April 21, 2015

Press Ignores Gold Star Mom Demanding, and Getting, an Apology from Gen. Dempsey

A decade ago, a Gold Star Mom who had lost her son in Iraq gained national attention when she staged a protest against the Iraq War near George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Leftist PR flaks took control of Cindy Sheehan’s every move, keeping her in the headlines for months on end as a symbol of supposedly strong opposition to the war which toppled Saddam Hussein. In August 2005, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that “the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.”

Yet Dowd and the rest of her fellow travelers in the establishment press have almost completely ignored, by their definition, the “absolute moral authority” of Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, whose son Marc “was the first Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Ramadi, Iraq (on) Aug 2, 2006.” Lee wrote a scathing letter to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey after the general’s insensitve contention that, in essence, the fact that Ramadi is in danger of falling to the Islamic State is not particularly important.

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April 13, 2015

NY Times Editorial Board Melts Down in Deceptive Rant Over GOP’s ‘Racist’ ‘Insurrection’

On Saturday evening (published in print on Sunday), the editorial board at the New York Times had an epic meltdown over the Republican Party’s allegedly shabby treatment of President Barack Obama.

Although its title claimed that the GOP had entered “A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks,” nothing truly new seemed to prompt this rant. Its primary focus was the letter 47 GOP Senators led by Tom Cotton of Arkansas sent to Iran’s leaders. But that was a month ago, on March 9. The Times’s take on that letter was so embarrassing that it tried to keep curious readers from actually seeing it, forcing them to click through to two other items before deigning to expose them to its almost bland but legally and constitutionally accurate text.

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April 12, 2015

Reuters Ignores Obama’s Venezuela Executive Order About-Face in Covering His Meeting With Maduro

A Reuters report published late Saturday evening (“Obama meets Venezuela’s Maduro at time of high tensions”) is astonishing for what it ignores.

The unbylined report from Panama City opens by referring to how “the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela.” Indeed, President Barack Obama did just that in an executive order on March 9, stating that he was “declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.” But Reuters completely ignored the fact that Obama told the world this week that he didn’t mean it.

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April 1, 2015

IBD: Obama Tried to Swap For Bergdahl Only After Other Efforts to Release ‘Taliban 5′ Failed

On Monday, as has been their habit going back at least to the Clinton administration, Investor’s Business Daily’s editorialists once again broke a story the establishment press likely could have reported years ago.

IBD revealed that the Obama administration “was secretly negotiating the Taliban Five’s release without (Bowe) Bergdahl.” IBD reasonably believes that coming up with any reason to get the five out of Guantanamo Bay was important to the administration, as it would set a precedent for releasing others from the facility, and eventually emptying and closing it against the will of the majority of Congress, the U.S. military, intelligence officials, and the American people.

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Excellent Point from Erick Erickson on Tom Cotton

At RedState:

Tom Cotton: The Most Powerful Man in Washington

What is really happening is the Democrats were attempting to allow Iran to build up a nuclear program without anyone noticing. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Senator Tom Cotton shed light on the Democrats’ plan. The Democrats were left scurrying about like roaches with the light turned on. They do not like it.

The net result of Senator Cotton’s actions has not been an indictment of forty-seven Republican senators. Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry had to admit President Obama’s negotiations with Iran were non-binding and unenforceable. But for Tom Cotton, America would never have gotten that admission. It makes the senator one of the few people in Washington who has been able to throw Barack Obama off his game.

Tom Cotton deserves our eternal gratitude.

We all know that the Obama administration is doing all it can to sell us out. As a result, even Democrats who value their electoral survival are pushing back. And yes, without Cotton’s letter, it wouldn’t have happened.

March 31, 2015

Daily Beast Writer Partially Blames Bush For Bergdahl

Bush Derangement Syndrome is alive, well, and living in the head of Nancy A. Youssef at the Daily Beast.

In a March 26 item tagged "Fallen Hero" (?!) about the Army charging Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion and misbehaving before the enemy," the web site's Senior National Security Correspondent wrote that "the administration celebrated negotiating his release after years of failed bids by both the current and former administration." But Bergdahl walked away from his post in June 2009, five months after Barack Obama's inauguration. Youssef's report actually had worse components than that.

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March 29, 2015

SNL’s Violent Opening Skit: Impossible to Imagine If Parties Switched

One of the first rules of genuine comedy is that to be funny, a joke or skit needs to have some basis in truth.

On that primary measurement, the cold open on “Saturday Night Live” last night failed miserably on so many fronts, it’s hard to know where to begin. Its most offensive aspect is its portrayal of a Democrat inflicting violence on three Republicans to the audience’s pleausre. It is impossible to imagine the program putting on a skit showing Ronald Reagan doing to the same thing to Ted Kennedy — who, in an objectively treasonous act, sought the Soviet Union’s help in the 1984 presidential election for the purpose of defeating Reagan.

