Saturday, 31 August 2013

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER EXPLAINS THE SYRIA FIASCO

Ken Berwitz

Want to see a really excellent analysis of what is happening in Syria today, and what President Obama may be putting us in the middle of? 

Then read this quote from Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, in which he gives us his take on President Obama's action/inaction/decisiveness/indecisiveness in that awful, ravaged country:

"The real problems beginning in the last century was the growth of Germany, how to contain it. Europe didn't know how to do it.  They ended up with two world wars as a result. The analogy today is Iran in the Middle East. It is a rising power. It is an aggressive one. It's a have-not power. It wants a place in the sun. It's acquiring nukes. It scares the hell out of the Arabs. It's a Persian country. And it now has a client in Syria. The war is being driven by Iran. There's actual evidence that the Iranian agents, the Revolutionary Guards were involved in the poison gas. Iran controls Hezbollah, which spreads terror in the Middle East and in the region. And Iran is the one driving the war. Iran is looking and it is also developing the nukes, of course.

"The problem is that if you get into this war, even in a limited and I think almost absurd way Obama is doing - he is giving them so much notice that even if we drop all the ammunition on the three or four ships, everything of importance has been moved. Iran is strengthened. The question is - it is going to look as if the U.S. - the U.K. already walked away. Iran is in the driver's seat. America is slinking away. And the problem is if you make a miscalculation here and you let Iran imagine that it is in charge, it threatens to attack Israel ... Israel will respond fiercely it and it could get out of control. So, it isn't as if Obama imagined - he says, 'I'll do a narrow thing, limited thing. It's not going to be boots on the ground', as if he is pleading with Assad, you know, dont take it seriously. Its just going to be a few bombs in the desert. Well, if he miscalculates and the Iranians and Hezbollah react, we could have a regional war - a major regional war."

The Obama administration has had an unbroken string of foreign policy missteps, gaffes and disasters.  Other than using drones to take out individuals (who, if they were in Guantanamo, he would be petitioning to be released), and "getting bin laden", which in reality were the product of surveillance and interrogation methods he adamantly opposed, can you name even one success?

-Our relations with the UK have not been this strained in recent times. 

-Our relations with Israel are even worse. 

-He illegally, unconstitutionally bombed Libya until qadaffi was deposed...only to have al qaeda be a major element of whatever passes for government there right now. 

-He tripled our troop involvement in Afghanistan, at the cost of thousands of our brave men and women in uniform, for absolutely no benefit whatsoever. 

-He worked overtime to get rid of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, so that the Muslim Brotherhood could take over, try to turn the country into a shari'a law state, and ultimately to send Egypt into near-complete chaos.

Now he is taking this unbroken string of ineptitude and incompetence to Syria.

And we elected this man to four more years as commander in chief?  God help us.

Zeke ... K e n - - - The Comments Posting is screwed up - multiple or missing posts. (08/31/13)

Zeke .... ..... Caroline Glick sees Syria as the place where Iran tests the resolve of the US. .... ,.... and where the US leaks intelligence from Israel. .... .,.,., very, very worthwhile article: . . . www.carolineglick.com/e/2013/08/obamas-bread-and-circuses.php (08/31/13)


AL QAEDA IN SYRIA

Ken Berwitz

Here is the beginning of CNN National Security analyst Peter Bergen's article about the presence, and influence, of al-qaeda in Syria:

Why has the Obama administration been so reluctant to intervene in Syria? There are a host of reasons -- American fatigue with war, President Barack Obama's disinclination to start another conflict in the Middle East, and the splintered, fractured opposition to Bashar al-Assad.

But one reason looms large: al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is generally acknowledged to be the most effective force fighting al-Assad.

Its fighters are willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause, are widely viewed as uncorrupt and are not involved in looting as other opposition forces are. A number of them are battle-hardened from other conflicts such as the Iraq War.

Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate is also well supplied as it benefits from the support of Sunni ultra-fundamentalists in the wealthy Gulf states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Fascinating.

