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Can We Survive This?

February 20, 2015

ISIS continues to grow in number and power, committing even more horrendous atrocities as it takes over more territory in the Middle East. In response, the Obama administration is ramping up its politically correct agenda of denial.

A White House spokesman said there is no particular “vulnerable community” prone to producing radical violence so they are looking to see how they can find those who are susceptible to recruitment to violence, adding that Muslims aren’t being targeted in this search. This fear of offending Muslims has become a driver for Obama and it hampers all administration efforts to fight terrorism.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said “we cannot win this war by killing them” and we need to go after the root cause such as “a lack of opportunity for jobs”. When challenged, Harf put on elitist airs and insulted the intelligence of critics saying her comments were too nuanced for them to understand.

This academic drivel is useless against the evil and violence of ISIS and it is a pitiful excuse for inaction. Obama’s distaste for U.S. military might was nurtured during his early association with radicals and it fueled his anti-America apology tour when elected. His only concern is social engineering and he tries to ignore threats rather than deal with them.

In the past, Obama told us that victory was not a goal in Afghanistan and that he didn’t even like the word “victory”. His inaction concerning ISIS, therefore, should not be a surprise, but the depth of his denial is astounding and his total immersion in political correctness has gone far beyond foolishness. Shunning victory can only result in defeat, and we are being defeated.

This all makes the latest Gallup poll finding Obama’s job approval at 50% mystifying and frightening, especially since a CNN poll found that 57% disapprove of his handling of ISIS. Is it really possible that more than half the people believe ISIS terrorism is a real threat but find Obama’s personal “transformation of America” more important – and acceptable?

If so, survival of this country is questionable.

David J. Hentosh

Far-Left is Out-of-Touch

January 26, 2015

The far-left continues to act like it is mainstream but that is just a fantasy, like much of its agenda. They are out-of-touch with the majority, but screaming loudly gets attention in the sycophantic media and that makes them believe their views are popular. Reality, however, tells a different story.

The current film, “American Sniper”, is set to become the biggest war movie of all time and would easily win an Oscar for “best picture” if the public were allowed to vote. However, it is receiving criticism from some on the far-left because it presents an American soldier in a positive light while putting down Islamic terrorists. The fact is that a majority of Americans are patriotic and patriotic movies usually do well at the box office, but this does not jive with a military hating, America bashing vision.

Polls show that global warming is far down the list of public priorities but it is still one of the far-left’s highest. The media made much of NASA’s claim that 2014 set a new record for global warmth but it remains silent about NASA’s climate scientists admitting that they are only 38% sure this is true.

Terrorism has now become the top priority for a majority of Americans but the far-left won’t even admit who the terrorists are. A majority of Americans also believe Islam encourages violence but the far-left remains in denial, focusing on the economy instead. Lower unemployment numbers they tout, however, have been proven to be highly influenced by the ending of unemployment benefit extensions. It seems that those who no longer receive unemployment benefits go out and find a job. Imagine that.

Going further against the far-left’s agenda, polls show a majority of Americans: favor the pipeline; oppose closing GITMO; do not believe we won the Afghan War; oppose government funding of abortion; are against late term abortion: and believe race relations have gotten worse under Obama. Also, a majority of New Yorkers have an unfavorable opinion of Al Sharpton, but that should be a “given” by now.

Don’t you wish the far-left was as out-of-sight as it is out-of-touch?

David J. Hentosh

Obama Ignores Terrorism

October 25, 2014

After declaring Al Qaeda defeated (and taking credit for it), president Obama returned to social engineering and the forcing of his “transformation” agenda upon the country. Terrorism was a fly in his agenda’s ointment, so denying the severity and often the very existence of it, especially here at home, became his politically expedient way of handling the “distraction”. Michelle Malkin takes Obama to task for this dangerous evasiveness.

