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“a hands off, leading from behind approach”

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, June 2014 by chockblock

The U.S. has made the case as strongly as they can to regional countries, including Kuwait. But ultimately when you take a hands off, leading from behind approach to things, people don’t take you seriously and they take matters into their own hands.
America’s Allies Are Funding ISIS, Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast.com

“The elephant in the room, unmentioned by Obama, is what happens if Iraq’s leaders — or the rebels — turn out to be uninterested in compromise. In particular, the president never said anything approaching this: “We will under no circumstances permit the terrorists to take control of Iraq.”

Barack Obama is a man who knows how to use words. It’s possible, then, that this omission was intended to prepare us for the worst.”
What Obama Didn’t Say About Iraq, Stephen L. Carter, Bloombergview.com

America didn’t lose Iraq, it was given away by a party and an Administration bound and determined to “get out of Bush’s War.” The left cares not for foreign affairs, it distracts from the domestic agenda of taxing and spending*. When they do show interest, it’s to kiss the ass of oil sucking dictators or to kow-tow to any foreign tyrant. Or simply parrot the current thinking of Europe’s intellectual class.

Iraq could have used American troops. ISIS is an Al-Qaeda spin-off. A failed Iraq spells trouble for the US. Sadly, we American’s don’t care about foreign wars, but foreign wars do care about us.

The left likes to say that they ended Vietnam and now Iraq. That somehow the Democrats brought us troops home. Lies. George Bush signed the agreement to withdraw from Iraq when their coalition government didn’t want a Status Of Forces Agreement.

But if you see Tumblr, Reddit or other hives of lefty scum and villainy, the Democrats are treated like royalty for “bringing the troops home” (not really, we’re still gonna be in Afghanistan until 2017). Don’t forget the drone strikes. Clinton has his cruise missiles, this Whitehouse has kill lists and drones. Hands off and leading from behind.

So as the media has sown, so shall the American public be forced to reap the bitter harvest.

*: I’m not kidding about that. See TheOtherMcCain for our “reality based community’s” take on Iraq:

Yes, the most urgent business facing the United States Senate is a newspaper columnist’s thoughts about sex on college campuses.
— R.S. McCain

About that Todd Akin fella…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 21, August 2012 by chockblock

So it seems that some GOP backbencher opened his mouth and the stupid thus flowed fourth:

““Legitimate rape” became a Twitter trending topic in the U.S. this afternoon after liberal blog Talking Points Memo posted a video of Rep. Todd Akin claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to become pregnant.” Twitchy

A washed up actor wanted Sarah Palin “gang raped.” Wayne Brady had to apologize for mocking Sarah Palin’s child. And a democrat was caught trying to have sex with a 17 year old boy.

And the media was silent.

The media is in the tank for the left. Anything to put democrats in office and keep them there.
$500 million was lost to Solyndra’s bankruptcy and all the taxpayers got was some crappy artwork.

I’ve held that the left will go insane, I think they already have. Of course the GOP establishment likes to front candidates who are brainless. It’s to be expected from stuffy old money “conservatives” more interested in mooching off the taxpayer. That’s why the 2008 McCain campaign sucked donkey balls, they ran a 1960’s era Republican campaign and forgot about the Tea Party. Akin is an oxygen sucker, someone the party should kick to the curb.

The left? A bunch of vile commie punks who will wreck the economy much like they did Hollywood.

Useful Idiots: Bias part II

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, August 2010 by chockblock

“In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used.”
— Wikipedia.

Today we have dimmi’s. Those who try and convince us that if we’d only believe, the muslim world would like us. If we’d stop bombing them (for terrorist attacks, 9/11, violent oppression of women, etc.), the Arab would would like us. “Unclench the fist” so to speak.

Sorry, fists are still clenched.

Russia (under Putin) is thumbing it’s nose at our peace efforts. Anti-American Muslims want a mega-mosque next to Ground Zero (with the backing of our leadership)..

BBC Radio has a good podcast on useful idiots.

Yes, on the right there has been support of violent oppressive regimes. But (and this is a Kim Kardashian-sized but) violent anti-western regiems are working together. Most “rightist” regimes were islands of despotism. In South America, Hugo Chavez is trying to work with China, Russian and Iran against the US. Iran is trying to undermine the US in the middle east and supports terror attacks against the US. The Taliban and the Al-Qaeda sponsored terror in Iraq were whitewashed by the left since OIF and OEF.

The left is in love with anything anti-American. Even as they work to undermine the freedoms they enjoy.

Sadly, useful idiots are still with us.

