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The Night Before

August 29th, 2014 - 3:00 pm

2014 will be a year when the populations of the world began to wake up and smell the smoke. “Began” because sleep has habits all its own. It would be unnatural if Mr and Mrs Joe Average didn’t hit the alarm snooze button because the ringing they hear doesn’t correspond with the familiar. It isn’t time for office yet; the Home Depot’s still closed and Jimmy’s soccer practice is still at 10 am.  ”Honey will you get up and answer the door. There are some bearded men outside the window and I think they want something.”

But it may be no dream. David Cameron just warned Britain to brace for a possible ISIS attack on its shores. The jayvee ISIS team Obama scoffed at sure gets around. Cameron says ISIS ‘is more dangerous than al-Qaeda’. The doorman the president contemptuously glowered over at the summits is acting uppity too. That doorman, Vladimir Putin, has just used the “N” word in Ukraine. The “N” word being “Nuclear”.

Russia’s president, speaking at a pro-Kremlin youth camp at a lake near Moscow, said “it’s best not to mess with us,” adding “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers”

And maybe nuclear ain’t enough neither. Foreign Policy writes that “buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.”  If they can get it, they’ll use it. So far the enemy’s — can we use that word yet? — wrath has been limited only by capability and not by intent. That capability has just increased exponentially. The Long War Journal says radical Islam is seizing territory. Territory gives them a secure base, legitimacy and the resources of a country.

ISIS has just handed Assad one of his biggest defeats ever achieving the equivalent of seizing Hawaii and capturing Pearl Harbor. The Business Insider reports:

Over the past two months, jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have waged an increasingly successful campaign against Assad regime forces in Syria’s northern Raqqa province, culminating in the capture of al-Tabqa Airfield earlier this week.

The defeat in Raqqa has major military implications — it represents a loss at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war, raising questions about whether the regime or Syrian rebels can defend other, more important areas of the country against further ISIS offensives.

The three key regime positions in the province — the 17th Division headquarters outside Raqqa City, the 93rd Brigade garrison at Ayn Essa, and the military airfield near al-Tabqa — were distant from one another, largely isolated (requiring resupply by air) and under sporadic attack by rebel forces for some time.

After a long period of uneasy coexistence in the area, ISIS began serious attacks against the division headquarters in July. Once it fell on July 25, the group moved on and captured the 93rd Brigade facility on August 7, then began operations against al-Tabqa Airfield on August 19. After four assaults, sustained bombardment, several suicide vehicle attacks, and regime evacuation of some of the defenders by air, al-Tabqa finally fell on August 24.

The regime did little to save its positions other than provide aerial resupply and supporting airstrikes. Local forces made a few attempts to assist one another but without much effect. So over the course of three months, the regime’s military position in the province, and the forces that maintained it, were effectively destroyed.

This stands as the most significant defeat of regime forces since the beginning of the rebellion.

They’re not junior varsity any more. The Raqqa defeat also demonstrates ISIS’ mastery of regional and tribal politics. Mary Madigan quotes Lee Smith:

…ISIS is not exactly what we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the Middle East of late. “This is not a classic insurgency,” says Itani, “or a non-state actor. Rather, it’s a state-building organization.” ISIS’s effort right now is to secure borders and lines of communication. Comparing ISIS’s project with al Qaeda’s, Itani notes that bin Laden’s logic was to draw the United States into conflict with the Muslim world in the hope of making the people so disgusted with their regimes that al Qaeda could take over. ISIS is different: It aims to take territory, hold it, and build a state. That is, at a moment when much of the rest of the Middle East is moving toward chaos, the Islamic State is consolidating. …

ISIS’s first success in tribal politics was in Raqqa, which it snatched from the hands of the Assad regime and turned into its capital. Until the middle of 2013, Raqqa remained loyal to Assad. Although few Syrian security forces were present in the city, and the capital, Damascus, is nearly 300 miles away, making it virtually impossible to maintain communications and supply lines, Raqqa remained in Assad’s control because the city was run by the Sharabeen tribe.

