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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Truth of Benghazi

  You would think that in the aftermath of a third-rate burglary like Watergate, Politicians, and those who aspire to be, would have taken notice of the example that was made of Richard Nixon, and remember that the cover-up is always worse than the crime.
  Fast forward to September 11, 2012. When the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and four Americans killed, including our Ambassador, the Obama administration was quick to explain that this "spontaneous" attack was the response to an anti-Muslim internet video. Well, facts have an ugly was way of showing themselves. We are finding out that officials in the State Department, the Pentagon, CIA, and various assorted other national security advisers, were watching real time video feed of the massacre, from drones hovering above the compound. We know that all of these individuals knew within hours that an Al-Quaeda related group had taken responsibility. They knew that several U.S Military re-enforcement options, including a Delta Force Team was available as close by as Kuwait. Air Craft Carriers in the Mediterranean Sea could have been on the scene within hours. They knew that, just maybe, September 11 might be a good day to plan ahead for a possible anniversary attack anywhere in the world, especially the Middle East.
  We know all of these things, but there are many questions that need to be asked. Why, first and foremost, did the President and everyone around him push the bogus video story when it was known what had actually taken place? Why is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sacrificing any political future she may have for Barack Obama? The history between the Obama camp and the Clintons is well documented. Who thinks that her sense of loyalty to the Obama administration runs that deep? Most important of all, who gave the command for the Military to stand down and not go in to rescue Americans who were under attack? There were three requests for Military back-up that were denied. Why?
  One of the most disturbing questions of all might be, is this all a case of astonishingly gross incompetence and criminal negligence on the part of a number of people, or a cover-up for political expediency 2 months out from an election? Of course the media is doing it's part by covering the story as little as possible. But the American people need to know if the President of the United States went to bed the evening of September 11 knowing that four brave Americans were dead and no one lifted a finger to prevent it.
  Richard Nixon once said that "...people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook...". They also need to know whether or not their President is a liar.      

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Power of Three

The third Presidential debate was held last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida. The topic of the evening was foreign policy. Conventional wisdom among Conservatives was that Governor Mitt Romney would have an advantage over President Obama given the ongoing mess and cover-up over the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11.
  Almost right from the top, Romney brought up Libya. But he did not launch a very aggressive attack on the President over the incident. At least not as aggressive as most Conservatives would have liked. But his most memorable lines of the evening would come later on.
  To many, the President came off as a man who knows he is in trouble. While Romney came off as calm and collected, even when Obama seemed to try to pick a fight with him. Obama seemed to ramble at times and almost go off on a completely different topic than the one being discussed. But what stood out to almost everyone who watched the debate was some of the sarcastic responses given by Obama. He was arrogant, snarky, and condescending. What he was not was Presidential.
  In contrast, Mitt Romney laid out his case for why he should be the Commander In Chief. He stated that his main objective in the Middle East was to "take out the bad guys." He spoke of America taking a leading role not just in that region of the world, but worldwide. He also tied the strength of the American economy to a strong America abroad.
  Mitt Romney also spoke of the President's "apology tour." When early in his Presidency, Obama went to various countries around the world and spoke of America's "arrogance", how "we haven't always lived up to our ideals", and sometimes tried to "dictate our ideas to other countries." Romney's response was one of the best of the night when he said, "America does not dictate to other nations, America has freed other nations from dictators."
  One of the most memorable moments came when the subject of defense spending came up. Romney talked about the fact that the Navy has fewer ships today than it did in 1916. Obama shot back with, " Well Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. The Military has changed." Well, not all that much. Any Marine serving today will tell you that when his ammunition runs out, his bayonet is his best friend. Also, American troops serving in Afghanistan got through rough mountain terrain, on horseback. Maybe Corp-s-man Obama needs to do a little homework on the Military he now has the luxury and honor of calling himself Commander In Chief of.
  At the time of this writing, new details of the Benghazi attack are coming to light. How e-mails flew from the American Consulate to the State Department begging for more security, and a drone flew above the compound, so that we now know that State Department Officials watched the horror unfolding in Libya as it happened, knew immediately that the attack was not a spontaneous one as previously reported and did nothing to help those inside the building.
 Mitt Romney's poll numbers grow every day, and it will be up to the American people to decide if he is the man to restore America's strength and influence abroad.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Trouble With Joe

