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The Wimp In The White House

A comment was recently heard from someone who favors Barack Obama that he is to be lauded because he has “kept us out of war.”

This is nonsense, an entirely fallacious statement.  It reflects total and complete naivety as to what’s going on in the world today.  We are at war, but Obama fails to see it.

The absence of leadership from the White House is at the root cause of much of the terrorism that prevails in the world today.  The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium yesterday (for which ISIS claims responsibility) are only the latest examples of the global radical jihad (a term shunned by Obama) which is rampant in today’s world,  an ongoing, unremitting, brutal form of warfare  being perpetrated against civilized nations, a war which the current White House occupant still fails to recognize as such.

Obama has no idea how to deal with ISIS.  He has never defined/adopted a policy for dealing with this terrorist group.  A pinprick here and there from air attacks fails far short of what is needed to defeat it.   What is lacking and is clearly needed is strong leadership from Washington to form and lead an international coalition to confront ISIS militarily, politically, economically, culturally,  and financially,  i.e., in every conceivable way,  and stamp it out.  To block all possible sources of financing may be the m0st effective approach.  No group can operate without financing and will dry up if sources of money are cut off.  This is  a basic fact that, like many others, is not recognized in the White House.

The real problem is that the U.S. has elected someone as president who has no qualifications for the job.  Obama never did have any track record of accomplishments.  Being a community organizer doesn’t do it.  But he had a broad smile, a friendly face, and a gift for gab that made him believable.  Though promising hope and change, he delivered disappointment and discouragement.  He lied to the American people.   His legacy can be summed up in one word: incompetency.

This country needs strong, effective leadership, indeed, so does the free world.     As the leading presidential candidate on the Republican side,  Donald Trump, brings to the table a track record of proven accomplishments.  He has been successful as a businessman, a television producer, and as an author.  He is also controversial, but so was General George Patton.    Patton was a leader; he knew how to get things done.   Patton knew how to win, which made him undoubtedly WW II’s most effective general.  He definitely had his faults, as does Trump.  But Patton’s faults were inconsequential in light of his overall accomplishments.

Trump is cut from the same cloth as Patton.  Trump may be blunt, brash, and outspoken but he is also audacious and knows how to get things done.  He will bring to the presidency all of the skills he has mastered as a successful businessman, as set forth in his best selling book, “The Art of the Deal.”  He knows how to cut deals profitably, a skill America badly needs, how to handle people, also a badly needed skill presently lacking in the White House,  how to handle finances, and, importantly, he knows how to create jobs.  He has had experience cutting through a broad array of obstacles.   There should be no doubt that this experience can be put to good use as president not only in creating jobs, a very important issue, strengthening the American economy, also a very important issue, but in dealing with Congress and in handling foreign affairs.  The job of being president needs someone with business savvy because running the country is akin to running a big business.  Trump has those qualifications.   As he put it in his book, he  is good at overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

On the other side of the equation, Hillary doesn’t have the necessary skills to be president.   In fact, as this blog has repeated urged, she brings nothing to the table.  The country simply cannot afford to elect another incompetent president.

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As a follow up to my last post, this rhyme comes to mind:

Hillary Dillary Pudd’n and Pie

Kissed the voters and made them sigh,

But when the people went out to vote,

Hillary Dillary had disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

In other words, Hill’s so-called campaign is a fabrication, without substance, i.e., a lot of hot air.

Hillary postulated recently, during an interview, that she “always” tried to tell the truth.  This pathetic response in itself is nothing but another lie.  I shake my head in wonderment that such an unqualified, incompetent, but power-hungry woman can garner any support whatsoever.

Also, the ongoing FBI investigation deserves continued public attention.  The public is entitled to know the results of that investigation, no matter what ultimate decision is made by the DOJ.  The public has an absolute right to know what the facts are, as found by the FBI’s investigation.  There should be no cover up, no protection granted.

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February 23, 2016 · 7:53 pm

Hillary Is Unqualified For Any Public Office

There is no way to get around it – Hillary’s campaign is undoubtedly the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public.

