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Obamination: Hypocrisy & Deceit

I commenced my dissection of President Obama’s Inaugural Address with his message to Muslims. In this episode, I return to excerpts
From the President’s Prepared Remarks, as published by the Miami Herald.

Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

  • Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.

That sentence does not fit in with those which follow it. He fails to elaborate, without naming the enemy, without specifying the theaters of war or evaluating the status of the war effort. Why did he raise the issue of war so briefly only to drop it to hint at his Socialist agenda? The objective clause is problematic because it exemplifies an effort to distract us and divert our attention from the identity & nature of the enemy.

Islam is the enemy. Islam’s canon of scripture expresses and its Imams inculcate hatred of all who do not submit to Allah’s writ exactly as they do. We are described as the “worst of living creatures“, will abide in Hell, the “worst of creatures“. Allah curses us and commands Muslims to make war on us. President Obama perpetuates the lie spewed by his predecessors: the claim that our enemy consists of a tiny minority of radicalized extremists who belong to Al-Qaeda and similar organizations spawned by Al-Ikhwan Al-Islamiyya. His assertion is far removed from objective factual reality. Islam’s permanent war is sanctified by Allah’s Qur’an and codified in Sharia. 8:39 & 9:29 contain the eternal commands to fight. 9:123 reinforces them. They are codified in Book O, Chapter 9, Paragraphs 8&9 of Reliance of the Traveller. [Search for O9.8.] Muslims are commanded to conquer the entire world for Allah and they have been engaged in that conquest since 623. Muslims who seek to live in peace without joining Jihad are not good Muslims; they are hypocrites whom Moe cursed and assigned to Hell. Allah commanded Muslims to fight the hypocrites along with us.

  • On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

The ceremony at which he spoke was not ad-hoc, it is a traditional part of our system of peaceful turnover of power by elected officials.

  • On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Here we have a prime example of a narcissistic, arrogant demagogue so confident of his ability to hypnotize his victims that he tells them in plain language what he has done to them. His was a campaign of petty grievances and false promises; the worn out dogmas of Socialism.

  • We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.

Childish things like sense of dependency & a sense of entitlement? Those are part of his campaign pitch, how can he abandon them now?

  • Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

The statement is ambiguous and dangerously broad. What is he talking about? Is he calling for a new Constitutional Convention to undo the Bill of Rights? Does he intend to increase the powers and thereby the dangers inherent in government?

  • We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

That indicates physical infrastructure. Building roads and bridges requires vast sums of money and years to plan and execute. It involves lawyers and engineers, skilled equipment operators, machinery and trucks, asphalt and cement production. How many years does it take to turn out an engineer, and what will he do with his degree when the roads & bridges are finished? A massive make work project will result in shortages & inflation, not in new jobs. It will balloon the national debt beyond control.

Electric grids & digital communications are private industries, not government monopolies. Does President Obama intend to nationalize them or to subsidize electric utility & telecommunications companies? Or does he intend to burden them with new, higher cost structures so as to drive them out of business or inflate the rates we must pay?

What is the “rightful place” of science? Who displaced it, when and how? The technological wonders that improved health care are extremely expensive and increased the fixed cost structure of the industry, pushing up the cost of health care. How do you lower cost by more of the same? Who gets screwed in this process?

Sunlight and wind power can not replace hydrocarbon fuels for land transportation. Solar cells are too expensive and not sufficiently efficient. Issues of scope, scale, efficiency and cost are always overlooked by dreamers & schemers peddling snake oil.

Everybody promises to wave a magic wand to transform the educational system; nobody fulfills the promises. In Chicago, President Obama’s buddy ran the school system into the ground instead of improving it. There are problems involving money, and there are problems involving people, both administrators and unions. None of those problems are easily soluble. The most important factor is beyond the President’s control: the abilities and attitudes of the students. So long as the students are focused on video games, movies, the idiot box, beer, sex and drugs, you can throw all your money at the schools without improving the outcome.

  • The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.

Take a long, cold look at the Constitution; where does it assign those tasks to the federal government? This is part of the culture of dependency & unreasonable expectations which got us into the present mess. President Obama seeks to expand the role and power of government, the result will be less liberty, less prosperity, increased poverty and reduced security.

  • As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.

Rights are only enjoyed by those who seize, hold and zealously enforce them. It would be right for all men to be free & prosperous, without slavery, repression & discrimination. Unfortunately, the world does not work that way. Many parts of the world are ruled by tyrants, the people living there do not share our freedoms. They can’t until they seize them as our forefathers seized them from King George. The idea that murdering Muslims have a right to maim and kill our servicemen and contest their capture & detention in our courts of civil law is the absolute peak of suicidal idiocy. There is no right to make war on us and get off Scott free. They have neither signed nor complied with the Geneva Conventions. The idea that terrorists should enjoy privacy in their communications just because one party to the conversation is in America exposes the suicidal insanity of its holders. The President is erecting and knocking down a straw man.

  • And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

Future of peace and dignity? Its ok if they seek war and rapine here and now, but we’re their friend and benefactor if they seek peace in the future? Yeah, wrong! War is the condition while any part of the world is in Kuffar control. Peace will obtain after Islam completes total world conquest. What was sturdy about our temporary alliance with Stalin? Without power, we have no protection. If we have power but are unwilling to use it, we have no protection. Old Harry had the power and the will to use it, so WW2 came to and end with victory over Japan.

This last quoted paragraph exemplifies President Obama’s hypocrisy. He was going to put away petty grievances and false promises. He expects us to forget that and accept his old campaign shibboleths. When an enemy declares genocidal intent and attacks you, there is no role for restraint. Humility has no place in this debate. Our ideals are superior, our rights are superior and our force is superior. We have a right to defend ourselves and our way of life. Those who made war upon us must pay its penalties.

