This is an election year, and the most important race in America is the 23rd Congressional District of Florida. EVERY member of the House of Representatives is up for re-election – that means that Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS), best known for her 1980s’ cheerleader hairstyle and her lies, must run. She currently represents the 23rd district and is also Chairman of the Democrat National Party; hence I say this is THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL RACE in America.
Opposing her in November will be one of two Republicans running in the August 26th primary (early voting is August 15-24, and absentee ballots will be mailed July 22). For all Americans not just conservatives, and not just Floridians, the choice is obvious, what is needed is a candidate who is opposed to amnesty (history demonstrates appeasement never works). Both Republican candidates make some nice statements about the issue on their websites, but Juan Garcia’s recently revealed that he actually supports amnesty, a position more in line with Debbie Wasseman Schultz and the current occupant of the White House. Joe Kaufman on the other hand makes it quite clear on his website, just below the “we are a nation of immigrants” statement that: “As a member of Congress, Joe Kaufman will fight for the rights of legal immigrants and insist we never reward those who break our laws.” WOW – someone who gets it, and he is running for Congress.
This is the man who must run in November to defeat DWS. Florida is often shown on election maps as blue, but in fact it is closer to purple (a mixture of blue and red) so this is a race that needs to be taken very seriously. The 23d Congressional District covers an area of South Florida from Weston to Miami. So I urge you to tell everyone you know in Southern Florida about this election.
Most of the illegal immigrants who are in, or who are headed for, the United States are under 18, and about 80% are not exactly children, they are 14-17 year old males – the ideal recruiting age for gangs. Not only that but many have contagious diseases. Furthermore, the economic impact of a surge of low-skilled, uneducated, non-English speakers who come to this country for whatever benefits available to them is not something any the United States really afford, even at the best of times.
Now I have a question for all of those who think that if someone breaks into your house or takes your wallet they should be arrested because it is a crime. What about people who come into your country in violation of the law?
Now some people don’t like the term “illegal immigrants.” In Maryland for example Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley believes that illegal immigrant children should be called “refugees.” Hey, Gov. O’Malley, those “children” are nearly adults legally, and you only have to keep up on the news to know that. Fortunately Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) discovered that the federal government was attempting to bring some to Maryland and took action forcing HHS (Health and Human Services Department) to cancel their plans to send illegals to Westminster, Maryland just 35 miles from Baltimore. Even the black community in Baltimore, which usually supports this administration, is opposed to the idea.
Now it begins – the war we have been expecting. Will it be the end? Or the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end? Of everything? Or of the confrontations between Israel and its murderous neighbors? Who knows? But once again Israel finds itself reluctantly at war and this time it is determined to win and win big by wiping out Hamas. The war was prompted to a large extent by the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens (one, a dual American/Israeli citizen) by Hamas. After weeks of searching for them (and finding LOTS of illegal weapons in Palestinian territory) the bodies of the three boys were found.
Then there was a fourth murder of a teen age boy – this one was Arab, suggesting revenge. Although the first news accounts revealed that he was gay, the MSM narrative soon began to claim that the perps were Jewish, which is highly improbable. The boy was burned to death – a method unknown among Jews but typically Muslim. In fact it has been well known for years, even in the West, that honor killings are commonly done by burning the victim (male or female) to death, and if the boy was gay as many reports have claimed, then this was almost certainly an honor killing. The timing suggested a revenge killing, however that is most unlikely. Jews do not burn people alive and they do not burn corpses – Jewish law and traditions forbid this and make it totally abhorrent and unthinkable to Jews. But none of this matters to the Arab street who first celebrated the kidnapping and death of the three Jewish boys, and now are whipped into a frenzy due to the death of the Arab teen, a death caused almost certainly by one of their own.
All of this was a prelude to war, but there is more. Although some leaders in the Muslim world have urged ceasefires during the Islamic feast of Ramadan (this year from June 29 to July 27) there are many examples of battles in Ramadan being carried out during and since the times of Mohammad. Ramadan, like any religious holiday of any religion, helps to focus its adherents on the practice of their religion. So does religious fasting. And Islam commands its followers to fight against all non-Muslims as their religious duty. Now we have a war between Israel and the Muslim world at a time when they are most aware of their “religious” duties. A war that is the result of years of Hamas firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, Muslims kidnapping and murdering three Jewish teenagers (and years of other kidnappings and/or murders), and Muslims burning to death a gay Arab teen-ager.
