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.


Chris said...

Betsy, your blog statement is spot on. You hit the nail on the head with the ISIS situation and how the prez is completely ignoring the severity of the problem.

I am presently reading Melanie Philips' book, Londonistan. She wrote it in April 2006. Everything that is happening today with ISIS has been predicted in her book. Very scary!

Our president and our politicians better wake up or we will face terror which will make 9/11 look like a walk in the park.

mark said...

Yup, a stupid way for Obama to phrase the ongoing plans for dealing with ISIS. Kinda reminds me of Bush saying he wasn't "worried" about the mastermind of 911. I know how people here were upset about that bit of cowardice.
Of course, the situation may be just a wee bit more complicated than conservatives pretend. Poor John McCain is now the poster boy for ISIS after having his picture taken with them. True, not as disgraceful as giving us Sarah Palin. But a close second.

Rick Caird said...

No, Mark. You have it wrong again. What Bush said is that he was not going to judge the success of the GWOT based on the capture or no capture of Osama Bin Laden. Given that Bin Laden was in hiding and not accessible by computer of cell phone, but only by messenger, he was no longer a threat to the US.

Bush was correct. You are wrong.

tfhr said...

Cowardice, mark? How do you even arrive at that?

More importantly, you still seem to miss the point that the war against the West was not being waged by just one man. President Bush understood this, why can't you?

This is a global war being waged on many fronts by many actors. ISIL would be an example, Iran is another, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, AQIM, Boko Haram, the Taliban, al Nusrah, AQAP, ABM, Lashkar e Taiba and the list goes on and on.

Stopping these groups should be an easily identified non-partisan, common ground for Americans but the ardent and unquestioning followers of Obama - that would include you, mark - seem to miss the point completely. Bad foreign policy and a basic failure to keep on top of these organizations has led to their rapid expansion and growing danger. Libya, Iraq, and Syria are in flames while Obama dithers! The Administration cannot even seem to bring itself together in a unified assessment of the threat posed by ISIL (and others), let alone deliver leadership where it is so desperately needed.

All that and you're worried about McCain? If a photo of McCain represents some sort of counterbalance (in your mind) to the neglect shown by this President when it comes to his duties (as opposed to the inordinate attention he has given his golf game) then you must want to have him impeached for his relationship with Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi, and their respective terrorist wives. Let's get that group together for this year's White House Christmas card! Why don't you get to work on that - it can be your "ongoing plan"!

I guess you need to be reminded that it was Obama that threatened Syria with bombing - as he carried through with on Libya - McCain seems to be on the same page with the President. Obama was all set to be the Air Force for al Nusrah and ISIL when Putin backed him down from pulling another Libya out of his hat. This President has been an amazing and embarassing foreign policy disaster and a national security nightmare but you're afraid that Sarah Palin is under your bed!

Maybe this inability to distinguish a violent threat to Americans from a political opponent that threatens the left's grip on the White House is your common ground because I just cannot fathom why you would be so slavishly devoted to a man that has lied to you over and over and over and will again.

mark said...

’I truly am not that concerned about him’
Rick, if you're claiming Bush didn't say the words above, you're simply lying. If you just want to spin what he said, then have at it. I know conservatives tried to defend those comments by saying democrats thought that killing bin Laden would end the war on terror. That was a lie. And, of course, we had our "military-intelligence" expert claim the comments were fine because bin Laden was probably dead (because, ya know....a "decrease in communiques". But OBL wasn't dead (yet) and Bush's comments were a cowardly retreat from his "dead or alive" bluster.
I wonder what would be the reaction of conservatives if Obama or a dem Senator had a picture taken with members of ISIS and it was being used as propaganda.
Obama "drawing a line" against Syria was a terrible mistake and a sign of weakness. If conservatives had gotten their way, though, we would have sent money (our tax dollars) and weapons to groups that included ISIS.
How many times have we funded rebels and opposition groups only to have it come back and bite us in the ass years later? Ask St. Ronnie, who helped sold weapons (illegally) to Iran, and helped Saddam Hussein and dictators in Central America commit atrocities.

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mark said...

Well gahrie, I'm sure like with your other posts, that makes perfect sense to you.

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tfhr said...


You continue to claim Bush's remarks were "cowardly"? How so? I recognize your need to infuse each statement you make with an insult when facts to support your claim are unavailable - you do it so often - but "cowardly"? That doesn't even make sense.

Secondly, to claim that "If conservatives had gotten their way, though, we would have sent money (our tax dollars) and weapons to groups that included ISIS", is more than just speculative, it presupposes that McCain, is a conservative or that he speaks for all conservatives. I know group-think is the essence of leftist ideology but please don't make the assumption that conservatives, like leftists, are afflicted with an inability to think for themselves.

