Friday, July 25, 2014

Consequences of Doing Nothing: Iraq Urged Obama Repeatedly to Bomb Isis When It Mattered

Now we have mass murder, female genital mutilation, persecution of Christians on a nationwide scale!

With each new Obama scandal pushing the older ones to the background it's easy to forget that Iraq remains in dire peril of becoming a terrorist playground providing cover for those who continue to threaten attacks on the United States.

McClatchy newspapers recently reviewed testimony of top Obama officials before Congress documenting how well aware they were of the threat posed by ISIS before it took over one third of Iraq.
The group’s operations “are calculated, coordinated and part of a strategic campaign led by its Syria-based leader, Abu Bakr al Baghadi,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk told a House committee on Feb. 5, four months before fighting broke out in Mosul. “The campaign has a stated objective to cause the collapse of the Iraqi state and carve out a zone of governing control in western regions of Iraq and Syria.”

The testimony raises an obvious question: If the Obama administration had such early warning of the Islamic State’s ambitions, why, nearly two months after the fall of Mosul, is it still assessing what steps, if any, to take to halt the advance of Islamist extremists who threaten U.S. allies in the region and have vowed to attack Americans?

In fresh testimony before Congress this week, McGurk revealed that the administration knew three days in advance that the attack on Mosul was coming. He acknowledged that the Islamic State is no longer just a regional terrorist organization but a “full-blown” army that now controls nearly 50 percent of Iraq and more than one-third of Syria. Its fighters have turned back some of the best-trained Iraqi units trying to retake key cities, while in Syria, it’s seized nearly all that country’s oil and natural gas fields and is pushing the Syrian military from its last outposts in the country’s east.

“What started as a crisis in Syria has become a regional disaster with serious global implications,” Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Wednesday.
Also in that hearing we heard that the Obama Administration repeatedly turned down requests from the government of Iraq to strike ISIS when it was in staging areas vulnerable to bombing and well before it took over major cities. Obama is known as the drone President in countering threats elsewhere but in not so in Iraq. Instead, after ISIS surged Obama sent a few hundred troops to Iraq. In over a month that's been his only response and it's done nothing to stem the growing tide of terror. Obama simply checked the box and headed off for another round of fundraisers.

Meanwhile, Christians are fleeing Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, after being forced to convert to Islam, pay a tax or die. Islamic fanatics have destroyed Christian shrines. Reports also indicate that all women in Mosul may be required to submit to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Talk about a war on women.

Worst of all, the blood lust of these terrorist monsters continues. Mohamed Elomar a jihadi from Australia who joined the blood fest in Iraq posed proudly with the heads of slain Iraqis. Calling himself the Australian Zarqawi after the monster U.S. troops killed in Iraq in 2006 Elomar uses his Twitter feed to brag about his crimes by posting graphic pictures. Below is one such photo.  You have been warned:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Data Shows Bush Took Gun Crime More Seriously Than Obama

But the data misses the point. For Obama, it's been less about prosecuting those who use guns in crimes and more about controlling the guns of law abiding citizens!

Interesting analysis in the Washington Times. While Obama moans about the need for gun control, his Department of Justice isn't prosecuting those who commit gun crime....


With this kind of record is it any wonder that in places like Chicago, which has very strict gun laws, the crime wave continues?

In Dallas 90% of Illegal Alien Children Skip Court Date

Democrats demanded the kids have their day in court. Will they now agree to deport those who fail to show up?

From the Dallas Morning News:
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
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The judge’s decision drew praise from local immigration lawyers. Paul Zoltan, an immigration attorney in Dallas, called the decision “classy,” saying the children would have time to get attorneys and any mailing errors could be corrected.
“It gives the kids another chance,” he said.
In general, 46 percent of juveniles don’t show up for their immigration court hearings, according to Capitol Hill testimony recently from Juan Osuna, who directs the Justice Department’s immigration courts. The Executive Office of Immigration Review faces a backlog of 375,000 cases and was ordered a few weeks ago to make unaccompanied juveniles the top priority.
No doubt there will be a long line of excuses as to why these lawbreakers will not be deported. Frankly, we won't be able to find them. But you can count on them showing up years later demanding amnesty and the full benefits package!

