Anti-Obama Sentiment High in Egypt

And not without reason.   From Doug Ross.  (He calls the Mainstream Media the “Legacy Media”.)  Worth the read.

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Ahh, statesmanship.   But I suppose I shouldn’t worry unnecessarily.  As soon as those whom we helped foist an oppressive theocracy on realize just how SMART President Obama is, and how wonderfully competent Ambassador Patterson is, they will come around.

And if they don’t, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Leadership and Responsibility on the Longest Day

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Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

The troops did not fail.  More than 140,000 Allied soldiers came ashore at Normandy, on this day 69 years ago.   The Second Front so long in the coming was established.  The cost was more than ten thousand casualties, of which approximately 4,000 were killed.  The same number that died in Iraq in eight years, died on the French coast in a single morning.   Tens of thousands more would die before Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally eleven months and one day later.

General Dwight Eisenhower’s famous note hearkens to a brand of leadership seemingly all but extinct today.   People in positions of great responsibility shouldering the burden for their decisions and everything that is done or fails to be done by those in their charge.    What difference does it make?   The difference between victory and defeat, liberty and subjugation, existence and extinction.

Samantha Power to the UN?

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Our (erstwhile?) Israeli allies have to be thrilled with this.  Drudge has a link to Power’s 2002 remarks (see above) regarding US “intervention” with Israel, presumably to halt what Power terms time and again in her remarks as “genocide”.

Then, as Drudge also links, there are the 2008 campaign remarks about former SecState Hillary Clinton.

“She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

Ms Power said of the Clinton campaign: “Here, it looks like desperation. I hope it looks like desperation there, too.

“You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh’. But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

Power, married to Administration official and Socialist laywer Cass Sunstein, is yet another ill-qualified, America-hating, far-left activist whose version of reality will be sure to cause problems.   She was a journalist, covering the Balkans in the 1990s, and her point of view is largely shaped by the micro and not the macro issues of statesmanship and international affairs.   While Power has campaigned for US-led military intervention to prevent genocide, apparently the killing of nearly a million Iraqis by Saddam Hussein’s Nazi-inspired regime does not  qualify, as she opposed the Iraq war.    Nor, can I recall hearing in her “religious freedom” exhortations, a public peep about the massacre of Christians across the Middle East and Africa since the 2008 election of Barack Obama.

However, the appointment of “humanitarian” interventionist Samantha Powers, coupled with the Obama Administration’s assertion that international permission rather than that of Congress is the ticket to use of military force, creates potential for yet another interesting showdown between Obama and Congress regarding that pesky old Constitution.   It also proves decisively that the Obama Administration has learned nary a thing from its consistent and disastrous appointment of ill-suited, inexperienced ideologues charged with execution of any kind of coherent foreign policy for America.

Cue the calliope music.

New National Security Adviser is Susan Rice

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Waaaay back in 2009, when Barack Obama was first elected President, he appointed my old Division Commander, General James Jones, USMC (Ret.) to the post of National Security Adviser.    Within a group perceived largely as ideological rather than practical thinkers, a group sorely lacking in foreign policy experience, Jones was considered “adult supervision”.

Jones lasted fewer than 24 months, and his dislike of the Obama team, Axelrod, Emanuel, and his Deputy NSA Tom Donilon was well known.   Donilon was perceived almost universally by uniformed leadership as an amateur incompetent, a political animal in way over his head in matters of national security.   Jones’ opinion of Donilon was similarly low,  and the Administration’s dismissiveness of Jones’ views and embracing of Donilon’s led Jones to the door well short of the two years promised when he was appointed.

Indeed, US foreign policy during Donilon’s tenure has been a catastrophe.   US reaction to the “Arab Spring”, to a resurgent Russia, the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, the Benghazi fiasco, and DPRK sabre-rattling, can only be described as befuddled and reactive.   Our “Pacific Pivot” has thus far been purely symbolic, as Chinese influence and power continues to grow while America’s recedes.  The National Security Council has been adrift, knocked loose of its “smart power” and “reset button” ideological pinnings by a head-on collision with power politics by expert practitioners of the craft.   To make matters worse, Donilon is strongly suspected of leaking classified information, the very kind which endangers US servicemen and women and diplomatic personnel, for the Administration’s political gain.