In the tribal world, the Sharabeen are not part of the elite. They are a cattle-raising tribe, considerably less prestigious than, say, the camel-raising Shammar, one of the biggest tribes in the Middle East, whose members are known for their valor. When the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz Ibn Saud, defeated the Shammar in 1910, the tribe pledged allegiance to him. Even as the British and French forced Ibn Saud to relinquish much of the Shammar territory he’d won, the Saudi king issued many Shammar Saudi passports.

Former Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of Bashar, well understood the significance of the ties between the Shammar and the Saudis. To counter Saudi influence in Raqqa, he propped up the Sharabeen, funding them, arming them, and giving them government jobs. All this came at the expense of the Shammar, many of whom picked up and moved to Saudi Arabia. When the anti-Assad rebellion erupted in 2011, Riyadh sent some Shammar tribal leaders back to Syria, like onetime head of the Syrian National Council Ahmed al-Jarba. The potential return of the powerful Shammar became a pressing concern not just for the Sharabeen, but for other tribal groups as well, which is what prompted 14 Raqqa clans to pledge allegiance to ISIS in November 2013. This is how Raqqa turned, quickly and peacefully, from an Assad stronghold into ISIS’s capital.

Got an opinion on that Mr. President? Well maybe he’ll read a prepared statement after attending to more urgent business.  Obama to interrupt weekend fundraising trip, will return to DC… attend MSNBC wedding.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in New York and Rhode Island, instead of overnighting in New York as originally planned.

Earnest said Obama himself made the decision to return to the White House and that it was unrelated to any current events

He’s not worried about the damage his optics are doing to the Democratic Party. They’ll vote for him: he’s got them by the Obamaphone and the Obamacare.  And the ObamaDream, which is another word for bribing people by promising them lower middle class American jobs.  CBS says Obama plans to blame the Republicans not giving him enough money to deport illegal aliens, which he would have done, giving him no choice but to in effect, legalize them.  Lisa Navarrete, adviser to the president of La Raza, told Breitbart News that 5 million people was the floor of what her organization could accept.

President Obama’s lawyers are developing a careful legal rationale that would allow the administration to take executive action on immigration enforcement while holding up in a potential court challenge. Republicans are expected to greet any unilateral moves by the White House with intense opposition.

The lawyers are expected to argue that Congress has left the administration with too few resources to enforce every law and deport all of the roughly 11.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. That forces the government to prioritize which immigrants to remove from the country.

It’s a perfect storm.  And storms blow down houses and sweep away institutions.  Obama’s proposed executive actions and the planned Islamist attacks on the West are doing just that: sweeping things away. Too bad he doesn’t realize he and his buddies are standing on the carpet. Got an opinion on that, Mr. President? A Carnegie Foundation article by a former US ambassador to Germany says In Ukraine, the Old Order Ends in a Farce.

Six months after Russian intervention in Ukraine began, hopes for long-term democracy and integration between Russia and the West are near total collapse. A conflict on Europe’s periphery has ignited crosscurrents of violence and confusion that are already bordering on farce. Neither side seems to know what it is doing. Clowns are everywhere.

The EU’s poorly conceived European Neighborhood Policy flutters in the winds of war, lacking even a semblance of relevance to the crisis it created. Self-proclaimed “republics” rise and fall in accordance with whatever support Russia wishes to provide them with. Drunken “separatists” (or was it Russian regulars?) shoot down a civilian airliner with horrible consequences. A mysterious Russian aid convoy shows up and then leaves.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s game plan is impossible to decipher. Europe worries, and the United States dissembles, trying hard not to become involved in yet another failed state. Popular opinion in Russia celebrates Western sanctions as a test of a national spirit attuned to the nineteenth century.

May the farce be with you. Why, oh why is the alarm clock ringing today? There are many reasons. But one no doubt is that the American elite put an empty hat on a pole and ordered everyone who passed to bow down to it, as if bowing were the most natural thing in the world.


