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The Day of Reckoning

June 11th, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Ernest Hemingway observed that people went broke gradually at first then all of a sudden.  Barack Obama’s career, for so long without visible means of support, has now moved onto the “all of sudden stage” of bankruptcy.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda affiliated front of Muslims, have followed up their lightning seizure of Mosul by taking Tikrit, the former stronghold of Saddam Hussein.

In Mosul and surrounding areas, more than 150,000 troops fled their posts as the militants advanced, leaving behind thousands of weapons, including tanks and helicopters, that are now in ISIL’s possession, said Jabbar Yawer, a spokesman for ethnic Kurdish armed forces in Erbil.

The speed with which ISIL and its allies have advanced after their seizure on Tuesday of Mosul – a city of two million people – has sent alarm bells ringing not only in Baghdad but in western capitals.

Black April All Over Again

The Rout in Iraq

The Tweets tell of a monumental collapse.  ”Jesus. “30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters … Surreal scenes in #Mosul, #Iraq as US trained troops leave behind their uniforms and flee from #ISIS to #Kurdistan. ”

Michael Yon Tweets: “Mosul: Iraq Crumbling before our eyes”. The Internet is rife with pictures of al-Qaeda triumphantly inspecting millions, perhaps billions of dollars worth of captured, American made military equipment.  It’s like Vietnam all over again, except this time the NVA are continuing the attack all the way to New York.

Unless the rot is stopped, ISIS will soon be at Baghdad’s gates and al-Qaeda’s affiliates will soon possess one, perhaps two major Middle Eastern countries plus trillions of dollars in oil resources. Libya, Iraq, perhaps Syria. They will be on the border of Saudi Arabia, able to credibly menace the energy lifeline of the Western world, a fact that can only play to Putin’s advantage.

The dangers of abandoning such a vital region were always obvious. Those who have not read my 2010 post, The Ten Ships, might take the time to do so now. It’s good for a laugh, not because it is so “brilliant” but because it’s so obvious. It explains how Obama’s political petulance made him ignore fundamental military strategy by ignoring the obvious center of Islamic militant gravity the Middle East in favor of redeploying the ground forces to a PR fantasy campaign in Afghanistan.

There’s nothing in place available to stop al-Qaeda. The forces that might have are locked up in the Southwest Asia, sustained at the mercy of Russia and Pakistan. Obama has been faked out; the AQ have gone around him for a layup to the basket. He may lose Iraq and its border with Syria before the year ends. Afghanistan’s fall will follow almost immediately thereafter, behind the last American troops, whose safe exit from the landlocked country is now by no means guaranteed.  The Russians lost more than 500 men going out in 1989 — and they only had to cross a land border a short distance away.

The only way things could be worse is for US troops in Afghanistan find themselves trapped, denied passage by Pakistan or Russia. Of course that could never happen because the press never considers the possibility and it considers Obama too “respected” for that to occur.

When you add in the Eastern European crisis and the growing expansion of China to the Middle Eastern collapse, it is not hard to see the obvious. Unless a miracle saves Obama, the nation will be facing a global and existential security crisis within a short time.  America will face a supercharged Islamic terrorism with thousands of recruits in the West available as a 5th Column, supplied with vast amounts of money and in potential possession of most of the world’s oil. For how long until Saudi Arabia’s Islamic children eat its parents?

And then the real price of Obama’s campaign to stuff the voter rolls with “undocumented aliens” will soon have to be paid. Like a child throwing a tantrum, president Obama has deemed it clever to throw open the southern border, ascribing what any sane person would regard as territorial suicide to high-minded humanitarianism. It has somehow become cool to encourage the invasion of America and racist to even consider that might be bad idea.  But through that portal, what might come? Well, Bienvenido y Allah Akbar.

And that’s just part of his legacy. Obama has presided over the destruction of American influence in the Middle East, the hollowing out of the US economy, the perversion of American intelligence assets and the maltreatment of American veterans.

The shield has been thrown away, the sword has been melted down, the senses dispatched on a leave of absence.

