1H 6/30/14

Before you read this I have a friend who has said his brother (army—special??) Is in Africa looking for the girls).
Nigerian girls inspire international action. May 7 Washington Post. But nowhere in the story will you learn of any action actually being taken to rescue the 276 Nigerian girls abducted over threes weeks ago by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram (heh Hillary you know them don’t you?). Reports of “an international uproar” and a “a growing outcry” by Obama and phone calls by Kerry, a warning by the UN officials and of a letter form all 20 female Senators—nothing.
Preparations for a “team of specialist” to possibly go to Nigeria to possibly help the Nigerian government possibly do something.
Observe modern liberalism: “the sorry spectacle of justice without a sword or of justice unable to us the sword”. Clinton to take action in the form of a much-reported tweet: “access to education is a basic right and an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism”. MAN WHAT A POWERFUL STATEMENT, SHE EVEN USED TERRORISM
The tweet commands, “We must stand up to terrorism, “but does the former secretary of state have any actual suggestion for action? Or are we to stand up for a while and then sit back down?
John Rogan—What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Dept refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the UN headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Dept, the FBI, the CIA and over a dozen Senators and congressmen.
The FBI, CIA and the Justice Dept really wanted Boko designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them.
Gen. Carter Ham the chief of US African Command said that Boko provided a “safe haven” for al-Q in the Islamic Maghreb and was likely sharing explosives and funds with the group. Clinton’s state dept still declined to place Boko on its official terrorist roster.
Being placed on the list of foreign terrorist organizations allows US law enforcement and intelligence agencies to use certain tolls and authorities including several found the Patriot Act, makes if illegal for any US entities to do business with the groups. It cuts off access to the US financial system. Serves to stigmatize and isolate foreign organizations by encouraging other nations to take similar measures.
Peter Meehan and his dems counterpart Jackie Spier put out a lengthy report in 2011 laying out the evidentiary basis for naming Boko a terrorist organization, including the group’s ties to Al-Q in the ISMAIC Maghreb and to Somalia’s al-Shabab terrorist organization. (AND THEY CLINTON TO BE PRESIDENT—GOD HELP US)
Kerry eventually listed Boko as a terrorist organization in 2013. But that is about all the action the Obama adm took.
It would be nice to learn the Obama adm has ordered the military (SEE ABOVE) to plan to destroy or cripple Boko
There is one woman who, perhaps more than anyone else in the world, has spent much of the last decade warning about groups like Boko and campaigning for stronger actions against the Islamist who terrorize girls in Nigeria and elsewhere. Her name is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was recently and disgracefully disinvited by Brandeis University, which had offered her an honorary degree. It would be nice to see Hillary speak up and stand up on her behalf—she won’t

Source—weekly standard, William kristol, daily beast, Washington post



(43H) 6/30/14

“Stop Slut-Shaming Monica Lewinshy! While we’ve all forgiven Bill, we can’t seem to quit blaming his intern”.
Not all Americans have forgiven Clinton his transgression against decency. No one would uphold Lewinsky as a role model for young adults, those of us who still bristle at Clintons boorish behavior have never lacked moral clarity about who deserves the preponderance of blame for the unfortunate sexual encounter between the much-older and married leader of the free world and an impressionable W H intern.
Foucauldian power structures is just now having an epiphany about who behaved most shamefully? Consider that the most prominent slut-shamer of them all is now gearing up to run for president. The Washington Post uncovered correspondence in which Hillary back in the day referred to Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon.”
When your husband has been convicted of perjury charges related to covering his serial adultery, calling his sexual conquests narcissistic might be looking at things through the wrong end of the telescope.
The correspondence also showed Hillary blamed herself for her husband’s straying. We sympathize with a wife’s difficulty in coming to terms with an unfaithful husband, but we suspect that contemporary feminists will tie themselves in knots if they are forced to defend Hillary’s stance toward Monica.
Democratic base have an opportunity to hash out the Clinton contradictions now, rather than in the middle of a presidential campaign. Liberals have gone through the motions of absolving the Clintons so many times there’s no expectation the outcome will be different this time.

