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What If We Were Winning But Nobody Noticed?

February 21st, 2014 - 7:17 am

It’s all about winning and losing, but the best man doesn’t always win, and outcomes frequently have more to do with luck than with merit.  Brilliant strategies fail, and fools stumble into glorious victories.  Napoleon preferred a lucky general to a brilliant one.

Which brings us to today.  The headlines are grim, the pictures from Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are blood-chilling, executions and demonstrations are mounting in Iran, and Obama doesn’t know what to do about anything.  So he doesn’t do anything; he and his strategists just dither.  And yet…

And yet, our enemies may be on the verge of losing.  Big time.

Maybe the elimination of the Russian Olympic hockey team was an augury, foreshadowing a shift in Putin’s destiny.  Up until quite recently, he waved his mailed fist and barked out commands that were obeyed from Georgia to Syria.  He, along with the Syrian, Iranian, Nicaraguan, Honduran, Venezuelan, Cuban, and Bolivian dictators and would-be dictators, was forging a global alliance aimed against the West, and nobody in the West seemed to notice, let alone take steps to combat it.  The global alliance consists primarily of jihadis and radical leftists, the two principal forces committed to the destruction of what is sometimes known as the Western world.

That alliance is cracking, because many millions of people are fighting the anti-Western tyrants.  They aren’t pundits, and they haven’t calculated the odds on success.  They just fight.  Almost none of the major events of the past few years was foreseen by the deep thinkers, most all of whom thought that Egypt was lost to the jihadists, Assad was firmly in control of Syria, and Chavismo was destined to rule in Venezuela for years to come.

But in Egypt, where the Muslim Brothers took over the most important country in the Muslim Middle East, they lost it within a year.  They were brought down by what the BBC called “the largest demonstration in human history.”  In Tunisia, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring,” the radical jihadists were briefly in control, and then lost to more moderate forces, including secular leaders.  The fighting in Syria began when members of the nation’s armed forces–neither religiously nor ideologically radical–rebelled against the Assad tyranny.  I don’t know more than a couple of people who thought the opposition would endure…until they did an about-face and told us the opposition was unbeatable and Assad was about to fall.  In Ukraine, the people have risen against a government that was clearly a marionette of Moscow.  And in Venezuela, the streets of the major cities are filled with people fighting against a failed Cuban-style dictatorship.

The Ukrainian government is now technically a minority in Parliament (some of its members having defected), and there are reports that the rats are scampering away, loading expensive automobiles and containers full of cash onto airplanes at the Kiev airport (like you, I want to know where those planes are going to land.  We’ll know shortly, I have no doubt).

The Venezuelan demonstrations don’t seem to be getting any smaller, and when the Maduro regime arrested the opposition leader, it backfired, as even more people took to the streets.

For those keeping score: the enemy alliance has lost in Egypt and Tunisia, is losing Ukraine, is in great peril in Venezuela, is losing men and money in significant quantities in Syria, and faces determined opposition inside Iran.

To be sure, there’s bad news too, as you’ll see on the next page.

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The problem is that government is using:
* The personal computer
* The cell phone
* The internet
To keep tabs on all of us so they can maintain control.

Let's hope that Americans can keep Americans free.
21 weeks ago
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The following three American inventions are allowing freedom to sweep the world, threatening even the most restrictive regimes:
* The personal computer
* The cell phone
* The Internet
Let's hope they can keep America free, as well.
21 weeks ago
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The difference in Cairo, Caracas, Tehran, Damascus, Kiev...when THOSE people were having their freedoms stripped from them, they took their lives in their hands and risked it all...to say no.

There is a country where the people don't seem to be made of the same stuff as those others.

The IRS goes after political dissenters, takes the fifth and walks away Scot free...more free than the people they stripped of their freedoms.

The FCC is trying to put "monitors" in WRITTEN PRESS rooms, among other things.

The AP is spied on.

A Fox News reporter is targeted.

A known innocent man is rousted at midnight, perp walked, arrested and jailed.

A Hollywood conservative group is selectively abused.

Yet...not ONE march in the streets. No rage, no demonstrations for freedom.


Unlike the now denigrated trinket from Norway given to Gore for a hoax and to Obama for...nothing...freedom is a prize that must be earned.

And it can be repossessed if you fail to continue to earn it.

Michael, how can we credibly say we are for freedom abroad...when we show very little energy for fighting for it at home.
21 weeks ago
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There are things worth standing up for.

I'm curious, Michael, what do you make of Theodore Shoebat, son of Walid Shoebat.

