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Ex DIA Chief Michael Flynn on Foreign Affairs


Ex DIA Chief Michael Flynn on Obama al Qaeda and Islamic Brotherhood Foreign Policy

Bob Woodward’s Muckraking on Obama’s Lack of Leadership


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Bob Woodward, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate crisis which brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon,  has not been bashful in offering unflattering analyses of Presidents.  Woodward’s latest opinions critique the lack of leadership that President Barack Obama is exhibiting regarding raising the national debt limit.  
 

 
 
But the Obama Administration’s intransigence on Obamacare seems equally applicable. 
 
At the District of Calamity (sic), there is no illusion that Woodward favors liberal politics.  In fact, Woodward’s comments endorsed President Obama standing firm on raising the debt ceiling.  However, Woodward’s comments on MSNBC notes the lack of leadership coming from the White House and facilitating talks with Congress to get the process moving along.
 
It is refreshing is that Woodward has not succumb to just acting like one of All the President’s Men (sic) in the lapdog Lamestream Media and advocates for honesty in governing, not hypocrisy. 
 
 In June, Woodward urged Mr. Obama to admit to “screw ups” regarding Benghazi, spying on journalists and the IRS playing politics.  Woodward observed that such a honest approach would mirror his transparency in admitting to the Daschle “screw up” in 2009. 
 
But instead, most of the the elite liberal media will continue to act as stenographers for a liberal White House with whom they generally agree. 
 
America is currently facing an alluvia of challenges.  There is a $17 trillion debt which continues to burgeon.  There is both resistance as well as significant difficulties implementing Obamacare, which assumes 1/6th of the American economy.  The Boston Bombing, Benghazi and the Kenyan Mall shooting shows a heightened terrorist threat.   It would be refreshing to not have an empty chair in the Oval Office, especially a seat which is vacant due to constant campaigning by the elected incumbent. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Calling McCain’s Bluff


As the Senate Armed Services Committee was conducting hearings about prospective military action in Syria, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was not paying full attention to the testimony by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Jack Dempsey.

Washington Post Photographer Melina Mara caught McCain passing time playing poker on his iPhone.  In case one is skeptical about the photographic proof, Senator McCain responded to the charge by tweeting about the Syrian Strike scandal.

It is dubious why anyone would follow such an inattentive leader. Not that the testimony would have mattered to McCain, as President Obama had enlisted his former rival and his bosom buddy Senator Lindsey Graham with special treatment at the White House to ensure passage of a Congressional military approval of action in Syria.
 The Maverick Senator used to rely upon a lapdog press corp whom he could charm.  But in the age of the internet, the public need not rely upon a compliant press to tell them “That’s the way it is.”   Moreover, social media spreads information like wildfire and without the supercillious elite liberal media filter.
In case conducting Senate business is too taxing after several weeks vacation (Summer In District Work Period), Arizona is a really nice place to retire.  In the mean time, lawmakers should call McCain’s bluff and really have a detailed debate on the costs and benefits of embroiling America in another military entanglement in the Middle East.

Some of Servicemens’ Skepitical Signs on Syrian Strike


After news of a chemical weapons  in Syria on August 21st , American President and 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Barack Hussein Obama and his Administration rattled the sabre about striking Syria, claiming that Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad had crossed “the red line.”  But after the British House of Commons rejected supporting military action  in Syria and the American people were reminded of Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s hypocrisy about imperial presidencies,  Mr. Obama has shilly shallied and will let Congress vote. 


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While President Obama has claimed that he has decided to respond to the chemical weapons attack, he deferred to Congress.  Multiple leaks from the Obama Administration indicated that it was going to be a short (two to three day) aerial assault to degrade deployment capabilities and not aim for regime change.  
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Even if the limited strike does what was intended, degrading the Assad regime’s capabilities throws US into a Syrian Civil War supporting rebels that includes actual cannibals and Al Qaeda elements who remain at war with US. 
 
These social media postings show that some servicemen have gotten the picture in Syria.  Will Congress and the American people, or will we continue to be seduced by the bluster and balderdash from this Administration?
The answer may be a deft use of propaganda by the Syrian Electronic Army. 
 

Supporting the Beleaguered Copts


Burnt Coptic Church in Minyan, Upper Egypt  (Photo: David Degner)



Since ex-Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi was deposed from power in July, 2013, there has been increasing violence targeted against Egypt’s eight million Coptic minority. In the past fortnight, 58 Christian Churches (14 of them Catholic) throughout Egypt.







Aside from torching these churches, agitated Islamists also paraded three Franciscan nuns through the streets like prisoners of war before a Muslim woman gave them refuge.  Alas, two other women working at the school were sexually harassed as they fought to get through the mob.



When an Obama Administration spokesman was asked about whether the violence in Egypt crossed a red line on the Obama Doctrine’s “Duty to Protect”, the White House flack  chose to make a snarky comeback.












Fortunately, not everyone  took the Muslim Brotherhood inspired attacks against the Copts and other Egyptian Christians as a laughing matter.  The Catholic Bishops in Egypt released a statement:  “This is not a civil war between Christians and Muslims. It is not a civil war but a war against terrorism. And the majority of the population is against terrorism and religious extremism.”



