I’m sitting in front of the computer this morning, trying to focus on something to write about, and I can’t.
It would be worth writing about the rapid collapse of the Iraqi government as Al Qaeda jihadists from Syria take down city after city in the northern part of that country, and are now threatening Baghdad. First was Mosul, then Tikrit, and now Ramadi and Fallujah. If those cities sound familiar, it’s because we spent several years fighting over them during the previous administration.
And the Iraqis have asked us for airstrikes to stop the advance.
Iraq was basically won when Bush left office. It wasn’t a signing of surrender on the deck of the Missouri, but there was a government in place, it was stabilizing the country, Iraq had the fastest-growing economy in the Middle East and things were actually getting better there. And as late as 2011, there was relative peace there.
But our president had sent Joe Big F-ing Deal Biden to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement so we could have a leave-behind force there to help put down Al Qaeda types when they popped up like what’s happened this week. And as you can imagine, Joe Big F-ing Deal managed to make sure that there was no SOFA. Anything Joe Big F-ing Deal is tasked to do will without question not get done. Like former CIA director Michael Hayden said in the Washington Times Tuesday, that’s no accident…
Even as his secretaries of state and defense tried to secure a last-minute deal to keep American troops in Iraq, President Obama announced total withdrawal as a “promise kept,” denied in a presidential debate with Mitt Romney that he ever wanted to keep a residual force there and consistently touts all of this as a signal achievement.
Obama created this monster by failing to negotiate the SOFA so as to secure victory in Iraq. The effect is apparent; chaos in that country as Al Qaeda jihadists from Syria are overrunning cities in battalion strength, with conventional military maneuvers. These are hardened veteran troops well-equipped with weapons the provenance of which I shudder to consider. You can probably imagine as well the idea that our people died in Benghazi as a result of a gun-running operation to Syrian rebels which has produced defeat for our allies in Iraq.
Speaking of Benghazi, we discover this…
The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.
The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.
Wonder if they were talking about the Innocence of Muslims video on those stolen cell phones.
How’s he doing in Afghanistan? Not so well. Don’t pay any attention to those five Taliban All-Stars we turned loose in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl – who as it turns out had been cut loose from the Coast Guard after a month of boot camp because they thought he was crazy, but the Army signed him up and sent him to the front lines – yesterday we found out that we didn’t actually negotiate with terrorists.
And meanwhile, one might almost get the impression the Taliban is emboldened.
Why would one get that impression? Oh, I dunno…
All 10 militants were dead by dawn, shot down by the security forces or blown up by their own suicide vests. That the Taliban failed in its main objective – to hijack an aircraft and hold its passengers hostage – should bring no comfort to embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, since the attack signals an alarming shift in tactics by an increasingly formidable foe.
The strike at the airport in Karachi, home to 18 million people, deals a blow to Sharif’s bid to attract foreign investors to revive the economy. It has also destroyed prospects for peace talks with the Taliban and made an all-out military offensive against militant strongholds along the Afghan border a near-certainty.
Government air strikes on the strongholds in the North Waziristan region triggered the tactical shift, said sources at Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as the Pakistani Taliban is formally known. Angered by the raids and anticipating a ground assault, the militants are targeting Pakistan’s heartland.
There’s a certain justice in the Taliban attacking the Pakistanis, since had the Pakistanis been even remotely helpful as a partner with us against them we might be further along. But when Osama bin Laden was able to spend his final days in a compound less than a mile from Pakistan’s version of West Point, it’s obvious how interested in being helpful they’ve been.
But to see abject disaster, you don’t have to go to the other side of the world. We have this…
Over the past 24-hours, I have gone on an emotional roller coaster like I’ve never been on before. When Eric Cantor lost his primary, I felt as if America had won Lotto. And then today I visited South Texas. Suddenly, it was as if I was forced to hand the Lotto over to a group of law breakers who didn’t care one iota about my country.
I watched people parade through the Rio as if they were skipping through a community pool on a hot summer day. Then I watched others load onto buses at the Greyhound station in McCallen, Texas. Loads, upon loads, upon loads of people — full families — all headed to various locations throughout the US. NY, DC, MD, CA, IL, NC, they’re all coming to a town near you.
One BP Agent asked me, what do they think about all of this up East? I said, “Depends on who you talk to. Reasonable people, we see it as the transformation of America. Obama sees it as the future of the Democratic Party.”
I have to point out, I didn’t see any kids crying or starving. Nobody was running or hiding. It’s like they had a free ticket into Disney and the worst part of the experience was waiting on the long line to Space Mountain. And as I sat there at the Greyhound Depot watching all of this unfold, I felt as if I was watching America slip towards a place that I’ve never really imagined it could or would go.
They’re calling this flood of immigrants a “humanitarian crisis.” But that’s not what it is. It’s more like a gold rush. The word is out in Latin America that Los Yanquis are giving out free swag, health care, family planning services and citizenship because Obama has made it clear that’s what’s on offer, and here they come. Crass partisan politics has destroyed our southern border and nobody knows what the effect will be.
There is more. Joe Big F-ing Deal just insulted the Germans.
Vice-President Joe Biden has insulted Germany, the EU’s biggest economy and America’s most important ally in Europe, with a gratuitous and ignorant accusation that the German people are hostile towards immigrants and “xenophobic.”
Offering no evidence, Biden told an audience in Washington to “Look at Germany. Look at the rest of the world.” He put Germany among the countries that were not “as welcoming” to outsiders. America is “the only non-xenophobic nation in the world that’s a major economy.”
A new report details massive waste in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs, revealing how federal judges have rubber-stamped nearly $400 billion in benefit claims, “eroding” credibility in the agency.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report on Tuesday examining administrative law judges (ALJs) who approve disability claims more than 75 percent of the time. The so-called “red-flag” judges approved benefits for 1.3 million people between 2005 and 2013, amounting to $394 billion in lifetime disability payments.
We could go on all day.
The picture is pretty clear, is it not? On virtually every front there is collapse of this administration. It has demonstrated a complete lack of competence and credibility on virtually every front, to such an extent that, with respect to foreign policy in particular, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny that Obama – or those who handle him – isn’t actively working against national interests.
This pattern of reversals, indefensible performance and head-scratching decisions will continue until January of 2017. What will be left to the next president?