You ask: As the word's leader, do we have an obligation to intervene?
I would ask: in what areas are we the world's leader? Certainly not in the same military manner we once were. Under Obama, the armed forces are stretched to their limits. Their budgets are down, their ranks thinned. Obama has openly supported a reduced military. His agendas have sought to level the international playing field in ways which have hobbled America considerably. He has stated that we
Moreover, under Obama we have become weakened internally and internationally. Both Bush Presidents were able to assemble coalitions of dozens of nations when they sought justice in Kuwait and Iraq. Today Obama is unable to rouse even one nation to step forward and stand by him while he prepares to punish Assad. True, several nations are patting him on the back (or is it on the head?), telling him it is fine that he wants to go a'bombing to flex his sense of manly justice. But they are not about to assist. High fives? Sure, but actually getting in the game? No way.
Under Obama, it has become somewhat of a myth that America is still the same nation we once were. Obama stated that his belief in American exceptionalism is no greater than what other nationalities believe about their own exceptionalism. In effect, when he said "...I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism," he was telling the world that his belief in America's leadership capability and responsibility was no more than that of any other nation. He downplayed our country's distinguished role in history and revealed a shocking truth: he saw nothing great or special or historically significant in our heritage of freedom or our traditions of world involvement which set us apart even from the Greeks.
So, to say that America is still the world's leader runs afoul of current state of realpolitik. To say we have obligations which flow from that premise, seems open to serious challenge.
But, given the diminished state of our existing power, do we still have an obligation to intercede into a situation which is so undefined as the Syrian war? Where do we effectively intercede? For what achievable goals do we intercede? At what cost to our own people do we intercede?
Seeking to help innocent civilians is admirable but if doing so costs the additional lives of our own citizens with no benefit to our own national security interests, how can we justify it, especially if we intervene on our own terms with the sure and certain knowledge that no one amongst the combatants will honor our empathy nor respect our motives and will assuredly do their best to kill our merciful interveners.
Are we still obliged to, in effect, make our military men and women the convenient targets when the outcome is entirely out of our hands and we cannot legally justify the use of force? Should we even suggest that we have a moral right to inflict violence on others when no authentic threat against us exists? Should we set out to kill so that we may save others when we have no assurances that our well-meant attempts will achieve even a limited hope?
These existing conflicts between Islamist forces and a wall of future violence against the West will, I predict, be with us for dozens of decades ahead. A modern form of jihad and ethnic-religious cleansing has been unleashed on so many levels and in so many venues by militant Islamists that it is difficult to accurately count the increases of Al Qaeda branches and the rising numbers of Al Aqsa suicide brigades and the splinter groups from Boko Haram; on and on. Militant jihadist Islam is rising across the world, not only in the Middle East and the Balkans but also in Asia and in Pacific regions. And as we see by the behavior of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, their targets for annihilation and brutality are, first and foremost, Christians. But the murderous actions of militant jihadists have been going on for decades. One cannot count the numbers of innocent Israelis killed by random rocket fire from Gaza and Syrian-held Lebanon.
One can, again, ask about the role of the Arab League and the United Nations, neither of which is moved to action. Their self-imposed impotence is in itself a revelation to be heeded.
Bottom line is that many innocent people will continue to die and the world will watch, as the world has done for millennia. Tragic, yes. Preventable, yes. Madness, yes. Reflections of the wretched state of our wounded humanity, yes. A dreadful commentary on the brutality of which mankind is capable, yes.
But solvable by American intervention............... when the forces of so many opposing, well-armed nations (Russia and Iran, for starters) await?
Even America now must deal with the fact that the world is so often far beyond our control or our moderation or our influence .... along with the embarrassing fact that there have been times in our history when we, too, were the aggressors. '
There may -- probably will -- be times in the near future when America must act to defend either ourselves and/or our treaty allies ... but Syria is neither the time nor the place.
By Melissa Kaffen June 4, 2013
Two years ago George Soros rallied the government union forces to drive Glenn Beck off Fox Network television with a letter writing campaign and boycott of Beck's program sponsors. I suggest we return the favor whenever possible.
