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Monday, December 14, 2015

Obama's "War" Speech

I held to my long-standing practice of not listening to Obama's speeches. As noted before, I can't stand his delivery composed of equal measures of condescension, ignorance, falsehoods, and just plain ol' way off the mark. I read the texts later and, thus, avoid getting distracted by the presentation.

OK, I read the text of his latest speech presenting his latest strategy for defeating ISIS or ISIL or IS or Daesh or whatever you want to call it.

My reaction: That's it? That's a strategy?

Let's start with this remarkable statement,
I just had a chance to meet with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and constantly strengthen our efforts. . .
I see.

He "just had a chance" to get together with the NSC.

That sort of sums up the urgency with which our President takes the job of defending the nation from the violent thugs of ISIS, ISIL, whatever.  He just had a chance . . . last week, of course, he was all excited about his Great Climate Change Deal in Paris, and hoping against hope that this would make us all forget about the Muslim crazies out there .  .  . and forget about his other Great Deal, the one with the Muslim crazies in Iran . . .

From there the whole thing goes downhill.

There is nothing new, nothing tangible in his "strategy." The speech is just a stale recycling of all the other nonsense he's said about this topic since the start. There is no passion, no conviction; just a word salad. The address certainly contains no accepting of blame by the misadministration for the disaster we now face all over the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. It was the Obama/Clinton mishandling of the withdrawal from Iraq; it's disastrous policies in Egypt, Libya, and Syria; and its insistence on political correctness when dealing with threats that have put us into this position. He can blather on about destroying this cache, killing this guy or that one over there, and containing the "terrorist group ISIL." The fact remains the killers can strike us anywhere in the world. They can kill us not only all over the Middle East, Afghanistan, and throughout Africa, but in Paris, Boston, London, New York, Sydney, Ottawa, Brussels, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Ft. Hood, Merced, and even in obscure San Bernardino.

They are not contained, Mr. President, and you have no clue about what to do, or are just lying about wanting to defeat these murderers.

Why? Because there's one word that appears nowhere in the speech.That word is ISLAM.

The issue is not ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, IS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Jamyat Islamia, or the Taliban. There is nothing complex or difficult in identifying the problem: Islam and how it's taught and practiced in the modern world.

As I wrote (October 23, 2014) after the killings in Canada,
As this humble blog has noted re the horrid Lee Rigby beheading in England (here and here), the Kenya Westgate mall massacre (here and here), the Boston Marathon bombings (here and here) the shootings at Ft. Hood, the DC Beltway Sniper (What was his name? Oh, yes, John Allen Mohammed), the Oklahoma beheading and so many more incidents in the US and elsewhere, media, "experts," and officials prove so reluctant to place the blame where it belongs that it is almost comical, well, comical in a horrible sort of perverse manner. 
We have the inevitable statements about there not existing a "link" between the particular incident under discussion and international--code for Muslim--terrorists. We have the desperate search for a culprit who is not Muslim: e.g., in the Ottawa shooting we had initial press reports of a Native American gunman. The press gleefully jumps on the fact that many of these crimes were by people born in the countries where they carried out their crimes: e.g., lots of coverage of the Ottawa shooter being Canadian-born. 
When some gutsy Western country, such as Australia, pre-empts the killers and breaks up their plot--one strikingly similar to what happened in Canada--well, the "experts" immediately "raise questions" about the ability of ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or some other group to carry out such long-range activities. 
Increasingly I am coming to the conclusion that "expert" is just another word for "naive fool." <...>
Whether these killers were born in England, Canada, Australia, Russia, the USA, or elsewhere, they all had one thing in common. Guess. Can you? Try. Yes, they were all "radicalized" to use the oh-so delicate PC phrase in vogue among the progressive bien pensant. In other words these thugs were Muslim, many of them social losers and recent converts to that totalitarian creed. 
There is no need for an ISIS indoctrination, logistics line, training, or other support. The Quran and the local mosque provide all that is needed.
 Islam is the word missing from your "strategy," Mr. President.