I Stand with Israel: Let them Finish the Job and Defeat Hamas!

And please. No more phony arguments about moral equivalence!

Remember when Israel was told "trade land for peace?" Give back control of Gaza to the Palestinians and all will be well. The minute Israel did the Palestinians under Hamas started launching rockets at Israel. These Islamic fanatics have launched THOUSANDS of rockets at Israel. These are deliberate offensive acts.

Now we learn that Hamas has built dozens of tunnels under the border with Israel. The purpose of these is not defensive in any way but to offer means of conducting attacks against innocent Israelis. We also learn from the United Nations that Hamas has hidden rockets in schools and children's playgrounds as well as hospitals and mosques.

And who can forget the Palestinian celebrations of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers who were later found murdered. Meanwhile, Palestinians use children's television programs to teach their children to hate and kill.

There's a graphic which describes the contrast between Israelis and Hamas perfectly:

There's a saying that if the Arabs would put down their weapons today there would be peace in the Middle East. If Israel put down it's weapons the Jews would all be killed.

I have NO SYMPATHY whatsoever for Hamas and the Palestinians who refuse every effort to find real solutions to a peaceful resolution of this conflict. Neither do I have any consideration for the views of people currently pushing a cease fire yet who ignored the thousands of rockets and other transgressions by Hamas.

Let Israel finish the job the way they want. Now is a perfect time for Obama to lead from behind and do nothing. He's good at that!

Russian Rebels Shoot Down Two More Jets Over Ukraine

Obama too busy with fundraisers to comment!

It's been a week since Obama made some vague muttering about imposing "costs" and "isolation" on Russia for their part in the Ukrainian mess. Anyone looking for a sign about Putin's intentions got the message this Monday when Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. No word from Obama. He's too busy fundraising but we can imagine that when he does comment he'll make another meaningless statement.

The Russian rebels have been shooting down aircraft with impunity and we've done nothing to help Ukraine defend itself. We could offer defensive weapons that would counter the Russian supplied weapons but instead we've sent military rations and socks. And you wonder why Putin doesn't care what Obama says? The world is becoming a far more dangerous and deadly place because of a lack of American leadership.  If we won't help our friends when they need it, who will be there to help us?

Putting a Face on the Atrocity of Malaysian Shootdown

Lost on Malaysian Flight 17:

Three Australian children and their grandfather are among the victims. Australia lost 36 in the attack.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No New Urgency for Leadership: Obama Golfs and Plans Week of Campaign Fundraising

Anyone hoping Obama might suddenly undertake some serious leadership on critical problems is disappointed...AGAIN!

So, Obama headed to Camp David over the weekend.  He followed that getaway to the president's mountain retreat with another round of golf on Sunday. One might have hoped he would take this time to collect his thoughts and prepare newer more effective policies to address the multiple major crises like Ukraine, Gaza and the Border.

But that doesn't appear to be the case. The best Obama could do in responding to this surfeit of trouble was make the following statement on Monday mainly concerning the Russian shootdown of the Malaysian jetliner and the larger situation in Ukraine. Here's the portion that deals generally with Ukraine:
OBAMA: As I’ve said throughout this crisis and the crisis in Ukraine generally, and I’ve said this directly to President Putin, as well as publicly, my preference continues to be finding a diplomatic resolution within Ukraine. I believe that can still happen. That is my preference today, and it will continue to be my preference.

But if Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and to back these separatists, and these separatists become more and more dangerous and now are risks not simply to the people inside of Ukraine but the broader international community, then Russia will only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase.

Now is the time for President Putin and Russia to pivot away from the strategy that they’ve been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine in a way that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and respects the right of the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions about their own lives.
He admits that he's just repeating words that he's used a dozen times before with no result. Putin simply ignores Obama knowing that these vague "costs" for Russia are nothing compared to the gains perceived by Putin.

Again, I contrast Obama's weak statement,entirely lacking any dimension of positive action, with that of President Reagan in the wake of the Soviet shootdown of Korean Airlines flight 007 in September 1983.

