Madman Amok In The White House

The news this morning made for dramatic, hysterical, headlines but we thought it was a joke. We thought some idiot in the AP breaking news desk accidentally hit the wrong “publish” button thereby old 2008 news was regurgitated as new news:

An apparently mentally disturbed man Friday evening jumped the fence of the White House, scurried across the North Lawn, raced up the steps the North Portico, and barged through the unlocked door of the executive mansion.

Pardon us but at first we thought this was a 2008 story about Barack Obama’s occupation of the White House. For one brief, glorious moment the last several years of misery and horror evaporated as a bad nightmare. For some seconds we praised security forces for keeping that Boob Barack at bay.

The news story unfortunately was not about brave security forces keeping the nation safe from the lunatic Boob. The story was not about Barack Obama. Sad. The story was about some mentally disturbed man other than Barack Obama.

By way of excuse for our silly thoughts about this story as old news we must state that we simply do not understand why anyone would attempt to go to the White House. Why?

Surely this home invasion was not about a visit with Barack Obama. No one is that stupid. Everyone, even lunatics, know that that last place to find Barack Obama is at the White House. Unless there is a tax-payer paid event for “celebrities” and other moochers Barack Obama is not to be found at work.

Sure enough it was soon confirmed that Barack Obama was not at the White House but on another mini-vacation from his many other vacations as he prepares for future vacations and future retirement.

So why did Omar J. Gonzales, that’s the name of the man, jump the White House fence? Why? Well, not to be too politically incorrect but we came up with a bevy of reasons.

Potential Reason #1: Omar J. Gonzales is an advocate/activist for illegal immigration amnesty. Perhaps Gonzales wished to demonstrate that no fence can block the righteous cause of people breaking laws and doing as they wish and going where they wish.

Potential Reason #2: Omar J. Gonzales is against illegal immigration amnesty and wanted to demonstrate that fences on the border can help catch those whose very first act on American soil violates American law. As Charles Krauthammer once observed ‘If Fences Don’t Work, Why Is There One Around the White House?’



Potential Reason #3: Forget Gonzales and take a look at that first name. OMAR? Geez, maybe this was an ISIS terrorist wanting to shake Barack Obama’s hands or leave a present for the vacationer-in-chief. ISIS and the world-wide terrorist movement[s] have so much to be grateful for Obama’s ISIS Tap Dance it just might be worth their while to say ‘howdy-do and thankie you’ to Barack.

Potential Reason #4: Maybe there is more to “OMAR” than is apparent at first glance. Maybe Omar is a disguise. Maybe Omar is an American official or an American ex-official’s desperate last minute attempt to leave a massage to Barack about the damage he is causing. Maybe Omar is Leon Panetta?????



Maybe Omar is Bob Gates or one of this nation’s military leaders desperate to talk some sense into Obama:

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?

The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.

In his major address explaining America’s new war against ISIS, President Obama pledged that there would be no U.S. combat troops. On Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he may recommend ground forces in the future.

The White House is seeking to gloss over the rift between the president and his top general, but it is clear that just below the waterline Obama is not on the same page as the commanders who will be leading the new fight. U.S. military officials and members of Congress have complained privately for weeks that Obama appears unwilling to commit the resources necessary to achieve his aim of defeating ISIS.

Hey, just who the blazes is this Omar??? Could Omar be “Gen. Lloyd Austin, the general in charge of the military command that includes Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan”? Is Omar John Allen, the guy chosen by Obama that is supposed to run this latest war?

Allen came out for destroying ISIS long before Obama. On June 12, following the president’s decision to send some military advisers to Iraq after ISIS took over the country’s second-largest city, Allen praised Obama’s decision to engage the ISIS threat in Iraq to Defense One, but he also said, “I vote for sooner and we must strike them with a hard blow.” At the time, Obama ruled out airstrikes and instead sent military advisers to assess the state of Iraq’s military.

In an August 20 op-ed for the same publication, Allen wrote that ISIS “must be destroyed and we must move quickly to pressure its entire ‘nervous system,’ break it up, and destroy its pieces.”

Ray Kimball, an Army strategist who worked on Allen’s staff in Afghanistan and stressed he was speaking only for himself, said, “You could certainly read his op-ed as being more expansive than what the president has authorized, but the fact that he has signed on to do this job I think speaks to what he believes can be done within the parameters of the current policy.”

But others who have worked with Allen said they thought Obama’s vision for the war did not meet the objectives Allen laid out in his op-ed.

According to reports from Capitol Hill “Several senators emerged from Tuesday’s hearing confused about Obama’s war strategy.” Many see the rift between the sometimes occupant of the White House and American military leadership. Maybe some prankster in the Pentagon came up with the idea of sending Omar the messenger on a weekend to seek out and explore Obama’s strange new world and boldly go where none of them has gone before.

