Tea Party “is” responsible for the IRS, VA, Benghazi and other scandals

The Tea Party, or a better description the Tea Party movement, is responsible for the scandals that plaguing the Obama Administration, by bringing to the forefront the problems that afflict our government; cronyism, incompetence, size, mismanagement and size. Its populists message made inroads with people and appealed to voters across, racial, political, income and age lines.  It was this disenchantment that a young Jr. Senator from Illinois was able to tap into the Presidency over the more senior and experience opponents; first in the Democratic Primary against Hillary Clinton and then against long-time Senator McCain both Washington insiders.

The origins of the Tea Party Movement or TPM  are difficult to place, since many groups have claimed to be Tea Party Patriots or a variation, many in commemoration of the original protest that gave its name the Tea Party of 1773, a protest against the Crown’s taxes in the colonies. The current TPM really started to take shape as a protest against the Bush Administration, in particular the then proposed TARP program and the  Bush Administration expansion of the Federal government in 2008.

In 2009, with the new President Obama and its expansion of the TARP, to the bailout GM and Chrysler as well as the Stimulus Bill and later the proposed Health Care overhaul bill, while mired in a recession flamed the TPM into a National movement. The TPM held massive rallies throughout the country and in the mid-term elections of 2010 many candidates supported by the TPM were elected into Congress over Establishment politicians. Those gains in 2010 and the earlier victory of Senator Scott Brown at the beginning of 2010 to replace Senator Ted Kennedy who had died cemented the TPM as a legitimate force in National politics. Brown’s election was extremely important as his election would provide the Republicans with 41 Senate seats, which would have been enough to sustain a filibuster of the Obamacare bill in Congress.

Senator Brown’s election was important in other ways because it forced the Democrats to find ways to thwart the TPM and its populist movement. It also marked the departure of how the MSM’s media outlets covered the TPM. The TPM’s strong opposition to the Health Care bill, the Stimulus and other policies of the new Administration was from that point on in the MSM’s (Main Street Media) eyes one driven by racism, homophobia, xenophobia,  Hellenologophobia, anti-government, anarchists or just plain crazy people. One example of this is the Media’s reporting of the protests outside of Congress on the day that then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and her entourage of Democratic Leaders including many from the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) marched in with her oversized mallet to commemorate the passage of the Health Care Bill. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and other members of the CBC would claim that protester spat on him as they hurls racist slurs at him other Congressmen, despite the dozens of MSM cameras and hundreds more of others that were recording the event, none have corroborated his accusations. Breibart even offered a $100,000 reward for any video or audio that corroborated the claims, needless to say the reward was never claimed, in fact all the video footage disproved the claims. It didn’t stop the MSM from reporting the claims as factual, to this day many point to that non-event as proof of the TPM’s racism, just another instance of the MSM’s false but accurate reporting that become vogue when reporting about the TP or non-Democrats for that matter.

The TPM was becoming a powerful force in politics, one that could upset the delicate balance our 2 party system had developed through the years. To the Democrats it was siphoning support from those fiscally responsible Democrats still in the party, even though the party itself had taken a sharp turn to the left. To the Republicans they faced the possibility of it being consumed by the movement, upsetting the things as they are of the Establishment. Both parties have profited from government largesse, the Democrats would get funding for their social engineering and the Republicans the Defense and breaks for corporate entities. Both could go home to their districts and “bring home the bacon” from Washington and use it to get elected and re-elected. It was something that both would tout endlessly about  during the election season by incumbents and opponents if one failed to deliver. The TPM was looking to upset that symbiotic relationship between the parties, they had to be stopped.

In the beginning the Republican Party was happy with the Tea Party as it added life to their ranks who had been demoralized after the Bush Administration, they had lost both Houses of Congress and the Presidency and seemed lost without a clear message for the future. The TPM gave them a boost that they sorely needed, but it became apparent that the TPM was not going to be puppet of the Establishment Republicans, in fact the TPM would go just as hard against them as they would against the Democrats.  If the movement was to be stopped the Democrats would have to get involved to help and they did utilizing their allies in the MSM, Hollywood and some Republicans to bring a stopped to the TPM.