So now, after thirty months, Donilon is out as National Security Adviser.   His replacement is UN Ambassador Susan Rice.   Rice’s resumė includes time on the periphery of national security affairs, but little by way of actual decision-making and meaningful policy formulation.  And where she has, as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, her decisions have been highly questionable.  Such was the case with the Sudan during the Clinton Administration, when the US had an opportunity to glean intelligence on Osama bin Laden, but Rice declined to do so.

Rice’s visible dislike of the late Richard Holbrooke, the veteran diplomat whose foreign service began before Rice was born, typifies the arrogance and hubris so often found in those in key posts of the Obama Administration.  For Holbrooke’s part, his opinion of Susan Rice was that she was incompetent lightweight who refused counsel from an experienced hand.   Rice was considered for the National Security Adviser position in 2009, but that went to Jones.  Rice was made Ambassador to the United Nations.  She was mentioned again recently to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, but John Kerry was selected instead.

Now, Rice is to be NSA after all.   Her less than impressive track record before 2012 has now been immeasurably darkened by her demonstrated lack of integrity.  Quite simply, Susan Rice knowingly lied to the American people regarding the self-inflicted diplomatic calamity that was the Benghazi incident and the murder of a US Ambassador and three other Americans.   Rice went before the television cameras many days after learning the truth about the nature and target of the terrorist attack against the US Benghazi Consulate, and perpetuated the falsehood that the attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration against a youtube video turned violent.   Susan Rice lacks both integrity and judgment.  Not at all a combination to inspire confidence.  The most that can be said for her replacing Donilon as National Security Adviser is that the move may be a step sideways for a scandal-ridden Administration whose foreign policy team has shown itself naive, inexperienced, and amateurish in the extreme.

The round of musical chairs being played by the Obama Administration offers little real promise to improve the effectiveness of US foreign affairs since 2009.  Recycling the same tainted and ill-qualified ideologues who not only do not understand power politics, but seemingly refuse to recognize that such a concept even exists, will further erode America’s ability to defend its interests and influence both our enemies and our allies.   This is not a student union protest.  This Administration needs to grow up.  It takes an adult to deal with the Putins of the world.   Susan Rice, as National Security Adviser, hardly qualifies.

Lies, Damned Lies, and the Obama Administration

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One cannot think back to the last thing that the Obama Administration nor any of its appointed officials have said about Benghazi, the IRS scandal, or the illegal subpoena of Associated Press phone records that has had even a shred of truth.

About Benghazi, Hillary Clinton lied.  She knew it was a terrorist attack when she talked about some internet video being the cause of a spontaneous demonstration that turned violent.  Hillary also knew it was her State Department, and not intelligence entities, that changed the talking points into a pack of lies.   Susan Rice lied by repeating those talking points when she knew they were untrue several days after the tragedy.    Barack Obama lied when he claimed he had called the Benghazi attack “terrorism”.  He very pointedly did no such thing, and apparently believes us lazy enough to not remember what he said, or stupid enough to make us think we didn’t understand his words.

The IRS scandal keeps growing, as well.  Despite assurances at the time that no such targeting of political opponents took place, it was widespread.  Not only that but even as the assurances were being given, high level White House and IRS officials knew that targeting was happening.  The tale that it was a few “low-level employees in Cincinnati” was a deliberate fabrication.   So when President Obama tells us he heard about it on the news like everyone else, he is either an imbecile, or he is lying.    Since he considers himself smart enough to lecture us on Naval strategy during a debate, I will have to choose the latter.

Now, new revelations that the illegal, secret, unconstitutional subpoena of Associated Press phone records is much broader than we were first told.   Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has been nothing short of a criminal enterprise, with this episode yet another in a long list of violations of his oath, and of the law.  (Fast and Furious,  New Black Panthers)  His Deputy Attorney General is also complicit.  James Cole has been caught in a lie.   The extent of the subpoenas is far greater than we were told.  Another deliberate falsehood.   Resignation is not sufficient.  Eric Holder is a criminal and should be behind bars.