Has Obama announced any meetings with world leaders to build a coalition to address the matter? Nope. His schedule this week includes 3 days of fundraising and multiple campaign events. Whose leading the world in condemning Russian action? No one!

It seems that after or during every major crisis Obama is campaigning and fundraising. Whether it's Benghazi or the Border, Ukraine, Syria you name it! We don't have a President in the White House. We have a fundraiser in chief!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Tell Me America Isn't Exceptional: 45 Years Ago Americans First Walked on the Moon!

No other country can match America's achievement!


U.S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the flag, July 20, 1969

More photos here.

No Wonder Illegals Are Coming Here in Droves: Obama's Asylum Policy Amounts to Instant Amnesty!

It's as if Obama is doing this deliberately!

How convenient that the Russian shootdown of the Malaysian jetliner took the immigration scandal off the front page. No doubt Obama is taking full advantage of the current lack of public attention to continue dumping thousands of illegals into various state. Even liberal Massachusetts feels under siege with one Sheriff describing how the Bay State now feels like a Border State. The Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts states how illegals arriving over the past few years have "overwhelmed" city services:
The amount of new foreign born student admissions has nearly doubled in the last two years. This school year alone saw more than 600 new admissions. Among those students, 248 were from Guatemala. Flanagan Kennedy says of those 248 children, 126 were illegal, undocumented minors.

"They are not literate in any language, so they do need some skills. And I assume they are enrolling in school to receive those skills," said Catherine Latham, Lynn's superintendent of schools

Latham says me the increase in new students has created overcrowding, forced her to hire more staff, and has impacted state testing scores and drop-out numbers.
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"The way this is going, Lynn looks like a microcosm of the United States, in that we have been filled to capacity and we can't take anymore without having the people who are already here suffer," she said.
And for anyone who thinks that most of these invaders will be sent back, think again. A House Judiciary Committeereport has some shocking news:
The House Judiciary Committee has obtained information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that shows 65% of unaccompanied alien minors’ asylum applications have been immediately approved by asylum officers in Fiscal Year 2014. And this is just the first bite of the apple. Many more cases can be approved later. Where an asylum officer does not approve the application, it is then referred to an immigration judge where the applicant can try again. If that fails, they can continue to appeal their case. Once individuals are granted asylum, they have access to all major federal welfare programs.

Asylum approval rates overall have increased dramatically in recent years. Approval rates by asylum officers have increased from 28% in 2007 to 46% in 2013 and approval rates by immigration judges in affirmative cases have increased from 51% in 2007 to 74% in 2013. Combining both of these approval rates, the vast majority of aliens who affirmatively seek asylum are now successful in their claims. This does not even take into account appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals or federal courts. At the same time, an internal Department of Homeland Security report shows that at least 70% of asylum cases contain proven or possible fraud.
The Judiciary report confirms an earlier story from the Daily Caller:
The number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393.

That’s 10 times the number from 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, and it is evidence his immigration officials are agreeing that many people in the growing wave of Central American migrants face a “credible fear” of harm if they are returned. Official approval allows the migrants to file for asylum in immigration court, where judges will approve or reject the asylum request.

If you came illegally to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2013, you had better than a four-in-five chance of successfully filing an asylum claim. That’s up from a three-in-five chance in 2008.
The L.A. Times also confirms these reports. Included is the following graphic. At the same time the number of illegal minors exploded, the number of those sent back decreased.

Dems: Y'all Come! Our Borders are OPEN!

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to fan the flames of the illegal invasion. Democrat members of congress have been particularly outspoken in promoting the concept of open borders and welfare for all.


And as more cities and states become overwhelmed dealing with an influx of illiterate, many diseased children and adults, these same Democrats who stoke the invasion will demand working Americans pay more in taxes to pay for the mess they made. No thanks. SEND THEM BACK!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WWRD. A Lesson From History: What Would Reagan Do After Russians Shoot Down Jetliner?

Contrast the steely style of a real leader with Obama in the wake of Jetliner shootdown!

