Business as Usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

President Obama was back on the golf course Saturday – obviously, deeply concerned about the people still suffering in New York and New Jersey.  That bit of sarcasm would seem harsh and out of touch to most Democrats, but given Obama’s handling of Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans, it seems a more than fair appraisal of what moves the needle on this  president’s “urgency meter.”

Still, President Obama has ticked off a few of his “To Do’s” since last Tuesday’s election.  He admitted, for example, that one of our unmanned, unarmed drones had been attacked by Iranian jets on November 1st.  For those that pay attention to such trivia, that would be five days before the election.  One can only wonder why it took so long for that news to find daylight.  In still another in the long line of fortuitous coincidences that have guided Obama’s career, General David Petraeus, Director of the CIA, has stepped down.  Conveniently, his resignation, based on an alleged extramarital affair, came days after (with no hint before) the election and days before hearings on Benghazi.  The affair was reportedly part of an FBI investigation  – Strangely, and apparently in violation of established protocol, not reported prior to the election, to members of the congressional intelligence committees.

As they say, “Timing is Everything.”

Then there was Obama’s speech on Friday, in which he noted in part, that

“…the American people voted for action, not politics as usual.  You elected us to focus on your jobs – not ours.  And in that spirit, I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together – and I also intend to bring in business and labor and civic leaders from all across the country, here, to Washington to get their ideas and input as well.  You know, at a time when our economy is still recovering from a great recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth.  That’s the focus of the plan that I talked about during the campaign.  It’s a plan that rewards small businesses and manufacturers that create jobs here – not overseas.  It’s a plan to give people the chance to get the education and training that businesses are looking for right now.  It’s a plan to make sure that this country is a global leader in research, in technology and clean energy, which will attract new companies and high wage jobs to America.  It’s a plan to put folks back to work – including our veterans – rebuilding our roads and our bridges and other infrastructure.  And, it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.  Our work is made that much more urgent because at the end of this year we face a series of  deadlines that requires us to make major decisions about how to pay our deficit down – decisions that will have a major impact on the economy and on the middle class, both now and in the future.  Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars worth of spending that we just couldn’t afford.  I intend to work with both parties to do more and that includes making reforms that will bring down the cost of health care, so we can strengthen programs like Medicaid and Medicare for the long haul.  But, as I’ve said before, we just can’t cut our way to prosperity.  If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue…and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.  That’s how we did it in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton was president.  That’s how we can reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need to build a strong middle class and a strong economy.  That’s the only way we can still afford to train our workers, or help our kids pay for college, or make sure that good jobs, or clean energy, or high tech manufacturing don’t end up in countries like China.  Now, already I’ve put forth a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade.  I want to be clear.  I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan.  I’m open to compromise.  I’m open to new ideas.  I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenge.  BUT, I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced…”

I was once taught by a Psychologist friend that the word “BUT” cancels everything said up to that point.  You think?

I often find myself asking if it has occurred to others that this entire political conversation is a game that insults the intelligence of Americans.  On the one hand, we have conservatives saying that raising taxes on those making over $250,000 is raising taxes on small business and on investors who make small business possible.  I entirely agree with this premise insofar as those being targeted for tax increases are small business owners, or are investing in small businesses.  President Obama, on the other hand, seems to completely discount the argument and wants to increase taxes on everyone over that threshold income.  And as he does, he still claims that he will increase the number of jobs and attract new businesses.  This is counterintuitive and, I believe, totally false.  Additionally, it has been shown on several occasions that even if we taxed all of this target group at 100%, it would provide only enough revenue to run the country for a few weeks.  At the same time, it would necessarily eliminate business investment.

What seems to elude Harvard educated politicians, but easily passes the commonsense test, is that if this were a fiscal, rather than an ideological argument, they need only determine who, making more than $250,000 is actually engaged in a small business, who is employing others, and who is investing in the small businesses of others.  Extend the tax cuts for all of them and raise taxes, if you must, on the rest.  Make sense?

The truth, as any breathing person should realize by now, is that tax increases will make no positive difference on the deficit, or debt.  Whatever additional funds are brought into the treasury will be “invested” by Obama before they even arrive.  They will not be used to reduce the deficit, or the debt.  We should not forget that this president hasn’t even been able to pass a budget in his first term.  By definition, this means that there is no plan, because plans are funded and executed through the budget process.  He has increased the National Debt by more than five trillion dollars in less than four years – the most outrageous increase in the history of America.