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cfbleachers is in touch with Barry's dreams. He probably grew up hearing believing and swallowing his contempt for, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaWl2lA7968

What military triumphs would Frank Davis and the other Old Left communists have known to tell him about? The Russian Civil War was distant even for them, although True Believers can get deep into the weeds of party lore. WW-II could have been reported as The Great Patriotic War (Soviet) with Studs Terkel populism to explain American participation despite the governing Capitalist oppressors. Given his mothers sojourns in South East Asia the precursor to the Vietnam War that would have been presented every day of his childhood as a lesson in Imperialist humiliation he may well have heard of the Chinese Civil War.

Today Assad is facing the strategic disaster that Chiang and the KMT faced. In late 1946 on paper the KMT had a winning hand with over 4,000,000 men under arms. That was at least triple what Mao could call on. The Americans had rushed KMT troops into Manchuria to accept the Japanese surrender and control the cities. By the end of 1948 the isolated garrisons in Mukden and other northern cities were destroyed. The loss was as great as and as decisive as the German disaster at Stalingrad. ISIS now has an Aif Force. We shall see if they can use it. Assad has proven incapable not only of retaining the Northeast but also of controlling the mountains near Lebanon close to where his Alawite brethren live. He has lost control of the territory to the South of Damascus bordering Israel and Jordan. If Assad cannot control the corridor between Damascus and Latakia, and the coast South to Tartus and the plain North to Aleppo, then he is finished and all the minority groups that trusted him for protection face annihilation.

The Syrian and Lebanese Druze, who unlike the Israeli Druze have not allied with Israel, face a choice. They can either hope that the Iranians and the Shi'a of Lebanon will protect them, when they have proven incapable of protecting their proxy Assad, or they can approach the Israelis. The Lebanese Druze under Walid Jumblatt had allied with Israel briefly but later turned against Israel. That history deserves further study.

The Obama regime has reached the point where every operative, every midlevel cop and bureaucrat, has to think of the future. When the order comes to do something it is now expected, as it would have been impossible three years ago, for people to say to the functionaries, "Think of what you want on your record three years from now. Are you sure you want your name on this?" In Washington people routinely keep copies of files. It may be against the law and regulation but anyone over a GS-14 probably has a secret stash. At this point Lois Lerner's emails may be the only documents there are not copies of. It would not surprise me if someone with an eye to the future announces they discovered their old blackberry sitting in a box with old CC: copies of some missing messages.
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Obama: You know what the bitter clingers are saying? He can't do that! It violates the Constitution!

It doesn't violate the Constitution. There is no Constitution. I will ring the bell and throw open the borders to 15 million Little Che's.

I will ring the bell and give Iran nuclear weapons and billions of dollars, I will eliminate sanctions.

I will ring the bell and abandon Iran, oust Mubarak, kill Gaddafi and put the Muslim knife at the neck of every Christian and Jew.

I will ring the bell and surround Israel.

I will ring the bell and take away freedom of healthcare choice.

I will ring the bell and take away military might.

I will ring the bell and confiscate their earnings.

I will ring the bell and take away veteran's medical treatment.

I will ring the bell and take away dissent, attack them with the IRS.

I will ring the bell and have the IRS destroy material evidence.

I will ring the bell and spy on the press.

I will ring the bell and let communist Russia, communist China flex their muscles against former allies.

I will ring the bell and run guns to drug cartels.

I will ring the bell and sign away American independence to a world court, sign treaties to steal American wealth wrapped in a climate hoax.

I will ring the liberty bell til it not only cracks again...but crumbles.


And then I'll watch them try to unring a bell.
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The current regime is big on claiming discrimination. So in that vein, let me ask; "How do you discriminate between incompetence and someone being an enemy operative?". And what loyalty and obedience do you owe each, for how long, and to what extent?

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KSA's King Abdullah's hair-raising warning today cannot help but make Europe think about the value of open commerce lines with the petro source that ISIS can't halt or expropriate. How lucky for Putin that ISIS bloomed while he was taking Ukraine.
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ISIS may act with incomprehensible savagery but the organization is indubitably rational. The same cannot be said for al-Qaeda. “What”, you may say in shocked disbelief as did the punditry when Oliver North made the startling claim that the US had been hit by a-Q’s “A Team”. Yes, al-Qaeda hurt the US and changed irreparably for the worse US culture, but a-Q had no follow up. They hit the US hard on one day and followed up with pathetic “underwear bombers” and “shoe bombers”. ISIS will hit the US; count on it. When they initiate their strategy no one can predict, but this I will predict: once begun, ISIS will continue to inflict damage with impunity.