The war is currently located in the south of Israel along the Gaza border. It seems to have begun Monday night (Monday afternoon EST) (some reports say early Tuesday morning), and is called by Israel “Operation Protective Edge.” Israel has called up 40,000 reservists although it is still unknown if a ground offensive will be used. About 100,000 households in Gaza have been contacted (by Israel) and warned to move away from the border, this suggest an imminent ground invasion, yet, for many reasons Gaza, unlike Judah and Samaria, is not a good place for a ground invasion.
It is often said that Israel usually wins the wars and loses the peace. Israel lost the war when the IDF (Israel Defense Force) was led by a liberal and this lead to a victory by Hezbollah. Of course Israel always loses the peace when there is a liberal and sometimes when there is a conservative in power, but this is not the point of this story.
Strangely the White House is saying that Israel has a right to defend itself – but that may be simply because they know that Israel will win (the briefest and best analysis is here) and with so many other things going wrong for them they need to be on the winning side for once. It may also be that Obama will change his mind, or come out tomorrow expressing some fuzzy thought on the issue. Or he might simply be too busy playing golf or pool to say anything at all. Nothing would surprise me at this point, anyway the war may take America’s attention off its’ southern border before things get any worse, as they most certain will.
All this leads me to wonder what will John Kerry (the only American gigolo to become Secretary of State) do? Will he continue to insist that Israel negotiate with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas? Or will he flip-flop and stand (or pretend to stand) with Israel? Doesn’t this war make his previous attempts to “make peace” look rather foolish? (Yes, I know, he always looks foolish). Comedian Dennis Miller may have had the best solution to the problems of the Middle East – he suggested that America drop ‘the big portobello.’ But we had better hurry – before Iran attempts to drop one on us, or Israel.
Today Alan P. Gross’s lawyer and wife have said that the 64 year old man plans to take his own life rather than serve the remaining 11 years of his 15 year sentence in a Cuban prison. Gross was on a hunger strike for 9 days in April when his mother, who recently died of cancer, told him to discontinue it. In a statement on his behalf it was said that he had lost more than 100 pounds (not all due to the hunger strike), is losing vision in one eye, and his hips are failing. Gross is a former U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor who was also a volunteer field organizer in 2008 for President Obama’s campaign.
In 2009 Gross set up an unauthorized Internet network for the Cuban Jewish community while working for the USAID. He brought in satellite phones and computer equipment for the Jewish community in clear violation of Cuban law. He did not identify himself as a representative of the U.S. government but rather as part of a Jewish humanitarian group. Yet when he was arrested he had a high-tech chip that keeps satellite phone transmission from being located within a 250 mile radius. This chip is not easily available but the CIA, the Defense and State Departments (the latter oversees USAID) do have access to them. A USAID spokesman claims that they did not help him acquire the chip – but that is probably not true. It does look very much like Alan Gross did commit a crime under Cuban law and he went there deliberately to do so. Although I cannot help but wonder if his handler at USAID didn’t say something like ‘don’t worry, we will handle all the paper work, all you have to do is . . .’ and made it seem like something irregular, but not illegal.
U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lethinen has referred to his treatment by the Cuban government as an effort to get a prisoner exchange (there are a number of Cuban spies they want back). Although not a threat to Cuba, his actions are considered an affront to Cuban sovereignty and Cuba has laws about ‘crimes against the state.’
Judy Gross, Alan’s wife, suggested there should be a swap, especially in light of the recent swap of five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. She said in a statement that "My husband and I need President Obama to do everything in his power to end this nightmare and bring Alan home from Cuba now."
U.S. and Cuban officials did not have immediate comment, but Jay Carney, White House spokesman said last December 3 that he ‘doesn't know whether the president has seen the letter penned by a U.S. government contractor jailed in Cuba, in which he expressed fear that the United States had "abandoned" him.’ But according to JJ ‘Obama is personally engaged in freeing Alan Gross.’ Yeah, right. Could Gross have done a more to help Obama get elected? Yes, but would it have helped? Probably not, after all Gross is white and Jewish. One only needs to remember that Obama threw the white grandmother who raised him under the bus.
As a result of this case it seems to me that 1) it is clear that we do leave our men behind (except traitors), and 2) Alan and Judy Gross may want to reconsider their trust in Obama and their delusional belief in him. It is hard to see how Judy Gross could continue to trust Obama, and it seems unlikely that Alan Gross does anymore, after all, he has already spent four years in a communist prison paradise.
