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Containment Folly

November 15, 2015

From NRO:

On the very day that President Obama declared ISIS to be “contained,” it reached hundreds of miles outside the borders of its so-called caliphate and struck the heart of Paris…This is what happens when terrorists are given safe havens, when they have time and space to recruit and train new fighters, and when they have time and funds to organize attacks…The idea that ISIS could be “contained” was folly from the beginning…A serious war requires a serious strategy, one not hamstrung by absurd rules of engagement that grant enemy fighters known safe haven, nor can it be bound by silly notions that President Obama has “ended” a war that is still burning hot…jihadists are still eager to fight, and wars do not end when one side grows tired of battle…French president François Hollande has vowed to wage “pitiless” war against ISIS. We must demonstrate the same resolve…

Read it all here: A Serious War

DJH

Wrong…Wrong…and Wrong Again

February 16, 2015

The U.S. embassy in Yemen is closing as turmoil in the country increases and security deteriorates. This is the same Yemen that President Obama held up last September as a successful model for fighting ISIS, the same ISIS he compared to a “JV team” a little over a year ago.

Obama is now seeking war powers from Congress to help in the fight against ISIS. His premature promise not to put boots on the ground (where there were already boots on the ground) is starting to look a lot like his promise of keeping your doctor and your health insurance plan. He is now considering “limited” ground combat operations against ISIS. Zero has turned into limited – and this is far from over.

He gave terrorists advance notice of when he was going to pull out of Iraq and then, ignoring military advice, pulled all of our troops out and proclaimed the war in Iraq to be over. As predicted, terrorists immediately began taking over Iraq. Obama denied this and began a victory dance over Osama bin Laden’s death and his self-proclaimed decimation of Al Qaeda, the same Al Qaeda that has tripled attacks since 2010 and just now seized an army base in Yemen.

In 2012, President Obama set the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” for using military force in Syria and then did absolutely nothing when chemical weapons were used. Later, in 2013, he tried to say he never set that red line in the first place, blaming the “world” for setting it. It is clear he set it and reneged, setting the stage for ISIS to grow into the world threat it has become.

This president has been horribly wrong on everything concerning the Middle East and terrorism. How wrong does he have to be for supporters and the media to hold him accountable and seriously question his leadership? How much more damage can he do while we wait for that to happen?

David J. Hentosh

Fool Me Once…

December 10, 2014

President Obama is seeking more discretionary power to wage war as he sees fit. After campaigning to end the war in Iraq, prematurely pulling all our troops out against military advice, and promising not to put “boots on the ground”, he now wants to increase his personal use of military power.

This president has a history of lying (e.g.“if you like your doctor…); a history of acting alone (e.g. executive order for illegals, cancelling Obamacare rules); a history of ignoring the law (e.g. directing ICE not to deport illegals); a history of ignoring the Pentagon (pulling all troops out of Iraq); and a history of reneging on promises (e.g. Immigration reform in first term, transparency, shovel-ready projects, closing GITMO, etc.). It would behoove Congress to remember the age-old idiom: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

Obama has fooled the American public and Congress over and over and he has arrogantly assumed more power than any president was ever meant to have. He has displayed a leftist distaste for the military by shunning military advice, apologizing to the world for past military involvement, and taking military decisions away from the Pentagon. He has assumed personal control over drone use and drone targeting and is now adding “boots on the ground” to the 3500 already there as if never having vowed not to.

Obama has been an egotistical, runaway train doing whatever he wants whenever he wants while refusing to take responsibility for anything. We will spend years trying to recover from the policies and precedents he set in place. It would be shameful beyond belief to grant him more power, especially military power.

Almost everything from Obama and his administration has been s**t masquerading as chocolate.  What could possibly go wrong by giving him more power?

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

Where Are the Riots?

August 21, 2014

Where are the riots? Where is the outcry for justice? Where is the demand for action? Where are the protests? Where is our leadership?

ISIS, a savage terrorist group, beheaded an American citizen, James Foley, who was captured and held in captivity for two years. ISIS proudly put a video of the decapitation on YouTube for the world to see, stating that the murder was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against them in Iraq. Previously, they demanded a ransom for Foley’s release but that was refused by the U.S. They are now threatening to kill three other captured U.S. citizens.

