Friday, August 22, 2014

Beware the JV team

Wow, for such a pitiful terrorist organization ISIL, ISIS, IS. sure grew up in a hurry.  "Like nothing ever seen".  Sneaking across the border and planning to "pivot to a 9/11 attack", maybe "blowing up a US city".   Wow.  Does anyone else think they've gone from underestimating these guys to overestimating them in a few weeks?

Not that we shouldn't acknowledge them, but it should be accurately.  Brutal acts of terror towards Americans tend to produce reactions, but they tend to trigger ass-covering political kneejerks.  These are the things Obama has referred to as "acting stupidly" and has hinted that the actual Obama Doctrine might be summed up as "don't do stupid stuff".

Stupidity is making a Twitter hashtag saying "bring back our girls".  Or underestimating groups like ISIS in the first place.  Everyone should know, especially the leader of the free world, about the brutality of violent Islamic Jihadism by now.  Obama said they don't belong in the 21st Century, hell they didn't belong in the 15th Century. 

But the narrative is now that the JV team are flesh-eating monsters that must be confronted to save our cities, at least somehow--maybe via Iraq forces or someone in the region, if the moon is right, but not with US combat boots on the ground, only Special Forces and advisor boots are allowed, or pilot boots in the cockpit, and by the way, the hostages were almost rescued.     

At least that's the political spin.  The emotional spin is a little different, understandably:
Their brother was beheaded by terrorists. Now, the siblings of American journalist James Foley say more could have been done to save him from ISIS, and they hope more will be done to save another American hostage, Steven Sotloff.
"Even take the money aside, there's more that could have been done directly on Jim's behalf, and I really hope in respect to Steven, they do something quickly," Michael Foley told Yahoo! News. "There is things that can be done, we're sitting on prisoners for example in Guantanamo, it doesn't even have to be financial," he said.
Bold added to indicate what happens when precedents are set by America negotiating with terrorists. And to use an Obama phrase let's be clear here--the axiom was always "America does not negotiate with terrorists, period".  Not this kind of asterisked BS..
.."(we) do not provide ransom or any funding for terrorist organizations."
In other words, negotiation is OK.  And there was apparently some negotiation with ISIS.  As with recent AQ-affiliates, the IS 'folks' wanted Aafia Siddiqui, wife of 9/11 terrorist Ammar Baluchi.  Evidently that was a bridge too far, something the families of the victims--and future victims--will not understand.

Meanwhile they gave a White House briefing today in Martha's Vineyard and some of the media came. Deputy spokesman Eric Schultz probably wishes they had all stayed at the pool.  He was grilled by both ABC and CNN reporters on the optics of Obama giving his response to a head-chopping then zipping off to the first tee for high fives and laughs minutes later. Imagine Bush doing that. But an interesting thing occurred--the spokesman, in trying to defend the optics, released a bit of flop sweat...

On a final related note, the decision of the GAO that Obama's decision to transfer five Taliban terrorists for Sergeant Bergdahl was against the law was broached by the Fox News reporter, who wondered if the White House agreed (they don't) and whether they plan to act on the decision. The answer was seemingly no. In other words, Obama is the final arbiter of such things and has decided he was within his rights to break the law or something.  

The Fox guy wondered about actual consequences (hehe), to which Schultz referred him to the GAO (as if they dole out punishment). OK, in a worse case scenario somebody (or somebodys) at the Pentagon may get a suspension for violating the Anti-Deficiency Act (ie, spending money that wasn't lawfully appropriated) but nothing will happen at the top level folks--they will simply say they don't agree with the decision if asked.  And nothing will happen because the MSM won't pursue it.  And Eric Holder is a black man.  

It's unnecessary to point out how that kind of precedent might affect the rule of law going forward. At least it should be.


Here's NY Times talking about Syria back in 2007:
Syria is encouraging Sunni Arab insurgent groups and former Iraqi Baathists with ties to the leaders of Saddam Hussein’s government to organize here, diplomats and Syrian political analysts say. By building strong ties to those groups, they say, Syria hopes to gain influence in Iraq before what it sees as the inevitable waning of the American presence there.
...“The American project in Iraq is collapsing, and we decided it was important to reach out to fellow Iraqis now,” said Nizar Samari, the spokesman for the conference and a former media director for Mr. Hussein.
What a tangled web. But hey, Assad is still in power.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brown and the Media

So an American journalist gets beheaded by Islamic nutcakes on You ube and a day later the administration unveils details of a top secret raid that failed to rescue him?  And their excuse is that their hands were tied because the media already had the story?  Which was followed by more detailed information provided to reporters?   All as the Commander-in-Chief provided a backdrop of high fives and frivolity on the golf course?

Gee, who stole their copy of "President for Dummies"?  Surely they can't desire such optics. God help us if they do.  

And who leaked this to the media?  How soon will the leak investigation begin, because after all, everyone else in DC has been investigated/jailed for leaking.  Yes that was sarcasm.  Oh right, Eric Holder is a black man or something. 