Unfortunately your thought that failure to render assistance to Assad's opposition was somehow a successful stroke against ISIL just doesn't hold up in reality. The past several months have shown Obama's failure to act has resulted in the wholesale transfer of American weapons and equipment to ISIL from Iraq. Add those weapons to the vast stores of weaponry released from Libya after Obama's intervention there and you can account for a great deal of the killing power on battlefields in Syria and Iraq. Further evidence of Obama's utter confusion over the threat posed by radical Islamism is his willingness to supply millions of dollars of advanced weaponry to a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt while it conducted vicious attacks on churches and purges on Coptics. Now that the MB no longer has control in Egypt and has been replaced by a government that is willing to hold to the treaty with Israel, the Obama Administration refuses to assist it in efforts to counter terrorists in Libya and the Sinai! Amazingly incoherent!

Finally, for all of your concern about the people of Central America - you mentioned something about atrocities - you have a funny way of showing it, given your loyal support for a party lead by a man that has done everything possible to entice people to risk the lives of their children through illegal immigration (human trafficking).

mark said...

After your disgraceful attacks on Menendez and Gen. Petraeus, it is no surprise that you claim not to understand what makes a cowardly act,
After all the bluster about "getting" OBL, Bush tried to defend his failure by lying that dems thought getting OBL would end the war on terror. That was a lie quickly picked up here and elsewhere in conservative media. I challenged people here to name a known dem/liberal making that case. Nada. But it's not too late. Go ahead and find one.

Of course, Bush's decision to stay seated with a bunch of kids when our country was under attack was a whole different type of cowardice.

tfhr said...


Looking through your BDS scarred eyes at history does not change the fact that President Obama has had six years to act on the threat posed by Jihadists and for his accomplishments we have seen the threat grow and spread far beyond the days of the Bush administration.

The so-called Arab Spring has turned into one long killing season. Iran is closer to having a nuclear weapons capability while it continues to fund and supply Hamas and Hezbollah. About 200,000 Syrians are dead while millions live in refugee camps. Iraq is now threatened by ISIS because Obama could not manage the peace that Bush left behind. Afghans are aware of the day when their fate will be handed to the Taliban by President Obama. Libya is a failed state, with Obama's help, and a helpful source of weapons for Jihadis across two continents. Ukraine is in flames and teetering on collapse, China is aggressively throwing its weight around in Asia and the Western Pacific, while our own southern border is trampled underfoot by an onslaught of human trafficking and narcotics smuggling.

But by all means, let's get the country together to defend Robert Menendez - your argument is that he only took illegally financed flights to the DR from a campaign contributor. Your reasoning: because one pair of prostitutes say that he didn't do anything with them while another pair said he did. But besides that, he's a pretty good guy - he's paid the airfare back while the investigation of his "sponsor" continues with the same sense of urgency as that given to Fast & Furious, Lois Lerner and the gang at the IRS, and Benghazi.

Oh, and of course Petraeus only cheated that ONE time with that One woman! To suggest otherwise is bad form! I guess you can believe what you want to - you did it for Bill Clinton for years while he waged his own very personal war on women while Hillary stood dutifully by, biding her time.

So dig in mark. Take a stand on the important issues of our day: Menedez and Petreaus! While you're fighting that important fight be sure to let us know what Bush should have done in those seven minutes that could have possibly made a difference.

I'll take those seven minutes if you can explain what Obama has been waiting for for six years.

mark said...

No, tfhr, the Menendez case here isn't about his "illegally financed" flights. I never mentioned that, nor did I say I thought he was innocent of any charges. In fact, I clearly stated he should pay a price for any crime he committed.

This is about a complete lack of respect for the Constitution and Due Process, which is something you, Betsy and other conservatives promote when it serves your cause.

The fact that you went on to call me a friend to "rapists" and "pedophiles" when I brought up Due Process (and were not cautioned by one conservative) should be an embarrassment. Imagine, a person is labeled a heinous criminal without a shred of evidence, and anyone who speaks up is accused of being a "sympathizer".

So, one more change to redeem yourself, thfr:
Present your evidence that Menendez is a "rapist" and "pedophile" OR acknowledge that you were wrong.

tfhr said...

Or what, you'll stop posting inane screeds on these blog threads?!

