Democracy in Iraq? What happened to Fiasco?

February 28, 2009

 

BUSH’S HUGE VICTORY  3.16.09 IBD

click here Analysis: what turned Iraq around?

click here for video What Marines think: Bush vs. Obama

 

 

 

 

By Allan Erickson

2.28.09

It is easy to be outraged these days given the insanity flying around in so many sectors.  Few people enjoy being outraged.   For many it is simply unavoidable.

For those of us whose sons and daughters went to war during the last six years—the moms and dads and sisters and brothers who waited on tenterhooks for months and years—our outrage is personal. 

While we prayed and waited to learn if our loves ones would come home safely, and while many learned of their deaths, we had to listen to politicians and others call their mission and their President immoral, all the while predicting doom and advising retreat.

The current occupant of the White House participated in this despicable charade, this vicious political atrocity. 

He agreed with the vitriolic anti-American slander merchants who undercut our sons and daughters. 

He encouraged the lies and devastating rhetoric.  

He denigrated the Commander in Chief. 

He encouraged the ‘insurgency’ and foreign fighters from Iran and Al Qaeda and other terrorists who came to Iraq to destroy that fragile democracy and murder our sons and daughters.  He opposed the Surge, denied its success, and remained entrenched in campaign rhetoric contradicting events on the ground.

He joined the likes of John Murtha and Harry Reid and Al Gore and John Kerry and Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and so many others in damning our military, condemning our President, and extending the carnage in Iraq by giving hope to the terrorists fighting against freedom in that sad country.  

REMEMBER: all these men made statements throughout the 90s and well into the new century claiming unequivocally that Saddam was an international threat, a developer of WMD, a state sponsor of terrorism, a threat to world peace, and a direct threat to the United States. 

All of these men—throughout the 90s and into the new century—had full access to intelligence briefings, knowing full well what was being done and why.  And all of these men encouraged aggressive responses to 9/11, including the use of force against Saddam, and all these so-called men turned tail and ran when the political landscape heated up.

To the ‘man,’ only two words apply:  cowards and traitors.

What a difference a year makes.

A short time ago Iraqis went to the polls and voted for moderation, secularism, democracy, freedom and true hope.  Few disagree with the assertion Iraq is won, America did what was necessary, America has done all she can, and from now on it is largely up to the Iraqis themselves.  America poured blood and treasure into a new hope of freedom and prosperity for the Iraqi people, and they appear to be making the most of it. 

The Bush Doctrine, far from being narrowly defined as preemption, was and is broadly defined as taking the fight to the terrorists, protecting the homeland, and helping to establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East.  Bush himself said it was a gamble and it would be a hard slog.  Indeed, a slog made harder by the traitors among us.  He told us straight up it might fail.  And he told us if it succeeded it would mean a dramatic turnaround not only for the Iraqis, but for all freedom-loving people.  It would mean the beginning of the end of extremism in the Arab world, ushering in the potential for a new era of peace and security not only in that region, but globally.  Indeed.

These outcomes, once thought improbable, are miraculous, and they’ve come about thanks to the courage of our military and a President standing almost alone in the face of vicious attacks daily during the course of years.  

The miracle is something every American should be proud of, something every American should celebrate along with the Iraqi people.

Where is the celebration?  Where are the ticker-tape parades?  Where is the current President with proclamations of victory for freedom’s sake?  Where are our political leaders saluting the flag and our military and shouting “Job Well Done!”?

The news media ignores the miracle because to acknowledge it would be an acknowledgment of their partisan participation in the vicious anti-war charade.  They must hold out hope for defeat to have any hope of retrieving their tarnished image.  They must grumble about Gitmo and alleged torture * and rendition and Abu Ghraib to provide cover for the fact they have been entirely wrong about Bush, this war, our troops and this mission.  They must promote never-ending foreboding, for the alternative is an admission of guilt and betrayal and sedition.