From Michelle Malkin

President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity”… Too bad Obama didn’t show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil…Where was President Obama when Muslim Muhammad Hussain was arrested in Maryland in 2010 after scheming to blow up an Army recruitment office?…Where was President Obama when Muslim Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo was arrested in 2011 with explosives, a gun and jihadi propaganda?… Where was President Obama when a gang of Islamic thugs in Newburgh, NY was arrested plotting to “bring death to Jews” at nearby synagogues and “commit jihad”?… Where was President Obama in June 2011 when Seattle jihadists were busted after plotting to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station?… Where was President Obama when Musim convert Muhammad Yusuf was caught by New York City police in 2011 building a pipe bomb he planned to use to kill police and U.S. soldiers returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan?… Where was President Obama after an Islamic terrorist ring in Raleigh, NC got busted in 2009 plotting to bomb military installations and die “as martyrs in furtherance of violent jihad”?…
Where was Obama? Sabotaging our borders, restricting our gun rights, working to free Gitmo jihadists, decrying Islamophobia, demonizing conservatives, welcoming jihad sympathizers to the White House and putting politics over national security.

Read Malkin’s entire indictment here:  Where Was President Obama?

DJH

No Troops…No Troops…No Troops…

September 11, 2014

President Obama’s ISIS speech was less about his ISIS strategy than it was about his personal ideology. He made sure we all understood he was not going to send troops to Iraq and he assured us that ISIS is not Islamic. Ruling out troops twice in his speech emphasized his presumptuousness (which got us into this mess in the first place) and refusing to call ISIS Islamic was just politically correct nonsense.

Obama’s presidential campaign centered on pulling our troops out of Iraq, not winning the war, and he put a timetable on doing that with no consideration of future circumstances. He wasn’t interested in victory, having even stated his dislike for that very word and making sure it wasn’t a goal for the U.S. in Afghanistan. His given date for troop removal gave terrorists preparation time, a morale boost, and a goal.

Furthermore, he was not interested in having any troops remain in Iraq and he pulled them all out against military advice. Obama sees our military as representative of U.S. power and influence in the world – and he loathes it. On his “apology tour”, he made it very clear that he was embarrassed by past U.S. actions and promised he was going to “change” our ways. He has accomplished that and, consequently, the U.S. has lost credibility across the globe.

Obama’s distaste for the military is also behind ignoring the red line he set concerning Syria’s use of chemical weapons. His ideology does not allow use of U.S. power, so his red line was just rhetorical bluster which seems to be the bulk of his failing foreign policy. He has previously stated his belief that he was elected to stop wars, not start them, so he is desperately trying to avoid anything remotely resembling military might.

Obama’s ISIS speech was a result of reality forcing its way into his fantasy view of the world. Reluctance to face that reality was evident by his insistence on ideological notions that circumstances could easily prove to be very naive. Time will tell if reality will penetrate further but the “plan” has been revealed to ISIS in more detail than necessary and ISIS will be eager to test Obama’s resolve of no troops…no troops…no troops…

David J. Hentosh

The ISIS Crisis – and the UN

September 3, 2014

On the heels of Obama’s indecision, incompetency, and lack of interest regarding the ISIS crisis, the UN is taking action. It is sending 11 investigators to Iran, at a budget of $1.18 million, to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State “militants”. (Note that the linked Reuters report uses “militants” rather than “terrorists”.)

The UN investigators will report back by…March, 2015. That’s over 6 months away, long enough for an unimpeded, rampaging ISIS army to reach the UN building in NY and report personally before the investigation is complete. (With our southern border completely open, that may not be an exaggeration.) One wonders why it takes 6 months to find crimes in Iraq when they are being shown on the news every night.

Once the UN investigation is over, there are sure to be sanctions put in place against ISIS. An embargo of the scarfs hiding ISIS faces can stop beheadings and an embargo on pick-up truck replacement parts can slow them down, but banning them from YouTube or stopping arms shipments is much too inhumane for the UN.

It is hard to believe the UN could be less effective than Obama in dealing with the ISIS crisis, but it will be. The UN continually outdoes itself with ineffectiveness and its inherent bias against Israel automatically makes it sympathetic to Arab terrorists. There will be nothing good coming from the UN, and certainly nothing at all until its investigation is completed…in March.

ISIS, Russia, China, Iran, and Hamas are wreaking havoc around the world because there is an absence of strong leadership on the world stage. That leadership used to be provided by the U.S. president but Obama deliberately rejected it to follow his fantasy vision of the world. Even if he finally wakes to the foolishness of that fantasy, he has lost too much credibility to be handed the reins of leadership.

The world may have to wait until 2016 for a leader to step up. We can only hope it won’t be too late.