Get the mp3 download of the BBC radio podcast and visit Ace here

(h/t: Ace, Confederate Yankee, Hotair, Blackfive)

Bias

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, July 2010 by chockblock

When my father was alive, he used to dismiss any charges of pres bias. He believed that the free press was operating in the public interest. Even when I was in my twenties, he asserted that he knew that I was wrong and that the press was a force for public good.

I came of age as the Internets became a force for news and politics. The press ossified into a left wing echo chamber. They tired to hide Bill Clinton and the damage his administration did to our country. They actually picked George W. Bush as their favorite Republican candidate in 1999-2000.

And now?

  1. Time Correspondent Who Criticized FNC President Could Block It From WH Press Seat(Newsbusters)
  2. Obama Campaign Advisor Participated On JournoList.(Volokh, h/t: Insty)
  3. Obamagasms on V-O Day at JournoList( Michelle Malkin)
  4. Journolistas Even Clam Up In Unison(legal insurrection)
  5. JournoList as a Management Problem(The Enterprise Blog)

How the might have fallen. Not since the days of Walter Duranty shilling for Stalin has American seen the fourth estate sooo far up a politician’s ass. They cheered when they thought ‘one of our own’ was going to get elected. They shill for the party in power. They want to see the US fail in Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to cover up thing that make the administration look bad. Truth to power of course.

Now we have blogs (and before that talk radio). The internet has leveled the playing field. Of course there are those who wish to silence the blogs. When George Bush was in office, the left used blogs and street protests (with talk of killing a siting president and much violence in the streets) to try and remove him from office.

The Tea Party movement is a grassroots bottom up movement. The protests are peaceful. The blogs talk about the harm current policies are inflicting, not killing any politician of any party. And the Left hates it.

Bias pure and simple. They are the ruling class now, see? We’re just scum, the proles who need to do what we are told. God forbid anyone complains about taxes or opposes wealth ‘redistribution’. That’s raaaacist. The main stream media told me so.

My father would have wept at how the media he came to rely upon transformed into an organ of the Democratic party and it’s radical fringe. It spits on people like him, hard working Americans who pay their taxes and wish to keep what they earn.

Sorry Dad, the media abandoned us.

I don’t watch TV news anymore. I’m returning the favor.

How far we’ve come since WWII: yes there is a war on.

Posted in guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21, December 2009 by chockblock

(CNN) — Another wartime Christmas week has arrived.

Yet on the streets of the United States, it often feels as if this is a nation that has half-forgotten that its sons and daughters are in combat.

Not literally, of course; Americans are intellectually aware that the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq continue. And for the families of the young soldiers, sailors, Marines and aviators in combat zones, the wars never go away, even for a single tick of the clock.

But the lack of shared sacrifice during these war years — the sense that those of us at home go on with our lives pretty much as usual while the men and women who have volunteered to be in uniform risk their own lives anew with each rising of the sun — is a notion that is especially acute during the holiday season.

How have our lives changed during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? What has residing in an America at war done to the texture of daily life?

Where’s the shared sacrifice of war?
by Bob Greene.

Mr. Greene, we have endured countless protests by the left, crying crocodile tears over the causalities of the war and the “suffering” of US troops and their families.

Greene goes on and on about war time rationing and restrictions. Newspapers would run stories on it, ration cupons were a part of everyday life. Nylon, silk, rubber, metal, things we take for granted toady were drafted into an effort to beat the Axis was machine. They became scarce during the war, shortages were common. Something never seen in the postwar years.

There was more to the war than rationing. The technology of the day still required massive man power. Ships took hundres of men to keep them running. Mechanics, welders, truck drivers, carpenters, plumbers were all drafted to make the army run. It was a rule of thumb that for every soldier or marine with a ruck sack and a rifle, seven other service members made his job possible.

Now one of the left’s favorite boogymen is the “permanent war economy”, that means US industry is geared for war. This came about due to President Dwight Eisenhower ‘s farewell address. The “military-industrial complex” was his warning about President-elect Kennedy and his rhetoric. He fears the JFk would run the US headlong into war with the USSR.

See the US had to build up it’s military to face the USSR. Their used to be several Army divisions, Air Force Wings, Navy ships and overseas bases the US had to fight the cold war if it got hot.

Between the wars, the US downsized it’s forces, reverting back to the model of the last century. A small professional force augmented by the state militias (the national guard). After the war, most thinkers figured that we’d be fighting the massive red hoards. So we did not cut back as massively as we did after WWI. We did another round of cut backs after the USSR fell apart in the 90’s.

Elvis Presley served in the US Army’s 3rd Armored Division. That unit fought in Desert Storm then was deactivated. Just one example of the post Cold war draw down.