And our ‘honored’ leaders, including the current President?

They hold hearings, release terrorists our soldiers died capturing, close Gitmo, escalate in Afghanistan with no strategy and no exit strategy, launch secret missile strikes from Pakistani soil, insult our allies, threaten to investigate Bush, and suggest investigations into the CIA.  Why?  Political cover, political theater, CYA.  Very little has changed in terms of policy from the last administration to this, and yet, the voices from the Left have calmed, and the news media continue praising the President.  Apparently all that quells the fever of the Left and the media is Obama coolness and celebrity.  So long as Obama is popular he can do no wrong.  Once the glitter fades, he’ll be fed to the mob as well.

And so the President, addressing Marines this week, seeming to laud their valor and the courage of their comrades, fails to give Bush any credit, fails to rally American pride as any leader worth his salt would do, fails to encourage our Iraqi allies, fails to acknowledge his own error, fails to acknowledge the miraculous developments for freedom and peace in Iraq, and tries, rather, to promote his image as the lone voice of reason in the face of a ‘misguided war.’  

Our sons and daughters bled and died and prevailed Mr. President, bringing victory and honor and pride back home, and all you can do is promote your Presidency, a presidency founded on lies, anti-American propaganda and the denigration of the American military.  

Our outrage is personal, very personal, and simply, unavoidable.

 

 

2002 AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE: PASSED BY HOUSE AND SENATE

Post Script:

 

Iraq: Good News Is No News

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/12/AR2009021203012.html

By Charles Krauthammer

February 13, 2009

Preoccupied as it was poring over Tom Daschle’s tax returns, Washington hardly noticed a near-miracle abroad. Iraq held provincial elections. There was no Election Day violence. Security was handled by Iraqi forces with little U.S. involvement. A fabulous bazaar of 14,400 candidates representing 400 parties participated, yielding results highly favorable to both Iraq and the United States.

 

Iraq moved away from religious sectarianism toward more secular nationalism. “All the parties that had the words ‘Islamic’ or ‘Arab’ in their names lost,” noted Middle East expert Amir Taheri. “By contrast, all those that had the words ‘Iraq’ or ‘Iraqi’ gained.”

 

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went from leader of a small Islamic party to leader of the “State of Law Party,” campaigning on security and secular nationalism. He won a smashing victory. His chief rival, a more sectarian and pro-Iranian Shiite religious party, was devastated. Another major Islamic party, the pro-Iranian Sadr faction, went from 11 percent of the vote to 3 percent, losing badly in its stronghold of Baghdad. The Islamic Fadhila party that had dominated Basra was almost wiped out.

 

The once-dominant Sunni party affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and the erstwhile insurgency was badly set back. New grass-roots tribal (“Awakening”) and secular Sunni leaders emerged.

 

All this barely pierced the consciousness of official Washington. After all, it fundamentally contradicts the general establishment/media narrative of Iraq as “fiasco.”

RELEVANT LINKS:

THE GREAT BETRAYAL by David Horowitz

HADITHA MARINES EXONERATED

IT IS THE BUSH PULLOUT PLAN, NOT THE OBAMA PULLOUT PLAN

WINNING IS NOT NEWS

BUSH VINDICATED ON WMD

IRAQ: what you do not know will hurt you

PROSECUTE BUSH: TORTURING THE FACTS *

STICK IT IN YOUR EAR JUAN COLE

MARINES IN IRAQ

WHAT TURNED IRAQ AROUND?

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UN ban on “defamation of religion”: Global thought police

February 28, 2009

June 7, 2009 update

Libel Lawfare: Silencing Criticism of Radical Islam

Video presentations by: Pipes, Dershowitz, Gaffney, Taranto, Goldstein, Darwish, and McCarthy. 

