Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

I often touted the term “appearance over substance” in my writing; attributing this character flaw to the left. By this I mean the left values appearance above and beyond reality. As long as things appear as they want them to appear, substance (reality) can go to hell.

The left has many reasons to value and push “appearance over substance”.

  • Cover up some blunder (Benghazi caused by video, Hillary losing because of Russians)
  • Not having to deal with an inconvenient truth (Syrian Chemical Weapons, Global Warming Data)
  • Pushing a policy that requires obfuscation (Obamacare)
  • Pretending something was accomplished (Iran Deal, Syrian Chemical Weapons Destruction)

    While the right is far from the ideology of substance, they do value substance over appearance more often than not; whereas appearance is a defining characteristic of the left. Granted, the right might be more prone to this failing if they had the great enabler the left does… the Main Stream Media. It hard to push appearance when the MSM calls bullshit all the time (even when it’s not)… it’s easy when given a free ticket.

    The reason I bring this up is every now and then we are witness to events where someone has to clean up a mess created by the left when they have pushed appearance over substance (reality). This happened recently when Trump launched missiles on Syrian targets that had just used chemical weapons against civilians.

    Now, I’m simply looking at the why Trump felt the need to do this. Not whether or not I agree with the decision; not whether or not it was the right decision, and not whether or not Trump is a hypocrite based on earlier statements concerning Syrian intervention…

    Why Trump felt the need to respond in such a manner is totally valid; dead civilians (about 80), especially dead children, at the order of Bashar al-Assad via chemical weapons. Unless you’re just absolutely intellectually bankrupt, these are the facts. And unless you’re completely heartless, you have to admit those facts warrant consideration.

    But back to the appearance over substance.

    In 2012, President Barack Obama “drew a red line” on Syrian use of chemical weapons, and then did nothing when that line was crossed. That was a problem for Obama, but nothing appearance over substance couldn’t fix. The Obama administration went to work diplomatically. In a deal with the Russians, and with oversight of the United Nations, Syria identified 1300 tons of chemical weapons. These were destroyed and the left crowed about this great success.

    2014, “We got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out” of Syria — Former Secretary of State John Kerry
    2016, January “All chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Arab Republic.” have been disposed of. — Veolia (the firm contracted to carry out the process)
    2017, January “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.” — Former national security adviser Susan Rice (NPR)

    Get the picture, Obama (and his administration) was so ingenious, that he accomplished diplomatically what he and others failed to do militarily. The only problem was the reality (substance)… Obama didn’t accomplish anything militarily, and he didn’t accomplish anything diplomatically. BUT he was able to give the appearance of accomplishment and that is all he (and the left) thought was needed.

    Now, the argument could be made that Obama (and team) “thought” that they had actually accomplished the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, but I don’t think they are that stupid. For Obama’s “diplomacy” to work 1) The Russians had to do what they promised 2) The Syrians had to do what they promised and 3) The United Nations had to be competent in verification. See where I’m going with this? NOBODY is that stupid! Which gets back to the original premise… the goal was never substance (the removal of all chemical weapons) but rather the appearance (of that goal). And for the past several years, as far as the left was concerned… Mission Accomplished.

    But NOW, substance has decided to bite us on the ass. Early in the Trump Presidency Bashar al-Assad has again decided to use chemical weapons (that he 100% “voluntarily and verifiably” doesn’t have) on civilians. Trump, faced with the facts (substance), must now make decisions on how to clean up a mess that appeared not to exist for many years now.

    Obama’s choice to embrace appearance years ago recently cost a few dozen people in Syria their lives when the (substance) bill came due; no so much in the grand scheme of the cluster-#$@% that is the Middle East. As sad and enraging as this should be… the cost of this choice will pale by a factor of 1000s if/when the bill covering the substance of the Iran Nuclear deal ever comes due.

    The wages of embracing deceit over truth is always disastrous and sometimes deadly. There are many such legacy messes left to posterity by Obama and his ilk. We will continue to pay the price, until and unless someone… anyone… applies a little substance.

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  • Dog - (cartoon) - Lifting LegA Monday (7/14/1014) Wall Street Journal article mentioned various world crises such as Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea. The article said “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”

    Citing Iranian nuclear talks, the conflict in and around Gaza, and the Syrian civil war, Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked Josh Earnest (the new Obama Administration Press Secretary), “How does the White House react to the notion that the president is a bystander to all these crises?”

    The answer…

    “I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this [Obama] administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the – the tranquility of the global community.” — Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    The obvious follow-up question (which I’m sure Ed Henry was not allowed to ask) would be, “Can you name ONE.”