If Barack Obama was a financial consultant, rather than president  – If he had the same record in his business finances as he has had in Washington – If the financial rating of his company had fallen as that of America has – If you knew he had been operating his company for the past four years, without so much as a budget – if his company was deeply in debt and still borrowing to stay afloat – And if you were searching for someone to handle your hard earned retirement savings – would you put your entire financial future in his hands?

We have.

 

 

Foreign Policy?

Apologies, Weakness and Death – an Eerie Correlation

Did the American Consulate in Benghazi need additional security on 9/11?  As a 32 year law enforcement veteran, I would expect that given the authority, most rookie agents, police officers, or military – enlisted or commissioned – would have made the call to add Marine guards on the anniversary of 9/11.  Both Egypt and Libya are countries are in transition and the area is known by all to be thoroughly unstable.  Imagine that we can put a billion dollars in the hands of a country our President says is not an ally – but, we can’t make the expenditure to move a group of Marines to protect our Embassies and Diplomatic personnel on a symbolic date in a volatile region.

Is the “Innocence of Muslims” responsible for the riots and for the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff members?  How about Obama “spiking the football” on the shooting of Osama Bin Laden – how about Biden taking up the widely repeated gratuitous and macho slogan “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”[1]  One might logically think that this possibility is supported by demonstrators chanting “…we are all Osama.”[2]  The film maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has now been arrested and is held without bond, for using numerous aliases in violation of his five year parole  for bank fraud.  The judge denying bond for Nakoula reportedly based his decision on the belief that the defendant is a flight risk.[3]

Why are Afghan “Friendlies” killing our soldiers? When Obama issued apologies for the burning of the Korans used by Al Qaeda prisoners to transmit intelligence messages, “friendly” Afghan partners turned their guns on our troops, killing a total of six[4] and wounding several others in three separate incidents.  Following  this year’s 9/11 attacks and the repeated references to the Nakoula film, President Obama once again implemented his apology strategy.  Another eight coalition soldiers have since been killed in “Green on Blue” attacks – also in three separate incidents.[5]

Did Obama tell the truth about not approving the Cairo Embassy’s statement/apology before the attack on 9/ll?  Let’s look at the wording of the statement.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”[6]

Notice the words “…to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims –“  This has significance.  Remember, we are talking about a president who wanted “Empathetic” Supreme Court Justices.  We’re talking about a President who called it his:

 “responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative

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stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”[7]

We’re talking about a president, whose first priority for NASA was to:

find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”[8]

Then there is the small matter of protocols for the release of statements on American policy in the international arena.  Would the Embassy have dared to make that release without his approval?

If Obama did not approve this statement, it certainly matched to near perfection, both the tone and content of “feelings” he has expressed in the past.  So, did he lie about not approving the statement?  Did he cause his staff to lie when they were all – Hillary, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, etc. – singing in unison that the Benghazi attack was solely the reaction to a low budget video ridiculing Muhammad?  Was it an accident, or more lies when their statements changed to acknowledge the Benghazi attack as a preplanned, coordinated  operation – as opposed to spontaneous mob violence – but his statements remained on the side of the video?

Given the totality of his past statements, actions and apologies, perhaps it no longer raises eyebrows to hear our president stand on the world stage and announce:

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”[9]


[1] Rodney Hawkins (Sept. 3, 2012), CBS News web-site, Biden: We are better off, “bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive”, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57505234-503544/biden-we-are-better-off-bin-laden-is-dead-and-general-motors-is-alive/

[2] Posted by Robert (Sept. 14, 2012), Jihad Watch web-site, “Listen, listen Obama, we are all Osama” — Lebanon: One killed as Muslims march from mosque, stone police, set fire to KFC, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/listen-listen-obama-we-are-all-osama—-lebanon-one-killed-as-muslims-march-from-mosque-stone-police.html

[3] Amanda Crum (Sept. 28, 2012), WebProNews web-site, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Arrested, Held Without Bail,

Retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.webpronews.com/nakoula-basseley-nakoula-arrested-held-without-bail-2012-09

[4] Associated Press, (Mar. 1, 2012), FoxNews web-site, 2 US troops killed in Afghanistan following Koran burning, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/01/2-troops-killed-by-afghan-soldier-civilian/

[5] RT Staff (Sept. 16, 2012), RT web-site, 8 green-on-blue killings sweep Afghanistan over weekend, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://rt.com/news/green-on-blue-killings-254/

