Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Brother X says: "If it did happen, it was Bush's fault!"
"The magic flute. Nice rhetoric broken promises. He is creating the conditions to be replaced by a Republican, because people do not vote for issues and political platforms, but for emotions and hatred. He is already losing people’s support. There is a sense of frustration out there. In my hometown Republicans won an outstanding majority in the last election. The Democrats were the majority before the election. Maybe this is a small example but maybe is a trend. Obama is emulating so well Bush’s policies that he might end up giving the majority in the House and Senate, loose some other governorships and the White House. This may explain why Palin and her supporters are so eager to get her a national spot. She may be envisaging a secure path to the White House."
"The Nobel Peace Price the same month he sends maybe 34,000 to war? I am disappointed and despondent over the turn of events! An ex-Woman Marine"
"As he sits in the ruins of his presidency, less than a year into his final term, does it occur to Obama what a monumental failure he has become? Do the mindless dupes who voted for him realize the magnitude of his clearly fraudulent candidacy as Obama now embraces the mantel of war criminal? During the campaign, I took endless abuse from his supporters when I expressed my opinion that he was just another fascist wolf in sheep's clothing. Now I am able to laugh and rub their noses in their folly. At least some folks are finally awakening to the grim reality of former senator Obama."
"What an incredible disappointment Obama has been. A toadie for the banks, corporations and defense industry who is doing Bush Lite for all things governmental. The day of the locust is coming and Obama has nothing to blame but himself. What a loss. Millard Fillmore, W, Polk and Wilson is the company he keeps as a one term president leading this country to disaster."
"This is the worst possible decision that could be made - except for the extremist righties who will take congress and presidency back because progressives will be pissed and in disarray. I pray thi s report is wrong. OMG this is worse than Viet Nam and I am still haunted by that combat and killing I saw. Multiple deployments are criminal by cheneybush or Obama. RVN is nothing compared to this pointless, useless ,and immoral carnage. I worked hard for Barak because I thought he was intelligent and courageous. Wrong I guess. Betrayed"
"The 'fancy hood ornament' description of Barack Obama is funny, but I am appalled that he is going forward with an escalation in Afghanistan and, one year in, I am feeling naive (at age 70!) and hoodwinked by the 'hope' and 'change' promises that I swallowed whole in 2008. Obama is essentially the same as Hillary, except more deviously political, less blatantly hawkish, utterly unable to craft a new course for this country. And not that any candidate on the GOP side had something better to offer us. I am interested that Obama's long 'deliberations' take us into the holiday season when public blowback and press coverage after his Afghanistan escalation 'announcement' will be minimal. I am also interested to see who in this administration will resign after he makes this shocking 'decision.' As a nation, we are screwed. And we can't even blame it on W. anymore."
I told you all so a year ago....
"The President of Europe has not been elected; he was appointed in a secret meeting of the heads of government of the 27 EU member states. They chose one of their own. Herman Van Rompuy was the Prime Minister of Belgium. I knew him when he was just setting out, reluctantly, on his political career."
"'I think it is important, though, to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession.' -- The Obama
"I think it more likely that people are losing confidence in this Obama-run government, if they ever had any to begin with. This statement from Obama represents perhaps the most hypocritical things ever heard by the American people. If Obama is so concerned about adding to the debt, then why does he keep doing it?
"And to compound the lie, he adds this:
"'I intend to take serious steps to reduce America's long-term deficit because debt-driven growth cannot fuel America's long-term prosperity.'
"Neither can government programs and handouts. Government creates no wealth, it merely spends it. With the spending spree the Obama is ramming through congress and cramming down our throats, the national debt is about to surpass the nation’s GDP. So what happens when your debts become greater than your assets? You end up like GM and Chrysler - bankrupt. The country will be sold to the highest bidder, just as it is now being sold off to Red China.
"When the Obama refuses to reduce spending, then says he intends to 'take serious steps to reduce America's long-term deficit,' there is only one possible conclusion: raise taxes, or borrow more money and apply the budget deficit to the national debt.
"When you raise taxes, you kill any economic recovery that may or may not be taking place. Borrowing money from China to pay for the deficit is destroying the nation’s credit with a national debt that is nearly impossible to pay off. Just the interest payments alone are enough to keep us broke for decades to come. And how are we handling those interest payments? Paying them with borrowed money, or just letting them add more to the debt? Our credit is just about maxed out.
"According to The Tax Foundation, to offset deficits, 'Federal income tax rates would have to be nearly tripled across the income spectrum,' with the lowest bracket at 27 percent and the highest at 95%. 'Even the CBO estimates that rates would have to exceed 80 percent, and that's before state and local taxes,' says the Patriot Post. I assume they mean for generations to come.
"But Obama isn’t concerned with that, in fact, it’s exactly what he wants. Break the bank and redistribute the wealth to those who no longer have any income after the economy has collapsed and the country finds itself in a deep depression - taking much of the free world down with it. That is the Cloward-Piven strategy for the destruction of capitalism and the free market:
"'The Cloward-Piven strategy - first proposed in 1966 - seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.'