The fate of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been on my mind for several days now, and I may have finally come up with a solution to the problem. Sgt. Tahmooressi had recently moved to Southern California from Florida when, on April first, he accidentally missed a turnoff on the highway and drove right into Mexico - missing a turnoff being something that most of us have done at one time or another. Unfortunately he had a couple of guns in his truck – guns he had a legal right to have according to American law, but not according to Mexican law. Realizing his mistake, he was honest and immediately reported this fact, adding that he had not intended to enter Mexico at all. Rather than direct him back over the border, some Mexican official had him arrested and incarcerated, and he has suffered quite enough at this point. Even CNN has played a video about his case.
Clearly, we cannot exchange Tahmooressi for a dangerous Taliban who has been held in our prison in Guantanamo – President Obama might want another photo op and need to use one or more of them to bring back some other angry, stupid, American-passport owning fool who hates this country. But we do have another bargaining chip and I urge the Governors of Texas and other states along the border (are you listening, Jan Brewer?) to use it because clearly it doesn’t interest Obama.
In 2011, approximately 6,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border. Most of these illegal immigrants are now children although in fact a high percentage are in their teens and include drug dealers, rapists, and other criminal elements and not a few bring contagious diseases with them. This year, another 60,000 illegal immigrants are expected, and an even greater number in 2015. Most of them are from Central America, not Mexico, and just in case you are unaware of Mexican immigration laws – well, they are a lot tougher than American ones, and the Mexicans do not want Central Americans in their country.
Therefore, I urge the governors of American border states, especially the Governor of Texas, to offer to deport these Central Americans to Mexico unless Sgt. Tahmooressi is returned to the USA. When he is returned, then we (this state or states) can turn over the Central Americans to Mexico anyway, or to their countries of origin. Some will say this will angry Mexico or the Central American countries – but wasn’t it Mexico that allowed them to cross their country? As to the Central American countries, well borders need to be protected on both sides and they obviously are not doing so.
If my solution is enacted, the Mexicans will be rid of Sgt. Tahmooressi, and if we send them directly back to their own countries, it is a big win for Mexico. If we deport these illegals over the border into Mexico, we will have transported our problem to Mexico. In addition, this should serve as a great disincentive to all those in Central America who would even think about coming here. This won’t be to the liking of King Barack but who cares? certainly not any patriotic American. This will be good for America, and a win is what every country wants, or should want.
Efforts are gaining strength to release an American held in a Mexican jail and the wife and children of an American citizen, Daniel Wani of New Hampshire, who are being held in a Sudanese jail. Each of them has been the topic of previous articles by this writer (see here and here) who is indignant at these travesties of justice.
If the White House sincerely believes that America leaves no man (specifically a military man) behind – then why have they allowed Sgt. Tahmooressi to languish in a Mexican jail for so long? (Oh right, I forgot, he doesn’t further the Obama agenda). On June twentieth Tahmooressi’s mother said on CNN that they have heard nothing from the White House. That she appeared on CNN is a good sign (that one of the most ‘progressive’ news outlets is finally picking up this story). Furthermore Mrs. Tahmooressi was interviewed by anchor Chris Cuomo, son a former New York state governor, and brother of the current one. This means that not only is CNN becoming aware of the story, but so will the elites in the New York Democrat Party as well as American low-information voters.
A petition to the White House on behalf of Tahmooressi reached the 100,000 point on May 31. At that point the White House is required to respond. However Tahmooressi remains in a Mexican jail.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag
U.S. Rep. Trent Franks is leading the charge to rescue Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian and her two children. Franks’ bi-partisan petition was addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry (cc’d to the Secretary of Homeland Security). Those signing the petition were: Trent Franks (R-AZ), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Paul C. Broun (R-GA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Fleming (R-LA), J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Tom Griffin (R-AR), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Jaime Herrera Buetler (R-WA), Steve King, M.D. (R-IA), Jack Kingston (R-GA), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), Gary Peters (D-MI), Collin C. Peterson(D-MN), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Jan Schackowsky (D-IL), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Brad Wendstrup (R-OH), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Don Young (R-AK).