    Maybe it’s me. Maybe my partisan haze prevents me from seeing ANY of the “meaningful”, “substantial”, “tranquil” improvements ushered in by this administration’s intervention. I don’t think so, but maybe some of my leftist friends can enlighten me. The fact that even some leftist are now admitting the man’s ineptitude, I hope, give weight to my observations.

    So from this perspective let me again say that the Obama administration (along with many leftist leaders like Reid and Pelosi) befuddle me. I just can’t figure them out. Do they really believe what they say, or is this some political game where they know they can get away with such statements?

    Looking at this answer given by Josh Earnest specifically; it’s factually absurd. No rational human being would think anything other than the exact opposite is the truth. The statement even has an Orwellian nature to it.

    Concept - Get Inside Head, GearsI have to question the message hidden in the answer. I can think of only three possibilities
    1) The real message to Ed (the reporter) and to conservatives is “^%$# you!” We’re going to just say the damnedest things to prove to you just how broken the system is and that we can get away with it.
    2) This answer is meant for consumption by their base, the Kool-Aid drinkers. The leaders (like Josh Earnest) know it’s bullsh!t, but will spoon-feed this crap to the base via the Main Stream Media.
    3) They (the administration) actually believe this crap themselves; which would bring up question of how such mass-delusion is humanly possible. (Maybe a question for Dr. Charles Krauthammer)

    I admit it. It drives me mad that I don’t know the motivation behind the absurdly maddening statements made by the left’s leaders. These statements are not the exception but are practically the rule coming from this administration. And while Republican administrations have tried to emulate this art of diversion and deception, their attempts pale in scope (of untruth) and sheer volume.

    If only I could get into the minds of these scoundrels to understand why? But then what is in there might be the very definition of madness…

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    Animal - Snake - ViperChristians, hundreds of thousands of them, are losing their homes, their churches, their businesses, their communities, and their lives at the hands of ambassadors to the “Religion of Peace” (Islam). Persecution by practitioners of this massive cult has recently reached an apex; this, in the days following the “Arab Spring”, another exercise in Orwellian propaganda.

    (Note: Here, Orwellian refers to words or slogans that in practice and reality are the exact opposite of the message they intend to impart… “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, “Ignorance is Strength”, “Islam is a Religion of Peace”, “Arabs are Awakening (as in Spring) and Receptive to Freedom and Tolerance”)

    There has never been an Arab Spring; and most definitely not one in recent history. It is as much an invented myth as the “Religion of Peace” phrase causally tossed about today. At best one can hope the viper sleeps, but it will always be a viper. And it hasn’t slept in a long, long time.

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    Practice another religion in a Muslin land? Islam will “tolerate” you only for so long; and only then through the practice of extortion (Jizya). The question is, which of two eventualities will happen first? Will you run out of money (tribute) or will the “Religion of Peace” run out of reason (and thus peace).

    Religion - Islam - Moderate MythModerate Muslims out there? Both of you… I (and many others) may have bought into your bull$#@% a few years ago (for a little while), but no more. You’re silence is (yet again) deafening. Shame on you and your god! We know you! We know you by your fruits! (Matthew 7:15-20 in case you’re curious)

    At the turn of the 20th century Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Now it has dwindled to less than 10% and much of that is due to the recent “Arab Spring” years. And this isn’t just happening in the tyrannical Muslim nations like Iran and Syria. It is also occurring within “allied” nations of Iraq, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia and it’s all state sponsored (or state tolerated).

    No, of course we shouldn’t be surprised. After World War II the Arab armies tried to annihilate the re-established state of Israel. Failing that, they proceeded to purge 800,000 Jews from their lands. Such is now the fate of Christians; a fate that awaits all non-Muslims in those lands; and all non-Muslims in their own lands if Islam (the “Religion of Peace”) has its way.

    There is only one bright spot in the whole Middle East where the Christian population has increased (having more than tripled in the last half century) and where Christians enjoy equality and actual peace with the non-Christian majority. In Israel.

    Religion - Islam - Freedom Go to HellAgain, I would say that Islam needs to clean up its own mess; something we Americans have tried to do (rightly or wrongly) for decades with little success or even gratitude. I submit that it is the nature of Islam that is the problem; being the antithesis of tolerance, freedom, and democracy.

    With that in mind, we Americans should wake up to that reality. At a minimum we need to change our immigration policy to limit the infiltration of such a malignant influence into our society. We should look to the troubles Europe is now facing to see our future if we do not rid ourselves of this viper.