Inhuman Rights: The UN’s Human Rights Council, friend to Islamists and tyrants everywhere

 

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DEFAMATION OF RELIGION BAN: Critics say it’s an anti-Christian weapon
By Allan Erickson
12.18.08

In 2008, Israel suffered 3,000 rocket attacks, killing 10 and wounding more than 780.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad continued to call for the complete destruction of the state of Israel. Credible reports indicate Iran will have nuclear weapons next year.

Nuclear Pakistan is unstable, and thanks to the Mumbai attacks, there is renewed tension between India and Pakistan.

Muslim terrorism is on the march worldwide.

Europe and Britain are being challenged like never before by Muslim immigrants demanding the institution of Shari law while calling for the silencing of Christians.

And now the United Nations is considering formal action banning “defamation of religion.”   The UN president said last month such a move would not limit free speech.

Robert Spencer for one, disagrees.

“Take Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Under it, a Christian who is confronted by a Muslim and asked whether or not he thinks Muhammad was a prophet can be charged with blasphemy, i.e. disrespect of Islam, simply for answering No. That is, simply for affirming that he is not indeed a Muslim.”

Defamation of Christians and Christianity is fine you see. Everyone else must have U.N. protection.

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice sounds the alarm.

“A critical vote affecting YOU is expected any day now. I’ve received word that the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly will vote this week on passage of the so-called ‘Defamation of Religions’ resolution – a dangerous anti-Christian resolution that puts you, and millions of Christians worldwide, at very real risk.  The fact is this: The proposal, while purportedly to protect against ”defamation of religions,’ is frequently used as a weapon to silence religious minorities, including Christians in many countries.”

In other developments, the Associated Press reports yesterday:

EU resists push to limit free speech at UN meeting

Islamic proposals to ban criticism of religion, which have gathered strength since the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad two years ago, threaten to derail an already troubled U.N. anti-racism conference planned for next year.

The European Union rejects suggestions by Algeria—backed by other Muslim and African countries—that limits on free speech are needed to stop the publication of offensive articles and images.

Supporters of the proposal, who have been pushing for such a ban to be included in international anti-discrimination charters, want it discussed in April at a high-level United Nations anti-racism meeting in Geneva.

But European diplomats say that is out of the question.

“We have made it clear from the start that we will not negotiate,” French diplomat Daniel Vosgien told The Associated Press on Wednesday. France currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-nation EU.

Western diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions, said the Islamic demands could wreck the meeting.

The U.N. expert on freedom of expression, Frank LaRue, has criticized so-called “anti-blasphemy laws” used to protect religion in some countries.

“Such laws are often used to prevent legitimate criticism of powerful religious leaders and to suppress the views of religious minorities, dissenting believers and nonbelievers, and are applied in a discriminatory fashion,” LaRue said in a statement released Monday.

Israel and Canada have already said they will stay away because of concerns that the meeting will see a repeat of anti-Semitic outbursts that marred the first anti-racism conference Durban, South Africa, in 2001.

The United States has also indicated it may stay away from the meeting, dubbed “Durban II.”

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said Tuesday his country would boycott if anti-Israel statements are not scrapped from draft texts being drawn up for the meeting.

BACKGROUNDER, WSJ BLOG


Anti-Stimulus Package: Obama taking us in exactly the wrong direction

February 27, 2009

In the current (2.23.09) issue of Human Events, Newt Gingrich address the ‘stimulus’ package, calling it an anti-stimulus package:

KUDLOW OUTRAGED: Study after study over the past several decades has shown how countries that spend more produce less, while nations that tax less produce more. Obama is doing it wrong on both counts.  

