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Roger L. Simon

America, the Headless Horseman

June 14th, 2014 - 8:42 pm

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Forget the endless scandals that seem to come at us every other day — the latest being the Benghazi terrorists using State Department cell phones (!), a crusade of Hispanic children pouring over our Southern border in the company of cartel drug lords and, of course, the suddenly “missing” IRS  emails of Lois Lerner — the Obama administration has reached  levels of hitherto unknown incompetence.

It is a complete and utter debacle.

Hardly anyone believes in the president anymore. Last night, on the O’Reilly Factor, even Geraldo deserted him.  What next?  James Carville? (Well, probably, to aid in Hillary’s coming separation from Obama.)

No wonder the talking heads can’t figure out how to respond to new bogeyman no. 1 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his ISIS on their way to creating a caliphate across Syria and Iraq that would be a mammoth staging ground for global terrorism the likes of which we have never seen.  We don’t have a leader to stop him that anyone would conceivably want to follow. What we have is a serial liar who can’t even tell the truth about healthcare — or  in his own memoir for that matter (assuming he wrote it).  How do you trust him in war?

This is a moment when we need a Churchill and what we have is the man who sent Churchill’s bust home — a nowhere man whose only demonstrable skill is fund-raising. (In that way, however,  he was even outdone by Abu Bakr himself who evidently snatched several hundred million for his cause from Mosul banks in one day.)

Today, on Twitter, a veteran named J. R. Salzman tweeted: “I did not get an arm blown off in Baghdad so you could sit on your ass and watch Iraq fall, @BarackObama. I did my job. DO YOUR JOB.” It got retweeted over 2600 times and climbing.  It’s easy to see why.

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Imagine if Sarah Palin were Speaker of the House for the past four years instead of John Boehner.

Imagine if Obama actually had political opponents in positions of power who were serious in their opposition.

Imagine if the leaders of the opposition were actually doing things to stop Obama, instead of lining up their big lobbying gig after their time in Congress, funding Obama's "transformation".

Imagine a Republican Party that was not the Washington Generals but the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi.
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re: "What a joke that would be on all the paleo-feminists on college campuses"

Roger, there's more.

The campus ladies would be the property of their fathers until they became the properties of their husbands.

They would marry when their father said and to the man their father picked, even if it is a 77-yr old man their father owes money to.

They would dress to the customs of a 1,400 year old book or be "asked why" by their father, uncles, brothers and husbands who would "ask why" with their fists, and if that didn't work, pound their heads into tables like the young woman in Florida who "pounded herself to death".

They would have their genitals mangled and risk dire infections in childbirth, which would be frequent. They would abort pregnancies of girls if their husband's family says so.

They would raise their daughters to wait on their brothers whose testimony in trial is weighted higher. They would have no say if they were the 4th wife and the 1st wife told them to scrub all the bathroom fixtures before breakfast.

In short, American women on campus have a lot to look forward to when the calphate comes to the ivy league and America.
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Out of Iraq. Out of Afghanistan. High gas prices. Killing the coal industry. Obamacare. Amnesty on the way.

All campaign promises, all fulfilled or in the works. Incompetence?
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"A week is a long time in politics", said an old patriarch of the ex-British Empire. The problem that Obama has is that he still has more than two years left. What wouldn't he have given if this was the last month of his tenure?
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Obama clearly screwed up in Iraq, since in 2009 (due to the success of the surge) there were some very sensible Iraqi groups worth supporting (like the Kurds, the Sunni Awakening, and the secular anti Iranian shiites), and Obama betrayed them all when he withdrew the stabilization force, and forgot about Iraq. But at this stage I dont think the neocon interventionists have it right either. Thanks to Obamas inaction, the remaining sensible factions in Iraq (like the Sunni Awakening, and the secular anti Iranian shiites), are all gone. Yes the Sunni jihadists are terrible, but is Maliki any better. He has just become a puppet for the equally batty Iranians. At this stage, like in Syria, we may as well just let the nuts on each side kill each other. Fly some arms aid to the kurds, they are still sensible, but let the rest of the crazies kill each other, until some factions become dominant on at least one side that are sensible enough to support.
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Well, it is truly said that "You get what you pay for" and since many, many loinfo and traitorous voters don't want to pay but to be paid this is what we all get. The only hope is that a just and merciful Judeo-Christian God makes a vein explode in Obama's skull elevating the highly impeachable Biden to the job. Other than that,... lawn chair, cooler, and crack a cold one to watch the parade go by on its way to the cliff.
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It would be great to read a critique by some experts on the Middle East like Andrew C. McCarthy, Steven Emerson, Robert Spencer, and Michael Ledeen on this piece from today’s AT:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/let_them_kill_each_other.html