"This is intended to result in what the left calls a Marxist utopia and is the goal of George Soros, ACORN & affiliates, and others associated with the Obama.
"How can any reasonable person believe that wealth can be created from government handouts? What happens when the handouts run out and no wealth has been created by a company? Obviously it cannot remain in business as the overhead exceeds the revenue. Wealth can only be created by entrepreneurship and passed down to employees.
"But perhaps the most obscene lie is the concept of 'trickle up prosperity.' You take money from the job creators and give it to the poor, who then go out and spend it to generate business for the job creators. Then you just take it away again and give it back to the poor. Where is the wealth creation? This is not wealth creation, it is socialist redistribution of wealth.
"The Obama learned it well from the radicals and Marxist professors he sought out during his college years. So have the people he now employs in the White House staff.
"The Obama is a chronic liar. He lies nearly every time he opens his mouth in front of a camera. I have only discussed just a few from the past week in this article. He also tells us that he is trying to save the economy while in reality, he is trying his best to destroy it by stealth before he can be removed from office, and he continues to blame it all on George Bush - who does share some of the blame - perhaps 10% of it. Remember when our presidents were honorable men?"
“'Basically, when Mohamed or Allah have said something contradictory, and there are lots of those, the last command takes precedence over the earlier command and renders the earlier command null and void. Since the books of the Koran are not in chronological order one needs to know which command came last. Much of the "kill the infidel" stuff is the more recent commands.
“'Part of the problem with "peaceful Muslims" is that none will repudiate the "kill the infidels" commands of their god and prophet because to do so would make one worse than an infidel with another command by Allah to put the apostate to death. In fact, "Radical Islamists" are nothing more than true believers doing exactly what Mohammed and Allah are telling them to do. The "peaceful Muslims" are actually the unbelievers and the Jihadists are the true believers. Check the ‘murtadd’; it also explains why "peaceful Muslims" won't condemn the Jihad at Fort Hood. If you want personal proof, when talking to a Muslim, ask them to condemn and repudiate the grossly hateful and kill-the-infidel stuff in the Koran. You will get some interesting answers.'
"Whereas true Christians 'turn the other cheek, love their enemies, do unto others...' etc. True Muslims kill the infidels. Both are just doing what their god and prophet told them to do."
This is an EXCELLENT essay; well thought out and presented by Raymond S. Kraft, a writer living in Northern California who has studied the Middle Eastern culture and religion.
Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat. The Nazis had sunk more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and America taking food and war materials.
At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war.
Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage Congress unanimously declared war on Japan, and the following day on Germany, who had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.
France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned itself with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally, as Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, as it was well on its way to owning and controlling all of Asia.
Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and Mexico, as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and Europe.
America's only allies then were England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and Russia. That was about it. All of Europe, from Norway to Italy (except Russia in the East) was already under the Nazi heel.
The US was certainly not prepared for war. The US had drastically downgraded most of its military forces after WW I because of the depression, so that at the outbreak of WW II, Army units were training with broomsticks because they didn't have guns, and cars with "tank" painted on the doors because they didn't have real tanks. A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor.
Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million in gold bullion in the Bank of England (that was actually the property of Belgium) given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).
Actually, Belgium surrendered in one day, because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day just to prove they could.
Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of staggering losses and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first turned his attention to Russia, in the late summer of 1940 at a time when England was on the verge of collapse.
Ironically, Russia saved America's butt by putting up a desperate fight for two years, until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at Germany.
Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow alone . . . 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than a 1,000,000 soldiers.
Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war effort against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the Nazis could possibly have won the war.
All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey things. Now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in history.
There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants, and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, almost anywhere in the world.
The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs. They believe that Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the world. To them, all who do not bow to their will of thinking should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the Holocaust, destroy Israel, and purge the world of Jews. This is their mantra. (goal)
There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East. For the most part not a hot war, but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation, but it is not yet known which side will win, the Inquisitors, or the Reformationists.
If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian economies.
The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC. Not an OPEC dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC dominated by the Jihadis. Do you want gas in your car? Do you want heating oil next winter? Do you want the dollar to be worth anything? You had better hope the Jihad, the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.
If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, live in peace with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away. A moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.
We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition, i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. We can't do it everywhere at once. We have created a focal point for the battle at a time and place of our choosing . . . . . . . in Iraq. Not in New York, not in London , or Paris or Berlin , but in Iraq, where we are doing two important things.
(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack or not, it is undisputed that Saddam had been actively supporting the terrorist movement for decades; Saddam was a terrorist! Saddam was a weapon of mass destruction, responsible for the deaths of probably more than a 1,000,000 Iraqis and 2,000,000 Iranians.
(2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq. We have focused the battle. We are killing bad people, and the ones we get there we won't have to be killed here. We also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq, which will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for a stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed.
WW II, the war with the Japanese and German Nazis, really began with a "whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for fourteen years before the US joined it. It officially ended in 1945,a 17-year war, and was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those countries reconstructed and running on their own again . . . a
27 year war.
WW II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full year's GDP, adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars. WW II cost America more than 400,000 soldiers killed in action and nearly 100,000 still missing in action.