 

Gingrich fought for 12 American Solutions for Jobs and Prosperity

 “It’s almost an anti-stimulus package.  They begin to repeal the 1996 welfare reform, they dramatically increase the amount of government spending, they turn more power over to big government, they turn money over to state and local officials without any reforms, and, frankly, they also begin to set all sorts of interference in the private market which will make it much harder for Americans to compete with foreign companies.  So you’re setting the stage for American businesses to begin to behave like bureaucracies.”      Gingrich

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of what has been done with bailouts and ‘stimulus’ packages, Gingrich was advocating the following:

 

 

 

 

12 American Solutions for Jobs and Prosperity, by Newt Gingrich  Feb. 2009

 

 

 

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30730

 

 

 

 

 

1.    Payroll Tax Stimulus. With a temporary new tax credit to offset 50% of the payroll tax, every small business would have more money, and all Americans would take home more of what they earn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.    Real Middle-Income Tax Relief. Reduce the marginal tax rate of 25% down to 15%, in effect establishing a flat-rate tax of 15% for close to 9 out of 10 American workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    Reduce the Business Tax Rate. Match Ireland’s rate of 12.5% to keep more jobs in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.    Homeowner’s Assistance. Provide tax credit incentives to responsible home buyers so they can keep their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.    Control Spending So We Can Move to a Balanced Budget. This begins with eliminating congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.    No State Aid Without Protection From Fraud. Require state governments to adopt anti-fraud and anti-theft policies before giving them more money.

 

 

 

 

 

7.    More American Energy Now. Explore for more American oil and gas and invest in affordable energy for the future, including clean coal, ethanol, nuclear power and renewable fuels.

 

[Obama’s Salazar cutting domestic energy exploration   Looks like Obama administration is working to increase our dependence on foreign oil.]

 

 

 

 

 

8.    Abolish Taxes on Capital Gains. Match China, Singapore and many other competitors. More investment in America means more jobs in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.    Protect the Rights of American Workers. We must protect a worker’s right to decide by secret ballot whether to join a union, and the worker’s right to freely negotiate. Forced unionism will kill jobs in America at a time when we can’t afford to lose them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.   Replace Sarbanes-Oxley. This failed law is crippling entrepreneurial startups. Replace it with affordable rules that help create jobs, not destroy them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.   Abolish the Death Tax. Americans should work for their families, not for Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.   Invest in Energy and Transportation Infrastructure. This includes a new, expanded electric power grid and a 21st Century air traffic control system that will reduce delays in air travel and save passengers, employees and airlines billions of dollars per year.

 

 

 

 

 

Input from Ollie North:

 

 

 

“ . . . the Obama administration and their supporters on Capitol Hill need to understand that when it comes to spending, there are few things government can do that has a more immediate, positive effect on jobs and the overall the economy than expenditures on national defense.  Ronald Reagan knew that. In his first 100 days in office, he took his arguments for cutting taxes and rebuilding the U.S. military — including a 600-ship Navy — to the American people. He persuaded them and they in turn convinced the liberals running Capitol Hill that these measures were essential for the country. The result was a dramatic rebound in jobs and economic growth from the “malaise” and “stagflation” of the Carter years and significant improvements in the quality, capabilities and readiness of our Armed Forces.   Regrettably, this lesson appears to have been missed by Obama and his advisers. The administration has now made it clear that they intend to cut defense spending — even though we are at war and despite the job losses it will entail. Just days before the inauguration, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel stated in televised interviews that “on an annual basis we have about $300 billion in cost overruns” from the Defense Department. The interviewers — on NBC and PBS — failed to ask him to identify where he found these “overruns” in a $527 billion wartime budget. It apparently doesn’t matter. This week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered the Pentagon to show how it can cut $55 billion from the Fiscal Year 2010 defense program.”

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,489387,00.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACKLASH & COUNTER REVOLUTION

 

There are a number of signs the American people are getting increasingly fed up with this administration, its creeping socialism, and the concentration of power at the federal level.

 

 

 

 

 

MALKIN ON TAX REVOLT

 

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30799

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICK SANTELLI PROTEST THAT SPARKED AND FOCUSED OPPOSITION AND PROTEST

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZB4taSEoA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cesca at HuffPo says the growing protest movement opposed to Obama is comprised of ‘wingnuts.’