Source—weekly standard


(58JH) 6/30/14
One of the advantages of electing a person with executive leadership experience – as opposed to, say, the current occupant of the White House – is that such experience usually teaches you how to deal with a crisis. the Obama Administration and shows no sign whatsoever of understanding how to deal with any of them. I followed some very specific steps in working through a crisis management situation, and they worked.
1. Recognize there’s a crisis. A crisis is a situation that’s headed for a disaster, so the objective is to avoid a disaster. You may not be able to create total victory, but the definition of a crisis is that if you do not fix it, it will result in a disaster.
2. Assess all relevant facts and information. It didn’t say assess all the political implications. It didn’t say assess how we’re going to spin the situation. You have to honestly recognize that there’s a crisis and honestly assess all relevant facts and information.
3. Listen to alternate ideas from everybody involved. Last week we heard the administration had dozens of people aware of the Bergdahl swap within the administration, but nobody picked up the phone to call members of Congress. In a crisis situation, you want have the input and ideas of as many people as you can.
4. Put together an action plan and execute it. Let me tell you about one of my most challenging, and ultimately most successful, experiences in executing an action plan in the midst of a crisis.
When I was first put in charge of IT for the Pillsbury Corporation, I had the responsibility of helping to plan not only our IT needs for the company but also coordinating it with all the subsidiaries, and I was responsible for all the administrative functions at headquarters in Minneapolis.
I was taking over for another executive who had decided to “retire.” One of the reasons this executive decided to retire – and he was at the time in charge of just the world headquarters project and not IT – was that world headquarters project was behind schedule and over budget. It was a crisis, and if some changes had not been made the project, it would have been completed very late and way over budget. So I was asked by the chairman of the board under the recommendation of Dr. John Holland to take over both the IT functions and the world headquarters project. First, I had to recognize there was a crisis. We were about to blow past a $100 million budget without completing the project on time, failing in the process to combine the operations of nine offices under one headquarter location. There was no denying we had a big problem, and it would have done no one any good to try to “spin” or claim otherwise. We had to fix it.
Second, I assessed all relevant facts and information. The first thing I did was to call a staff meeting, I saw 26 people sitting there.
“Who are y’all?” I asked.
One lady replied: “We’re your direct reports on this project.”
What? Twenty-six direct reports? No wonder the project was getting bogged down. You can’t have 26 different people trying to tell the director of the project what to do on a day-to-day basis. There were leaders on everything from legal issues and dealing with the bank to drapes for the windows. What’s more, just about all of these 26 people were afraid to make decisions, as was the executive I succeeded. It was a complete mess.
So I had individual meetings with each one of them to learn what they knew and what they thought was needed to fix the problem. As I did so, I was also getting a sense of who were really going to be my key players. Soon after these meetings, I selected five people to run point on the project, and with their involvement we put together an action plan, it was basically a matter of changing the structure of the team and the reporting functions so people could make decisions and take the necessary actions.
If you look at the serious problems this nation faces – whether it’s crises of the moment like Iraq, the VA or the IRS scandal, or longer-term crises like the debt and the entitlement mess – our current leadership has no concept of how to deal with a crisis. They won’t even admit the problem exists, nor do they deal in facts and relevant information, nor do they listen to anyone who is not parroting their pre-conceived ideological notions, nor do they understand how to take action.
Our present-day political system rewards people who are good at politics, without much concern for whether they know how to manage anything.

Source—herman cain, daily briefing


Obama’s total withdrawal from Iraq leaves the US with “no good options” as to how to address the crisis in the country. It will be difficult to achieve a political reconciliation in the country if the Iraqi government does not have success on the battlefield in its fight against Sunni militants from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “Without success on the battlefield if the government if collapsing Sunnis and Kurds are not going to join it, “ “they’re not going to jump on a sinking ship.” This will be difficult as political reconciliation is necessary for military success, creating a “catch 22” in the country the US could have prevented. “It is direct result of Obama’s abdication and withdrawal without leaving anything behind in Iraq and telling the Iraqis that he really didn’t care that America would withdraw and leave it to whatever was going to happen, as a result there are not good options”.

