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Concept - Credibility - DictionaryWe (and by “we” I mean Obama and his administration) have really screwed the pooch on this one. It’s just the latest example of the wages of “Pussy Diplomacy”.

Our main problem with Syria (and our foreign policy in general) is in the value of words. Words mean things. People, (and governments and tyrants) watch them and the actions that follow to back them up… they then place value (capitol) on the words based on how true the original words were. (On a side note this is a currency still accumulated and spent on the world stage… but has completely lost its value domestically. Here rhetoric is king thanks to the Main Stream Media.)

We (and by “we” I mean Obama) have little or no capitol in our words. Our enemies don’t fear us (because of the past actions behind our words); and our allies don’t trust us. And who can blame either of them?

Instead of rehashing all the situations that have brought us to this low point, you can read my previous entry (Been There, Done That, Doing it Again – The Consequences of Being Seen as American Pussies).

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I will recount one instance here that happened since that posting that is a great example of the problem I am describing. It’s even specific to Syria.

Of course Obama talked big a year or so ago; warning Syria not to use Chemical weapons… or else that would be a “red line”. Of course this was nothing less than Obama spending the capitol of words backed by the actions of previous Presidents. As an amateur he gave no thought to the capitol that would need to be built by his actions. Obama understands only the concept of spending and consuming… not saving or building up.

When that line was obviously crossed months ago… Obama hemmed and hawed and finally… finally… announced that we would send “small arms” to the rebels fighting Assad. Everybody knew this was wuss-out. He might as well have sent them boxes of condoms to throw at Assad’s tanks and jets. But that’s not the end of it… He didn’t even follow through on that meager threat. Nothing to date has been sent. He wussed-out on the wuss-out. His words… his threat… meant nothing. The man IS an amateur and a pussy!

As I said a couple of weeks ago… “If we say we’ll act when a line is crossed, we act. If we’re not really willing to act then we shut the $#@# up! Just doing what we say will go a long way in gaining the respect we need to operate in the world.”

Now the line is crossed again. And Obama seems ready to act this time. No really… Assad has gone tooooo far…

So Obama says this is “not about regime change” so Assad can rest assured he isn’t going anywhere. There will be no boots on the ground and this will be an exercise that is completed in hours, not days, so Assad can just wait it out. We can do this anytime we want (days, weeks, months) so we’re not really committing to anything here other than lobbing a few hundred missiles at most. And even though he doesn’t need it; he’s going to let Congress vote on it, seeking their approval; but it’s not so important that we’re going to actually call them in now. We’ll just wait until they get back.

All this is just another look at amateur hour.

And where are our allies in all of this? The UK? They’re out. Germany? Nope. Italy? Insists on a U.N. mandate (which is laughable). France? Still In? One out of four… and the one is France! But again, who can blame them. I don’t. Our words no longer have any value. Depend on actions behind the words or Barack Obama and you’re bound to get screwed. Just ask Dr. Shakil Afridi doing 33 years in a Pakistan prison for helping us get Osama bin Laden.

Blame:
Sure all this is Obama’s fault. His words and actions on the world stage; which I term “pussy diplomacy” is little more than one “amateur” mistake after another.

But what did we expect from a junior Senator with little or no experience in anything other than rabble rousing (community organizing) and teaching a few college classes. Sure he’s pretty (hansom), and talks the talk (rhetoric), and… and… that’s about it. But that seems to be all you need to be President of the United States these days.

I guess what I’m saying is we get the government (and President) we deserve… and boy are we getting it. Twice now! Buy hey, who can really put a value on a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” — Harry Reid. Just look at the dividends that fact is paying in domestic policy and race relations.

People - Obama, Barack - Mickey Mouse EarsNow What?
So where do we go from here?

Long term? We as an American people need to elect real men (I don’t mean this as sexist) to the office of the Presidency. Rank amateurs no matter their skin pigmentation are still rank amateurs. Even Bill Clinton knew that.

“Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!” — Bill Clinton

“A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would be getting us coffee.” — Bill Clinton (reportedly to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.))

Short term? I’ll admit I’m not sure what we need to do in Syria. My complaint and this post has more to do with how and why we are in such bad shape globally and diplomatically.

As in most of the Middle East, there are few if any good guys in these conflicts. If the rebels were half-way decent (not Sharia-law pushing radical extremists) and really wanting democracy and freedom… I’d say we take action. Real action and make sure they won. I would even be willing to help… If I thought they would set up a dictator or junta that was favorable to us for a decade or two; but I don’t.

They’re not our friends. They’re Islamic (which is the antipathy of democracy and freedom). And not the watered down Islam we pretend is prevalent (there or here). They’re nut-jobs vying for power; who will kill Jews and Christians (and their own people) and turn on us at their first opportunity. Who needs this crap?

Religion - Islam - Symbol and Book

The Obama “plan” (if it could be called that) will not protect the people being slaughtered by Assad or from the next tyrant who will take his place if we get him. As Obama campaigns (the only thing he is good at) to try and convince Congress and the American people that we should lob a limited number of missiles at Syria; to convince me, he’s got to show me a real plan to really help those people AND protect our interests over there. But this would have to appeal to reason and facts, which is not something Obama can do… his only tool is emotional manipulation. With that said, and with the understanding of what Obama has planned right now… I say No.

