‘1980s are now calling’ mockery of Romney haunts Obama: Putin takes control in Syria

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It was only a few short years ago that President Obama openly mocked Mitt Romney for saying Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat to the America. Certain segments of the media thought his “zinger” was downright hilarious. Fast forward three years and Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, is primed to do the same in eastern Ukraine, and put himself in the driver’s seat in Syria.

The Huffington Post reported Oct. 22, 2012:

During the presidential debate on Monday evening, President Barack Obama deployed a Seinfeldian zinger to mock former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. Romney had said that al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are “rushing in” as revolutions shake up the Muslim world.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat,” Obama said, “because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia.”

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

What Mr. Obama didn’t realize is that the Cold War never ended for Vladimir Putin, which is odd because the Russian’s public statements have always made that very clear.

Reuters reported Thursday, Oct 1, 2015:

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, sources said on Thursday, a further sign of the rapid internationalization of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Russian warplanes bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group’s commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War.

The U.S. and Russian militaries will hold talks at 11 a.m. EDT via video link to seek ways to keep their militaries apart as they wage parallel campaigns of air strikes in Syria, a U.S. defense official said.

Russian jets struck targets near the cities of Hama and Homs in western Syria on the second day of their surprise air campaign, which they launched on Wednesday.

Moscow said it had hit Islamic State positions, but the area where it struck is held by a rival insurgent alliance, which unlike Islamic State is supported by U.S. allies including Arab states and Turkey.

The problem with the Obama administration is that America’s adversaries around the globe telegraph exactly what their intentions are, and yet Mr. Obama and his hand-picked staff refuse to take them at their word.

Arizona Sen. John McCain pointed out this strange behavior out Wednesday on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell:

John Kerry and his spokesperson said it is not clear what Russia’s intentions are. It was perfectly clear what Russia’s intentions are!”

A flashback to July 21 shows Kerry was also confused by Iran’s vow to undermine U.S. policy, which was made immediately after agreeing to a nuclear “deal” with the Obama administration.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very troubling”.

I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Why is Mr. Kerry always confused? Perhaps it is because he mistakes U.S. fallibility (a trait of all nations) with the idea that threats exist because America is, for all intents and purposes, always at fault.

Mitt Romney knew what he was talking about in 2012, and the president sneered at him. The media laughed along with the “Seinfeldian zinger” – but the real joke was on the American people.

The only people who are laughing now are the Russians, the Iranians, the Assad regime and their allies all around the globe.

John Kerry: I was for bombing Syria before I was against it — so gas away, Assad

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John Kerry was for bombing Syria before he was against it. It was just about a year ago that the Secretary of State said that history would judge us all “extraordinarily harshly” if something (i.e., a military strike) wasn’t done about the Assad regime gassing its own citizens to death.

“Now, we know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency,” — (John Kerry, Aug. 20, 2013).

Today? Well, Chlorine is bad but it’s not really that bad. And, well, we don’t really want to be “pinned down” with actually having to do anything with the 150,000 dead bodies (and counting) in Syria. So maybe someone else will figure it out. Someday.

Here’s what the guy who voted for war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan before voting against it said in London May 15:

“With respect to the [chemical weapons] and what the consequences are, it has been made clear by President Obama and others that use would result in consequences. We’re not going to pin ourselves down to a precise time, date, manner of action, but there will be consequences if it were to be proven, including, I might say, things that are way beyond our control and have nothing to do with us. But the International Criminal Court and others are free to hold him accountable. And as you know, we have a resolution that will be in front of the United Nations with respect to culpability for crimes against humanity, atrocities in the course of this conflict. So one way or the other, there will be accountability,” (John Kerry, May 15, 2014).

As radio host Chris Plante said: Chlorine takes the “red” out of red lines!

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Why is it okay to murder your own citizens with bullets, bombs and Chlorine gas, but it’s not okay to do so with VX nerve agent? Why did the U.S. bomb the hell out of Libya for “humanitarian” purposes, but then does nothing in Syria?