SOURCES—fox, Krauthammer, politico, bill Hoffmann, Melissa clyne, newsmax, cnn, ap, gopusa, one political plaza, Daniel doherty


Gen. Hayden: The State of Iraq Is Gone:
“It’s certainly not going to be reconstituted by [Prime Minister] Nouri al-Maliki.”
Go back three years and undo some incredibly unwise decisions that we made then. That’s really the nub of the issue,” he said. “We’ve got three successor states there now.”
“We should snuggle up comfortable with the Kurds in Kurdistan, who have always been pro-American and actually have a functioning society and state right now. We should give help to the Maliki government, sufficient to settle the current conflict so it just doesn’t turn into a humanitarian disaster,” Hayden said.
“For example, there’s fighting around Beiji right now, the oil refinery north of Baghdad. Baghdad needs that for that part of the country to survive, and so we’ve got to settle the lines of this conflict in a way that Nouri al-Maliki’s surviving state, which I’ll call Shiastan, has Beiji within it.
“Then we’ve got Sunnistan, and that’s the state under the control of ISIS right now, and frankly, we’ve got to treat that as if it were a safe haven for terrorists and begin to think about it the way we had thought about Waziristan for the last decade-plus. “Now we’re at a point where we really don’t have good options,” Hayden told Malzberg.
Hayden said “Sunnistan” consists of western Iraq and eastern Syria. “There is no border now,” he said.
We frankly may have to limit our objectives. In other words, seek to achieve things less than we would have thought to achieve had we made different decisions a few years back.” intelligence, not the jurisdiction of a criminal trial, should be the key focus of the government as it pertains to Ahmed Abu Khatallah. “Right now, he should be subject to intense intelligence interrogation,” U.S. Special Forces captured Abu Khatallah over the weekend near Benghazi. Can we get intelligence from this individual.”
The network reports that Abu Khatallah surfaced after years in prison under Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi “to form an Islamist militia and later became associated with Ansar al-Sharia, a group U.S. officials blamed for the 2012 attack.”

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has indicated that Abu Khatallah will be presented to federal court for criminal prosecution. John McCain, are calling for the accused to be held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because giving him Miranda rights and trying him in the United States could jeopardize U.S. intelligence.
The United States should keep the suspect on the naval ship where he’s being held “for as long as he has intelligence value,” said Hayden, who noted the irony that President Barack Obama immediately did away with the 60-day threshold used to get “actionable intelligence” out of a terrorist under the George W. Bush administration.

He also cautioned the Obama administration not to rule out Guantanamo Bay for this or future terror suspects.
“In my heart of hearts, I don’t think it’s a good position to say that Guantanamo is not an acceptable answer for anyone we might capture now or in the future,” he said. US: Captured Benghazi Suspect Was Preparing More Attacks on Americans, Interrogation Now Underway


