In the spirit of Joe Biden: “Four letters — S A N D Y.”
Imagine a different scenario in which the President did not immediately return to campaigning after his tour of the ravaged areas and his Christie-hug moment. Imagine a President who said something like this: “This country is more important than a particular election. People are hurting all over the North East and in desperate need of help. As commander in chief I am directing the military to provide immediate and overwhelming assistance to those affected.” Then imagine Obama actually spending some time in a command HQ having his top brass etc. carry out these orders.
Now that action would have had the potential to change many peoples’ views about him.
But that is an alternate reality in which the President cares about the North East more than just a given Blue swath of states for his re-election. A reality where he took his job to heart even to the point of possibly risking his re-election. A reality where he, not Mitt Romney, was the happy warrior, confident in the successes of his tenure and in the future. A reality in which he recognized that politics is the art of the possible, and where doing the right thing, even if common wisdom would say otherwise, may even be more beneficial than slavish loyalty to campaign rallies.
That is not our reality.
And so the President who could have pushed back the Romney-tide that is sure to wash over the nation tomorrow, will sit on his hands tomorrow evening watching the election results whilst the North East suffers and probably somewhat grudgingly votes for him again.
Let’s welcome a new direction. Let’s welcome Mitt Romney as the next President.
According to the BLS report (http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm🙂
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks increased to 14.3
percent in October[.]
Do black Americans really need anymore proof that this President cares little about their plight? When was the last time as President he specifically addressed or commented on the horrible unemployment burden in the black community? See prior thoughts on this here: https://pelinore.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/if-you-say-liar-he-may-say-great-uncle-tom/.
And just wait for the fabricators to spin this as something positive for Obama even though the rate went up and, more importantly:
In October, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more)
was little changed at 5.0 million. These individuals accounted for 40.6 percent of
the unemployed. (See table A-12.)
Here is a good analysis of the other data in the BLS report particularly how the U-6 number, at an embarrassing 14.6%, is the real number to look at when trying to predict what un and underemployed people are going to do at the ballot box. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/02/jobs-report-171k-jobs-added-jobless-rate-rises-to-7-9/ .
Truther 2.0 – September 11, 2012
The Benghazi attack and subsequent murder of the Ambassador was in fact coordinated between the attackers and certain U.S. operatives. The death of the other American stationed at the consulate was expected collateral damage. The deaths of the two former Seals were not planned as these men were not assigned to protect the Ambassador. They had a different mission. They too became collateral casualties, though unexpected ones. They had been told to stand down. The Ambassador was assigned to carry out certain tasks. The Ambassador’s situation had become precarious, and the belief that he would imminently leak vital information, detrimental to the U.S. or the Administration was the reason for the attack; the video was provided as a convenient surrogate motive and the Cairo mob attack was coordinated as necessary.
Thus the decision to remove the site security team located in Libya a little over a month before the attack, thus the window-dressing when State engaged an inadequate contractor to provide security for the consulate, thus the refusal to improve security despite repeated requests from the Ambassador and the Tripoli mission even on the day of the attack, thus the failure of the President to attend intelligence briefings in the days leading up to 9/11/12, thus the refusal to provide assistance to the besieged Americans during the course of the attack despite real-time information from drone surveillance, consulate cameras and direct communications from the Americans in the consulate and despite the proximity of adequate and overwhelming military assets, thus the President’s failure to convene the counterterrorism task force, thus the declaration by some Libyans to praise God because the Ambassador was still alive, thus the Administration’s initial narrative that a video-enraged mob carried out the attack, thus the embarrassing retractions and restatements when information was leaked about the nature of the attack, thus the bizarre behavior of the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State when meeting with the father of Ty Woods, thus the utter inaction in conducting forensic investigations of the consulate in the wake of the attack, thus the utter disinterest in detaining one of the reputed leaders ot the attack, thus the President’s decision now to deflect, defer and distract serious questions on the subject and voluntarily entertain such questions only from entertainers.