Technology improved. Of all the causalities in Europe, 1/4 of those belonged to the US Army Air Force’s 8th Air Force. To bomb a factory took waves and waves of bombers. Flash forward to the Vietnam war era. To destory the Bridge at the Dragon’s Jaw took a flight (5-6 aircraft) a fe laser guided bombs. We lost lots of pilots in Vietnam, don’t get we wrong. But the “War of a Million Sorties” was nowhere near as costly as WWII, the firepower was greater.

And so we come to the War on Terror. The US military is growing, WITHOUT a draft. We need men and women with technical skills, not bodies. The “permanent war economy” actually produces the internet and other peace dividends. It makes it possbile for Greene to enjoy this holiday season with out worrying about the war.

Yes, to those of you who have been there, those of you down range and those with loved ones over there, it seems strange. Like a dream. That we can enjoy “normal” with a war on.

But that’s the point.

While the left bitches about the “new normal”, moaning about security measures and drone strikes, we are safe.
Rough men and women are doing violence on our behalf with more firepower than any WWII general could have dreamed of. A Private in the Army today knows more than a sergeant did in WWII. His platoon has access to more firepower than an entire battalion of WWII soldiers.

Times have changed, for the better. That’s the real lesson of WWII, Mr. Greene. Thanks to the hard work of the WWII, cold war generations and this generation of service members, leaders, scientists and engineers, we can be free.

Your Welcome Mr. Greene

Chew on this: China turns on the charm edition

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, November 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links and a busted phoney baloney “marine” :

Tacho Bell’s new menu (don’t tell the chow hall please!):

Bringing the 9/11 plotters to the US: Galacticly Stupid

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, November 2009 by chockblock

Ah, justice. A matter for the courts right? Well if you jaywalk, crash your car while drunk or murder your lover yes.
But if you are the mastermind of a plot to kill 3,000+ innocent people in another country thousands of miles away and you are a danger to that country still, the courts may be in over their heads.

Tell that to the left and their drool supporters in the press. (h/t: Michelle Malkin)

Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court, an Obama administration official said Friday.

The official said Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce the decision later in the morning.

The official is not authorized to discuss the decision before the announcement, so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Terrorists hate our laws. They hide behind them to exploit the loopholes and clueless lefties that support them. Terrorism is NOT and never has been a criminal matter. It’s survival of the country, of the people. They want to kill as many Americans as possible.

If KSM is found innocent in the trial, does he go free? Why him? Others are getting military tribunals?

If the wacky anti-GITMO lefties are still not satisfied what then?

Are some in the administration playing politics with national security?
(h/t: Ace o’ Spades)

The continuing investigations of Bush-era counterterrorism policies (i.e., the policies that kept us safe from more domestic terror attacks), coupled with the Holder Justice Department’s obsession to disclose classified national-defense information from that period, enable Holder to give the hard Left the “reckoning” that he and Obama promised during the 2008 campaign. It would be too politically explosive for Obama/Holder to do the dirty work of charging Bush administration officials; but as new revelations from investigations and declassifications are churned out, Leftist lawyers use them to urge European and international tribunals to bring “torture” and “war crimes” indictments. Thus, administration cooperation gives Obama’s base the reckoning it demands but Obama gets to deny responsibility for any actual prosecutions.
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Moreover, KSM has no defense. He was under American indictment for terrorism for years before there ever was a 9/11, and he can’t help himself but brag about the atrocities he and his fellow barbarians have carried out.

So: We are now going to have a trial that never had to happen for defendants who have no defense. And when defendants have no defense for their own actions, there is only one thing for their lawyers to do: put the government on trial in hopes of getting the jury (and the media) spun up over government errors, abuses and incompetence. That is what is going to happen in the trial of KSM et al. It will be a soapbox for al-Qaeda’s case against America. Since that will be their “defense,” the defendants will demand every bit of information they can get about interrogations, renditions, secret prisons, undercover operations targeting Muslims and mosques, etc.,

That’s the real danger. National secrets exposed to defendants who want to destroy America, an international left that wants to drag the US government into pointless court cases. Both want to “prove” that any US actions in defense of the country and American citizens are “war crimes.” The results may come back to bite us.

What most people don’t get is that the Geneva Conventions do not cover “enemy combatants” that:

  • hide in the civilian population
  • do not wear uniforms or carry ID cards
  • “Where in occupied territory an individual protected person is detained as a spy or saboteur, or as a person under definite suspicion of activity hostile to the security of the Occupying Power, such person shall, in those cases where absolute military security so requires, be regarded as having forfeited rights of communication under the present Convention.” Article 5 of the Geneva Conventions</li>

We should have executed these clowns when we had the chance.

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