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March 26, 2015

Earnest on MSNBC: ‘Success Or Stability Of The Yemeni Government’ Not a Measure of Success of U.S. Policy

Employing a variant of the old surgeon’s joke — “The operation was a success, but the patient died” — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, on friendly ground on MSNBC this morning, essentially told viewers that the administration still considers Yemen a success, even as its government is on the fast track to being forced into indefinite exile.

Earnest told the “Morning Joe” show’s Mika Brzezinski and the assembled panel that “U.S. policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government” — although, just for starters, Yemen’s President has fled, while the Los Angeles Times is reporting that, because of the Yemeni government’s instability, Iran has obtained a treasure trove of U.S. intelligence. Video and a transcript follow the jump (HT Real Clear Politics):

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March 25, 2015

AP: ‘Not So Clear’ That Israel Is Democratic

The pundit class in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is still seething over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral triumph last week.

On Monday, Dan Perry at the Associated Press took that hysteria to a new level, in effect attempting to discredit Bibi’s win by writing that, after all, it may not really be correct to call Israel a democracy. That’s because “Palestinians” who are in the occupied territories — whose leaders, and more than likely a majority of its residents would vote to expel all Jews from Israel in a heartbeat if they could — can’t vote (bolds are mine):

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March 23, 2015

White House: Iran ‘Death To America’ Comments Only Meant For ‘Domestic Audience’

CNN is reporting tonight that the White House considers the “Of course, death to America” comments made by Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as merely a statement “intended for a domestic political audience.”

That clueless take would be headline news everywhere right now if this were a Republican or conservative administration. The National Journal’s John Kraushaar’s tweet reporting that statement, and one reaction to it, follow the jump:

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March 22, 2015

Obama Forced Bibi to the Right — And Lost Big

Netanyahu did what was right — and was rewarded.

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This column went at PJ Media and wwas teased here at BizzyBlog on Friday.

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The conventional wisdom in U.S. presidential campaigns is that candidates win by moving to the center in a contest’s final weeks to capture undecided “moderate” voters turned off by supposedly “extreme” sentiments.

That bromide has always been questionable. It naively and condescendingly assumes that passionate partisans will automatically show up and vote for a squish simply because he or she claims to be on their side. We’ve all heard it: “Where else are they going to go?” Ask Mitt Romney how that worked out two years ago.

Stuck in that mindset, President Barack Obama’s taxpayer-funded election fixers in Israel must have been absolutely thrilled when, just before Tuesday’s elections there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he no longer supports Palestinian statehood, and that he would support the building of “thousands of settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem to prevent future concessions to the Palestinians.”

Surely the man Team Obama hates — that is the right word, as “a former senior Obama administration official” told Politico that “They hate him, they should, and they’re praying that he is out of power” — had committed an act of desperation which would seal his political doom.

Here’s what they don’t understand about Bibi, and apparently never will: He loves Israel and its people. His mission in life is to do what he believes will guarantee its survival and prosperity. Like any politician, he deeply wants his positions to be popular. But he won’t abandon his principles to be accepted — or elected.

In that context, Benjamin Netanyahu had no choice but to reverse his long-held position on Palestinian statehood and to advocate settlement expansion when he did, even though it was Election Eve. Here’s why.

Early on Monday, the Times of Israel reported that almost three weeks earlier, in a stunning change of course, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence had “removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.”

Evidence of that delisting is apparently contained in the classified version of the annual report DNI submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The public version has no specific terrorism threat list.

The public version of the previous year’s report, submitted on January 29, 2014, had the following things to say about Iran and Hizballah (DNI’s spelling) under the “Terrorist Activities Overseas” topic in its Page 4 “TERRORISM” section:

Iran and Hizballah are committed to defending the Asad regime (in Syria — Ed.) and have provided support toward this end, including sending billions of dollars in military and economic aid, training pro-regime and Iraqi Shia militants, and deploying their own personnel into the country. Iran and Hizballah view the Asad regime as a key partner in the “axis of resistance” against Israel and are prepared to take major risks to preserve the regime as well as their critical transshipment routes.

Iran and Hizballah

Outside of the Syrian theater, Iran and Lebanese Hizballah continue to directly threaten the interests of US allies. Hizballah has increased its global terrorist activity in recent years to a level that we have not seen since the 1990s.

None of these fundamental facts changed during the following 13 months, but the public version of the 2015 report only mentions Hizballah once — and as a target, i.e., the victim, of attacks by “Sunni extremists” in Lebanon. The Times of Israel story, apparently paraphrasing the classified version of the DNI report, gives it credit for, in its words, “fighting the Islamic State, independently of the American-led campaign, both in Syria and Iraq.”