The Media’s reporting of the TPM changed, rallies that were once looked upon skeptically now were reported in negative connotations, the attendees where under reported, the racial make-up of the attendees was analysed, income levels, intelligence, etc. The TPM was put under a microscope, in the 2010 Mid-terms any Tea Party supported candidate was vetted rigorously, after the elections much was made about those that lost but very little was said about those that one, which far out-numbered the loses. The TPM candidates were often vilified, their statements were often taken out of context and portrayed negatively, but all of this was not enough to stop the wave that saw the Republican party from retaking one half of Congress putting the stop brakes on the Obama Administration Agenda. It was clear that the TPM needed to be stopped or 2012 would be another bad year for the Democrats.

This is why the TPM is responsible for the scandals that would follow. The Obama Administration and the Democrats Congress in had a very pro-Government Agenda. They sought to pass legislation that would radically change our country. From climate change regulation, to gun control, health care, financial regulation, etc. all would consolidate power on the Federal government. To the Democratic leadership, name the problem, more government seemed to be their solution. This of course was contrary to the TPM’s message, that saw too much government intervention and spending as the problem. To accomplish this the Administration and the Democratic Leadership set about in motion several actions to prove the not only the need for government intervention but that it could deliver the goods.

Fast and Furious– To prove the need for stricter gun control, it revived a Bush Administration program that was intended to track guns purchased in the US and sold to Mexican Drug Cartels, only this time the amount of guns would be much larger and no attempt would be made to track the guns across the border, we also would not notify the Mexican authorities of it. The hope was that when those guns would turn up in Mexico and traced back to the US, it would lend impetus to gun control legislation. This led to these guns being used to kill at least 2 US border agents and hundreds more dead in Mexico, including several massacres in Mexico.

Solyndra and others– To prove that the government could stimulate and replace the use of fossil fuels, millions of dollars were given to Solyndra and other renewable energy companies most have ceased operations, a few are limping along but the program has been a colossal waste of taxpayers money.

Benghazi and Arab Spring To demonstrate the new approach to Foreign relations, the Administration backed the rise of Islamist factions in allied countries, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, the rebellions in those countries have thrown them all into chaos. Secular Tunisia is in turmoil by the new proposed constitution based on Sharia Law, Libya is split in two and in a continuing civil war, Yemen has been split with large portions in control by al-Qaeda, Syria was plunged into a civil war that has more that 150, 000 dead and millions residing in refugee camps, Egypt rejected the rule of the Islamist with a coup by the military who now rule the country. Also worth mentioning the rise al-Qaeda related groups in Mali that required the intervention of the French, or Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries. In Benghazi the same groups that we assisted in overthrowing the government attacked our Consulate which led to the deaths of our Ambassador and 3 others. In Syria the rebels that we were supporting have now turned around and have conquered large portions of Iraq, possibly leading to the partition of the country into 3 different factions.

Ukraine and Russia– The “reset” with Russia has worked about as well as can be expected with this Administration with the Ukraine losing the Crimea and in danger of losing the Eastern half of the country after we supported the Maidan pro-Western uprising against its elected government. Russia is also supporting the Syrian government which we are opposing and strengthening ties with China.

VA scandal– The Administration pointed to the VA as the standard and goal of its Health Care ambitions, it paid bonuses to their officials for delivering the quality of care that showed how a government could take over the health system and provide a quality service. Instead those bonuses helped to incentivize a system that failed to perform and hid the results of its failure with mock lists when those waiting to receive care died while waiting to see a doctor.  At the same time whistleblowers were harassed and fired when they brought the failures to light.  Meanwhile millions were paid to the families of the dead veterans in settlements to cover their failures to provide care.

IRS scandal To prevent the TPM from spreading its message, the IRS was weaponized to prevent local groups of TPM and Conservative groups the means to organize as an entity. The groups were investigated, slow walked and people on donor lists were investigated and audited.  Unlike the DNC and RNC the TPM is not one national organization but a conglomeration of smaller regional entities working together. They also did not share a single platform as some shared some social goals but others didn’t. The end result was that the TPM was mostly silent in the run-up to the 2014 Presidential Elections, which was immensely helpful in the re-election of the Obama Administration. Without their local voices the TPM, and the marginalization of the “teabaggers” by the MSM it blunted and silenced the TPM.

