American Lives for Votes

Posted on September 23rd, 2014
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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a very insightful and thoughtful commentary by Jeffrey Brown, that really exposes a large part of President Obama’s long-term political game plan. Unfortunately, based upon the past six years and especially recent events, it is very easy to agree with the conclusion that President Obama and his band of left-liberals are more than willing to actually sacrifice America’s national security in order to foster their own selfish long-term political agenda.

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Blathering Eco-Intellectuals

Posted on September 23rd, 2014
Man-Made Global Warming

By Alan Caruba

I confess I have always been wary of intellectuals. They love arcane theories that often have little to do with real life and this is particularly true of eco-intellectuals who have embraced a panoply of lies and claims about the “environment”, “fossil fuels”, “sustainability”, and other notions that permit them to bloviate without once addressing reality.

This has been a week of eco-propaganda on a global scale. On Sunday there were “Climate Marches.” On Read More »

Why Is Dependency Rising, and Can It Be Reversed?

Posted on September 23rd, 2014
Benefits and Welfare Signs

By Stephen Moore

Often during an economic recovery, welfare caseloads fall as jobs return. In this recovery, welfare caseloads kept climbing through 2012. That’s the message of a new Census Bureau report released last week, which found that, at the end of 2012, the number of Americans in households collecting “means tested” welfare assistance was officially 109 million.

That’s close to the number of people huddled around TV sets to watch the Super Bowl.

It’s also 35 percent Read More »

More Informative Links for September 23, 2014

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

U.S., Arab Allies Launch Strikes Against Militant Targets In Syria – Wall Street Journal  …   “The U.S. and several Middle Eastern allies struck Islamic State militants in Syria, the Pentagon said Monday night, expanding a U.S. campaign into a country that has been a haven for the extremist group. Using Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles and Air Force fighter planes, including stealthy F-22s, the U.S. carried out plans for strikes against more than a dozen targets inside portions of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, officials said. Four or more Arab countries, including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, signed up to take part in strikes in Syria, with some flying alongside the U.S. warplanes, according to an allied official. Their participation was seen as critical to the success and credibility of the mission, helping avoid the appearance of a unilateral U.S. attack on Syrian territory.”

The targets included buildings used as supply depots and logistics hubs near the Syria-Iraq border. But the U.S. also struck deeper into Syria, at Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. The attack wasn’t of the same scale as the airstrikes that began the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003, often cited as an example of the military doctrine of ‘shock and awe.’ Still, using a variety of weapons systems and relying on multiple nations, the strikes were more wide-ranging and powerful than the initial strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq last month. It is shock, without the awe,’ said a U.S. official.”

David Gergen: ISIS War Rollout Akin to Obamacare Rollout – Newsmax  …   “The rollout of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight the Islamic State (ISIS)has been dogged by problems comparable to the bungled rollout of Obamacare, said David Gergen, the CNN Senior Political Analyst.”Someone in the Obama White House clearly has a good book to write one day: How Not to Do Rollouts,’ Gergen wrote in a commentary for CNN. With one hapless episode after another, the rollout of the President’s plan to destroy ISIS is beginning to rival the less-than-splendid debut of the Obamacare website.’”

“‘Ever since the president went on prime-time television to announce his new strategy to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS, he and his team have slipped on one banana peel after another,’ Gergen wrote. He cited a list of muddled messages about the terminology of the conflict, including numerous contradictions emerging from the administration. There also continues to be a lack of clarity about whether there will be ‘boots on the ground,’ he said. Meanwhile, it continues to remain unclear as to what role the international coalition will play in supporting the mission.”

Informative Links for September 23, 2014

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

Enviro-Nuts Demand Action an End to Capitalism at People’s Climate March – Daily Caller  …  “Yesterday New York was infested by left-wing lunatics. OK, it was infested with even more left-wing lunatics than usual. It was the ‘People’s Climate March,’ a side-show of communists, socialists, fascists, environmentalist loons and all other configurations crazies the human race can produce — in other words: progressives. What did they want? To end capitalism, obviously.”

The economic system responsible for everything in this country and a huge swath of the planet that moved humans from mud huts to houses, cured countless diseases, ended starvation, extended life expectancy, and created the technology that allowed these mutants to coordinate a march against it is, in their estimation, the worst thing ever. …This is the modern Democratic Party’s base. Something to keep in mind come November.”

Voter Intensity Strongly Against Obamacare – Weekly Standard  …  “A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies, commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, finds that people who care about the issue of Obamacare really don’t like Obamacare.  On the flip side, people who like Obamacare really don’t care about it very much.  That’s a bad combination for pro-Obamacare candidates. The poll found that likely voters in battleground districts who consider Obamacare to be the ‘most important’ issue in the upcoming election oppose it by the overwhelming tally of 70 to 30 percent.”

“Finally, the poll found a great deal of support for a conservative alternative to Obamacare — and for repealing Obamacare if such an alternative is on the table. All of this suggests that even long-shot Republican Senate candidates who frame the election as a referendum on Obamacare and are willing to advance an alternative have a decent shot at upsetting their Democratic opponentsespecially those opponents who actually voted for Obamacare and now get to face the voters for the first time since then.”

