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John Kerry Equates the Dangers from Climate Change and Terrorism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 24, 2016

Perhaps no one in the Obama Administration better epitomizes the loony-left then Secretary of State John Kerry.  This past week Kerry was at his “best” when he compared the dangers from terrorism with climate change.

On Thursday, Kerry attended a conference at the State Department to Counter ISIL.  Two days later he was in Vienna attending a climate change conference when he referred to both meetings saying: “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what you are doing here right now is of equal importance, because it has the ability literally to save life on this planet.”

As seen in the video below, Kerry first refers to the terrorist organization as ”DASH”, a term rarely used.  The need to obfuscate seems genetic with those who are supposed to be representing the People.

Then, in typical Progressive-elitist fashion, Kerry calls the American people stupid given that their concerns for safety are more focused on terrorists then climate change.  It is likely that Kerry’s lack of personal concern against terrorists emits from the fact that he is protected by armed guards 24-7.  Similarly, his wealth allows him to avoid the personal pain that is proposed policies inflict on the common man through increased cost of energy and other necessities.

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Bowe Bergdahl Faces General Court-Martial

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 21, 2015

bowe berdahlAccused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has been informed by the U.S. Army that he faces a general court-martial.  With this decision Bergdahl could face life imprisonment, as well as other consequences for his act of desertion.  It highlights the seriousness in which the military sees Bergdahl’s actions with the Army Times reporting:

“The desertion charge, which falls under Article 85 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, carries a maximum punishment of five years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

The misbehavior before the enemy charge, which falls under Article 99 of the UCMJ, carries a maximum punishment of confinement for life as well as a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, and forfeiture of pay and allowances.”

The Army’s announcement raises additional questions about President Obama’s decision to trade Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban detainees imprisoned in Guantánamo.  It also questions the judgment of National Security Advisor Susan Rice who on June 1, 2014 stated that Bergdahl “served United States with honor and distinction.”  Neither honesty nor getting the facts straight is of primary concern to this administration.

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Bernie Sanders Blames Climate Change for Causing Terrorism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 15, 2015

During the Democratic presidential candidate debate Saturday evening, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont showed nativity to the extreme when it comes to terrorism and its causes.  When asked by the moderator whether he stuck to his previously made claim that climate change is the greatest threat to national security, Sanders answered “absolutely”.  Not satisfied to leave that bit of ignorance to stand on its own, Sanders than went on to claim: “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

Let’s see, the clash between Islam and the West has been ongoing since the Crusades, which started 1,000 years ago, approximately eight centuries before the beginning of industrialization that the zealots claim is the prime cause of climate change.  For Sanders to now blame Islamic terrorism on climate change is incredulous.  More troubling is that Sanders is currently the Democrat’s second choice to be president of the United States.  That’s scary!

 

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Obama Reneges on Promise Not to Negotiate with Terrorists

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 11, 2014

In mid-2008 Barack Obama was running for his first term for the presidency.  During the campaign his opponent, John McCain, shared a concern that Obama would be willing to negotiate with terrorists.  As shown in the video clip below, Obama was at his best in his response not only being unequivocal that he would never negotiate with terrorists, but also attacking John McCain for even suggesting otherwise.  Obama’s said:

“John McCain has repeated this notion that I’m prepared to negotiate with terrorists.  I have never said that.

I’ve been adamant about not negotiating with Hamas, uh, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy Israel and won’t recognize it.

And that’s the kind of hypocrisy that we’ve been seeing in our foreign policy, the kind of fear-peddling, fear-mongering, that has prevented us from actually making us safe.”

Fast-forward six years and we have another Obama broken promise.  First, the President has agreed to work with the Palestinian Authority even though they have brought Hamas into it.  In addition, earlier this month Obama negotiated with the terrorist Taliban and exchanged five of their key operatives held in Gitmo for American hostage, Sgt. Bergdahl.

So, in 2008 did Barack Obama purposely mislead the electorate or are his words meaningless?  The answer is probably both.