I do not believe ISIS will hit the US in some weapon or weapons of mass destruction. No, instead, ISIS will torture the US psyche with death by a thousand cuts. How will Americans react when a trip to Kroger may mean meeting a car-bomber who drives into the store, detonates, and kills 50 -75 people? Suppose this happens at short intervals. Think of Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon etc. (While you think of that, also give some thought to the several countries where such events rarely, if ever occur.) What will happen to the American dream when an outing to a restaurant, cinema, concert, church service, or funeral may carry the frightening possibility of death – not in the millions or even the thousands, but by scores, day in, day out?

What would be the purpose of such a strategy? Americans would be worn down to the point of giving ISIS legitimacy.

After all, will say ISIS missives, “You attack us in our homeland. Why should you be immune to retaliation?”

“Leave us in peace to complete our work in our own way, and we will leave you in peace”, ISIS will offer.

Without missing a beat, ISIS will set the record straight, “The Jews have drawn you into wars to protect their Zionist, colonial project in Palestine.”

Continuing, they will assert, “Return to your own hemisphere and its challenges. You have no business in our lands other than to help the Jews steal our land and help corrupt governments to steal our oil.”

We will see.
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IOW, they would repeat what Jimmy Carter has been preaching for 40 years in the wilderness?
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The Israelis have put up with this for years, but I get your meaning.

Perhaps we will socially "knuckle under", or perhaps the country will really turn Jacksonian and go after them good and hard.

I can see how the various public agitators would comment about such a turn of events, but there is also a time when enough is enough. Perhaps the FBI would actually get serious about investigating real Islamic terrorism. Perhaps mosques supporting such would be shut down. Perhaps prisoners would be taken and interrogated, and the truth about how ISIS is really supported would come out. Perhaps Riyahd gets nuked.
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What country? There was once a USA. It ceased to exist sometime ago. Like the western Roman Empire, we still think we exist as a culture, having legal authority. We do not. And like those Romans, we hold on to the past.

The battle of Adrianople did not pit Roman against Roman. No, the battle was fought amongst German tribesmen, with some ethic Romans thrown in for good measure.
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"More armed police will patrol Britain’s streets to counter the threat posed by fanatics returning from Iraq and Syria, David Cameron announced yesterday”

Bet on the horse that knows war is war, not a police action.
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"More armed police will patrol Britain’s streets to counter the threat posed by fanatics returning from Iraq and Syria, David Cameron announced yesterday”

Are they going to be the same ones who were entrusted with protecting the children of Rotherham? If so, why bother, except as a cosmetic thing? But then again, what are the actions of the current political class other than cosmetic things?

In the words of Instapundit, "worst political class ever."
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Someone has to show up to write a report. That is the important thing, the paperwork.
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Here is an effort to think about USA grand national strategy as it should be and could be: http://theological-geography.n...

I think the effort is worthwhile because the day will come when the sane must produce sanity more than weep over insanity.

Labor improbus omnia vincit, to quote the Roman proverb quoted to St, Jerome by the Rabbi who taught him Hebrew and encouraged the Saint to translate the Old Testament from the Hebrew Bible rather than, as nearly everyone else demanded, including St. Augustine, from the Septuagint.
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--DRG, the URL did not fully post --could you try again? Thanks --
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Um, I just finally twigged to the title, if it's meant to refer to the Beatles song:

We said our goodbyes, ah, the night before
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When I think of things we did it makes me wanna cry
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The Democratic Party is an authoritarian machine. On the plains, remnants of the old populism exist and the local Democrats tend to be the kind of “progressive Republicans” who would be conservative Republicans on the coasts. Yet, even on the plains, authoritarian and colonial tendencies have crept in.