There other instances of actions that were caused by the TPM but as you can see the Administration and Establishment Republicans have taken measures to quashed the TPM. Just yesterday Senator Cochran won the primary in Mississippi over a TPM,  Conservative challenger by depicting his challenger as racist and directly appealing to the black community for its votes.  One black pastor who helped to organize votes against Cochran opponent, was asked why he was supporting Cochran over his challenger, he said because he that his challenger Chris McDaniel was a tea partier and a racist so he was helping Cochran win.  Oh by the way he also said that he would work hard come November to elect the Democratic nominee.

Like I said at the beginning, the Tea Party is to blame.

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Little Lies

In 1987, Fleetwood Mac released the song “Little Lies” it would be their last top 10 hit in the US. As the song goes the singer would rather hear “little lies” than the truth. We as a country are willing to accept the fantasy, the little lies than to inform ourselves.

If I could turn the page
In time then I’d rearrange just a day or two
Close my, close my, close my eyes
But I couldn’t find a way
So I’ll settle for one day to belive in you
Tell me, tell me, tell me lies

We allow others to re-write history, to re-arrange events, to re-define people, all to conform, to get along, to not offend, to question lest we be labeled sexist, racist, extremist, Conservative, out of touch or just plain crazy.  In seeking this conformity we forget that Little Lies have a way of becoming Large Lies and that while that little lie does not affect you personally,  at this time, those big ones will one day.

Tell me lies
Tell me sweet little lies
Although I’m not making plans
I hope that you understand there’s a reason why
Close your, close your, close your eyes
No more broken hearts

It is easier to accept the lies, nobody wants to be heartbroken. It is hard to accept that you been duped, that you have been lied to , that the world is a dangerous place and it cannot fit into easy understandable, predictable and controllable ways. The real world is harsh, it is cruel, it has no pity and accepts no excuses or good intentions.

A few months ago, Ezra Klein former columnist for the Washington Post, got together with other writer and columnist to launch a new website Vox.com.  Its aim is to explain complex problems in a short column or a 5 minute video. I was awestruck that the idea, it was perfect for today’s generation. A generation that has the attention span of a 30 second commercial. At the same time I was floored that such an idea could get the backing he requested $10 million dollars and that such a thing was even contemplated. The sheer brazenness and arrogance of Klein and his collaborators to think that they would succeed at this venture was and is amazing.

I guess that is the whole point, we like little lies, as any attempt to explain complex problems so callously would entail. How else could think that explaining the Iraq problems, or the IRS scandal or even the Obama Administrations failures could be explained in such a short concise manner.

But, we Americans and most residents of what is call the First World are nothing but arrogant. We are so arrogant that many believe that not only can we affect the weather but the entire global climate.  We recede the oceans, save the whales and polar bears even if they are not in any danger from changes in the weather.  We have deified ourselves, that we know exactly what time conception occurs and the difference between a clump of cells and what would be a human being. We know that if someone is biologically a male but feels in his heart that he is a female that this is as it should be. I think therefore I am, I am a female or male then that is all there is to it. Biology be damn, after all with some hormone treatments and a little nip here or there we can be whoever or whatever we want to be.

This is how a little know Jr. Senator from the State of Illinois is elected to the Highest Office in the US. We know he attended Columbia and Harvard Law School but for someone who has been declared the smartest President in our history, we have no idea what his grades were.  Does anyone think today that if he was an ace student, considering how narcissistic he has been, that we would not be constantly reminded of how well he did in school? This was a pretty lie we told ourselves to at least justify to our selves voting for an unknown entity with really sharp creases and the ability to read a speech from the teleprompter.

Women told themselves lies about Sarah Palin, what “real” woman is still married to his high school sweetheart, 20+ years later. Is not like she attended an Ivy League school, she graduated from the University of Idaho, Idaho.  Palin not only worked but had more than 2 kids, one who had Down Syndrome. I know she was the youngest and first female elected to governor in Alaska but we know that there had to been some shenanigans for that to happen. Worst of all she was unabashedly a follower of that cult of paternalistic, gay hating, anti-abortion group of people; the Christians.