Now, here's what you will not find in Mr. Bergen's article:  even one word reminding readers that President Obama has spent years telling us al-qaeda is "on the run" and "decimated".

Read his analysis again:  does that look like "on the run" or "decimated" to you?

Every time I wonder how far media will go to look the other way. to sweep reality under the rug, for the President, I find out that the answer is.... further than I thought.

As you can plainly see, he has lied to our faces about the strength of al-qaeda.  But his Accomplice Media - the above-referenced article being an excellent example - are perfectly willing to look the other way for the greater glory of their lord and savior, Barack Obama.

Unbelievable?  I only wish.


ANOTHER "SON" OF BARACK OBAMA?

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from an article at WFTS, ABC News-Tampa, FL:

Clearwater Police announced the arrest of 16-year-old Mychal King on Thursday.  He is accused in the January murder of Jason Taylor Paul, the city's first homicide of 2013.

Police said King admitted to killing Paul for no reason other than he had a hard day with his family that night of January 6, and "just wanted to kill the first person he saw." 

Police say 22-year-old Jason Taylor Paul was stabbed multiple times while riding his bike home from work late.

King will be charged with 1st Degree Murder.  Detectives say he has a long criminal history and was already in jail on other charges.

A random killing by a total thug with "a long criminal history", who was walking the streets anyway.  That is what you just read.

Here's what you won't read, or hear, or see:

-A statement by President Obama saying that if he had a son, the son would have looked like mychal king.

-A protest march organized by al sharpton or jesse jackson or John Lewis.

-Multiple panel discussions on MSNBC among activists ranting about what a racist country we live in, based on the number of Black-on-White murders being committed by "people" like mychal king...while slip-sliding past any serious discussion about the far greater number of Black-on Black murders which they have no answer for, other than attacking "rightwingers/Republicans/conservatives/teabaggers/blah/blah/blah, instead of the ones who are actually committing these crimes;

-Speeches in front of the Lincoln Memorial demanding more stringent law enforcement and more serious penalties for lawbreaking, so thugs with "a long criminal history" are not continually sent back on the streets to inflict more damage and heartbreak on innocent people.

Does racism against Black people exist in the USA?  Yes it does.  Lots of it. 

But racisim, and race relations, are not one way streets.  And it is long past time that the professional racial hucksters, the disgusting, pathetic suck-up politicians who determinedly look the other way when crimes are Black-on-White, and the even more disgusting pathetic "journalists" who do the same for fear of being called racists by racists, start talking honestly about this scourge on our society.


DOES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONSIDER ISRAEL AN ENEMY?

Ken Berwitz

This blog is dedicated to The Lost Tribe - i.e. the Jews, and non-Jews who support Israel, but voted for Barack Obama anyway.

Does the Obama administration consider Israel an enemy? 

At first blush, that question seems borderline unfathomable.  Israel is a western democracy, as staunch an ally of the USA as there is in the world, votes with the USA about 90% of the time in the UN, and has supplied invaluable intelligence information, and military technology, to the USA for decades.

But...this is the Obama administration.  Which changes everything.

Excerpted from Julian Pecquet's article at thehill.com:

The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal.

A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba as "key targets" for U.S. counterintelligence efforts. The document suggests Israel does not believe U.S. assurances that its interests are aligned with Israel's on crucial issues such as Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.

"To further safeguard our classified networks, we continue to strengthen insider threat detection capabilities across the Community," reads the FY 2013 congressional budget justification for intelligence programs. "In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba."

That's who the Obama administration lumps Israel with?  China, Russia, Pakistan and Cuba?  Do you need me to draw the conclusions this leads to about the regard Barack Obama and his cadre of Israel haters (like Chuck Hagel, James Brennan, Samatha Power, Susan Rice, etc.) I have written about over the years?

Let me end by congratulating the Lost Tribers. You got exactly what you wanted.  Barack Obama for the last four years and Barack Obama for the next four years.  All Barack Obama, all the time.

And you still think of yourselves as supporters of Israel? 

If there is such a thing as a D&C of the head, I suggest you see a specialist and book the procedure immediately.