[6] NY Times (Sept. 12, 2012), NY Times web-site, Politics, What They Said, Before and After the Attack in Libya, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/12/us/politics/libya-statements.html

[7] President Barack Obama, (June 4, 2009), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on a New Beginning at Cairo University, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09

[8] NASA Dir. Charles Bolden in Elliott Abrams, (July 6, 2010), National Review Online web-site, The Corner, Is It NASA’s Job to Make Muslim Nations ‘Feel Good’?, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/232808/it-nasas-job-make-muslim-nations-feel-good-elliott-abrams

[9] President Barack Obama, (Sept 25, 2012), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly, retrieved Sept. 29, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-un-general-assembly

“Fast and Furious” – The Lies Keep on Coming!!!

It’s in Your Hands!

Can we Stop the Damage?

In his recent interview with Hispanic journalists from Univision in Miami, President Obama was asked about the “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation.  Specifically, they asked if he thought he should fire Attorney General Eric Holder.  As he began his verbal defense of Holder – the first Attorney General in the history of the U.S. to be held in Contempt of Congress – Obama did the unthinkable for a president.  He lied.  He lied with impunity.

President Obama told the interviewer that “Fast and Furious” was a field initiated operation started under President George Bush.  When Attorney General Holder learned of the operation, he said, Holder shut it down.  This was a blatant lie – not even a close approximation of the truth – just more evidence that Obama considers Americans ignorant, gullible and yes…stupid.  The Bush era gun walking operation was known as Operation “Wide Receiver,” was worked in cooperation with the Mexican government, was considered successful and was terminated in 2007 – two years before Obama (or Holder) took office.

Will you Help?

While Obama and his people lie at every turn, spinning stories with no relationship to the facts, or even to commonsense, his favorable ratings continue to climb.  I remember speaking to a lady who loves Obama and plans to vote for him in November.  I asked, “Which of his policies are most important to you?”  Her response was immediate and without apology.  “I don’t know about that stuff.  I just love him.”

You may say I don’t get out much, but the truth is that I’ve yet to speak with one Obama supporter who has read both his books.  Perhaps, you heard the 2008 tapes of people supporting Obama and believing that his running mate was Sarah Palin!  Do you know somebody like this?  Can we just stand by and watch these people destroy the country through ignorance?  Or, can we engage and talk to them while there’s still a chance to change their mind?

As I write on the Home Page, this is clearly the most important election of  our lifetime.  When a president lies to Americans in such an open and reckless manner; when he fails to protect the lives of  U.S. personnel serving abroad; when he apologizes for America; when he opts for fundraising events over security briefings; when he forgets awarding a Congressional Medal of Honor; when he has time to call the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, but not the mother of a dead soldier – there is a problem.

When debt spirals out of control, when over 8% of Americans are out of work; when more men than at any other time in history have left the workforce, no longer looking for work – there is a problem.  Would people vote for him if they knew these things; if they heard what he’s said about Americans?  I’m praying they would not.

What if you could help reverse the damage by learning all of the facts in a quick, easy read and then just sharing that information with your friends in everyday, informal conversation.  Here’s your chance if you don’t want the Obama lies, hate and divisiveness to continue.

Effective Monday, September 24, I’m reducing the price of my Kindle book, 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama, from $4.99 to to 99 cents – so that every responsible American voter can get  it and share its factual – easy to read content – with all of their friends.  99 cents is  the lowest allowable kindle book price on Amazon.  You can order at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080JOAUE.   The paperback version of 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama is now available for $11.77.  Use the discount code AYW7MDA4 when ordering from www.createspace.com/3838729 and receive $2 off that already low price.

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“Obama, Obama, We are all Osama!”

Listening to Susan Rice, Jay Carney and the mainstream media regarding this year’s 9/11 attacks,  should have the head of every American spinning like Linda Blair’s in the Exorcist.

