American Elephants

A Defense Bill? Why? Putin Will Take Care of ISIS, Won’t He? by The Elephant's Child

obama-angry-8-560x350Still desperately searching for a legacy, Obama has pledged to veto a defense bill unless Congress lifts its spending caps and increases non-defense spending allowing the transfer of terrorists from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Presumably, Mr. Obama intends to return a vacated Guantanamo to Cuba.

I am endlessly fascinated by the extent to which Democrats believe their own propaganda. Democrats were as shocked and frightened as everybody else when the World Trade Center towers were attacked by suicide pilots in captured airliners on 9/11.

Three months into the War on Iraq, President Bush declared the combat phase of the war over, and “the Democratic Party launched a national campaign against America’s commander in chief, claiming that he had lied to the American people to lure them into a war that was “unnecessary,” “immoral,” and “illegal.”¹

Until then, the conflict in Iraq had been supported by both parties and was regarded by both as a strategic necessity in the war begun by Islamic terrorists. Saddam Hussein had launched two aggressive wars in the Middle East, murdered over 300 thousand of his own people, used chemical weapons on Iraqi citizens, and started a nuclear weapons program that was only halted by his defeat in the Gulf War. Over the next ten years, he had defied 16 UN resolutions attempting to enforce the Gulf War truce. In September 2002, the Security Council issued another resolution that gave Saddam until December 7 to comply with the terms or face the consequences. He did not comply. Bush made the only decision possible and launched a preemptive invasion to remove the regime. Two days before the invasion Saddam was given the option of leaving the country and avoiding the war.

Removing Saddam Hussein had been official American policy since October 1998, when Bill Clinton, a Democratic president signed the Iraq Liberation Act. The decision to use force in Iraq was supported by both houses of Congress including a majority of Democrats in the Senate. In June 2003, just 3 months into the war, Democrats made a political decision to turn against the war and launched a five year campaign to delegitimize the war and portray the President and the Republican Party as the villains. The betrayal of the nation and its troops was unprecedented in our nation’s history. The compliant press signed on, with front page coverage of body counts, blowing up minor incidents like the misbehavior of low level guards at Abu Ghraib into a massive war crime. The New York Times and the Washington Post leaked classified documents which destroyed 3 major national security programs designed to protect Americans for terrorist attacks, and launched an anti-war movement.²

Even before the 2008 election, the man who would become the nation’s Attorney General told an audience during the campaign that the Bush administration had permitted abuses in fighting terrorism. He said there would have to be a “reckoning.” ³

In 2006, then Senator Barack Obama led a Democrat effort to defeat a debt ceiling increase. “Raising America’s debt limit,” he said at the time, “is a sign of leadership failure.” If Mr. Obama wants standing now to lecture on the subject, he might acknowledge that he made a grave error then.

Mr. Obama’s goal in his remaining time in office seems to be enlarging the federal government with a massive spending spree. It’s clear that he won’t attempt to rectify the enormous errors he has forced on the American people. And ISIS is shopping for a nuke. Why would we want a defense bill?

¹Take No Prisoners, David Horowitz, 2014
² Ibid
³ Imprimus, Hillsdale College

“I’m Mad as Hell And I’m Not Going To Take This Anymore! by The Elephant's Child
September 21, 2015, 12:54 am
Filed under: Politics, Democrat Corruption, Iran, Regulation, Bureaucracy, Crime

im-as-mad-as-hell-howard-bealeDan Henninger’s column in the Wall Street Journal last Thursday was about Wednesday’s debate but he made use of Howard Beale’s now famous line in “Network” when he started shouting on his broadcast one evening, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Beale’s last-straw rant is a compendium of political crises and petty annoyances that added up to a society running off the rails. Driven mad, Beale yells: “I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad!”

Henninger adds “That was 1976. This is 2015. It’s back. What happened?”

The political crises are not the same, but the frustration is. I wrote last month about the VA being caught shredding mail from veterans related to vets’ disability claims. That scandal has been going on for ages, and no one has been fired. It is apparently impossible to fire government employees who game the system or commit infractions of one kind or another. If they do something really bad, they get placed on an extended leave at full pay.

