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Assault Weapons: A Political Scapegoat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 26, 2012

Last week’s tragedy last in Newtown, Connecticut once again brought the so-called “assault weapons” to the forefront of the gun control battle.  Gun control advocates use the assault rifle as a Trojan Horse to spearhead their ultimate goal to ban all guns.

Assault rifles are hyped by gun-control advocates as having some sort of special deadly capabilities.  In fact, with the exception of large magazines, they are no more deadly than many handguns, shotguns or rifles.  In addition, assault rifles are heavy and hard to conceal and as a result are used in a small fraction of murders in the United States.

The Washington Examiner published a graph indicating the type of weapons used in murders in the United States for 2010.  As indicated, by a huge majority the greatest number of murders is carried out with handguns.  This is not by accident.  Assault rifles are hard to use and conceal, making them not the gun of choice for most people with bad intent.

It would be bad enough for the attack on assault rifles to be made merely a result to lack of knowledge.  However, the motive is substantially more dangerous, the Progressives’ desire to totally disarm American citizens.

Murder Chart

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Obama’s Afghanistan General McChrystal on Hot Seat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 22, 2010

This morning White House Budget Director Peter Orszag announced he is departing the ship, leaving the Obama Administration in July.  It is not a good sign when key advisors leave an Administration.  Added to this troubling exit, today there is a crisis brewing with key Obama advisor, General Stanley McChrystal.

NBC reported that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to the White House for his negative comments about the President and his Administration. The comments that are to be published in Rolling Stone magazine include the following:

  • A McChrystal aide mocked Vice President Joe Biden and Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • McChrystal indicated “disappointed” with his first Oval Office meeting with President Obama stating: “I found that time painfulI was selling an unsellable position.”
  • As for Obama’s agreeing to dispatch an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan along with the promise to bring them home in July 2011, McChrystal regarded this as an arbitrary deadline.
  • The Rolling Stone stated that McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”
  • A McChrystal aide called White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones, a “clown” who was “stuck in 1985.”
  • McChrystal’s team disapproves of the overall Obama Administration, with the exception of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • McChrystal indicated he felt betrayed the White House’s diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.  McChrystal accused Eikenberry of creating cover for himself stating: “Here’s one that covers his flank for the history booksNow, if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so.'”

Reactions have been swift.  McChrystal apologized for not only his comments, but also those of his aide’s.  An Afghan spokesman indicated President Hamid Karzai backs the General, not an appropriate comment prior to President Obama commenting on this issue.  And according to NBC, President Obama is “furious” with McChrystal’s comments.

The President should be furious with McChrystal who was insubordinate.  Like Harry Truman’s firing of General Douglas MacArthur for his insubordination during the Korean War, Obama should immediately fire McChrystal.  For a President who always seems to be looking for an “ass to kick”, this should be a no-brainer.

The McChrystal affair points out a larger issue for President Obama and America as a whole.  McChrystal’s view of the Administration and the way it is conducting the War in Afghanistan are probably representative of the view from the US Military in general.  It is also an indication that the Afghanistan War is not going well.  As the Commander-In-Chief this falling falls directly on Obama.

Just when you thought it could not get much worse for President Obama, the next shoe drops.  Many of the problems have been self-inflicted.  With the President under increasing pressure from all sides, it is likely that the problems will keep coming and at an accelerating pace.  Obama’s lack of executive experience is now his greatest enemy.

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