Confusion? Confused? Yup that about sums it up. Obama ran against nation building but now appears only willing to fight ISIS if Iraq agrees to Obama’s notions of nation building. Obama ran against Hillary’s vote for the AUMF but now Obama insists that the AUMF is what gives his actions legal legitimacy.

Obama ran against what he vilified as war mongers but now Obama is a war monger. Or is Obama just pretending to be a war monger? Or is Obama just a boob sinking into a madness that will soon engulf us all?

Maybe Omar is the Obama of 2008 out to confront the Obama of today?

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59 thoughts on “Madman Amok In The White House

  1. The White House is seeking to gloss over the rift between the president and his top general, but it is clear that just below the waterline Obama is not on the same page as the commanders who will be leading the new fight. U.S. military officials and members of Congress have complained privately for weeks that Obama appears unwilling to commit the resources necessary to achieve his aim of defeating ISIS.

    Who will give me odds on Jarrett, I mean uncle fluffy, getting new commanders to lead the fight? Remember, you cant disagree with teh one. Evah.

    Hillary 2016

  2. This post is brilliant comedy without compromising the underlying message. TY.
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    Rand was in California. Maybe one of his staffers handed him the most recent postcard I’d mailed to all of Congress, for at one point, his message reflected mine:

    “It is a terrible tragedy, it is a danger to us as a country, and we need to do everything we can to stop him from abusing our laws,” Paul said. He said later, “We have a president who basically has created a lawless atmosphere in Washington.”
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-rand-paul-blisters-obama-and-clinton-calls-for-gop-diversity-20140920-story.html

    [It is important HERE to note that my opinion contrasted what the 1990’s GOP put WJC through with what they now allow BO to get away with.]

  3. Good to know. Email from a west coast PAC working to defeat Cory Booker running against Jeff Bell for the full 6 yr Senate term in NJ:
    …In the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, Cory Booker is attracting the support of only 42% of voters. And here’s the kicker: the reason Booker’s campaign is imploding is because Barack Obama is dragging him down. Only 36% of voters in New Jersey now have a favorable opinion of Obama…Cory Booker had initially refused to debate Jeff Bell, but now with his support collapsing, Booker has reversed course and now has agreed to debate Bell snip

    PS: I’ve tweeted hard to spread the fact that Booker allowed the video “President Obama: Vote for Cory” to be placed prominently (home page) on is 2013 campaign site for two days before the October 16th election. Am hoping that will compound Cory’s problem.

    PPS: Currently having a “tiff” with my FB group, so no shares possible. Sorry, admin.

  4. holdthemaccountable September 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    … a west coast PAC working to defeat Cory Booker …

    Booker is a good man with a compelling personal history. He’s also from my home state. I’m rooting for him. I wasn’t planning to send any funds, but I guess I will.

    It was kind of dumb for him, though, to post encouragement from Obama. It’s true, I know several people in NJ who voted for Obama twice, if you can believe it, and now they’ve soured on him.

  5. jeswezey. September 21, 2014 at 9:34 am
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    Go for it. I’m NJ too. Spent year 2 through 55 of my life there. Even worked in Newark, but during time of Sharp James. Early retirement brought me west of the Delaware though for PA is much kinder to folk on limited income.

    I’m at least somewhat aware of the things about Booker which you rightly admire. I on the other hand turned against him when he became an instant international star at the MLK 50th celebration. Admittedly, that would be hard for him to turn down, but it was no doubt part of Obama machinations toward Cory’s elevation to the US Senate. However Cory is forever maligned to me by his posting of the GOTV video Barack made for him. jeswezey this is not something I merely read about. Fox News mentioned it. I viewed the video. Then I went to Booker’s campaign site, verified it was on his site on the HOME PAGE. A long diatribe by Obama eg: “A leader with uncommon character. Make your plans 2 vote. Time? How 2 get there? With whom? & then come back to the “pledge” section here at Cory’s site and tell us what you’ve decided.”

    Local station WPIX had unspeakable promotions leading up to and on the of the day of the election. 4 AM – may have been Monica Morales – I don’t have access any more and forget – one of their reporters was live at the place Cory would vote. She said she’d be there and to come on down. Cory would be voting around 7:30 AM I think. Be sure to come and say Hi. I think Cory should have nipped this in the bud.

    Ridiculous that so many compromised the election; his opponent was Steve Lonegan, a not-too-promising Tea Party guy who got worse as the campaign went along – the I’ve never backed down from a fight type of guy whom Cory could easily have whipped on his own merit.

    Sorry, but for me Cory is now forever marred.

  6. HoldThemAccountable, thanks for the information on Cory Booker. We’ve been watching that race with eagle eyes. If there is a GOP wave of humongous proportions it’s numbers like the one you cite that can take Booker down.

    Booker and Franken are both on very few radars at the moment but we are not alone in looking to them as the dinosaurs in the coal mine. If a small GOP wave emerges expect 6 GOP victories in November in red states. A middle size wave will provide about 8 GOP victories. A large wave will bring in about 10-11 GOP wins. A humongous wave will bring in 15 victories that take down even “safe” seats such as Franken’s and Booker’s.