We were told that we could spend ourselves out of a recession, that we could “reset” with Russia, that we could negotiate with terrorists without detriment, that we could replace all of our energy needs using 13th century technology and solar batteries. We were told that we could create a new health care program which would insure everyone, but if we like our plan we could keep it, if we like our doctor we could him to and not only would it not cost us more but it would save us $2500 a year.

We were told that a YouTube video which few had seen, not only caused mass protests and riots in Egypt but led to the attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, who were told we had help dispose of its leader to prevent him from defending hi self in a revolution. We were told that these people who were revolting were Moderates, who really liked us and would help the country.

We were told that a few rogue IRS agents in an office in Cincinnati were responsible for denying, delaying, releasing information on non-profits groups that would be opposed to the Administration. Now that we know that this is not exactly the truth, we are told that the e-mail communications of the lead official in charge of supervising this are lost due to a computer failure, but not just hers but 6 other officials which would also have been involved all suffered catastrophic computer failures so their e-mail communications are lost as well.

Too many have accepted the little lies, too many have made excuses, have attempted to clarify, to tell us that what we were told, was not what we thought but something else entirely.  Regardless many say it is for our own good, if it didn’t work it is not because of them, the liars, but those who resisted the lies, yes they are the ones responsible. Because it is not a lie if you believe in it, if you close your eyes, you can make it true.

That is why someone who has lived for 18 years on  residences provided free of charge, while earning 4 times the median family income can go on National TV,  and with a straight face claim that she understands what Americans are feeling, because after 18 years of receiving room and board from us, she was broke from debts she acquired to buy 2 new homes while waiting for multi-million dollars windfalls in book deals that were in the works.

This is how our President can claim to emphasize with single parent homes, completely forgetting that he grew up with his grandparents who paid for his elite private school in Hawaii while his mother continued to live in Indonesia. This is how a 6′ + tall young black male, Trayvon Martin on his 3rd 10 day suspension from school in a little over half the school year, can become the martyr for all young black males. How a portly short Hispanic man, of mix heritage can become the most hated man in the country and have part of his heritage brushed aside because it is inconvenient.  How his parents which had him bounce from home to home and who was left alone with son of his father’s mistress for the weekend are now the epitome of the perfect parents for our country.

Is not that politicians lie, that is expected to a degree.  Some lie by omission, some over promise, some lie our ignorance, some for expediency like I said it is expected to a degree. What I do expect is that there be consequences for continued lying.  That we could be more discerning and not so cheap with our trust. I hope that when little lies become big lies, that we stop reelecting those that abuse our trust, and it is not just politicians but the media, or anyone else.

It is up to us, to make that happen, accountability in government or anywhere else begins with us. As Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying

“The government you elect is government you deserve.”

H.L. Mencken said the same thing, but better:

“People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.”

Tell me lies
Tell me sweet little lies

 

Iraq, Afghanistan the making of our generations Vietnam

As the situation in Iraq gets more dire, with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) forces just outside of Baghdad and the seemingly inevitable collapse of the Iraqi government and forces it is well worth remembering how this has come to be. The similarities to Vietnam are striking , Iraq and Afghanistan both are headed in the same direction, defeat by lesser enemy because we gave up. The defeat was not on the battlefield in those far of places but on a different arena thousands of miles away in Washington.

The common perception is that the United States lost the war in Vietnam, but the reality is that we won the war but lost the Peace. After Nixon launched the Linebacker I and Linebacker II air bombardments of North Vietnam it was them who sought the peace accords on our terms, which were signed on January 27th, 1973.  What should have been a victory was lost as a result of the politics that would follow. We withdrew militarily and due to the politics involving Watergate, the new Democratic Congress we abandoned South Vietnam financially. It was the lack of military aid that left South Vietnam defenseless after 2 decades of war, while the North Vietnamese were being replenished militarily by both the Soviet Union and China.

At the time of the Paris Peace Accords, the North Vietnamese did not possess the capability to fight but after the treaty was signed they embarked on rebuilding their military and their war making capabilities, South Vietnam which had been the front lines for much of the war was facing similar devastation but the Democratic Congress embarked on a mission to deny them the aid necessary for them rebuild. It is not a surprised that when the North launch their Spring offensive in March 1975, that it did not take long to for them to finished the South and by June, barely a 3 months into the offensive Saigon the capital had fallen. It was lack of political will and partisan politics that allowed the South to fall as soon as it did.