She brings nothing to the table, not even a lightweight, but a no-weight, a nonentity in every way.    On top of the fact that she is utterly unqualified for any public office, much less the presidency, in terms of experience, leadership accomplishments, leadership traits, temperament, judgement, character, and competence, she is dishonest and a cheat.  But she keeps lying, telling the people she is eminently qualified for the presidency.   Even trying to shrug off the ongoing FBI investigation, a criminal investigation no less, as a security check, or something like that.   She is a congenital liar, as succinctly put years ago by the late William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

This is a low point in American politics, that she should even be considered as worthy of the Democrat Party nomination.

Lets look at her misuse of top secret, highly classified government data.  This is perhaps the most glaring example of her total and complete lack of judgement.  To say she didn’t send or receive any classified information because nothing was marked classified at the time is a monstrous lie.  As Secretary of State (a terrible, totally unjustified appointment in and of itself, but that’s another story), she should well know what is classified and what is not.  She received formal training on  the classification process  and the standards for handling classified information.  Having  information such as top secret/SAP emails on her private, unsecured server, put many people, even the entire country at risk.  Well placed security operatives may lose their lives if their true allegiance  is revealed.   Her conduct is not merely despicable.  It deserves to be considered treasonous and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including any applicable prison term.

But like I always say, fair is fair.  Hillary should be given every chance to explain her reckless, totally unsupportable misuse of top secret classified government information – after she’s released from prison.

Hill is dangerous for the country.  If she had a shred of decency, she would just admit the coming charges by the FBI are true, save the people the expense of any further investigation, and simply withdraw from the race.

Further, as if her reckless, misuse 0f classified information is not enough, her propensity to lie about everything should be the clincher.  How can anything she says or does be considered  truthful?  Even when she doesn’t lie (if ever), who would believe her?  With no credibility, she would be unable to function as a president.

And her failure to tell the truth is a piece of historical fact that will follow her around wherever she goes.  It already has, but many in the media continue to disregard it.   She knew the Benghazi attack was terrorist based, based on an email to her daughter the night of the attack.  But she had the gall to stand there with Obama in front of the 4 coffins containing the bodies of the Americans killed in the attack and blame it on a video which (according to official reports) caused street riots to escalate.  However, Hillary says she answered all the questions at the hearings!  The question to be answered is how many more Americans would die if she was president?

This power-hungry but unqualified, incompetent  woman is not presidential material.  Not even close.  She will say anything, do anything to get what she wants.  We can only hope that the mainstream of America will come to realize that, if they haven’t already.

 

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The Movie, “13 Hours.” My Take.

I saw the movie “13 Hours” yesterday.  It deals with the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound at Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.  I came out of the theater virtually shaking with anger from what our people at the compound had to endure over a 13 hour period because of security failures.  The attack on the compound was well organized, well coordinated, well planned, and supported by not only automatic weapons but mortar fire.    The attack cost the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.  Aside from the fact that the movie was a riveting, compelling,  action- packed true story, well worth seeing from that standpoint alone, the political implications from the lack of security have been and still are enormous.

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age our government was so inept.  It’s easy using 20-20 hindsight to fix blame for the security shortcomings there.  But then again the shortcomings were clearly visible and an attack was predictable.  So, hindsight is  not necessary; foresight was enough.  The trouble is, those responsible for security had none.  They were grossly incompetent.  That includes Obama’s White House and Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State, among others.

Benghazi had been a hotbed of unrest, gripped by civil war and terrorist activities since Gadhafi had been toppled.  The environment was bad enough to force Britain and France both to close their embassies.   European security officials were worried that weapons and vehicles were being stockpiled in Benghazi, post Gadhafi and that al Quaeda was gaining a foothold.  The U.S. well knew the diplomatic situation there was dangerous, so dangerous in fact that it had to be labeled “critical,” according to the movie.  Yet, we did not pull out.  True we had no embassy but only a diplomatic compound.   Nevertheless, what we had there was grossly under- protected, and the failure to fully protect that compound, given the unstable environment, can only be ascribed to gross incompetence, even criminal negligence.

