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We Came, We Saw, They Died

Hillary’s infamous eulogy for Muammar Qaddafi will follow her to the end of time.

I hope.

He wasn’t the only one, Madame Secretary:

The White House Sunday evening condemned a video purportedly showing a mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya by terrorists affiliated with Islamic State.

“We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists’ vicious, senseless brutality.”

In the video released Sunday, Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan’s president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people — and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

How did we get to this appalling state?

In case you don’t remember:

“It is a time-limited, scope-limited military action” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

-“Kinetic military action” – Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhode

-“Limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.” – Obama told lawmakers in a letter

-“To use america’s unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and assist meeting urgent humanitarian needs.” -Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

-“Preventing an imminent humanitarian crisis in Libya.”- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

How’s that working out?

Under Bush, America won in Iraq, then lost it, then won it again. Two-and-one is a winning record, but that’s not how you read it in the newspapers. Today, Libya is an outright loss, as is Iraq (again), Syria, Yemen—and Afghanistan is re-re-slipping away.

So much for the Obama doctrine:

Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding.

We’re “leading from behind” while Christians (and US diplomatic personnel) are losing their heads. The sick jokes practically make themselves.

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This Explains a Lot

Makes sense to me:

On March 25, during an interview on Hiwar TV, broadcasting from London, Syrian writer Muhydin Lazikani said that “all the childhood memories of the man who rules the White House are Shiite memories” and that “that is why he is so anxious for Iran to emerge victorious.” On April 10, London-based Iranian opposition activist Abu Muntasir Al-Baloushi said: “Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shiite father… Some people call him the Iranian lobby in America.” He was speaking on the Saudi 4Shbab TV channel.

Maybe Obama thinks he’s the 12th Imam, too. Michele Bachmann recently said she thought Obama was bringing End Times to hand. But I wonder which prophet will get here first, Jesus or the Imam. I’m rooting for Jesus, personally.

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He Can See Tehran From His House!

We are so lucky to have him for our president:


Miles of jowls

THOMAS FRIEDMAN: What really came through to me in the interview really is a couple things that really do show you the difference between him and Netanyahu. Obama is someone who has lived abroad, maybe more than any president in a long time. And because of that, he actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective. And it comes through when he says let’s remember we, the Unites States, back in the ’50s, we toppled Iran’s democratically-elected government. You know, there might be some reason these people actually want to get a weapon that will deter that from happening again.

How many Iranians from the 50s are still around? No gay ones, that’s for sure. Sheesh, these guys sure hold a grudge. But the Islamic Republic of Iran doesn’t believe in democracy anyway. They should be thanking us.

I’m afraid Tom Friedman is probably correct. The “Iranian perspective” says “Death to America” and calls us “The Great Satan”. Obama understands perfectly.

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He’s Just Not That Into Jews

Though, sadly, too many Jews refuse to believe it:

Almost as soon as the White House reached the nuclear framework agreement with Iran, it began sending out senior administration officials to brief domestic allies and rivals in order to sell the deal. The president himself called Speaker of the House John Boehner, while National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power got other legislators on the phone. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the administration’s case for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement over the weekend on the Sunday talk shows. Guess who didn’t get briefed.

Well, not exactly. Key Jewish community leaders did get a briefing—not from the president or the secretary of state or the national security adviser, but from Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Colin Kahl. One participant told CNN that the call went smoothly. “There were definitely pointed questions,” said the source, “but it was very respectful.”

Maybe CNN’s source was biting his tongue, or perhaps he just doesn’t get the joke. Kahl was the administration official who removed the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel from the 2012 Democratic platform. And it was as a scholar at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for New American Security that Kahl floated a 2013 trial balloon hinting that the administration’s policy was, contrary to President Barack Obama’s promises, not prevention of an Iranian nuclear bomb but containment and deterrence of it. As it turns out, this was the exact same policy Kahl outlined to American Jewish leaders last week, in what amounts in policy circles to a victory lap.

The vanishing political import of the American Jewish community appears to have taken least some of its leaders—used to Oval Office sit-downs and plenty of concerned hand-holding—by surprise. But you can bet it didn’t take Obama six years to comprehend the political import of James Baker’s famous observation about the Jewish community’s voting patterns. If, as the former secretary of state once said, “F— the Jews; they don’t vote for us anyway,” Obama saw the flip-side of Baker’s crude insight: The president could stick it to the Jews, since they’d vote for Democrats no matter what.

Whatever stresses existed in the American-Israeli relationship were clearly Bibi’s fault. If he stopped being such a jerk, then good American Jewish liberals like themselves would all be eating latkes in the White House again.