In 2005, Iraq held the first free elections in its history. After the Surge in 2007 to  put down the insurgency of the Mahdi Army, a second election was held on 2010.  The Surge was immediately opposed by the Democrats who now controlled the Congress. Many were calling it a folly to increase the military involvement in Iraq.  “McCain’s Idea”  after Senator John McCain who served and was a POW during the war in Vietnam and was running for President in 2008 elections, was reminiscent of the escalation of troops in Vietnam by the Johnson Administration in the 60’s and the Democrats thought that it would end just as disastrously. Yet, the Surge worked and by 2008 the Iraqi nation showed signs of turning the corner.  Civilians deaths, sectarian attacks and military attacks were at their lowest since the Invasion in 2003. It seemed that we had won the war, now we needed to win the peace.

The last Status of Forces Agreement or SOFA, was signed in December of 2008, calling for the final withdrawal of all troops by the end of 2011. Could a new SOFA agreement been negotiated by the Obama Administration in light of the divisions still in existence in Iraq? We will never know as President Obama ran on the promise to end our involvement in Iraq and they never tried. The divisions in Iraq were well-known and the country was pretty much divided into 3 sections with the Kurds controlling the North and Northeast bordering Turkey and Iran, the Sunnis controlling the West and center bordering Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and the Shia controlling the South and East bordering Iran and Kuwait, as well as the Federal government in Iraq.

This has been a point of contention and criticism of President Bush, as many thought that the solution to Iraq’s problems would be to partition the country along those lines. The decision not to was political as Turkey a member of NATO did not want a Kurdish State on its borders due to their own problems with the Kurdish minority bordering it.  The Saudis another ally, did not want an Shia state that could become a vassal of Iran on its borders and both Syria and Jordan did not want a Sunni State on its borders to destabilize their own countries. It is worth noting that all these divisions were religious in nature, the Kurds are Christian, the other two are competing Islamic sects which have battled each other for centuries. The last one was the First Persian War between Iraq and Iran from 1980 to 1988 which ended in a stalemate.

While President Bush can be faulted for not dividing the country along its sectarian and religious areas, it is important to keep in mind that it was not just the Bush Administration that saw Iraq as a destabilizing force in the Middle East. As I already mention the First Persian War, the Second Persian War was after Iraq invaded Kuwait and threatened Saudi Arabia and many before Bush was elected saw them as a threat to our interest in the area and beyond. As the partial list of quotes bellow;

 “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.” —President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
— Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
— Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
— Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
— Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
— Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking n

— Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

As the quotes suggests, it is evident that the Clinton Administration long before Bush was elected saw Iraq as a threat and believed that it possessed WMA’s that could destabilize the area.  It was for sheer political expediency and gain support of a growing anti-war movement in the US that the Democratic Party decided that supporting the war was not in their best political interest. This change in attitude helped to create the atmosphere that allowed the Obama candidacy to win on the promise of ending our involvement.  At the same time it allowed for us backing other poor thought out insurgencies in the Middle East during the “Arab Spring”.

In February 2010, on “Larry King Live” no less, a grinning Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed that Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” Wow. Less than three years after Sen. Harry Reid (D., Global Caliphate.) declared the war lost, and less than three years after then-Sen. Barack Obama — with his usual fierce moral urgency — opposed the Bush administration’s military surge, Obama’s veep takes credit for victory.

In 2011 as we are making preparations to abandon Iraq, the Obama Administration was providing support to the “Arab Spring”. Our support led to rise of Islamic forces to take control of  and depose our allies in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya. Yes Libya was our ally in that they were helping and providing intelligence on terrorist groups which had at one point found refuge in Libya. The results of which will be felt for years to come a quick rundown;