On the eve of the second Presidential Debate, and for my fellow St. Louisans who may want to take a break from a 5-1 Giants lead in the NLCS, let's take a quick look back at some of the "best" moments from the Vice-Presidential Debate last Wednesday.
  Let's see, Joe Biden laughed a lot. A lot. He laughed at 23 million Americans who are unemployed. He laughed at the possibility of a nuclear armed Iran. He thought a 16 trillion deficit was hilarious. It was a good night for Joe. He had plenty of help from Moderator Martha Radditz. Oh yeah. Joe was yukkin' it up.
  Joe was so busy giggling that he and the Democratic Party have not noticed that the American people are not laughing. Paul Ryan wasn't laughing either. Paul Ryan did not have time to laugh. He was too busy debating 2 people at once. He did what we all would like to think we would do in such a lop-sided situation. He was calm, cool, collected, and armed with the facts. Maybe Joe thought if he chuckled loud enough, he could drowned out the facts. Martha certainly tried to assist in the fact suffocation. Every time Paul Ryan was about to make a point, Martha decided it was time to move on to the next topic. How convenient. Smilin' Joe may have spent lots of time smilin', but it was Paul Ryan who definitely got the zinger of the night when he looked at Joe and said, "The Vice-President knows that words don't always come out of your mouth the right way."
  Ryan kept hammering home the key points that he and Mitt Romney have campaigned on. The 5-point plan for America that includes energy independence, free markets, and help and support for small business. He explained the Romney/Ryan plan to get the economy up and running again, and getting Americans back to work. He put Senior Citizens concerns about Medicare at ease. he told them not to worry about the benefits that they had earned. That they would be there as long as they needed them. He explained that Social Security had to change for younger generations if they had any hope of seeing all that they paid into the system ever again.
  Still Joe laughed. But Joe did something else. he became a walking definition of everything the modern day Democratic Party has become. Rude, crass, disrespectful, degrading, demeaning, nasty. The list of adjectives goes on and on. Yeah Joe. That's a real side-splitter.
  So what can we expect tomorrow night at the town-hall style Presidential Debate? We can surely expect a much more aggressive Barack Obama. Will he get plenty of help from CNN's Candy Crowley? How will the make-up of the audience who will be posing questions to the Candidates effect the outcome? That remains to be seen. Surely Mitt Romney will be prepared for a leaner meaner Obama, and it will be Republicans who get the last laugh.

Be sure to check out my page in the coming days and weeks. We will have a full recap of the second Presidential Debate.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

America 101 For Muslims

  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

  I really do not relish the idea of singling out one group of people and making an example of them, but it seems that this group in particular, along with American Liberals, just cannot seem to grasp the idea of what the First Amendment means. Perhaps it is time for a lesson in Basic America 101.
  There was a rally held in Deerborn, Michigan on September 28. Deerborn is the home to the largest Muslim community in the nation. The rally was held in support of the proposal of an international law banning "anti-Mohammad" speech. A law that would supersede the American first amendment.
  I am wondering if Muslims living in America, especially those who have been here a long time, have learned anything at all about the American mentality of free speech? Do they not realize the countless generations of Americans that have fought and died for that right? Do they not understand that the first amendment is first for a reason? Because it is the most important. All other rights hinge upon it. Do they have any idea of the not-so-sleeping giant that would be awakened should this right be in any way threatened?
  Except for a few fringe crazies, no Americans advocate intentional maligning of any one's faith. But if Americans have something to say, and they say it on American soil, sorry, but no one, including our fellow citizens, has the right to not be offended. Most Americans would even encourage the rally and the protest. That is what this nation was founded upon. But if you call for the removal of some one's right of free speech, sooner or later, somebody will call for the removal of yours.
  The crown jewel of being an American is the right of free speech. Possibly a trade-off of being a Muslim and immigrating to this country to take advantage of all other rights that are afforded Americans, be they born here or naturalized.
  This is what the rest of the world needs to accept, that in America, you absolutely do not  have the right to shut us up.

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