In their letter they asked Kerry to “direct” the Embassy in Khartoum, to “prioritize the plight of this young family” and to have both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security quickly review all possible means available to grant them sanctuary in the United States.” The also asked that priority be given to “granting her children U.S. citizenship, and ensuring that Mr. Wani has custody of his children.” Yet the above list of 38 members of the House of Representatives who signed the petition calls into question this “where were the other 397 members of the House? Why didn’t they sign it?” Those that are familiar with this family’s story can have little doubt of its truth, and that rescuing her from certain death, and all of them from a Sudanese jail is meritorious. In addition on June 9 in the House Rep. Cotton introduced H.R. 4821.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced Senate Resolution 453 which was passed by unanimous (now that is a surprise) consent on June 3 – it condemns the charge of apostasy and the death sentence for Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, and calls for “the release of her and her children.” In addition Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced S. 2474 on June 12. Yet they remain in dire straits in Sudan, a woman married to an American citizen and her two American citizen children, including an infant born in prison. Legally they have a right to come here where they may practice their religion in freedom – not so the hordes of Latin Americans now crossing into America who have no legal right to be here. Lady Liberty must feel ashamed at this travesty of justice.
It was a real cliff-hanger, but is America a lucky country or what? Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost the GOP primary to Dave Brat, in Tuesday’s primary. As majority whip, Cantor is/was the second-most powerful man in the House of Representatives. A professional politician, Cantor has been playing the old professional politician’s game of talking out of both sides of his mouth, and on amnesty ‘that dog won’t hunt.’
While Cantor has made claims that he opposed amnesty he has also made statements about his willingness to work with President Barack Obama on the issue – and we know where he stands. Does Cantor really think that his constituents are that stupid? Does he think that they wouldn’t know or care when it is quite clear that unemployment is high and that making it possible for more illegal immigrants to enter and work in this country will only make matters worse.
This was a tremendous victory for conservatives who strongly support the rule of law and understand that neither the President, nor the Republican leadership, do support it. Most defeats of incumbents come from the opposing party in the final election, but this one came in a primary when the little known challenger, Dave Brat, an economics professor, became the Republican candidate. This was a real setback for Cantor and may permanently derail his political career.
Conservatives will now become more confident in their opposition to legislation creating a ‘path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.’ (Incidentally there already is a ‘path to citizenship’ – it is called legal immigration.) Cantor’s defeat is evidence that Americans don’t want such legislation and this election will almost certainly discourage those legislators who were in favor of it, while strengthening the position of those who are opposed to it. Cantor’s defeat (what lovely words) may signal the rest of the GOP that the issue of amnesty is a very bad idea in 2014 – unless it is in opposition to illegal immigration.
The campaign focused on immigration with Brat accusing Cantor of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Cantor’s response was to send out mailers in which he attacked the Senate plan of giving ‘illegal aliens amnesty.’ Yet, Cantor has supported giving citizenship to immigrants brought to this county as children, and along with other House GOP leaders he has advocated a limited approach instead of the comprehensive approach supported by the Senate. However, Cantor has never been very precise regarding details.
Brat faced formidable odds on two counts: he was an unknown facing a well-known incumbent and he had very little money to spend on this campaign. Brat had a little over $200,000 for his campaign while Cantor spent more than $1 million in just April and May. Among Cantor’s donors have been the American Chemistry Council, which spent more than $300,000 just on TV ads promoting Cantor. Other Cantor supporters were the National Association of Realtors, the American College of Radiology, and the National Rifle Association. Yes, the NRA supported Cantor, who might be a fine on the 2nd Amendment, but very much not what the voters want when it comes to the issue of immigration.
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham was one of Brat’s supporters as were a few local Tea Party activists who do not trust Cantor. Brat’s win seems to be evidence that ‘The grassroots is in revolt and marching,’ said Brent Bozell, a conservator leader who is both Chairman of For America and Founder and President of The Media Research Center. Furthermore, votes in Cantor’s district increased 37% over two years ago, while Cantor actually received fewer votes than in 2012 (28,631 this time, compared to 37,369 in 2012).
This was truly a David vs. Goliath contest and should inspire every challenger who faces a Democrat, a RINO, and or an incumbent who, like Cantor fails to take a reading of the American people. While it is true that there are a lot of low information voters out there (and most do not vote in the primaries), the American people on the whole revere the Constitution and are politically conservative – on every issue.
We, the American people, are coming to get them – the Democrats, the RINOs, and all those legislators who live a comfortable life at the taxpayers’ expense while ignoring the reality that America is in deep trouble, caused by a rejection of the Constitution. We are coming to get them – out of office. Cantor didn’t see this coming, and it is quite possible that they won’t either.