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There has been nothing that can be believed that has come out from this Administration in this first few months of a second term.  Worse, he has two people who are willing unconditionally to sell their honor and trumpet the deliberate falsehoods of this presidency.  One is a spineless political sycophant.  The other is Jay Carney.

The Obama apologists will cling to their ideas that this is either not important, or the result of some kind of media/right-wing persecution of their Dear Leader.   That the IRS scandal, the subpoenas, and Benghazi weren’t stonewalled and obfuscated until Obama was safely re-elected.  Those who assert such, and claim anyone criticizing Barack Obama (don’t be hatin’ on Brother Barack!) is either parroting Fox News or is somehow a racist are intellectually bankrupt, and seemingly incapable of serious discussion regarding the malevolence of this Administration and its statist command-economy secular socialism.

Just as a reminder, this is the Administration that wants to control dispensing of our medical care.  That believes that it is a government responsibility to care for our children.  That believes a secret star chamber of “informed government officials” determining the grounds for assassinating Americans without criminal charges, a trial by a jury of one’s peers, or conviction in court constitutes “due process” and is a legitimate power of government.   This is the Administration that wants us to surrender our firearms, our last redress against the tyranny of government, and tells us it is for our safety and protection.

And a President that tells a commencement class not to listen to voices that tell them that tyranny is around every corner.    Small wonder.

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Did I mention Fast and Furious, above?  Well, seems DoJ was going great guns, pun intended, to discredit the one who blew the whistle on Holder’s criminal activity:

The former U.S. Attorney for Arizona could be disbarred, after an investigation found he lied to the Justice Department about his role in trying to discredit the federal whistle-blower who exposed the botched gun-running scheme known as Fast and Furious.

An Office of Inspector General report showed that Dennis Burke — the former chief of staff for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed as U.S. Attorney for Arizona by President Obama in September 2009 — lied when asked if he leaked sensitive documents to the press meant to undermine the credibility of ATF whistle-blower John Dodson.

“The report brings into question, yet again, the treatment that whistle-blowers receive from this administration,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Monday. “Instead of examining the allegations that came forward, the Justice Department almost immediately began to attack the credibility and good name of a dedicated federal agent upset with what he was ordered to do.”

I don’t agree with Chuck Grassley.  There is no question whatever of the treatment that whistle-blowers receive from this Administration.  They get the Chicago treatment.

IRS Targeting of Tea Party: “not motivated by political bias”? Oh Please!

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Lefties, Obama apologists, and Fellow Travelers all squawk loudly in protest when anyone points out instances where this Administration and its elected and appointed officials turn the weight of government persecution against political opponents like a tin-pot dictatorship, and portrays those opposed to them as national enemies.

The FBI calling white Veterans who believe in the Second Amendment, smaller government, and God, terrorist threats.

DoD embracing “full-spectrum” war game scenarios positing law-abiding Americans as armed insurrectionists.

Far-Left gun-grabber Congressmen labeling law-abiding gun-rights advocates as “extremist fringe groups”.  (Not coincidentally very similar to the language that replaced Islamic extremists, so as not to offend our sworn enemies.)

The Attorney General openly declaring his contempt for the 14th Amendment by refusing to investigate voter intimidation by “his people”, the New Black Panther Party.

And now, of course, the Internal Revenue Service being used as a hammer for political opposition by the Obama Administration.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

No, it was criminal.  I will not buy that those perpetrating this did not know IRS policy.  Not for a second.  Of course, the official explanation sounds awfully similar to that of the Benghazi hearings.  “Gee, we made a mistake, we didn’t have any malice in mind.  Gosh, we sure are sorry and promise to fix it.”  In both instances, it is complete and disingenuous bullshit.

Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS officials knew about the practice. She did not say when they found out.

Uh huh.  People in those targeted groups, which extend well past the reach of “low level workers in Cincinnati”, were decried in the beholden and supplicant liberal media as paranoid, complete with vehement denials by IRS officials to Congress.

“Yes, I can give you assurances,” said Shulman. “As you know, we pride ourselves on being a nonpolitical, nonpartisian organization.” He pointed out that only he and the IRS chief counsel are Presidential appointees, and they are appointed for five-year terms in order to overlap administrations.