Both of you are friends of mine on facebook.
21 weeks ago
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What if westerners let the mullahs deliver their auto-detonate nukes hidden somewhere in Tokyo, Paris, London, Or Mumbai in criminal gang hands or Terrorists?
It’s too late. The world powers, very long time ago, lost their chance to really and actually stop mullah’s nuclear ambition. for about more than twenty five year ago, mullahs evil satanic regime were and are involve on their nuclear project construction factories and they’ve built a very large and extensive nuclear complex cycle in a vast distributed geographical area all around Iran country that can’t be stop with just negotiations, you’ve lost many valuable times. Their basement projects are very strong. More than twenty years selling crude and spending thousand billion dollars and thousand hours work under ground by the help of atomic Pakistani scientists and cooperation with North Korea military experts and assemblers, constructed a very large and extensive project that can’t be stop, it’s unstoppable and unbeatable. As much as you could bring down the North Korea nuclear military missile intercontinental launching project, you can beat the Iranian ones.
Just U.S Army Israel Army and Global Community military forces really good know how to stop mullah’s evil satanic nuclear ambition. Iranian mullahs are so different than North Korean essence.
Negotiations with mullahs, sending women for talk with deceptive mullahs agents, just can confess your dithering, your cowardliness, and stupidity. It just gave them time. Mullahs find that you don’t have courage for act.
Warning to all the global wise community: there is a little distance to be completely Nuclear Military Arm by Mullahs’ regime. Their immortality and evil for the region and the entire globe would be eternal.
Enrichment is not important. The main weapon is on their hand, nuke ammo easily can be finding whether now or later whenever they want, they’ll expel your inspectors, and hidden enrichment can be start from where it stopped. Their missile project producing basement is ready and armed. Assembling nuke on missiles easily can be done whether now or later.
Which of these active threats can be stop with negotiations?!!! Iranians neither qualified nor responsible, they are real threat for global peace. Their secret plots and proxies and gangs all around the earth can make you really bad troubles. It seems you can’t recognize black reactionary mullahs and their satanic tendencies for evil. They are skillful in deceive you.
To all the Globe wise countries specially Germany and India who major Iranian importation comes: please stop all exports to Iran whether Industrial or agricultural, every one euro or dollar that comes to Iran, would be treason to your own security and entire world whether now or in the future. To stop the flood of evil it must be damned from the upstream.
Cut off all your exportation toward Iranians, Please, this is an Urgent request.
Please.





21 weeks ago
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Trite, but "It's always darkest before the dawn." While our efforts to keep our adversaries at bay have demoralized and nearly exhausted us, it is possible that they have exhausted our adversaries at a slightly faster pace. Victory may come as a surprise.
21 weeks ago
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Note to Michael Ledeen:

We don't "Win" unless we take advantage of our enemies' "losses."

We're doing no such thing, so we're "losing" right along with our sworn enemies.
21 weeks ago
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Maybe the rest of the world is finally learning the greatest American lesson: that of self-determination and self-reliance.
21 weeks ago
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"Almost none of the major events of the past few years was foreseen by the deep thinkers, most all of whom thought that Egypt was lost to the jihadists, Assad was firmly in control of Syria, and Chavismo was destined to rule in Venezuela for years to come."

Dumb Deep Thinkers, DDT's. Particularly stupid in the case of Venezuela as stories of rampant crime and dissolution were everywhere, even while Hugo was still breathing. Maduro isn't nearly as good as Hugo was at blaming America.

(this morning I read that Hugo's daughters & son refuse to move out of the presidential palace and are partying down hard, only food suppliers etc. are refusing to deliver as the kids aren't paying the bills)

Most DDT's have also signed onto manmade global warming, uh, climate change, whatever.

Rules one, two, three...forces operating that defy human ANAL-ysis.
21 weeks ago
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It's nice that "our side" may be winning in the long run, but that's in the absence of a coherent plan. The dice just happened to roll in our favor. And that's a problem -- what do we do afterwards, if we don't have a plan, or even the outline of a long-term strategy, to take advantage of the outcome?

Currently, we are not being proactive; we're content to watch the world burn. The most that the current administration seems to want out of all this is an opportunity to make S'mores in the fires.
21 weeks ago
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In Afghanistan (and to a lessor degree Iraq) when the U.S. Army approved an Islamic Law constitution, and went on to order their own troops to have the highest respect for Islam, for most all intents and purposes, they surrendered to Islam, almost as much as the Japanese surrendered on the Battleship USS Missouri to America. And now that respect Islam has been brought back to our homeland.
21 weeks ago
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Hard to see that where the optimism is justified. Iran has more control over Lebanon and Iraq than a year ago, probably significantly. US weapons sold to the regime in Baghdad may end up in Iranian hands. Meanwhile, the Saudis have apparently sidelined, perhaps for good, Prince Bandar, for being too anti-Iranian. Gulf states show clear signs of accommodating to Persian hegemony. Beyond that, there is the issue of 'who wins if Iran loses'? Moderate Sunnis?

About Egypt, you are right, but that was in part and clearly because of the outrage of the Egyptian people at Obama's support of Morsi. So, if military dictatorship is preferable to Ikhwan rule, which it clearly is, at least for outsiders, then this occurred in opposition to American policy, not because of it. So in the end your analyses always have the US as the good guy, even when it acts as the bad guy, because, well...you and others manage this by creating a complete disconnect between your views and the policies of the Admin and/or glossing over the latter.
21 weeks ago
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Obama has an anti-American foreign policy. The Secretary of State is a former traitor. Is it clear now?
21 weeks ago
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did you read what i wrote about the policies of the Obama administration? doesn't seem so.
21 weeks ago
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Yea verily Brother Ledeen, the Marxist rump, in league with the religious rump of the Abrahamic faiths. Both headed for the dustbin of history because they are unworkable. Self extinguishing as we seen in Venezuela. And some good news from Egypt - al Qaeda is killing tourists which might - in the words of the Western press - create a ruthless crackdown from the Egyptian government. Quel Horreur! The Egyptians may just solve the al Qaeda problem in a way that the West will not, at least yet, by hunting them out. So will the Sunnis of Anbar province the next time they take on al Qaeda. Without help from Petraeus they know full well they will have to kill every last one they can. These failed ideologies will go on failing until we work out what comes next - or rather it works us out and presents us with a fait accompli.
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The "Abrahamic faiths" have been around for four thousand years, and will be around long after our current issues are lost to history. Well, Judaism will be, anyway. (And anti-Semitism, of course, the one great constant of human history.)
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