November 23, 2017

“We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet”

This article first appeared in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal online:

President Obama admitted at the White House on Thursday, “We don’t have a strategy yet”! Obama was referring to his absence of plans for neutralizing ISIL in Syria.

Last Thursday 21 August Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin E. Dempsey stated that ISIS is the worst threat we have faced and we will need to attack vigorously, including in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated he would cooperate, so we anticipated President Obama would be leading the World in a determined defeat of ISIS

It seemed clear that the Pentagon had a plan. We expect the Pentagon to have plans for every possible situation. We expect that our President and Commander in Chief will be able to quickly decide how to act in a given military situation.

Yesterday 28 August Obama admitted, “We don’t have a strategy yet”! Why would a military leader admit such a problem? Why would our President and Commander in Chief want to advise an enemy of our deficiencies?

President Barack Obama is working on strategies to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and to continue to dissuade Russia from military involvement in Ukraine, he said Thursday from the White House.

Obama said he has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to prepare a range of options to counter ISIL and has instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to the region to build a coalition in opposition to the group. Though there have been reports suggesting that broader military action in the region is imminent, the president said he would take his time.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said from the White House press briefing room.

Obama has again decided it is best to dither. The White House and Pentagon struggled mightily last Monday to dial back the rhetoric and to justify Obama’s fear of engaging ISIS. Back in January Obama called ISIS the “JV” – the Junior Varsity. It turns out it is again Obama who is the lightweight in the conflict.

Obama’s answer yesterday was honest and embarrassing. Obama is off today for a day of fundraising. He spent the last three weeks vacationing and golfing, so it is little wonder Obama is not up to speed on our national security and the condition of the World.

When it came time to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Obama said he is going to do nothing to help Ukraine, not even military rations and blankets. This is coming from our President who as a United States Senator encouraged Ukraine to disarm and assured them the United States had their back.

In fact it was Senator Barack Obama and Senator Dick Lugar who pushed to continue disarming Ukraine in 2005. Then and in 2009, Obama told Ukraine he had their back and would protect them against invasion from Russia.

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in Federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons that are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Eastern Ukraine.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

Obama does not have Ukraine’s back. Obama has said he will not commit U.S. military forces or arms to help Ukraine. It seems Obama is still in denial that Putin is acting as a normal Russian KGB leader would be expected to act. Obama just does not seem able to grasp reality.

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Chuck Hagel Run Over by Obama’s Bus?

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was unexpectedly run over by a bus in Washington, DC today as he was reaching for a buck President Obama was trying to pass him.

No word on whether the Secretary was injured or not, as journalists are having trouble extracting him from the pile of other individuals caught under the same bus.<<<Read the Rest>>>

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Random Thoughts and Comments

I haven’t done one of these for awhile, but as I was driving back across town yesterday, all these little questions and observations were banging around in my head – much like a BB in a boxcar….if you can imagine.

It’s been a few hours since that time but let me see if I can remember at least some of my “random thoughts and comments.”

How Did We Ever Survive?

Maybe some of you readers are old enough to remember when cars were made with the dimmer switch on the floor board and you used your foot to switch your lights from low to high beam. Some brilliant “inventor” must have decided one day that the human being wasn’t capable of running three pedals AND a dimmer switch with two feet, so they moved it up to the steering column. Note: Three pedals would consist of accelerator, brake and clutch and some older cars had a starter pedal located usually to the right of the accelerator.

Two feet, back then operated 4 items, while the two hands had control over the steering, a horn, a directional turning signal (depending on the age of the car or truck), shifting lever for the transmission, perhaps a radio, windshield wipers, heater controls and hopefully there were not a lot of other “extracurricular” activities taking place up front or in the back.

So, the super intelligent person moved the damned dimmer switch up to the steering column and today two feet control one gas pedal and one brake (most all cars are automatic transmissions now.) With two feet, having little to do really, the two hands are overtaxed and by God it’s nothing short of a miracle that more people aren’t injured or killed each day.

Two hands take care of the steering wheel, the horn, the automatic transmission shift, the directional indicator light switch, the cruise control, the window wipers and washers, the radio, the heat, the AC, the CD player, the DVD player, all the windows and door locks, seat heaters, GPS, computer (for some), and let’s toss in a dog sitting on one’s lap as well, and by God let’s not leave out that wonderful piece of machinery that has done more to destroy the American society than anything so far in history – the almighty cellphone. Ah, yes. The cellphone.

When you watch people drive while on the highway or driving through city traffic, seldom is there a driver not driving with a cellphone, seemingly permanently attached to an ear. One hand on the steering wheel and the other on the phone while all them other devices get overlooked……including the three or more rear view mirrors.

Not only is the driver severely distracted by the cellphone, but it completely ties up the use of one hand; a hand that is needed to properly control the all important function of operating a deadly instrument.

The cellphone has taken over life in America and certain other places worldwide. Watch people as they go about their day to day. All are consumed by the device. It has turned us into non thinking idiots who have no interpersonal communication skills outside of a cellphone and texting on the cellphone. The world is passing us by.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, on the weekend I was leaving home. Across the street from where I live, there is a small farm that raises a few beef critters, alpacas, hens and roosters (and they sell eggs). In addition they board horses. As I passed the access area to the pasture and small hovel where the horses hang out, I noticed a young woman in her riding gear and perched atop a horse that was walking in large circles. The rider was busy texting on her cellphone.

Is That the Reason?

Is it a mere coincidence that since John Kerry and Chuck Hagel took over as Sec. of State and Sec. of Defense respectively, things have heated up in Syria, North Korea is threatening to nuke the world, Israel is more determined than ever to blow up Iran, Iran is more determined than ever to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and on and on it goes?

Those Damned Executive Orders

I’ve been reading a bit lately that some believe that there exists, at least one or more person’s interpretation of law, the provision for the president to sign a treaty and then use his executive powers to enact such a treaty even if the U.S. Senate fails to ratify the treaty.

Now, how important are those executive orders presidents have been using for decades?

The Constitution says all treaties become the supreme law of the land. It also says that those treaties must be ratified by the Senate. So much for following the Constitution.

Where’s the Beef?

If Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell had used a gun to murder all those new-born babies, would there have been a different response from the media?

Change of Priorities

Many cities and states across the U.S. are banking on increased “tourism” due to the legalization of same sex marriages and mind altering drugs. Think about that for a minute.

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