    “Did you not know that there is enmity and natural antipathy between your kind and mine? Did you not know that a serpent in the bosom, a mouse in a bag and fire in a barn give their hosts an ill reward?” (* From the Aesop’s Fable “The Farmer and the Viper” )

    * This blog posting inspired by the following Editorial in the Wall Street Journal (The Middle East War on Christians)

    Other Posts on the Subject of Islam and Jizya:
    Jizya, Welfare, and State Sponsored Terrorism
    Jizya – Defending my Position
    More Jizya Anyone?

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    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell recently did a little soul searching as to why things are so screwed when it comes to foreign affairs. To their credit they have managed to suspended their disbelief just enough to realize that things are bad despite “The One” being in office for so long. So they proceed to ask themselves why; and come to the conclusion…

    It’s Bush’s Fault!

    “The decisions of our generation on national security are determined more than anything by what the George W. Bush administration did…” — Rachel Maddow (citing [yawn] Iraq & Afghanistan)

    She basically thinks because Bush entered into wars that “Americans are against” it now ties the hands of Obama over a decade later.

    “Those are the determinative constraints for our thinking about everything, from Crimea, to Syria, to what the overall size of the U.S. military is.” — Rachel Maddow

    “… these kind of protracted foreign occupations, like we did under the previous president, we can’t effectively make good decisions until we understand why we did that.” — Rachel Maddow

    Translation: We’ve got to go through some serious national therapy to deal with Bush being in office and Cheney being allowed to breath air. Only then can we move forward as a nation.

    “… every other decision we make — why the president decided not to go ahead with airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad on Labor Day weekend.” — MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell (agreeing with Maddow)

    Translation: Obama is constrained to be a pussy because George W Bush wasn’t.

    “And that, some would argue, not me, but some of the critics are saying that has influenced the way foreign leaders and perhaps [Russian President Vladimir] Putin view [President Barack Obama]” — MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell (applying “logic”)

    Translation: I still love the guy (Obama). He can do no wrong. But some foreign leaders (like Putin) think Obama’s a pussy because they compare him to the cowboy (Bush).

    What never enters into these two vapid little leftist minds is that… perhaps… if it walks like a wimp, talks like a wimp and consistently acts like a wimp… it’s probably just a wimp; and one utterly unprepared to be commander in chief.

    Still Bush Fault Question

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    So here we go into the year 2014. So I thought I’d do a New Year’s posting… first looking back at 2013 and then looking forward to 2014.

    I really consider myself a pessimist when it comes to human affairs; so I’ll reiterate that we are doomed. As a whole (humanity) and as a nation (the U.S.), we continue ploughing forward in the wrong direction and I see no signs of slowing, much less tuning around. We count right as wrong and wrong as right and proudly boast our iniquities as rights and then are surprised at what we reap.

    Some still try to stop the rising tide; and I guess I’ll continue to do the same; but after decades with little or nothing to show for it… I’m just sick and tired of the whole mess.

    At best… personally… I’ll continue to try and carve out a bit of sanity within little niches of friends, family and community; then fortify these against the constant onslaught from bureaucrats and dunce filled confederacies.

    My attitude right now can be summed up with a quote from Atlas Shrugged… “Why ask useless questions? How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky? Who is John Galt?”

    Political Cartoon - 2014 01 00 - New Year - No Right Turn

    Looking back at 2013:

    George Zimmerman Trial:
    The Positive: Sure it’s good that Zimmerman was acquitted.
    The Negative: The sad and scary part is that he was ever tried in the first place. The prosecution got it right the first time by not arresting or charging the man in a clear-cut case of self-defense. Only after race-pimps did their thing was the man prosecuted.
    The Media: The media handling of the case was also abysmal. They immediately sided with the race pimps. They also depicted Martin as much younger and more innocent.

    Paula Dean Using the N Word:
    The Positive: None.
    The Negative: Paul Dean supposedly went through her witch hunt because she said the N Word something like 20 years ago. This again shows the poor state of race relations and the dominance of political correctness in our society.

    The Boston Marathon Terrorist Bombing:
    The Positive: Kudos go to the authorities who quickly found, killed and captured the two terrorist responsible.
    The Negative: The two nuts and their families never should have been allowed in the country in the first place. The process that allowed them in was (and still is) severely flawed. We supposedly have an NSA going nuts with intelligence gathering, but it somehow missed these guys who gave us all the signs of being terrorists.
    The Media: The media handling of this story was, as usual, horrible. The cover of Rolling Stone was particularly atrocious… but… not surprising.