Wikipedia, while not necessarily the repository of the last word on anything, still is to be regarded as possessing some authority.  It does say that the Secretary of State, among other duties and responsibilities, “ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American cities, personnel, and interests in foreign countries.”  That duty was flatly abrogated in this instance.

What has really aggravated the situation regarding the lack of protection for the Benghazi compound is the fact that both Obama and Hillary compounded their manifest failures by lying about how the attack originated.  Standing by the caskets of the four Americans killed in the raid, after the remains arrived in the U.S.,  Obama claimed, and Hillary knowingly acquiesced, in the bald-faced lie that the raid had been inspired by a video, when they both had information attesting to the fact that it was a terrorist attack.  Hillary emailed her daughter the night of the attack, telling her the raid was terrorist based, a fact which came out during her testimony at the last hearing.  The lie, repeated on Sunday talk shows by Susan Rice and others, was made in the time before Obama’s election, and undoubtedly helped in that regard quite a bit.

My distain for Hillary as a candidate for any public office, much less the presidency, is hardly a closely guarded national secret.  But after seeing this movie, my feelings have intensified dramatically.   She brings nothing to the table in terms of dealing with tough issues.  She has no proven track record of success at anything.   She is eminently inexperienced, unqualified, and incompetent.  She is also a world-class liar, one whose lies are a matter of record.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle put it nicely: “Liars when they speak the truth are  not believed.”  Serious questions also abound as to her character,  honesty, trustworthiness, temperament,  and judgement.   She is a power-hungry woman who is dangerous for this country.  The country made a terrible mistake by electing the present White House occupant; that mistake must not be repeated.

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The Misguided Public Media – Part 3

There is one more thought to be added to the last two blogs about having balance in the public media’s coverage of the presidential race, i.e., there must be accountability for irresponsible journalism.   What is  considered irresponsible is more likely to exist in the reader’s eye than anywhere else.  Finding any objective criteria to use  is undoubtedly out of reach.  But the lack of media scrutiny of Hillary’s career achievements, or lack thereof to be more accurate,  is startling.  That she is being given a pass by the liberal media is too obvious to merit serious discussion.   Only her “coronation” remains according to prevailing sentiment among liberals.  This is totally unacceptable, particularly where the stakes are so high as in a presidential race.

While “Freedom of the Press” must be given full rein in a democratic society, media irresponsibility is not an isolated occurrence and should not be tolerated.   The media is not perfect by any means.  One blatant example of media irresponsibility, albeit not in a political context, comes to mind, the publication on December 5, 1941, by the Chicago Tribune,  “practically in full,” of “the most highly secret paper in the possession of the U.S. Government.”   That paper contained the U.S. plans for fighting a global war if one should eventuate.   Secretary of War Frank Knox advised reporters that day that an investigation of the Tribune would be likely.  This episode is mentioned on page 300 of my new book “Prelude to Disaster: How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” available on Amazon.com in Kindle and in print.   I am not aware that any such investigation ever took place but no doubt it was considered by many and had it taken place may have been well justified.  Why the Tribune would stoop to such a tactic as revelation of the most closely guarded Government secret at a time when the possibility of war was close at hand was definitely not in the public interest.  Freedom of the press?  This was an abuse of that freedom.  Such an abuse is beyond my understanding and clearly qualifies as irresponsible journalism.

What is going on in today’s presidential race may not be as clear cut as the foregoing example but still qualifies as irresponsible journalism.  I’m talking about the media favoritism that is being accorded Hillary Clinton.  Here is a power hungry woman who brings nothing to the table.  She does not even qualify as a light- weight, she is a no-weight.  But many, far too many, in the media continue to give her a pass so far as her questioning her qualifications is concerned.  Electing a president is serious business.  It’s not a popularity contest.  It runs deeper, much deeper, than partisan politics.  We’re talking about qualifications for running the country.  Where has it been shown that Hillary has the experience to make the difficult, the very difficult decisions that a president must make?  Why doesn’t the media jump on her total and complete lack of a track record so far as success in life is concerned and give that as much coverage as it gives to Trump?  Trump is scrutinized continually.  The imbalance  is  totally unjustified.

