An Insult to Our Intelligence

burning flag On September 11th, 2012, mobs attacked the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and also the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing one American, all, supposedly because of some movie that was insulting to Islam. Really? That isn’t the insult I hear. The insult I hear is to our intelligence. Are we supposed to believe that some no-name movie, so obscure that even the people attributing the violence to it can’t name it, just happened to incite crowds in countries now under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood to attack American diplomatic missions on the anniversary of the 911 attacks?

No, it wasn’t pious believers being offended by some movie that virtually none of them have ever seen. It was barbarians celebrating the attacks on America that occurred 11 years ago. What if Americans took a page from the barbarians’ play book and attacked the embassies of those countries that contributed men and materials to the 911 attacks, or contributed resources protecting, supplying or training Al Caida? That would make a hell of a lot more sense. So why don’t we? Because we are NOT, by and large, barbarians.

Add to it the first reaction of the Obama administration’s State Department: apology for offending the radical islamists, the Salafiyyah, who are stirring up trouble all over the place including Morocco, Egypt, Libya, India, Germany, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Albania, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Algeria and pretty much every place where there are non-fundamentalist Muslims or non-Muslims unwilling to be subjugated. It is difficult to distinguish between Al Caida and the Salafists in general (or Wahabbists, for that matter), so in essence, Obama apologized to Al Caida for offending their radical ideology. And, yeah, I know how they spell it; I just spell it according to the rules of the English language and will continue to do so as long as I am an English speaker. Too bad if that bothers anybody.

So much for the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya. Obama’s clumsy foreign policy is now looking alarmingly like Carter’s equally inept handling of the conflict in Iran that led to the overthrow of the Shah and the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran along with 66 American hostages. While there is certainly an argument to be made that Carter is not to blame for the destabilization of Iran (things had gone pretty far down that road before he even took office), there really isn’t much good to be said about how he handled the parts of it that ultimately occurred on his watch. Don’t be surprised if tensions and incidents escalate. Some Ayatollah-wannabee just might have ambitions in that direction. I wouldn’t want to be in Egypt, Libya or any of those other areas where Salafists have substantial influence if Obama wins the election. Anybody caught up in that could be looking at being a hostage for a lot longer than 444 days. Or worse.

Update: The American Ambassador to Libya has been killed along with three more staffers – making the total number of Americans killed in Libya five – in a rocket attack while he was attempting to help them to safety. The details are still a bit vague, but it sounds like he was being a hero when he could have just gotten himself out of danger with relative ease.

DNC Delegates Can’t Read a Teleprompter, Either

donkeyWe are all familiar with Barack Obama’s Teleprompter dependency, even though he still stumbles and stammers his way through a speech even with the assistance of one. This affliction appears to be epidemic among the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Did they catch it from Barack? Or did he catch it from them? We will probably never know. And then, of course, there’s Joe Biden.

The DNC, in a desperation move after their platform was hijacked by radicals, imposed the will of the empty chair and re-included language, over the stiff opposition of many of the delegates, supporting Israel and Jerusalem as its capital. Of course, a two-thirds majority was required for such a change, but even though it did not exist, the changes were ‘approved’ anyway.

What do we know from this? We know that the DNC is chock-full of, and the platform was written by, radicals. We know that there is a very strong anti-Israel constituency in the Democratic Party. We know that rules don’t matter, not even their own rules, when a high-ranking player is involved. We know that if they see a negative reaction they will flip-flop – at least until the election is over.

Pericles Had A Point.

Pericles Had A Point“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean that politics won’t take an interest in you” – Pericles

“First they came for the Jews, and I said nothing…”

We have had the privilege, the luxury, of being able to ignore politics and still have no real worries. We have had the luxury of being able to say “I’m not political.” We have said “your relentless political postings have changed my political views. NOT!” because politics is a distasteful business full of crooks and liars and dirty money.

People have deliberately distracted you with shiny baubles while they stole your country. They deliberately tuned you out of the political process by making it sordid and unseemly, by being divisive and accusatory. This is deliberate. In order for them to take what you have they have to make you look away in disgust, or at something else in anger.

Politics does not have to be deception. You can make a difference. Pay attention to the issues. Not the made up fake issues, but the real issues. It’s about your children and grandchildren and the kind of country, society and legacy you will give them. Pay attention not only to what the politician promises you today, but what that means for tomorrow. Pay attention.