Saturday, August 30, 2014

SCARY: Obama doesn’t “have a strategy yet” for ISIS

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Does Obama even care anymore? I mean, really, could he be any more aloof and detached? After last week's tone deaf, out-of-touch, "now watch this drive" moment when he golfed immediately after expressing his heartbreak over James Foley's execution and pledging vigilance, now he says he doesn't have a strategy against ISIS:
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of his plans for defeating the Islamic State in Syria. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”

After a week of speculation that he was about to expand U.S. airstrikes against the terrorist group — also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS — from its positions in Iraq to those in Syria, the president said he has ordered his military advisers to give him “a range of options.”

But Mr. Obama tried to tamp down the suggestion that his decision was imminent, saying “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”
That's because Obama should be much further ahead on this! This is an urgent situation and he's known about the threat from ISIS and its previous iterations for years (although he infamously dismissed them as the "jayvee team"). He should have already had a strategy and contingency plans, the admission that he doesn't is just more evidence of how unfit he is to be Commander-in-Chief.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest offered this inexplicable "clarification" of Obama's comments:



In what world is "we don't have a strategy" an "explicit...comprehensive strategy?!" A world where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.

Mind-boggling.

Originally published on The Political Insider.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The 5 most nauseating quotes from Obama’s American Legion speech

Originally posted at The Political Insider.

American Legion

President Obama spoke to the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte yesterday, and the audience of vets was not impressed. Obama is used to appearing in front of vapid, adoring crowds so he was really out of his element speaking to serious men and women who have lived in the real world and made real sacrifices for our country.

The Daily Mail reports, "Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations." Who could blame them with disingenuous lines like these:
Even countries that criticize us – when the chips are down and they need help, they know who to call. They call us. That's what American leadership looks like.
... except for Ukraine. And Poland. And Israel. And Iraq. Well, maybe they call, but Obama doesn't answer. Suffice it to say, under Obama, our enemies are emboldened and our allies are frightened.
History teaches us of the dangers of overreaching and spreading ourselves too thin, and trying to go it alone without international support, or rushing into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.
Ummmm, whose history? I know he's not talking about Iraq because there were 48 countries in the "Coalition of the Willing," 37 of which provided troops on the ground, and 22 of which suffered at least one fatality. I'm also wondering when there was a time - before the Obama Administration, of course - that we were spreading ourselves too thin. Obama is the one abandoning the two-war strategy with draconian cuts to our military capabilities that an independent defense panel says "will lead to an America that is not only less secure but also far less prosperous" without thinking through the consequences.

In reality, history teaches us of the dangers of appeasement, indecision, and lack of resolve - lessons Obama is forcing us to relearn the hard way. "Leading from behind," and "Don't do stupid sh*t" are not American foreign policy strategies, they're phrases more suitable for a frat basement.
We removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq and welcomed those troops home. It was the right thing to do.
It was NOT the right thing to do, it was the wrong thing to do in every possible way - morally, strategically, and for our security. But Obama acts as if we're supposed to be grateful to him for pulling the rug out from Iraq, thus snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, allowing terrorists to take over the country (as had been warned), and rendering the deaths of 4,500 of our armed forces and the sacrifice of countless others meaningless if we can't turn this around.

Here's a hint for Obama - and any other rote "bring our boys home" liberal - on military culture: Our soldiers don't want to be "brought home" just for the sake of being brought home - and certainly not to fulfill a campaign promise. They want to be brought home because the mission was successfully completed and structures put in place to ensure those gains are protected and progress continues.

Obama liked the symbolism of a full and complete withdrawal from Iraq, apparently not understanding what a residual force or its importance is. Until a month or two ago, we had 0 - ZERO!!! - troops in Iraq, a country that had just a few short years earlier been liberated from a murderous tyrant bent on supporting terrorism and threatening America. To put that in perspective, we have troops in 150 countries across the world, including our World War II enemies Japan and Germany where we have 50,000 and 40,000 troops stationed, respectively. When will the 70 year occupation of Japan end?!?! Let's welcome those troops home, it's the right thing to do!