Politicians like John Kerry make the world a more dangerous place because they perpetually engage in doublespeak. They take every side on an issue, act on what is politically expedient and then (if they have the right letter next to their name) count on the media to throw all the contradictory statements down the Memory Hole.

What makes matters worse is that dictators like Bashar al Assad and former KGB agents like Vladimir Putin know that men like John Kerry are generally unprincipled buffoons, so they act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t; they know they can get away with it (e.g., the annexation of Crimea).

When John Kerry says things like Bashar al Assad gassing his own people was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” the world’s worst actors just laugh because they know that all they have to do is feign interest in a “deal” of some kind to get men  like John Kerry to blubber themselves into a new position.

It isn’t often that dictators around the world get to do whatever the heck they want and know that they can do so, for all intents and purposes, with impunity. Before President Obama leaves office, expect a few more surprises from the usual cast of international thugs and lowlifes because they will want to push the envelope as far as possible before the 2016 presidential election.

Place yourself in the shoes of Nicholas Maduro, Bashar al Assad, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un. What would you do? Answer that question and then ask yourself another: How has “leading from behind” worked for the United States since 2008?

 

 

John McCain: The Syrian rebels are ‘moderates’ — if you ignore the cannibal in the corner

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Not interested in a bombing campaign in Syria? Do you wonder about the motivations of rebels who scream “Allahu Akbar” during battle? If so, then Sen. John McCain might get cranky with you because he’s been to Syria and he knows — they’re “moderates.”

Here’s what Sen. McCain said on Fox and Friends in response to a question by Brian Kilmeade:

“Would you have a problem with an American person saying, ‘Thank God! Thank God!?'” McCain said.

“That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims. But they’re moderates, and I guarantee you they are moderates. I know them and I’ve been with them. For someone to say, ‘Allahu Akbar’ is about as offensive as someone saying, ‘Thank God.'”

True, Sen. McCain was given a tour of the land by the Syrian rebels, but for some reason he wasn’t introduced to the commander who likes to cut out chest cavities and eat human heart:

Footage [has been released] of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into it has emerged online.

According to Human Rights Watch, the clip shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Omar al-Farouq Brigade carrying out the bloody act.

He says: “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” to offscreen cheering.

Sen. John McCain wants you to believe that the Obama administration is skilled enough to identify — and arm — rebels who are friendly to Western Civilization, basic human rights and individual liberty. Do you believe him?

If President Obama went on television tomorrow and admitted that the United Nations is generally just a collection of thug regimes that impede any real attempts at making the world a better place (because to do so would threaten their existence), I’d mute my criticism. If President Obama admitted that our “allies” are sitting with zipped lips because their own military forces are incapable of the task at hand, I’d mute my criticism. If he admitted that countless welfare states around the globe hobble along because countries have tacitly leeched off the blanket of security provided by the United States, I’d mute my criticism. But he won’t. To do so would cause the worldview he successfully sold to the American people in 2008 to implode.

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like without reliable American leadership? You are seeing it unfold before your very eyes.

What John McCain doesn’t realize is that for every politician who would be ready to do what is necessary and proper in order to achieve a set of military objectives in Syria, there are nine others who would throw their own grandmother — or Secretary of State — under the bus at a moment’s notice. Just ask John (I can’t promise there won’t be boots on the ground) Kerry, who went before the world and made an impassioned case for acting as soon as possible, only to have President Obama decide that maybe it can wait until “tomorrow or next week or one month from now.”

The problem isn’t so much that the U.S. wants to make a decision between a bad guy and a worse guy on the international stage — because that happens all the time. The problem is that, in this case, there is no confidence in elected American officials to choose between two groups of really bad guys.

Exit question: Do you really want to trust a senator who plays video game poker during hearings on the military intervention he’s pushing? if John McCain can’t sit through three hours of testimony on Syria — during the work day — without playing hand held video games, Americans shouldn’t sit through three days of bombing runs on a Middle Eastern country that didn’t attack them.

