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ISIS chemical weapons in Iraq…

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We’re doing just wonderfully against ISIS His Oneness tells us.   So how come ISIS is  testing chemical  weapons in Iraq?   This is just the latest in the series of horrible consequences of Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq,  against all advice.

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May 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Ahmed Chalabi, R.I.P.

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What might have been in Iraq if the State Department and the CIA had not vilified and lied about Ahmed Chalabi.   He was probably the one man who could have unified the country after Saddam’s ouster,  because he both understood democracy and embraced its tenets.   But the entrenched,  long-term corruptocrats at State and the CIA feared Chalabi and found him much more useful as a scapegoat when they failed to find the WMD Saddam had hidden.

Remember this when you vote.   A status quo candidate gives you the continuation of the same bad judgment already endemic at these agencies.   In this election,  Hillary will give you the same lawlessness and corruption which His Oneness has brought.   In fact,  she will depend upon it to stay out of jail,  and she will commit further crimes as her due.

UPDATE:  Here is  someone who disagrees strongly.

 

 

 

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November 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

When combat isn’t combat…

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I borrowed Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s lede because it is perfect,  just one reason you should read her article  here.   Then read Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s muddled explanation of the raid,  the  reason for it  being the discovery of graves dug for the hostages.

A Kurdish news site posted  a video  of the raid.   To my amazement,  the Washington Post noted the first death of an  American serviceman  since the 2011 pullout.   It took National Review to note that His Oneness was notified of the event,  but  didn’t sign  off on it,  thus avoiding,  at least in his own tiny mind,  any responsibility for the death in this non-combat combat situation.

Here is my explanation:

MSG. Joshua Wheeler did not die in combat.   He and some companions were out for a moonlight helicopter ride.   Below them they saw a compound with what appeared to be a group of military brothers in arms. Overcome with the feeling of camaraderie for these men who were also enjoying the Iraqi night,  they landed to exchange pleasantries with these fraternal citizens.

During the meeting,  they decided that a more lasting reminder of the occasion was needed,  so instead of mere words to be blown away on the night wind,  they selected the projectile from rifle cartridges as being most appropriate.   Being metal,  they would be enduring mementos,  and their very character and origin would render them perfect reminders of this meeting between friends engaged in the same occupation.

Unfortunately,  there was some small amount of confusion as to the proper method of exchange.   Being military men and not prone to dwelling on thoughts of the future or risk,  they determined the exchange should be by virtue of the military gear they possessed  —  the rifle.   This would also spare them from walking in the dark across the rough ground separating the groups.

Being such simple men as those who enlist to serve their countries are  — unlike the wise and thoughtful politicians who made their much safer career choice of high pay,  no risk and no responsibility,  thus proving their superiority  —   they had not considered how best to safely catch the gifts.   To his personal consternation and at some loss to his family and friends,  MSG Wheeler caught his souvenir in such a manner as to prove fatal.   It should be remembered that all parties were aware of the perils involved in their choice of profession,  and therefore no aspersions may be cast in the direction of any politicians or bureaucrats.

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October 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Inconvenient truth…

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I am frankly astonished that Slate published  this stunning  piece by Emma Stone,  encapsulated  nicely here,  because it does not follow the His Oneness mantra of  “it’s all Bush’s fault.”   In this instance, the Yale senior fellow is hammering the Obama Administration’s failure to secure and consolidate the gains of the Surge.   She utterly annihilates the meme that the disintegration of Iraq was inevitable.

Liberals and progressives in general,  and Obama in particular,  have never understood that the U.S. military does far more than break things and kill bad guys,  which has always puzzled me since they so frequently want to employ them as peacekeeping forces under the control of the United Nations.   Part of the reason to leave a residual force behind is to have intelligence on the ground,  to spot troubling trends,  and tell public officials to knock it off when they are behaving helpfully.   Most of them are far more accomplished diplomats than Secretary of State John Kerry,  or his predecessor,  or his boss,  because they operate in the real world with IED’s and bullets.

 

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April 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Mosul lad a brave one…

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I pray  this young  man is correct,  and that he is not identified from this photograph.

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February 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Unwanted dead…

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No one is claiming  the bodies  of all the foreign ISIS fighters piling up in Iraqi hospitals.   Imagine that!

I hope the report that the Iraqis are refusing to bury them in their cemeteries is true.   My recommendation is some large bonfires accompanied by celebration.

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January 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

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Worst…speech…ever…

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If you missed the speech,  you can read  it here.

ISIL is not Islamic?   What the hell does His Oneness think the first “I” stands for?   We can argue about whether it constitutes a state,  but not about whether it is Islamic.   His pronouncements on religion in general and Islam in particular reveal a man who has failed utterly to grasp that just because a group chooses to espouse the most violent interpretations of the Koran,  it does not make them non-Islamic.

Yes,  ISIS is a terrorist organization,  yet this President has forced the removal of any mention of Muslim extremists from FBI manuals and military training materials.

Yet again he uses the “degrade and destroy” terminology.   Which is it?    What is your goal?  Your line about hunting down terrorists rings hollow in light of Benghazi.   The following one about ” a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America,  you will find no safe haven,”   is manifestly untrue.

He claims his strategy is  “one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years”,  but no one outside his administration believes either country is a success.  Indeed, they are both failed states run by Muslim terrorists and an assortment of crooks.

Who believes we are safer now?   Mr. Obama’s pronouncements notwithstanding,   half of Americans don’t.

Then he veered off into domestic issues.  Is that because he has no interest in,  and a dangerously faulty understanding of,  foreign affairs?   Tonight he talked about leadership,  inadvertently managing to display that he can muster none.   I’ve known schizophrenics who held more consistent views than this man.   He now wants to arm the Syrian moderates,  of which there are precious few,  but refuses to arm the Peshmerga,  the Kurds who are proving remarkably competent even with old Soviet weapons.   He breaks promises as easily as a teen-aged boy,  and acts frighteningly like one as well.   His staff turned up the amps and emphasized the bass in an effort to give their boss more gravitas,  but it failed.   He did manage not to look profoundly bored,  for which I give him a little,  but only a very little,  credit.

Jonah Goldberg  was correct about Mr. Obama’s goals in the speech, but I believe His Oneness failed across the board remaining.   Maybe he believes he can talk ISIS to death.   He still has no strategy beyond attempting to position himself to take credit for any successes and avoid blame for any failures.   He is an embarrassment,  a dangerous one who has weakened America and trained our allies not to trust us,  and our enemies not to fear us.   A Green Beret friend has reminded me over the years that no matter how big an engine you possess,  you get nowhere if you don’t let the clutch out.   For those of you unfamiliar with farm equipment and stick-shifts,  that means if you don’t actually employ  use your brain,  it’s useless.   Mr. Obama’s supposedly brilliant brain has had its gears stripped out by the strength  and rigidity of his ideology.

Read the  Twitchy comments  on suggested names for this new,  unnamed operation.

 

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September 11, 2014 at 3:15 am

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