Call me irresponsible, but it makes perfect sense to me. I would love to hear what compelling facts or arguments might be marshaled against it by those who know leagues more than I.
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Sharia law is better than "gay marriage". Not entirely opposed to stopping the Marxist assault on the family.
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NOTHING is better than sharia law. NOTHING. What an incredibly ignorant, misguided statement. Go do some research on sharia law & learn about the real war on women (& men). #jihad #hijab #genitalmutilation #honorkilling #beheading #barbarism
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Meant to say nothing is WORSE than sharia law. Jeez.
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Thanks for clarifying, bobcat. For a minute there, you had me worried! Regards, ML
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I was so flabbergasted by that remark, I think I got flummoxed for a second. lol
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Apart from his Foreign Policy stupidities King Barry HUSSEIN Soetero Soerbarkah OBOZO the 1st seems totally ignorant of Diplomacy. While wars can be STARTED UNILATERALLY they cannot be ENDED UNILATERALLY and just because King OBOZO has declared 'War is over' does not make it so in fact Al Quaida, HAMAS, Hezbollah and in fact ALL Muslims must be laughing in his face right now , and of course by default in AMERICA's face. All that RUNNING AWAY like COWARDS is doing for ISLAM is EMBOLDENING it.
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The House Republicans have the founders' nuclear option weapon at their disposal. With the Republic hemmed in by threats and enemies from all quarters, aided and abbetted by Obama's incompetence or worse the House leadership watches Rome burn for fear of winding up on the six o'clock. Strangle the executive branch and bring it to heel.
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Enough of the sarcastic but instructive “might have been” history.

Let me now focus in on some lessons that we should have learned from history going back to the conclusion of World War II forward to today’s Iraq.

The positive lessons of the history immediately following the end of war in 1945 are by now clear, and were indeed clear to those victorious and wise leaders of those years.

In both Germany and Japan the victorious allies, in particular the US, established a strong and long term military presence. This presence accomplished much, both immediately and over the long haul to today.
First of all it established a protective umbrella over the ravaged nations, allowing space for rehabilitation and reconstruction. The nations had been destroyed and chaos abounded everywhere; there was no government, no economic base, and no sense of hope for the future. And for many, no homes and no food.
The initial governments in these nations were those of the victorious allies – military rule. As time moved on, the military rule was replaced by indigenous governments, but with strict requirements of written constitutions and representative government. Economies were reestablished with programs of mass relief such as the Marshall Plan in Europe, and similar helps for Japan under the leadership of US General Douglas McArthur. All this under the protection and supervision, fortunately benevolent, of the foreign military rulers.
The results of these long term US military and economic commitments have borne fruit to this day in the form of stable and prosperous nations who contribute to the peace and stability of the world. This would probably not been possible short of the steady hand of the American presence in these nations and in the regions. In particular in light of the next looming threat to these nations and to world peace – Communism in the form of the Soviet Union and China.

The long term US post war commitments to Europe and Asia have worked and should be a model even today – even in Iraq.

Korea is another example of positive lessons to be learned from recent history.
After the invasion of South Korea and the bitter war that followed, a stalemate was reached and in 1953 the two nations were partitioned North and South along the 38th parallel. Having achieved this stalemate, the US established a long term military and economic commitment to the fledgling South Korean government that lasts to this day. This commitment has kept the Communist North at bay, and has enabled South Korea to develop a strong and vibrant economy as well as eventually develop a representative government. Today we see the Kia and Hyundai, the Samsung and others daily in our own lives. The North however, seems not to have learned to grow so much as an ear of corn.

The long term US post war commitments to Korea have worked and should be a model even today – even in Iraq.

The negative lessons of recent history are there as well, and we should heed them as well.

Vietnam and it’s conclusion presents a stark contrast to the ending of World War II and Korea. And our leaders of today, in particular Barack Obama, have chosen to ignore the lesson of Vietnam in favor of a view that has history beginning with the election of George W. Bush in 2000, and the end of history with the election of Barack Obama in 2008; Bush representing all that is wrong with the world today, and Obama the Knight in shining armor sent from on-high to fix everything.
The US and South Vietnamese achieved a military victory in 1973 over the Communist invaders from the north – it was not a complete victory, but rather a stalemate that codified the North/South division of the two countries. But unlike Korea the US left South Vietnam, but with an agreement to supply the south with the means of self-defense.
Then in 1975 the Democrat controlled US Congress voted to end the funding to South Vietnam. 55 days later, the victorious North Vietnamese Army rolled into Saigon. The aftermath was one of mass chaos and death on a large scale. To get a sense of those days do a search on “USS Kirk” … watch the videos and read the words.

I see in the news that the US administration has been surprised by the turn of events in Iraq. This turn of events is perhaps one of the easiest turns to predict in my memory. Many of us are not surprised by this disastrous turn of events. Nor were we surprised at the Presidents response “I’m going to play golf … not my problem.”

Don Johnson – June 2014
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Five years ago, your aproach to Iraq made eminent sense, since there were sensible actors in Iraq, like the Sunni Awakening and secular anti Iranian shias, but thanks to Obama those sensible factions are gone. At this stage, like in Syria, all the decent actors in Iraq, other than the Kurdish minority, are all gone, so we may as well stay out.
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".... the Obama administration has reached levels of hitherto unknown incompetence."

Another pundit who fails the test. What if Obama's desired outcomes are just these? The downfall and defeat of the West?

Then it all makes sense but not to those who will not see.
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Good point. If Obama is not completely incompetant, he is instead treasonously evil and intent on destroying the US. Either theory is equally bad for our nation.
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Al Qaeda and its affiliates are going to attack major American cities. Who lives in major American cities? American leftists live in major America cities.

I think Al Qaeda and its affiliates are at war with American leftists. Since I'm not an American leftist and don't live in a major American city I don't think this is my war. American leftists deserve what is coming their way.
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Listen, there are conservatives in cities, and there are certainly kids who don't know any better in cities. Islamic supremacists will kill them as well as liberals.
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