This Deadly Stupid Administration
Now that you can see a narrative which might support another silly truther movement, it is clear that this Administration’s incompetence is not only stupid but deadly. Respected pundits explain these actions as consistent with an Administration that needs to preserve the story of the success of the Arab Spring and this President’s role in bringing it about. Thus it did not want to take any actions contrary to that theory, and when events forced them to see the emptiness of that theory, they were paralyzed. Thus, the decision to reduce security and refuse requests for additional security were seen as inconsistent with a Libya which was growing more peaceful and responsible by the day. Thus, when our Americans were under attack by those same Libyans, the Administration was paralyzed and unable to act contrary to the theory. The youtube rationale which prompted the Cairo demonstrations was seen as a precious lifeline that could save the theory because that video was produced by an American national who had no connection to the Government and whose free speech could not (unfortunately) be restricted. In other words, so long as people believed the attacks were due to someone outside the power of the Government, the President’s foreign policy could still be seen as a success.
These are all plausible explanations, though they still leave serious questions which ask us to ignore our righteous indignation that a President could sit on his hands doing nothing and tell others to do nothing while our people were being murdered. Hot Air discusses here the statements by a former Pacific Fleet chief in which he raises with much more weight than this blog these and other important questions. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/30/former-pacific-fleet-chief-we-need-full-disclosure-on-benghazi-now/.
Whatever we learn, if we learn, one thing is true, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty acted as true Americans, rushing into danger without care for their own well-being, without concern for a theory, but with the very real life and blood of our fellow citizens.
(Credit: Getty Images)
Update: The American Catholic has a very good and detailed account of the bravery of these Navy Seals here: http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/10/30/a-matter-of-honor/.
Update: Hot Air reports on a discussion between Vince Flynn, the talented spy novelist, and Hugh Hewitt. http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/11/21/the-million-dollar-question-on-benghazi-no-one-is-asking/. Let’s just say that while Trutherism is hogwash, the motivation to find the truth is genuine among many Americans, and here with the way Flynn puts the story together it is tempting to think someone wanted the Ambassador out of the way. How long has it been now and no real information on all the details? How long can this failure of a President continue to say “what I knew and when I knew is still under investigation”? Hey, if you believe he fried his short-term memory on weed and other substances maybe you can cut him some slack for not remembering his own life.
The last Presidential debate showed that few disagree the single most serious threat to our national security today is the nuclear ambition of Iran. Should the leaders of that country obtain their goal, Israel is exposed to devastation and the Middle East would be reshaped into a region generally hostile to the West with Iran at the head. But potentially other countries, including our own, would be subject to jihadist nuclear rage. Unless upon obtaining their dream the Iranian leaders somehow become responsible citizens of the world community, Iran is widely believed to be ready to share its weaponized material with various jihadist groups. Lacking any credible delivery system it is not clear how such weapons could be used by these groups, but their possession of such destructive power without any of the normal restraints against its use and with an appetite for suicide martyrdom is an unacceptable circumstance for our country and the entire free world which we lead.
Enter the Green Revolution of 2009. Even the mullahs were worried about those historic demonstrations. This was not a small group of irritated students but a massive uprising of the young and educated. This was an historic opportunity for freedom in that most-oppressive of nations. The Iranian freedom fighters were our patriotic brothers and sisters because they sought the same thing our founding fathers did: freedom from abusive and tryannical rule. They raised their voices, risked their bodies, suffered and yet kept shouting out for freedom, freedom, freedom. That shout carried to our shores and should have been met with a robust masculine embrace and cry that we stand with you brothers and sisters. And that cry should have been backed by resources through covert supply lines, with the booming Voice of America, with calls for an emergency meeting in the United Nations. This was our chance to solve the problem of oppression and the looming problem of a nuclear, irresponsible Iran. And what happened? A silence that will echo for years. Silence from the man who was supposed to be the one. Silence and hesitation from the man who moved millions with all over the world with his powerful words and the wonder of his candidacy and success. And now we are faced with the nigh impossible task of persuading a country to quit that which it deems its right. Your silence Mr. Obama. What will it become?
Alternative Title: The Clash of the Hairdos
Now it appears that there may be competing October surprises. From the left, at 71 years, standing at 5 foot something, frosted hair, and trademark red couture, Gloria Allred. On the right, at 66 years, a towering 6′ 3″, faux comb-over and crisp business suit, Donald Trump. Speculation is rife as to what these may be.