28 comments:

  1. We share your frustration Downunder. It is he anniversary of the Sydney siege and had to endure the Mayor of the City telling us that it wasn't a terrorist event, which I am pretty sure is news to the surviving hostages who stood for hours in the windows holding up Islamic flags. It takes special powers of delusion to say that in the face all that we now about the perpetrator and the event itself, but progressives have no use for the truth if it conflicts with their preferred world-view and polices.. The craven appeasement of the Islamo-facists is going to cost each and every one of us in the end.

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  2. DETAILS MATTER, check this detail out:
    (Breitbart) – In January of 2015, A HANDFUL OF SENATORS QUIETLY INTRODUCED NEW LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED MUSLIM IMMIGRATION INTO THE UNITED STATES – LIFTING CAPS ENTIRELY ON SEVERAL CATEGORIES OF VISAS FAVORED BY IMMIGRANTS FROM MUSLIM COUNTRIES.

    THE MARK ZUCKERBERG-BACKED LEGISLATION, S.153, is called the Immigration Innovation Act (or I-Squared), and it has taken on new significance following the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino. Those attacks were only possible due to Muslim immigration: Syed Farook is reportedly the child of Pakistani immigrants, and his jihadi bride, Tashfeen Malik, was reportedly born in Pakistan.

    The I-Squared bill is significant for a second reason. ONE OF THE SENATORS WHO INTRODUCED THE BILL IS ALSO RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT: SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL). AND SEVERAL OF RUBIO’S MOST PROMINENT FINANCIAL BACKERS ARE AMONG THE BILL’S BOOSTERS.

    I believe this is on spot, just got it. I knew Rubio is a little boy, not up to anything he is doing, and there are nice but deceptive adds on TV, boosting him as knowledgeable, but he is deceptive, obviously, with the following:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/13/mark-zuckerberg-backed-immigration-bill-allow-unlimited-muslim-immigration/

    I'm not sure anymore quite whom he is;
    http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Versions/003.054.html

    But with his involvement and whoever else is involved, evil is clearly malignant.

    And we Americans are in a danger greater than ever before in American history, with people of this sort, involved!!!! Combined with the lack of a large body of well educated college types, who now totally lack knowledge of western civilization, and American accomplishments, among other crucial basic real knowledge.
    JackIAm

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  4. This story came to me from a young Lt. present in Iraq the day candidate Obama visited in his first campaign for President. The surge had already started a month or two before.
    Candidate O came into the briefing HDQ and all took their places. Quite a presentation it was to be of the surge all the components being used and successes had.
    Well, Candidate O took his place along with his huge entourage. The first presenter had just started, and the young Lt told me the conference had not reached one minute when Candidate O stood up and announced to the entire room that this war and the other was over. Then he and his entourage left the room and left standing stunned officers/NCO's from all services and ranks.
    I asked the young woman why she was telling me this. She replied that she felt she had to share something of what she saw with foreboding about (then Pres Obama)....(a year after the event)
    I have thought of this repeatedly since 2009.
    Our son graduated from AF Academy in 2001 and was to start flight school on 9/11. He has been over nearly 2 dozen times.
    In 2004 he remarked to me that this war needed to be as long as it took to win...whether it was ten years or 100 years....then he said, sadly....."But, Mama while we have been fighting....America has either been at the mall or the movies.
    This man who is in the WH is the ultimate Manchurian Candidate. We still debate, my husband and I, as to who is his handler.
    This next year will be awful. And I supremely doubt his ability to hand over a nation still intact, if he hands it over at all.

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  5. There is no need for an ISIS indoctrination, logistics line, training, or other support.

    I am reminded of the wars with the Plains Indians. You may be unaware that they raised their young men from boyhood in independent military cohorts. These warrior factions were politically separate, and made their own diplomatic choices. It was not unusual for all the older wiser men to be at peace, officially, with the US government while the younger men were at war with it.

    Anti-Democrat

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  6. "the disaster we now face all over the Middle East ... [because of] the Obama/Clinton mishandling of the withdrawal from Iraq": the essential cause of the disaster was the W/Cheney decision to invade Iraq without making any intelligent plans for what came after. Such plans would have had to include the possibility that Congress or a successor President would act idiotically. Properly performed in a timely way, attempts to plan might have persuaded W not to be such a reckless chump.