We need to shift our Middle East policy to reflect that we have few friends in the Muslim world; and if we do they’re really just rich secularist dictators from a Muslim culture. We need to weigh the benefits to us and take actions that support those benefits… and that’s it. We need value for our buck and nothing else. If anybody over there wants to be our “friends” let them prove it first.

The Syrian rebels want our help? OK. A few questions first. How will you purge the Al Qaeda elements in your ranks? What do you have to offer in return and what will you do to guarantee delivery? And please understand your answer will directly affect the level of support… if any…

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Major Nidal Hasan - Islamist Terrorist

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Islamist terrorist who fatally shot thirteen Army patriots while shouting “Allah Akbar” (god is great) was racially profiled by the U.S. Army.

According to emails and documents from his colleagues and superiors, Major Midal Malik Hasan:

  1. Was physically unfit to be an officer in the army (too fat)
  2. Was chronically unprofessional
  3. Showed a poor work ethic
  4. Lacked the required time in a psychiatric clinic to complete his residency
  5. Was required to submit a psychiatric research project to complete residency and instead wrote a “history/religious class report rather than a psychiatric scholarly activity”
  6. Berated returning soldiers for their involvement in a war against Islam
  7. Sought to have some of his patients prosecuted for war crimes based on statements they made during psychiatric sessions with him

Known by the FBI; but not necessarily the Army, Hasan:

  1. Posted messages on the Internet extolling the virtues of suicide bombers
  2. Communicated with Anwar al-Awlaki (al Qaeda-affiliated radical imam in Yemen)

What happened? How did a nut-ball like this get pass after pass until it cost thirteen American soldiers their lives? The answer can be summed up in two words; “Political Correctness”.

Hasan was racially profiled by the Army because of his Islamist heritage in that he was given special treatment. There’s another name for that… “affirmative action”.

Any time a colleague or superior showed any courage by bringing up concerns; they were brushed aside. Hasan was a member of a protected minority class. The rules, did not apply.

After thirteen needless deaths; did the Army learn its lesson? Not quite; the inquiry released in January recommends that the service discipline Hasan’s medical superiors for not raising any red flags. It even targets Maj. Scott Moran who did raise issues; just not enough. Moran wanted to put Hasan on probation at one time; but was stopped by higher-ups. Moran brought up Hasan’s lack of clinic time for residency. Moran even raised flags that Hasan’s research project was a pro-Islam anti-American joke. I think that Moran wanted to hold Hasan to the military standard and pushed as far as he dared. But nothing short of risking his military career was going to produce any action.

The fact that Hasan’s direct superiors failed to raise (enough) flags is actually a symptom and not the problem. The problem is that the Army is so vested in political correctness and affirmative action; that it has created an environment where raising red flags (even ones as obvious as these) means risking everything you have worked for your whole career.

Based on this white-wash report and the Pentagon’s recent kowtowing to the left; it is obvious that nothing has changed.  How many more “man made disasters?  How many more Hasan’s have to happen before we  throw political correctness out the windows and get serious about fighting our enemies.

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Back from the Holidays, we had another attempted terrorist attack on American civilians.  Once again airline security failed to catch the Muslim nut ball with explosives sewed into his underwear.  The guy easily boarded a flight from Nigeria to Detroit.  Admittedly, this was not a U.S. airport; but I see very little evidence that he would have been caught here either.

From what I have heard this guy was on a watch list, but not a no-fly list.  Various intelligence agencies, including the British and US knew about him.  And his poor father begged officials in his country (Nigeria) to watch out for his radicalized son.  The net effect of all this information… nothing.

The world and in particular the U.S. (and even more particular, this Administration) have not yet learned the lessons we should have learned immediately after 911.  We have reverted back to a pre-911 mindset.  We do not realize yet that “WE ARE AT WAR”.  Our enemies do not suffer from this delusional state.

When 911 first happened and I saw political correctness dictate our response, I said it would take several more attacks to wake the sleeping giant that is the U.S.  We have been lucky that the Washington sniper terrorists and the Fort Hood terrorists had limited success in their attacks.  On the airliner front, we are even luckier that al-Quaida has only been able to recruit morons unable to light their shoes or underwear.  (How do you train for that?)

I hate to fly (even before 911) and do so very rarely.  But even my limited exposure to flying tells me that our joke of a response is proof that we are not serious about this War.  I have watched 90 year old men in wheel-chairs and children subjected to virtual strip searches in the name of safety and political correctness.  What does this tell our enemies, the people who want to kill us?  It tells them that we are weak and stupid!

I hope we are someday aware of and serious about the danger we face.  I hope we will be willing to implement the best solution to airport security.  I hope we are willing to implement the cheapest solution to airport security.  The irony being, that the cheapest and best solutions are one and the same.

But that is not today…  When that day comes, you will know it by this sign.  A literal sign found in each American airport reading “Young Muslim men, please form a separate line here.  Be prepared to remove shoes… and pants”.

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