The Examiner suggests that Ms. Allred is trying to get sealed court testimony unsealed and certain gag orders lifted, http://www.examiner.com/article/october-surprise-gloria-allred-s-after-romney-s-sealed-testimony-and-gag-order. These may or may not relate to a divorce proceeding the Governor testified in or something about abortion counseling. Who knows what The Donald has up his sleeve. Hot Air is skeptical it will be something quite as important as Mr. Trump claims, which is a prudent comment especially given the superlative hyperboles employed by the real estate magnate in the build-up. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/23/whos-up-from-some-wednesday-october-surprises-from-trump-and-gloria-allred/. Maybe Mr. Trump has taken it upon himself to negate Allred’s surprise with his own? And so the two cancel out in a noise of competing soundbites, blog screed and Chris Matthew’s rants.
Does anyone really believe that the media missed something about the Governor? Does anyone really believe that there is another gotcha secret video that Team O hasn’t thrown up yet? We won’t ever obtain many Obama records that are sealed or confidential and potentially relevant to his character, but at this point those aren’t necessary anymore. We have his record and that is enough to judge his character. That and his conduct in the debates.
The only surprise about these surprises is that they won’t change the course of the election. They will be the proverbial flash in the pan. The electorate is ready and wearied of attacks and sick of media bias. Anything at this point will be perceived for exactly what it is. Given the precarious situation of the President’s campaign, look for the flash to be coming from the left and only appear larger because of the gigantic magnifying lens that the media will bring to it.
By the way, if you are interested in getting one of those hairhats for Halloween, here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Flair-Hair-Brown-Frosted-Visor/dp/B003KZDFYK.
Mr. Trump has released his surpise here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgOq9pBkY0I&feature=youtu.be&hd=1. This is actually a clever, let’s call it, marketing ploy. It is not anything new. Rather it is to put a spotlight on the continuing issue of the nontransparency of the most transparent President ever. Trump offers the President $5 million to be donated to the charity of Obama’s choice if the President releases all college and passport records. So no nothing new, but for those who might be on the fence with their vote this non-surprise will still be in play through October 31 which is when The Donald’s offer will expire.
Horses and Bayonets: The Belittlement of Barack Obama UPDATE: Hot Air/CBS Agree SECOND UPDATE: Bayonet Manufacturer Skewers Obama Comment
Chris Wallace had the most insightful comment of the night after the debates. To wit, he said that if he knew nothing about the debates or the candidates prior to watching last night’s debate on foreign policy, he would have assumed that the Governor was the incumbent president, with a cool knowledgeable manner, and the President was not, displaying an agressive and abrasive manner. What we witnessed last night was the self-belittlement of a man who could have been great but seemingly has been consumed by an animus against anyone who might try to unseat him. This led him to engage in the most unbecoming and childish insults a president has ever uttered:
[Gov. Romney] mentioned that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines.
Breitbart has an incredibly good factual takedown of this statement, noting that bayonets are standard issue to Marines and that Army infantry are being trained in the bayonet as an auxiliary melee weapon. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/22/During-Debate-Obama-Was-Wrong-on-Bayonets-Horses-Naval-Ships-and-Submarines. Here is a picture of an American and British military assault rifle avec bayonet:
These were used to great effect in the intense city fighting in Iraq. http://sadefensejournal.com/wp/?p=391. UPDATE: Bayonet manufacturer, smartly named Bayonet, Inc., weighed in on the debate reinforcing the notion that this is a critical close quarter weapon: http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/23/barack-obama-bayonet-company-relevant-debate/.
Regarding horses, the definitive classic of the Taliban takedown in 2001 is titled Horse Soldiers. Our special ops forces rode horses into the battles that broke the women-hating bastards’ backs. Most importantly, Breitbart also notes that the Navy requested a ship force of 313 vessels at the beginning of the Obama presidency and links to the Navy’s Strategic Business Plan for 2009-2013. http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/Magazine_SBP.pdf (see page 3):
We are accountable to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to deliver, modernize and maintain a 313-ship Navy that meets the requirements of our national security plan. If we continue to operate with a “business asusual” approach, this goal will not be achieved; we must change.