Since this year’s 9/11 attacks on our Embassy in Cairo and our Consulate in Benghazi, the Obama administration has done its very best to circle the wagons.  The Administration’s political spin is that these attacks, along with violent protests in more than 20 Countries around the world, including Australia and the president’s former home of Djakarta, were triggered solely by an obscure film reportedly produced by California real estate developer Sam Bacile.  “Innocence of Muslims,” released  on YouTube in July,  “depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, pedophile, and homosexual,”.[1]  Bacile, reportedly also known as Nakoula Basseley, allegedly has an arrest history for drugs and bank fraud.[2]

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Fox Sunday host Chris Wallace that none of the protests have had anything to do with the policies of the Obama Administration.  Her conclusion – and she was adamant – was that the 9/11 attacks and those since, are the direct result of the Bacile film.[3]  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said the same.  Both ignore claims that the 9/11 attacks in Egypt and Libya were well orchestrated, sophisticated acts of terrorism.  Both seem to be telling us that there was no reason to have beefed up security at the Cairo and Benghazi facilities on 9/11.  Both also seem to ignore chanting in these protests that dates back to the May 2012 Tunisian riots, when Obama was called an “ape,” and members of the mob chanted:  “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama.” [4]  These are similar to the chants more recently heard in Lebanon, where the mob chanted “Listen, Listen Obama, We are all Osama,”.[5]

And, as with nearly everything else that Obama and his administration announce, his claim that “The film did it”  has been picked up by the media and reiterated by nearly every mainstream reporter and commentator.  The result is that the film has been elevated to a position of prominence across the globe.  If it was not the source of violence on 9/11, it most certainly has become a source in the days following the tragic murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff members.  Arguably, the Administration’s position has increased, rather than ameliorated violence in the region and in the world.  YouTube is now flooded with uploads of the movie and trailer.  All of this begs a nagging question of to what extent will a community organizer, agitator and politician go, in order to deflect blame?

Perhaps there should be a few FAQs – Let’s pretend these are:

Did we need additional security on 9/11?  I would expect that given the authority, most rookie agents, police officers, or military E-1s would have made the call to add Marine guards on the anniversary of 9/11.  Both countries are in transition and the area is known by all, to be thoroughly unstable.  Imagine that we can put a billion dollars in the hands of a country our President says is not an ally – but, we can’t make the expenditure to move a group of Marines to protect our Embassies and Diplomatic personnel on a symbolic date in a volatile region.

Is the “Innocence of Muslims” responsible for the riots and for the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff members?  How about Obama “spiking the football” on the shooting of Osama Bin Laden – how about Biden taking up the widely repeated gratuitous and macho slogan “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”  One might logically think that this possibility is supported by demonstrators chanting “…we are all Osama.”

Why are Afghan “Friendlies” killing our soldiers? When Obama issued apologies for the burning of the Korans used by Al Qaeda prisoners to transmit intelligence messages, “friendly” Afghan partners turned their guns on our troops, killing a total of six and wounding several others in three separate incidents.  Since this year’s 9/11 attacks and the repeated media references to the Bacile film, another eight American soldiers have been killed in the same manner – also in three separate incidents.

Did Obama tell the truth about not approving the Cairo Embassy’s statement/apology before the attack on 9/ll?  Let’s look at the wording of the statement.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”[6]

Notice the words “…to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims –“  This has significance.  Remember, we are talking about a president who wanted “Empathetic” Supreme Court Justices.  We’re talking about a President who called it his:

 “responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”[7]

We’re talking about a president, whose first priority for NASA was to:

find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”[8]

Then there is the small matter of protocols for the release of statements on American policy in the international arena.  Would the Embassy have dared to make that release without his approval?

If Obama did not approve this statement, it certainly matched to near perfection, both the tone and content of “feelings” he has expressed in the past.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney responded to the Embassy statement,  saying:

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Minutes before Romney’s statement, the Obama administration disavowed the Embassy statement.   Since then, Romney has been the subject of attacks for his response.  In the meantime however, Obama and all of his minions have since returned, in all of their actions and sound bites, if not to the letter, certainly to the spirit of that original statement.

Is the relationship between the Obama administration and Israel “Unprecedented” in its closeness?  President Obama has made it clear from Day One, that he supports the Muslim faith – an interesting and dangerous position for a U.S. President.  Traditionally, our President addresses nations, not religions.  President Obama however, has consistently spoken of Muslims as a monolithic entity, despite the fact that they are spread among some 57 diverse countries.  Regrettably, we may say now, that he has done a great deal to unify them, while apparently working very hard to divide America.