Will Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama spark a world war with a strike on Syria?

In 2009, President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize. For what? No one really quite knows — but he won it nonetheless. Now, with allegations that Bashar Assad’s military forces have used chemical weapons on the rebels, media outlets everywhere are reporting that a Western attack on Syria will happen “within days.” The question becomes: Will the Nobel Peace Prize winner help spark a world war?

Most estimates tally the death toll in Syria at 100,000. For years now, Assad has been slaughtering the “rebels,” but 1,300 die because of chemical weapons and suddenly the United States must get involved? (Don’t ask who the rebels are because no one can give you a definitive answer.)

Ask yourself this question: What did Assad have to gain by using chemical weapons? He already killed tens of thousands with impunity by just using conventional weapons. There was nothing for him to gain. The only people who would benefit by a chemical weapons attack are … the rebels.

How bizarre is it that a conservative like myself now agrees with Dennis Kucinich regarding Syria?

Airstrikes on Syria would turn the U.S. military into “al Qaeda’s air force,” former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told The Hill.

The outspoken anti-war activist said any such action would plunge the United States into another war in the Middle East and embolden Islamist militants fighting Bashar Assad’s regime.

“So what, we’re about to become Al Qaeda’s air force now?” Kucinich said. “This is a very, very serious matter that has broad implications internationally. And to try to minimize it by saying we’re just going to have a ‘targeted strike’ — that’s an act of war. It’s not anything to be trifled with.”

The comments echo warnings from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who voted against legislation to arm the Syrian rebels earlier this year by saying such a move would boost al Qaeda.

The Associated Press was on the mark with its recent coverage of the President, saying that his administration appeared to “veer from crisis to crisis without a broader strategy.” Indeed, a talented orator can win elections by talking out of both sides of his mouth, but actually governing — displaying leadership — requires tough decisions. Instead of publicly admitting that many of the tools George W. Bush utilized post 9/11 to protect American interests at home and abroad were necessary, Mr. Obama opted not to apologize for demonizing the man while continuing (and often expanding) Bush-era programs with greater secrecy. Instead of capturing combatants on the field of battle, Mr. Obama kills them with drones. Instead of spying on terrorists, the NSA now collects “meta data” and the emails of innocent Americans who (to quote Sen. Feinstein)might become a terrorist in the future.” The result of Mr. Obama’s Whac-A-Mole approach to foreign policy has in many ways come to a head with the Syrian debacle.

The great thing about being a college professor is that all of your theories can be wrong, but you will still get paid and no one can pin the blame for the real world consequences of your ideas on your shoulders. The not-so-great thing about being a former college professor who happens to be the president? The real world is often far divorced from the kind of conclusions bandied about inside the walls of the teachers lounge.

There will be unintended consequences for any U.S. bombing run on Syria, and it’s a good bet that they will not be the kinds of things Nobel Peace Prize winners want talked about in history books. With “rebels” largely composed of Islamic extremists, the wise thing to do at this juncture would not involve ballistic missiles raining down in Syrian territory.

Related: John McCain: The Syrian rebels are ‘moderates’ — if you ignore the cannibal in the corner

Annan admits U.N. useless, fails to indict Obama on Syria

Here we have President Obama, ever the professor, pondering why Syrian thugs continue to execute people despite his sheer awesomeness. Clearly, they didn’t get the memo that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Or, perhaps it’s all George Bush’s fault. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I think I’ll go with that one.

It was only three years ago that a bunch of Norwegians awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for, apparently, being Barack Obama. The world was told that finally, here was a man who understood diplomacy. Here was a man who would get results. There would be no more “coalitions of the willing” because a community organizer of first class temperament was in the White House. Hollywood stars wept, believing that the  “dead” nation under George W. Bush was  “alive” again with the ascension of Obama.