Speaking of murdering bastards, Greg Gutfeld on Fox News broke a story tonight about an American who killed four innocent people in the name of Allah, right here in the United States.  On both coasts.  One was gay.  Another was a white teenager.  Yes, that's a similar body count to the Boston bombers.   Yet nothing in the big media.  We did learn that Obama had a hip party during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard where he danced and a great time was had by all.

And we've endured saturation coverage about the death of a young black man named Michael Brown who was killed by a cop in Missouri, yet another black man named Mohammed Brown who brags of committing jihad in America was a non-story.  This despite the fact he was rounded up in Seattle in 2004 for suspicion of supporting terrorism, to which he pled to a conspiracy charge and was released on time served.  Back in the day when people criticized Bush for arbitrarily rounding up people suspected of terrorism. 

Words simply fail.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coach comes home, JV team strikes

Is this perhaps part of the reason Obama mysteriously flew back to DC for a couple of days during the middle of his vaca?
A disturbing video posted online appears to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped while covering the Syrian conflict in 2012.
They claim to have at least one more journalist in captivity, mentioned in the story, whom they are threatening to kill if Obama drops more bombs.  There is also McClatchy reporter Austin Tice, a former US Marine also captured in Syria in 2012--whereabouts unknown.  Oddly enough during yesterday's State Dept briefing a question was asked about Mr. Tice.  Watch the strange way it was handled by spokeslady Marie Harf:

As she stumbles around looking for something she blurts out "we're moving on after this?", as if not wanting to field anymore questions about it.  In today's briefing the same question was asked about Tice, provoking this reply by Harf:
QUESTION: Marie, yesterday I asked you about Austin Tice and the anniversary.
MS. HARF: Yes.
QUESTION: Do you have something on that?
MS. HARF: I do. It has been now over two years since the disappearance of Austin Tice in Syria. We are in close contact with the Tice family. We share their concerns for Austin’s safety and well-being. We continue to work through our Czech protecting power in Syria to get information on his welfare and whereabouts and appreciate the efforts of the Czech mission on behalf of our citizens. We have long expressed concern about the safety of journalists in Syria and strongly urge all sides to ensure their safety. I don’t have anything more than that at this point.
Again, very brief and vague.  Was she deflecting to avoid bad publicity or in an attempt to protect the life of Foley and others, who for all anyone knows might have been part of sensitive negotiations between the White House and IS, maybe prompting some high level meetings?  After all, we negotiate with terrorists now, officially.  One would think US citizens/journalists/soldiers being beheaded might prompt at least a quick cabinet meeting.

Clearly, red lines are being drawn around the world. Tragically, with this terrorist group, they are not afraid to uphold theirs.  Put all the politics aside for a moment--the Commander-in-Chief has some serious presidenting to do.  This is not an easy gambit.  

As if that's not enough, the US media has largely ignored this weird bombing in Libya:
Air raids carried out last night over Tripoli on the positions of Misratan-led forces could not have been made by Libyan warplanes the General Chief of Staff has said.
In a statement made this afternoon the leader of the armed forces, Major General Suleiman Obeidi, said no Libyan-based force had the technology nor the capacity to carry out the attacks.
Obeidi said the missiles, one of which had been identified as a US made Mark 83 general purpose bomb, could only have been dropped using in-flight targeting technology, unavailable to the Libyan Airforce.
He added that the weapons had been used with extreme precision and had hit only the Grad missiles and howitzers they were intended to destroy. 
Not sure if this alone would have been enough to get Obama off his unisex bike or the first tee, unless something else was tied to this Libya event.  Rumors do have it the other IS captive was actually transferred from Libya, suggesting a terror nexus between the war-torn regions. 

Yet it's questionable as to whether anything out of the country can tear Americans away from the Ferguson story, even with ISIS signs in the parade, as a war-weary public has tuned out.  If it doesn't resonate it's obviously bad news for the country but also bad news for any other western captives, because the terrorists will likely keep escalating their YouTube barbarity to get our attention.  If the barbarism gets bad enough a kneejerk reaction might occur with the public clamoring for another can of whoopass over there--that is if our own country isn't involved in a race war by then.  If the St. Louis Grand Jury doesn't return an indictment of officer Wilson, who knows.  But at least that monster Rick Perry was indicted.  The country is safe.

MORE  8/20/14

Obama managed to squeeze in a 5 minute response to the headchoppers before his afternoon tee time.  It was a typical uninspiring collegial speech, more of a eulogy than a forceful reply, and it will scare no one.  Then again, with this passage maybe it's not really designed to scare anyone:
...they may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the west, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing.... etc
In other words, we here in Crusader-land have nothing to worry about because despite just chopping the head off a US citizen and lining up others, IS is just a regional threat.  He basically called them dead-enders.

Speaking of Saddam, IS's thug tactics and military organization lean more towards his kind of gangster-ocracy as opposed to pure Islamic jihad, explaining in part why even Zawahiri denounced them last year.  But it makes perfect sense seeing as how the group was mentored by former Saddam regime elements (duh, General Vallely).

