President Barack Obama via his State Department’s Marie Harf said, earlier this week, that the United States “cannot win this war by killing [Islamic State fighters] . . . [and that] we need, in the medium- to longer-term, to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether . . .”
One hundred and fifty years ago today, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left Columbia, S.C. in ruins after having killed enough Confederate rebels in the Palmetto State and Georgia to ensure eventual victory in the War Between the States. Sherman understood the root causes of pride, arrogance, greed and slavery, i.e. sin, and that killing enough of the “causers”, in their heretofore untouched antebellum paradise, would tear out the roots for generations.
German Nazis and Imperial Japanese had their root causes torn out via just enough killing by FDR’s Patton and HST’s Enola Gay. Yes, Ms. Harf, after the killing there may be time to deal with root causes in a non-violent way with Marshall Plans or MacArthur viceroys, but only after enough enemies are dead so as to concentrate the minds and hearts of the survivors.
In fact, Marie’s boss Barack inherited a root cause-prevention device in Iraq when he took office in 2009. President George W. Bush, after staying the course there and overcoming the Democrat enemy’s “Bush-Lied” campaign in the homeland, surged to victory over al Qaeda and Saddam’s Baathists, with the aid of freedom-seeking Iraqis, by killing tens of thousands of those that had been trained to wage jihad over here, before we put at risk their homeland over there. In the process, we gathered intel via waterboarding and by having stayed the course and earning the trust of Muslim informers – which led, ironically, to President Obama’s only finest moment, i.e. the killing of Usama bin Laden after Obama had opposed the surge and waterboarding, or as I like to call it, nose-swabbing. Continue reading
Seventy years ago this month, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, with a little help from Communist spies in the latter’s administration, made sure that Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union won WWII and eastern Europe didn’t.
Britain had declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 because it invaded Poland from the west. It seems lost to history that the invasion was part of the Nazi-Soviet (Molotov-Ribbentrop) Pact under which the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. Yet just six years later, the British prime minister and U.S. president agree to trust Joseph Stalin with Poland and all of the rest of Eastern Europe, from Finland and thru the Baltics to the Balkans. Might as well have a straight line running through the heart of Germany and Europe writ large.
Thankfully, the United States developed the atom bomb before either Der Fuhrer or Uncle Joe; or all of Europe, America and Planet Earth would have descended into the same Dark Age that millions behind the Iron Curtain did thanks to our betrayal of freedom on the coast of the Crimea in February of 1945. Holocaust survivors liberated from Auschwitz were merely transferred from a German concentration camp to a Stalin gulag.
Seventy years later, President Barack Obama seems intent opon facilitating the development of an Islamic nuclear bomb by the leading sponsor and fomenter of terrorism since 1979. Ironically, just as the U.S. armed the USSR before Pearl Harbor (and after) via Lend-Lease, Russia has helped Iran develop nukes for years.
Just what is the affinity of the latest Democratic Party president to Iranian mullahs he begged to have lunch with even as they mowed down peaceful Green Revolutionaries in the streets of Tehran? Is it that B. Hussein sees pre-Barack America and non-Jeremiah Wright Christianity as just as great a Satan as does Iran’s Supreme Leader? After all, it was Christians in Middle Age Crusades that abused Mohammedans; Britain and America that invented slavery; and Republicans that didn’t evolve on gay marriage fast enough.
But wait, didn’t The Prophet of Islam (that must not be slandered) launch the first land-grabbing, forced-conversion crusades? Write holy books and receive one from Allah that made all women chattel slaves? And what about gay rights in Islam? And wasn’t it Christians that abolished slavery in the West? I think so.
Obama has already handed over American-surge freed allies in Iraq to ISIS as surely as millions were sentenced to Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago by the Yalta Conference-communiques of the Big Three.
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Of course, FDR knew a day of infamy when he saw one at Pearl Harbor and acted accordingly to defend the nation. Obama and the Democrats conveniently now see 9/11 as akin to crime mayors must minimize so small businesses will open stores and pay taxes. Does anyone doubt that the Bush waterboarded-KSM & al Qaeda friends would have carried out those follow-ups to 9/11 had a Gore, Kerry, Hillary or Obama been Commander in Chief?
If Iran gets the bomb as Obama legacy-enhancement, will there even be an Israel for a latter-day Reagan (with assists from Trumans, Ikes and Nixons) to liberate? At least Uncle Joe had the good manners to commit genocide across ethnic lines and without making movies of it.