The cyber crimes are piling up. The IRS had 334,000 taxpayer identities stolen. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had 22 million identities stolen of everybody who had ever worked for the government, and any references they gave at the time they were hired.
Medical identities, 2.3 million of your medical records have been stolen.The IRS and OPM cases have been blamed on Chinese hackers. President Obama took care of that by refusing to stay at the Waldorf Astoria (Chinese owned) while in New York for a UN something or other. That’ll fix that! Is anybody actually doing something about preventing these incursions? Got me. The medical identity theft can be very expensive for the victim, something like $15,000 to fix. You didn’t think ObamaCare would do anything for you, did you?

Last week, Investors reported that for President Obama there is “no greater threat” than global warming. All his efforts to reduce CO2 will amount to a 0.3 possible drop of CO2 by the year 2100. In the meantime, the real threat comes from solar storms or worse, an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP) from an enemy like Iran. They are reported to have directions for how to conduct an EMP attack in their military manuals. The US has 99 nuclear stations and 31 research facilities which could face simultaneous meltdown of these facilities in as little as 30 minutes. Defending against an EMP attack would cost something like $2 billion, less than we send to Pakistan each year. Is Washington doing anything? Who knows? But apparently not.

That doesn’t even touch the Planned Parenthood mess, or Obama’s disastrous Iran Deal, or his planned admission of 100,000 refugees a year.  Howard Beale may just have had it right. But he didn’t offer any solutions.

The Iran Deal and the Information Age. by The Elephant's Child


I’m not sure just how much we can take away from these “man on the street ” quick interviews, but it’s not very encouraging. Makes one long for the days before the information revolution, when there weren’t quite so many sources of information — comedy shows, reality shows,or am I misremembering a time that never was? I’ve read that large numbers of people get their news from Colbert, Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien — really?

Colbert is currently wearing bracelets celebrating “Black Lives Matter”, apparently wanting to show his empathy for police lives who don’t matter, or something or other. Is he unaware of the climbing murder rate, recruits dropping out of police academies because it’s not worth it. The worst thing anyone could do for the black community is to make the police department reluctant to protect those black lives because they are afraid of being attacked.

But here you go, an interview on the upper west side of Manhattan, a liberal enclave, and they are unanimously approving ov Obama’s Iran Deal.  Except…

Obama is Actually Trying to Sell His Iran Deal to Israel! by The Elephant's Child

jerusalem_israelFrom the Associated Press:

JERUSALEM: Seeking to sell his nuclear deal with Iran to a skeptical Israeli public, President Barack Obama has repeatedly declared his deep affection for the Jewish state. But the feelings do not appear to be mutual.

Wide swaths of the Israeli public, particularly supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have little trust in the American leader, considering him naive and even hostile. One recent poll showed less than a tenth considered him “pro-Israel.”

Such misgivings bode poorly for Obama as he tries to repair ties with Israel in the final year of his presidency, and they would certainly complicate any renewed effort at brokering peace between Israel and its neighbors – once a major Obama ambition.

President Obama believed firmly that one of the great triumphs of his administration would be brokering a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. He thought that all he had to do was make Israel withdraw to their borders before the 1967 Six Day War. Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Israel was taken by surprise. Egypt swept deep into the Sinai Peninsula and Syria struggled to throw Israeli troops our of the Golan Heights. It was a huge victory for the Israelis. a cease-fire went into effect on October 25, 1973.

Obama’s missteps  date to his earliest days in office, and the Cairo speech, which demonstrated his naivety and unfamiliarity with the Middle East. He doesn’t understand how the Mideast functions and therefore doesn’t understand the dangers Israel faces. But the biggest issue is the Iran Deal. Iran funds Hezbollah, Hamas, and any other jihadist group firing missiles into Israel. Iran buys and supplies the missiles.  Mr. Obama’s views might alter if Washington DC was under daily missile attack from Pennsylvania or Maryland.

President Obama might also reflect on Iran’s drive to obtain intercontinental ballistic missiles. They have no need for ICBMs to eliminate Israel. I don’t think Obama’s professions of “deep affections” for the nation of Israel are going to impress much of anybody. A recent Pew survey of 40 countries indicates that confidence in Obama has slipped from 71 percent to 40 percent.