    The New Pope:
    The Positive: Pope Francis seems more humble than Pope’s past and in this regard he walks the walk.
    The Negative: I still haven’t figured this guy out, but my suspicions are not on the bright side. I get the feeling this Pope is a numbers man. He wants more bodies in the pews and has decided capitulation of the word is a small price to pay for that. Actually the price could be very high… for him and his church.

    North Korea:
    The Positive: There isn’t any
    The Negative: New dictator Kim Jong Un (aka Little Chubby) has wasted no time in solidifying power and ramping up North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. As a bonus he has made the Commander in Chief of the United States look like a pansy (like that was a hard thing to do). This guy will be trouble for years to come.

    The Birth of the Royal Baby:
    The Positive: Yawn…
    The Negative: Yawn… A whole 24 hour news cycle shot to hell. No telling what Obama got away with during that period.

    The Positive: Maybe, just maybe this will help Americans see the true price of progressive policy.
    The Negative: Obamacare was a debacle wrapped in a debacle inside a debacle. Based on the competence of the instigators it’s no surprise. The results? Net? Millions have lost their insurance and millions more have seen premiums double and triple. The system was broke, now it’s more broke, and nobody is even remotely discussing the real solution which is to scrap the insurance model as the means to healthcare.

    Ammunition Shortage:
    The Positive: There isn’t any
    The Negative: If you’re not a hunter or gun sportsman you probably have no clue that there is a severe shortage of ammunition in the United states. There are several calibers you just can’t buy. There is much speculation as to the cause. If the federal government isn’t involved in some negative way, I would be surprised.

    The Positive: Snowden is freezing his ass off in Russia.
    The Negative: There is no telling the damage done to the U.S. by Snowden’s leaks. I might have had sympathy for Snowden and his “stated” cause (I think his stated cause is a lie); but he took his product (stolen secrets) to our enemies. Had he instead taken this information to his Congressman or even to the (gulp) “free” press or somehow made sure our enemies didn’t get this information I would have called him a whistle blower and maybe even a hero. As it is… he’s a dirt bag and traitor and should be treated as such.

    The NSA:
    The Positive: Don’t know of any.
    The Negative: The NSA as it is now is just a symptom of the real problem… BIG GOVERNMENT. This could be said about a dozen or so other government agencies and departments that ALL should be severely cut, brought down to size, and put on a short leash. But we’re well past that aren’t we.

    Middle East:
    The Positive: Hmmmm… Hmmmm… Nope can’t think of any.
    The Negative: Obama has basically negotiated away our victory in Iraq and is in the process of a surrendered withdrawal from Afghanistan. Meanwhile he allows our ambassador and three others to be assassinated in Benghazi and tries to cover it up as a spontaneous protest over an internet video. His ass was just handed to him by Putin and the Syrians. He has basically thrown Israel, Saudi Arabia, and just about any other ally we have over there under the bus. Iran develops nuclear weapons unabated. It’s hard to imagine this inept buffoon handling this barbaric region of the globe any worse.


    Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Other Brain Dead Celebs:
    The Positive: Their 15 minutes will expire.
    The Negative: There are 10 more waiting to take their place. We will always have these useful idiots clawing to extend their 15 minutes of fame, doing stupid ass stuff to make the headlines (any headlines). They are a pox on society; but an embraced pox.

    The Stock Market:
    The Positive: It’s hit record highs.
    The Negative: It’s all sitting atop a bubble called quantitative easing; which is the federal government printing money out the wazoo and using it to buy up all “safe” investments forcing money into the market. This is basically making our savings worth a lot less and hurts the elderly on a fixed income. All this so money is cheap (meaning interest rates) and Obama can afford to borrow on behalf of Uncle Sam. Every time the feds even mention that they might ease up on this policy the market begins a free fall; to which the feds quickly release a message of “just kidding”. This bubble will be deflated in the long run; either slowly or eventually imploding on its own. So far there is virtually no political will to do it the right way. The fact that’s it has even reached this point is another indictment of Obama ineptitude.

    Phil Robertson Controversy:
    Phil Robertson (of Duck Dynasty) basically extolled on his Christian beliefs that homosexuality is a sin. For that, he whipped up a &$#@-storm of controversy.
    The Positive: The leftist gay organizations (GLADD) got their asses handed to them; and it’s been a long time coming. GLADD is an evil and fascist organization bent on using the jack boots of political correctness to extinguish any opposition to their agenda. It’s good to see these guys finally get what they deserve. Meanwhile companies like A&E and Cracker Barrel got the message loud and clear also. These companies ended up making the right decisions though for the wrong reasons.
    The Negative: It’s just further evidence that this nation is lost.

    Looking Ahead at 2014:

    2014 is looking to be the same crap as 2013 socially. The fundamental transformation of this nation is well underway and has been even before Obama took over.