Now, as I’ve always made clear, the blows we’ve struck against al Qaeda’s leadership don’t mean the end to the terrorist threat.
Now, whenever Obama talks about being clear, you can bet the words that follow are going to be lies or simply things Obama never made clear. In this case it's the latter. In just the three weeks following the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attacks, Obama said al-Qaeda had been "decimated" - or used similar language - a whopping 32 times! So, no, he hasn't always made clear that the blows against al-Qaeda were not the end of the terrorist threat (or should I say, "man-caused disasters?")
And let me say it again: American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq. I will not allow the United States to be dragged back into another ground war in Iraq.
Well, let ME say it again, we never should have left the way we did, and the fact that we did is what put us in this mess that we're even mentioning another ground war in Iraq!

#Protip: Never tell your enemy what you're doing or what you won't do. Let them know that all options are on the table, from combat troops to nukes, whatever is necessary to protect American interests and national security. Just like you never set a red line you're unwilling to enforce when someone crosses it. Oh, wait... I forgot you went to the Neville Chamberlain School of Leadership.
God bless you. God bless our veterans. God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.
Ok, so Obama's speech wasn't ALL bad. He did give some good shout outs to a few of our post-9/11 vets, amongst other feel-good, rah-rah patriotic rhetoric. Here's the full transcript from the White House.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My reaction to the British Embassy celebrating the 200th anniversary of burning down the White House in 5 GIFs

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington - including the White House - by the British in the War of 1812.

The Brits celebrated the event in a very, um, interesting way with this tweet from the British Embassy in D.C.:



When I first saw that tweet I was like, Excuse me?!



I mean, who bakes a cake to celebrate burning down another country's capital in that country's capital?! How rude!



Then I was all, Whatever, I can't hear you over the sound of my FREEDOM:



Then, I imagined British General Robert Ross saying to U.S. President James Madison in the ashes of the White House, "You know, in 200 years we're going to look back on this and LAUGH!" and Madison punching him in the face:



But finally, I was like, Ok, UK, we've had this special relationship for 2 centuries now and we've been through a couple world wars together, we're cool:



I know it wasn't serious, but apparently the Embassy thought too many people took it that way and they apologized for the tweet:



Haha, all's well that ends well.




Originally posted at The Political Insider: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/british-embassy-washington-trolls-white-house/

Friday, August 22, 2014

No, Obama, ISIS isn’t the Jayvee Team, they’re the terrorist Dream Team



I’ve talked about how ISIS is targeting Americans through Twitter, but even more terrifying is what ISIS can do to reach America beyond cyberspace. ISIS has only gotten stronger and more powerful – now al-Qaeda has announced its support after previously disavowing them – and their capabilities grow by the day.

We are living with the devastating consequences of reelecting a weak president who recklessly and prematurely pulled out of Iraq, turned a blind eye to the Middle East, and dismissed ISIS as the “jayvee team.”

Well, Mr. President, while you were out vowing to “maintain vigilance” against ISIS out on the golf course you may have missed the news from your Defense Department that the jayvee team has metastasized into the terrorist Dream Team:
The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al-Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

“They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon. …

Asked if the hardline Sunni Muslim organization posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hagel said it was “as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen.”

“They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of … military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen.”
Meanwhile, as the President finalizes his plans to give amnesty to millions more illegals, Jihadists are in a prime position to take advantage of the Obama-made border crisis. Breitbart TV reports that Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, has said that ISIS and Mexican drug cartels are “talking to each other.” Gov. Rick Perry echoed that concern during a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, saying terrorists could be crossing the border.

ISIS teaming up with al-Qaeda and the drug cartels? That’s a recipe for a horrific terrorist attack! The question is, at this point does Obama have the ability – or will – to do anything to stop what he’s started?