  • Yemen the country is now divided with large areas under control by al-Qaeda and other radical Muslims. In Tunisia the mostly secular government has been replaced by Islamist which aim to turn the country into a Islamic Republic, Muslim clerics serving as modesty police cane women who are dressed to immodestly.
  • Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak was deposed, Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi was elected President, hundreds of convicted terrorist from al-Qaeda, Hamas and other groups released from prison, hundreds of Egyptian artifacts destroyed by Islamist as pagan artifacts. The crackdown against any Western influence led to a coup by the Army and a new election. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is listed as a terrorist organization in Egypt with hundreds of its followers facing death sentences.
  • Tunisia the mostly secular government was overthrown and a new Islamist government has been installed. A new constitution with Sharia law as its basis has been imposed which have led to Modesty Police patrolling the streets and massive protests which are still ongoing.
  • Libya saw with the direct involvement of American forces the Gaddafi regime end. The intervention of the Western Armed forces was done to prevent any retaliation by Gaddafi of the separatist Benghazi Islamists. This led to his eventual defeat and killing. The new government in Libya has been unable to control the country which is pretty divided in two. In 2012 our Ambassador was killed in Benghazi by the same Islamist forces we helped to defeat Gaddafi.
  • Syria the country which until 2010 was regarded by the Obama Administration as reformist and a model of what a Islamic Republic would be like was plunged into a civil war which has seen more that 150,000 deaths and millions more in refugees. The Obama Administration has vacillated from fully supporting the rebels and secretly arming them to drawing “red lines” that he ignores to calling for negotiating with the current government even if it does keep the current government.

Algeria, Jordan, Oman, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, Mauritania, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Palestine all had protests or insurgencies toppling some governments or getting some reforms adopted as a result. The only movement that the Administration failed to support in some way was the (2009-2010)  Green Movement in Iran which was a precursor to the Arab Spring of 2011.

The rise of Islamic factions as a result of the Arab Spring will be felt for years to come. In Mali the Islamic forces takeover of the northern parts of Mali, required the assistance of French forces to retake and stabilize the area. In Nigeria the Boko Haram which had until 2010 been a mostly peaceful group began carrying out terrorist attacks in Nigeria, robbing, killing, raping, kidnapping women and government officials. They have also conducted raids and attacks in the neighboring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

This has been made possible in part by the removal of Gaddafi in Libya. His vast stores of weapons fell into the hands of al-Qaeda and its affiliates which have funnelled those weapons south through Chad and Sudan into the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria and  the Tuareg Islamists  in Mali. Some of these same weapons have also made their way into Yemen and Syria, some say with our assistance. In Syria those weapons have been used to prolong the civil war there and are being used by ISIS to fight not just the Syrian Army but other rebel groups. Now ISIS has turned around and is attacking Iraq, with the same weapons we provided to fight in Syria only this time they are attacking Iraq which we fought a war with and are poised to lose any gains there.

The Obama Doctrine of appeasement and withdrawal while supporting Islamic groups is backfiring. The Islamic factions are not satisfied with just their piece of the pie, the want the whole thing which is destabilizing the Middle East and Northern Africa.  Iraq rather than being a model of how different factions could come to terms and work together is now being torn apart by the same faction which we are supporting in another country. It is any wonder that the Obama Administration seems paralysed and unable to react to the attacks by ISIS in Iraq or failed to address the actions of Boko Haram or the ongoing unrest in Libya, Yemen and Syria. Their whole premise of the ME has been wrong from the beginning. Ignoring the radicalization of Islam, be it from the Iran backed Shia or the Qatar, Saudi backed Sunni, it is this radicalization that is the problem. Installing or supporting Islamic governments will not stabilize the region only help it spread to other areas by legitimizing their brand of fundamentalism.  Only thing is that democracy and Islamic Fundamentalism are incomparable.

In Afghanistan we are trying to negotiate with the Taliban, who we been fighting from the beginning. The current release of 5 of their top generals with the hope that they will not return to Afghanistan and cause us more trouble is naive at best, suicidal to our interests at worst. Hoping is not a sound strategy, as is ignoring the roots of the problems. It is hard for some to reconcile that religion is a driving force in society, especially in the West were we treat it so casually.  Ignoring it in the rest of the world is dangerous as we have seen and will continue to be so until we acknowledge that while it is the 21st century religion is as much a part of life to some today as it was in 18th, 19th or 20th centuries.