 


[1] Christine Pelisek, (Sep. 13, 2012), The Daily Beast web-site, Anti-Muslim Movie Maker a Meth Cooker, retrieved September 17, 2012 from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/13/mohammed-movie-s-mystery-director.html

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ambassador Susan Rice (September 16, 2012), FoxNews Sunday with Chris Wallace

[4][4] Memri TV Videos, (May 24, 2012), Thousands of Salafis in Tunisia: Obama, We Are All Osama, retrieved September 17, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TikEcT1DgEU

[5] Jihad Watch, (Sep 14, 2012), Posted by “Robert,” “Listen, listen Obama, we are all Osama” — Lebanon: One killed as Muslims march from mosque, stone police, set fire to KFC, retrieved Sept. 17, 2012 from http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/listen-listen-obama-we-are-all-osama—-lebanon-one-killed-as-muslims-march-from-mosque-stone-police.html

[6] Byron York, (Sept. 11, 2012), Washington Examiner web-site, Beltway Confidential, Romney: Obama administration response to embassy attacks ‘disgraceful’, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-obama-administration-response-to-embassy-attacks-disgraceful/article/2507676#.UFD7ulFSRJY

[7] President Barack Obama, (June 4, 2009) White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on a new Beginning, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, retrieved December 8, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Cairo-University-6-04-09/

[8] Charles Bolden, (2010), in interview with al-Jazeera, quoted by Chief Political Correspondent Byron York, (July 4, 2010), Washington Examiner web-site, Beltway Confidential, Obama’s New Mission for NASA: Reach Out to Muslim World, retrieved December 10, 2011, from http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-s-new-mission-nasa-reach-out-muslim-world

Obama’s Insult to America

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As this is being written, violent protests have occurred in more than a dozen Middle East and North African countries.

The wildfire of anti-American protests started on September 11, 2012,  11 years to the day after Islamic radicals brought down the Twin Towers and killed nearly 3,000 Americans.  But, today there is a difference – a very ugly difference.  Today, we face these attacks with an Administration ill suited to the task and seemingly preoccupied with damage control.  In that effort of political self preservation, the Obama administration insults the intellect of the American people and insults the memory of four brave American representatives killed in the Benghazi, Libya assault.

First, we have an apology coming from the U.S. Embassy in Egypt – an apology that actually preceded the assault on the Embassy and the burning of the American flag.  The subject of the apology:  an obscure video released on YouTube in July, 2012, ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.  Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney quite correctly took issue with Obama’s apology.  But, Obama has apparently been moderately successful in distancing himself from the Embassy’s statement, saying that he did not authorize it – while, at the same time, ridiculing Romney for “shooting before he aims.”

Well, how about that?  Any person who has ever served in a sensitive position in the military, or in the government in general, will tell you that there are protocols for virtually everything – particularly, statements made in the international arena.  The idea that an Embassy would release a statement essentially apologizing , on behalf of the United States, to a large religious block without presidential approval is stunning.  It is particularly odd that a statement amounting to an apology did not come from Obama.  The number of apologies he has made for our Country suggests strongly that somewhere in Washington there is an apology czar combing the wires for stories in any part of the world that could warrant a U.S. apology!

Then there is the obvious – and again I call on those who have served in the military, or in law enforcement.  Given the tensions in the Middle East – given the recent political transitions in Egypt and Libya – how is it even possible that this administration would not have increased security (with U.S. forces) for at least the preceding week and the week following the anniversary of 9/11?  Was this an oversight, or was as it the result of sheer hubris on Obama’s part?  Whatever the reason, four brave men were murdered.  They might have still been alive today, if this very basic step had been taken.

Now, while Romney continues to be the subject of over the top political attacks based on his stand against the initial Embassy apology, the White House is in effect repeating that apology. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney points out that the protesters were not protesting against Obama’s policies, or his administration.  They were protesting against a low budget video released in July, 2012 and amazingly causing people in Egypt and Libya to become sufficiently enraged to burn the American flag and kill four Americans – but, not until September 11 – a day that also “lives in infamy.”  That’s not enough.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the audacity to repeat this theory in the presence of mourning family members of the four dead Americans.

While President Obama spoke today, during the arrival of our four murdered patriots, it is beyond comprehension that he reportedly first called the mourning families from his plane on the way to a campaign event in Las Vegas, that he has allegedly missed (presumably, by choice) 65% of his security briefings and that he refused a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in favor of an appearance on the David Letterman show. Even now, he continues to campaign – or, is he simply doing his best to avoid calls for a decision – to make this another “Present” vote?

This Administration seems thoroughly convinced that whatever they say to the American people will be believed and embraced without discussion or analysis.  Their behavior is no longer just insulting.  It is dangerous.