Whether in fulfillment of some childhood psycho-drama, in the service of some bizarre obsession or in pursuit of an imbecilic strategy, Obama has basically made every bad move it is possible to make. For a long time the press covered up this perverted process out of admiration for the creases in his trousers; and so it appeared Obama was going gradually bust. Now we’re in the “all of a sudden” part of the curve.  The check’s come back from the bank, bounced.

The accumulated weight of Obama’s errors are now too great to escape.  There is no soft landing.  It’s crunch time. America waits on its ill-defended beaches behind Obama’s Cash-for-Clunkers, Solar Panel, Carbon Trading Certificates and Obamacare sandbags, though it still has no Keystone XL pipeline.

The nation has been issued with these little plastic steering wheels with which it is expected to dodge the coming crisis. One might look for what Obama called “unproven missile defense systems” and unnecessary “future combat systems”. One might pine wistfully for its missing ships and non-transgendered  soldiers. But look in vain. They were sent away because we were assured they would never be needed by people much smarter than ourselves.

In their place there are doughty legions of Occupy protesters with Obamaphones all ready to join the enemy. That is Obama’s answer to whatever the question is in his mind.  And yet it all depends on him. What makes the routs like that in Iraq so dangerous is that staunching the hemorrhage vitally depends discovering leadership qualities that have heretofore been missing. In Iraq, we expect Maliki, at the 11th hour, to become the man he never was. But America is in no better case. For on a much more titanic scale the Democrats have bet the farm on Obama rising to an occasion he’s never been able to rise to before.

See him as Clint Eastwood saw him.  An empty chair; the man who failed at everything including his stint at the Annenberg Foundation and as Illinois legislator; who probably even had his “books” ghostwritten for him. A blank screen, on which he proudly declared everyone could project their fantasy. His inability to think a new thought is nowhere more clearly illustrated than in his unshaken desire to release even more hardened terrorists from Gitmo.  He is marching to some invisible drummer, pursuing a vision of greatness some once believed was visionary but which turns out to be merely delusional.

The most vital requirement in stopping a crisis is changing leadership. While companies fire CEOs and generals are relieved in defeat and some presidents with decency tender their resignations in shame when faced with failure,  the Republic is stuck with Barack Hussein Obama, the man for whom all problems are somebody else’s fault; whose basic instinct is to sit down on a stump with his head and his hands and whine bitterly about Ted Cruz.

The Democratic solution to the Obama problem can be found in one word: Hillary.  Hillary: the life raft of the great progressive movement; the reserve chute; the fire-axe, the break-glass-in-case Obama fails solution.  That fact alone is more alarming that all of Obama’s mistakes. If you were never worried before, despair now.  A nation can survive any mistakes in its pasts provided it is willing to learn, but it cannot survive willful mistakes in its future because it is unable to admit error. If Hillary has been described as Barack Obama’s Third Term, then she is proof of what we everyone distressingly knows: the only error progressives ever admit is not trying their ideology hard enough.

It will be double-down until the end.

Thanks for the armored vehicles!

You won’t need these unproven defense systems any more


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I worry, hope I am wrong, but not likely -- over the vast and deliberate destruction of our military which has in the past, risen to the occasion for the country.

My family had two extremely memorable experiences in 2001. First, our 18-yr old son graduated from basic training in the USAF. Second, our son got deployed ten days after 9/11 to the war theater.

Since then I have read and read - for information on who in the hell are these people? Is this a one off attack or part of a war which started 1400 years ago. Do politicians understand the enemy they face? (No).

I worry about stupidity and fecklessness of important positions filled by political hacks like "Hey dude" Tommy Vietor. Idiots running things and endangering our children who volunteered to protect the country. I consider deliberate and stupid policies by the White House and their appointees as tantamount to a charge in the criminal code. You pick the charge. I can think of several.
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Who thinks these people are going to stop at the border, go home and eat pistachios? These guys don't know anything else but killing. Just like those 5 Taliban who spent a lifetime killing thousands and becoming the "Butcher of this" and the "Butcher of that", these guys have only one calling in life. Care to guess what it is?