Due to the threats of violence, the Coptic Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monasteryi in Degla, Upper Egypt, did not celebrate Divine Liturgy  for the first time in 1600 years. But Fr. James Martin, S.J. posted an inspiring photo on his Facebook account which showed the faithful celebrating Mass in a burnt out church. 






While people may hold different religious tenants and express their faithfulness in different ways, this site celebrates religious freedom and the freedom of conscience.  These attacks seem to be targeted against Christian faithful in Egypt, which predates the introduction of Islam.  The Muslim Brotherhood may be using the unrest as a means to impose shariah upon Egypt, which is contrary to Egypt’s history. 



Although it is not my creed, count me as a Copt to standing up for their faith and supporting the freedom in conscience throughout the world. There is a campaign to show support for beleaguered Christian believers in Egypt with the #iamcoptic campaign.  This is not like the trend in the Nineties to show how much you care by wearing ribbons.  This is to recognize that the Islamist persecutions of Copts in Egypt may represent a Christian Krystallnact in 1938 when Nazi Germany ramped up persecution of their Jewish scapegoat minority before embarking on their diabolic final solution of the Holocaust. 







Bo Knows Vacations


It’s surprising that the First Dog had to rely upon Ospreys.  Sure it would have been better if the airlift used Airedales (sic). 

Obama’s Spirit of Detroit




Using a similar rhetorical formulation as when the President first spoke about Trayvon Martin–If Barack Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.









To echo 2012 campaign slogans with the clarity of reality– Government Motors is alive and Detroit is dead because of unions and progressive government.


 
 

Amusing Obama Eschatology


 
When Obama died, 
George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. 
He slapped him across the face and yelled, 
“How dare you try to destroy the Nation I helped conceive?”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, 
“You wanted to end our liberties but you failed.”James Madison followed, kicked him hard and said,

“This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Obama with a long cane and snarled,

“It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence.”The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the radical, socialist, leader.

As Obama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Obama wept and said,

“This is not what you promised me.”The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 VIRGINIANS waiting for you in Heaven.

What did you think I said? You really need to listen when someone is trying to tell you something!”
 
 

Some Fanfare for the Fortnight For Freedom 2013


NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Today is the start of the second Fortnight for Freedom as urged by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.  It is a period of  prayer, fasting, education and action to preserve the fundamental natural right that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights–the Freedom of Religion.  This effort was started last year by USCCB President New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan











Appreciating the First Amendment is particularly poignant as there are so many challenges to religious liberty and the freedom of conscience, such as the HHS Qualified Health Plan Mandate (a.k.a. the Contraception, Sterilization and Abortifacient rider), the exclusion of non-compliant adoption organizations who will not service same-sex couples, states which have approved , states co-ercing traditional marriage believers to conform to same-sex so called marriage, the military labeling Catholics and Evangelicals as extremist groups for upholding their moral beliefs, military chaplains being forced out of service if they did not tow the new Politically Correct line on homosexuality.



When President Obama marked Religious Freedom Day in 2013, he framed religious liberty as the “freedom to worship as we choose.”  That might have been acceptable public policy shorthand, but such a charitable assessment is not borne out by the actions of the Obama Administration.   This is especially exemplified in the HHS contraception mandate.



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Secular society has been championing a concept that America was founded on a separation of church and state and that religion was ancillary to education of the times.  While it is true that there is not a state religion, history shows the profound motivation of our founders to pursue religious liberty.   The Fortnight for Freedom should remind us of our proud history of religious liberty and point out how state incursions are strangling this fundamental freedom.  Part of this education about religious liberty should include how sweeping state regulation of secular values will end vital social services in adoption, immigration, adoption, feeding the destitute and health care by religious groups which are serious about their core beliefs.



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Meet the New Friends of US– Are You Syrian?


Al Jazeera reported in late December 2012 that the Assad  forces used chemical weapons.  But only last week, the Obama Administration confirmed that the Syrian regime crossed the “red line” and used chemical weapons, which justified the US arming the rebel Syrian forces.   Aside from the fact that the Syrian rebels are now dominated by Al-Qaeda affiliated forces,  who are Mr. Obama’s new bosom buddies?
The Blaze shared some video shot which showed a Free Syrian Army  rebel commander disembowling an enemy troop and then eating the human heart and liver on video.  The only thing this is missing is fava beans and Chianti.
It is amazing to think that former KGB agent Russian President Vladimir Putin could have the moral high ground lecturing America for aligning itself with Syrian cannibals.
While the Bashar Assad regime is a despicable dictatorship, it did not slaughter Christians or pride itself on feasting on the entrails of enemies.  Had the United States become involved in the Syrian crisis two years ago, maybe our influence might have influenced democratic forces.  Instead, now when we go in to arm rebels with an attitude of the “Responsibility to Protect”, we arm Al Qaeda affiliates who lionize cannibal commanders.
Are you Syrian?  Really?  It might be time to push the reset button on the Obama Foreign Policy reset button.  Foggy Bottom is the location of the State Department — this should not be a description of American foreign policy.