There was no basis upon which FDR and Churchill could justify any trust in Stalin that he wouldn’t be as least as bad a jailer as Hitler. Nor is there any basis upon which Iran can be trusted today as they build a new Persian Empire across the Middle East. You thought amnesty for illegals was bad? Obama isn’t finished with executive fiats just yet.
Could someone, maybe even a Boehner or a McConnell, at least try and make him stop?
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
I hear many say that ISIS has jumped the shark with the video release of their burning alive of a captured Jordanian pilot. Even some Democrats want to declare war on ISIS now. We heard similar sentiment expressed months ago when they released videos of the slow, torturous (no compassionate 18th Century French Jacobins with guillotines, these 7th-come-21st Century “extremists”) be-headings of American and other Western journalists. Not so many such calls for war when ISIS was killing Christians and other minorities en masse. Wonder why?
Childlike liberals need pictures to get excited?
It seems so, given that of all the existential threats to the United States, while ISIS is not a “junior varsity” one, a majority of Americans (Democrats all) re-elected a President Barack Hussein Obama who had appeased Iran before 2012 and who since has facilitated the development of a nuclear weapon by the world’s leading supporter of terrorism every year since 1979. The same Iran that took and held American hostages until the specter of The Republican Gipper was manifest. The same Islamist “republic” that sponsors puppets in Gaza (Hamas), Lebanon (Hezbollah), and Syria (Bashir Assad). The same Iranian mullahs that funded and planned the killing of American armed forces and civilians in Beirut, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and in Iraq. The same Iranian Supreme Leader that ordered the mowing down of young people and others during the Green revolution in Tehran, during which Obama begged to have lunch with the ruling mullahs, while remaining silent about the massacre of innocent freedom seekers.
What’s also so sad is that more people don’t NOW see how Saddam jumped the shark by harboring Abu Nidal, training hijackers at the plane shell in the desert, invading Iran and Kuwait, using gas against Iran and the Kurds, publicly paying the parents of suicide bombers on TV, defying the UN WMD-inspectors and firing on US planes. Saddam almost assassinated Bush41. Thank God that over 5000 terrorists trained to attack the US homeland went to the Iraq War to defend theirs and died at our hands, thanks to the Surge ordered by the grownup named President George W. Bush who stayed the course even after the shiny pictures faded from view.
The Islamist terror shark has jumped but Obama declared the War on Terror over years ago and, accordingly by his lights, surrendered Iraq least year, yesterday called ISIS a mere “organization”, and is in the process of turning Afghanistan over to the Taliban again. Obama jumped the appeasement surrender-monkey shark years ago. In fact, ISIS owes Obama credit for not leaving even a 5000-man residual force in Baghdad, thus allowing them a foothold from which to conquer massive territory in Iraq and Syria. ISIS wants to be what Saddam was when most Democrats understood his threat under Clinton’s Desert Fox and voted by a majority for War in Iraq after 9/11.
Sharks have been jumped for decades by Islamists but some people (all Democrats and Rand Paul) need shiny pictures to get serious, and then for only five minutes. And when our war policy doesn’t produce Connecticuts in the Middle East within 72 hours and no more shiny pictures appear on NBC, they cut and run, i.e. surrender to evil and retreat to their ostrich hole of envy and slander.
FDR, HST, JFK and Reagan didn’t need shiny pictures. Dubya didn’t. Serious people don’t. Instead they stay the course until unconditional surrender.
Some seem to think that only a direct link to 9/11 is the only reason to go to war and that only Osama bin Laden was a threat. Yet before 9/11 even Al Qaeda hadn’t carried out 9/11. Hitler wasn’t involved in 9/11, but they saw the shiny pictures. Stalin killed the photographers near his Terror, Famine, Purge and Gulag, so many Democrats went all anti-anti-Communist since Joe McCarthy’s pictures were so shiny.
Yet a picture of a burning prisoner might be a reason to go to war, while the killing of thousands and a nuclear threat isn’t? It doesn’t compute and who on Earth, including allies, would trust the word of President Obama to stay the course anyway? Which enemy would fear him? Even an oil price-savaged Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine and its nuclear weapons aid to Iran.
Pray for God’s protection until January 20, 2017 because that is the only hope we have with this interloping appeaser in the White House; and pray to God that a majority of Americans will finally understand that NO Democrat can be trusted to defend us, whether there appear shiny pictures on CNN or not.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
America and the Free World’s enemies have most always been megalomaniacal tyrannical dictatorships whom we have defeated thanks in large part to free market capitalism-produced prosperity that made the building of a military force second to none possible, the wisdom of our leaders to build and maintain such a force and the courage of leaders and Americans to fight against tyranny. Witness the defeats of the Kaiser, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the Soviet Union, respectively.