ISIS Tweets Me Graphic Images of James Foley’s Execution

Scary: CNN's Jake Tapper in Ferguson with "ISIS is Here" sign behind him

Two big stories in the U.S. this week revealed how ISIS is monitoring Twitter and using it to spread its propaganda and issue threats in entirely new and terrifying ways. The UK Daily Mail reports:
ISIS militants and their supporters are using social media to encourage protesters in Ferguson to embrace radical Islam and fight against the U.S. government.

Jihadists in Syria and Iraq and their sympathizers in the West have taken to Twitter to send messages of support to hundreds of demonstrators taking part in a ninth night of angry protests in the U.S. city following the shooting by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The militants’ tweets denounce local officers for the way they have attempted to quell the violence, make reference to historic acts of police brutality, and even use the hashtag #FergusonUnderISIS in an attempt to get angry young men in the city to declare allegiance to the Islamist group.

The news comes as footage purportedly taken from the scene of the Ferguson protests appeared to show one demonstrator marching along a street holding a sign reading ‘ISIS is here’.
Although the Daily Mail notes that the sign may simply be a political statement comparing the police to ISIS, it says the “CNN footage [was] embraced by Jihadists who have claimed they prove Jihadists are already playing their part in the protests.”

Here’s an example of Jihadists calling for action in the U.S. based on Ferguson on Twitter:


The photo of Tapper with the ISIS sign was made even more chilling with the news the following day of journalist James Wright Foley’s beheading.

Jihadists seized on the release of the video of his execution to target Americans on Twitter. After I used the hashtag #RIPJamesFoley, one tweeted at me a photo of his bloody decapitated head and body. Screenshot censored:



I reported the tweet but it is still up (as of August 22) at this link – GRAPHIC UNCENSORED IMAGE AT THIS LINK. If you decide to click the link, please report and block the image and account to Twitter.

Herman Cain’s former press secretary Ellen Carmichael was sent the following threatening image in a tweet that has since been removed, but the user is still active:
@ellencarmichael pic.twitter.com/IEN02wSRoe
— محمد الزوبعي (@AbuAli4ps) August 20, 2014



There are reports that Twitter is working to remove the images and ISIS accounts, but clearly they’re not working quickly enough.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Even the French are Mocking Obama’s Vacations!



When even the French are calling you out, you know it’s bad:
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France, ‘but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’
Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha’s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington briefly on Tuesday before returning to fun, sun, and more golf.
Fabius visited refugees in Iraq on Sunday, Obama golfed.

Enough said.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hillary mocks Obama: "Don’t do stupid stuff is not an organizing principle"



It wasn’t long ago that Hillary Clinton was the voice for the Obama Administration in the State Department, but now that the 2016 presidential election is getting closer, and as Obama’s foreign policy crumbles before our very eyes, we’re starting to see the gloves come off.

The Islamist threat has only grown under President Obama and Hillary did not mince words in her condemnation:
Clinton specifically faulted the US decision to stay on the sidelines of the insurgency against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad as opening the way for the most extreme rebel faction, the Islamic State.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad —- there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle -— the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton told the Atlantic.
Hillary went on to mock Obama’s self-declared “Don’t do stupid sh*t” foreign policy:
Clinton, however, suggested in the interview that Obama lacked a strategy for dealing with the jihadist threat.

“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” she said referring to an Obama slogan.

She said the United States must develop an “overarching” strategy to confront Islamist extremism, likening it to the long US struggle against Soviet-led communism.
Hillary is taking ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ to heart by smartly running away from a failed, unpopular president and quickly staking a claim to the right of his more disastrous policies.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Vast majority of Americans say illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy

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From Reuters comes this shock poll: Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy. The shock is, Americans are right! It’s been a while, I wish they could have been right in, oh, I don’t know, say, 2008 or 2012?!