For his part, Obama has acknowledged feeling hurt. In an address to American Jewish leaders last month, Obama underscored his deep commitment to Israel’s security and likened the debate over the Iran deal to a dispute within the family.

“I would suggest that, in terms of the tone of this debate, everybody keep in mind that we’re all pro-Israel,” he said. “And we have to make sure that we don’t impugn people’s motives.”

The astounding thing is that 40 percent of Israelis still have some confidence in Obama.

Senator Tom Cotton on the Iran Deal by The Elephant's Child


Senator Tom Cotton (R–Ark) after Senate Democrats on Thursday used a filibuster to block a vote on a resolution disapproving of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran:

Political fealty to President Obama’s hoped-for legacy in foreign affairs means this dangerous deal will likely move forward, despite the overwhelming and bipartisan opposition to it in Congress and the clear will of the American people. Obstruction on the part of a minority of legislators is not the foundation on which lasting, consequential arms control agreements are built. A majority of Americans oppose the Iran deal because it compromises the safety and security of not only the United States, but also of the rest of the world.

History will remember this stunning display of partisan loyalty and willful blindness. And it will remember this Senate as the one that—when given the chance to stop the world’s worst sponsor of terrorism from obtaining the world’s worst weapons—blinked when confronted with that evil.

A Quinnipak poll found only 25% support for the Iran Deal. A Pew poll found 21% approval.

Iran, Expecting a Cash Windfall is Already Spurring Attacks on Israel. by The Elephant's Child

An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release to Tehran of tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds is already putting the Jewish state in danger.

In recent days, rockets have rained down on Israel from Gaza in the south and the Golan Heights to the north, Israeli forces foiled a bomb plot at the tomb of biblical patriarch Joseph, and Gaza-based terrorist groups that also have a presence in the West Bank have openly appealed for aid on Iranian television. Israeli officials fear the terrorist activity is spiking as groups audition for funding from Tehran, which is set to receive the long-frozen funds as part of its deal to allow limited nuclear inspections. They say the international focus on Iran’s nuclear ambitions has left its more conventional methods of attacking regional adversaries unaddressed.

“The nuclear context is just one aspect of the negative Iranian activities in the region,” Emmanuel Nahshon, senior Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, told “We can see the demonstration of this on a daily basis in Syria, in Yemen, and in Iraq. We see it also when we see the [Iranian] support of Hezbollah and other groups who operate against Israel.”

Susan Rice, National Security Adviser, admitted last month that some of the money to be released as part of the Iran Deal negotiated by the team headed by Secretary of State John Kerry would go to the Iranian military and could be used for the kind of “bad behavior” that we have seen in the region.

Aside from the release of sanctioned funds, the P5+1 countries are rushing to get trade missions into Tehran, envisioning a horde of major international business.

Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are eager to continue as Iranian proxies, Four rockets were fired into Israel last wee,, from Syria, two into the Golan Heights and two into the Upper Galilee, the first since the start of Syria’s civil war four years ago. There’s a new 2.5 mile tunnel from Gaza into Israel by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Israel thwarted an lethal bomb attack by Islamic Jihad on visitors to Joseph’s tomb in the West Bank.

Dick Cheney Speaks on the Iran Nuclear Deal by The Elephant's Child

Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at an event at AEI on September 8, a passionate speech about the nuclear deal with Iran and why it is a complete catastrophe. It’s a long speech, but worth every minute. Mr. Cheney explains clearly why it is such a very, very bad deal.

As for me, I was convinced that we were doomed when I learned that President Obama believes that Iran would never actually use a nuclear weapon. If he actually believes that, no wonder he has been such a complete doormat.

He believes that he can turn the problems of the Middle East over to Iran to solve, and get America out of the region entirely. Iran’s quest for intercontinental ballistic missiles does not concern Mr. Obama who envisions himself making a triumphant trip to Tehran to shake the Supreme Leader’s hand.

The Supreme Leader may not be able to bring himself to sign the deal at all, since he hates Americans so much.  Shake hands?  Not a chance.

The speech is about 35 minute long, followed by a question and answer period.


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