One company not mentioned in the previous post on the “Democrat Corporate Sponsor Hall of Shamers” to boycott is J.C.Penny’s. While we are impressed with the makeover process that was underway while Ron Johnson of Apple fame was at the helm...the new old management has sadly abandoned the Nordstromification of the chain. Which in turn flattened the stock giving the hedge-fund-vulture, George Soros a golden opportunity to pounce on a very cheap stock (given the underlying liquidation value of the company’s real estate).
While I love a beautiful $40 pair of tangerine Anne Klein capris currently on the rack at Penny’s as much as any girl....I will make it my policy until further notice to STAY OUT of Penny’s while Soros owns a major chunk of it. HE IS AN ENEMY TO CAPITALISM AND FREE ENTERPRISE and deserves our focused disdain.
Last night I got to see a dear friend’s daughter deliver a bell-ringing performance of “Sandy D” in her senior class production of Grease.
(Grease according to Wikipedia, is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers who were attempting to navigate the complexities of love.)
The show I saw was not so much a subculture’s quest to “navigate the complexities of love” as it was a ham handed celebration of coolness and promiscuity. The cool kids (aka. greasers) trumpeted their drinking and “sex-capades” while mocking anyone with a Christian code of conduct.
Even in the 70’s Grease revealed a culture in willful decline. What passes for lively High School entertainment is nothing more than a catchy song & dance routine calling the innocent to reject God’s values and their parent’s better judgement.
I consider Grease and all the Hollywood teen-age love treatises like Splendor in the Grass noisy gongs signaling parents to stay engaged rather than let a Hollywood engineered teen culture dictate how your kid navigates the complexities of life & love.
Like it or not....without our best efforts to push back on Hollywood’s call to indecency on our kids’ behalf...our civilization will more closely resemble another notable adolescent movie....Lord of the Flies.
Question.... What would be the best way to break the back of the TeaParty movement?
Answer....Steal Romney’s 2012 victory right out from under their noses.
From now on insuring the integrity of the vote must become job #1. Without universal voter ID, triplicate numerated paper ballots and purple inked thumbs all future elections will be predictable shams much like the stooge elections in Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and Iran.
The following links represent a concise collection of articles and reports gleaned from my Twitter stream highlighting the corruption of the 2012 election results. Sadly....It appears that no one in a position of power has any intention of challenging the results. Once again...it falls to the governed to find a way to stand up to a despotic regime. The ratification of the UN Small Arms Treaty by this regime will in my mind be the final tipping point.
(Youtube)...Programmer under oath admits computers can rig elections
Election software company Scytl on the run from the Free Press, from one fake address to the next
VOTE FRAUD ALERT: ONE OUT OF FIVE REGISTERED OHIO VOTERS IS Bogus
Who did your voting machine vote for?
Bombshell Obama Vetting: 1979 Newspaper Article By Valerie Jarrett Father-In-Law Reveals Start Of Muslim Purchase Of U.S. Presidency
Taxation -- The Art of Tradition
Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud
The stark ugly truth...why the GOP won’t challenge the 2012 election results
November 17, 2012
Did Obama Cheat? How to Answer the Question
Petition for Recount on the 2012 Presidential Election
117,212 Letters and Emails Sent So Far
What is the probability of this??? No fraud...nothing to get worked up about?
Can the Constitution Yet Save Us?
Over 20 million U.S. voters classified as 'inactive'
Published October 11, 2012
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/11/over-20-million-us-voters-classified-as-inactive/#ixzz2Ech0jA4hhttp://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/13/obama-refusal-to-deport-illegal-aliens-unconstitutional-say-law-professors/
Judges approve SC voter ID law, delay implementation until 2013
Published October 10, 2012
Voter ID will suppress voter fraud not voters
How Obama Used Voter Fraud to Steal a Second Term
Those who vote decide NOTHING. Those who count the vote decide EVERTYTHING- J. Stalin
AN ACTUAL CRAIG'S LIST PERSONALS ADTo the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.Date: 2010-09-27, 1:43 a.m. E.S.T.I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.. my girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan .. She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head ... isn't it?!I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, -- on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ..... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).;In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in life.. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!Thoughtfully yours, Semper Fi,AlexI probably don't have to ask you to forward this one.. This was priceless!