ISIS was driven by the abandonment of Iraq and Obama's Syria policy. These advancing forces have been supercharged by events in Syria, even their existence was being denied under smoke and mirrors. You might find that some of the weapons al-Qaeda is now using to overrun Mosul may have their origins in a video produced in Los Angeles.

And now comes Hillary to say, "well I apologize for voting for the War in Iraq". Can't we move on? Or as she once said, "what difference does it make?" Or it's all "minor league." And no she's not going to surrender her notes on Benghazi.

But this time it ain't minor league. They're coming, through the southern border, through the Northern border, on every flight from overseas, from every mosque throughout the country, over all those multi-culti exchange programs, via all their Trojan horses. They are coming, coming through the wire.

Fighting them is not optional. In the immortal words of Trotsky you might not be interested in them, but they are interested in you. If you think Ten Ships was prescient, come back and read this post in six months.
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Obama now has the problem of seeming to respond to the crisis in Iraq without actually responding to it. I think he will lead off by describing this as the "inevitable result of misguided attempts to interfere in other countries". In other words: Bush's fault.

Look for him to incline his head thoughtfully and reverently as he says the words "tragedy" and "victims". He might then segue to the announcement some high flown initiative, grandly titled, some joint conference with the Gulf States; and reiterate the key lies in reaching an accord with Assad and Iran, etc. Diplomacy is the solution.

And then he will forget it. Another engagement with the world for Jen Psaki to boast off. Check. Next disaster.
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The only thing we can do, now that our fearless leader has wrought so much inanity upon the world stage, is to arm ourselves and prepare for the invading muslim hordes.
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They won't come in hordes, & we can knock 'em off one at a time.
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Has any of our political betters, and more Nuancy'd public savants, deigned to point out to those fellows in Iraq that 'tut tut, beheading is sooooooo 7th century'?
A devastating cocktail party riposte sure to make them stop and become solemn & introspective. Count 3 and double down on the sword_y action. I loathe those pontificating peacocks almost as the zombie eyed evil minions of the religion of pieces.

Richard is so spot on with his "...As for the rest of them crease liking, nuance happy chappies, well they can look out for themselves. In this scenario the credo must be: "with malice toward none but the enemy, but indifference to all will not help themselves. I will win." God helps those who help themselves."
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Or rather, is it a case of a drunk looking for his car keys under the streetlight because the light is better there than it is closer to where he actually lost them?
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I don't remember, but my wife found me and brought me home.

By the time she got there I was sleeping under a bush.
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Can anyone explain why "R2P" applied in Libya and does not apply in Syria or Iraq?

The only explanation I can come up with is NIH.
24 weeks ago
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Remember back when the term was the hot new thing, those enormous crowd mobs of whozis collecting on the borders of Israel and trying to just push past the border guards into Israel? If they had gotten in, then someone had to have a right to protect them from the Israelis trying to push them back out, right?

Unfortunately for the Three Valkyries, those dastardly Hebrews figured out fiendish ways to control the situation without hurting anyone.

...aaaand, somuchforR2P.
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"“My sources tell me Maliki believes he is in a desperate situation and wants and needs our support," said retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. "If he doesn't get it in a way that will help him, he will certainly turn to Iran.”"

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/12/as-jihadists-take-aim-at-baghdad-iran-steps-in-to-help-historical-foe/
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Obama said this should serve as a Wake Up Call for our dear friends and faithful allies in the Iraqi Govt.

No doubt Maliki's been golfing a lot lately.
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Dec 2011

"“Now, Iraq is not a perfect place,” Obama said. “It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations.

And we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making.
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Correction upon listening closely:

"...nearly nine years in the makin."

Just a throwaway announcement of yet another victory among his countless others.
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"All the fighting and dying; bleeding and building; training and partnering - has led us to this moment of success."