Meanwhile as we allow Afghanistan and Iraq to become our generations Vietnam we can console ourselves by knowing that we are politically correct and are not disparaging Islam as Pres. Obama once said ignorantly;

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

So to whom must the future belong to, as believing outside of Islam is to slander the Prophet, one cannot be done without doing the other.

 

 

 

Alliance With Iran: Top Ten Reasons Why That’s Incredibly Stupid

Of the 10 reasons that an alliance with Iran in Iraq is a bad idea, number 4 is especially poignant.

“(4) Leftists in general, and Obama and his advisors in particular, believe that merely talking with one’s deadliest enemies is a highly significant accomplishment in and of itself. This delusion is particularly dangerous.”

This has been the Obama’s administration go to gag, anytime his administration is in a bind. He recites a speech, and that is about all he does. His belief that his power of persuasion by the spoken or written word to drive policy is a reason his foreign policy is in shambles right now.

Words can sometimes help to solve problems when both sides can agree on the solution, but when those words are diametrically opposed to their own belief system they become just blustering at best, a waste of time and extremely dangerous at worst.

Obama’s presidency has been all about “resetting” the foreign policy of the US, by talking and talking and talking. The words may make us feel good about ourselves but carry no weight if not backed by other means. A lesson this administration has yet to learn.

Stately McDaniel Manor

ObamaWhile President Obama is surely incompetent–particularly in foreign policy–he’s not alone. Washington is a virtual fever swamp of idiocy, asFox News Reports: 

The Obama administration, unable to move the needle in the three-year-old Syrian civil war, now finds itself on the verge of moving toward a ‘my enemy’s enemy’ foreign policy with Iran in order to keep Iraq from falling apart next door.

The possibility of partnering with Iran to deal with a common foe — a radical Sunni militant group bent on regional domination — has immediately divided some of the Obama administration’s toughest critics.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the idea of an alliance of convenience with Iran the ‘height of folly.’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who typically is in lockstep with McCain on national security matters, on Sunday, though, likened it to the U.S. aligning with Stalin during World War II, because he ‘was not…

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The Incredible Lightness of Being a Pop Culture President

Back in 2004, President Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention put him on the map. A young State Senator from Illinois, highly educated of mix race who raised hopes of a better America. From that springboard he thrust into the national spotlight, first elected to serve in Congress as Illinois’ Jr. Senator serving in that capacity from 2005 until his election as President in November 2008.

In 2006, the future President wrote a second book, The Audacity of Hope, this book was more like a thesis on his political views and made his case to ascend to the Presidency. His first book, Dreams of my Father, which had been published in 1995 and then re-published to include the 2004 speech, was an auto-biography of his life until his election as the first Black President of the Harvard Law School Review. Both books won Grammy’s for best spoken word album, Dreams in 2006 and Audacity in 2008. Oprah Winfrey highly recommended his books, and was a central early supporter for his bid to the Presidency.

President Obama became a celebrity, even before he ran for President. Little was known about him except that which he had written in his books. The vetting that normally accompanies anyone seeking our highest office was forgotten. Contrast this to the investigations into the life of Sarah Palin who was running as VP candidate. Remember the calls from NY Times and other media entities for help in reading all, of  then Governor Palin’s e-mails, accusations that she was not the mother of her son, etc.

Very little vetting of Barry Soetero, aka Barack H. Obama was done. His celebrity status served as shield to his past and his written words were taken as gospel as to how he would lead the country. Obama would use his celebrity, clamoring for Hope and Change but anything time his got specific about what that entailed, he would either say something that should have made people cringe and take pause, or he would speak in such general terms that the words were meaningless. He would get a Nobel Peace Prize, months after taking office and without any accomplishments to merit such award, other that just being Obama.

When in January of 2008, as he was running for the nomination for President he said;

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

While he was unable to establish his cap-and-trade system as his own Democrats bailed on the idea, he is now doing using Executive fiat by utilizing his EPA and their power to regulate to achieve the same goal. At the time the MSM was not listening, they were remarking on how great the creases on his pants were, how good his oratory sounded, what would his picks for NCAA would be.

After all he was this guy who as Joe Biden said, was clean and articulate and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would expound as, “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”,  was a star. A celebrity that they could ride into the White House and to control Congress. Obama was that and much more, like a Hollywood A-list actor who could portray many roles, a blank slate that people could project anything to.