Meanwhile, the White House this afternoon released a report about a failed rescue mission of the hostages that took place earlier in the summer. No details of significance other than dozens of forces were involved across the DoD spectrum. No Situation Room photos, either.

The release of this data seems to say a few things; 1) we were evidently not negotiating recently, despite some emails to the contrary, and 2) they are giving up on the remaining hostages. Both are speculation, it's hard to say anything with certainty but the release about the raid seems designed to protect political fanny rather than scare anyone or set up another raid.  Then again, with this president nothing is clear-cut.  Did anyone get any kind of concrete message out of his speech today?  Even the terrorists must be wondering what's really going on, watching the prez scurry back out to the course.

MORE.. 8/20/14

Lots of details being leaked by anonymous administration officials to the WaPo and Times, but they aren't the only ones leaking..
Two Defense Department officials, who spoke separately on the condition of anonymity because of the operation’s delicate nature, expressed anger at the administration for revealing the mission. One of the officials said the aborted raid had alerted the militants to the Americans’ desire and willingness to try to rescue the hostages, and, in the aftermath, had probably forced the captors to tighten their security.
But, the official said, the conference call on Wednesday revealed new details that ISIS is not likely to have known. “This only makes our job harder,” the official said. “I’m very disappointed this was released. We knew any second operation would be a lot harder.”
Seems self-evident. Let's hope they have a massive rescue raid going on RIGHT NOW before these thugs can react, otherwise this release simply smacks of raw ass-covering politics. By the way, hopefully it's also self-evident to some of the clueless just how stupid the Twitter "bring back our girls" campaign was in light of recent revelations.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Acting Stupidly

That pretty much describes most of the loud-mouths on social media and the real media on the Mike Brown mess in St. Louis, along with the so-called witness (otherwise known as a co-conspirator), city spokesmen, governor of Missouri and PD officials, not to mention the solider wannabes who harrassed the media.

And of course the president, who has no business saying much other than 'everyone please let justice take its course and refrain from violence'.  But he just couldn't stop at that, he had to plow forward and lecture everyone on both sides, per usual. He did everything but tell Bill O'Reilly whether there were any smidgens of corruption involved.

In the midst of all the chaos, Jack Cashill provides some badly needed context.

MORE  8/17/14

This is the kind of 'never let a crisis go to waste' piece that can transcend the Ferguson facts, be they for or against the police officer.   Against a backdrop of Obama redistribution initiatives, it may work pretty well as a Democrat theme for the mid-terms to get out the needed vote.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Portrait: He Knew

Another crisis, another red line, more floundering.  Has the world breathed a sigh of relief yet, or just the bad guys?

Anyway, this quip was portrayed by the media as a joke...

But there was a certain twinkle in the eye.  

(as to the title, here's the song).

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Side Tracks

461 Ocean Blvd was basically known as the "I Shot the Sheriff" album, but most of the tracks were memorable. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Responsibility to Protect the Politics on Iraq

Here we go. Airstrikes in Iraq from the same president who ended the war in 2011.  The mainstream media has even noticed, which has engaged the White House spin machine:  America is simply protecting a bunch of people from genocide and protecting Irbil.  It has nothing to do with Bush's disaster.

But despite the childish spokes-tart, it's more useful to go back to the past...
In Baghdad, Saddam Hussein remained defiant. He said the "Mother of all Battles had begun". He urged the Iraqi people to "stand up to evil".
And today, as airstrikes return, the Mother of all Battles continues, against terrorists and former members of the old guard helping them:
It was not quite two years after a U.S.-led coalition drove Saddam out of Kuwait in Desert Storm, and al Douri was presiding over a hate-America conference for jihadists from all over the map. Chechens in Persian-lamb hats, Gulf Arabs in short thobes, North Africans in kaftans—radicals “from Jakarta to Dakar,” as one Senegalese delegate put it—had gathered (all expenses paid) at Baghdad’s enormous Rashid Hotel.
“Everyone has a task to do, which is to go against the American state,” al Douri proclaimed. The line against the USA would be drawn in Iraq, he said: “Our stand now can lead us to final victory, to Paradise.”
By this time Saddam had shed the Ba’athist ideology of secularism to embrace his own showy brand of Islamic radicalism. “God Is Great” written in Saddam’s hand was emblazoned on the national flag. Liquor was banned. Draconian punishments were meted out to supposed sinners and traitors. (Saddam especially liked to order tongues and ears cut off.) And al Douri proclaimed that the whole Islamic world would follow “the mujahed Saddam Hussein, who is leading this nation against the nonbelievers.”
As with times in the past, America is yawning.  But as the Butcher of Baghdad told US diplomat April Glaspie before the Gulf War in 1991, Iraq could not cross the ocean and attack America, but "individual Arabs" could--and they did.  And as the current situation in Iraq illustrates, they will try again. Let's hope our leadership can put aside politics long enough to understand their true responsibility to protect in this overall struggle.