Posts Tagged ‘Obama’
Apparently the Greeks are welcoming His Oneness with petrol bombs and anarchy in the streets. I venture to say this is not exactly the sort of photo op our soon-departing President had planned for on his last world tour.
Let’s begin with the most uninspiring, insipid message imaginable from His Oneness, a man who has done far more to divide the nation than all the terrorists combined. Indeed, my observation is that one reason progressives hate mentioning terrorism is that it unites the country, while they depend on dividing it to maintain power. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have written an op-ed blasting Obama for his multitude of failures concerning terrorism. The next president will have a herculean task in undoing such disastrous policies. The list of what the nation failed to learn from the 9/11 attacks is long, but we have learned a few things.
As Gen. Jack Keane points out, most of us went on with our lives after the attack. The real cause for concern is that official government policy is now willful blindness to the threat of Islamist terrorism. This attitude reflects an astounding ignorance of both history and ideology, since 9/11 was far from the first attack on America by Muslims. In keeping with progressive ideals, the public education system seems determined to teach students to either ignore the attack, or accept that America itself, and we Americans, are to blame.
Whatever your view of President George W. Bush, he understood the threat and took steps to neutralize it. I imagine being aboard the only plane in the sky that day concentrated his mind fiercely, as the handwritten notes from his press secretary, Ari Fleischer, show. Watching the horror in real time no doubt produced a similar effect.
The Weekly Standard’s piece from September 24, 2011, is a poignant reminder of what fifteen years ago looked and felt like. As the former head of the EPA admits, the government’s own scientists were badly mistaken about the air quality at Ground Zero, and people have died because of it. I didn’t believe the rosy reports at the time, but I had logic and a knowledge of the real world on my side. Why would anyone now believe government scientists on anything else, such as global warming?
People who comprehend the threat worry about another one. New York increased security as the anniversary approached. As Melissa Clouthier aptly notes, things have changed, but where do we go from here? The answer depends on who our next president is, and on what We the People are willing to do about it. Some people will turn to the power of prayer. Others, like Hillsdale College, will hold a patriotic remembrance. The National September 11 Memorial Museum’s goal is to gather every face and weave them into the overwhelming tapestry of grief, loss, life and joy on display in the memorial gallery. A few lucky amateur photographers will capture spectacular shots such as this.
What will you do?
I’m betting that you are. Take the quiz and find out.
At least according to the BBC and the hysterical Muslims it featured recently. Muslim activists have long been using lawfare to force compliance with their wishes, and too many Western governments are pitifully easy to cow into subservience. For the record, strict adherence to Sharia requires that Islamic law be recognized as supreme in all matters, meaning that inconvenient little documents like our Constitution and Bill of Rights are used by the activists until they are no longer convenient for their purposes, at which time they will be ignored.
Of course, progressives would also like to do away with the First and Second Amendments, just as His Oneness is trying to do via backdoor regulation, which is precisely what Queen Hillary would do. My response is that any person or government who seeks to destroy those vital rights is planning on doing something so egregious that the only proper response would be the full use of those protections.
You can’t make this stuff up. The Veterans Administration spent $20 million on artwork, most of it under the Obama Administration, while allowing veterans to die from lack of care. This incredible stupidity includes a pair of sculptures totaling %670,000 for a VA center which serves blind vets.
Few people have been disciplined for the multiple failures of the VA system, let alone fired. If you were a whistleblower you were likely to get fired by your corrupt superiors for attempting to address the deadly failures and corruption. The solution is simple — do away with the VA system and use the money to pay for veterans’ care in the private sector. Put the whistleblowers in charge of the transition and fire the rest.
You already do, as Joseph Farah points out here. And if you think it’s bad now, let Hillary Clinton become the president and see how much worse it gets. I don’t like Trump, but I view Mike Pence as solid, so I’m satisfied with his choice for Vice President. If Trump surrounds himself with quality people and listens to them, unlike His Oneness who listens only to the voices in his own head, he will do all right. In any event, he could hardly do worse than Barack Obama has done for the past seven years, or than Hillary Clinton would do.
The Turkish Army is apparently attempting a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is claiming he is still in control. That is highly doubtful, as the state-owned broadcasting system is clearly in the hands of the coup, and Erdogan, a tireless self-promoter, has not been seen in several days. I’d say that, based on the little we know at this point, the coup may well succeed, as the police are no match for the military.
It is important to remember that Erdogan, who took power in 2002, has cashiered out many senior military members, knowing that the history of Turkey is that the secular-minded army has long been a stabilizing force in the country. Erdogan has been playing footsie with Russia and Iran and instituting Islamic policies bit by bit. He also was aware that the Turkish officer corps knows many Western military personnel, and has long worked well with the British and the Americans.
Secretary of State John Kerry from Moscow said the U.S. hopes there will be peace and stability in Turkey, a typical diplomatic response. Dollars to doughnuts His Oneness will not be able to keep his mouth shut and will at least hint that the military coup is not a good thing. I say this because the Turkish president is a big fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, as is Obama, since he promoted Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president who was ousted by Egypt’s military in 2011, and was a member of that group himself. His Oneness claims the Brotherhood is a a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups.
Congressmen Darrell Issa and Louis Gohmert have renewed the push for a bill to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, an important move in light of what Retired Navy Admiral Ace Lyons told the National Press Club last year.
UPDATE: News reports are that Erdogan is seeking asylum in Germany, which indicates the coup has succeeded. Others say he is merely on vacation, so we can’t tell.
UPDATE: His Oneness wants all parties to “support the democratically elected government of Turkey”. Isn’t that the same thing he said about Morsi in Egypt in similar circumstances??