To the young, he was someone who appear just as comfortable talking about basketball, movies and Hip Hop music as he was about boring politics.

To women, he embodied the new man, a well-dressed metro sexual totally in tune with his femininity.

To Blacks, he was one of their own, someone raised by a single mother who through education and hard work had risen to the top, despite discrimination and racism.

To the Old, here was a minority candidate that would prove once and for all that they were not bigots, and racists, that they could elect some other if the candidate was right.

To the Academia, he was a product of themselves, an embodiment of their goals

To the Middle Class, he appear as someone who knew their struggles, an outsider who had risen, to deliver the relief they needed after the battering the Recession had given them.

He was the anti-War, anti-Bush, anti-Capitalist candidate, he was everything they projected and he was none of that. At the end of the movie the projector is turned off and people have to get on with their lives.

The movie is over for many people, the credits are rolling for others. Far too late many are recognizing that it was all a façade an illusion. It was a long movie that had a promising plot and characters but that ultimately did not deliver. This is not just those Independents and Republicans who helped to elect him and re-elect Obama but many of his own that are realizing this.

As Richard Fernandez writes, using a runaway train for a metaphor;

The illusion of concordance may have held up at first, at the start of the Obama administration. But ever since Hope and Change left the off-ramp it seems headed off into the blue and nobody is quite sure where it’s going.  A terrible realization has set in among insiders. Suppose this wheel is disconnected from the steering linkage?”

Although it fashionable to caricature the liberal mindset, intelligent liberals are no fools. Many of them have a record of solid achievement believed they could safely engage in income transfers, arms control, engagement with American enemies or even opening the border because they could turn off the valve if things threatened to go too far.  They were comfortable with power and certain — perhaps over certain — of their own judgment.’

“They’re a bunch of authentic geniuses on a runaway train wondering what went wrong. The blind spot that fooled them was basic.  They took the terms of the train journey at face value. That made them highly vulnerable to the one man who boards the train for whom the agreement means nothing at all;”

Worth reading the whole article, these are people who read the plot the skipped the reviews or only those that were favorable and paid to see this movie but now the movie is ending and a hallow feeling is all that is left. Yet there are still some believers, some refuse to leave the movie theater and want an encore.

As James Taranto, writing in Wall Street Journal, describes National Journal’s Lucia Graves’ article “Obama’s Thankfully ‘Dictatorial’ Approach to Climate Change.”

According to Graves, Limbaugh “has it precisely backward: The decision to use executive authority is the means, not the ends.” And you’ll never guess what justifies the means: “It also makes a lot of sense when it comes to global warming given Congress’s failure to pass the Waxman-Markey energy bill in 2009, and, for decades before that, to pass any sort of comprehensive climate legislation whatsoever.”

Yes, it has come to this. Americans are being urged to submit to “dictatorial” government because democracy is incapable of controlling the weather. “In college classes, climate change is taught as a textbook example of where democracy fails,” Graves asserts in the very first sentence of her column.”

As with all fads in Pop Culture, Obama has a deadline. At some point people realize that wearing pants 3 sizes too big and showing your dirty boxers, is not cool anymore. Or that Uggs boots are ugly, that Rap music is not Urban Poetry but a misogynist, violent and detrimental genre of music to the Social fabric of our country, especially the Inner Cities.

There is nothing wrong with having ‘Hopes and Dreams’, as long as we keep the facts in mind and act accordingly. Otherwise we have to delude ourselves and as Victor Davis Hanson, writes treat “Fictions as Truth”, another must read.

Eventually, the credits roll and the movie ends. We have to move to the exits of the theater and ponder the reality as it hits us in the face. Currently there are more people who are more familiar with our Pop President’s dealings with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Will and Jada Smith or his basketball picks than his policies or their effect on them.  Obama is not the first Pop President, certainly JFK and more recently Clinton used their celebrity to help govern. Obama may be the first to be elected because of his celebrity, and has proven just as shallow, as little as them.

Perhaps Obama should remember those words that helped to propelled him into the spotlight, and eventually into the Presidency:

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.

There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

Those words that seemed to have so much meaning then, but now sound just like any other spoken by a Hollywood Actor. Roll the credits; THE END