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The Harvard Law School Capers

September 25th, 2012 - 2:34 am

When I saw that Elizabeth Warren, the Obama crony running for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, had been practicing law without a license in Massachusetts, I said to myself: “Well, just another example of lawlessness as practiced by lawyers, as in the Justice Department, etc. etc.”

Then I added, still to myself: “But what’s the deal with the Obama crowd and proper documentation? Do they just make up everything about themselves?”

And then: “And what about Harvard Law? We don’t have Obama’s records, and it seems that Warren used her office there to (illegally, apparently) run a law practice.”

And finally: “What about Elena Kagan, at the time the dean of the law school and now on the Supreme Court? Shouldn’t she have prevented Warren’s abuse — or so it seems — of the school’s premises?”

In short, the Obama clan — these musings involve three important people, after all — shows considerable contempt for the “rule of law.” And considerable contempt for us, since we are judged unworthy of the basic information about the ruling class.

Their slogan: “The Rule of Law — or whatever we judge the law to be, according to my needs on a given day — for Thee, common citizen, but not for me, a Person Who Counts, baby.”

It always stood to reason that the basic facts about the ruling class, starting with the president and continuing through the czars, were withheld because some of those facts were unpleasant for the rulers. It also stood to reason that the media hordes refused to seriously investigate the basic facts because they knew some of them were unpleasant and did not want to displease the rulers. Hence, the silence about the president’s school records. Hence the long silence about Warren’s lack of a law license. Hence the refusal to seriously report the frightening strategic crisis into which we have been led.

Bit by bit, the unpleasant facts are trickling out. Warren’s phony multiculti bio, the transfer of weapons to drug lords who killed Americans with them, the bogus accounts of the slaughter of Americans in the Middle East. It is only a matter of time before one of the central myths of the Obama foreign policy fantasy gets exploded: the “leading from behind” nonsense.

We are under siege at home and abroad, and the president and his clan are a prime mover on both fronts. He is not letting others make basic decisions and then supporting them; he is driving policy — very damaging policy — on both fronts. The “leading from behind” myth is of the same falsified fabric as the hoaxes about Warren’s ancestry and Obama’s “transparency.” Americans are being killed because it is clear to our enemies that this president is not going to act decisively against our killers, aside from the occasional Hellfire missile. The enemies that count, the nation-states that provide the fundamental wherewithal to our killers, aren’t targeted.

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Between Two Worlds

September 22nd, 2012 - 6:21 am

We are somewhere between the old bipolar Cold War world, which we generally understood, and to which most of the rest of the world had adjusted, and something else, we know not what. The consequent chaos and uncertainty is remarkable, especially after the long peace and stable international environment that followed the Second World War.  That is the underlying cause of an entire generation of leaders who either are obviously unable to master their challenges, or are applying ideological models from the recent past that are embarrassing anachronisms. Leaders like Putin, or Obama, or Mursi, for example, trot out  various explanations for their behavior, but the explanations don’t “fit” the real conditions they are dealing with.

To be sure, there’s a comic side to the spectacle:  the oracular class confidently laying out scenarios, most of which will be proven wrong in very short order.  Can you count the number or times you have read a presumably well-informed prediction of the Israeli assault on Iran? Or stories of clandestine U.S. military actions inside the Islamic Republic? Or detailed analyses of the Iranian nuclear program, based on IAEA data, at least some of which, the head of the Iranian program has said, were lies?

So the oracles are unreliable, just as we should expect. Whenever some captain of industry asks me to do a “risk assessment” for him, I tell him to save his money for blackjack or craps; the odds are better than betting on my–or anyone else’s–crystal ball.

But businessmen and policy makers have to make decisions, and the stakes are often enormous.  What to do?

When the old rules crumble, all we’ve got to go on are basic principles, which are most often in conflict with our desires, especially in the current politically correct, multiculti world of the oracles.  We do not want to face the most basic fact about the real world, which is that a war is raging, and we are a prime target.  We do not want to fight back, and so we are weakening ourselves, denying the existence of fanatical enemies, retreating from Middle East battlefields (thereby ensuring greater casualties, and stronger and more confident hostile forces, whether jihadi or radical leftist). The most recent case in point comes from the president and UN Ambassador Susan Rice and of course the hapless Hillary, when they say that attacks against Americans aren’t attacks against Americans at all, but attacks against a video.