Whether Obama Admits It or Not, The Awful Truth: The World Is at War

Posted on September 22nd, 2014
ISIS Gates of Hell Obama by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

By James Lewis

American Thinker and other commentary sites have been covering the Jihad War in great detail. But a coherent overview only came together for me after visiting the Long War Journal’s Threat Matrix, sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy.

The Threat Matrix helps us to see worldwide jihadist violence.

In just the last two weeks we see jihadist warfare in:

Nigeria (Boko Haram)
Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Assad and Hezb’ollah)
Gaza (Hamas)
Sinai Desert (Ansar Jerusalem Read More »

Bizarre: Obama Tells Us What He’d Do If He Was Advising ISIS

Posted on September 22nd, 2014
Obama

By Rick Moran

Jim Geraghty alerted me to this strange quote from President Obama in the New York Times:

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had Read More »

The Anti-Terrorism Bloviators. The Democrats’ Tough Talk Isn’t Serious at All

Posted on September 22nd, 2014
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder

By Betsy McCaughey

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo sounded the alarm about the escalating danger of a terrorist attack on America by ISIS and other jihadists. Too bad the Obama administration lacks the resolve or sense of urgency to meet this danger head on. Worse, political correctness is hindering New York, a likely target, from tracking and stopping the jihadists in our midst.

Holder announced Read More »

More Informative Links for September 22, 2014

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

Obama’s Half-Hearted War on Terror – NY Post  …  “The quote of the week comes from James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Noting that criticism of surveillance programs forced the government to ‘throttle back,’ he told The Washington Post that means ‘we are accepting more risk.’ Tapping a deep well of sarcasm, he continued: We are supposed to keep the country safe, predict anticipatory intelligence, with no risk, and no embarrassment if revealed, and without a scintilla of jeopardy to privacy of any domestic person or foreign person. We call that ‘immaculate collection.’”

Barack Obama’s heart was never in the war on terror, and he burst onto the national scene with an anti-Iraq War riff. He called it a ‘dumb war,’ a phrase that echoes still in his foreign-policy slogan of ‘don’t do stupid stuff.’ The latest declaration, ‘No boots on the ground,’ is cut from the same cloth…. His mistake, or his latest mistake, was that he began to take his Houdini-like escapes for granted, and thus was gob-smacked when the ‘war-weary nation’ suddenly wanted a tougher president after the Islamic State beheaded two Americans. In a flash, the usually nimble president was way out of step with the country.”

“Yet Obama again proved himself a cynical politician worthy of a fickle public. After some flub-a-dubs, he announced a strategy that is true to his core. It is ­neither-nor. It is neither a strategy for victory, nor a strategy for doing nothing. Like a man taking a shower while wearing a raincoat, he put America back into the fight without a commitment to win. Military types say his big goal and his puny tools are a mismatch, which could mean he has been too clever by half. It’s likely he is ­underestimating the terrorists’ lust for blood and overestimating his ability to fool voters into thinking he is resolute.”

Obama Under Pressure to Break ‘No Boots on the Ground’ Pledge – Newsmax/AP  …  “President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State group (ISIS) already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined. But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for the mission to succeed, including positioning U.S. ground troops with front-line Iraqi security forces. Doing that could put Obama close to violating his pledge to keep Americans out of combat.”

If commanders request ground troops and he turns them down, Obama could be accused of putting his legacy first. ‘They’re not going to be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces or the peshmerga,’ said Robert Gates, Obama’s former defense secretary, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State group. “So there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy.”

Informative Links for September 22, 2014

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

Former Head of Marine Corps: ‘Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ Obama’s Plan Succeeds’ – Daily Caller  …  “The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail. I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,’ retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration.”

“Obama’s strategy to degrade and destroy ISIS has come under fire in recent days for other reasons as well, especially for preemptively taking off the table the possibility of using American combat troops to achieve the mission. You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do,’ retired Gen. James Mattis, who served as head of Central Command from 2010 until his retirement in 2013, told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.”

Adm. Mike Mullen: Public Opinion Shouldn’t Affect Military Planning – Newsmax  …  “The White House may consider public opinion when making decisions such as whether to use ground troops fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), but military leaders don’t, says Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Appearing Sunday on ‘Meet the Press,’ Mullen said he never based his recommendations to presidents George W. Bush or Barack Obama on how the public felt about an issue. ‘That, we really kick over to the president and his team,’ Mullen said, adding that the president, as commander-in-chief, has the job of weighing military needs against any political fallout.”

Current Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified before Congress last week that he would go back to Obama and recommend American ground troops if the situation required it even though Obama has vowed no U.S. ground troops will be involved. Mullen said Dempsey was not disagreeing with the president, simply pointing out how the system works. ‘I think that’s a natural part of the discussion in this debate about how you execute a mission,’ Mullen said. ‘There should not be any question, in the end, who decides this, and that’s the president.’”

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