Capturing and murdering American citizens is an act of war and an unambiguous and brazen declaration of war against the U.S. It is not a “crime” to be investigated by Holder’s Justice Department. Have we become so politically correct and impotent that we will hide behind an “investigation” rather than act firmly and immediately? Are we “transformed” to the point of allowing our citizens to be brutally murdered with impunity?

European countries have been paying ransoms to terrorists for captured citizens because they lack the military means and fortitude to do anything else. They have decimated their militaries by diverting defense spending to government assistance programs. Obviously, these ransoms have not deterred terrorism; they have just emboldened the terrorists and proven the weakness of those paying the ransom.

President Obama prematurely removed all of our troops from Iraq. It was a mistake and the rise and growth of ISIS is the result. This is not a small band of rag-tag terrorists. It is an army viciously taking over an entire country and openly declaring war on the U.S. Our foolishly open southern border, another Obama mistake, will not be ignored by these terrorists who are intent on killing Americans on American soil.

Will Obama show leadership, admit mistakes, and take firm and proper action? Will citizens rise up in protest and march in the streets (ala Ferguson) if he doesn’t? To quote vice president Biden, “This is big f**king deal”, and the answers will determine our future.

David J. Hentosh

Who Will Win?

August 10, 2014

The battle between good and evil never ends and it is always hard to predict the winner of any single clash. However, the current trend of politically indoctrinating children does not bode well for the success of good.

In the Middle East, children are being taught to hate Jews and continue jihad against the Western World. They are being inundated with lies and distortions that condition them to a future life of violence and hate. Children will learn whatever they are taught and they are being taught to kill and die for jihad. There is no hope for peace when generations continue this senselessness violence.

In North Korea, the same type of indoctrination takes place and children are brainwashed into believing all they are told about the outside world. The total control North Korea has over communications keeps people in the dark, often literally, and children are taught to fear and hate everything outside the country. It is hard to break that cycle when it is government controlled.

Here in the United States, our children are also being indoctrinated. Our schools are dominated and controlled by progressive liberals who believe social justice is more important than basic education. Our children are being inundated with the ideology of moral equivalence that scorns judgment of other cultures, even those based on violence. With the line between good and evil erased, our children will not even know they are in a battle when they reach adulthood. How, then, can they win?

Currently, the trend in schools is to teach history based on this moral equivalence, ignoring our country’s incredible contributions to the world and concentrating on our mistakes and “atrocities”. This is a deliberate attempt to reduce the standing of the US as the leader of the free world and to level the international playing field. Our children are being conditioned to actively pursue this, so who will stand against those being taught to kill and dominate?

Much of the free world has become dependent on US leadership and military strength. Our current administration has backed away from this responsibility and world chaos is increasing as a result. If our children continue to be taught moral equivalence while other children are taught the “righteousness” of their violence and killing, who do you think has a better chance of winning the battle between good and evil?

Your vote counts and it is the only way to secure the future for our children. Social justice will be meaningless if evil triumphs.

David J. Hentosh

Fear Not – Biden’s Coming

March 19, 2014

Eastern Europe is now experiencing, up close, the consequences of a weak American president. President Obama, hailed as a breath of fresh air and destined to drag the United States into the “enlightened” world, was expected to be a great “Uniter” using nothing more than touchy-feely rhetoric. The bad guys didn’t buy it.

Obama’s foreign policy has been centered on making friends with bad guys, alienating good guys, and using words as a deterrent. Israel no longer considers us a reliable ally and has accused the United States of projecting weakness internationally. Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed at Obama’s sanctions against 11 people (read that again – 11 people!) resulting almost immediately in Russia annexing Crimea. Iran thumbs its nose at Obama every chance it gets and North Korea is firing rockets provocatively into the Sea of Japan. Obama’s answer to growing aggression in the world has been to make cuts to our military.

