Tuesday, July 29, 2014

John F. Kerry: The Poster Dufus For Repeated Foreign Policy Failures

John Kerry Poses With Masseuse To Get A Few Minutes With Putin...The Onion

Regular readers of my blog know how much I despise John F. Kerry, a back-stabbing pompous ass. He proved that by maligning an entire generation of Vietnam and Iraq War veterans. 

But now the entire nation---in fact, the entire world---is finally realizing he's also the poster dufus for repeated foreign policy failures. Since he became Secretary of State,  Kerry's failures are countless. But some of the more egregious include the following:
  • Leading the collapse of Middle East Negotiations. Just this past week, his proposal for cease fire between Israel was rejected largely because it was weighed heavily in favor of Hamas. One reason: there was no mention of demilitarization of Hamas or destruction of their tunnels. These were both conditions for Israel.
  • In  April, he said Israel HAD to make concessions to the Palestinians or risk becoming a "apartheid state." In fact, Kerry even threatened boycotts against Israel agreements were not reached.
  • He, as well as Obama, appeared weak and helpless against Putin's aggression into the Ukraine. Putin eventually took over Crimea. 
  • Kerry's Syrian diplomacy was a miserable failure. It's now estimated over 150,000 Syrians have died in their civil war.
  • When Kerry showed up in Cairo, he was actually wanded by Egypt's security guards. In other words, even the Egyptians don't trust this prick.
  • When Kerry met with Qatar and Turkey representatives in Paris recently, even the Palestinians objected considering Qatar and Turkey have long been in bed with Hamas. Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post took notice and wrote: "Secretary of State John Kerry is in the wrong place, talking to the wrong people about the wrong thing." Ouch! She points out that Kerry didn't even invite Israelis to this meeting.
  • The New York Daily News reported John Kerry is the only American Secretary of State to fail to get combatants on either side of the Israeli/Palestinian equation to agree to a ceasefire in more than 20 years.
  • Two weeks ago, Kerry demeaned American exceptionalism (in fact, I blogged about it that week).  Kerry, the current Secretary of State and former Senator of the U.S., actually said, "I get a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are." He said that to a Yale graduating class.
  • Ben Shapiro, writing for Breitbart, pointed out that Kerry betrayed Israel on at least 8 occasions. 
  • Kerry has astonishingly been able to piss off Israelis, Europeans and even the Palestinian Authority. That's quite an achievement but no surprise considering he has a long list of failures on his resume.
Yep, I'm tough on this goofy twerp. Like his former colleague in the Senate, Harry Reid, John Kerry deserves all this criticism and more. Rich Lowry in the NY Post wrote it best today: "So far, Kerry's tenure as secretary of state is making Hillary Clinton's undistinguished stint look impressive by comparison."

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Obama Administration + Congress Inflict Lasting Wounds On The Entire Nation

An actress was sentenced to 18 years for sending ricin to Obama. BHO was never in danger because the poison was sent to the Oval Office...WH Press Secretary

In a few six years, we've watched how this administration and Congress were able to converge incompetence in domestic and foreign policy. While other administrations were not immune to doing  some of the same, this administration actually felt and often boasted about how this type of transformation was good for America as well as the rest of the world. Instead we've seen many destabilized regions in the world become even more destabilized. Domestically, we seen much of the same. In the past, on this blog, I've asked many questions. I've also challenged  the credibility and validity of many of the policies of this administration. Some of these included, but were not limited to, the following:

  • "Leading from behind" leads to a leaderless nation. In other words, the problem with leading from behind is eventually no one will be following.
  • Is America becoming a nation of broken windows under this administration? I asked that question one year ago last month. I asked it after reading a piece by Thomas Sowell. At the time, he wrote this: "When Barack Obama squanders his own credibility with his glib lies, he's not just injuring himself during his time in office. He's inflicting a lasting wound on the nation as a whole." Sowell added we have only ourselves to blame considering Obama was elected twice. I'm obliged to add most of these wounds have been self-inflicted.
  • After reviewing these last six years, I'm also obliged to ask---as I have in the passed---can this administration and Congress do anything right? To be fair, government does do some things right. For example, the FAA does a pretty good job of keeping our skies safe considering the number of aircraft in the air at any one time (by the way, 5000 according to Flightradar 24). CDC does commendable work. And although they are under construction much of the time, the interstate highway system is a wonder to behold. But beyond those, it certainly appears much of what this administration touches turns to crap.
  • Regarding foreign policy, it's not even necessary to list all the failures here (it's a damn long list). All anyone needs to know is we've had two people in charge of that foreign policy in the last six years: Hillary Clinton and J. F. Kerry now. That's all you need to know. In addition, American "leadership" in foreign policy has been ambiguous and ambivalent. We saw that on display with Syria (the disappearing red line) and our initially taking sides with moderate rebels who only committed moderate war crimes. In short, from Libya to Israel, our foreign policy has been inept.
  • And just as inept, this administration doesn't appear to have a clue how to deal with Islamic homicidal maniacs. Even as I write this, Christians are being slaughtered on a daily basis in the Islamic world.  For example, Persecution.Org reports that Boko Haram alone has murdered over 1600 Christians in the last six months alone (two times as many as last year). Iraq is being emptied of most of its Christian communities. Yet, this administration has largely been silent about this ongoing holocaust. Hashtag diplomacy doesn't appear to be working.
  • And while I can go on a list a plethora of addition problems created and/or not managed well by this administration and Congress,  more dangerous failures and actions have been apparent in the attacks on our freedoms and liberties. We've seen how political ideologues used the nation's laws (when they don't break many of those laws themselves) against American citizens.  Wayne LaPierre, executive VP of the NRA, wrote recently: "Obama's promise of the 'most transparent administration in history' has morphed into the 'most lawless administration in history.'"
  • We used to be a nation that was both feared and respected. The global community turned to us for guidance, protection and leadership. That's fading quickly and the damage will most likely last for decades. We can only hope the good people step up before it really is too late.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Somewhere In Hell, Joseph Goebbels Is Smiling

If Goebbels had the media we have today, there wouldn't be a Jew left on the planet...My Tweet

First some history. Joseph Goebbels was the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. He was known for his pathological antisemitism. He supported and recommended the extermination of the Jews later known as the "Final Solution." But from the very beginning of his taking office, he led a variety of  "actions" against Jews in Germany. They included the burning of books, boycotting Jewish businesses and the killing of Jews. As most now know, the outcome was the murder of over 6 million Jews by the end of WWII in 1945. I visited Auschwitz on two occasions. I saw the results of the "Final Solution." 

And while I am not accusing the media of supporting the killing of Jews by Hamas and other terrorist groups, I am accusing them of taking part in distortions, omissions and outright lies when it comes to the reporting of any type of conflict between Jews and Jihadists. Hence, the reason for the title of this post. We are witnessing a propaganda war as well as a real war in the Middle East today. But you don't have to believe me, allow me to just list some headlines that have appeared in the media in the last several weeks. Keep in mind, Hamas stores munitions and rockets in schools, civilian homes, under hospitals, countless number of tunnels and mosques. They also fire their rockets and missiles from these sites. The Israelis, on the other hand, always warn the civilian population that they will respond to the Hamas attacks. In the last several weeks, Hamas fired over 2,300 rockets and missiles into Israel.

The following are Twitter feed headlines:
  • "In small Gaza morgue, 75-year-old volunteer dresses bodies of those killed in conflict with Israel for burial." AP
  • "Breaking: Palestinian official: 7 people killed while seeking shelter in UN school hit by Israeli shell." AP  (What the headline failed to report is that Hamas stores munitions in those schools. Even the UN Secretary deplored their actions two days ago).
  • "695 Palestinians killed since the beginning of renewed hostilities, Gaza Health Ministry report." CNN (Of course, they don't report on how many of those Palestinians were terrorists. In fact, CNN keeps an update on Palestinian casualties).
  • "Forced To Flee." CNN International on Palestinians fleeing to shelters from Israeli attacks. (Nothing on Israelis who have to take shelter on average every 10 minutes in the last month).
  • "There is no life. How Gaza City residents carry on through generations of war." CNN International
  • "Photos: Our images from the scene of a UN-run school hit by shelling in Gaza." Reuters 
I can continue with examples of dozens of these type of headlines without having to cherry pick especially with the BBC.

And one can't always count on the UN either. The day Hamas launched over 80 rockets into Israel, the UN decided to accuse Israel of war crimes against Hamas. Interesting that they didn't decide to do otherwise considering Hamas launched over 8000 rockets and missiles into Israel since 2005.

But none of this surprises those of us who know most of the media leans left and has a long history of bias against Israel. In fact, this was shown to be true with two recent polls.