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ABOUT THOSE DEMANDS FOR HIGHER FAST FOOD WAGES

Ken Berwitz

(NOTE:  This is a reprint of a blog I wrote earlier in the week, in which two comments were somehow corrupted by the system.  I am putting it up a second time, with the comments, because I can't figure out how to fix the first go-around).

Kendall Fells is the Organizing Director at Fast Food Forward, an advocacy group which toils on behalf of workers in fast food restaurants.

This is what Mr. Fells has to say about fast food worker demands for a $15 an hour wage:

"You used to have fast-food industry where teenagers were trying to get Jordans and jeans.  Now the average age is 28 years old. Most of the workers are women...They have children. They have rent. They need clothing. They need shelter."

Let me start by saying I am not out of sympathy with demands for higher wages at fast food restaurants -- keeping in mind that the restaurant prices must stay competitive, or else sales go down and so do both the number of workers and the number of restaurants.

But what about all those adult workers, who need real wages? 

I wonder if Mr. Fells has considered the fact that, if fast food restaurants have recently developed a very large number of adult workers trying to earn enough to live on, the problem is not fast food restaurants.  It is the lack of jobs in areas other than fast food.

To cite an all-too-telling example, it has been pointed out here, and elsewhere, that over 3/4 of the jobs created in this year's economy are part time rather than full time.  Read this article from Reuters, via huffingtonpost.com and see for yourself.  When you do, you'll also see that fears - entirely justified fears - about ObamaCare are a very large part of why it is happening.

So, although it would be nice to see wages go up at fast food restaurants - in a reasonable, managable way - the needs of adult workers in those places are not the issue.  Adult workers need real jobs, not the kinds of jobs that students and retirees do to make a few extra bucks. 

If Mr. Fells wants to deal with that, I suggest he contact 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, and ask to speak to the head of the houseold.

zeke .... ...... ..... Reporting is pretty light on the ACTUAL number of FF Restaurants that were closed down, number of REAL workers on strike (vs SEIU Rent-A-Mob demonstrators). . . . .46844 (09/01/13)

zeke .... ..... Baby Sitter Wanted : . Masters Degree, Cordon Bleu Chef Certificate Required. Must have 10 yrs experience. . . . . (08/31/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Have you heard about the 49 year old schoolteacher who raped a 14 year old student, and was sentenced by a judge to just 30 days in jail?

The judge, Judge, g. todd baugh, informed the court, so help me, that rapist stacy rambold's 14 year old victim was as much in control of the situation as he was. 

Incidentally, the victim - you know, the one this judge thought was on an even keel control-wise - later committed suicide.

Asking again:  have you heard about this?  Quite possibly you have not.  Because while what passes for media in this day and age have no problem tying together every instance of clergy molesting children, the large - and growing - body of molestation and rape by public school teachers is virtually never presented this way/  Public school molestations and rapes are seen as a succession of invidivual episodes, most of them worthy of no more than one-day-and-out coverage.

This brings us to our quote of the day.

betty karasik (maybe that should be spelled karasick), described as a writer and former lawyer, feels that the 30 day sentence is unjust.  Why?  Because it is too harsh on the rapist.

At this point, many readers might think I am kidding, that this is some kind of disgusting, malevolent attempt at humor.  But I'm not. 

And, to prove it, here is karasick's quote, straight from her op-ed column in (of all places) the Washington Post:

As protesters decry the leniency of Rambolds sentence - he will spend 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who committed suicide at age 16 - I find myself troubled for the opposite reason. I don't believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized. While I am not defending Judge G. Todd Baugh's comments about Morales being "as much in control of the situation" - for which he has appropriately apologized - tarring and feathering him for attempting to articulate the context that informed his sentence will not advance this much-needed dialogue.

Is this woman just a complete idiot.  Or is she out of her effing mind altogether?

A 49 year old man, who also happens to be an authority figure, rapes a 14 year old girl, who eventually commits suicide, and he is a victim?  The Washington Post is shamed by publishing this insane vomit, and should apologize to its readers for it.

betty karasick wins Quote Of The Day Honors, by showing us just how low she, and the Washington Post can go before hitting rock bottom.  I never in my wildest dreams expected it would be this far, so the education she, and The Post, have given me merits today's award.