The Democratic Party's authoritarian nature is also its vulnerability – it succumbs easily to a coup d'etat. The very mechanisms that have allowed leftists to dominate public radio, universities, and the Democratic Party are the very mechanisms that can take their power away from them. Leftists (and Islamists) are conditioned to infiltrate other groups, while conservatives tend to withdraw and build their own institutions. Although there is much to be said for institution building, the Left is vulnerable to a hostile takeover from almost any quarter – including from conservatives.
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If the Tea Party sought a hostile takeover of NPR, the Tea Party would probably win.
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I wonder... If ISIS et al actually does attack across the border, will it have the same galvanizing affect of Pearl Harbor or 9/11?

The administration will, initially, try to call it Immigration Frustration (tm), Ilegante's unhappy that they can't invade more freely; and not terrorism.

If ISIS attacks and the nation is not outraged... call it over and done.
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We soon need to explain to the cartels, probably directly through thier gov't, that any destruction wrought by the jihadis ruins their profits. Creating a mass exodus of millions of illegals heading back over the border, penniless. And, shortly thereafter there won't be a Muslim in MX.
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....will it have the same galvanizing affect of Pearl Harbor or 9/11?

I dunno. You were there thirteen years ago this month. Did it?

(Chants heard at Brown University... three weeks..... three weeks... after 9/11 -

"One, two, three, four - We don't want your racist war!"

Three weeks.
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It is for this reason that ISIS will probably wait until early in 2017 to attack the US. Only a direct attack on the US or clear US interests will force the administration to change its course of "containment." They will probably attack Britain or Germany or Italy instead.
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It would be interesting. I think it would galvanize the nation into thinking that the border should be secured and this would be disastrous for the unlimited immigration/amnesty folks. Their supply of cheap labor, potential Democratic voters, and customers for the welfare industry would dry up. About the best they could do for spin control is to try to pawn it off on domestic perpetrators using any "investigation" to hide rather than reveal the truth.
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But where’d all his hatred come from? WHY do women vote for the, er, person in question? It’s too simplistic to lay the blame on Communism or question the intellectual status of Dem females (or Blacks, etc.). Why did Communism/Socialism have any traction in the world to begin with? Why is Feminism straining the gnat of “sexism” while swallowing the camel ridden by ISIS?

About 100 years ago now, thereabouts, G. K. Chesterton said we (the West) were living off our “Catholic capital” built up from the Christianization of the Ancient Word down to Aquinas and Co. And he would write about this or that new faddish idea, and say that if it ever caught on, we were toast. Then C. S. Lewis wrote in the 40s and 50s saying things like, “Ever since this horrible idea caught on, we’ve been going from bad to worse. We’re toast.” And of course he would usually be referring to an idea GKC had wrote about as a new fad back in his day.

At the same time as CKC was going to Heaven (I’m an advocate of his sainthood), the Catholic theologians began to abandon the Neo-Scholasticism developed in the 19th century for a more loosey-goosey sort of theology. Some of that was good (Hans Urs von Balthasar was a genius, for instance) but the problem is that w/o the super-sanity based Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics of the Scholastics as the basic granite-hard foundation for our civilization, WE are toast. Scholasticism is as logical as something from the Vulcan Science Academy and thus is as boring as blue-collar work would be to the “intellectuals” of our world, if they remotely had an idea what wealth-creating a blue-collar job was like. Aristotle and Aquinas are utterly rock-solid and founded on common sense.

But w/o that Scholastic sanity, we’ve lost the cultural high ground to "intellectuals" who think we’re nothing more than glue, fertilizer, or slaves. I mean we have academic elites believing you can have sex with animals or kill babies new-born and later (Peter Springer, the Bioethics prof at Princeton) and a whole host of utterly moronic nonsense (pretty much everything the best-selling authors Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett write–in a 448-page book, Dennett spends 3 pages total addressing the classic traditional arguments for God’s existence, and it’s clear he simply doesn’t understand them). Better "naturalistic" (atheist) philosophers like Thomas Nagle and John Searle are not so clown-like as Dawkins and Springer (and they sell far fewer books, which tells you something), but their end-point is the same.

Western Civ can’t survive a populace AND an elite swollen fat at the teat of such poison. That’s the basic reality we’re dealing with.