Joe Kaufman’s race against Debbie Wasserman Schultz (aka DWS) (D-FL) is another one well worth watching. This election will not get a lot of national attention until after Florida’s August 26th primary, but it is very important as DWS is both a radical leftist and chairman of the Democratic National Party. Oh, and incidentally, Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter has endorsed Joe Kaufman in this race.
Barack Obama was SO concerned about the health of healthy looking Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier of dubious loyalty who claims that he was held hostage by the Taliban. Hence, in violation of a bill Obama had himself signed into law, he negotiated to allow Bergdahl’s release. Yet somehow Obama has apparently shown zero interest in the health of the family of Daniel Wani, a naturalized American citizen. Wani is a Christian, as is his Sudanese wife Dr. Meriam Ibrahim who on May 27th gave birth to a baby girl in the prison hospital at Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum. According to Human Rights Watch the prison is overcrowded and has poor sanitation, both of which are particularly hard on the many children living there with their mothers.
Meriam’s parents were an Orthodox Christian woman from Ethiopia and a Sudanese Muslim who left them when Meriam was six years old. Raised as a Christian, she refuses to renounce her faith and ‘return’ to Islam, hence she was arrested and placed in prison last February. As all children of Muslim men are automatically considered Muslim, therefore Meriam is considered Muslim under Sudanese law. The punishment in Sudan for apostasy, which she is accused of, is death by hanging. However, as she has just given birth execution will be delayed for two years until the child is weaned.
According to Islamic law upon which Sudanese law is based, a Muslim man may marry a non-Muslim woman, but a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim. Therefore her marriage is considered void. Sudanese officials say that her 20 month old son Martin, an American thanks to his father, is a Muslim too and therefore cannot be released to the care of his father.
Greta Van Susteren interviewed Daniel Wani see here recently and he revealed that that the American Consulate in Khartoum refused to do anything to help him as early as October, when she was already a few weeks pregnant with their second child. In fact it seems that the British Consulate has been more helpful.
What can you do? Put pressure on the Sudanese government. Sign the Amnesty International petition here to stop her execution, which carries this message to the Sudanese Minister of Justice:
Dear Minister of Justice,
Ensure that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is released immediately and unconditionally. She is a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely because of her religious beliefs and identity.
But this is not enough, spread the word to everyone you know. While her execution may be two years away, the health of all three of them is in immediate jeopardy. This is no place for an infant or a toddler and it is up to us to do whatever we can assure their prompt release.
For those not familiar with the story of Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi of Weston, Florida, he was looking for a place to live in San Diego, having recently left South Florida. He got on a freeway and accidentally ended up in Mexico with all of his possessions including 3 guns that he legally owns in the USA. He had not intended to go to Mexico and reported this and his guns immediately, so instead of recognizing this as an innocent mistake, and directing him back over the border into the USA, the Mexican government had him locked up in a Tijuana prison. That was on April 1. Mexico, for those who are geographically challenged, is immediately south of the United States. We are not at war with Mexico, although the Mexican drug cartels are at war with both Mexico and the United States.
Joe Kaufman spoke at a recent rally on behalf of Tahmooressi, where he said that ‘when a troop is stranded on the battlefield, his fellow troops are mandated to do everything in their power to bring him back. It is time for the Obama Administration to do the same, even if it has to cut off Mexican funds or tourism to Mexico to do so.’ Joe Kaufman understands that Andrew Tahmooressi is the responsibility of the American government, and so do members of congress Ileana Ros-Lethinen, Duncan Hunter, and Matt Salmon as well as TV personality Greta Van Susteren who led a petition to the White House on Tahmooressi’s behalf. Yet Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kaufman’s opponent in the current race to represent Florida’s 23rd district, has responded in the usual limp-wristed manner of an Obama Administration apparatchik.
She has given legitimacy to the Mexican government’s actions – they know it was an innocent mistake and that he is not a criminal, yet they locked him up anyway. Further she has not called out the Mexican government for their abuses and claims that he is being treated well there, yet it is well known that Mexican prisons are controlled by the drug cartels. For the low-information voter, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is the Democratic Party Chairman, is close to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. Yet none of them has been willing to do anything on behalf of Tahmooressi (if, like Bowe Bergdahl, he were anti-American and sided with our enemies it might have helped).