David J. Hentosh

Our Government is Failing Its Responsibilities

June 16, 2014

The Preamble to the Constitution tells us very succinctly why our government exists: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence (sic), promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…Our government is currently failing to live up to these basic responsibilities.

Justice” for our government has been ideologically distorted to cater to minorities at the expense of the majority in order to advance the current administration’s policies. The Justice Department, led by Eric Holder, is surrounded in controversy with issues such as aggressive probing of journalists, the IRS scandal, drone attacks, and much more. It has selectively decided what to pursue and not pursue based on politics rather than justice and laws are being rewritten or ignored.

Domestic tranquility” has been severely hampered by the political partisanship pervading Congress. President Obama has established an “us against them” atmosphere for political gain and policies are being advanced that widen the divide in the country.

Providing for the country’s defense is the most egregious failure of our government. Our southern border is open due to policies set in place unilaterally by president Obama resulting in known Mexican gang members as well as possible terrorists entering the country with impunity. Obama’s abandonment of Iraq resulted in al Qaeda taking over and possibly gaining an entire country with its resources to use against us. Iran, on the verge of having nuclear weapons, may easily fill the void in Iraq or aid the terrorists to our detriment. Afghanistan is sure to follow suit when Obama’s declared abandonment comes to fruition. Putin is fearlessly resurrecting the USSR, endangering the U.S. and the entire world.

Social policies encouraged by our current government do not “promote the general Welfare”. These policies promote the “specific welfare” of groups that are politically advantageous for a transformation of America that will do nothing to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”. This transformation is designed to prune our liberties to fit an idealistic agenda contrary to American traditions.

Our government’s failure to live up to these responsibilities is glaring and frightening. If we don’t get our government back to basics soon, there will be no future for our form of government.

David J. Hentosh

Dangerous Democrats

March 6, 2014

Ann Coulter cuts through the smoke and mirrors and presents a stark summary that goes against much of the media’s “recollections” of the competence of Democrat president’s dealings with foreign affairs. It does not give one a warm, fuzzy feeling about current world events.

From Ann Coulter

As long as a Democrat sits in the White House, America will be repeatedly humiliated, the world will become a much more dangerous place…John F. Kennedy was in the White House for less than three years and…Six months after becoming president, JFK had his calamitous meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna — a meeting The New York Times described as “one of the more self-destructive American actions of the Cold War, and one that contributed to the most dangerous crisis of the nuclear age”…Khrushchev was delighted to discover that the U.S. president was so “weak”…Lyndon Johnson, famously escalated the war in Vietnam simply to prove that the Democrats could be trusted with national security…that war allowed liberals to spend the next half-century denouncing every use of American military force as “another Vietnam”…Jimmy Carter warned Americans about their “inordinate fear of communism”…His most inspired strategic move was to abandon the Shah of Iran, a loyal U.S. ally, which gave rise to the global Islamofascist movement we’re still dealing with today…Before the end of the year, the Islamic lunatics had taken 52 Americans hostage in Tehran…Twice, when Clinton was president, Sudan had offered to turn over bin Laden to the U.S…According to Michael Scheuer, who ran the bin Laden unit at the CIA for many years, Clinton was given eight to 10 chances to kill or capture bin Laden but refused to act…When Obama took office, al Qaida had been routed in Iraq…A few short years into Obama’s presidency — and al-Qaida is back! For purely political reasons, as soon as he became president, Obama removed every last troop from Iraq…So now, another Russian leader is playing cat-and-mouse with an American president — and guess who’s the mouse…

Read it and weep here: Crimea River

Obama Gave Iraq to Al Qaeda

January 8, 2014

It was always known that Al Qaeda would attempt to fill the void in Iraq if we pulled out, but Obama wanted all U.S. troops, equipment, and bases removed in order to appease his far-left voting base and his own ideology. Iraq is now in serious trouble as Al Qaeda is doing exactly as predicted.

The removal of our ideally situated military bases of operation in the Middle East was overkill in Obama’s withdrawal and it is already proving to be a huge mistake. Secretary of State John Kerry just pledged to help Iraq in its fight against Al Qaeda but was adamant that it wouldn’t include troops. When Iraq asked for help in November, the administration sent a miserly 75 Hellfire missiles and promised (If you like these missiles, you can keep them?) to dispatch drones. So what will Kerry offer now?