By Robert A. Hall
Good evening, my fellow America Patriots. I use that phrase advisedly, because it is American Patriots—those who love this country and cherish our system of free political institutions, free enterprise and limited government—I wish to address. You and I know those institution have made us a prosperous and happy people and our country both a shining ideal to which the world’s poor and oppressed want to come, and the target of those who loath liberty.
From the founding of our Republic to the events of the present day, those institutions have been under assault from enemies abroad who hate our freedom and prosperity, and from misguided individuals at home who believe that they can create an all-powerful and utopian government that can better make decisions for you than you can for yourself. They believe that America’s constitution and prosperous economic system are no more entitled to a claim of exceptionalism and our loyalty than any other system or culture.
We have seen the results of that utopian belief in unlimited government power on our prosperity. We have seen it in a job crisis that has kept the official unemployment rate above 8% for years, and the real unemployment rate, counting those under-employed, those who have had to take part-time jobs, those whose benefits have run out and those who have given up looking, that is far higher than 8%. We see it in the continuing weakness in the housing market, in the unprecedented growth of government debt, and in private sector businesses--which the president says are doing fine—increasingly unwilling to expand investment to create jobs in the face of government growth and economic uncertainty.
And we see it in the failure of this president’s foreign policy on diverse and disastrous fronts across the globe. It is of President Obama’s manifest foreign policy failures that I wish to speak to you tonight.
It is no secret that far too many in the media believe the duty of a journalist is not to present unbiased facts to American voters to let them make up their own minds, but to advocate for an agenda, shaping the debate so as to help the president’s political campaign, even at the expense of the country. We saw that when they were inadvertently caught on tape, like the president promising the Russian strongman more flexibility after the election, coordinating their “gotcha” questions to help the Obama campaign.
In support of their efforts to politicize the news and to shape the agenda, they have created the meme that it is not what is happening in the world that is the problem, but rather my speaking out about it. The same people who cheered then-Senator Obama in 2008 and Senator Kerry in 2004 when they criticized President Bush’s foreign policy while American troops were in battle now insult your intelligence by saying that this president’s foreign policy should be off limits during a campaign, or that criticism of him is based not on his clear failures but his ethnic heritage. Unfortunately, this contemptible lie propagated by the Obama campaign water-carriers in the media resonates with some voters who are less attuned to events and less inclined to seek out the facts.
The facts are these. What we are seeing today across the world is the direct result of perceived American weakness, of this president’s unwillingness to champion American values and to support America’s friends like Israel and the friends of freedom like the Iranian resistance against those who wish both us and freedom ill.
We see an American Ambassador and his staff murdered with the connivance of the very people this president sent American troops to risk their lives for and billions of your tax dollars to aid. We see American soil in American embassies assaulted by radicals in coordinated attacks by whipping up mobs over the excuse of a poorly-made, little known private video, while governments to whom we have given billions of your tax dollars in aid turn a blind eye, secure in the knowledge that this administration is so eager to buy them off, it will go on paying tribute regardless of their actions.
We see it in timid half-measures toward Iran, even as they seek nuclear weapons while promising the destruction of America and Israel. Must we lose New York City, Washington DC or Tel Aviv before we get serious about dealing with the mad mullahs?
We see it in the willingness of a tyrant like Hugh Chavez to suppress freedom in his country while threatening American interests and the security of his neighbors, secure in the knowledge that his leftist rhetoric makes him off limits to serious opposition from this administration.
We see it in an administration willing to provide thousands of guns to ruthless Mexican drug cartels, destabilizing that country and killing hundreds of Mexicans and two American agents, to further their anti-gun agenda. And then they lie and withhold information to cover it up.