But this poll will also be shocking to President Obama or any other person advocating for amnesty for illegals – the country is NOT on your side! Americans want immigration reform, yes – but not amnesty – they want prevention and enforcement reformed so that it actually works.

More details from Reuters:
(Reuters) – As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy.

Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.

The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare – the healthcare insurance overhaul – and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election.

With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, Obama could act alone in the next few weeks to give work permits to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and delay some deportations, according to media reports.

Hispanic and liberal voters would welcome that, but the online survey suggests much of the rest of the nation may not.

Despite arguments from the White House and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that legal immigration benefits business, 63 percent of people in the online survey also said immigrants place a burden on the economy.

While the economy and Obamacare remain the key concerns of voters, immigration has become more of an issue in recent months because of intense media coverage of a surge of illegal migrants, including tens of thousands of children, flooding into the United States from Central America.
It’s never good for Obama when his policy results are revealed instead of his promises.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Video proof that Hamas launches rockets from civilian areas

A brave Indian news team captured exclusive footage of Hamas terrorists setting up a tent next to their hotel from which to launch a rocket attack.

Watch the amazing video:

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/watch-ndtv-exclusive-how-hamas-assembles-and-fires-rockets/332910


Here’s a partial transcript of reporter Sreenivasan Jain’s incredible video report:
It’s fair to guess that this is a potential Hamas rocket launching site that’s been set up. There’s always been this question of how Hamas manages to fire its rockets without being detected by the Israelis, this perhaps is one of the ways of assembling it under a tent. It also establishes something which Hamas has always been accused of, that they actually use densely populated, civilian areas to fire their rockets. And if the camera zooms out a little more, you’ll see that this is an area is very heavily built up, a lot of residential and hotel buildings all around. And so if Hamas does fire a rocket from here, it will have immediate consequences for everyone around here. And I also must report at this point that the first night that we came here we did see – or rather hear – a rocket go off exactly at that plot of land. And the hotel and the hotels opposite us were evacuated because the Israelis sent a warning that there might be a strike on them. That didn’t happen. But if Hamas uses this site once again to launch a rocket, we’re not sure what’s going to happen.
Not only was simply the act of recording the movements of a terrorist group risky, but the news team stayed in the area and even attempted to go directly to where the rocket was launched with the possibility of an Israeli counterstrike hanging over their heads – as Jain emphasized, there could be “immediate consequences for everyone around here.”

Thankfully, the team safely left Gaza before their report was aired. I can’t imagine they’d be safe going back into Gaza ever again after exposing Hamas.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Independent defense panel says Obama makes us "less secure"

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There Obama goes again, giving comfort to our enemies and scaring the bejeezus out of our allies. A new scathing report from the National Defense Panel attacks Obama’s foolhardy cuts to the military at a time of global unrest:
The panel’s report said the past several years of budget cuts and mandated reduction in personnel and weapons have stirred deep unease among allies who would count on the U.S. in a crisis. “Not only have they caused significant investment shortfalls in U.S. military readiness and both present and future capabilities, they have prompted our current and potential allies and adversaries to question our commitment and resolve,” the report said. “Unless reversed, these shortfalls will lead to a high-risk force in the near future. That in turn will lead to an America that is not only less secure but also far less prosperous. In this sense, these cuts are ultimately self-defeating.” It calls the defense cuts “dangerous” as “global threats and challenges are rising.” The experts point to China’s and Russia’s new territorial claims, nuclear proliferation by Iran and North Korea and al Qaeda’s rapid rise in Iraq.
Of course, many of these dangerous global threats and rising challenges are of Obama’s own making. A hasty, ill-conceived full withdrawal from Iraq allowed terrorists to take over. And Putin’s saber rattling because he knows Obama is too feckless to have the will to do anything. The gutting of our military further exacerbates the dangers from Obama constantly projecting weakness and ineptitude. Our enemies are salivating and growing bolder, while our friends have lost faith and grown distant. The end to Obama’s reign can’t come soon enough, but I fear the disastrous effects will linger for years.