Allen B West nails it when he says “Vice President Joe Biden is best-known for his embarrassing gaffes, but his comments yesterday at a memorial for the five servicemen killed in the shooting rampage by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez put him at odds with Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
“Biden actually came out and called the shooter a “perverted jihadist.” We’ve documented here many times the Obama administration’s reluctance to ever use the words jihad or Islamic to describe the violent attacks here in our nation. It’s “workplace violence” or just a “senseless murder.”
“But ol’ Joe actually described it accurately. In fact he even sounded a bit hawkish, saying “these perverse ideologues, warped theocrats, they may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act, but they can never, never threaten who we are. When this perverted jihadist struck, everyone responded.”
It’s about time!
After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.
No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly. Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.
Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?
Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike
From Daniel Greenfield writing at To The Point News: Obama can not defeat ISIS with soft power, though ISIS could beat him with soft power assuming its Caliph ever decided to agree to sit down at a table with John Kerry without beheading him.
Iran has picked up billions in sanctions relief and the right to take over Yemen and raid ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf just for agreeing to listen to Kerry talk for an hour. And that might be a fair exchange.
As bad as having your capital or ship seized by Iran is, listening to John Kerry talk is even worse.
If ISIS were to agree to a deal, it could pick up Baghdad and Damascus just in exchange for showing up. All it would have to do is find a Jihadi who hasn’t chopped off any heads on camera to present as a moderate. The administration and its media operatives would accuse anyone who disagreed of aiding the ISIS hardliners at the expense of the ISIS moderates who also represent the hardliners.
If Obama did that, he would at least lose in a way that he understands — instead of in a way he doesn’t.
So far ISIS has preferred the classical approach of killing everything in its path. The approach, deemed insufficiently nuanced by masters of subtlety like Obama and Kerry, has worked surprisingly well. Their response, which is big on the Bush arsenal of drone strikes, Special Forces raids and selective air strikes, hasn’t. But Bush was fighting terrorist groups, not unrecognized states capable of taking on armies.
It’s hard to destroy something if you don’t know what it is. And it’s hard to know what a thing is if you won’t even call it by its name or name its ideology.
The left loves root causes, but the root cause of ISIS isn’t poverty, unemployment or a lack of democracy.
The Islamic State isn’t unnatural. Its strength comes from being an organic part of the region, the religion and its culture. Its Arab enemies have performed so poorly fighting it because their institutions, their governments and their armies are unstable imitations of Western entities.
The United States can’t make the Iraqi army work because Iraq isn’t America. The assumptions about meritocracy, loyalty to comrades and initiative that make our military work are foreign in Iraq and Afghanistan where the fundamental unit is not the nation, but the tribe, clan and group.
Iraq and Syria aren’t countries; they’re collections of quarreling tribes that were forced into an arrangement that included the forms of Western government without any of the substance. When the Europeans left, kingdoms quickly became military juntas. Now the juntas are fighting for survival against Islamic insurgencies that are striving to return the region to what it was in the days of Mohammed.
ISIS is the ultimate decolonization effort. It’s what the left claims that it wants. But real decolonization means stripping away everything the Europeans brought, including constitutions, labor unions and elections. The cities that ISIS controls have been truly decolonized. There is no music, there are no rights, slavery is back and every decision is made by a cleric with a militia or a militia leader with a cleric.
That’s Mohammed. It’s the Koran. It’s 7th century Islam.
ISIS, or something very much like it, was always waiting to reemerge out of the chaos. 100 years before ISIS, there were the Wahhabi armies of the Ikhwan which did most of the same things as ISIS. The British bombed them to pieces in the 1920s and the remainder became the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
The insistence on democratic institutions weakened the military juntas holding back Islamist insurgencies. Islamists took power across the region. Where they couldn’t win elections, they went to war. But whether they won on the battlefield or the ballot box, violence and instability followed them.
The fundamental mistake of the Arab Spring was the failure to understand that Islamist democracy is still a road leading to the Caliphate. Turkey’s Erdogan, the Islamist whose rule was used to prove that Islamist democracy can work, now openly promotes the reestablishment of the Ottoman Empire.
Or as Mullah Krekar of Ansar Al-Islam put it, “The resistance is not only a reaction to the American invasion; it is part of the continuous Islamic struggle since the collapse of the Caliphate. All Islamic struggles since then are part of one organized efforts to bring back the Caliphate.”
A decade later, the Jihadist leader has proven to be more accurate than his Western hosts in Norway.
ISIS is not a reaction. It’s the underlying pathology in the Moslem world. Everything planted on top of that, from democracy to dictatorships, from smartphones to soft drinks, suppresses the disease. But the disease is always there. The left insists that Western colonialism is the problem. But the true regional alternative to Western colonialism is slavery, genocide and the tyranny of Jihadist bandit armies.
Our policy for fighting ISIS is colonialism by another name. We are trying to reform Iraqi institutions in line with our values and build a viable Iraqi military along the lines of our own military. Yes, the West is the solution — but institutional Westernization that never goes beyond a few government offices and military officers won’t work.
Neither will the attempt to artificially inject a few big ideas such as democracy into an undemocratic tribal culture. The only alternative to depending on military juntas is transforming the people.
The West won a culture war with the USSR. It is capable of winning one with Saudi Arabia. It has even unintentionally won a culture war with Iran. (Which is why most Iranians love America and hate their mullah government. See Hope for Iran, November 2014-JW)
ISIS is not just a military force. It is a cultural one. Much of its success has come from its cultural appeal.