Putting aside the inaccuracy of Obama’s statements, the most damaging aspect of this statement was the President’s obvious intent to ridicule his opponent. It had the opposite effect. Can you imagine as president making such a statement on such a stage before a national and international audience? It showed him to be a crass person, stooping to immature sniping to make points. It showed the President to be defensive to the extreme. Putting that together with his failure to endorse American worldwide naval power exposed him as not just a leader who shouts from behind or a leader who is constantly playing catchup (e.g., sanctions against Iran) but more importantly, a leader who does not want America to be the leader of the free world. That is not good for us. That is the most damaging aspect of his foreign policy. For America to maintain its top economic status (which is what the entire world cares about), it has to be in a position to trade throughout the world, and the better the trading partner, the better our trading will be. Only a supreme American naval power can assure that we have the markets for our goods around the free world.
Last debate: Draw.
This debate: Romney for vision and composure. Obama for childish antics. I bet the undecided voter will pick vision over antics.
Overall: Romney 2 and draw. Obama, draw. Romney wins the series. Hot Air agrees: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/23/romney-wins-the-debate-season-and-the-key-test-for-a-challenger/.
Hot Air agrees regarding the backfire of the Obama insult and discusses a supportive CBS focus group here: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/23/video-cbs-focus-group-in-ohio-picks-romney-the-winner/. Also see http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100186053/romney-won-the-presidential-debate-by-looking-presidential-obama-had-a-painful-case-of-bidens-smile/ (making the same point about the Navy insult).
One common characterization of politicians is that they are like snakes. They slither and weave their words carefully like the serpent of Eden. “He speaks with forked tongue” is an old American Indian critique of the occupying European. Having a forked tongue means that your speech is meant to be taken one way but your intentions are something dramatically different. The Indians knew this firsthand when they were promised one thing by the white man only to see it carried out in a way that shrunk their lands, the herds and their people.
Any fair assessment of the Benghazi timeline suggests an Administration speaking with several forked tongues. The latest from the White House is that Ambassador Rice, who emphasized the spontaneous, video-induced, nature of the attack, was merely following what intelligence was providing her at the time. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/us/benghazi-spontaneous/index.html. But the New York Times writes today that intelligence did not paint such a clear picture: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-scrutiny.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. (Indeed, prior media reports suggest that the senior intelligence officials believed early on the attack was an organized terrorist attack with North Africa Al Qaeda links — http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/africa/libya-attack-jihadists/index.html; http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/africa/libya-consulate-attack-scene/index.html; http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/12/u-s-ambassador-to-libya-3-others-killed-in-rocket-attack-witness-says/; http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/27/intel-quickly-saw-signs-of-al-qaeda-links-in-consulate-attack). And clearly that picture is different from the one the President painted at the last debate in which he claimed he knew it was a terrorist attack and said so on September 12. Even if it is true that there were differing views within the intelligence community the only explanation for why the White House would send Amb. Rice to claim emphatically that is was due to the anti-Islam video (itself a real stretch given the timeline of release of that video and the series of violent episodes starting in February of 2012 and continuing through September involving the Benghazi consulate, the British Ambassador and the Red Cross) was to throw a white cover over the utter failure of Obama’s appeasement strategy in the Middle East. Of course, the problem of reduced security at Benghazi despite repeated requests is another story in this fatal debacle and itself seems traceable to the effort by the White House to paint a rosy picture of peace in Libya, for who would any longer need a substantial security force in a land of growing peace? Finally, Hot Air notes this intriguing report by CBS which raises the valid question why there was no military aid provided to the sieged defenders of the consulate. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/22/cbs-news-why-didnt-we-send-the-military-to-rescue-benghazi-personnel/. Had the rapid response 16 man security team which was in place a month before September 11 attack remained, it would have been a much different result in Benghazi. In the aftermath, various officials have been “thrown under the bus” in the words of the media. From senior level State Department Officials, to intelligence officers to Mrs. Clinton herself. But no one has been fired and no one has resigned. The ones thrown under the bus were our own diplomats and the right to free speech for good measure.
It is near certain that the fatal Benghazi debacle will be raised tonight at the debate. It is near certain that the President will do everything he can to point the blame to some other source than his own failed foreign policy and other than his own deadly incompetent Administration. It is near certain that, like the snakes of the Pharoah attacked the snake of Aaron, he will attempt to attack Governor Romney for that man’s brave statement the night of September 11, 2012. And it is near certain that the Governor will swallow up those attacks like the staff of Aaron.