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Holder Fears ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 5, 2013

In an interview on CNN, US Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that his office’s greatest fear of terrorism comes from “lone wolf” attacks similar to the recent shootings at the Washington Naval Yard and Los Angeles International Airport.  Holder said: “I’m very concerned about individuals who get radicalized in a variety of ways, sometimes self-radicalized.”

Holder’s comments are curious on several fronts.  First, they match up well with the political correctness on terrorism that has permeated our government ever since Barack Obama’s first election.  Their narrative has been that there is more danger for the Country emanating from within, and often from the radical Right, and from radical Islam from abroad.  If this was actually the case it raises interesting questions concerning the Obama Administration’s policies relating to terrorism:

  • If most dangerous terrorists are lone wolfs emanating from within the United States, then why is Administration spending so much efforts on spying on foreign countries?
  • Why is Administration conducting drone assassinations in foreign countries?
  • Why hasn’t the Administration been able to thwart the lone wolf attacks given hundreds of billions being spent on anti-terrorism?

AG Holder’s logic is flawed.

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19 Embassies Closed; Carney still Claims Al Qaeda on the Run

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2013

This past weekend saw the Obama Administration order the closings of 19 US embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  Today the State Department warned nonessential Americans to be on alert and leave Pakistan.

While embassies have been closed in the past for security reasons, the scope of the current closings is unprecedented.  Does the United States have a growing terrorist problem?  Assuming the Administration’s current steps are necessary, then the answer is an unequivocal “yes”.

Given the current high level of terrorism threats there was a remarkable exchange this week between the press and the mouthpiece for the President, Jay Carney.  When questioned about his previous comments that Al Qaeda was on the run Carney would not back down as shown in the text and video below.

While Jay Carney is an embarrassment to this Country, he is but an extension of Pres. Obama’s personality placing style above substance.

“There’s no question that core al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been severely diminished.” 

“It’s leadership decimated and there’s no question it’s on the run.”

“For many years now, it has been less organized and less capable of coordinating attacks on a scale that it was able to do, most notably on 9-11.  And that remains the case.”

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Al Qaeda on the Run?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 7, 2013

During the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, President Obama wore his prowess as a terrorist fighter like a gunslinger wore six guns in the old West.  Not only did he often brag that he got bin-Laden, but his administration did miss a chance to leak details of the raid or of the many drone strikes used to assassinate terrorist suspects in foreign countries.

The narrative created by team Obama was that the President was strong on national defense and unrelenting in going after terrorists.  In conclusion Al Qaeda was on the run because of Obama’s tactics and Americans were safer as a result.

Then came the 9/11 2012 terrorists attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.  Coming just as the 2012 presidential election campaign was heating up, this had the potential to put a dent in the President’s carefully crafted narrative.  As a result the Administration, at first through Susan Rice and then President himself, initially blamed an innocuous YouTube video for causing an unplanned riot in Benghazi.  That explanation was known to be false at the time it was offered.

This past weekend the President ordered the closing of 19 American embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  Taking Obama at his word, this was a necessary action to protect American lives.  However, it then shows that his narrative that Al Qaeda is on the run is just as false as the Benghazi attack being the result of a spontaneous demonstration protesting a YouTube video.

Al-Qaida on the Run

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Three Dead, 176 Injured by Boston Marathon Bombings

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 16, 2013

The twin bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and wounded 176 yesterday, according to FOXNews.com.  Authorities have not yet released information about potential suspects.  Pundits debate whether the bombings were the result of a homegrown terrorist or part of a larger international terrorist organization.  This argument will be settled in time.

The carnage in Boston has stirred many emotions in Americans including disbelief, horror, outrage and fear.  The desire for retribution is great and it is hoped by this writer that the perpetrator(s) will pay the ultimate price for this heinous act.

The Boston terrorist attack offers a sad reality check.  It is a reminder that assault rifles, the subject of so much debate amongst politicians in recent months, is but one of many tools criminals can use to murder.  In fact, in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries wracked by terrorism, it is not the assault rifle but the improvised explosive device (IED) that is most often the weapon of choice.  This is not by accident.  Explosive devices are more efficient killers than any rifle.  They are also easier to conceal and can be remotely detonated.