What these community leaders seemed not to have fully understood is that American Jewish political power is linked not just to the financial power of Jewish donors or the influence of Jewish voters in a few key cities but more fundamentally to the strategic importance of the American-Israel relationship. What they certainly did not see is that tension with Bibi served Obama very nicely in a much bigger strategic move, which was the main aim of Obama’s Middle East policy since 2009: namely, to downgrade the U.S. alliance with Israel in order to make room for America’s new can-do regional partner, Iran.

The hardly coincidental byproduct of Obama’s dramatic and far-reaching Middle East realignment is that the American Jewish community is getting a down-grade. The irony of course is that the more distance the American Jewish community puts between themselves and the Jewish national homeland, the less they matter to anybody on either side of the American political divide or in Israel. That’s just basic political math. The fact that the American Jewish community flunked its political math test is why the White House sent Colin Kahl to deal with Jewish community leaders—as far as Obama is concerned, it’s addition by subtraction.

The sad truth is that political ideology matters most of all. One can be Jewish and a supporter of Israel, but if one is also liberal, it’s f*** the Jews. There is no deeper sense of identity for a liberal.

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Not Funny

He may be a big-eared galoot, but he’s our big-eared galoot:

In an animated video-clip posted on the Internet on April 11, 2015 by “Fadhaeh Al-‘Ilmaniyya”, a pro-ISIS group of media activists, shows President Obama begging for mercy before being beheaded by ISIS executioner Jihadi John. At the end of the animated film, Obama is shown awakening from his nightmare and fleeing the room.

Besides, what does ISIS have to fear from Obama? Saudi sheikhs are more dangerous to them than Obama is.

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First, He’s Not Articluate

What will they say of him next, that he’s unclean?

That’s nightmare, man!

At issue is Obama’s statement in an NPR interview yesterday, to the effect that after the Iran nuclear deal has run its course, Iran’s breakout time to nukes would be reduced to zero:

What is a more relevant fear would be that in year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero.

Faced with questions about this statement in today’s State Department briefing, spokesman Marie Harf had this unbelievable clarification:

That quote I think that people are referring to — I think his words were a little mixed up there — but what he was referring to was a scenario in which there was no deal. And if you go back and look at the transcript I know it’s a little confusing — I spoke to the folks at the White House and read it a few times — it’s my understanding that he was referring to — even though it was a little muddled in the words — to a scenario in which there was no deal . . . it was more of a hypothetical, ‘well look, without a deal, this is what could possibly happen.’ He was not indicating what would happen under an agreement in those years.

Sorry, Valley Girl, I checked.

He continued:

Keep in mind, though, currently, the breakout times are only about two to three months by our intelligence estimates. So essentially, we’re purchasing for 13, 14, 15 years assurances that the breakout is at least a year … that — that if they decided to break the deal, kick out all the inspectors, break the seals and go for a bomb, we’d have over a year to respond. And we have those assurances for at least well over a decade.

And then in years 13 and 14, it is possible that those breakout times would have been much shorter, but at that point we have much better ideas about what it is that their program involves.

I’ll agree he’s muddled and confusing, but he’s not speaking hypothetically.

The writer of the National Review post where I say this thinks Marie Harf should be fired. I strongly disagree. Who else has called this fraud of a president out for spewing his inanities and lies? Not Brian Williams or any other journalist I can think of. Harf is serving the national interest. She deserves a medal.

PS: For people whose first language is not English, the Iranians are remarkably articulate:

Iran’s negotiator in the nuclear negotiations and its nuclear chief revealed on Tuesday that after a final deal is signed by a June 30 deadline on the framework reached last week, Iran will unleash its most advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment, threatening a quick turnover in producing a nuclear weapon.

In their statements, they said Iran’s most advanced IR-8 centrifuges will be used as soon as the deal removing world sanctions against Iran begins.

The report noted the two said the advanced centrifuges enrich uranium 20 times faster than the current IR-1 models, meaning they would radically reduce the breakout time needed for Iran to obtain a nuclear arsenal.

In the meeting Zarif and Salehi told the parliament “that the country would inject UF6 gas into the latest generation of its centrifuge machines as soon as a final nuclear deal goes into effect by Tehran and the six world powers,” according to the report.

“The AEOI chief and the foreign minister presented hopeful remarks about nuclear technology R&D which, they said, have been agreed upon during the talks, and informed that gas will be injected into IR-8 (centrifuges) with the start of the (implementation of the) agreement,” Iranian MP Javad Karimi Qoddousi was quoted as saying by the site.

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“Honor and Distinction”

Susan Rice puts the stink in “distinction”:

To be fair, Bergdahl did distinguish himself:

A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl, was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night.