    Of course this does not deny moral agency to O or Hitlery, (nor indeed to that archetype of dereliction of duty, Slick Willy) but it does point the finger at the begetter of the horror show. It was a worse decision even than JFK's to have a merry little war in Vietnam.

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    1. Sorry to differ. Yes, GW had misunderestimated the magnitude of the problem of a post-war Iraq; but he and his generals adapted and WON. All thrown away of course.

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    2. But they didn't win, they were completely defeated in their aim of setting up a stable democracy in Iraq. It was an absurd aim, of course, but it was their stated aim. Defeat was total.

      It's sobering to realise that in spite of all the bragging, none of America's wars since Japan surrendered has been won, except Bush the Elder's Gulf War, and the bombing war against Serbia. Korea - draw. Vietnam - defeat. Afghanistan - defeat. Iraq II - defeat. Libya - defeat. The obvious lesson is that the US should stick to wars that consist of only one battle, be it on land or in the air, though even there Libya is a counter-example.

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    3. There is a difference between a military victory and a political victory. The former is quite hard to pull off in the modern era of instant media. Much western media is as much an adversary as the enemy on the field. A total crushing win on the battlefield, complete with pictures, will turn our delicate sensibilities off. All enemies since WW2..Communism and Islamism...know this. They just have to wait.

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    4. "There is a difference between a military victory and a political victory." No, there really isn't. Clausewitz, or whoever it was, was right. Otherwise boxers who knock an opponent down in round one, but lose the verdict in the end, could claim 'really' to have won.

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  7. An interesting essay by a Muslim woman in Egypt is here:

    http://nocompulsion.com/a-warning-to-the-west-a-voice-from-the-heart-of-the-islamic-world/

    It clearly and explicitly sets out the strategy and motivation of the Muslims

    Phil B

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  8. “Washington D.C.” “YOU’RE FIRED!” There, I feel better!

    Not really, when Americans, if ever again, since the Revolution for Independence, becomes intelligent, wise and unified, then I’ll be feeling better. Given the last 50 or 60 years of missed and lack of education, in basics of Truth, and the essence of understanding of Freedom, many are going to have to do remedial learning and intelligent search of history, culture, accomplishments and achievements, all of which majority socialist teachers wasted students time by not covering!!

    But that is a lot of work and hey, this is the “it’s all good and fun let’s chill and self-actualize generations”, isn’t it now? Oh how they all going to see self-actualizations, and realities, not taught, in their little safe zones, as it develops, for their inattentions and lack of base knowledge educational cautions, that maintaining a good Republic requires, of each citizen.

    Current history and reality can be found here: http://gatesofvienna.net/2015/11/tet-take-two-islams-2016-european-offensive/#more-38032
    And here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_siege
    One should watch this information, for general historical reality, too: https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/william-j-federer-what-the-west-needs-to-know-about-islam/ here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YpJjRzQDIM
    And this: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/12/daniel-greenfield-moment-migration-is-the-greatest-threat-to-national-security/comment-page-1#comment-1340181 video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmAqNgHgBoA

    They are tied together, in ways you’ll find as you master them. Pay attention to the latter, which shows that one or two local civilians had engaged the (muslim) allied attackers with gunfire, on their way to the school, kia’d one and wounded two. (“After an exchange of gunfire against the police and an armed local civilian, in which reportedly one attacker was killed and two were wounded, the militants seized the school building.[35"] ) Imagine civilians (like Tancredo’s proposal) as in Switzerland, having high rates of rifle ownership, as civilians, as back in the days in America, before the alinsky-ite democrats (Kennedy, I am informed) got the power to stop the DCM, providing cheap reconditioned rifles and pistols to the civilian population!
    JackIAm

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  9. Sorry, important material to my comment, here:

    And finally, note in Beslan, as cautioned among so many matters involving and potentially evolving today’s would be LAX tragedy, in the former referred article ‘Tet-take two’ the following bit of info: At 09:11 local time, “the terrorists arrived at Beslan in a GAZelle police van and a GAZ-66 military truck.” Also the impossible tie up of massive forces. Civilians responsibly acting as dispersed militia, armed ready and powder dry, until challenged unmistakably by hostile force are increasingly necessary, no organized forces are or have ever been great enough to deal with this type of lethal threat, anywhere.