Fast forward to today, where Bashar al-Assad’s archipelago of torture chambers are open around the clock, the Syrian regime slaughters thousands and then lobs mortar shells into Lebanon when it gets bored. Russia sends in the tech, because no hellish reign of terror can be complete until people are mowed down with a Hind (the Grey Poupon of helicopter gunships). China sits on its hands while 14,000 people are executed and says, “I admire your work, Bashar. You’re a murderer after our collective heart.” All this is going on, and yet no one says, “Dude. What happened to Barry?”

Instead, the United Nations takes the blame.

Special U.N. envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged in an interview published Saturday that the international community’s efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed. …

“The evidence shows that we have not succeeded,” he told the French daily Le Monde.

Kofi Annan failed because he is a failure (unless he’s getting kick-backs from a billion dollar oil-for-food scandal). The United Nations failed because it is a failure. And the United Nations takes the rap this time around because George W. Bush isn’t available to play the fall guy.

When a Republican is in the Oval Office, it is his fault that dictators and thugs and despots act like dictators and thugs and despots. When a liberal Democrat is in office, the blame is dispersed amongst the “international community” to shield him from criticism. Furthermore, liberals seek to obscure the fact that, often times, the only thing that ruthless regimes respond to is the very real threat of force.

The United Nations as it currently exists is useless. It does not act to forward freedom and liberty and human rights throughout the world because it is largely comprised of nations that oppress their own people. Governments that treat their own people like dirt were never going respond well to “hope and change,” but that’s not a message that can easily penetrate the mushy mind of the quixotic college kid.

Does anyone doubt that if George W. Bush was still in office that there would be “die ins” on college campuses across the country, blaming him — and not Assad or his Shabiha “ghost” militias — for the carnage?

You can argue that we should let the Syrians kill each other and not get involved. (There’s a convincing case to be made, since the Islamic “rebels” might actually be worse than Assad’s goons if given half a chance.) You can argue that a “coalition of the willing” should play referee with its own military hardware. You can argue for a number of other strategies. But what you can’t do is deny that if George Bush was in office, commentators would track the Syrian body count with stunning accuracy, and each death would be framed as a referendum on the “failed” Bush foreign policy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to read a few more reports of Hillary Clinton demanding Russia and China “get off the sidelines.” I need a good laugh.

Why the West matters: Buried alive in Syria, sex with the dead in Egypt

If only that head sticking out of the ground belonged to a little kid at the beach having fun with his brothers. No, that’s Assad’s henchmen burying someone alive.

They are two different tales, but they belong to one culture. In Syria, Assad’s thugs are burying men alive. In Egypt, the “moderate” Islamist parliament seeks to pass a law that would allow men to have sex with their wife for up to six hours after her death. Meanwhile, in college classrooms across the United States, liberal students are scratching their head after the prof just spent the last two hours explaining that all cultures are equal.

First, to Syria:

Video footage uploaded to YouTube shows what appears to be Syrian soldiers burying a rebel activist alive.

The video, which went viral Thursday, shows a blindfolded man buried up to his head as armed soldiers call him an “animal” and a “dog,” ynetnews.com reported.

And then, to Egypt:

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

Take a stroll onto any college campus and strike up a few conversations. It won’t be too long before you find someone who’s willing to lament the “American Empire” or perhaps the bygone colonialism of our dear, dear British friends. It is my contention that Syria and Egypt would actually benefit from a Western power that moved in and set up shop. The rule of law is a grand thing, and the last time I checked the American military wasn’t burying its own citizens alive and British chaps weren’t clamoring in large numbers for legislation only a necrophiliac could love. (The British equation might change in the near future, since they have a weird predilection for letting radical Islamic clerics run roughshod over their customs and traditions.)

When your liberal next door neighbor tries to engage you with some foreign policy chit-chat this summer he’ll eventually mention the need to respect the United Nations. Ask him why he would put so much faith in an organization that is composed largely of Junior Syrias and Egypts. The U.N. is a joke, in large part because it gives dysfunction junctions of the world a seat (and a voice) at the adult table. Western nations really should split off and form a new organization composed of countries that respect freedom and liberty. Since we’re able to walk and chew gum at the same time, the United States and its allies would obviously have diplomatic channels available to deal with the dregs of society…if necessary.