We see it in an increasingly aggressive China willing to muscle both our allies like Japan, South Korea and the Philippines as well as their old allies like Vietnam, secure in the knowledge that our strong natural desire for good economic and political relations with them, and our need for their continued funding of a portion of our burgeoning debt means that we must acquiesce in their domination of their smaller neighbors.
We see it most of all in the unwillingness of this administration to name the enemy that seeks to destroy our way of life. That enemy—let us be clear—is Islamic Extremism and Islamic Supremacism. The president and leaders on both sides of the political aisle are perfectly correct in saying that we are not at war with Islam and I assure you we will never be at war with Islam under a Romney administration. Indeed, we must never forget that the most frequent victims of the daily catalog of murders and outrages by the extremists are decent Muslims who want to live in peace and freedom, seeking only prosperity for their families. But President Obama has never understood, in fact seems incapable of understanding, that it takes two sides to make peace, only one side to make war. Islamic extremism is growing, is often funded by our erstwhile friends, numbers millions of adherents and is able to manipulate the emotions of tens of millions more poor and ignorant Muslims who are understandable frustrated at the poverty created by the lack of economic and political freedom in their countries. And they are at war with us, with western civilization, and with the majority of peaceful Muslims, and have been for decades. Wishing it were not so will not change that painful fact. They give us only the options of defense, or defeat and death.
That Islamic extremism is not centrally directed as were the Nazi or Stalinist regimes does not make it either less understandable or less of a threat to our lives and liberties. That the threat can spring up undirected among our own citizens does not make the deaths of our soldiers in Little Rock or at Fort Hood any less casualties of that war than those who have sacrificed while wearing the uniform of the Republic in Iraq or Afghanistan. And when I’m president, their families will receive the appropriate recognition of their sacrifice. That is the least this country can do for their service.
This frightening growth of Islamic extremism is fed by an American posture of apologetic weakness. Over thirty years of attacks, terror and murder of Americans, westerners and their fellow Muslims should have taught us that they will always find an excuse, be it a cartoon or a clownish YouTube video to ferment violence and mob terror. We must not feed the beast. We must stand with that majority of Muslims who desire peace, freedom and prosperity. We must support those Muslims who have to courage to speak out against extremism and terror. We must lead from the front, and abandon weak euphemisms like calling war “overseas contingency operations.”
We cannot defend women’s rights and other human rights at home if we fear to speak out against the oppression of women under Shari’a Law abroad. Being for tolerance for gay people at home is meaningless if we are supinely silent about the murder of gays in Iran and other intolerant countries at the hands is Islamic extremists.
American freedom, American prosperity and the aspirations of tens of millions of people around the world, Muslim and non-Muslim, depend on American strength, American leadership and American courage. If we fear to defend liberty out of fear for our lives, we shall find we have lost both life and liberty. We must stand with the friends of freedom and against extremism and aggression and terror. We must honor and support the service and sacrifice of our gallant troops, and those of our allies, on whom our freedom depends. The future of all decent people in the world, regardless of nationality, religion or ethnic heritage, depend on our making that American policy. The president talked of change and in our foreign policy, change now is desperately needed. As your president, I will lead us to a new foreign policy that values freedom and life and prosperity, and stands against murder and extremism and terror. And I will not apologize for it
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic: And what you can do to prevent it. You can e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com.
San Juan Capistrano residents voted to spend $100 million for “Open Space” bonds to preserve a slow paced horse friendly lifestyle not to function as a convenient back door for Ladera commuters. A “country lifestyle” doesn't mean traffic lights at every intersection or turning our neighborhoods into a crazy quilt of highways . (I suggest our neighbors to the East avoid SJC roads when they’re in a hurry.)
I will always vote for a quaint, relaxed and affordable San Juan Capistrano. A quiet zone is a nice idea but not at the expense of an $8 million cost overrun. (Especially when whistles still blow nightly.) Likewise I oppose turning San Juan Creek Road into another high traffic thoroughfare.