No partisanship is intended by singling out Hillary’s lack of performance credentials.  On the Republican side, Carly Fiorina has the same basic flaw as Hillary, i.e., no track record of proven success, nothing to show she has been weighed in the balance and found able to perform.  True she was  once CEO of Hewlett-Packard but she was also fired.  Where is her track record of performance?  There is none to speak of.

The country simply cannot afford to repeat the same mistake it made with Obama, to wit, electing someone as president with no proven experience in making difficult decisions, with no proven qualifications as a leader.  It may well be the right time for a woman president, but it has to be the right woman.  That woman is not Hillary.  Hillary is dangerous for this country, not to mention the free world.   She is incompetent, inexperienced, and totally lacking in the leadership skills, judgement,  and temperament necessary for the chief executive.  She is a world-class liar to boot, and the pending FBI investigation portends possible dishonesty.  In order to strike a fair balance in media coverage of the presidential candidates, those premises all deserve to be and must be fully vetted by the media.

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The Misguided Public Media – Part 2.

This is a supplement to the blog posted on December 15, 2015.

This is a dangerous time for America, not to mention the free world.  Leadership, strong leadership, is vitally needed.  World terrorism is running rampant and must be considered as the number one issue facing the country today.   Isis is not a “JV team”  nor is it “contained” as the White House would have you falsely believe but is strong and growing.   This is no time for someone who embraces the likes of climate change as the major world issue while people are being shot down indiscriminately.  Because this group teaches members and recruits that  it is an honor to die for this cause, the cause must be rooted out and stamped out.  Leadership is needed to lead the campaign against this cause,  leadership with a proven record of accomplishment.  Isis must be confronted head on and therefore choosing the next president, the right president,  is vital to our interests.  That person must possess a proven track record of  success and accomplishment with the necessary temperament and judgment to fill the office.  Mere talk is not enough.

This brings me back to the major premise of this blog – the national interest must be considered by the media in covering all candidates in the presidential race.   Merely playing  partisan politics is not enough.  So, is the media giving the same scrutiny to Hillary that it gives to Donald Trump?   Absolutely not.  Where does the media point up her absence of leadership, her absence of accomplishments, her missing track record of success.   The media coverage is distorted and misguided.  How much media coverage has been given to the ongoing FBI investigation of Hillary’s email  misuse? How many presidential candidates in the past have been the subject of an FBI investigation?  The results of that investigation should be made public, indictment or not.  The public is entitled to know what the investigation shows.  The public is entitled to know if Hillary has broken any laws, whether there has been any criminal conduct, no matter if punished or not,  and to make its own judgment in that regard.  This is not a game – national security is at stake.

My new book, “Prelude to Disaster:  How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” (available on Amazon’s Kindle and in print) is instructive in today’s tumultuous world.  It tells the true story of the shortcomings of American diplomacy, why the possibility of an attack on the U.S. mainland was overlooked despite at least two independent sources predicting such an attack.   Using the benefits of 20-20 hindsight, it is easy to say that at a minimum daily reconnaissance flights out of Hawaii  should have been conducted.  If done, the Japanese attack force  surely would have been detected.  And it’s easy to say it should have been foreseen that the U.S. Pacific Fleet would have been an impediment to the  Japanese plans to push south in the Pacific, and so the Japanese would want to eliminate it.   There are lessons applicable today from this experience.  The point is, nothing should be taken for granted, no area, no point should be considered as sacrosanct.  This includes a determination of fitness for the nation’s highest office.

There’s no ro0m today for shortsightedness – the stakes are too high.   No room for obsessing on the likes of climate change as the major threat to free countries everywhere.  This is mere fancy.  Absolute realism is needed in today’s world.  All possibilities of attack by Isis must be considered and appropriate action taken.  A coalition of nations led by American forces is sorely needed.  Boots on the ground are the obvious answer, not just American boots, but those of all nations  in the coalition.   This requires American leadership,  clearly lacking  currently.  Also, all branches of the armed forces must meet and communicate daily on the existence of threats by Isis; there must be full disclosure by all to a knowing Congress and to a President who is capable of taking the required action.   There is no time for excuses, or inter-branch jealousy.