    Booker is in a deep blue state with a Republican governor that has until recently been under suspicion of doing something wrong. That Republican governor has been doing everything for Booker other than endorse him. Recently, Christie announced he will hold one fundraiser for the Republican candidate although not much else.

    Booker has also garnered great Big Media press even though there is a lot of information on Booker that could be published against him. For years Booker has not even lived in New Jersey but rather in Manhattan. There has been some Big Media criticism but not nearly the amount due. Booker has been tied to what amounts to legalized bribes from tech companies and particularly a tech venture that mostly produces anti-Semitic videos.

    Booker has been presumed to be a sure winner from the moment he began to push Frank Lautenberg to resign so that Booker could take his senate seat. But Booker has always promised more than he could deliver and he is not as sure a bet as many presume. This year Booker should be worried. Booker is more flash in the pan than most. A lot of sizzle but it’s noise not beef. Booker should be worried as should Franken. This is a bad year for anyone to run on the Obama record.

  7. Kansas, where Republicans were supposed to die in this 2014 election:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/kansas-gubernatorial-candidate-paul-davis-strip-club-111165.html?hp=l1

    In the late 1990s the Democratic candidate for governor of Kansas was getting a lap dance at a strip club when cops raided it in search of drugs, a situation Paul Davis on Saturday described as being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

    Davis was not charged with any crime, but a police chief involved in the raid wrote afterward that he had been drinking and was found “in a somewhat compromising position … in a back room of the club.”

    According to police reports, he was alone with a topless stripper who was wearing only a G-string.

    Davis, who was unmarried at the time, identified himself as an attorney for the owner of the strip club after an officer ordered him at gunpoint to lie on the floor during the raid for methamphetamine.

    The Coffeyville Journal, a twice-weekly local paper with no website, first revealed the 1998 incident in its Saturday edition, with no response from the Davis campaign. [snip]

    This news comes amid recent polling that shows Davis with a slight lead over Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, the former U.S. senator who is seeking a second term.

    The raid took place 16 years ago at a club called “Secrets,” also referred to as Club 169, just north of the town of Coffeyville, which has a population of about 10,000 and is near the border with Oklahoma in southeastern Kansas. [snip]

    “My designated area to secure was the back room of the club,” Leakey wrote. “I was advised that it would not have a door but had beads in [the] doorway … The room was dark. I turned the flashlight that was on my weapon on and scanned the room. I yelled, ‘police, search warrant.’

    “I noticed a white male sitting in a couch with a white female standing over him,” the officer continued. “She did not have her top on and was only wearing a G-string. I told them to get on the floor and to keep their hands where I could see them. They got on the floor, but the white male was still in a sitting position. I told him again to lay on his stomach and to keep his hands where I could see them. At this time he did so. When he got on the floor he advised that he was the attorney for the owner of the club and he wanted to see him. I told him that he would have to wait until things were secured.”

    Davis was wearing a pair of shorts and a pullover shirt. A few minutes later, a Detective Smith entered “the V.I.P. room.” Davis again announced that he was the club owner’s lawyer. [snip]

    The owner of the club would be charged with sale of methamphetamine and for not having a proper tax stamp, the Coffeyville Journal reported, and the county commission voted to put locks on the door of the business after the raid.

    Davis would continue to practice law in Lawrence. He worked under Kathleen Sebelius when she was Kansas Insurance Commissioner (she later became governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services).

  8. Re Paul Davis .. soooooo old that if Repubs think to bring it up and try to scandalize the guy you will get the “oh a bunch of old white guys” again. He was not married, and most guys would say …okay, the guy was simply having a good time, not committing adultery, etc.

    Sometimes it’s best to let this stuff simply stay dead.

    Repubs have NOT been clear on a message and IMHO they won’t control the Senate. They seem to be just like Obummer, empty suitsl

    Disguested with the whole lot of them

  9. You know the type.

    You ask him what time it is.

    He tells you how to build a watch.

    But fails to tell you what time it is.

    Or is so convoluted and contingent that you forget your question.

    An opinion piece exactly like that in the Wall Street Journal.

    The writer surveys the landscape and notes that the Dims have an advantage.

    They have superior technology–and more cash,

    He defines the technological superiority in terms of access.

    And their core constituency is older people who don’t do facebook, etc.

    But he assures us this is really no problem because there are other ways to reach them.

    You wonder if he really means breakfasts at the Lion’s club, etc.

    Out of tough?

    You betcha.

    But he sure knows how to build a watch.

    Christian Adams and Richard Fernandez have defined the real problem the Republicans have.

    The problem is less a matter of access, more a problem of messaging.

    The dims have a new technological advantage of micro messaging, and the Republicans don’t.

    The implications of this are not only profound, but potentially outcome determinative.