If these things are not sufficiently bizarre, former President Jimmy Carter has weighed in, saying that Obama should follow the example he set in handling the Iran hostage situation.  Those who remember can tell you that Jimmy Carter did not handle the Iran hostage situation.  He displayed weakness for the world as Barack Obama does today.  The election of President Reagan was singularly responsible for the release of the hostages, as the timing of their release overwhelmingly proved.  Perhaps, if we are fortunate, the election of Mitt Romney will have the same effect throughout the Middle East.

Obama’s “Arab Spring”

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9/11 Revisited

As families and friends once again gathered to mourn the losses of loved ones lost on 9/11, starkly different gatherings were taking place in the Mideast.

A mob of thousands attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, hauling down and burning the American flag[1] while planting their own black flag, bearing the words: “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger,” in the Embassy compound.[2]   Some members of the crowd were shouting, “We are Osama,” apparently referring to Osama Bin Laden.[3]

The assault, it seems, was actually preceded  by an unsolicited apologetic response from the U.S. Embassy, regarding a film made by an individual in the U.S.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”[4]

This apology was reportedly based on a film made by Sam Bacile, a self-described Israeli-American, depicting Muhammad as a fraud and philanderer.  Bacile is quoted as saying, “Islam is a cancer, period.”  He admits that “This is a political movie,” saying that “The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re fighting with ideas.”[5]

Apparently, the Embassy’s apology was not enough.

Another Sept. 11th attack – this one at the U.S. Embassy in Libya – resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staff members. [6]  It appears that the Ambassador was killed at a “safe house,” and there is some speculation that his location may have been divulged by Libyan Security forces.  Some reports say he was carried to the hospital – others, that he was dragged through the streets.   On Sept. 12, 2012, more mob protests followed in Morocco, and Tunisia.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemned the U.S. Embassy apology.  President Obama distanced himself from it and condemned Romney’s participation in the conversation.

Meanwhile, the response from the new Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, told the real story.  While he indicated that it was the duty of the Egyptian authorities to protect diplomatic missions, private and commercial property, he also said Egypt’s government:

 “respects and protects the right of expression and the right to protest peacefully under the law and will firmly oppose any irresponsible attempt to veer off the law.”[7] 

The real heart of his statement was this:

“The presidency condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of a group to insult the place of the Messenger, the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and condemns the people who have produced this radical work,” “The Egyptian people, both Muslims and Christians, refuse such insults on sanctities.”[8]

Our Embassies have suffered at least two 9/11 anniversary attacks.  Four more Americans are dead.  Our flag has been burned, and other U.S. Embassies in the Mideast have been attacked.  What does America have in return1.     

  1. Another speech from Obama.
  2. An attack on Romney by the Obama Administration for condemning the inappropriate U.S. Embassy apology.
  3. An open Mic incident revealing a conspiracy among mainstream journalists, coordinating hostile questions for Romney[i]
  4. A further erosion of free speech in America. 

God bless the proud Americans who gave their life in service to our nation.  God bless the United States of America.

TO BE CONTINUED…


 [1] Nick Dietz, (Sept. 12, 2012), CBS News Web-site, Egyptian protesters attack U.S. Embassy over Muhammad film, retrieved Sept 12, 2012 from http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7421376n

[2] CNN Wire Staff (Sept. 12, 2012), CNN web-site, Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya, retrieved September 12, 2012 from http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/11/world/meast/egpyt-us-embassy-protests/index.html

 [3] Posted by Jim Hoff (Sept. 12, 2012), The Gateway Pundit web-site, Radical Islamists Chant “We Are All Osama!” at US Embassy in Egypt on 9-11, retrieved Sept 12, 2012 from http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/radical-islamists-chant-we-are-all-osama-at-us-embassy-in-egypt-on-9-11/

[4] Byron York, (Sept. 11, 2012), Washington Examiner web-site, Beltway Confidential, Romney: Obama administration response to embassy attacks ‘disgraceful’, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-obama-administration-response-to-embassy-attacks-disgraceful/article/2507676#.UFD7ulFSRJY

[5] FoxNews (Sept. 12, 2012), FoxNews web-site, Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence in which American diplomat was killed, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from

[6] Jonathan Lemire, (Sept. 12, 2012), NY Daily News Web-site, U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens killed, along with three other Americans, in attack on consulate in Benghazi, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/u-s-ambassador-libya-chris-stevens-killed-americans-attack-consulate-benghazi-libyan-officials-officials-ambassador-chris-stevens-killed-tuesday-night-a-group-embassy-employees-consulate-evacuate-staff-article-1.1157387

[7] CNN Wire Staff, (Sept. 12, 2012), CNN web-site, New protest turns violent outside U.S. Embassy in Cairo, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/meast/egypt-us-embassy-protests/index.html

 [8] Ibid.

