Archive for June, 2014
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Since the rapid spread across northern Iraq by the murderous jihadists who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,(ISIS) and the likelihood of the collapse of the nation we call Iraq, we in the United States, as usual in the face of overseas turmoil, wring our hands and argue about what to do and “whose fault it was.” It was, of course, expected that the Obama media machine would immediately begin a drumbeat of blame for the imminent collapse of Iraq on President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, “who led us into the war in Iraq on false pretenses in the first place,and none of this would have happened if we had never been there.” Of course, we should ignore the fact that Iraq was quite stable (and probably would still be today) if President Obama had not abruptly pulled out all American troops ––– allegedly unable to develop a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government as the cause for the withdrawal. And that of course was patent nonsense (note Germany, Japan, South Korea).
Yes yes, we know the American media dare not allow Obama to be blamed for anything. No matter how misguided all his major moves, domestic and foreign, the media has as its holy writ, “protect Obama.”
Unfortunately, on Sunday, June 22 2014, Professor Fouad Ajami, Died of cancer at the age of 68. He was a Fellow at the Stanford Hoover Institute, a PhD from the University of Washington, and the author of many important books on the Middle East and was consideredone of the most important experts in the field.
This is what Prof. Ajami wrote about George W. Bush in a January 8, 2008 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. It was entitled, “Bush of Arabia.”
“Suffice it for them that George W. Bush was at the helm of the dominant imperial power when the world of Islam and of the Arabs was in the wind, played upon by ruinous temptations, and when the regimes in the saddle were ducking for cover, and the broad middle classes in the Arab world were in the grip of historical denial of what their radical children had wrought. His was the gift of moral and political clarity . . . .
“We scoffed, in impolite, jaded company when George W. Bush spoke of the “axis of evil” several years back. The people he now journeys amidst didn’t: It is precisely through these categories of good and evil that they describe their world and their condition. Mr. Bush could not redeem the modern culture of the Arabs, and of Islam, but he held the line when it truly mattered. He gave gave them a chance to reclaim their world from zealots and enemies of order who would have otherwise run away with it.”
Professor Ajami and President Bush, like all of us, were not perfect. But we knew what they stood for. They strove for truth, although it was not always at hand. And as a nation, we knew them, for better or for worse. We will miss you Professor Ajami and we need to hear from you, President Bush.
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Last week, IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified on Capitol Hill. He told a Congressional committee about the “disappearance” of years of emails from a group of IRS employees under investigation, including Lois Lerner. However, it seems that the IRS had hired a company specializing in backing up hard drive content, including of course, emails, in order to prevent the loss of such data.
A Twitter user came up with the fact that the IRS, as far back as 2005, had hired a company called Sonasoft and awarded it a data backup contract. As late as 2009, the company had tweeted about its deal with the IRS.
So, why did Koskinen testify with certainty before the House Ways and Means Committee that all the emails of the IRS operatives under investigation had irretievebly disappeared?
Did Koskinen call Sonasoft to find out if the emails had actually been saved? Or have we just caught another Obama operative lying on the instruction of his boss?
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Iraq is in danger of falling to terrorists! AL QAEDA-linked Sunni militants, already in control of Mosul and Tikrit, have driven to within 80 miles of Baghdad — announcing that they are about to settle old scores against Iraq’s Shiite-led government. Iraqi troops are said to be dropping their weapons and retreating. The militants have also taken over the Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking 48 people hostage.
Thank you Obama.Thank you for pulling out of Iraq.Thank you for all the death and destruction you have allowed to happen and will happen to the Iraqi people since the pull out. Thank you for allowing the blood and treasure of the United States to have been wasted. Thank you, thank you, Mr. Obama.
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The following is a thoughtful analysis by Newt Gingrich about Tuesday’s primary elections. This came as a widely distributed e-mail by Mr. Gingrich.
Tuesday night’s primaries had two interesting results.
First, in a shock which can legitimately be called a political earthquake, House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat in Richmond, Virginia after 13 years of service in Congress.
Second, in a turnaround from what many observers might have predicted two years ago, Senator Lindsey Graham won his primary by a wide margin.
The news media is focusing on the Cantor defeat only, but that is misleading.