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The Global War

September 13th, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Killing Americans serves several purposes in the war being waged against us (we have yet to seriously engage against our known enemies): first, it’s what the war is all about. They want us dead or dominated. Second, it helps recruitment, which had dropped after the defeat of Iran, Syria, and al-Qaeda in Iraq. Morale had also dropped, and stories claiming that the top American in Libya had been raped before he was executed feeds the blood lust of jihadists, whose language and fantasies are rich with such images. Third, it enhances the power of the unseen moving hand. Fourth, it discourages our current and would-be friends and allies.

No serious person believes that an obscure movie shown to less than a dozen people many months ago was the “cause” of the simultaneous assaults in Cairo and Benghazi. Or that the assaults were unrelated, let alone spontaneous. Or that there was no state actor involved in the operation.

The event is strikingly similar to the “cartoon riots” against Denmark. In both cases. there was no reaction to the original “offense” against Islam. Many months passed before the cartoons — duly altered to enhance the presumed “Islamophobia” — were publicly displayed to justify a carefully planned campaign that turned out to have been crafted by the Iranian regime and its Syrian ally. In the current case, the Iranians were ready with a crowd to demonstrate at the Swiss embassy in Tehran (our surrogate in Iran).

If the cartoon crisis is a good model, it will be a while before we sort out the identities of the various actors. But it seems unlikely to me that those who chanted “Don’t shoot, Morsi made me do it” were truth-tellers. Manipulators do not come out early to take credit for their schemes. This thing took time to organize; and simultaneous terrorist attacks are the trademark of Hezbollah (aka Iran) who taught the technique to bin Laden in Afghanistan (or was it Sudan? Senior moments abound).

Whoever masterminded it has scored a win against the United States, and signals to our friends and enemies that killing Americans incurs no cost. All will be reminded of the long, bloody chain running from the bombings of our embassy and the Marine barracks in Lebanon through Khobar Towers to 9/11, whose anniversary was celebrated in the best jihadi fashion in Libya and Egypt. All will see an America that apologizes to our killers as we retreat from Afghanistan and slash our military power. All will be reminded of Clinton’s humiliation in Somalia, and Carter’s humiliation in Iran, and Reagan’s humiliation in Lebanon. If you believe that sanctions can win this war, you should ponder the effect on countries and corporations deciding how rigorously to cooperate with us.

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The Russian Boot

September 1st, 2012 - 7:04 pm

As Dirty Harry might put it, with all the excitement you might have missed this proclamation from the Russians: “The head of Russia’s army said Tuesday that Moscow had no intention to end its military presence in Syria despite the escalating violence and threat of President Bashar al-Assad’s fall.”

Over here, we’ve got Russian submarines in the Gulf of Mexico and Russian bombers in our Pacific air space.  And a fully funded program to test our missile defense system is in the gutting room of this administration.  The estimable Chet Nagle tells us to be very afraid, and he doesn’t scare easily…

Meanwhile, we have President Obama pretending he doesn’t really want to cut our military strength (when he proudly announced the cuts at year’s start, describing it as part of a new post-long-war strategy).

And to round out the portrait, the troops at Fort Bliss were not wildly enthusiastic when the president came to talk to them.  They gave him “fleeting applause and extended periods of silence.”  Well, if the past is a reliable guide to the future, military votes won’t really be counted anyway, if the Democrat Party has anything to say about it.  Which it does.

In brief:  Russia’s in Syria and not leaving.  Russians are in our seas and our airspace and we’re giving them every opportunity to do bad things to us.  The president’s slashing and burning our military strength and blaming the Republicans for it.

Maybe we shouldn’t worry.  After all, in many ways Russia’s a failed state, with shrinking population, very low birth rates, a vague shadow of the once-awesome Red Army, the traditional levels of alcoholism, and a restive opposition that runs from jailed businessmen to world champion chess masters and all-girl rock groups.  They are not going to march into Europe.  So what could go wrong?

As I’ve written at considerable length, Russia is part of a global alliance aimed at us.  Putin et. al. are in cahoots with Khamanei, Chavez, the Chinese, Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Nicaraguans and North Koreans and of course Assad.  The Russians don’t have much of an army, but they are helping the terror masters arm and train our would-be assassins.  And they work very closely with the Iranians, especially on intelligence matters.  A few years ago I was told by an official of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry that if we wanted to understand what the regime was up to, we had to look carefully at the Russian connection.  I took him seriously (he was very precise and very accurate, and eventually the regime killed him), and ever since our conversation I’ve sniffed about, trying to figure out what the Russians are up to.  What sort of trouble can they cause for us?

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