The left quite happily stood by while Durbin and Murtha falsely accused American troops of war crimes and in the latter case, Marines were actually on trial. Harry Reid used the Senate floor to smear Romney with bogus claims about taxes while the Obama Administration used the IRS to quite literally violate 1st Amendment rights of thousands of Americans, but the real violation, for you, is the Daily Caller's Menendez accusation! When Menendez takes them to court over that - and when he wins - then you'll have a gripe but until then, get used to treatment in kind.

In the meantime, here's a list of topics to avoid by whining more about Menendez:

ISIL crashing through Iraq while Obama dithers

Another American hostage is beheaded.

UN peacekeepers are being ransomed in Syria

Libya is an abandoned, failed state

More of Ukraine is in Russia's hands

Iran, China and Russia are rushing to fill the vacuum left when the Obama showed them that he would not lead

Our porous southern border is a magnet for thousands of Central American children - many of whom will die enroute, be raped, or sold into prostitution - because this President and his supporters welcome this invasion of undocumented Democrats.

I'm beginning to understand the phrase "man made disaster", now that these fine examples have been generously provided by Obama.

mark said...

Now see, I suspected you'd fail, and you proved me right.
You've already exposed yourself as a fool and a fraud, and now you stand by your unproven charges. You're MO, whether posting as tfhr or lfm, has been to make insane accusations about political opponents supporting terrorists, the Iran govt., pedophiles, rapist, abortion as a bloodsport, etc. etc. After years of defending Gen. Petreaus as an honorable man, you attacked him with tawdry gossip after he had the audacity to praise Hillary. salutes you!
If you had any power, you'd be dangerous. Since you don't, you're merely a silly coward who felt the need to boost your cred by claiming to post from the battlefield in Iraq before being recruited by several "military-intelligence" services; two claims you dropped when you changed your identity to lfm (due to computer problems, right?)

tfhr said...

Right back at you mark!

For years you've been calling people liars, frauds, and cowards stemming from your inability to offer a coherent, fact based argument to support your failed Progressive viewpoint.

It's also true that your reading comprehension isn't a strength and you certainly have not shown yourself to have much of an understanding of DOD or civilian intelligence organizations. The services, namely the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have military intelligence branches but they don't recruit from their respective counterparts. Nobody has ever said anything like that here except you.

Clearly, facts are a problem for you but I'm not sure whether it's out of sheer ignorance or convenience, though it's likely a combination of both, that leads you to repeatedly display such an appallingly poor ability to understand the workings of government, the military, the Intelligence Community, or the real world in which these entities exist. To say that I've "dropped a claim" that I never made, well that may play well in your mind but it's kind of like you kissing your sister.

This tedious thread is almost over because Betsy will soon post her Thursday entry but I have to add that it amuses me to no end that you actually claim to believe that the Petraeus remark was anything more than a painfully insincere attempt to put a smiley face on a fractured and failed foreign policy team. You truly know how to willfully suspend disbelief! Hillary would be proud - she has taught you to drink your Kool-Aid from a fire hose!

But at this point, what difference does it make anyway!

mark said...

Hmmmm... you know all about Gen. Petraeus' sex life, and his unspoken thoughts about Hillary. Yet not so much about the Constitution and due process. Strange.
BTW: John Murtha died about four yaars ago. Might be time to let that one go.

tfhr said...

Our mark believes a public official that was forced to resign from his post should be exempt from criticism because that same criticism calls into question the veracity of the individual based on his known history of telling lies to and about women. Of course that only applies when an appointee of the President speaks in praise of another appointee (and celebrated door mat of a previous President) of the same President. Nothing surprising or questionable there, no, not at all, but given mark's adoration for a woman that has built her political "career" by being on the receiving end of lies from men in her life, at least he's consistent but it doe raise questions about who he is rooting for in this war on women!

Constitutional scholar mark then points out that there is an apparent statute of limitations to invoke to protect the head of the House Armed Services Committee for violating the actual rights of the accused, in this case Marines serving in Iraq, to unduly influence Article 32 hearings and subsequent court martial proceedings.

As previously stated, mark has no clue about the military, the influence of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, or the rights of defendants being tried under the UCMJ, but that does not stop him from deciding that it's high time to cut Murtha a break for tormenting a bunch of enlisted troops for a sleazy headline and some sadistic fun.

But why should anyone be surprised at that when we all know that mark still thinks that comparing dead American troops to a Guatemalan fish kill is high humor! Your true colors always show through, mark!

tfhr said...

Hey mark,

Here's another Obama Administration Human Trafficking success story:

Read all about it and think about those kids you saw in Guatemala and how children like them are being used to advance a destructive and illegal political campaign designed and promoted by Obama and his party.

What kind of scum would do this to children and why would anyone vote for them?! You should be ashamed of yourself!