    It has been said Europe has 6000 jihadis on soil, dispersed, and America has 9000 (not hard figures, so far as I know, just apparent estimates, gleaned) jihadis already, on soil. Not only was Trump correct in barring the door Katie, but more must be done. Self-defense is imperative, supersedes much, and there is law on the books to close the door to any organization or group, who threatens America with invasion.

    This law is not verified by me, and is from a commenter at above mentioned URL: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/12/daniel-greenfield-moment-migration-is-the-greatest-threat-to-national-security/comment-page-1#comment-1340181 , but it is also claimed or implied this following described law is on the books (certainly should be, permanently….. The IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT PASSED JUNE 27, 1952 REVISED THE LAWS RELATING TO IMMIGRATION, NATURALIZATION, AND NATIONALITY FOR THE UNITED STATES. THAT ACT, WHICH BECAME PUBLIC LAW 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and REMAINS IN EFFECT TODAY. AMONG THE MANY ISSUES IT COVERS, ONE IN PARTICULAR, FOUND IN CHAPTER 2 SECTION 212, IS THE PROHIBITION OF ENTRY TO THE US IF THE ALIEN BELONGS TO AN ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY “FORCE, VIOLENCE, OR OTHER UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS.”

    THIS, BY ITS VERY DEFINITION, RULES OUT ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES, BUT THIS LAW IS BEING IGNORED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION TO THE US WOULD BE PROHIBITED UNDER THIS LAW BECAUSE THE KORAN, SHARIA LAW AND THE HADITH ALL REQUIRE COMPLETE SUBMISSION TO ISLAM, WHICH IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE US GOVERNMENT, THE CONSTITUTION, AND TO THE REPUBLIC. ALL MUSLIMS WHO ATTEST THAT THE KORAN IS THEIR LIFE’S GUIDING PRINCIPAL SUBSCRIBE TO SUBMISSION TO ISLAM AND ITS FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

    Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. WHETHER IT IS A RELIGION IS IMMATERIAL BECAUSE THE LAW STATES THAT ALIENS WHO ARE AFFILIATED WITH ANY “ORGANIZATION” THAT ADVOCATES THE OVERTHROW OF OUR GOVERNMENT ARE PROHIBITED.” –via Ralph

    Hope someone finds this knowledge and references of value, sorry for length. What needs to be said, could be a book.
    JackIAm

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    1. You might note that the Immigration and Nationality Act now in effect is not the one passed in 1952. Some of the older provisions are still in, but it has been changed many which ways.

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    2. Thanks much, Kepha, for the update. I haven't had time yet to check the currency of the '52 act, indeed, which is why I stated that quote as I did, unsure, as somewhere I thought I had seen something about what you said. Progressives no doubt like other 'pests' and worse, got into the good things of security, and national protection.

      So far as I'm concerned, with more than one of our enemy in the regime, no chance to reset it to '52, but that is certainly something exceeding overdue, desperately so, among so much which needs doing.
      JackIAm

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  10. What if we trained and armed to the retards of the world and sent them to fight ISIS?

    We would have the US Marines Corp!

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  11. How bad is it, that a fictional character on a TV show gets it more, and has a far better plan that might have a chance??

    Quinn from Homeland:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct3BsyF64gM

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    1. KH, thanks so much for that excellent reference. I don't get homeland yet with the service I have. Outstanding segment.
      JackIAm

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  12. BTW, Mr. Amaselem, you noted:

    "I can't stand his delivery composed of equal measures of condescension, ignorance, falsehoods, and just plain ol' way off the mark."

    I'm glad to meet someone else who feels exactly as I do about the speechifyings of the supposedly "most brilliant POTUS ever".

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