As long as the Middle East is defined in terms of Islam, some variation of the Islamic State or the Moslem Brotherhood bent on recreating the Caliphate will continue reemerging. We can accept that and give up, but the growing number of Moslem migrants and settlers mean that it will emerge in our country as well.
We have a choice between Islamization and de-Islamization.
After defeating Saddam, we pursued the de-Baathization of Iraq. If we are going to intervene in the Moslem world, it should not be to reward one Islamist group, whether it’s Iran or the Moslem Brotherhood, at the expense of another. Instead we must carve out secular spaces by making it clear that our support is conditional on civil rights for Christians, non-believers and other non-Moslems.
Our most potent weapon isn’t drones or fighter jets, it’s our culture. We disrupt Islamists with our culture even when we aren’t trying. Imagine what we could accomplish if we really tried.
But first we must abandon the idea that we need to take sides in Islamic civil wars. Any intervention we undertake should be conditioned on a reciprocal degree of de-Islamization from those governments that we are protecting.
Instead of pursuing democracy, we should strengthen non-Islamic and counter-Islamic forces in the Moslem world.
We can’t beat ISIS with Islam and we can’t fight for freedom while endorsing constitutions that make Sharia law into the law of the land in places like Iraq and Libya.
We don’t only need to defeat ISIS militarily. We must defeat the culture that makes ISIS inevitable.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
In two separate criminal complaints, Egyptian lawmakers have charged Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to one of the criminal charges, Hillary Clinton was found to be working with ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi’s wife, Naglaa Mahmood, in attempting to overthrow the current leader of Egypt, General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.
Written by Jack Kelly Thursday, 05 March 2015 on To The Point News:
Normally what politicians say matters much less than what they do. But sometimes at a critical moment in history, a great speech by a great leader can bolster resolve to do what must be done.
“Our policy… “is to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime,” said Winston Churchill on May 13,1940, three days after he’d replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister.
“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” he said June 4. After the war, in 1946 Sir Winston warned that “from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across (Europe).”
Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday (3/3) was Churchillian. He is the Churchill of our time.
The Israeli prime minister “had something of surpassing importance to say, and he said it with force, with strength, with conviction and with grace,” said Commentary editor John Podhoretz.
“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam,” Bibi Netanyahu said. “One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world.
“The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs,” he said. “To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.”
The treaty the Obama administration is negotiating with the mullahs “paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” he said.
“With a mix of passion and steadfastness combined with a detailed prosecutor-like approach, Netanyahu exposed the deal,” said Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner. His arguments “deserve a serious response from the Obama administration – one it has yet to provide,” said the Washington Post.
Instead, ever since House Speaker John Boehner invited Mr. Netanyahu to come speak, the president and his aides have been hurling personal insults at Israel’s prime minister.
After failing to dissuade Bibi from accepting the invitation, the White House encouraged Democrats to boycott his speech.
“President Obama’s dislike for Netanyahu is intense,” said Haviv Rettig Gur in the Times of Israel. That’s because “those who do not confront evil resent those who do,” said radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
Mr. Obama is meddling in our election, said 62 percent in a Jerusalem Post poll. Most resent it.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the president actively supports regime change, said columnist Charles Krauthammer.
The “unprecedented” hostility expressed toward the head of state of an ally backfired, because it made the Netanyahu speech “the most important political event of 2015 by far,” Mr. Podhoretz said.
Democrats were split by White House efforts to get them to boycott it. About 50 did, but more didn’t. Many who didn’t praised Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks.
He was sharply critical of the Iran deal, but Mr. Netanyahu had only words of praise for Mr. Obama personally. “Embarrassingly, the American president could not find it in his conniving heart to rise above his innate political pettiness,” said Andrew Malcolm of Investors Business Daily.
Mr. Obama thinks his scorn is sufficient to turn public opinion against the Israeli prime minister. He’s been misled by a mostly sycophantic news media, or by his enormous self regard.
Mr. Netanyahu’s “favorable” rating has risen sharply despite – or maybe because of – all the snark directed at him, according to a Gallup poll in February.
The development of nuclear weapons by Iran would pose a “critical” threat, said 77 percent in a Gallup poll last month. They’d support military action to stop Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail, said substantial majorities in polls in 2012 and 2013.
Barack Obama is (alas) the U.S. president. But the leader of the Free World is Benjamin Netanyahu.
Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Revelations about the sophistication of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s secret email system spurred a move in Congress Wednesday to subpoena her records about the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and stirred fresh doubts among Democrats about her presidential bid in 2016.
As the scope of Mrs. Clinton’s private email account became clear, the House Select Committee on Benghazi said it plans to subpoena “Clintonmail.com” for all correspondence related to the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack that killed four Americans. Seven previous congressional investigations did not find any criminality by U.S. officials in their response to the attack, but the discovery of Mrs. Clinton’s private email system is raising questions about whether she fully complied with previous probes.
“Without access to the relevant electronic information and stored data on the server — which was reportedly registered to her home — there is no way the committee, or anyone else, can fully explain why the committee uncovered two email addresses,” Jamal Ware, communications director for the select committee on Benghazi, said in a statement Wednesday. “This is why former Secretary Clinton’s exclusive use of personal emails to conduct official U.S. government business is so problematic and raises significant issues for transparency. The American people have a right to a full accounting of all the former Secretary’s emails,
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Top Navy Admiral Warns China Now Has More “Fairly Amazing Submarines” Than The US
Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, who testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee that China “is building some fairly amazing submarines and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States,” although he admitted their quality was inferior.
Couple that with the size of our army: the smallest since 1946!
The Democrats always seem to get us to a point where America goes to war and we elect Republicans to fight it.
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