The Iraq war has, so far, cost the United States about $160,000,000,000, which is roughly what the 9/11 terrorist attack cost New York. It has also cost about 3,000 American lives, which is roughly equivalent to lives that the Jihad killed (within the United States ) in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
The cost of not fighting and winning WW II would have been unimaginably greater - a world dominated by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism.
This is not a 60-Minutes TV show, or a 2-hour movie in which everything comes out okay. The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly. It always has been, and probably always will be.
The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.
If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an ally, like England, in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates to conquer the world.
The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never ending war. Now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons, unless some body prevents them from getting them.
We have four options:
1. We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.
2. We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as next year, if Iran's progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran claims it is).
3. We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East now; in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America.
4. We can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and possibly most of the rest of Europe. It will, of course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.
If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, or grandchildren, may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.
The history of the world is the history of civilization clashes, cultural clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should be like, and the most determined always win.
Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.
Remember, perspective is every thing, and America's schools teach too little history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.
The Cold War lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989; forty-two years!
Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany!
World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation, and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan. World War II resulted in the death of more than 50,000,000 people, maybe more than 100,000,000 people, depending on which estimates you accept.
The US has taken more than 3,000 killed in action in Iraq. The US took more than 4,000 killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944, the first day of the Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism.
In WW II the US averaged 2,000 KIA a week for four years. Most of the individual battles of WW II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so far.
The stakes are at least as high. . A world dominated by representative governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms . . . or a world dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad, under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law).
It's difficult to understand why the average American does not grasp this. They favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for Iraqis.
"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate here in America, where it's safe.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places that really need peace activism the most? I'll tell you why! They would be killed!
The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins, wherever the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc.
Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own worst enemy!
Please consider passing along copies of this article to students in high school, college and university as it contains information about the American past that is very meaningful today, history about America that very likely is completely unknown by them (and their instructors, too). By being denied the facts of our history, they are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to reasoning and thinking through the issues of today. They are prime targets for misinformation campaigns beamed at enlisting them in causes and beliefs that are special interest agenda driven.
"Remind me: Why are we still allies with Saudi Arabia? Why did President Obama bow to the King who presides over such Hell? Can we find no oil elsewhere, no other sources of energy? Do Americans really understand what goes on in Saudi Arabia? Have we forgotten that the Saudis have single-handedly exported Wahhabi fundamentalism and propaganda that has poisoned both westerners and those in the east—and have funded western universities and media as well? Does anyone remember that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia? Or that Osama bin Laden is a Saudi? Do we not understand that the Kingdom has funded bin Laden?
"Yes, I know: The Saudi rulers oppose Al Qaeda who would overrun the sands were the House of Saud to ever quit the desert. And yet: Are we aware, even dimly, of how very barbaric the Saudi rulers themselves are—despite all their suave, smooth, westernized, glitzy exteriors? Do we understand what it means to live in the 8th or 9th centuries?"
Casey should be fired.
"As President Obama continues to ignore the will of the American people, the American People continue to turn against President Obama. The latest Rasmussen report show the POTUS' approval rating (those who strongly approve of the job he is doing vs those who strongly disapprove) has fallen to its lowest point ever -15. 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as President, 42% Disapprove."
Brother X says: "The polls are racist now!" I ask him were they racist last January and February? He replies: "They were responsible Americans back then but today they are RACIST!"
"This demonic act was almost certainly a pre-meditated, treasonous, act of terrorism, personal or otherwise, against his own nation and military, both of which he betrayed in pursuit of his radicalized views. And who’s ultimately to blame? We are! We’ve become so ridiculous with our political-correctness; so afraid of offending, despite the truth; so overly-tolerant and self-effacing, pandering and apologizing to be liked; putting up with absurd challenges to our Constitution, laws, traditions and freedoms, that we’ve become a nation of enablers for those with evil intent. Case in point, failing to challenge or stop the open proselytizing, and statements against America’s military mission, by this officer, repeatedly uttered and witnessed.
"The Army should’ve booted him long ago, but can’t be faulted, as we’ve all now been driven, by fear, to egg-shell sensitivity. Devout Muslim beliefs can’t be challenged, yet the devoted Jewish and Christian faithful remain a continuing target of offensive-actions, insults, mockery and marginalization. In more ways than all of this, we’ve reached the height of absurdity in America. It’s past time to knock-off the elite-ism and level the tolerance playing field. We must, however, pause to note with heartfelt thanks, the efforts of the Muslim faithful who, unseen, help maintain the security of our great nation, both in the community, and through their courageous FBI-work as interpreters, informants and terror-cell infiltrators, working at great risk, to prevent similar barbaric acts."
Homosexuals are unnatural.
Islam is not a religion of peace, but produces terrorists.
Jesus (spoken while leading in a public prayer)
Mothers should stay at home and make motherhood their career.
The Republican Party has betrayed conservatives.
Illegal aliens (instead of undocumented immigrants)
The South was right (States' rights trump federal legislation).
Palestinian gunmen are murdering terrorists, not freedom fighters.
Home-educated students excel above traditional students.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are racists.
The Constitution is not a living document."