Shaffer, a Fox News contributor, said two senior sources told him that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation included a forensic review of his computer, which show Bergdahl’s apparent intent to travel to Uzbekistan.

“He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “He had made contact with local Afghans and wanted to be moved to Uzbekistan and then made contact with the Russians because he wanted to talk to Russian organized crime…

“Clearly he was not all there relating to what he was doing,” Shaffer told O’Reilly. “I think we’re going to see more and more, as this report is made public that there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl.”

According to the sources, data collection at the time indicated Bergdahl made contact with an Afghan in an effort to lay the ground work for his departure.

“He had Afghan contacts and he was actually trying to offer himself up with the Taliban. Both are very severe,” Shaffer added.

Bergdahl isn’t at issue here. He will be dealt with through military justice, fairly but strictly, I hope.

But is this administration any saner than Bergdahl? They had to have had this information. What state of mind would lead them to trade five terrorist killers for this…thanks for your service and all, Bowe, but this loser?

Even Obama has a bit of a gas attack at the optics:

We all need a Susan Rice to put a public face (an attractive public face, in my lecherous opinion) on our stupidity. Imagine what we could get away with if we sent a black, female version of ourselves to say the stupid things we think, or explain the stupid actions we took. When anyone took exception with what our Susan-Rice-self said, we would dismiss them as sexist or racist.

We could get away with murder. Or at least complicity.

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Don’t Mention the Holy War!

If you want to know what I think of al-Shabab’s latest atrocity, this time culling on Christian students from a college in Kenya for summary slaughter, just search the archives for everything I’ve written about ISIS and Boko Haram (and Al Qaeda to a lesser extent).

Same Islamist sh*t, different country:

Five people are in custody following the al-Shabab attack in eastern Kenya on Thursday which left almost 150 people dead, officials say.

Some suspects were arrested while trying to flee to neighbouring Somalia, the internal security ministry said. One is said to be a security guard.

At least 148 people died when gunmen attacked Garissa university campus. Four of the gunmen were also killed.

Al-Shabab has since pledged a “long, gruesome war” against Kenya.

The militant group said its attacks were in retaliation for acts by Kenya’s security forces, who are part of the African Union’s mission in Somalia against al-Shabab.

While many of the survivors spoke to the media, little is known so far about those who were killed.

Well, we do know one thing they have in common, though people seem loath to mention it:

In a statement early on Thursday, the Shabab said that its fighters had attacked the university early in the morning, separating Muslims from non-Muslims in an “operation against the infidels.”

In an audio message soon after, a Shabab spokesman, Ali Mohamoud Raghe, said the attack had been carried out because “the Christian government of Kenya has invaded our country,” a reference to the Kenyan military’s 2011 incursion into Somalia to oust the Shabab from its strongholds.

He said the university had been targeted because it was educating many Christian students in “a Muslim land under colony,” a reference to the large Somali population in a part of Kenya that Somalia once tried to claim. He called the university part of Kenya’s “plan to spread their Christianity and infidelity.”

So while the Obama administration was right to condemn the terror attack, it was not random terrorism; the targeting of Christians was very much al Shabab’s goal and one that should not be overlooked in any statement about the incident.

No mention of Christianity, Islam, or Muslims. Sadly, this is par for the course for the Obama administration.

While you’re scanning our archives, you’ll also note I, Thristradamus, predicted this sort of tat-for-tat violence as each deranged group tried to top the other. I’d say al-Shabab has very much entered into the game.

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One Chicagoan Answers Another

Hey, Obama! This community activist—settler community activist—tells you where to stick your deep dish pizza.

Journalist and writer Caroline Glick, author of the book “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East”, says Israel should annex Judea and Samaria now, in response to President Barack Obama’s statements that the United States will “re-evaluate” its support for Israel at the United Nations.

Seeing as Obama is planning to change American policy and “force Israel into completely indefensible borders”, Glick told Arutz Sheva, “the time has come for Israel to come out with an alternative policy, and the alternative policy that we have to put out is applying Israeli law and sovereignty to Judea and Samaria”.

“The question couldn’t be more urgent,” said Glick, whose book deals with this very issue and of which a Hebrew edition was recently published.

“The government has got to put forward a new policy regarding the Palestinians,” she continued. “The two states failed, we all know it, [and] we can’t resurrect it because it wasn’t we that made it fail.”

One state is doing fine, in fact. Never better. Judeans and Samarians should be so lucky as to be official citizens of that state.

PS: I bet Caroline Glick could name more Chicago White Sox players than you could, too:

Cringe-inducing. Don’t call yourself a “South-side kid”, sir, when you didn’t move to Chicago until you were 23. Fraud.