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/the-wingnut-revolution_b_170361.html#postComment

 

 

 

 

My note: 

 

 

 

What Bob Cesca and others here fail to realize is the issue does not distill down to economics exclusively even though growing numbers are seeing through the lies concerning Reaganomics, ‘tax cuts for the rich,’ and the rest of the Leftist propaganda designed wholly to encourage class warfare, envy and a repudiation of economic liberty. No, rather people are deeply concerned about the concentration of power in D.C., the centralized exercise of such power, the likelihood of tyranny with the attendant shrinkage of liberty. There are indeed two Americas: one embraces hard work, individual responsibility, small central government, low taxes, strong national defense and maximum freedom; the other embraces the welfare state, dependence on government, collective responsibility, enormous federal government, weak national defense, and the relinquishing of freedom in deference to ‘experts’ managing everything cradle to grave via bureaucracy. We shall see which side wins out, but one thing is for sure: we are in for battles royale from here on out.

 

 

 

For a clearer picture of the benefits of Reaganomics and the benefits derived for all, plus an explanation of how government created the current crisis, consult these articles:

 

 

 

CAUSE OF THE MELTDOWN

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123414310280561945.html

 

 

 

 

THE CLINTON CONTRIBUTION

 

http://www.tsrn.us/blog/2009/02/19/how-a-clinton-era-rule-rewrite-made-subprime-crisis-inevitable/

 

 

 

 

KEYS TO PROSPERITY

 

http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2008&month=05

 

 

https://allanerickson.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/reaganomics-versus-obamanomics/

 

 

 


CONFRONTING FEDERAL DESPOTISM

February 26, 2009

THE COMING 10TH AMENDMENT REVOLUTION

New Hampshire leads the way with resolution repudiating federal government: no to gun control, martial law, interference with freedom of speech, assembly, religion, no to federal criminal statutes, and no to hate crimes legislation, and presumably, NO! to F.O.C.A.

CONFRONTING FEDERAL DESPOTISM

OTHER STATES TOO?

NEW HAMPSHIRE RESOLUTION FULL TEXT HERE

Essential Excerpts:

That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government.

That it is true as a general principle, and is also expressly declared by one of the amendments to the Constitution, that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people;” and that no power over the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of the press being delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, all lawful powers respecting the same did of right remain, and were reserved to the States or the people.

That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such a nullification include, but are not limited to:

I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.

II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.

V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.

VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; andThat should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government
 
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Rise of the ‘Iran Lobby’: Teheran’s front groups move on– and into– the Obama Administration

February 26, 2009

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Center for Security Policy | Feb 25, 2009
By Clare M. Lopez

A complex network of individuals and organizations with ties to the clerical regime in Tehran is pressing forward in seeming synchrony to influence the new U.S. administration’s policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. Spearheaded by a de facto partnership between the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other organizations serving as mouthpieces for the mullahs’ party line, the network includes well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world.


End times, prophecy, military situation, Middle East

February 26, 2009

Conference explores global developments and ‘spiritual revolution’

“The eyes of the world are focused on the events in the Middle East, which is the epicenter of the dramatic events that are shaping our world and shaking our future.”

On Saturday, April 4th, from 9am-4pm at San Diego’s Cox Arena, speakers Joel Rosenberg, (Ret.) Lt. Gen William Boykin, and Pastor Chuck Smith will help you understand today’s global crises in the light of Bible prophecy.”

EPICENTER 2009 CONFERENCE detail

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RADICAL ISLAM KILLS FREE SPEECH IN ENGLAND

February 25, 2009

By James Delingpole full article here

“Freedom of speech no longer exists in the nation that gave the world the Magna Carta.  It has been replaced by Islamist tyranny.”

COMPANION COMMENTARY BY PAT CONDELL

WATCH FITNA HERE  Warning: graphic images of violence and death

Islam: What the West Needs to Know

U.N. MOVE TO LIMIT FREE SPEECH