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April 11th, 2013 - 4:43 pm

The Cable says that “the State Department is asking Congress for over half a billion dollars next year to help support countries struggling to emerge from the chaos of the Arab Spring – an effort that Congress failed to endorse the first time around.” Perhaps the reference to “chaos” springs from a United Nations report that “Libyan weapons are spreading at ‘an alarming rate’ to new territory in west Africa and the eastern Mediterranean including Syria and the Gaza Strip where they are fueling conflicts and increasing the arsenals of armed groups and terrorists, a U.N. panel said.”

Frankly Libya, Egypt and Syria, the flagships of the Arab Spring, have not exactly served as vessels bearing their inhabitants from the Gray Havens of despotism to the Undying Lands of Freedom.  Instead they resemble  so many Titanics bound straight for an iceberg.

Just which part of the “Arab Spring” does the administration intend to support? Is it the part that goes boom or the part that puts power in the hands of “moderate” Islamists so the inhabitants of the region can move to the ‘broad, sunlit uplands’? The boom part is described by the Washington Post:

The [UN] panel said it also examined evidence of the delivery of weapons and ammunition from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to support the anti-Gadhafi revolutionaries during the uprising and considers that both countries violated the U.N. arms embargo, despite Qatar’s denial that it transferred any military materiel.

It cited a case of the transfer of ammunition to Libya involving the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Albania and Ukraine, a separate case involving Sudan, and the reported transfer of a drone to the Libyan opposition by a Canadian company which Canadian authorities say is under investigation.

Lots of boom has been transferred into the region.  In fact a casual observer might conclude that the chaos the State Department wants to control is very chaos they created in the first place.

The administration hasn’t had much apparently luck putting things under “moderate” Islamist control in the aftermath. The BBC reports that a major player in the Syrian uprising has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.  Another day, another defection.

Where is the whole thing going?

Recently, the mother of one of the Americans who died in Benghazi made minor news appealing to Congress to find out what really happened that night in Libya. She had been promised the truth by the President himself. Since then she’s gotten only a busy signal from their telephones.

Although her concern is a personal it raises a very serious issue, unresolved until now. Just what is the administration policy in the “Arab Spring”? Did the administration arm the Libyan rebels and was Ambassador Stevens killed by those very same rebels trying to contain the collateral damage? Did the administration even know who they were giving the weapons to? And was Stevens in fact killed by some of the very same weaponry the administration supplied in the first place?

I am the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four people murdered in Benghazi by terrorists along with ambassador Chris Stevens and ex-seals Ty Woods and Glen Daugherty. When I was in Wash. DC at the reception of the caskets, I asked for and received promises from Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, VP Biden and several other dignitaries in attendance. They all looked me directly in the eyes and promised they would find out and let me know. I got only one call from a clerk about a month later quoting from the time line, which I already had.

The significance of the Benghazi incident is that it brings into focus the question of what exactly the Administration is trying to achieve in North Africa, the Middle East and the Levant. What is the end state to which they are working? Who are they arming? What is the money for?

The press reports suggest that the Administration is working at cross purposes with itself. On the one hand it proclaims support the “Arab Spring” to bring democracy to the region. But the actual beneficiaries of its actions appear to be al-Qaeda and sundry other terror groups.

So far it’s been bad news all around. Egypt has been pauperized. Lebanon is on the brink of Civil War. Syria is no closer to Democracy with millions of people caught up in a struggle between the dictator Assad and a rebellion some of whose participants have pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda. Another success like this and no one will need a disaster.

Will the real administration policy stand up? Is your name Dr. Jekyll or is it Mr. Hyde?

The administration has proclaimed the laudable goal of bringing freedom to the region. But all they’ve managed to accomplish is blow things up and set things on fire. Now they want more money to do whatever it is they are doing. But surely the question arises: what the heck are they doing?

That is the question they seem determined to avoid. That is apparently why the survivors of Benghazi have been shut away.  Not to answer the question. There’s the terrible possibility that the administration themselves don’t know what they are trying to achieve. They’re just churning out the noise and going through the motions full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. On the day after the Benghazi attack President Obama said in the Rose Garden:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

That must rank as the greatest non-speech since Bluto defiantly proclaimed “was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! … And it ain’t over now…. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part. We’re just the guys to do it.”

You’re just the guys to do it. But do what?


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The Dear Leader and friends walked away from Iraq and the opportunity to maintain a stabilizing force with a friendly strategic partner, citing the phony issue of a status of forces agreement. Dear Leader was smug and happy about that decision. The rest of the stupidity and chaos that ensued is perfectly logical and consistent. This "policy" is the work of the intellectual cream of the left "correcting" the excessive influence of the US. It is the same arrogance that, unrestrained, gave the 20th Century the slaughter of millions.
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You have to fund an Arab Spring to find out what's in it.
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The only difference between Subotai Bahadur and me is that I say it not as elegantly and in rhyme.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST

At one time it was thought the United States was governed by the best and the brightest. If it was ever true it is no longer. Today we are not governed, but ruled, by the seemingly dumbest among us, though there is some evidence their seeming stupidity is really not stupidity at all, but rather artful sabotage of the best interests of the United States.

The best and brightest are in the long snore
The worst of the dumbest now rules
Mubarak and Assad, Khaddafi and more
Are gone at the will of the fools
Who either believe the left nonsense they spew
Or determined to do us great harm
It all goes against us whatever they do
And it’s working so far like a charm
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now you gotta cut these guys a break. To the current administration, Half a billion is Chump Change. They're just goin' through the motions.
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Geoffrey Britain
Senator Feinstein is either an idiot or purposely being dishonest in order to advance an agenda that seeks to disarm all Americans. Take your pick.