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Barack Obama to Return to Kenya, Land of Barack Obama’s Birth

Junior in the first instance, Senior in the second:

President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father’s native Kenya as president this summer, the White House announced Monday.

Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments.

Obama famously traced his family’s roots in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born and raised in Kenya. He lived in the United States in the 1950s and 60s, and ultimately returned to his home country, where he died in a car accident in 1982.

Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters additional details about the trip are forthcoming, and he did not yet know whether the President would visit with members of his extended family.

Obama Sr.’s native country has also spurred controversy on the President’s birthplace and citizenship — a simple “Obama Kenya” google search turns up countless conspiracy theories…

Not here, oh no. We know what an Obama who was born in Kenya looks like:

Get busy cleaning, George. You got company coming!

What would persuade a man of means and regular habits to go to Kenya in July, for God’s sake?

You guessed it.

PS: Much to my surprise, July in Kenya sounds perfect for golf.

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Bowe Knows Treason

He may be a treasonous, collaborating, jihad-loving deserter…

But he’s our treasonous, collaborating, jihad-loving deserter:

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT: Was it worth it? Absolutely. We have a commitment to our men and women serving overseas, or in our military, defending our national security every day, that we will do everything we can to bring them home, and that’s what we did in this case…

But as it relates to the detainees, you know, this is a commitment we have made, we have long made, for decades. We have the ability to track and work with the Qataris, we know that individuals were reportedly online and engaging with individuals they shouldn’t be. Because we track it! It means the system of tracking works.

Several Americans died searching—then five low-life terrorists swapped—for Bergdahl, whom we now accuse of desertion and consorting with the enemy. And this ditz spits in our face by telling us the system works. Of course it works, you dumb broad, we know that three out of the five have already tried to reenlist with their old units.

Obama is a war-time president, all right, but it’s America and Israel he’s at war with. And Jen Psaki and Marie Harf are his Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose.

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War of Words Escalates

We’ve shared plenty of news of Obama’s jihad against Israel with you—we haven’t seen that many bombs tossed at the Zionist entity since the last war with Hezbollah.

But more than a few are coming back this way:

“… The Obama administration realizes quite well that the war on ISIS as it is currently being waged has destructive sectarian repercussions, which if not dealt with will blow up in everyone’s face. But has this administration…done a thing to correct how this war is being conducted?…Certainly not! This administration has acted, and continues to act, contrary to the fears that it itself has expressed.

Obama has gone further than that: together with Russia, he has given Iran a free hand in Syria to support the Syrian regime and crush the local opposition. Thus, the American president’s opportunism is very clearly exposed.

It is wrong [for us] to remain silent in light of a policy that is dragging the region into more destructive religious wars just because Mr. Obama aspires to reach an agreement with the Iranians…”

Strong words. Strong Arabic words:

[I]n recent weeks dozens of articles in the Arab press, and particularly in the Saudi press, have harshly criticized the Obama administration’s policy in the region – especially its Iran policy, which they term “destructive”, “idiotic”, “dangerous” and “narrow-minded.”

“Why does Obama consider it necessary to reach such an agreement? Because the president’s objective is to tie the Iranians’ hands for 10-15 years, in hopes that by then, Iran will have a new leadership, and will become a different country – perhaps a democratic country with less of a desire for nuclear weapons. Obama seems to be basing his policy on this risky issue on hope, not on political considerations; thus, he is gambling with the future of the region…

“At the same time, the Arab countries must deal with the other aspect of the American position, which is no less idiotic and dangerous. This aspect is reflected in Obama’s response to events in the region – [a response] based on a nearly absolute belief that the danger currently threatening the world is Sunni extremism and the terrorism emanating from it, and that the only option for stabilization is through cooperation with Iran.

The choir of voices is swelling. I don’t think the Mormon Tabernacle can hold it.

It is inconceivable that there will be a nuclear Iran in the region while the rest of the countries of the region stand by. The response to the existence of an Iranian bomb will undoubtedly be an Arab nuclear bomb.

“[A]ll the relevant countries in the region must consider every possible option in responding to this absurd American move that can release the [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini genie – which will bring to the region nothing but destruction and civil war.”

Here’s another one:

“…The Americans should know that their reputation in the region… is poor and that those whom they consider their friends [among the Arab countries], and who are indeed [their friends], have grown tired of them, of their policy, and of their behavior, and repeatedly say – if not loudly then with a whisper – ‘Allah save us from our friends; our enemies we can handle ourselves.’

“Barack Obama is acting strangely.

One might say stupidly, but I don’t think so. In the Obama narrative, there may be no hero—but there is a villain, and we’re it. We are white, Western, imperial, Christian, and successful. Not one of those can be forgiven, consequences be damned. This will end in catastrophe.

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