According to the New York Times the Obama Administration has clear evidence that Russia supplied the missile system that shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine. Thus far, Obama's reaction has been to mention the atrocity briefly during a photo op before heading off to fundraisers and a longer statement at a White House press briefing. Where's the outrage? Where's the action? Where's the leadership galvanizing the world to act? AWOL as usual.

This crime against humanity reminded me of another such atrocity 30 years before. The Soviets shot down Korean Airlines flight 007 after it went off course on a flight originating from New York bound for Seoul. There too, hundreds of people died. The contrast between Reagan's handling of the atrocity and Obama's couldn't be more stark.

Reagan was at his ranch in California when the attack occurred. Did he go back to horseriding? As soon as the facts were known he flew back to Washington (not to two more fundraisers) and pulled together his national security team to coordinate a plan of action. Four days later he delivered the following prime time address to the American people from the Oval Office:


REAGAN: I'm coming before you tonight about the Korean airline massacre, the attack by the Soviet Union against 269 innocent men, women, and children aboard an unarmed Korean passenger plane. This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world.

Our prayers tonight are with the victims and their families in their time of terrible grief. Our hearts go out to them -- to brave people like Kathryn McDonald, the wife of a Congressman whose composure and eloquence on the day of her husband's death moved us all. He will be sorely missed by all of us here in government.

The parents of one slain couple wired me: ``Our daughter . . . and her husband . . . died on Korean Airline Flight 007. Their deaths were the result of the Soviet Union violating every concept of human rights.'' The emotions of these parents -- grief, shock, anger -- are shared by civilized people everywhere. From around the world press accounts reflect an explosion of condemnation by people everywhere.

Let me state as plainly as I can: There was absolutely no justification, either legal or moral, for what the Soviets did. One newspaper in India said, ``If every passenger plane . . . is fair game for home air forces . . . it will be the end to civil aviation as we know it.''
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And make no mistake about it, this attack was not just against ourselves or the Republic of Korea. This was the Soviet Union against the world and the moral precepts which guide human relations among people everywhere.
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We know it will be hard to make a nation that rules its own people through force to cease using force against the rest of the world. But we must try.

This is not a role we sought. We preach no manifest destiny. But like Americans who began this country and brought forth this last, best hope of mankind, history has asked much of the Americans of our own time. Much we have already given; much more we must be prepared to give.
Can you imagine Obama saying anything like that? Reagan went on to list a series of actions which he was taking immediately to punish the Soviets. Obama only talks vaguely about costs and consequences which never seem to have any bite in them.

Unlike Obama, Reagan never had any delusions about the Russians. When Reagan came into office he didn't hesitate to call them an "evil empire" and suggest the world would be better off without them. Of course Obama is unlikely to remember any of the conflict from this period and Reagan's leadership since he bragged that at that time he was too busy smoking pot in Hawaii.

Obama came into office suffering from the delusion that the Russian leopard could change it's spots. Remember Hillary Clinton farcically handing the Russian Foreign Minister a button which Hillary thought said "reset" in Russian? It translated instead to "overcharge." Obama and company were going to improve relations with Russia. Instead, they're much, MUCH worse! What a shame we don't have a president in the White House who, like Reagan, understands what it takes to lead the world at such difficult times. It's not enough just to phone it in on your way to the next fundraiser!

When Will Obama Apologize to Romney for Mocking His Foreign Policy/ Russia Warnings?

Comment in presidential debate reveals just how out of touch Obama really is!

Remember this from the 2012 presidential debates?


OBAMA: “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaeda.”
Actually, Obama was wrong about that as the Washington Post Fact Checker points out. Romney said Russia was our "no. 1 geopolitical foe." Not that Obama has taken the threat from Al Queda any more seriously than he has the threat from Russia.

Obama went on to say:“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

The Post Fact Checker describes Obama's zinger as "considered clever at the time." Not so much now. The left had a real good chuckle at Romney's expense over the exchange. I just wonder when Obama and the left will be apologizing to Romney who got it right and Obama got it so very, VERY wrong!
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