Its Shari’ah, Stupid #18

Eighteenth in a series on offensive Jihad in Fiqh.

al-Majlisi, d. 1698, shia-jurist. ”The Treatise Lightning Bolts Against the Jews”, övers. V.B. Moreen, Die Welt des Islams (32:1992), s. 187-93.

That is, fight against those who do not believe in God and in the Day of Resurrection, who do not prohibit the things that have been prohibited by God and His Prophet, such as wine and pork, and do not believe in the religion of truth, from among those who had been given the Book, until they pay the jizyah, with their own hands, while they are in a low and abased state.

In this case, the jurist was paraphrasing & explaining an infamous ayat, do you recognize it? What does it command Muslims to do; to whom? What are the essential elements of the compound terminal condition?Does this vary significantly from the Sunni Fiqh?

Got a clue yet? Its 9:29.

Dear President Obama

I think you all know how I love to share what our boots on the ground have to say. Today, some helpful insights from one of our best in Afghanistan. Writing on Afghanistan Shrugged, he says:

Dear, President Obama

I know that you just took office about 48 hours ago and you’ve got a lot on your plate; but I thought I’d provide you with a small letter for SA, situational awareness. I’m sure that GEN Petraus will provide one for you also; but mine comes from the trenches of the War On Terror. My team is out here every day making sure that the policies you set forth get carried out; so we see the impact, successes and failures first hand.

First, let me describe the current situation from my fighting position. It’s not great. Currently we’re chasing the wrong thing, that being enemy forces. They can always recruit more people, we need to attack the motivations to join the enemy. Eliminate the supply.

Predators, ROVER and other implements that we’ve paid billions for are most often used to second guess the guys on the ground and tell them that they’re not seeing what they’re seeing. If this seems convoluted it is! It boils down to this, you’re getting shot at and some dude a long way off is telling you you’re not and that by the way you better not shoot back at the enemy.

Logistics suck! No if, and or buts about it. This is day 26 for this team without mail. This is a lot different then you’ll see at the big FOBs where there’s ubiquitous ice cream, coffee and hot chow, and totally different than Iraq. They throw away more than we eat. I haven’t seen a PX in three months and I just ran out of deodorant and soap today, my wife mailed some to me in the middle of December but haven’t seen it yet. As they say, “Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics”.

There are some great American Warriors here doing their darn best to win the war, but the higher ups are too afraid; so they won’t let them off the FOB to do the work that needs to be done. They track things like how many rounds we expended and what patch you’re wearing on your ACUs instead of issues like how many feet of road or the number of schools built.

So now that I’ve painted a little picture of what it looks like, let me indulge myself and highlight a couple of things I think we could do to close the deal.

Roads, we need more of them. A lot more! This is the cornerstone to building Afghanistan and the government. The Romans were successful not because of military technology, it helped, but because they built an extensive road network. Many of which still exist today and are in better shape than roads in Afghanistan.

Without roads the Afghans don’t really need a centralized government. That’s a broad statement but I’ll qualify it here in a minute. The tribe pretty much provides what they need. The tribe protects them, settles disputes and enforces laws. They’re more than capable of doing this and have been for the last several centuries. They fulfill the basic governmental requirements common defense, law and order.

The tribes though can’t build and maintain roads. Now, you need a centralized government to construct, maintain and protect the roads. You get an influx of money as people work on the roads and they quit getting paid to blow us up and it stimulates a demand for goods and services.

With the road comes inter-province commerce for which you need regulation by a central government; a function a tribe can’t accomplish. Sounds kind of like a little situation we had around 1776. The road brings money, communication and progress. You cut the link between Pakistan and the tribal regions because it’s now easier to travel to the interior of Afghanistan to get medical treatment, goods, services the whole lot.

So with a simple road we’ve now created an environment friendly to the support of the Afghan central government. That doesn’t exist now. It’s a lot easier to explain to the Afghans that the Army and police protect the roads and regulate commerce. Additionally taking the, “this is a war on Islam” factor out of the situation.


Be SURE and go read the rest here. If we spread this one far enough, maybe President Obama will actually get to read it. And then he may “get” it…

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*

Israel at War

The Jewish Press has a most excellent oped piece by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky which I urge you to read. It is full of facts and well founded opinions based upon those facts. These samples should be sufficient to whet your appetite for more.

Israel’s greatest weakness is its lack of a plan for victory, which suggests to the world that the outcome of this war – the eighth war in Gaza since 1948 – should be yet another round of Israeli concessions and the resuscitation of the futile land-for-peace formula. Nothing that has occurred has stripped most Israeli politicians of the illusions that one can negotiate evil away; that all that is required for peace to erupt is a little more talk, a little more time, and another signed agreement; that rockets from Gaza can be stopped without Israeli boots on the ground; and that victory is not possible – the first war in history in which victory has been pronounced an impossibility.

Nonetheless, the party with the end game usually prevails over the party that dithers, fantasizes and projects its good intentions and nobility on a cruel and heartless foe – and it is this that bears reflection in the days and months ahead.

The enemy deserves a heavy and sustained blow for each rocket it launches – or will launch – against our brethren. Compassion for the cruel is one of the most harmful emotions in man, and guilt over the preservation of Jewish life in the face of a brutal and sadistic enemy – one that uses its own children as cannon fodder – is un-Jewish, foolhardy, dangerous and counterproductive.

Please click the link, read the entire article and share it as widely as possible.

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