This past week Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) echoed the alarms of many against the mindless sequestration budget deal of the past four years that has required equal budget increases (there are no actual cuts in either from year to year despite persistent Beltway speak by politicians and news media alike) in domestic and military outlays, respectively. This after the draconian actual military cuts made by President Barack Obama and the Democrats when they held Congress and the White House in 2009-10. Despite the takeover of the Senate by Republicans after last November’s election, it will still require that the GOP leadership garner the courage to play government shutdown-chicken with a Commander in Chief intent upon further weakening America’s defenses, in order to rebuild a U.S. Navy smaller than before WWII.
It was essential to the defeat of fascist enemies in that war that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt join hands, despite past labor dispute differences, with GM’s William Knudsen to mobilize the building of the Arsenal of Democracy. Sadly, the U.S. doesn’t have a Chief Executive today intent upon identifying the existential threat of Islamist fascism, much less with the determination FDR had of insisting upon the unconditional surrender of our enemies.
DeVine History in Real Time this week explores events 100 and 210 years ago, respectively, that prevented the tyrannical takeover of Europe before an FDR, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan or even a Woodrow Wilson had the chance to stave off another Dark Age.
Last year we praised the French troops who fought off the Germans on the Marne River at the direction of General Joseph Joffre with saving Europe from tyranny during the 100th anniversary of the Guns of August beginning of the Great War in 1914 that would later be re-named WWI after Pearl Harbor in 1941 made Hitler and Tojo’s war global. Never mind that the French and Indian or Seven Year’s War of the mid-18th Century was arguably the first global conflict.
This month marks 100 years since a young First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill directed the Royal Navy to chase the German Kaiser’s upstart navy back to their ports after the late January 1915 Battle of Dogger Bank, the North Sea-equivalent of the Battle of the Marne, in preventing an early German victory over the forces against their attempted hegemony.
On New Years Day 1915 a German submarine had sent shock waves throughout Britain and France when its torpedo sunk the British battleship HMS Formidable, sending 546 sailors to their deaths. Later that month German battle cruisers shelled three towns on England’s east coast, killing a number of civilians. Churchill’s response at Dogger Bank, while inconclusive, did drive German warships back to their ports, thus enabling an effective blockade that made Allied victory possible four years later.
Of course, for Britain to be able to thwart Germany at sea they had to have a formidable navy. That they did control the seas of an empire in 1915 upon which the sun never set, was made possible by their navy’s seminal victory over a tyrannical Napoleon’s French navy and Spain’s Armada in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
The French Revolution, commenced with the storming of the Bastille in 1789, was inspired by some who idolized George Washington’s American version against Britain. It quickly degenerated into a godless, mob-propelled blood bath that only a Napoleon could tamp down. Sadly, he converted the revolution into a military state of conquest, albeit with a Napoleonic Code that years decades later would deliver some good fruits of the throwing off of an absolute monarchy. But in 1805, France was just just beginning its domination of Europe, with only a British navy standing in its way.
Enter Lord Horatio Nelson and a Royal Navy seriously outgunned by the combination of the Spanish and French. Lord Nelson lost his life off the coast of Trafalgar, Spain, on October 21, 1805, but without his navy’s victory that day 210 years ago, there would never have been a Waterloo 10 years later.
Today, America is in retreat under the leadership of a re-elected president who promised retreat. Obama gave away the Bush Surge gains in Iraq as too many in the Democratic Party denounce patriots like American Sniper Chris Kyle. Congress can’t compel any Commander in Chief to fire one bullet against an enemy. But they can, if they have the will and the courage, prevent the gutting of military forces necessary to defend America and the Free World when voters next elect a President determined to so defend us.
This means that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to love America more than their jobs and fear Russia, China, Iran and Radical Islam more than MSNBC.
“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford
Man and Chevrolets dangerously warm the Earth; Muslims hate us because Bush Republicans are racist, sexist cowboys who want to throw grannies over the cliff; all men are rapists; if a drop of BP oil hits the Gulf, life as we know it there will end; government shutdowns are the worst possible occurrence; government can best control one-sixth of the economy and the other 5/6ths as well for that matter; and have we got the perfect candidates to deal with all that: Meet Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats to enact laws necessary to produce Utopia, or look the other way when illegal executive orders or memos must be the unconstitutional means to those ends.