Maybe karasick can write another column explaining why bashar al-assad gassing women and children (some of whom, no doubt were 14 years of age) was good for them.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Have you heard about the 49 year old schoolteacher who raped a 14 year old student, and was sentenced by a judge to just 30 days in jail?

The judge, Judge, g. todd baugh, informed the court, so help me, that rapist stacy rambold's 14 year old victim was as much in control of the situation as he was. 

Incidentally, the victim - you know, the one this judge thought was on an even keel control-wise - later committed suicide.

Asking again:  have you heard about this?  Quite possibly you have not.  Because while what passes for media in this day and age have no problem tying together every instance of clergy molesting children, the large - and growing - body of molestation and rape by public school teachers is virtually never presented this way/  Public school molestations and rapes are seen as a succession of invidivual episodes, most of them worthy of no more than one-day-and-out coverage.

This brings us to our quote of the day.

betty karasik (maybe that should be spelled karasick), described as a writer and former lawyer, feels that the 30 day sentence is unjust.  Why?  Because it is too harsh on the rapist.

At this point, many readers might think I am kidding, that this is some kind of disgusting, malevolent attempt at humor.  But I'm not. 

And, to prove it, here is karasick's quote, straight from her op-ed column in (of all places) the Washington Post:

As protesters decry the leniency of Rambolds sentence - he will spend 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who committed suicide at age 16 - I find myself troubled for the opposite reason. I don't believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized. While I am not defending Judge G. Todd Baugh's comments about Morales being "as much in control of the situation" - for which he has appropriately apologized - tarring and feathering him for attempting to articulate the context that informed his sentence will not advance this much-needed dialogue.

Is this woman just a complete idiot.  Or is she out of her effing mind altogether?

A 49 year old man, who also happens to be an authority figure, rapes a 14 year old girl, who eventually commits suicide, and he is a victim?  The Washington Post is shamed by publishing this insane vomit, and should apologize to its readers for it.

betty karasick wins Quote Of The Day Honors, by showing us just how low she, and the Washington Post can go before hitting rock bottom.  I never in my wildest dreams expected it would be this far, so the education she, and The Post, have given me merits today's award.

Maybe karasick can write another column explaining why bashar al-assad gassing women and children (some of whom, no doubt were 14 years of age) was good for them.


THE SYRIA FIASCO: OBAMA'S CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY DECISIONS

Ken Berwitz

Would you like to know the conclusions, and policy decisions, President Obama has made about Syria?  Well, here they are in a nutshell:

-bashar al-assad is a murdering butcher who used chemical weapons on his people and killed over 1,000 of them that way (the first 99,000 he killed?  Free pass);

-therefore he must be stopped so I have decided on military action;

-and here are the exact parameters of my battle plan; i.e. no troops on the ground, limited scope (no need to thank me for outlining it to you, bashar)

-and we have the warships ready to go;

-but...but....but....

-I have decided to wait for congressional approval (this is my personal decision, you see.  The constitution, which requires it has nothing to do with anything);

-so...we're doing nothing until congress reconvenes;

-but I'm not necessarily saying I won't attack Syria if congress votes the action down. 

If there has been a worse President on foreign policy in my lifetime, I don't know who it would be.  Even Carter was better than this.

I would call him pathetic, but the word is too inadequate.  I'll wait for Webster to come up with a new one.

Zeke ..... ..... The Russkis have very advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles. .... .... Syria is "in the process" of obtaining the .... very unclear as to whether they actually have them. . . . . . . The anti-ship missiles are Mach 2.2 and fly 30-70 feet above the water. .... The S-300 anti-aircraft system would cause severe loses of most combat aircraft. . . . . .. In the past, the Soviets have provided combat crews for fighters and missile batteries. . . . . . Syria is the client state of Iran, supported by Russia. . . . . . . (08/31/13)


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