    The metaphor Adams uses is therefore apt: using horses to charge tanks.

    Until now, the strategy of choice has been negative–for both parties.

    And both deplore the tactic, when the other party does it to them.

    And the public pretends to despise it, and naively assumes it would be better if there was bipartisanship.

    Of course, bi partisanship is just as likely to mean finding a compromise between their own pet groups

    Which still puts the screws to the public

    The tactical advantage of micro targeting?

    It allows a candidate to win based on a supposedly positive message

    That message is tailored to micro target the hot button of the individual voter.

    At the same time, it allows that same candidate broad latitude to screw the voter on all other issues.

    Suppose, for example, the program allows the dims to determine that you rely on social security to survive.

    The sole message to you is we will raise social security COLA, and our opponent will not.

    That is what I mean.

    The Republican will say–you cannot trust my opponent, because he is a bad man, etc.

    Let me give you a real world example of why that does not matter.

    During my career, I negotiated with a number of Mafia dominated Teamster Locals.

    Including the one at JFK memorialized in the movie Goodfellas.

    The head of that local was a Jewish mobster, who was associated with the Lucchese Family.

    He was reputed to have been the chauffer for Louis Lepke, the Jewish half of Murder Inc.

    The Italian half of Murder Inc. was Albert Anastasia, who was head of the Gambino Family.

    When we asked good people in the bargaining unit where their loyalties were

    In light of all this

    They responded we don’t care about the rest of this.

    The head of our local union comes through for us, and that is all that matters.

    And that is why Christian Adams refers to this new technology

    Predicated on micro messaging as opposed to just access

    Is indeed a game changer.

  10. foxyladi14
    September 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    It’s real good to have your long linx back 🙂

  11. Panetta just stabbed teh one in the back. He just said on 60 Minutes that he was not confident in the decision to remove all troops from Iraq in 2011.

    ABANDON SHIP!! ABANDON SHIP!!

    Hillary 2016

  12. And now King Abdullah of Jordan just confirmed that the information in the book by Panetta that the former CIA director, Panetta and Hillary as well as King Abdullah all urged teh one to act by giving support to the Free Syrians early on. He stated that act would have limited the ability for ISIS to germinate.

    How again is that Hope and Change working out?

    Hillary 2016

  13. Booker is a good man with a compelling personal history
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    Booker is a good man–

    In the hip pocket of Wall Street

    With a compelling personal history–

    Which is mostly fiction.

    Attention Obama:

    You have a cause of action for patent infringement.

    On the other hand

    Maybe the public will not be as stupid the third time around.

    Hope–springs eternal.

  14. He just said on 60 Minutes that he was not confident in the decision to remove all troops from Iraq in 2011
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    Success has many fathers

    Whereas–

    Failure is an orphan.

    Come on Leon

    In haec verba

    What did you do to oppose a strategy which was doomed to failure

    Besides being “non confident” that strategy would work.

    The only thing I want to know from you Leon

    Is did the big media beloved messiah give the order to save the troops

    And if he did why is there no record of it, as required by law

    Not confident = no skin in the game.

  15. The Charge of the Light Brigade

    By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    I

    Half a league, half a league,

    Half a league onward,

    All in the valley of Death

    Rode the six hundred.

    “Forward, the Light Brigade!

    Charge for the guns!” he said.

    Into the valley of Death

    Rode the six hundred.

    II

    “Forward, the Light Brigade!”

    Was there a man dismayed?

    Not though the soldier knew

    Someone had blundered.

    Theirs not to make reply,

    Theirs not to reason why,

    Theirs but to do and die.

    Into the valley of Death

    Rode the six hundred.

    III

    Cannon to right of them,

    Cannon to left of them,

    Cannon in front of them

    Volleyed and thundered;

    Stormed at with shot and shell,

    Boldly they rode and well,

    Into the jaws of Death,

    Into the mouth of hell

    Rode the six hundred.

    IV

    Flashed all their sabres bare,

    Flashed as they turned in air

    Sabring the gunners there,

    Charging an army, while

    All the world wondered.

    Plunged in the battery-smoke

    Right through the line they broke;

    Cossack and Russian

    Reeled from the sabre stroke

    Shattered and sundered.

    Then they rode back, but not

    Not the six hundred.

    V

    Cannon to right of them,

    Cannon to left of them,

    Cannon behind them

    Volleyed and thundered;

    Stormed at with shot and shell,

    While horse and hero fell.

    They that had fought so well

    Came through the jaws of Death,

    Back from the mouth of hell,

    All that was left of them,

    Left of six hundred.

    VI

    When can their glory fade?

    O the wild charge they made!

    All the world wondered.

    Honour the charge they made!

    Honour the Light Brigade,

    Noble six hundred!

  16. Anybody watch “The Roosevelt’s” on PBS by Ken Burns? Very well done. Depressing how in less than 6 years this once great country and democratic party have been destroyed by this administration.