It is time to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home, and to retire Debbie Wasserman Schultz, his useless Congressman, who is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Obama Administration and has chosen to ignore justice in this case. She even informed Andrew’s mother that she would write a letter to the State Department, the very state department that permitted four American employees to die in Benghazi. Maybe it is just me, but ever since then I have seriously doubted that the American State Department receives much respect abroad, nor that they have much respect, no matter where they are, for American citizens. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was urged by Joe Kaufman to do the right thing and to stand up for Sargent Tahmooressi – I’m not holding my breath, but I am urging those in Florida’s district 23 to retire her as soon as possible.
Who knew there was an American prisoner of war in Afghanistan? Not me, and I keep up on these things. What is really, really surprising however is there seems to have been only one. Maybe America was finally doing something right, although under the current President the number of members of the military killed or injured has dramatically increased. As of December 13, 2013 under President George W. Bush there had been 575 killed in almost eight years, while under President Barack Obama, in just over five years there were 1,620. Or just maybe there are so few American prisoners of war because since America no longer has a cowboy in the White House the Afghan captors might just be offing them. (Cowboys in the White House can be a very good thing.)
When Bowe Bergdahl, the young American soldier who had disappeared five years ago in Afghanistan, was released last week from captivity there was some rejoicing at the good news, or at least it initially seemed to be good news. The first part of the bad news was that he had been exchanged for five Taliban leaders who were being held in Guantanamo - a very, very bad idea on so many levels. According to the Office of National Intelligence (and possibly not a reliable source these days) of 603 terrorists released 100 are confirmed as returning to terrorism, that’s one in six, however some reports list the number returning to terrorism as much higher.
It wasn’t long before it was discovered that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not happy because he had not been informed of the exchange. While Karzai is not exactly a good buddy of ours, international diplomatic standards and good manners both require that he is, if not consulted about a decision, at least informed in advance. But he evidently wasn’t even informed and he is not happy. Furthermore this exchange wasn’t legal under American law as the President has no right to do it the way he did, so Congress (at least those who are capable of thinking, i.e. the Republicans) isn’t happy either. But then Obama has a long track record of being, if we may borrow a word from theology, an antinomianist – one who rejects the need for a law, or the law.
Much has been made of the classy, disciplined and cool treatment West Point cadets gave the current POTUS, Barack Obama on Wednesday. And I too salute them, however, unlike the Wall Street Journal that called his speech “consistent with that of every post-Cold War administration’ (it was not), I actually listened to what he had to say. Not only did Obama argue a contradictory foreign policy (relying on NATO and the United Nations and at the same time saying “America must always lead on the world stage”), but some of the things he said were evident of his intellectual immaturity and dishonesty.
What I found most mind-boggling was that Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions.” Oh really, he really means that. Perhaps he has ‘evolved,’ as most of us well remember in his April 4, 2009 speech in Prague he said he said that ‘I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism . . ..‘ In other words, America was not exceptional, and over the last several years he has put a lot of effort into taking America apart, and making it less exceptional, especially in the area of ‘the rule of law.’
While it is true that we have long had the ability to flout the rule of law, this has not been America’s SOP (standing operating procedure). This is a nation built on the foundation of laws, and keeping the law. Obama has clearly rejected that stance and wants the law to mean whatever he wants it to mean regardless of its plain meaning, and the man he appointed to be Attorney General (the highest law enforcer in the land), Eric Holder, seems to agree with him. I am not saying that America and American politicians of the past have been completely obedient to the law, or that they didn’t try to bend it to their will on certain things. But whereas others, in the past, have generally done this on occasion, with Obama and his Administration, this has been a way of life, a way of ruling.
Interestingly he makes this about international law which he obviously holds to be of greater value than American law, and to claim that he now thinks America is exceptional is amazing – I want to hear more, and when and why he changed his mind. I am reminded of the old adage that being faithful in small things is evidence of being faithful in greater things. Here we have a man who has not been faithful in small things, has not been faithful to American law, yet he was quite willing to chastise his audience on Wednesday about being faithful to international law. Of course he loves to chastise others – but then he is the smartest man ever in the White House (at least in his own mind).
His words at West Point were an insult to the American people, in fact to everyone, everywhere. Does he really think anyone would believe him? Here is a man who is apparently unaware that thanks to the internet and other forms of mass communication anyone with a half functioning brain can soon discovered that although he bears the title ‘Commander-in-Chief,’ in truth ‘Liar-in-Chief’ seems more accurate. This is a lie so outrageous it comes very close to his most famous lie, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’
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