As to Iran, the 2015 report blames that country’s operatives for December’s “computer operations targeting US military, transportation, public utility, and other critical infrastructure networks.” It notes that its “intelligence and security services continue to view the United States as a primary threat.” Additionally, it “does not (italics mine) face any insurmountable technical barriers to producing a nuclear weapon,” while its “progress on space launch vehicles” has given it “the means and motivation to develop longer-range missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

Despite all of this, Iran has apparently improved its standing with the U.S. government by helping to prevent the Islamic State “from gaining large swaths of additional territory” in Iraq and for its “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia,” even though such intentions have “negative secondary consequences for regional stability.” None of this even remotely justifies delisting the world’s leading terror-sponsoring nation as a terror threat.

So why did it happen? Let’s break it down.

U.S. troops, with Iraqi help, won the Iraq War after the successful “surge” of 2008.

Contrary to what Obama laughably claims, the rise of the Islamic State was not caused by the 2003 U.S. invasion and its accompanying elimination of Saddam Hussein. Instead, the Islamic State has filled the power vacuum created by the premature withdrawal of U.S forces Obama ordered at the end of 2011.

If it weren’t for Hizballah’s and Iran’s efforts against the Islamic State, Iraq would likely fall without a return of substantial U.S. combat forces — something Obama has continually ruled out. So both entities, seeing their newly acquired leverage, demanded delisting as a condition for continuing to fight in Iraq, at least for another two years. Otherwise, Iraq would probably fall on Obama’s watch, humiliating him for eternity.

Delisting Hizballah as a terrorist entity means that it can’t be denied a potential role in any potential Palestinian state. Its friends at the United Nations would likely bless its involvement. Delisting Iran opens up the likelihood of lifted sanctions, a more stable Iranian economy, and a populace less likely to revolt against that regime’s fundamentalist tyranny for the foreseeable future.

Bibi Netanyahu doesn’t care about the games the Obama administration is playing to save face as its foreign policy implodes. He cares about preserving Israel, and he knows that Hizballah, as a terrorist group bent on Israel’s destruction, cannot be allowed to become a part of any next-door government. That is why he rejected Palestinian statehood within hours of that Times of Israel story’s appearance.

Additionally, since it has become painfully obvious that the U.S. has a vested interest in appeasing Iran and Hizballah, Netanyahu knows that he has for all practical purposes lost what used to be his best and most reliable ally until at least January 2017, and perhaps indefinitely. Because of that painful reality, he is pursuing aggressive settlement building in areas the Palestinians wish to annex to make it far more difficult for a future squish-dominated Israeli administration to cede that territory to a neighboring terrorist state.

It cannot be emphasized enough that Netanyahu took these actions with no idea as to how they would play out electorally. But he knew that they were right, and to him that’s all that mattered. He got a resounding win. For once, virtue has been rewarded.

The intensely hateful editorial and official reactions to Bibi’s victory in the U.S. and other parts of the world among those who will never understand the idea of virtue, let alone appreciate it, only confirm just how important that victory is.

Not News: Obama Admin’s ‘Lying Weasels’ Delisted Iran and Hezbollah As Terror Threats

From all appearances, only Fox News, CNS News, and few Israel-based outlets and U.S.-based center-right blogs care about the fact, acknowledged by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, that Iran and Hezbollah, in the words of Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, “are suddenly MIA from the U.S. terror threat list.”

DNI apparently has no plans to change its report, having told CNS News that “This year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. intelligence community report was simply a format change,” while contending that “There is no ‘softening’ of our position.” DNI’s excuse-making tacitly acknowledges the absence of Iran and Hezbollah from this year’s terror threat list.

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March 20, 2015

Dennis Miller ‘Putin on the Ritz’ With O’Reilly, Also Takes on Starbucks and Al Gore

On Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, Dennis Miller put in an uproariously funny but also insightful appearance.

On the more serious side, Miller and O’Reilly also discussed former Vice President Al Gore’s expressed preference for punishing those who dare to question the conventional wisdom on “climate change.” Someone needs to mention Gore’s disturbing posture, as the Associated Press and the New York Times are acting as if Gore hasn’t uttered a single threatening word. A March 16 full-length feature on Gore and his (cough, cough) “New Optimism” at the Times “somehow” missed his March 13 statement that “We need to put a price on denial in politics.” They apparently realize that wannabe tyrants make progress towards their goals the less sunlight there is.

The O’Reilly-Miller video and highlights follow the jump (HT Real Clear Politics):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Obama Forced Bibi to the Right — and Bibi Won’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

March 18, 2015

Politico’s Crowley Perpetuates Myth That Boehner ‘Went Behind Obama’s Back’ With Bibi Speech

Many media myths won’t die because those who should know better — and I believe in many cases do know better, and don’t care — perpetuate them.

One can’t divine his mindset, but Politico’s Michael Crowley, in his coverage of Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive Tuesday election victory, did his part to continue the myth that the Israeli Prime Minister’s “March 3 speech to Congress (was) arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the Obama White House’s back.” It wasn’t, and claiming that it was a million times won’t change that.

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