Address to the troops, with The First Lady in attendance.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-15/obama-welcomes-troops-home-from-iraq/3731972
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Audio at that address includes this gem:

"Michelle, you are a remarkable first lady,
...and you're cute!"
24 weeks ago
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Limbaugh points out that the use of State Dept cellphones at Benghazi, and the fact that they were being monitored is more proof that the Berghazi Coverup is a lie.
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Doug, you stopped on the threshhold of the abyss. Deploy a safety rope if there's anything to tie off to, and then take one more step inside.
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The cellphones were provided to the attackers before the attack. By Hillary. To coordinate the planned fake kidnapping of Stevens.

There, I said it.
24 weeks ago
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Stevens, who BTW, most likely died of smoke inhalation, from the cans of diesel fuel the attackers ignited to force a surrender.
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Was he violently sodomized before or after passing on?

He was not only left behind, but their dear friends behind was left in tatters.
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--whether or not that happened, it has only a tangential bearing on whether or not he was meant to be captured, or killed. If it happened, it could well have been a savage reaction to the fight that in that interpretation wasn't supposed to happen, that is Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods sending some 60 of the attackers off to see Allah unexpectedly.
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She did not want to leave her dear friend Chris behind not knowing the latest details of his eminent demise.
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"Iran 'deploys two battalions of the Quds force with experience of fighting in Iraq to help their Iraq counterparts defend Samara and win back parts of Tikrit' - Wall Street Journal reports" (WSJ article behind paywall)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10892299/Iraq-crisis-al-Qaeda-militants-push-towards-Baghdad-live.html

http://online.wsj.com/articles/iran-deploys-forces-to-fight-al-qaeda-inspired-militants-in-iraq-iranian-security-sources-1402592470
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"win back parts of Tikrit" --that'll be the parts that the Kurdish forces are holding? Or the ISIS parts? The Persians may try to split the de facto alliance between the two.
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Idiot,

We won back the whole d... place: See above.
24 weeks ago
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--hey, i LIKE your new handle, Old Doug Idiot!
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:-)
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On a lighter note, Bobby Jindal (R-LA) has attacked the trial lawyers!!!!


http://www.processingmagazine.com/articles/127438-louisiana-governor-restricts-lawsuits-against-oil-gas-companies

Louisiana governor restricts lawsuits against oil, gas companies

The state of Louisiana might have seen the end of lawsuits against oil and gas companies, after Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Senate Bill 469, stating that the bill will stop "unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits" that delay coastal restoration projects.

The bill will result in a "fair and more predictable legal environment" and will support businesses and job creation in Louisiana, Gov. Jindal said in a statement published by his office. Under the new law, only certain groups will be entitled to file lawsuits against oil and gas companies regarding their activities, such as oil exploration. By restricting the number of groups and individuals that can sue businesses, the industry will be able to continue growing, create jobs and contribute to the state's economy, authors of the bill said.

Not surprisingly, representatives of the oil and gas industry have welcomed the move. Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, commented that the bill was a "great victory" for the industry, U.S. News reported. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry also agreed that the bill was a step towards the rightful restoration of order, according to Fox 8 Live.

According to media reports, the bill effectively nullifies a New Orleans-area levee board's lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies for alleged damage they have caused to coastal wetlands. The bill also means that claims against BP for the oil spill in 2010 could be terminated.



"First, let's beggar all the trial lawyers!" - Apologies to Wm Shakespeare
24 weeks ago
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On the Internets, however, Leahy single handidly helped the Lawyers by stopping a bill to rectify the Patent Troll Debacle that threatens free information and free enterprise on the nets.
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Have you noted how the Iraqi LIVS have turned tail and run?

Soon it shall be time for American LIVs (AKA TWANLOCs) to turn and run.

The ultimate irony will be the Godfather of the Democrat Party Andrew Jackson's words will be prophetic.

"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

Too bad for them there is not even one man with courage left in their party. They are left to try and hide behind Hillary's voluminous pantsuits, or maybe Michelle's super voluminous skirts.

The view from behind must be a nightmare! But that is what you see when you are not the lead dog, preferring to "lead from behind".

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That view from behind, through wide-angle glasses, being of Lotta Stern and her sisterly traveler.
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...that'd be Ima Buckinghams.
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And Beamie Phantail bringing up the rear.
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coasting behind matched Hi-speed Hindenbergs
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