Pew found that a majority---51%--- of Americans sympathize more with Israel. That's the good news.  But when one starts to peel back the onion, the following is revealed: The poll found 77% of conservative Republicans support Israel.  In contrast, only 39% of liberal Democrats do.
Also, Gallup recently reported that only 36% of Democrats say Israel's actions against Hamas are justified. 

To add further insult to injury, we have a Secretary of State in John F. Kerry who referred to Israel as an "apartheid state." This guy must enjoy being the back-stabbing pompous ass that he is. And the worst kept secret in Washington and Israel is that Mr. Obama has little regard for Israel.

Somewhere in hell, Goebbels is smiling. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mr. Obama: Who Are You? What Do You Believe In?

Even though the president is traveling, he has a staff and a phone and is perfectly capable of faking work anywhere...WH Press Secretary Tweet

  • If I ever had the opportunity to meet Pres. Obama I would ask him point-blank: Who are you Mr. President? What exactly do you believe in? I believe many Americans have been asking themselves those same two questions for some time now---even more recently.
  • His track record in the last six years and his years as a senator certainly indicate he's a progressive. But it's much to easy to arrive at that conclusion. There's something much deeper going on with this man, this president. For example, when he was campaigning for president, he projected hope and optimism to many Americans (those who fell for the con). Yet, as president, he projects weakness, doubt and a suggestion that he's abandoned our allies.  Even some in the press are now proclaiming that Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister and David Cameron, the PM of Great Britain, have assumed leadership roles on the global political scene. In effect, replacing---perhaps for the first time in modern world history---an American president as the leader of the free world. In other words, these two leaders have filled the vacuum created by Obama's failure in leadership. 
  • In foreign policy, we witness---on a daily basis---foreign leaders, dictators and even the leadership of terrorist organizations basically disregarding the pronouncements coming out of the White House. To borrow from Ronald Reagan, his policy of peace through strength has been replaced by a policy of peace through appeasement and defeatism in the Obama administration. Syria's Assad and Russia's Putin paid no mind to Obama's drawing of the red lines. Even terrorist thugs and murderers like Boko Haram made fun of the administration's hashtag diplomacy. Included in this are Christians who are being cleansed and murdered throughout the world, and barely a mention of this new holocaust from the White House. In other words, when thugs know the United States won't stand up to their aggression, the aggression will continue.
  • There's a sense of benign neglect pervading this entire administration. And it's not only in foreign policy. It's become evident in domestic policy as well. For example, with regard to the border crisis, there's an appearance of no one being in charge in Washington. Hence, another void created resulting in thousands of illegal immigrants keep crossing our borders. 
  • Of course there are also the many scandals and the conspicuous lawlessness.
  • It's often been said that Obama likes to lead from behind. The problem with leading from behind is that few follow as evidenced by the examples above. So what's a nation to do when it has no idea what the guiding principles and core values are of its leadership? This is certain: the outcome is a much more divided nation whose image on the world stage has been severely diminished.
  • There is an answer however to the U.S. regaining its stature in the world. As Seth Lipsky of the NY Sun wrote several weeks ago: "Let's do it the way Reagan did---with presidential strength and economic growth."  There's just one big problem: Obama and the progressive political class continue to stand in the way.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Media Bias Toward Israel Abets Antisemitism, Criminal Behavior and Violence

Hamas: Polite academic society's favorite genocidal neo-Nazis...David Burge Tweet

  • Several days ago, I wrote a piece about the media's sins of omission (July 14, 2014). In short, I made the claim that media bias is also evident in what the media ignores or does not choose to report. I listed countless examples as they relate to the the current crises in Israel and on our border.
  • But the media's bias takes on an added dimension---one that also abets---one might also argue reinforces---the antisemitism and criminal behavior of Islamist. I've also found it intriguing that many of the same people in the media (and the progressive political class) who condemn what al-Qaeda and its affiliates do will defend the likes of Hamas, a designated terror organization.
  • The media's bias against Israel is nothing new. It goes back to May of 1948 when the State of Israel was created. To list examples of its bias toward Israel on these pages would take a lifetime. Even now, when I occasionally listen to the BBC news for their international reporting, their bias toward Israel is conspicuous. In fact, they no longer even attempt to hide it. Many media outlets have become experts at steering the news from the truth. We've watched this play out in our own internal media coverage. Examples of course include the withholding of reporting of the  many lies of the administration with regard to Obamacare, Benghazi and the IRS just to name a few. 
  • But the former behaviorist in me obliges me to report that this bias is also very dangerous. When the media converts terrorists like Hamas into victims of Israel's warranted, self-defense actions, they are complicit to the antisemitism, criminal behavior and violence perpetuated by Hamas. They also reinforce the aggressive actions of a terror organizations like Hamas and others. And equally disturbing, they reinforce the latent (and sometimes overt) antisemitism that often emerges in crises like these. We've seen this antisemitism raise its ugly head in several European nations in just the last week. For example, gangs have been roaming in France chanting, "Jews, out of France!"
  • Journalism is suppose to be the guardian of liberty. Unfortunately, in too many cases, they've increasingly abetted the violence we're witnessing in the Middle East and other parts of the world. In some respects, it's become a criminal press.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Re: The Latest Beatdown of Obamacare---Don't Break Out The Champagne Yet