Doug Shulman is either a liar or an incompetent.  Taking into consideration this Administration’s propensity for deceit and the lack of integrity of its officials, I would need to see damned strong evidence that he is not the former.   Besides, if the IRS is interested in finding tax cheats, it really doesn’t have to look far.

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Remember, this is the government that Obama touts as the solution to all our problems.  This is OUR democracy, right?  Then why does Administration behave more like Castro’s Cuba or Khruschev’s Soviet Union than the United States of America?

Tyranny is just around the corner?  Well, in your Administration, President Obama, it is in full view.  You are not to be trusted. Your motives are wicked, and harmful to our Republic and our liberties.   Nor are any officials you have appointed to be trusted.  They lack integrity and decency, and any sense of responsibility to carry out the duties they are entrusted with in an honest and faithful manner.   Those who continue to scream “benefit of the doubt” and “no proof!” when the fix is in, as it is with virtually everything this Administration touches, are willfully blind nincompoops.  That they expect others to be, and level criticism when they aren’t, is nothing short of delusional.

“It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance,
and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”

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Our esteemed host confirms that the Administration’s story in this mess is all a lie.  Shulman knew.  So did Lois Lerner.  They lied.  The Administration lied.  Like Benghazi and Fast and Furious and Obamacare and gun control and transparency and unemployment and Solyndra and ACORN and…  You get the idea.

Benghazi: Obama Administration Caught in Coverup

The “whistleblowers” in the Benghazi attack have finally been heard from.  And the news is entirely unsurprising, though no less maddening for it.

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Susan Rice lied.

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Hillary Clinton lied.  

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CJCS General Martin Dempsey lied.

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Barack Obama lied. 

The Administration knew the truth, even as the Benghazi attack was occurring.  They deliberately misled the American people, and the Mainstream Media outlets were complicit in the cover-up that followed.  

Not that anyone who paid the slightest attention to the events as they occurred and immediately after the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans had any doubt as to the deliberate falsehoods being promulgated by this Administration through the news media, who willingly and unquestioningly trumpeted those falsehoods.  In addition to the media’s complicity in the Administration’s deliberate deceit, media personalities attacked those voices who were critical of the botched tragedy in Benghazi, and who were suspicious of the unconvincing tales being told by Administration officials.

The one I have the most contempt for is Marty Dempsey.  He has shown himself time and again of questionable loyalty and lacking in integrity.   He sold his honor cheap.  And there is no recovering it from the bazaar of the political marketplace.    He is unfit to lead, and no longer deserves to wear a uniform.   He is despicable.

The individual with the most to lose is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may yet see this testimony (which the mainstream media can no longer ignore) damage her chances as the Democratic nominee in 2016.   Because it does matter, Hillary.  And you know it.

The biggest hypocrite, however, is the sitting President.  He spoke yesterday at Ohio State’s commencement, where he derided those voices who warn that government isn’t to be trusted.    Perhaps his Attorney General, Eric Holder, can label any US citizen calling Barack Obama a hypocrite as an “extremist”, maybe even a “violent extremist”, and target them for death by Hellfire.   The new, streamlined due process arrangement should make that easy enough.

So much for this democracy being “ours”.

Obama’s Syria Intervention Talk: An Echo of Bush

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“I think that in many ways a line’s been crossed when we see tens of thousands of innocent people killed by a regime, but the use of chemical weapons and the danger that is poses to the international community, to neighbors of Syria, the potential of chemical weapons to get into the hands of terrorists, all of those things add increased urgency to what is already a significant security problem and humanitarian problem in the region,” Obama told reporters.

So the hundreds of thousands of innocent people being killed by a regime, the use of chemical weapons, the potential for chemical weapons to get in the hands of terrorists, ARE considerations for military intervention?    Could we say as a counter, perhaps, that Bashar al-Assad poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors…and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history?

Yes, indeed we could.  I am not advocating for or against intervention in Syria, though I would be curious to know whom we believe we would ally with, and whom against, and just what we could accomplish given the active opposition of Putin’s Russia (not least because of the possibility of Russian fingerprints on Syria’s chemical stockpile, and on a chemical stockpile of Iraqi origin).