  17. Sullivan the buffoon told us that Obama would be a messiah, a post racial president, and Muslims in the middle east would be like the Noel Coward song–mad about the boy.

    Well, the buffoon was wrong on all counts, which is why he is a buffoon.

    But the most interesting failure by the big media beloved messiah in the middle east.

    I will not waste your time noting the explanation proffered by the high priest of NYT, because it is just that–a waste of time.

    It has nothing to do with how many Muslims he has killed in the middle east—WJC and Bush killed far more.

    The answer lies in the role Obama has played, or to be more precise, failed to play in the middle east.

    Historically, the United States and before us Britain played the role of the adult in the room, and maintained order.

    Obama has abdicated that role, thus creating a power vaccuum causing all hell to break loose.

    Furthermore, the contending factions believe Obama is a Muslim and they believe he supports the other faction.

    The only people who are happy with Obama are American Muslims, but that is not destined to last either.

    In the 7 Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) showed us how to keep peace in the Muslim word.

    Alas, apology tours and flowery speeches are not not appreciated.

    Even though they titillate big media.

    Obama’s entire strategy has produced a regional tragedy, and laid the groundwork for a global one.

    Richard Rodriguez echoes these sentiments in an article entitled The Inexplicable Emotion.

    ” America was a great brand name, associated with the longest period of peace in modern history. To exchange Uncle Sam for the persona of Prince Ali was poor salesmanship.”

    (Note: The guy who fucked the pooch on this one was Soros. He convinced the powers that be that Bush’s role as the strong father figure was a mistake and that the American President ought to look and sound like a Muslim.

    In this instance, the old Nazi was too clever by the halves, and he failed to understand the Muslim mind.)

    Kissinger, on the other hand, did understand the Muslim mind, to a fare thee well.

    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/09/20/the-inexplicable-emotion/#more-39361
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    The Inexplicable Emotion

    September 20th, 2014 – 11:47 pm

    Glenn Greenwald tries to solve a mystery. Why does the Muslim world hate Obama? Greenwald gleefully rips into Andrew Sullivan’s prediction that Obama’s election would make America a hit in the Islamic world.

    Obama’s most devoted supporters have long hailed his supposedly unique ability to improve America’s standing in that part of the world. In his first of what would be many paeans to Obama, Andrew Sullivan wrote back in 2007 that among Obama’s countless assets, “first and foremost [is] his face”, which would provide “the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan”. Sullivan specifically imagined a “young Pakistani Muslim” seeing Obama as “the new face of America”; instantly, proclaimed Sullivan, “America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm”. Obama would be “the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology” because it “proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can”. Sullivan made clear why this matters so much: “such a re-branding is not trivial – it’s central to an effective war strategy.”

    None of that has happened. In fact, the opposite has taken place: although it seemed impossible to achieve, Obama has presided over an America that, in many respects, is now even more unpopular in the Muslim world than it was under George Bush and Dick Cheney.

    He cites a poll finding that 92% of Pakistanis (Sullivan’s example) “disapprove of US leadership”. So what went wrong? Greenwald says this reversal of fortune can be easily explained. “America is a rogue nation”, Greenwald concludes and the hatred for Obama is the natural result his policy of launching drone attacks in so many countries.

    By contrast American Muslims just love Obama. A Gallup poll found that “Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks.

    Mormons were least approving, at 18%. In general, majorities of those in non-Christian religions — including those who do not affiliate with any religion — approved of Obama, while less than a majority of those in the three major Christian religious groups did.

    What accounts for the president’s paradoxical popularity among American Muslims and the opposite reaction in the Muslim world? Is Greenwald’s explanation correct? There are two problems with Greenwald’s explanation. One is the problem of scale, the other is history. The problem of scale is the easiest to understand. Critics allege that Obama has killed 2,400 persons, including civilians, during his term of office.

    But Bill Clinton allegedly killed 500,000 Iraqi children from the sanctions he imposed on Saddam. The Lancet argued that George W. Bush caused “654,965 excess deaths” by invading Iraq. The Huffington Post claims that ISIS killed 1,992 Iraqis in June alone. The UN estimates that 191,000 people have died in the Syrian Civil War.

    Even if one discounts the hokey Lancet and Clinton-era sanction numbers, it is undeniable that Obama has directly killed only a small number of people by comparison to the military actions of predecessors and other regional actors.

    But the real objection to Greenwald’s idea lies in history. While more force may have been used in the past, former American presidents used it, for the most part, to either protect the Muslim world both from their regional enemies or from itself.

    For years America sided with Pakistan against India. It saved the Muslims in the Balkans. But it was America’s ability to protect the Muslim world from itself that was its most valued service. It defended the Gulf States from Saddam. It probably saved the Shi’ites in Iraq from genocide. Until recently many Syrians were hoping it could stop the civil war. History suggests that the Muslim world does not object to force per se, as long as that power is used to provide stability in a region unable to provide it for itself.