The bottom line is this: Western Civilization is something special, but people have a way of taking the special things in their life for granted. For a long time now the United States—and more broadly Western Civilization—has been a beacon of light in a really dark, really weird world. The guys who are burying their countrymen alive and the ones crafting laws that would make it okay to defile a dead body—they play for keeps. If we don’t find our moral compass, speak up, stand up and fight for our culture then they’ll take that too.

Syria’s torture chambers exist, so don’t look away

When I was in graduate school I asked my classmates to raise their hand if they had watched any of the beheadings that terrorist groups posted online. I was the only one in the room who had done so. I made the point because my professor had just allowed a rather ignorant young man to go on an extended rant about Zionist plots, American conspiracies and the general non-issue (according to him) that was Islamic terrorism. How could Americans make informed decisions on issues relating to terrorism if media refused to show the world who our enemies really were? How could voters pick the right candidate if they chose to remain willfully ignorant of evil machinations churned out by madrassas on the other side of the globe? Needless to say, I wasn’t the most popular guy in class.

Today, media use similar smoke and mirrors with the Assad regime and Syria’s torture chambers. Sure, there are reports about the atrocities, but by and large American media don’t cover the ugly truth. For that, you have to go to our Australian friends; no wonder why they’re one of the few sane countries left in the world. And to think, a former penal colony now gets the rule of law and the importance of exposing tyrannical black holes like Syria more than we do:

More than 150 prisoners were crammed into a small room for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. They could not sit or lie down. There was so little space they were often forced to stand on one leg. There was no light. The claustrophobia was unbearable.

For 38-year-old Ibrahim Ahmad Aloglah, there was worse to come. He was tortured, repeatedly, with electricity and other weapons, during the months he was held by the Syrian security forces.

”They took me down to the electrical room and they put leads all over my body. They put a lead into my penis,” he says, staring at the ground, unable to go on with the story.

It is not the first time Aloglah is overcome as he recounts the gruesome details of his detention. His emotions are mostly anchored in sadness and grief but escalate quickly to rage when he speaks about Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, and the men who enforce his brutal regime.

”After everything I have seen, I can tell you, God cannot exist,” Aloglah says. ”How can God allow a man like Assad to walk on this earth?”

Nauseating, isn’t it? In fact, it’s so disturbing that the average person would rather not read it—even though they should. Just like the beheading of Nick Berg, there are instances where pure evil presents itself and, understandably, your average American will find ways to avoid dealing with it. The uglier the truth, the harder we often fight to deny it. Given that, the healthiest thing to do is to sit down and read about the atrocities of Assad and his goons, or to watch Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (himself now dead) taking a dull knife to Nick Berg’s throat. The surest way for Western Civilization to end itself is to sugar coat the gruesome and barbaric nature of its enemies.

  • They’re not “militants”—they’re terrorists.
  • We shouldn’t address their grievances—they’re barbarians we seek to impose their oppressive vision on the world on any nation that will allow them to get away with it.
  • You don’t coddle dictators—you crush them.

It’s up to the freest country the world has ever known, and its allies, to ensure the next generation is better off than the last, and lately we’ve been doing a really crappy job.

Finally, when Aloglah says that he knows God doesn’t exist because Assad exists, he’s wrong. It’s tough to tell a guy who’s been through months of torture that he’s wrong, but he is. Good exists, so therefore evil exists. God gave humans free will, and sadly some of them choose to allow the darkest parts of their soul to consume them. For every Assad who tortures, there are countless others who love unconditionally and forgive the unforgivable. Tyrants and dictators pummel the poor and the weak, but the world is filled with kind souls who restore strength by caring and tending to wounds. God doesn’t allow tyrants to exist—we do. There are no greater gifts than life and free will, but all gifts can be abused. Don’t blame the giver of life for the sins of His children.