An Préachán
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Aristotle and Aquinas are utterly rock-solid and founded on common sense.

That was precisely the problem. Geocentrism, the idea that objects fell at a rate proportional to their weight, and the idea that you had to keep pushing on things to keep them moving all made a lot of sense, but it was wrong, and the true father of science, Mr. Galileo, got into a lot of trouble disagreeing with Aristotle. As for Aquinas, he was so into torture porn he would make Mel Gibson blanch. He wrote, "In order that nothing may be wanting to the felicity of the blessed spirits in heaven, a perfect view is granted to them of the tortures of the damned." Not even the Vulcan Science Academy would come up with something like that.
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Honey, God's justice is perfect. Of course those in Heaven would be granted a view of perfect justice. Duh.
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This comment was supposed to be attached to the one below, as a follow-on (the comment starting "Buraq al-Honolulu is the end product...") but of course it didn't work. Wonder if this will end up as a separate comment as well?

An P
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Buraq al-Honolulu is the end product of a long, long degeneration. And being an academic (whereas GWB and Bill “Bent Crankshaft” Clinton, etc., were not) the Bamster is worse off than say even Joe Biden or Jean Kerry are. Pharaoh has received a higher–and character-wise–fatal dose, of anti-sanity. Because of that, he’s simply mentally incompetent to deal with “the real world”. (I mean, even were he not a narcissist and even had he ‘management experience” somehow or other.)

Oh, I have no doubt he WANTS to destroy America because he’s been taught to hate it; but the hatred is from his academic brainwashing, and that, ALONG WITH THE DEGENERATION of our cultural "elites" across the board, has led us to the cusp of utter disaster. (Women voting Democrat in large numbers made it inescapable: they’ve nailed our coffin shut. Notice how America under either Bush was more like a man roughing up punks whereas now we act like a lib NOW anti-gun woman groping about in her purse for a can of mace?)

If we ARE attacked via terrorists, he’s going act like a rape victim (he acts like one now, really) and he’ll be “visibly shaken” IF he’s seen at all; a massive attack (bio or nukes) will result in his resignation. Or so it seems logical to guess, as I think even Jean Kerry and Plugs Biden would force him out rather than let him actually surrender to ISIS: the WaPo editorial plainly says he’s saying 180 degree opposite stuff to them as it is. I’ve little doubt that Subotai and others are right in that he’d love to use an attack as an excuse to cancel the November elections and declare martial law, but I maintain his “education” has left him emasculated. His fantasy world is about to crash. (Pity it takes us with it…)

An Préachán
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1. Our "Constitutional Scholar" President is not alone in making the Constitution irrelevant. Republicans in Congress are ignoring it too. Mark Levine has been tireless while revealing the perfidy of both parties.

2. Left unchecked, ISIS will hasten the Islamic Civil War of the 21st century. "Live from the Levant and the Middle East, it's the Sunni/Shia Desert Showdown. Collateral damage and WMD's, yeah boy."

3. While the UK moves their terror alert up a notch, the White House has been walking back statements/acknowledgements made by off-the-chain underlings while the President was on Martha's Vineyard. "Come on folks, ISIS ain't that bad, look at Ferguson."

4. With regard to the quick maturation of the JV team, one has to conclude - a. US Intelligence is a joke and/or b. the President is derelict in his duties.

5. By inviting more Hispanic immigrants, California Governor Jerry Brown seems to be asking for an Arizona style DOJ lawsuit for usurping Federal Immigration authority.
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Michael Vlahos (instructor at the Naval War College) says that the ISIS will bring about the end of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. ("Beheadings by the thousands.") He says that Islam and Russia have deep seeded greivances against mistreatment by the West. http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com/podcasts/2014/08/29/first-hour.
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This guy Michael Vlahos is an instructor at the Naval War College? The Academics of Defeat. He seems resigned to Sunni Islam finding itself as some lost teenager discovering adulthood, and rationalizes the possible death of millions in the process. And the US should stand aside and do.....nothing.
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Russians are pragmatic to a fault. They know that Islam is death and that the Arabs don't need Rusgas as they have their own, but those IS guys do pay for ammo...
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