Graham potentially had fully as much grassroots opposition as Cantor. He knew it and he responded to that reality. Senator Graham went home frequently, listened to his constituents’ complaints, explained his policies and emphasized the points on which they agreed.
Graham understood the first rule of American politics, which is that the voter is King. The voter loans power to the elected official but they can always take it back. Wise elected officials always remember that power really does come from the people.
In retrospect, Cantor’s constituents clearly believed that he had forgotten this fact. In the last few weeks, there were a few indications of trouble for the Leader. At an event in his district, conservative activists booed him. His preferred candidate to chair the congressional convention was also defeated.
Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat, is a local college professor who was virtually unknown until the Cantor campaign began running attack ads against him. It may be that the attacks reminded voters that there was an alternative–that they were ultimately sovereign–and tempted them to exercise that power against one of the most senior members of Congress.
Cantor should sue his pollster and his consultants for malpractice. They outspent the challenger 25 to 1 and lost. They spent almost as much on steakhouse dinners ($170,000) as Brat’s entire campaign spent (about $200,000).
Cantor is a very smart, hard-working, and serious man with an admirable record of 13 years of service in Congress and another decade of service in the Virginia legislature before that. Losing a race does not have to be the end of the line. Bill Clinton lost the governorship in 1980 after one term and came back to serve ten more years in the Governor’s mansion. I lost my first two races for Congress.
If Cantor slows down, visits with folks in his district and reflects on the lessons of leadership in a free society, he could well end up as governor or a senator. He could also pursue a career in the private sector or become a cabinet officer in the next Republican presidency.
There was one other big winner Tuesday night. The Independent Women’s Voice organization has developed a pledge to repeal Obamacare. Brat signed it. Cantor did not. Chris McDaniel signed the pledge in the Mississippi Senate primary and is now ahead in a runoff against a 36-year incumbent.
Clearly, repealing Obamacare will have to be a major Republican pledge this fall.
I was surprised at the intense reaction to Cantor’s defeat I got from a number of old friends around the country. They weren’t mad at Eric as a person. But they were infuriated with the general Republican failure to fight Obama effectively and saw the loss as a signal of that frustration.
On Friday I will outline the challenge to Republican Congressional leadership in a post-Cantor world.
Saturday, June 7th, 2014
It’s difficult to believe. Another scandal!. Sends back five of the worst Taliban terrorists on the planet, incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay, into freedom in Qatar. Why? To free Sgt.Bowe Bergdahl, who is alleged to have deserted in Afghanistan, and perhaps might have been a double agent or had converted to Islam. Why now? He’s been held by the Taliban for about five years. The administration’s spin machine alleges that it was done because his health was failing! However, almost everyone who has seen photos/videos since his return indicate he looks “healthy” (of course, difficult to tell). Perhaps this is only the first of many discharges from Guantánamo. Since Congress does not want Guantánamo closed and wishes to be consulted at least 30 days before any discharges occur, Obama will just discharge everybody and ignore Congress (of course he firmly believes he is more important than Congress and the Constitution) and by this approach close Guantánamo anyway. Or maybe he just wants to get the VA scandal off the front pages.
Also, hot off the presses, is an allegation that the administration paid between $5 and $6 million to the Taliban to get Bergdahl’s release! If true, Obama and his administration have all broken the law again! Impeachment anyone? Doing business with terrorists!?
Obama is clearly the worst president this nation has ever had. Again, as I have asked before, “whose side is he on?”
Oh, my. Benghazi; the IRS; the VA; spying by the national security agency ––– the public in general and journalists in particular; the flaunting of the Constitution; the EPA killing jobs and the economy; Cap and Trade; the catastrophe of ObamaCare; Libya; a red line in Syria; the Ukraine and Vladimir Putin; Iran’s nuclear bomb project; Syria’s sarin gas; China’s disruptions of its neighbors; North Korea’s threats against South Korea and Japan; Venezuela’s crackdown on democracy protesters; and al Qaeda morphing into multiple cells throughout Asia and Africa! with weak or no responses by the administration. Will it ever, ever end? Does Obama and all the crazy dictators around the world have other new plans to bedevil us?
2016, where are you???