ConLawProf Strikes Again:... Breaking: Obama administration health care subsidies will keep flowing despite court decision...David Burge Tweet

When I first heard the news that an Appeals court  dealt a potentially devastating blow to Obamacare, the first thought that raced through my mind: the Obama administration will skirt the court's decision anyway.  In short, the court's ruling states that participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government are not eligible for tax subsidies. This affects 34 states. Subsequent to that ruling, another appeals court panel in Richmond, VA, upheld the law. But even if the second court's decision upheld the earlier decision, the Obama administration was going to violate the law anyway. How do I know that? They White House said they would. This administration has a long history of violating laws as recent Supreme Court rulings have shown.

In the last four years, there have been at least two dozen changes to Obamacare. Some of these were done unilaterally by the administration and some by the courts. They include, but have not been limited to, the following:

  • A delay on the employer mandate
  • A delay on the individual mandate
  • Exempting unions from certain fees
  • Plans that were considered non-compliant received extensions up to two years
  • U.S territories were exempted (this occurred just 4 days ago)
  • And over 1000 waivers were granted prior to this year.

In closing, for the critics of Obamacare (and I happen to be one myself), I wouldn't break out the champagne yet. This is an administration that has never let the law get in their way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Progressives Like Obama, Hillary Clinton, Reid + Many Others Are The Milli Vanilli Of American Politics

The president fully supports Israeli's right to be patient and understanding while being pummeled by non-stop rocket attacks...WH Press Secretary

  • Most know the story of Milli Vanilli, the singing duo busted for not singing their own songs. During their short career, they actually won many awards including a Grammy (unlike Pres. Obama's Nobel Prize, the Grammy was later withdrawn). In short, they were found to be fake, phonies and frauds.
  • The very same can be said for the progressive political class. They always try to sell the American people an illusion. Whether it's downplaying real scandals or wrapping programs like Obamacare in bold-faced lies, it's still all a deception. Just last week, in the middle of the crisis on our own borders, the crisis that was erupting in the Ukraine and Hamas pummeling Israel with rockets and missiles, Pres. Obama declared the global community "tranquil." Even Harry Reid proclaimed the U.S. border was secure.
  • As I wrote not long ago, the elite progressive political class are the great pretenders. We've listened to the likes of Hillary Clinton spread the progressive ideology of economic inequality and redistribution of wealth while she herself tried to convince the American people she and Bill Clinton were broke. Pres. Obama's attacks on economic inequality should fall on deaf ears considering he's attended over 400 fat-cat fundraisers in the previous six years and even managed to fit in almost 180 rounds of golf---with those same fat cats.
  • The geo-political climate is a perfect example of the progressives trying to sell the American people an illusion. As recently as last March, when the Ukraine crisis first erupted, the Obama administration laid out plans to cut our military to pre-WWII levels. Rich Lowry of National Review sarcastically wrote at the time: "Because we all know that we'll never face an unexpected, unpredictable international crisis again." Welcome to July 2014 Mr. Obama. In fact, Michael Goodwin of the NY Post summed it up this way: "This is what the world looks like when a president laments evil instead of confronting it." 
  • The border crisis also paints an ugly picture of misleading policies in the face of an agenda---comprehensive immigration policy that relies on total amnesty---that sacrifices even children to a failed ideology. Don't kid yourself. The illusion is manifested in this crisis too. As someone said earlier this month: they got the amnesty but not the enforcement.
  • The only way the progressives can continue selling this illusion is continued reliance on lies, deception and leaning on identity politics.  After all, many Americans like make-believe even at the expense of their own survival. It worked well in the last two elections. Whose to say it won't continue working? Perhaps Albert Einstein got it when he said, "Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."