundamentalist ardently believes that Allah has all the answers; therefore, they do not need Western science. While the modern world moves forward, they remain mired in their barbaric self-imposed Dark Ages.  They are true believers. And … to an Islamic terrorist, the thought of dying for Allah and getting the chance to make it with seventy-two virgins would probably seem more appealing than real life. Especially if he takes enough infidels with him … then he will become a real hero. He will be honored, and his family will be well looked after financially by friends, neighbors and, oh yeah, Saddam Hussein … were he still around.

Fighting such a war requires that we know who we are and what we stand for.  I believe that most Americans, with the exception of a few self-loathing left-wing liberals, still know what this country stands for. Throughout our country’s history, American soldiers have fought and died around the globe to protect the basic human rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. The United States did not invent these rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; these certain, unalienable rights were not granted to us by our government.  According to our Founding Fathers and Thomas Jefferson, God granted them to us.  Yes, I know … in certain privileged politically correct circles, it has become insulting to point out the source of these rights.

Many people have argued that Iraq posed no threat to our national security. I think those people have either a very poor, or a selective, memory. I see very little difference between Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden and three of the twentieth century’s most evil and bloodiest despots, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, and Joseph Stalin.  I also see little difference between Nazism, Communism and Islamic fascism.  The murderous and thankfully, now overthrown, Saddam Hussein made it very clear that he was an enemy of the United States, his neighbors, and even other Iraqis.

If we had never gone into Iraq, Saddam Hussein would still be in power, and he would still be killing anyone who dared to disagree with him.  Kurds, if they didn’t tow the line, would still be gassed, their bodies left in the street where they had fallen, as a stark reminder to all the other “traitors” that the price of defiance is an ugly death. Saddam’s loyal minions would still be rounding up “troublemakers” by the hundreds … men, women, even young children … blindfolding them, executing them, and then dumping their bodies in unmarked mass graves. “Enemies of the state” would still be tortured (and not simply with water boarding) till they confessed to what ever was needed. Saddam’s “special police” would still be raping Iraqi women to extract information from their “suspect” husbands. Let us also not forget the special fund Saddam Hussein set up to support the families of martyred suicide bombers. You know, I kind of think that Saddam Hussein would qualify as a weapon of mass destruction himself.

It is hard to imagine that our liberal left-wingers, being such staunch supporters of human rights, would ever be willing to look the other way and ignore the humanitarian aspect of this war in Iraq.And rest assured, Iraq would be working hard to build a nuclear bomb.  Saddam would never sit back and allow Iran to have the only Muslim-held bomb in the Middle East.  The United States would then have not one, but two radical Muslim countries armed with nuclear weapons to contend with.  In fact, Saddam Hussein might already have had a nuclear weapon if not for the Israelis, who in 1981, had the courage to blow up the nuclear reactor France was busy building for him.

Some Democrats like to compare the war in Iraq to the war in Vietnam. We have heard it again and again.  Iraq is a new Vietnam. In one aspect, they may actually be right.  This may become a self-fulfilling prophecy; especially if they actually get their way.  Remember how Liberal Democrats were overjoyed when American forces were pulled out of Vietnam.  They had won their battle for peace.  However, they remained strangely silent and looked the other way while almost a million South Vietnamese were tortured and murdered, or died in “reeducation camps.” Many perished at sea in a last desperate bid to gain freedom.

I suspect that some of today’s liberal democrats will be just as silent if, on their timetable, we leave Iraq too soon, and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda turn the Middle East region into another giant killing field.  Rest assured, the liberal democrats will act as if they had nothing to do with it.  They will either pretend not to notice the bloodbath … or will conveniently blame it all on George Bush.

It is one thing to be against the war, it something else entirely to be against your own Country. I admit America is not perfect, but it is certainly not evil!  It is not “American imperialism” that sends our soldiers, sailors, and airman into harms way.  Does anyone honestly believe that our government had any plans for Afghanistan prior to 9/11.  Well, we did try to help them kick the invading Russians out of their country.

Certainly, the United States has a vast presence in the world today. People everywhere buy music and videos by new American artists.  As bad as most of them are, it still doesn’t justify suicide bombers … does it?  Nike, McDonalds, Starbucks, Time Warner and other similar multinational companies take a little bit of America with them when they open shop in other countries.  Is that American Imperialism? Don’t we have Toyota, Honda, and Nissan plants in our country! Don’t we have Chinese restaurants, Japanese steakhouses, or Italian restaurants? Is this imperialism?  Critics say that American financial institutions are merely an extension of American imperialism, but aren’t the Chinese happy to buy up American debt?  Is this American imperialism or is it merely a global economy?  Wake up and smell the twenty-first century!

Some countries export terrorism and fear.  America exports freedom and liberty.  And … sometimes we must take up arms to defend that liberty.  That is why we intervened in Bosnia and Kosovo.  That is why we tried, somewhat feebly, to intervene in Rwanda.  And that is why we would also be justified to intervene in Darfur.  We have never in our history entered a country as a conquering force, to occupy, or to colonize.  In World War II, we invaded France to end the German occupation.  All we asked for in return was a place to bury our dead servicemen.

Most American’s, I hope, realize that we are in a struggle we did not choose, against one of the most brutal enemies our nation has ever faced.  But there are always a few idiots that believe that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were something we deserved, or … the “chickens coming home to roost!”  This is a shallow, thoughtless reaction to what occurred on that day.  Suppose the United States did have a horrible foreign policy; that still does not justify hijacking civilian airliners and flying them into buildings filled with civilians. It is an intellectually bankrupt response that ignores the facts!  The terrorists who hijacked those planes on 9/11 were not downtrodden members of a society enslaved by American imperialism.  They were middle-class, well-educated Islamic religious zealots.  Osama bin Laden was a millionaire. America never colonized the Middle East.  We didn’t pull out when colonialism became unsustainable after World War I.  We didn’t leave a mess of impoverished artificially created nation-states.  Actually … we have Europe to thank for that!

Contrary to popular myth, we also did not act unilaterally.  As of August 23, 2006, there were troops from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, South Korea, and the United Kingdom helping in Iraq.  Some nations, like Japan, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Thailand, Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Norway had soldiers in Iraq, but have since withdrawn them.   Spain had troops in Iraq until the terrorists scared them off by blowing up one of their trains.

What disgusts me most is the lack of support from countries like France and Germany.  France and Germany both jumped on the anti-American bandwagon saying that we, the United States, were the bad guys in the world.  They claimed that our power and our ideas are selfish and inherently evil.  Of course, the self-loathing left-wing liberals loved every minute of it.

However … it is complete disingenuous.  The French have made quite a practice of sticking it to the United States.  This is after we have saved their butts in not one, but two world wars.  This is the same France that, in 1981, was building Saddam Hussein a nuclear reactor, and the same enlightened France that now has impoverished Muslims rioting in their housing projects.  I wonder how much of France and Germany’s anti-American rhetoric was actually based on real deeply-felt anti-Americanism and how much was based on the lucrative trade deals those countries had signed with Saddam Hussein.  In 2001, France was Iraq’s number one trading partner and France’s largest oil company, Total Fina Elf, had signed extensive oil contracts with Saddam Hussein worth about $650 billion.  Direct trade between Germany and Iraq amounted to about $350 million annually and Saddam Hussein had ordered Iraqi domestic business to show preference to German companies as a reward for Germany’s “firm positive stand in rejecting the launching of a military attack against Iraq.”

Who is fooling who?

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