[9][9] Joel B. Pollak, (Sept. 12, 2012), Breitbart.com web-site, Big Journalism, article by the Right Scoop.com, MSM Reporters Caught on Open Mic Planning Attack on Romney, retrieved Sept. 12, 2012 from http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/12/Mainstream-Media-Caught-Coordinating-Attack-on-Romney-Open-Mic-NBC-Time-New-York-Times

 

Democratic National Circus!! Part 4

Only 57 Days Remaining!

Who Says America is in Decline?

Transport yourself back to the historic moment.

It is Closing night at the Democratic National Circus.

Under the “Big Top,”  the two central figures of the Circus:  Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States and Barack – “I am the President” – Obama.

Biden is leading the charge – preparing the way for his boss.  He leans forward on the podium, eyes of steel, jaw tight, finger jabbing in the air as if pounding the chest of an unseen enemy.

Then it comes.  Like a superhero lecturing a bully he has just beaten, he lets the hard words flow:

“Folks, there is one more thing — one more thing that our Republican opponents are just dead wrong about.  America is not in decline.  America is not in decline.  I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan.  Gentlemen, never, ever –it never makes sense, it’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people. Never.”[1]

So powerful were these words that none other than Obama himself decided to borrow them in a campaign speech given during his two day Florida bus tour:

“When our opponents say this nation is in decline, they are dead wrong – this is America,”[2]

Obama was reportedly responding to a remark allegedly made by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, that our growing federal debt puts our country in decline.

Obama’s fans are beside themselves with pride.  Here is their president pushing back hard against the idea that America is in decline – Surely, he’ll show them!  Regrettably, while their candidate may be responding strongly to a narrowly focused economic comment by Paul Ryan, it is he, who long ago, began heralding the decline of America and then with a one-two punch, started pushing us in that direction.

First, there was the famous Obama “apology” tour.  Then were the Obama comments about America and about the:

“manic and self absorbed” “mood of the country,” [3] 

It was Obama himself, who reminded us:

 “…we went off course…”[4]

“…great country that had gotten a little soft…”[5]

It was Obama who scolded America, noting that:

“Anybody been to Beijing Airport lately? Or driven on high-speed rail in Asia or Europe? What’s changed? Well, we’ve lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country.”[6]

And while he said all of these things, he was spending – always spending – until finally, our Credit Rating was gone.  But, even that wasn’t enough.  He was also dividing us – Poor against Rich, Blacks against Whites, immigrants against Republicans, citizens against police.  Was this the same guy who gave the 2004 Keynote Address for John Kerry?

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.  There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

 Are you the same man who once called our Country “Mean-Spirited” and ungenerous?  Are you the man who has attacked and apologized for your country as President?

America is a strong, proud and exceptional nation with a history of achievement and generosity.  It is not a line in a campaign speech…Especially yours.

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[1] Joe Biden, (Sept. 6, 2012), FoxNews web-site, Transcript of Joe Biden’s speech at the DNC, retrieved September 10, 2012 from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/06/transcript-joe-biden-speech-at-dnc/

 [2] Barack Obama, (Sept. 8, 2012), quoted by Lindsey Boerma, Sept. 8, 2012, CBS News web-site, Obama to GOP:America is Not in Decline, retrieved September 10, 2012 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57508939-503544/obama-to-gop-america-is-not-in-decline/

  [3] Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 133

 [4] President Barack Obama, (May 21, 2009), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on National Security, retrieved December 5, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-On-National-Security-5-21-09/

 [5] Jake Tapper, (September 29, 2011), ABC News web-site, Obama: U.S. Had “Gotten a Little Soft” in Last Couple Decades, Lost Competitiveness, retrieved December 5, 2011 from http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/obama-u-s-had-gotten-a-little-soft-in-last-couple-decades-lost-competitiveness/

 [6] President Barack Obama (Oct. 26, 2011), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event at W Hotel, San Francisco, CA, retrieved January 5, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/26/remarks-president-campaign-event-0