    The problem isn’t, as Greenwald suggests, that “America is a rogue nation” but that America has stopped playing the role of hegemon. Unable to order things for themselves, for a variety of reasons, the Muslim world relied first on the British and then the Americans to order it for them.

    When Obama stopped being the hegemon, he created a power vacuum which allowed the worst tendencies of the region to metastize; and the resulting chaos created a huge number of deaths. It is this indirect death toll — the result of the failure policy — and not the explosions of Hellfire missiles, that has caused the real hurt.

    The drone deaths, however unjustified they may be, are small change by comparison to the doleful roll of Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the massive refugee flows in Turkey and Jordan. Obama’s failures have caused the substantive agony and not the comparatively small number of drone deaths or the phony baloney damage imputed by the Lancet to Bush.

    Perhaps the real reason that the Muslim world misgives Obama is they believe he is a Muslim, and therefore not to be trusted. Sullivan imagines that a “young Pakistani Muslim” would trust someone like himself, when in fact he might more readily trust someone not like himself. For someone like himself would take sides in one of the many factional disputes that divide his society. Only someone who can stand above the fray has any hope of being fair. America was a great brand name, associated with the longest period of peace in modern history. To exchange Uncle Sam for the persona of Prince Ali was poor salesmanship.

  18. This has been my great grudge against Obama from the beginning. He is a fucking Utopian–as opposed to a realist. Like so many in big media, he does not understand that we are the indispensable nation in providing order and stability in the world. He wants us to be liked and eschews the projection of force. And the end result? Genocide in the Middle East, naked aggression by Putin, a nuclear Iran, etc. By conscious design, Obama has made us a nation not to be reckoned with, to the cheers of big media and the despair of the world. The myth of American power has been shattered. Our ability leverage our resources has been squandered. Call me a pessimist if you like, but I seriously doubt we get them back. The perception has been irrevocably changed.

  19. From the above:

    “When Obama stopped being an outsider and became one of the tribesmen then he became part of the problem, not the unifying, attractive figure Andrew Sullivan imagined. But returning to the famous movie, the moral is that Lawrence’s credibility is ultimately based on his ability to deliver. After he settled the dispute between the tribes, he took Aquaba. By contrast Obama is taking vacations. The yardstick by which a leader is ultimately judged is the kind of governance he provides. Love and loyalty is not won by speeches, but by results.

    Most people want safety and peace. Obama gave the American public “rebranding” instead of leadership and Greenwald would have him give the Muslim world more chaos instead of a way to deal with their demons. Who really thinks that can endear him to anyone? It’s not hard to explain why the Muslim world dislikes Obama. Nobody likes a loser”

  20. Hearts with one purpose alone
    Through summer and winter seem
    Enchanted to a stone
    To trouble the living stream.
    The horse that comes from the road.
    The rider, the birds that range
    From cloud to tumbling cloud,
    Minute by minute they change;
    A shadow of cloud on the stream
    Changes minute by minute;
    A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
    And a horse plashes within it;
    The long-legged moor-hens dive,
    And hens to moor-cocks call;
    Minute by minute they live:
    The stone’s in the midst of all.

    Too long a sacrifice
    Can make a stone of the heart.
    O when may it suffice?
    That is Heaven’s part, our part
    To murmur name upon name,
    As a mother names her child
    When sleep at last has come
    On limbs that had run wild.
    What is it but nightfall?
    No, no, not night but death;
    Was it needless death after all?
    For England may keep faith
    For all that is done and said.
    We know their dream; enough
    To know they dreamed and are dead;
    And what if excess of love
    Bewildered them till they died?
    I write it out in a verse –
    MacDonagh and MacBride
    And Connolly and Pearse
    Now and in time to be,
    Wherever green is worn,
    Are changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.

  21. Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats
    By Jerry Markon, Ellen Nakashima and Alice Crites September 21 at 8:03 PM

    An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database. The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top dollar that have proliferated in Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
    The department’s terrorism intelligence arm, for example, has cycled through six directors during the Obama administration, decimating morale and contributing to months-long delays in releasing intelligence reports, according to interviews and government reports.
    A parade of high-level departures, on top of other factors, has meanwhile helped slow the rollout of key cybersecurity initiatives, including a program aimed at blocking malicious software before it can infiltrate civilian government computers, former officials say.
    Snip
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-level-turnover-makes-it-harder-for-dhs-to-stay-on-top-of-evolving-threats/2014/09/21/ca7919a6-39d7-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

  22. #HardNotToLaugh.