A recent Newsweek story has been published,  in which is a well deserved, scathing denunciation of Barack Obama appears.  Newsweek, as you may recall is a very liberal magazine.  So coming from Newsweek, the story is quite a revelation.  But Newsweek has finally seen the light.  Better late than never, as the saying goes.  The point is, it was a mistake to elect Obama, eminently unqualified, inexperienced, incompetent, and a world-class liar,  a terrible mistake, for which we are still suffering the consequences, a mistake  which must not be repeated.  One way to nail down that this mistake is not repeated is for the media to assume responsibility to the public to assure that ALL presidential candidates are evenly covered, qualifications for office, or lack thereof,  absolutely and completely exposed.   Anything less is a public disgrace.

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“The Shadow of Crisis Has Passed.” Oh Really!

When a world leader is perceived to be cut off from the reality of the world, it is quite a spectacle.  Frightening in its implications.

But that’s what we are seeing now when President Obama, opening his State of the Union address recently, makes a statement such as “the shadow of crisis has passed.”  Did he really say that?  What world is he living in?  If he really believes what he said, he is totally and completely cut off from the realities of the world.  He does not deserve to be president.   And the country needs, somehow, to do damage control  for the next two years.  As in major damage control.  In other words, at the very least a congressional watchdog is needed to make sure Obama does no harm to national interests.  This watchdog must oversee everything he says and does.

Maybe Obama is just too busy working on his golf swing to read the newspapers or watch television.  Maybe he really doesn’t  know or understand whats going on in the world.  Maybe he really doesn’t know what happened in the congressional mid-term elections last November.  Maybe, even scarier, he doesn’t care.

Can it really be true that he has never heard of ISIS, or the Islamic State?  Or  Al Queda.  Or Paris.  Or Yemen.   Or does it just seem that way.  Is Obama really detached from reality?  Is he living in a separate but parallel universe, as one well-known commentator recently asked.  Is he really delusional, or does it just seem that way?  Does the public need a dictionary definition of delusional to understand this guy?  Does he really not see the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism.  If he does, why doesn’t he say so?  In those words.

But it’s more than his detachment from world reality that makes one question his competence.  It’s also his defiance when it comes to domestic matters.  He continuously taunts the Republican Congress by threatening to veto legislation even before it comes to his desk, as in Keystone pipeline.  This is the mark of someone who has his own agenda at heart, not the national interest..  Obama is obsessed with his own importance, wildly obsessed.  By his  continuous taunting of Congress he is showcasing his fury at being told by the electorate that it doesn’t care (to put it mildly) for his policies. The Republican party now controls Congress but Obama can’t accept it.  To adopt a time-worn cliche, it’s his way or the highway.  This is a dangerous state of mind for someone who is supposed to be leading the country.  Very dangerous.

But Obama is more than just  incompetent.  He also has no credibility.  He is a gifted, world-class liar, with lies flowing out of his mouth like water out of a faucet.  How can anything he says or does be trusted?  Is he acting in the national interest or in the interest of his own political program?  He is dead set on closing Guantanamo but is the release of the detainees there in the national interest?  Or Obama’s political interest?  Are th0se being released a threat to America?  Who’s checking on that?  The WH has also said giving Guantanamo back to Cuba is not on the table.  We’ll see.   And his recent comment that Iran’s path to nuclear capability has been halted is too blatantly false to require further comment.  Congressional oversight is desperately needed here, and has traditionally been employed, but Obama has said he will reject it.

Democracy is not perfect.  Sometimes mistakes are made.  Electing Obama is an example. The country must learn from this mistake and not ever again elect someone who has not proven his/her leadership traits.  The country cannot afford another mistake like Obama.  Nor the world for that matter.  Demonstrable leadership qualities must be present in any future presidential candidate.  Are you listening Hillary?   But that’s a whole  new ocean to swim in, which we’ll leave for another time.

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