According to reports, the explosive devices used in Boston were made with easily obtainable materials including pressure cookers, ball bearings and nails.  Politicians responding to this tool of death the way they responded to the assault rifle after Sandy Hook would mean limiting the amount of ball bearings and nails one could purchase, as well as making people register for permits to buy pressure cookers.  Even if such actions were reasonable, the results would be ineffective.  There are an inexhaustible number of tools that terrorists and criminals can use to murder.  If society truly wishes to affect the increasing acts of mass murders it will need to limit the number of killers walking the streets.

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Europe Gives Terrorists Hezbollah a Pass

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 15, 2013

Since Barack Obama and his Leftist allies are intent on turning the United States into a European clone, it is instructive to review the moral decay that has become Europe.

Europe has often hid behind appeasement to wish away the problems of tyrants and dictators.  The most grotesque example was its attempt to appease Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.  That flawed strategy is directly responsible for the death of tens of millions of Europeans.  Unfortunately, the Leftists in academia have written this reality out of the history books.

Europe continues doubling down on the strategy of appeasement.  A recent example is its handling of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, as discussed in an op-ed by The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby titled Europe’s Hezbollah Cowardice.  Jacoby lists some of Hezbollah responsible killings including:

  • 1983 bombings of the American embassy, US Marine barracks, and a French compound in Beirut, Lebanon killing nearly 400.
  • The hijack of TWA Flight 847.
  • Murdering US servicemen in Saudi Arabia.
  • Bombing a Jewish committee center in Argentina.
  • The bombing of a bus in Bulgaria killing five Israeli and a Bulgarian.
  • Working with the terrorist mullahs in Iran and the tyrant Assad of Syria.
  • Ongoing rocketing of Israeli.

Hezbollah has been so brutal that in 2008 the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, said: “they make al-Qaeda look like a minor-league team.”

Still, with all of the blood on Hezbollah’s hands Europe refuses to classify them as a terrorist organization.  While Europe’s cowardice is likely a feeble attempt at self-preservation, attempting to limit terrorism on its soil, it would be well to heed the words of Winston Churchill who said of appeasement: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.  All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured.”

As Jacoby correctly concludes concerning Europe’s latest bout of appeasement: “The moral stench of that rationalization is almost as repellent as its stupidity.  Yes, Hezbollah’s foremost targets are Jews and the Jewish state – it has always proclaimed the destruction of Israel as its goal – but have Europeans still not figured out that while Nazis and the Nazi-like start by killing Jews, they rarely end with them?”  So, Barack Obama would have us become more like Europe.  It is obvious who that would comfort.

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US Lawmakers Attack the Movie “Zero Dark Thirty”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2013

In another sign of governmental impingement on free speech, some members of the Senate have attacked the movie “Zero Dark Thirty”.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, last month Senators Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.,), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D., Mich.), publically criticized the film that chronicled the tracking and assassination of Osama bin Laden.  They said of the film: it is “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its bin ladensuggestion that torture resulted in information [that made the bin Laden killing possible]”.  The Senators also demanded that the CIA supply them the names of who at the Agency communicated with the filmmakers and what information was supplied.

Co-producer Mark Boal has criticized the Senators’ attacks saying: “There is a difference between criticism and investigation.  And I think that crosses a line that hasn’t been crossed, really, since the ’40s, when you talk about government investigating movies.”  More to the point, the level of governmental trampling on American rights is unmatched in modern times.

On the one hand it is humorous to see Hollywood and the Progressives going at it.  However, this demonstrates the slippery slope that Leftist politics and political correctness have taken us.  How dare Hollywood produce a movie insinuating that torture played a role in tracking bin Laden when the Left so often pronounced otherwise.

This Blogger did see Zero Dark Thirty and found it entertaining.  The fact that the government is attempting to quash the story makes it even fascinating.

 

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