To reassure European allies concerned about Russia’s action in Ukraine, Obama is sending vice president Joe Biden, the court jester. How reassuring is that? People laugh at the mere mention of Biden’s name. Unless he arrives with a squadron of fighter jets, a few thousand troops, and a missile defense system, there will be little assurance. It will just be another insult to our allies.

The world will be wrestling with the damage caused by a weak American president for quite some time and, unfortunately, there may be much more on the horizon. The leader of the free world is proving to be no leader. Leading from behind didn’t work in Syria and it is now a joke amusing only Putin. Eastern Europe is not laughing. Perhaps Biden will bring a smile.

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’s Personal Military

November 2, 2013

The Obamacare failure is becoming obvious even to some hardcore, progressive liberals but it isn’t nearly as dangerous to the country as the purging of the military that Obama has been conducting. His “transforming” of the military to fit his personal vision is in full swing.

The far left has always despised the military but its despicable treatment of soldiers during the Vietnam era forced a pretense of respect. Liberal leaders with distaste for the military never hesitate to use military force when it suits their agenda, but the military’s very existence is always an embarrassment to them. President Obama is no exception, but his arrogance is exceptional and he is taking action.

There are reports that 197 military officers have been “purged”, in the past five years. Nine senior commanding generals have been purged this year, alone, by Obama, three being linked to the Benghazi fiasco. Two-star general Michael Carey who was overseeing the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental missiles is the latest one to be removed for “misbehavior” that has not been defined. Daring to disagree with Obama is the common link and anyone who takes exception to the “transformation” of the military that is taking place is a target.

This transformation has nothing to do with military readiness or capability. It is a forcing of Obama’s social agenda onto the military and an intentional weakening of the military in order to reduce this country’s standing as a superpower, just as his foreign policies have done. Gay issues, women issues, religious issues, and other social issues mirroring Obama’s personal agenda have become the focus of the military, and personnel all through the ranks are disillusioned and disgusted – and leaving.

Some believe Obama’s goal is to have a personal military doing his bidding against opposing citizens in this country, such as the Tea Party. It has even been rumored that “the Obama administration’s ‘litmus test’ for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens”. Speculation abounds but it is the outcome that matters and that is proving to be a demoralized, underfunded, ineffective military.

The failure of Obamacare pales in comparison to this. We need to stop the bleeding and the only way to do that is by voting.

David J. Hentosh

Kerry is Scary

September 4, 2013

We have witnessed chemical weapon use in Syria because Obama elicits little respect and no fear from the international community or, more poignantly, from depots and terrorists. It is hard to imagine a Reagan or Bush “red line” (a line which Obama is now claiming he didn’t set) being so blatantly ignored or challenged. Obama was poked and prodded right from the start of his administration and found to be weak. Syria’s chemical weapon use is a direct result.

Obama selected John Kerry to run the State Department. This is a man who, after serving in Vietnam, came home and joined the anti-war movement, making wild, blanket accusations against our military personnel, voted as Senator against the Iraq War, and voted to pull all our troops out of Afghanistan – In other words, a man with Obama values. This could only be more surreal if Jane Fonda was at his side, egging him on.

The left’s unconditional backing of Obama requires hypocrisy, back-pedaling, and rationalization to remain intact and John Kerry is up to the task. He is arguing that attacking Syria is not war “in the classic sense”, a rhetorical distinction allowing him to keep his anti-war and anti-military persona while advocating the very war-like bombing of Syria. Lesser men would have laughed while speaking such gibberish, but Kerry maintained his composure and his acquiescence to Obama’s wishes without so much as a titter.

Right or wrong about attacking Syria, and there certainly is much controversy, Kerry is a poor choice for making the case. His distaste for the military was proudly displayed years ago and it is frightening to find him advocating an action with possible serious consequences; one that doesn’t jive with his personal beliefs. How can there be any credibility in what he says? There is none.

Kerry is scary, and this entire debacle is more frightening because of his involvement. He is as mis-cast in this role as John Cusack is in “The Butler” playing President Nixon (talk about a surreal experience). Then, again, Obama as Commander-in-Chief doesn’t bring a warm and fuzzy feeling, either.

This does not bode well for our nation.

David J. Hentosh