    2014 is looking to be the same crap as 2013 financially. There is no way the Feds are going to ease quantitative easing. Obama needs cheap money for the system to even have a chance at working. This will mean expanding the bubble currently supporting the stock market. The only question is does the bubble have room for expansion or will it burst? We’ll find out.

    2014 is looking to be the same crap as 2013 politically. We still have the most inept President is recent history if not centuries. He’s still got two years. At best he’s an early lame duck; at worst… (I shudder to think).

    The only fly in the political ointment of 2014 is that it is an election year; which means there is hope that we can slow our dead run to hell down to a trot again. Whooopeee… that prospect just doesn’t excite me as much as it used to. I expect… stalemate… The Republicans holding on to the House and picking up a few seats in the Senate (but not control).

    2014 is not something to be looked forward to and hoped for. It is something to be attacked and brought under submission is at all possible… or die trying.

    2014 00 00 - Tea Party - Sick of Your Shit

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    I know this is kinda old… but it’s hilarious… and right on the money. 🙂

    From the very talented Stilton Jarlsberg at Hope N Change Cartoons.

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    (Side Note: You can read my original and lengthy piece on Islam and Jizya from May using these links)
    Jizya, Welfare, and State Sponsored Terrorism
    Jizya – Defending my Position

    Religion - Islam - Jizya - Spitting WaterBack in May (2013), I debated a Muslim concerning Islam in general and the Jizya tax in particular. My victim (MustafaHoward)’s mistake in the debate was assuming I was a milquetoast American interested in pretending Islam (historically and functionally) is something other than what it is… specifically a religion of peace. It’s not, never was, and never will be. Islam was created by a war lord and pedophile and its tenants and practices are exactly what you would expect from such a “prophet” of such character.

    The left and specifically Obama make up many of the milquetoast Americans MustafaHoward likes to encounter. He can bully them into submission and pretending through political correctness. This dangerous capitulation has led to real consequences in places like Egypt where Obama and the left threw a dictator (bought and paid for by the U.S.) under the bus and replaced him with the Muslim Brotherhood. (This by the way is exactly what Jimmy Carter did to produce that wonderful Islamic state of Iran we have today.)

    The left has these grandiose ideas that new enlightened Muslims will usher in democracy and peace without any thought that Islam is the antipathy of democracy and peace. What is political and policy folly to them is death and slavery to thousands at the hands of Islamist. Egypt is only the latest scene in this ongoing crime against humanity.

    The latest…

    “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax” — Washington Times Headline

    All this comes from the Koran 9:29 which allow Muslims to take this money in exchange for “benevolent” protection. The Koran definition of jizya is tribute “that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords ‘with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued’ to safeguard their existence” (Raymond Ibrahim) Of course in practice (historically and today) it’s just dogma sanctioned extortion.

    It seems the Islamist thugs are extorting money (that’s what jizya is) from around 15,000 Christians in a village called Dalga in Egypt.

    ALL Christians (every last one of them) in the Egyptian village are being forced to pay anywhere from 200 to 500 Egyptian pounds per day. It’s hard to quantify just how onerous this is. Taking the average of 300 Egyptian pound would be about $43 a day ($15,000 a year) using the current exchange rate. How would you like to pay that to your Muslim overlords/protectors? What makes it worse is the average per person income in Egypt is… $16 a day or $5,680 a year.

    Religion - Islam - Jizya - SubjugateBut don’t worry, these benevolent Muslim existence protectors offers other options, renouncing Christ (ooops that’s not even good enough, you must also embrace Islam), or if that doesn’t work for you… death (and likely the death of your family).

    Think this is just a few nutballs in Egypt? The Syrian rebels (yeah… the latest batch of good guys we’re supporting) recently went to a Christian shop owner and gave him three options: 1) become Muslim 2) Give them $70,000 dollars in jizya (I wonder if they’d give him a receipt) OR 3) be killed… oh and they’ll kill his family too.

    THIS is Islam! The real Islam! These are the guys following the true “take and plunder” philosophy of Muhammad. And it’s hard to tell if the Muslims who say otherwise really believe it or if they are just practicing the verses in the Koran that lets them lie and betray infidels.

    I lot of people like to say “we’re not at war with Islam”. That’s too bad because they’re dam sure at war with us (Christians). The sooner we face that the better for us and humanity. Unfortunately, where the American (Western) mindset is today, it is much more likely our descendants will be sticking their collective asses in the air several times a day… at least those who eventually submit rather than die when they run out of jizya to pay the extortionists.

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