    Chicago mayor abandons plan to name high school after Obama
    Published time: September 20, 2014 01:31
    Edited time: September 20, 2014 02:49
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to boost support among African-Americans has backfired again, leaving him walking back plans to name a highly selective high school in a wealthy neighborhood after President Barack Obama.
    Earlier this year, Emanuel cheerfully announced the city would build a new selective-enrollment high school in the Near North Side area of Chicago. The school would be called ‘Barack Obama College Preparatory High School,’ a title meant to honor the first African-American president in US history.
    In the wake of strong criticism and backlash from the black community, however, the Chicago mayor has changed his tune. On Thursday, he revealed the school will not be named after President Obama after all.
    READ MORE: Americans think Chicago is most dangerous US city, even as crime drops
    “Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for other possible names for this future school,” Emanuel said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune.
    Emanuel did not say exactly why he backed off his plan, but the New York Daily News reported that the Chicago Board of Education has a policy that prohibits the naming of schools after individuals who are still alive.
    Besides the education board’s own polices, though, many African-Americans objected to the idea of naming the school after Obama, especially since he has much stronger ties to the more racially diverse South Side.
    “If they’re going to name a school after President Obama they should put it somewhere else,” Alderman Carrie Austin told the Tribune on Thursday. “Either in Roseland, where he got his start, or in the Hyde Park area, where he lived and has a home. To put it [in the near North Side], that just doesn’t look right.”
    There were also more substantive concerns over the school’s location, which, in the North Side, would have placed it in an area that is 72 percent white, according to Chicago Demographics Data from 2010. There is already a selective-enrollment high school in the area, and local residents there have complained that a new school would overtake park/play space and make bad traffic even worse. Snip.
    http://www.rt.com/usa/189196-obama-chicago-school-cancelled

  23. Wow, Cheasea is very close to having her baby. Looks like Bill has put back some weight…he was too thin before, hope his health is good.

  24. Today’s @GovernorCorbett/ @WolfForPA debate at the @PAChamber dinner will be shown live on @pcntvm also on their website pcntv.com and @cspan main channel.
    Incumbent Tom Corbett R, has been running way behind Obama-like Tom Wolf, D all along. Currently 20 points behind. It has been worse.
    Corbett has been appearing live at pressers for the fugitive being sought within Pocono woods and does OK. Sure hoping that helps. So far PA ppl are buying the lie that Corbett cut education spending and the other one that Corbett has no tax in place for fracking. [Wolf is for extraction, Corbett has impact.] 7:30 pm IC UR interested.

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    Very exciting time for Clintons and all of them look great!!!!!

  25. ADMIN:

    PAT CADDELL: GOP SHOULD NATIONALIZE IMMIGRATION ISSUE
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    Pat Caddell on ‘Your World’ 9/22/14
    Pat Caddell on ‘Your World’ 9/22/14

    on BREITBART TV 22 Sep 2014, 2:20 PM PDT 21 POST A COMMENT
    On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” former Carter pollster Pat Caddell discussed what strategies the Republican Party should employee despite finding themselves at a cash disadvantage in the upcoming November midterm elections
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    According to Caddell, the best path for the GOP would be to nationalize the midterm election and make it a referendum on the issue of immigration.

    “[I]f I were the Republicans would stop and say, ‘Wait a minute, we’re having a national election. We should be having a referendum,” Caddell said. “I feel in 2012 the Republicans failed because they had no national message. It’s too late for them to have do what they should have done, which is get on the Capitol steps ala Newt Gingrich and the contract for America.

    What they need to do is they need to make this a referendum election—‘if you’re happy with this.’ Take the issue of immigration, for instance — the president says he’s going to amnesty five to 11 million people come after the Election Day, like you people in the country are stupid. They couldn’t before because the country has turned on this. And then we had the vote in the Senate last week where Harry Reid held back, waiting to see if they were needed.

    The Republicans should be out there saying, ‘You know what they’ll do after the election. If you want the president to do that, then vote for them. If not, vote for us.’ I’m just saying, you nationalize this election.”

