Friday, August 29, 2014

Cruising the Web

Gosh, Obama sure makes it look like amateur hour, doesn't he? All those aides who had to scramble to try to say that Obama really does have a strategy for going after ISIS and didn't mean to say what he actually said must be wondering why they let him go out there without a teleprompter. So he finally decided to be the most transparent president ever and tell everyone in the world that, despite all that ISIS has been doing all summer, he doesn't have a strategy yet. But maybe he'll get one soon right after the fundraisers that he has for this weekend. Who would expect him to have made sure his security advisers kept working on it even while he was on vacation for a few weeks.

I mean it's not as if the White House wasn't warned about the growing threat that ISIS represented for four years even while the President was describing them as the JV team of terrorism just a few months ago. Oh, wait.

And then he threw Ukraine under the bus all the while saying that Putin was weaker now because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Huh? Has Obama missed out on what is happening right now in Ukraine? Charles Krauthammer expresses some well-earned derision towards that fatuity.
But even worse than the president’s statement that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Krauthammer said, was his comment about Ukraine. Krauthammer summarized Obama’s comment on his strategy in Ukraine by saying Obama acknowledged that he had a strategy in Ukraine, which was “to do absolutely nothing.”

“He basically said, “We’re going to do nothing. I’ll wait until I chat with the allies next week.” I thought he had a phone,” Krauthammer said. “How about picking up the phone and talking with the allies? You know the phone is a way to communicate rather rapidly.”
Mollie Hemingway points out that the really significant statement coming from Obama was that it wasn't our policy to defeat ISIS, but just to reverse their gains in Iraq.

But apparently, all that people cared about from his press conference was that he was wearing a dang ugly suit. Hey, the world is falling apart so it's obviously time to discuss the President's suit.

We're now learning terrible stories about mass rapes of children in Rotherham in England. The stories are absolutely horrifying.
It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.
As Ian Tuttle summarizes the story, the numbers over the past decade and a half of children being sexually exploited are astounding. And the authorities did nothing about it because the men were Pakistani.
An estimated 1,400 children were victims of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, according to an independent inquiry commissioned last fall by Rotherham’s Metropolitan Borough Council. But because the perpetrators were overwhelmingly “Asian” — for the most part, Muslim men from Pakistan — local authorities, from social-services managers to law enforcement, regularly neglected reports of rape, assault, and sex trafficking for fear of being deemed racist.

Today, a U.K. newspaper illustrates in ghastly detail what young girls in Rotherham have faced for nearly two decades. The Mirror reports that a Rotherham teenager, “Emma,” was raped daily for two years and subjected to a mock execution. When she went to the police with the names of 250 of her attackers, law enforcement did nothing.
I guess that is the sort of war on women that feminists don't care so much about since it can't be blamed on Republicans. And then there is the whole problem of not wanting to single out a single ethnic group and sound politically incorrect. As Andrew McCarthy writes, this is the type of flabby cowardice that allows such horrific behavior to continue. And the use of rape as a tool of jihadist terror is growing more common. They're told by their leaders that the women deserve it because they're not wearing the proper headdresses and clothes, but that doesn't matter since they're raping young girls in their own communities. And European governments seem helpless before it.

And then there is this story of Muslim men breaking into a convent in Bangladesh to attack and rape the nuns there
who had devoted their lives to helping poor Muslims in that country.

Behavior such as we've seen with ISIS, Russian invading Ukraine, or these stories about rapes in Rotherham tell us that evil truly does exist in this world. And, as Noemie Emery writes, we are seeing a real world refutation of Obama's vision of a world when all he had to do was reach out to our nation's enemies and be the unBush and all would be well.
We don’t have Middle East chaos despite the fact that "restraint" is his policy. We have it as the result. The more Obama retreats from forcible measures, the more force pursues him. The harder he tries to avoid the suggestion of violence, the more people horribly die.

Six years after Obama's historic transformation of just about everything, he has proven his antagonists right in their major assumptions: Evil exists, not in a relative manner, and cannot be reasoned with.
And don't assume that we're safe here in the United States. We already have had murderous jihadist terrorism on our soil since 9/11 even though the Obama administration classified it as workplace violence. Remember the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 while shouting "Allahu Akbar"? Well, it seems that he sees something he likes in ISIS and has requested that he be allowed to "be made a citizen of the Islamic State." But that was just simple "Workplace violence." Nothing to see there, move along.

But of course. Eric Holder's Justice department negotiated a $17 billion settlement with Bank of America and a part of the deal was to create a slush form for Democratic activist groups. IBD writes,
All told, Holder has shaken down the nation's largest banks for a whopping $128 billion, more than a 10th of a trillion dollars, and counting. Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo are reportedly in talks with Justice to settle additional mortgage cases.
In effect, lenders are bankrolling the same parasites that bled them for the risky loans that caused the mortgage crisis. With new cash, they can ramp back up their shakedown campaign, repeating the cycle of dangerous political lending that wrecked the economy.

These settlements have little, if anything, to do with "justice" or restitution for innocent victims. In its 30-page "statement of facts," Justice couldn't provide a single shred of evidence of fraud against BofA. Nor could it ID a single "victim" by name.

The attorney general is actually perverting justice by extorting billions of dollars from the largest banks in the country and giving it away to the president's political friends and favorite political causes.
Just part of the corruption that Eric Holder has brought to the Justice Department as detailed by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky in their comprehensive book, Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department. They paint a dismaying picture of how Holder has not only corrupted the department but installed people of his ilk in career positions so they'll be there perverting justice long after Eric Holder and Barack Obama are no longer in power.

Oh, how quaint. It seems that Senator Mary Landrieu doesn't actually live in Louisiana. She claims to live in her parents' home but the neighbors have never seen her there. Mary Katharine Ham does find one benefit of this arrangement for Landrieu.
On the upside, Landrieu could certainly argue she better understands the hardships of the Obama economy because she’s living in her parents’ basement.

The Republicans are now claiming that they finally, really, actually do have a state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote program that will rival the Democratic one that killed GOP efforts in the past two presidential elections. The proof will be in the electoral pudding, but I'll hold off on congratulations until we see how it operates in 2016.