And they think God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are far-fetched? Geesh, but we digress.Continue reading
Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago yesterday, the Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence to formalize their unanimous vote of July 2, 1776 to declare independence from, and thus wage war against, the British Empire. Shots fired at Lexington, Concord and Bunker and Breed’s Hills had already been heard around the world in 1775 announcing the waging of the then undeclared war. It would be weeks after that first Fourth of July before many signatures other than John Hancock’s adorned later versions of the Declaration, six years before the British Army would surrender at Yorktown and eight before the Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolutionary War, proper.
But had actual independence truly been attained even when the ink was dry on that 1783 treaty or even by the time the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789? Not if you asked U.S. Navy sailors impressed by British officers into Her Majesty’s Service at sea or exporters, from harbors on the Great Lakes or out of Charleston, South Carolina, unable to market their wares abroad thanks to that same navy flying the Union Jack.
Thus, the War of 1812 and the entry into the American bloodstream of Winfield Scott, a son of Virginia, but first and foremost an American, whose first foray into the history books was in the struggle to secure the Niagara River and thus Lakes Ontario and Erie from British control. Thwarted by inept superiors at Queenston in October of 1812, then Colonel Scott’s ingenious plan to secure Fort George was allowed to go forward in May of 2013. Then on July 5, 1814 he took Chippawa, and later that month Lundy’s Lane, to secure the river and Upper New York independent of all but the will of Americans.
Partially inspired by his exploits, Dolly and President James Madison would remain calm, after the same inept commanders that first thwarted Scott allowed Washington City to be taken and the U.S. Capitol and White (then President’s) House burned, to, together with newly appointed Secretary of War James Monroe unleash General Andrew Jackson and others to drive the enemy from the shores of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave with only a Star-Spangled Banner flying above it.
Fast forward to the Halls of Montezuma in September of 1847 and witness now General Scott accept the formal surrender of Mexico in Mexico City and the completion of a manifest destiny of Liberty from the Atlantic sea to the Pacific sea. By the time war broke out between the states between those shining seas, Scott was deemed too old to command Union forces against the fellow Virginian, Robert E. Lee, whom he failed to persuade to eschew the Confederacy. But his last great legacy to secure true independence for all, even from slavery, was his “Anaconda Plan” that Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln approved to take control of all harbors and major water ways from the Chesapeake; Outer North Carolina bank;, Port Royal in South Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; and to New Orleans and all points in between.
God bless Winfield Scott today on the anniversary of his stunning victory at Chippawa and may Americans resolve this day to remember that to be independent for Life, Liberty and Pursuits of Happiness, the battle against tyranny is never fully secure unless one maintains a national defense that deters aggressors and a will to use it against those that are not deterred.
And would it be too much to ask that our government take care of the health and other needs of our veterans? I don’t think so.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
President Obama’s Democratic Party-owned weakness makes wars more likely, frequent and deadly. Appeasement increases the likelihood that more vets will also need to be remembered on Memorial Days.
Ninety-five years ago today, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice ended the War to End All Wars. Or so the world hoped. Sadly, a German people, protected by the ceasefire from fully experiencing in their homeland the havoc they had wrecked upon their neighbors, would follow Adolph Hitler Continue reading
Okay. He’s dead. Our guys found a treasure trove of intel. Okay.
Tune into any news channel, regardless of bias, and you hear the same questions being asked, about torture (aka waterboarding) sympathy for a president who “made the decision”, should we pull out of Afghanistan or not, what did Pakistan know, ad infinitum.
Okay, bin Laden’s dead. What did it do for us? Not much except for the intel which will be squandered for PR purposes.
Will terrorism end? No. However, the truth is that exception for the glaring incidence of 9/1/01 and the occasional plane hijacking, and the USS Cole, Muslims kill more Muslims in terror attacks than all the infidels combined, regardless of what the infidels’ country of origin is.
So, it’s time to pull out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and other divers places and let them to return to normal, aka fighting amongst themselves. Eventually, only the terrorists will be left standing and we’ll know where they are. What I don’t hear from the Muslims is condemnation of terrorist acts, even as they are the ones who suffer the most. Except for the occasional individual Muslim, that is. I do hear a lot of hate on both sides, those on the side of the killing and those on the side of those being killed.
We, (infidels) are just the excuse being used by both sides for the rationalization of it.
Golda Mier once said that the killing wouldn’t stop until they loved their children more than they love killing us. They haven’t reached that point, yet.
One is really rather indifferent to the whole incident. Oh sure, one is almost as glad as the next person that bin Laden is gone but that’s about as far as it goes. In the long run, it won’t change anything at all.