"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Sunday, January 12, 2014


“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
Winston Churchill
Americans are sick of war.  All the polls say so.  All the pundits say so.
As we enter the 13th year of our longest war in Afghanistan we seem to be going nowhere.  Our political leaders led by a President who is invested in failure, wants to disengage from battle by engaging the savages who are the Taliban in dialogue.  This is the face of a politically correct war ...fought not to win but for reasons undisclosed to the American people and in truth, for reasons not understood  by those with the responsibility of  now prosecuting this war.
The leitmotif of this conflict is now taken from the crucible of Iraq where Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after the surge of General Petraeus and the Awakening of the Sunni tribes turned the insurgency in the Sunni Triangle from defeat and horror to a chance for a peaceful, democratic and pluralistic Arab nation in the middle of the worlds most violent and chaotic region.
 We have been fighting  politically correct wars since the end of WW ll which many say was actually the first, since it gave away the democracies of Eastern Europe to a regime as murderous and barbaric as the Third Reich.  However at least it can be said that the countries we went to war against in 1941 were completely and totally defeated.  and that is the difference between then and now.
 Politicians prosecute wars today more than Generals...perhaps they always did...but at least those who were smart knew that you cannot ask young men and now women to die for their country if the final goal is not total victory.  When total victory is not the end game that is when war becomes truly immoral.  The reasons however for war are always debatable unless we live in either a dictatorship or a "1984" kind of dystopian  society where as Orwell described it :
     "War is peace...Freedom is slavery...Ignorance is strength.”
Such is the situation we find our selves in today with regard to the aforementioned Iraq.  A nation that  just two short years after we abruptly left under the flimsiest of reasons solely for the ego of a President who needs to be impeached, is now facing the specter of dismemberment by either Iran or al-Qaida or both.
At this moment, the ISIS ( alternately known as "THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND al-SHAM" or "THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA" or "THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT") control parts of Fallujah, Ramadi, Abu Ghraib and have their eyes on Mosul in the north where they are politically strong.  The ISIS is also engaged in tense fighting in Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo in Syria against non al-Qaida Islamists militias aligned with the Syrian Free Army.  al-Qaida in the Levant is alive and well contrary to the assertions of the President of the United States and many fear they will establish a brutal al-Qaida nation comprised of parts of Syria and Iraq.
The Sunni triangle was freed from the savage barbarism of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and  what became known as al-Qaida in Iraq by the "Awakening Movement"  or "The Sahwa" in 2005 as the local Sunni tribal Sheikhs, disgusted and repelled by al-Qaida tactics joined with the al-Maliki government and the U.S. to end the insurgency.  By 2009 violence had fallen by 90% in the country and in the Triangle.  Then Obama decided to simply leave by the end of 2011 after almost 4500 American deaths, almost 33,000 casualties and tens of thousands of Iraqi dead, maimed and wounded. 
By 2013, 8,868 Iraqis were dead due to ISIS terrorism which included suicide bombings.  The Nouri al-Maliki government had tilted to Iran, was losing control of major sections of the country and the ISIS were sending fighters to Syria to make a terrible situation worse. 
The apologists for Obama will tell you that all of this was unavoidable.  That is both nonsense and  immoral since it attempts to give this terrible President cover for the insult it commits against those who fought, bled and died for the people of Iraq. 
In his new book former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, relates how this play actor President never really tried to fashion a way to keep a small force in Iraq to preserve what finally had become a victory.  That he had soured on his military and from 2009 to 2011 let his political "no nothing" apparatchiks  shout down the Generals and run two wars they knew nothing about, all for political gain.  Gates also relates a conversation he personally witnessed between then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama.  Clinton told him her opposition to the Iraqi surge was for political reasons because she knew she would face Obama in the Iowa caucuses.  Obama then admitted that his opposition was also political. 
Gates then goes on to relate how Obama  repeated his disgraceful actions in Afghanistan saying "The President doesn't trust his Commander, can't stand Karzai, doesn't believe in his own strategy (i.e. the surge) and doesn't consider the war to be his".  All this from a Commander in Chief and a woman who wants to be the Commander in Chief who sent the best of us into harms way without any intention to ensure that their sacrifice would mean something.
The cover of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates new book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." (Knopf)
Leaving 10.000 to 15.000 troops in post war Iraq would have kept Maliki away from the Ayatollahs and al-Qaida out of Iraq.  It would have seriously hindered the ISIS and the al- Nusra Front from gaining military superiority within the anti-Assad insurgents and potentially the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Syrians.   
The lies and deception of this President has directly led to all of the above.  He has disgraced and defiled our sacred dead.  He has dishonored the country and their memory.  He is not fit to continue to lead this nation.  Hillary for the record is no better and possibly worse because she is allegedly more intelligent but probably more morally compromised. 
In the end, the moral of this story is that Americans should never be sent into danger unless three  issues have  been resolved.  The first is that the war has a valid reason and purpose for the nation.  The second is that those who give the orders must believe in the mission.  The third is that the war will be fought to win and for no other reason.  The first is always subject to the meaning of what is valid...that is the job for political leaders to define it and obtain consensus.  The second is self explanatory...there is a special place in Hell for those who send others to their death while  not believing in the very orders they issue.  The third stands alone without footnotes or commentary.

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