June 30, 2015

Former Obama Official Asks: ‘Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?’

In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who “served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011″ has asked: “Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?”

Rosa Brooks, who “is a law professor at Georgetown University,” is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it’s clear that there are many people who “think” just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry’s slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).

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June 29, 2015

Hillary Deleted Passages, Edited Emails Delivered to State; Will Press Ignore?

Yeah, yeah. This post is about Hillary Clinton. The left and the press (but I repeat myself) insist that nobody cares about her scandalous behavior, or her evasiveness, or her demonstrated serial dishonesty. And even though a large and growing percentage of Americans don’t trust her, that doesn’t matter either, because she’ll still get most of their votes. That’s because no one wants to ever-ever-ever-ever see a non-Democrat take the White House again. So yeah, I know, we should just shut up already. Well, if you’re on the left and reading this, do us a favor and spare us any condescension you might include in the comments. People who remain in touch with reality will recognize that what follows is pretty darned important. Perhaps by some miracle someone in the establishment press with a conscience will too.

Six weeks ago, I marveled at how nobody in the press thought that it was the least bit unusual that Hillary Clinton’s team submitted supposedly complete paper copies of the “non-personal” emails present on the secret private server she kept at her New York home while serving as the nation’s Secretary of State. A Washington Examiner report today (HT Ace) has provided the likely best (i.e., really the worst) reason why Mrs. Clinton handled the situation as she did.

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June 28, 2015

JPost’s Glick: U.S. Is Not Pushing for Iranian Nuke Inspections, and Will Instead ‘Facilitate Iran’s Development of Nuclear Weapons’

It would be nice if the establishment press, including the folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, had spent a bit less time this past week preparing for and celebrating the Supreme Court’s sadly as-expected Obamacare and same-sex “marriage” rulings, and a bit more on giving readers, listeners and viewers genuine updates on the horrid state of U.S. “negotiations” with Iran.

The only open question is no longer how quickly the pace of the sellout by Secretary of State John Kerry and his team to everything the Iranians want will be. It’s far worse than that. Now, thanks to a chilling writeup authored by the Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick, we have to ask why Barack Obama, Kerry and the rest of the “six powers” involved in the “negotiations” are so eager to help Iran build nuclear weapons.

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June 18, 2015

Fox News Alone Covers Hillary’s High-Level Private-Server Libya Emails

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as seen in this March 10 Associated Press report, has claimed for several months that “No Classified Material (was) Sent via Her Personal Emails” from a home-based server she said “would remain private.”

That claim, like so many other representations Mrs. Clinton has made, fell apart earlier this week, when, as Fox News reported, it was learned that Mrs. Clinton “used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.” Only Fox considers this a story. Apparently, the fact that icky Fox has reported it means that no one else in the establishment wants to. Video and the Fox story follow the jump.

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June 12, 2015

Michelle Malkin on Trade Deal: ‘What part of ‘Stop selling out America!’ does D.C. not understand?’ (See Update)

First few and final two paragraphs from Michelle Malkin’s column today:

Constitutional conservatives don’t like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it.

Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here’s why.

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty.

… Here is what those of us against the GOP-Obamatrade bills can all agree on: Both political parties in Washington are screwing over our country. American citizens are sick and tired of the permanent ruling class subverting the will of the people in the name of “bipartisanship.” We’ve had enough of Big Business betrayals and Big Government collusion.

What part of “Stop selling out America!” does D.C. not understand?

Locally, Boehner, Steve Chabot and Mr. COAST himself, USA Brad Wenstrup, voted yesterday to enable fast-track trade authority to narrowly clear a procedural hurdle, bringing it closer to reality. Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie opposed it. Shame on them; good for him.

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UPDATE: At RedState

If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership

So at this point, conservatives are being asked to accept that Republicans must vote for TPA, so that the TPP can pass. Oh, and they’re being asked to accept that TPP is probably a good thing, despite us having to pass TPA to find out what’s in TPP, but even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t pass. Except, see above. We’ve seen time and again Republicans make show votes, after casting the Cloture vote that really decided whether the bill would pass.

It comes down to trust. And the GOP establishment has consistently failed to show any backbone when it comes to fighting Obama. They’re constantly telling us that the good, responsible thing is to pass this bill, but we’ll fight the next time. Only, next time never comes.

Exemplifying this point, I just got off the phone with an official from an outfit which generally supports trade agreements, and asked why his group hadn’t taken a position on TPA, the authorization bill. The answer was essentially that they don’t know what’s in it, so it’s impossible to know where to stand.

That’s leadership’s fault. Until the American people know what’s involved, TPA must be rejected to force it out into the open so it can be properly evaluated.

June 4, 2015

Foreign Affairs Writers: Stop Saying ‘ISIS Is on the Rise’ and Recognizing Their Wins

Foreign Affairs is “a multiplatform media organization with a print magazine, a website, a mobile site, various apps and social media feeds, an event business, and more.” It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an influential organization which has caught flak for decades, predominantly from the right, for undermining and misrepresenting U.S. interests.

One doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to recognize that CFR has significant influence on Washington politicians and the press. Thus, it’s fair to say that contentions in a column in its flagship magazine by Bridget Moreng and Nathaniel Barr that recognizing the ISIS victory at Ramadi last month as significant is “dangerous,” and that any kind of statement indicating that ISIS is on the rise feeds “directly into the group’s narrative,” are very disturbing (HT Patrick Poole at PJ Media; bolds are mine):

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May 27, 2015

AP: ‘Islamic State Membership Has Its Privileges’

Associated Press reporter Sarah El Deeb and Abu Bilal al-Homsi, the person she now describes as a “Syrian fighter,” have had a long acquaintance.

Sarah’s and Abu’s long-term relationship culminated in a Tuesday afternoon story which AP condensed into 140 characters on Twitter as follows: “Marriage, honeymoons and welfare: @AP exclusive shows Islamic State membership has its privileges.” A great deal of justified outrage has followed the release of El Deeb’s dispatch for “romancing the Stone Age” by glorifying the advantages accruing to an Islamic State jihadist. More attention needs to be paid to her history with al-Homsi, and her “reporting” in general.

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May 26, 2015

As ISIS Slaughters Continue, Pelosi Cites Social Media ‘Advances’

I think it’s a safe assumption that I need to inform the vast majority of readers here that former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Murphy has a new weekend show on MSNBC.

On that show on Sunday, Murphy interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the “Who was more out of touch?” contest between the two, it was a draw. Murphy asserted that the war against ISIS had “mixed results” during the past week, virtually equating the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the latter of which he did not mention, with the special forces operation which killed ISIS’s “money man” in Syria. Pelosi somehow took comfort in how “we” are making “advances” against ISIS — in social media. Meanwhile, on the ground, as these two members of the self-described party of compassion were making fools of themselves, ISIS slaughtered enemy soldiers, women and children by the hundreds.

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May 25, 2015

Krauthammer to Megyn Kelly: President Is ‘Not Serious,’ While ISIS Is ‘Al Qaeda on Steroids’

In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration’s and the Pentagon’s “strategy” has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The early portion of the interview included a repeat of Krauthammer’s characterization of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as imitating Iraq’s “Baghdad Bob” as U.S. troops closed in on Iraq’s capital in 2003, consistent with Wednesday evening’s “Special Report” (covered Thursday morning by Curtis Houck at NewsBusters). With Kelly, Krauthammer added important details, beginning at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, regarding the inadequacy of the American military effort, charging that President Obama is only “pretending to be doing something,” and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn’t turn around.

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AP’s Superville Fails to Report Obama’s Claim That ‘Our War in Afghanistan’ Is Over

Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end.” He immediately added: ”Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

At the White House’s twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service’s beloved president (bolds are mine):

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Positivity: The History of Memorial Day

From About.com (more background is at this link at usmemorialday.org):

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades’ graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan’s proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared:

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. …..

Read additional history at the About.com link.

May 21, 2015

State Gets Paper Copies of Hillary’s Emails; Is She Hiding Info Available Digitially?

In a complete non-surprise given her career track record, Hillary Clinton’s definition of “cooperation” with requests to turn over whatever emails she unilaterally deigned could be seen meant giving them to the State Despartment on paper.

That’s lots and lots of paper, 55,000 pages in all, some of them double-sided, all seemingly part of a conscious strategy to deliberately slow down the process at taxpayers’ expense. It’s quite easy to believe that if a Republican or conservative politician engaged in these tactics instead of turning over digital files, the press would be giving this a lot more exposure. Beyond that, a person with IT experience has informed me that Mrs. Clinton may have chosen to turn in paper copies of those emails because digital copies might have exposed damning information.

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May 20, 2015

As Press Ignores Soldiers Who Fought and Won at Ramadi, Debbie Lee Speaks Out

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press’s national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade’s Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that’s not surprising. Posters at NewsBusters have noted three different times the broadcast networks’ reluctance to air any form of criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to take U.S. tropps out of Iraq when it did or the Pentagon’s strategy (assuming one exists) for turning things around. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press’s indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.

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Slate’s Saletan: ‘ISIS and the GOP Are in Perfect Harmony’

On Tuesday, I wrote that “Every day seems to bring in at least one new example of alleged journalists who are really propagandists insisting that what is obviously false is true.”

Today’s entry into that category will be extremely hard to beat, and may well stand as one of the worst attempts at an argument ever made by a leftist hack. Before I excerpt William Saletan’s column at Slate and his attempt to describe it in detail, I’ll ratify the observation in the column’s current top comment: “So during WWII, Japan said they were at war with the USA. The USA agreed. So that means we were ‘sounding a lot like Japan’?”

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May 18, 2015

Final Proof and End of Argument …

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:11 pm

… over whether Barack Obama’s reelection was legitimate.

It was not legitimate, and will not be considered legitimate by objective historians:

Hillary Received Memo Describing Benghazi As Planned Terror Attack Within Hours

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

Glenn Reynolds, on Hillary Clinton:

THEN SHE STOOD NEXT TO THE COFFINS OF THE DEAD AND LIED …

… Also, they locked up a filmmaker for a year, just to support their cover story.

From Mrs. Clinton’s speech on September 14, 2012, “at Ceremony as Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya Arrive in the US” (video here):

This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless.

Oh, it all makes perfect sense now.