It seems that President Obama’s “student union view” of the world and how it works has once again collided head-on with reality.    The “game-changer” bandied about so often of late has already happened.   The world, our allies, and our adversaries, will see what comes next.    Will we see the Obama who condemned his predecessor for Iraq?  Or the Obama whose tough talk regarding Syria is a virtual echo of that predecessor?  Has he the statesmanship and foreign policy acumen to act decisively and effectively?   Considering the string of diplomatic failures punctuated by the Benghazi catastrophe and the ineffectual confrontation with the DPRK, I am not terribly hopeful.

“Shameful” is the Right Word

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Barack Obama seethed as the Democratically-controlled Senate rejected an amendment that would require Federal background checks for gun sales between private citizens.   (He did so, of course, instead of attending the funeral services of a staunch American ally and LEADER.)  His ploy to use families of the Sandy Hook tragedy as emotionally-charged props to push his long-standing anti-gun agenda did not sway even his own party, which had four defectors, guaranteeing defeat of the measure.  True to form, Obama blames the NRA.  He claims the NRA’s suspicion of his motives and interpretations of the language of the bill constitutes “deliberate falsehoods”.   Obama admonished the Senate in a semi-tantrum when the defeat of the legislation was announced.

“All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said in the Rose Garden, after walking to the podium with his arm around Giffords and hugged the relatives of victims of the December shooting.

Obama’s complaint that the NRA spread deliberate falsehoods is ironic in the extreme.  With his staff of political assassins that scour high and low to find information to discredit political opponents, not one statement from the NRA has been produced that shows any kind of falsehood regarding the Obama/Feinstein/Schumer/Bloomberg gun-grabbing agenda.  If there were, it would be in the headline of every of the beholden mainstream media outlets which kowtow to the Obama Administration so meekly.  But there are none.

Regarding such assertions about the NRA, Gertrude might tell Barack Obama that he “doth protest too much”.  From Fast and Furious to Obamacare to Benghazi, and now with the tall tales of the effects of Sequestration, the Obama Administration is chock-full of deceitful fibbers, beginning with the President.  Obama’s insistence that Sequestration was an idea born in Congress and not the White House is such a canard.

Barack Obama deriding the Senate as “shameful” for not falling into line and passing his anti-gun agenda smacks once again of his notion that the Executive is more important than the Legislative.  His declaration of reflecting the “will of the people” he thinks should be enough to rubber-stamp any and all proposals to infringe upon our Constitutional freedoms.  Hardly a surprise from a man whose appointment to Attorney General believes a secret deliberation of high government officials constitutes “due process” and should be grounds for directing the killing of American citizens.

The American people, elected officials included, have had a strong object lesson this week, that those who wish to perpetrate evil will do so with a variety of means, and the further curtailing of the rights of legal gun owners will do nothing to prevent that fact but plenty to expand the authority of government.   The Senate was not buying the thinly-veiled gun-grabber initiative whose start would have been today’s proposed amendment.   So Obama continues in his Alinsky-mode portrayal of political opponents as national enemies.  With the help, of course, of the “free” press he keeps in his pocket.

But perhaps there’s good news.  Police have identified two suspects, both white, who have a history of extremist speech and planting bombs to kill innocent people to advance their anti-government political agenda.

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Oh, wait…..

All in all this was a pretty shameful four years in Washington.

Desert Rats to Lose Their Tanks in Defense Cuts

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Seems deeper Defense cuts in Britain will do something that Rommel and his Panzerarmee Afrika couldn’t do.  Destroy the  7th Armored Brigade as a tank force.   Sad commentary on the times, decades of budget-busting socialism, and askew priorities.    Though the Ministry of Defense asserts that the additional cut of some 20,000 soldiers amounts to the British Army “configuring itself for future conflicts”, it is hard to imagine such truly being the case.

I hate to say it, but Elvis Costello was wrong.  Oliver’s Army isn’t here to stay.  It is mostly gone, and likely forever.

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But yes, London is full of Arabs just the same.