Archive for October, 2015

“This is our future”. … Yes it appears to be.

October 28, 2015

According to the description, this was taken in Hanover a few days ago.

It’s unbelievable how completely idiotic the German government has been on this issue.  Merkel has lost her mind.  Since I have family in Germany we tend to follow this pretty closely.  What doesn’t hit US news much is just how much crime has risen.  Much of the European media won’t print or report just how high or who’s doing it. Like here, where a murder is committed yet somehow there isn’t a description other than it was a man.

US Soldier dies, but no boots on the ground

October 24, 2015

When Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died Thursday in combat in Iraq, the Obama administration took great pains to prove the U.S. was not involved in combat in Iraq.

U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have boots on the ground," Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State, said earlier in the day.

A http://www.hood.army.mil/leaders/images/s_CG.jpgUS Soldier dies fighting in Iraq and Lt. Gen. MacFarland says no boots on the ground. Same commander of US troops fighting Islamic State.

Umm..

George Orwell himself would be scratching his head.

The Democratic Debate or unicorns and rainbows unite

October 15, 2015

I forced myself to watch the Democratic debate the other night. Yes, it was quite painful and embarrassing. First off, Hillary Clinton continued to say one thing while having done another. The one gaffe that even the left leaning media noticed was her pronouncement that the TPP agreement wasn’t the gold standard anymore, the same agreement multiple times she said was. She was all for the TPP agreement before she was against it well… Humm..

Bernie Sanders is at least fun to watch. He’s full of hot air but still fun. He continually references the Nordic countries and governments to emulate but doesn’t seem to realize all of the changes that have taken place in the last few years. They found the socialist ways are hard to maintain and people don’t work when the government pays their way. In other words Bernie is all about spending, spending, spending with no way in hell to pay for it all.

O’Malley. Umm, Baltimore. Nothing more need be said.

Grandpa Munster, eh, I mean Lincoln Chafee, Hey his dad just died and he was brand new and he….done. Oh wait I’ve never had a scandal. Ok, that is something in the democrat party.

Jim Webb was the only normal American on the stage and while I may disagree with some of his positions he came across as a knowledgeable and decent guy. Most of the time he had a look on his face while listening to the other candidates that said, “You guys are freaking loons.” So, he hasn’t got a chance in hell in that party. Jim come back home. The Democrat party you think you belong to is long gone.

They all promised more than they could possibly pay for or pass but no worries. In the Democrat world of unicorns and lollipops I guess that’s ok. Their constituents certainly won’t notice.

Hillary is the leader and most likely the candidate of choice. That’s provided she’s not in jail by the time the election rolls around. If she contradicts the President too many more times she may here that knock on her door sooner.

A failed foreign policy

October 11, 2015

 

“Two years ago in Cairo, I began to broaden our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. I believed then -– and I believe now -– that we have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but in the self-determination of individuals. The status quo is not sustainable. Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.”

These were the words of President Obama four years ago. This was the concept of his Middle Eastern and North Africa foreign policy. How has that worked out under this Presidents leadership?

Iraq, which the US, had stabilized to some extent, is now in utter chaos, The fight in Iraq is now between ISIS and Iran. I say Iran because effectively that’s who is controlling Iraq more and more these days. Our involvement has effectively handed Iran the victory over Iraq they fought long and hard for yet could not achieve on their own.

Since most of the US troops have left Iraq the assault by ISIS has been swift and damning. The few US troops left behind, have been given no authority or ability to fight the onslaught and must watch the weak-willed, Iraqi military fail in every attempt to contain and destroy ISIS.

Iran has been able to negotiate their way to not only potential Nuclear weapons but over 100 billion dollars to fund their continued terrorist activities. Our crack negotiating team with the illustrious Secretary of State, John Kerry couldn’t find a demand he didn’t want to cave in to.

This administration presided over the killing of Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi (Qaddafi, Kaddafi, Gaddafi), only to have no plan to contain the disarray that followed. Now ISIS has also taken root in this country. Pro-democracy forces were not properly supported and now Libya is a complete mess.

Syria, sports some shiny new planes as Russia fills the vacuum the US and other forces have created in this once brutal but relatively stable country. Once again the desire to remove a dictator without any real plan has left the US looking extremely weak and powerless. Russia and their leader Vladimir Putin are the strong horse here. Syria’s leader Bashar Assad will, not doubt, be able, with Russian support, beat back the Syrian rebels all the while claiming to lead the fight against ISIS. The lack of a coherent plan and Europe’s suicidal mentality have now created an illegal immigration disaster that Europe hasn’t  seen since the second world war. While, President Obama can’t be blamed for European insanity, his policy’s have pushed the crises along.

In Afghanistan, we continue to act as if we have completed the mission, only to find the Taliban resurgent and Al Qaeda and ISIS using it as a playground. The country isn’t safe or truly democratic.

This is just the tip of the foreign policy debacle this administration has led. It’s not that previous administrations haven’t screwed up, it’s that they never had the complete collapse we see today of a blind foreign policy. It’s either complete incompetence or a terrible alternative.

Are they waking up? UK Home Secretary making sense

October 6, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Britain will never “in a thousand years” agree to a common European immigration policy to deal with the surging number of refugees fleeing to the continent, a top government official declared Tuesday.

Home Secretary Theresa May, the U.K.’s interior minister, told an audience at the Conservative Party conference that Britain should tighten control of its borders, admitting vulnerable refugees but keeping out those who simply want a better life.

She said other European countries should also toughen up their border controls, arguing that in the last few years more people had applied for asylum in the EU from Balkan countries – which have not seen war for years – than from war-torn Syria.

She said Europe’s immigration crisis “can only be resolved by nation states taking responsibility themselves – and protecting their own national borders.”

Common sense?

Who is in charge here? Afghan hospital attack

October 5, 2015

When I first heard of the Air attack on the Doctors Without Borders (DWB) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, my first thoughts were, we don’t make mistakes quite like that.  What I mean is that we don’t mistakenly bomb the same target repeatedly.  So, the question then was why did we bomb the hospital?  Had the Taliban taken over?  Where US forces underfire from the hospital? DWB says, no.  The Taliban weren’t there at that time. The US has some pretty restrictive rules on attacking hospitals and religious sites.

Remember, we have at times (not sure if these rules are still in effect) not allowed our soldiers to fire at buildings if there was even a remote chance of civilians located inside. So, how could this happen?

The AP is reporting that US Military officials say it was the Afghan Military calling in the air strikes.

It appears in our inept attempt to push the war to the Afghan Government (Iraq, Syria) we are relying on non-US or ISAF allies to call in air strikes.  Didn’t anyone think this might not be a good idea?  We have in the recent past had incidents where one rival warlord, Sheik, Muktar, gave bad information on the whereabouts of insurgent forces just to assault another rival. Have we forgotten that local forces are not always working in the same interests are US forces? They also don’t have the same qualms about killing innocent people.

I also wonder, what lower ranking US military officer will take the blame for this and have his career ruined because they followed a piss poor policy.

Our leaders either don’t understand the culture and people we are dealing with or they do and this is just part of the plan.  Either way doesn’t bode well for US foreign policy, which is a complete goat rope.

Remember this incident when someone says we can support non-US/NATO/ISAF ground forces from the air without “OUR” boots on the ground.