Kurds emerge as winners in Iraq chaos:
In Iraq’s chaos, the Kurds are emerging as significant winners — and their victories are fueling sentiment among their population to declare outright independence.
As Sunni insurgents swept over a large chunk of northern Iraq and barreled toward Baghdad the past two weeks, Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga seized territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish-run region into areas it has long claimed. Most notably, they grabbed the oil center of Kirkuk. And in contrast to the Shiite-led government in Baghdad, which is in turmoil, the Kurds are growing more confident, vowing to increase oil sales independent of the central government. They must defend a new, 620-mile (1,000 kilometer) frontier against Sunni insurgents, led by an al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And the Kurds risk a backlash. In Kirkuk, Sunni Arabs and ethnic Turkmens — who have long opposed Kurdish claims over the city — threaten a revolt if the Kurds don’t share administration of the city and any oil revenues. Still, the sense of exuberance is palpable among Kurds, who make up 20 percent of Iraq’s mostly Arab population.
“Now that the peshmerga took back our disputed areas, we should have our own country. We deserve it,” said Khaled Ismail in the Kurdish area of Khazer. Declaring independence — and formally fragmenting Iraq — is not easy. The United States and neighboring Turkey oppose Kurdish independence.
Given that resistance, the Kurdish government is pressing for even greater powers of autonomy but not full independence.
The Kurds’ territorial grab is substantial. The recognized Kurdish autonomous region — defined as three northern provinces — effectively expanded by 40 percent, estimated Gareth Stansfield, an expert on Kurdish affairs. The peshmerga moved into territory all along the edges of their region, from near the Rabia border crossing into Syria in the northwest to the city of Jalula in the southeast near the Iranian border.
Some 15 miles behind them, in Kurdish hands, was Kirkuk and surrounding oil-rich lands. “It’s by far the biggest field in the north, and now the Kurds sit on top of it,” Stansfield said.
The Kurdish autonomous zone has its own oil resources, currently producing about 220,000 barrels a day, and it has long argued with Baghdad over sharing revenues from that oil. The Kurdish government in May sold oil independently of the central government for the first time— around 1.05 million barrels, shipped to Turkey. In retaliation, Baghdad stopped giving the Kurds the proportion of the central budget they are entitled to receive.
Safeen Dizayee, the Kurdish regional government spokesman, said the Kurds intend to increase independent oil sales, aiming for 400,000 barrels a day.
Such an explosive move would signal the Kurds’ intention to keep Kirkuk, where they have a large population. It would infuriate not only Baghdad but also Arabs and Turkmen who live in Kirkuk and also claim it as their own.
On Kirkuk’s edge, a leading Arab tribal elder said heavily-armed men were waiting to see if Kurds would share administration of the city and its oil. If not, “then we must have an uprising against them,” said Sheik Abdul-Rahman al-Awaidi. “Nobody is stupid enough to give up Kirkuk.”
A leading Turkmen official said his community is also arming, partly to defend against militants but also in case Kurds won’t share Kirkuk. “Turkmens need to defend themselves,” said Arshad al-Salihi. In a Kirkuk market, men busily bought weapons looted from abandoned army bases. “We can’t go back, we have nothing to go back to,” sighed Aida Jabal, a 54-year-old from Mosul now in a camp near Irbil. “My neighbors said a shell hit on our house and it collapsed on itself.” Stansfield said the Kurds could cite the cost of caring for refugees to convince the West to consent to it selling oil independently of Baghdad. And now with Iraq falling apart, Kurdish officials clearly feel vindicated in their longtime calls for greater federalism that Arabs, both Sunni and Shiite, had criticized.


(47JH) 6/29/14

Announced a number of steps his administration will be taking to stabilize the country and avert a civil war. “First, we are working to secure our embassy,” he announced. To that end, he said, he has evacuated some diplomatic staffers, and is sending in additional security personnel to protect those who remain.
Second, he continued, he will “increase Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and northern Iraq.” This will include deploying up to 300 military advisors, all of whom will counsel and support the Iraqis going forward. He did stress, however, that U.S. “military forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq.”
But the United States will not stay idle. “In recent days we’ve positioned military assets in the region, [added] intelligence resources about potential targets, and going forward, we will be prepared to take action if and when the situation on the ground [merits it].” This apparently leaves the door open to military strikes at some future date.
He also said that Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Middle East this weekend to help broker a “diplomatic solution.” “Above all, Iraqi leaders must arise above their differences and come up with a political plan for Iraq’s future,” he continued. “Recent days have reminded us of the deep scars left by America’s war in Iraq. What’s clear from the last decade is for the United States to ask hard questions before taking military action abroad.”
“The most important question we must be asking,” he continued, “is what is in the national security interests of the United States of America?” His made it clear that the situation Iraq must be resolved through political and diplomatic channels.
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement:
“The plan that the President announced today in response to the rapid terrorist expansion in Iraq underestimates the seriousness of the threat. The steps he announced are needed, but fall short of what is required to stop this al-Qaeda offshoot from gaining more power, which must include drone strikes.
“Yes, Iraqis must solve their differences on their own, but this crisis comes as the Administration has disengaged from Iraq and willfully ignored well-known threats, including the growing strength of the al-Qaeda offshoot there and in Syria over the past two years. The Iraqis have been requesting U.S. drone strikes against terrorist camps for nearly a year, and this Administration has repeatedly said ‘no,’ even as they have captured town after town. This response is allowing Iran to fill the void and expand its destructive regional influence, enflaming sectarian conflict, destabilizing the Middle East, and creating an environment in which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other al-Qaeda offshoots will thrive. Our closest allies and our critical national security interests in the region are in jeopardy. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist leading this charge, directly threatened New York in 2009, and President Obama should take that seriously.”