There is no need to choose. Not only are the two not at all mutually exclusive, they mesh right well with her being a traitor to the Constitution and country.


Unsk
.... All those who voted to deprive us of our Constitutional rights in this Toomey Gun Bill, and the coming Rubio Immigration capitulation should not only be voted out but taken out to nearest tree and hung. After a quick and sure trial for treason of course.

Do you really believe that voting has relevance for the future of the United States in the foreseeable future? Other than that, no problem.

Subotai Bahadur
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Containment my butt.

Gordon Chang's "China sides with North Korea' provides the smoking gun of the link between the Chinese Military and the North Koreans, who are also, by the way, connected to Iran and Pakistan.

So you really have a Chinese- Nork- Iran- Pakistan Terrrorist Axis of Evil now who we are feeding with our purchases of Chinese goods. You can probably throw in Putin's Russia in that Axis for good measure.

But in many ways we have way bigger problems. The Terrrorists/Traitors now control both Houses of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.

Comrade Boehner has gone all in siding the Traitors and will bring any Lefturd Democrat bill up for a vote for which he then will twist Pub arms sufficiently to make sure it passes. To quote Boehner this morning, " who says we need a Republican Majority to vote on a bill"?

All those who voted to deprive us of our Constitutional rights in this Toomey Gun Bill, and the coming Rubio Immigration capitulation should not only be voted out but taken out to nearest tree and hung. After a quick and sure trial for treason of course.
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You guys have to keep up...terrorists dont get weapons from the USG, they purchase them at gun shows here in the states:
"(Washington DC) - During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said expanded background checks are “not enough,” and private gun sales cannot continue because they allow terrorists to buy guns in the United States."

h/t weasel zippers
1 year ago
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Senator Feinstein is either an idiot or purposely being dishonest in order to advance an agenda that seeks to disarm all Americans. Take your pick.
1 year ago
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Heaven's, the stupid it burnses their fingers, it does.
1 year ago
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The Chicago Way. Its all 0 knows. He is just letting the local gang thugs sort out their turf. He then thinks he can control the result. That he is wrong has nothing to do with it.
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"Where is the whole thing going?" Wretchard

Fact: Obama's policies are facilitating the transformation of the M.E. into jihadist controlled nation states like Iran.

Fact: Iran will gain the bomb as Obama has already accepted it and plans a 'containment' policy.

Consequent results;

Nuclear proliferation spreads across the M.E.

Nuclear armed jihadist nation states across the M.E., the precursor to a nuclear armed Caliphate, look to the 'great' and 'little' Satan.

The Strait of Hormuz is seized, world oil prices rise and the economic strangulation of the West commences.

Nuclear terrorist attacks occur upon America's port cities.

The resultant formation of an isolationist, 'fortress America' mind-set.

Economic chaos in the US as the result of massive disruptions in our imports.

Near permanent, nationwide Martial Law.

The de facto nullification of the US Constitution. The left seizes dictatorial powers.

Nuclear exchanges between the US and M.E. jihadist states, eliminating the alliance.

America, reduced to a shadow of its former power, retreats from the global stage, creating a global power vacuum.

Russia and China fill the void. Russia returns to Communism. The new Soviet Union forms an alliance with China.

The left essentially controls the world and moves toward the formation of a new world order. The world enters a new dark age.
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I propose a branch off the martial law phase; Constitutional Americans slaughter the communists in government when they begin collecting guns and roll back to a strict interpretation and implementation.

America regains its dominance in the world and a number of national capitols are left in smoking ruins.

America enjoys cheap oil produced domestically while the ME oil production is largely destroyed and they recede even further into the dustbin of history.

Russia and China try to push a Communist Global domination (again) and get embarrassed by the US military (again) and millions starve without US food.

The US maintains its place as the bright shining city on the hill, after the tree of liberty has a refreshing drink of traitorous blood. Without government interference, new technologies make off-Earth colonization possible and a new frontier opens.

I prefer my version.
1 year ago
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I was part of the nastiness now.
I never saw Earwig again.
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Hmm not sure I understand what "Earwig" means. For example does this mean I may have to go to a movie out recently called "The Host"?--in order to get the meaning of "Earwig"?
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@Mehitabel33 - have just been re reading Shirer's Berlin Diary and I love your crack - Vichy Republicans. That is the depressing part - the opposition doesn't have a fundamentally different idea. As yet there is no Churchill in the political arena nor is there a Shirer, wise to what the Nazis were up to, in our press. But, God willing, our grandchildren will read bloggers like Wretchard who saw clearly the great nonsense we are now living through. To wit, Republican and Democrats go on projecting their own beliefs onto Islamists just as all sane and decent Europeans made similar projections on Hitler.
1 year ago
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The Left has won the Long War, and they know it. That it's a Pyrrhic victory bothers them not a whit: they just want to watch the West burn. They really are demonic. Shoot, Alinsky's dedication of his book to Satan was, shall we say, a bit of a tip-off? Just a bit?

The collaborators and Quislings and Vichy Republicans just want in on the spoils. Very few are left in the halls of Congress who give a damn about our Principles and our former Freedoms; they are badly outnumbered.

The Enemy knows that no one is left who can really put up a fight and do him damage: the battlements are so thinly manned. So he goes about his business with careless contempt of the Old Guard, ignoring the few sticks and stones that come his way.
1 year ago
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The Dear Leader and friends walked away from Iraq and the opportunity to maintain a stabilizing force with a friendly strategic partner, citing the phony issue of a status of forces agreement. Dear Leader was smug and happy about that decision. The rest of the stupidity and chaos that ensued is perfectly logical and consistent. This "policy" is the work of the intellectual cream of the left "correcting" the excessive influence of the US. It is the same arrogance that, unrestrained, gave the 20th Century the slaughter of millions.
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