  26. These air strikes may help dems in midterms ?
    ——————
    I think they will have zero impact.

    What will have a decisive, outcome determinative impact is if the Republicans make the 2014 election all about amnesty. Keep it simple stupid. The greatest vulnerability of every democrat is the commitment by their leader to grant amnesty to twenty million illegals over the strong objections of the electorate. This illegal act will not only swamp our safety nets and aggravate unemployment problems, but will also expose the nation to domestic terrorism, drug cartels and the Ebola virus. No that is not hyperbole. Obama has no idea who these twenty million people are, therefore it is a mathematical certainty that this unilateral act taken in derrogration of Congress and the will of the public will cause innocent people to die. And while you are thinking that, also notice how the figure has climbed from the original estimate of 6 million, to the 11 million they are talking about now, to the real figure which is twenty million aliens. If the Republicans make the 2014 election all about that, it will be curtains for the dims, it may have a constraining effect on Obama, and then foreign affairs will not matter one iota. All politics is local. For more on this see the comments by Pat Caddell posted above and the video at that site. After the way the RINO pistol whipped the party activist whom they now need, they need a big message that scares the hell out of people, and this is it. The other thing it will do is constrain what Obama does after the election if this is a wave election. But the way it is going now, with no message extant and the circular firing squad they have created it the Republican Party will again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  27. On reflection, I believe not only will Obama’s air strikes in Syria not help him, I firmly believe they will hurt him politically. Most people do not care about the conflict in the middle east. Those that do fall into two camps. One camp is the neocon crowd, and the generals who believe his strategy which refuses to put boots on the ground is doomed to failure. I posted General Keane’s comments to that effect. Also, there is an article by Georgiana Geyer posted below which tells how a parade of our top generals have reassessed the wars we have fought over the past 50 years and concluded those have drained the nation. This ennui is prevalent in our top brass today. The other crowd are the nut cases who believe that any military action is ipso facto wrong, and with the right coaching the lion will lay down with the lamb. I will not comment further on those delusionals further except to say that they need to go to the source of the dispute and personally test their theories. Tragically, they are hard left activists who will oppose these air strikes as a matter of principle. And of course they infest the democrat party. The anti war group will blame the liar in chief for going to war, and the pro war group will criticize the liar in chief for not fighting to win. Those are the activists. The public will assume their normal bovine demeanor and not think about this. It is a no win situation for him, all the way.

    http://www.uexpress.com/georgie-anne-geyer

  28. There will not be much rallying around him. When he blundered into war in Libya, his poll numbers did not shoot up. These things are so internationalized now that the public at large does not feel a commitment–frankly they do not give a shit anymore.

  29. If there had been any rallying around this would have occurred at the time he gave the speech announcing this action. The speech was roundly criticized, that the strategy behind it was heavily criticized and the lack of truth in the tenor of his leadership was real and palpable. No, this will not drive the polls.

  30. Wbb
    Great Britain,our closest ally, not even in the game because, supposedly, ISIS still has prisoners. ..long time since Churchill, long time. ..

  31. I thought Corbett and the moderator did really well. Wolf proclaimed himself to be an independent by virtue of the “fact” that he used his own money to finance his primary campaign. Course there were 8 other Democrats in that race and all 9 of them were there to pile on Corbett. McGinty still stumps for Wolf. Local media this morning is nearly ignoring the debate – too many impotent Obama agendas to cover including repeating old and bad Corbett poll numbers. 47 minutes. Will disable embed.
    www dot c-span.org/video/?321612-1/pennsylvania-governors-debate

  32. In this morning’s email: We have fallen behind because the Democrats have spent millions of dollars in TV ads recasting Democrat Kay Hagan as somehow being more conservative than she really is – and smearing our Republican candidate Thom Tillis as being ‘anti-woman.’

  33. A second similar email: Every liberal in America is gunning for Mia Love. And they intend to bombard her with attack ads every single day between now and Election Day. This is a massive campaign. The Obama Democrats believe they can win this seat if they can simply ruin Mia Love’s reputation.

  34. holdthemaccountable

    September 23, 2014 at 7:54 am
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    I am very very very suspicious of its now or never emails like that.

    They are manufactured by the RINOs, who have no message. No message.

    They have no ground game, because they shot their own soldiers.

    So they want us to believe it is all about money?

    How much of that money will end up in the pocket of the consultants who run the party?

    Pat Caddell is a truly independent voice.

    He says having the right message trumps money.

    Big media wants to make it all a game about money too.

    Because they know the more money the more advertising which will enrich their bloody coffers.

  35. Fucking Obama does everything he can to destroy the sovereignty of this nation, and to damage our troops, and then he expects the public to become all patriotic just because he decides to go off to a military adventure which he refuses to call a war.

    THE ESSENCE of a war is us vs. them. The them in the equation is not just ISIS, but radical Islam in its many aberrant forms. Obama refuses to cast the issue in those terms. With Obama, there is no us, no them, just him. And He–the big media beloved messiah is a proven liar and enemy of this country.

  36. The hypocrisy in our political system today is off the map.

    Just listen to assholes like Cummings, Shiff, Reid, McConnell, McCain to name just a few.

    They talk about devoting their life to “public service”.

    If they were candid they would call it for what it is: rewarding their contributors, screwing their constitutents and becoming part of the incumbent protection racket.

    It is power, it is self enrichment.

    But the one thing it is not is public service.

    Lay down thy flattering unction.–Hamlet

  37. If you are serious about destroying radical Islam, then you need two things–broadly speaking:

    A military strategy which is flexible and able to deal with the wack a mole problem.

    A political strategy of de-nazification.

    Otherwise, all you are really doing is temporizing and daring the bear to attack your civilian population.

    The whole concept of limited war is unrealistic.

    And the power of the dollar is always hostage to the power of the gun.

  38. wbboei
    September 23, 2014 at 11:02 am
    holdthemaccountable

    September 23, 2014 at 7:54 am
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    I am very very very suspicious of its now or never emails like that.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    TY wbboei. I did not much like those messages, so I am happy there is another way to interpret them.

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