Kerry gave no details about the “help” he promised because he has no idea. It was just a sound bite. Offering Air support would be helpful since Iraq has no air force, but with no base of operations, it would be difficult and very costly. Lack of a base in the region will also come back to haunt us if the Middle East explodes, a distinct possibility when Israel finds itself having to stop Iran from going nuclear.

Over 4,400 U.S. troops died in the Iraq War freeing Iraqis from Saddam Hussein. Our complete withdrawal abandoned Iraq to fend for itself when it was not capable of doing so. It would be an understatement to say that our troops are not pleased with this result.

Obama didn’t think about the consequences of abandoning Iraq just as he didn’t think about the consequences of Obamacare. He only thought about winning politically. He gave Iraq to Al Qaeda by following his “superior intelligence” rather than following advice from experts. In the same manner, he is giving away the American Dream with his “transformation of America”.

Please vote in November to begin stopping the damage.

David J. Hentosh

40 Years After Vietnam

March 30, 2013

The last US combat troops left Vietnam forty years ago on March 29, 1973. This was a result of a so-called “peace agreement” signed in Paris, but no peace occurred in South Vietnam. In fact, the ensuing year after the agreement was more deadly in South Vietnam than any year of the war.  That’s because the US wanted out of Vietnam, cared little about consequences, and declared “peace with honor” by signing an agreement everyone knew would not be honored by North Vietnam.

The US abandoned South Vietnam; much like it is abandoning Iraq and, eventually, will abandon Afghanistan (the “good” war). That is the lesson we learned from the Vietnam War. Declaring a politically incorrect war to be over is as good as a victory if it can be “sold” to the public as a win. That has now been expanded to simply declaring the economy to be fine, declaring the deficit to be no problem, declaring contraception to be a right, or declaring that the rich pay no taxes. Ideology trumps all.

One’s opinion of the Vietnam War is irrelevant to the issue of abandonment. A commitment was made to South Vietnam as part of the “peace agreement” to provide assistance if North Vietnam continued aggression, but a Democrat-controlled Congress refused that assistance when it quickly became needed. The US blatantly reneged on its commitment, abandoning South Vietnam to a total collapse and slaughter – because of ideology.

With war comes a responsibility, regardless of the reasons for the war. One should enter into war with clear goals and to win, or don’t enter into it at all. Allowing changing social mores, public opinion, or ideology to override responsibility or dictate rules of engagement is wrong. A “humane” war is an oxymoron and a losing strategy. War is hell, and hell should be entered only with good reason and traversed through as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Forty years after Vietnam, we have still not learned. Our enemies, on the other hand, learned well: Stick it out long enough and the US will tire and retreat. Where is the honor in that?

David J. Hentosh

Entitlement Programs are Financing Holy War

February 19, 2013

The Western world, bathed in political correctness and bowing to the god of diversity, is financing its own demise. Fearing being judgmental, many western governments have adopted an attitude of moral equivalence that allows terrorists to use entitlements to wage holy war

Radical British Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary was caught on tape urging followers to “Claim your Jihad Seeker’s Allowance”, also known as state benefits, in order to wage holy war as he does. He mocked those working for a living, bragging about his state provided take-home pay that is more than some British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan earn.

According to The Sun, Choudary lives in a $500,000 house and earns an equivalent taxed salary of approximately $50,000/year from housing benefits, council tax allowances, income support, and child benefits. He preaches to followers: “You must hate in your heart”, urging Muslims to kill David Cameron, Barack Obama and the leaders of Pakistan and Egypt. This is allowed, and financed, by the British government.

Unconditional acceptance of political correctness and diversity is rotting the very core of Western civilization. The common good, as well as common sense, has been abandoned in favor of “progressiveness”, the new religion for those abhorring religions. As the cartoon character Pogo once wisely said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

Runaway entitlement programs are doing much more than providing sustenance for those who are truly in need. They are creating a culture of dependence which breeds contempt for the hand that feeds. They are providing enemies with a safe haven for plotting. They are becoming an addictive drug, allowing those addicted to grow in number and vote, as a block, for more of the drug.

Our enemies are not stupid – we are. Wake up and smell the rot.

David J. Hentosh