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Posts Tagged ‘Terrorists’

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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State Department’s Lame Strategy for Attacking ISIS

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015

Earlier today we posted a clear and concise strategy for defeating the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, proffered by Dr. Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate.  Posted below is a video clip from State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf.  Her comments are an embarrassment embarrassing to the country she represents.

Harf says: “We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them.  So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians.  They’re in this fight with us.  But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war.  We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…”

To that MSNBC commentator and fellow liberal Chris Matthews appropriately retorts: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes.  There’s always going to be poor people.  There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join.  We can’t stop that, can we?”

Instead of realizing how preposterous her initial statement was, Harf double downs responding: “What makes these seventeen-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of starting a business? Maybe we can try to chip away at this problem”.  Yikes!

Ms. Harf seems to have shortsighted understanding of history.  It begs the question as to why other poor cultures have not become so violent.  It ignores the fact that Osama bin Laden was a billionaire’s heir and most of the 9/11 hijackers came from wealthy Saudi Arabia.  The passion these terrorists fight for his far deeper than that involved with seeking wealth.  If only it was that simple Ms. Harf.

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Howard Dean says Paris Killers “Not Muslim Terrorist”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 9, 2015

This week three followers of Islam attacked the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France murdering 12.  The attack was in retaliation for Charlie Hebdo publishing caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.  The attack was an act of Islamic terrorism.  This did not stop Howard Dean, well-known Democratic politician and one-time presidential candidate, from incredibly claiming:

“I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists.  They’re about as Muslim as I am.  I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says.  Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult.  Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”

Dean’s comments are so ludicrous that they are not worthy of rational debate.  On the other hand if they were but the comments of one loony Leftist they could be ignored.  However, they join similar comments that the Left uses in the name of political correctness to avoid the reality that there are many extremists willing to kill in the name of Islam.  Perhaps the most infamous was President Obama calling the Fort Hood massacre by Nadal Malik Hasan as merely “workplace violence”.  You can make this stuff up!

Let us compare Dean’s outrageous comments with more rational responses.  Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney more appropriately said:

Well, this is a classical radical Islamic attack, Steve [Fox News interviewer], and political correctness is killing us. …  Until we hold the Arab world and the Muslim world accountable for letting this radical Islamic ideology, which I have said before is as evil as Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, it is not a religion until we hold these people accountable.

There is a ray of light emanating from evils of radical Islam.  It is opening the eyes of a diverse group of Americans both on the Right and the Left creating a bipartisan response to the challenges.  About Leftist Bill Maher closely matched General McInerney when he Tweeted:

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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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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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Glenn Beck Criticizes America for Arming Syrian Rebels

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 3, 2013

This Blog has been critical of the United States and the greater world (United Nations) for allowing the carnage in Syria to occur.  It is reported that over 100,000 Syrians have died in what has become a Civil War.

Early on during the so-called “Arab Spring”, the Obama Administration through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially ignored what was at that time democratic protests against the dictatorship of Bashir Assad.  Before becoming Secretary of State John Kerry visited Syria on multiple occasions and expressed friendship with Assad.

Since those early days, the Administration has come to the conclusion that Assad must go, but for the most part remained passive.  More recently the Obama Administration has promised to arm the Syrian rebels.  Unfortunately what started as a democratic movement has become a Civil War with the anti-Assad forces being fragmented and made up of various groups including radical Islamic terrorists.  President Obama’s decision to arm the Syrian rebels is likely to have negative consequences similar to those that the United States encountered in Libya after Qaddafi deposed.

Bashir Assad is truly a tyrant who must go.  In the video below Glenn Beck makes a compelling argument as to why United States should not offer arms to the Syrian rebels.  Warning: This video contains very graphic material and should not be viewed by anyone with a weak stomach.

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Bush Versus Obama’s Record on Terrorism in the United States

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 25, 2013

Tennessee Republican Congressman Tom Cotton took to the floor of Congress and made a compelling case that the Obama Administration is failing to protect Americas from Radical Islamist terrorists.  As he points out in the video below, during the seven years after 9/11, there were no terrorist attacks on US soil under George W. Bush.  In just over four years under President Obama there been five jihadists’ attacks on US soil.

President Obama often blames the current problems in the United States on his predecessor.  The comparison of the number of terrorists attacks on US soil since he took office make that excuse lame.

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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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Justice Department Memo Authorizes Assassination of American Citizens

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 5, 2013

NBC News’s investigative correspondent, Michael Isikoff, reported on a chilling story of governmental overreach.  Isikoff reported on a confidential Justice Department memo that authorizes the US government to assassinate American citizens located outside of the United States.  Should the government conclude that such individuals are “senior operational leaders” of known terrorist organizations, they have the legal authority to assassinate such individuals even without evidence of imminent threat to the United States.

The shocking Justice Department memo is likely created to be cover for future legal actions that may be taken against Americans who authorize this ultimate of sanctions.  In September 2011 a US drone strike in Yemen killed American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who were supposedly involved with Al Qaeda.

Deputy legal director of the ACLU, Jameel Jaffer, rightfully said of the Administration’s plan:

This is a chilling document.  Basically, it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen.  …  It recognizes some limits on the authority it sets out, but the limits are elastic and vaguely defined, and it’s easy to see how they could be manipulated.”

It is remarkable how far we have come in four years.  Shortly after his first election Barack Obama and his Atty. Gen. Eric Holder threaten criminal action against government employees involved in waterboarding suspected terrorists during the Bush administration.  Since then the President has used assassinations without due process on the same type of individuals and creates a legal memo for justification.  Where is the moral outrage from the Left?

President Obama is indeed a uniter.  Who else could have gotten this Blogger and the ACLU on the same page on an important issue!

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