“The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.” — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher,
The White House just held a three-day summit exploring ways to “counter” violent extremists. It could have saved itself some time. The answer is simple:
We know how to counter the radical ideology of the Islamic State because we have done it before — during the 2007 surge in Iraq. When President Obama took office, al-Qaeda in Iraq (which changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq during the surge) had been defeated militarily and ideologically. Militarily, it had been driven from its strongholds in Anbar and other Iraqi provinces, and its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been killed. This was more than just a military victory; it was an ideological victory as well. The terrorists had also suffered a massive rejection by the very Sunni masses they claimed to represent. Iraq was supposed to be the place where al-Qaeda/the Islamic State rallied the Sunni masses to drive the United States out. Instead, the Sunni masses joined with the United States to drive the terrorists out. This was far more crippling than the simple loss of territory.
This military and ideological victory was squandered when Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq — a decision that allowed the Islamic State to regroup, reconstitute and reconquer the territory it had lost. If we want to re-defeat them — militarily and ideologically — we must learn from our past experiences and look at how the Islamic State recruits people to its cause.
The first way the Islamic State recruits is by not giving people a choice in the matter. When it conquers new territory, the Islamic State gives those living under its brutal rule two options: capitulate or die. For most, the choice between submission and beheading is a simple one. But we know from experience that most of those living under the Islamic State — where people have their fingers cut off for smoking, are executed for drinking and see their daughters forcibly married to foreign fighters — would gladly be rid of the terrorists. As we saw in 2007, once they have the security necessary to choose freely, the Sunnis rejected the Islamic State. If we want to see ordinary Muslims rise up and repudiate the Islamic State again, we must create conditions of security that make it safe for them to do so — just as we did during the surge.
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SideBear: This has been around before, but it has been modified to today’s circumstances.
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent Form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a Dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows:
“United States of America”, Born 1776, Died 2016
It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
The last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama: 13.2 Romney: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low Income tenements and living off various forms of government Welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population Already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million Criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how Much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our Freedom..
Current government regulations imposed by the Bureau of Land Management are harming energy production and holding back the U.S. economy, a new study reveals.
“While federally owned lands are also full of energy potential, a bureaucratic regulatory regime has mismanaged land use for decades,” write The Heritage Foundation’s Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris.
The report focuses on the Federal Lands Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. It is designed to empower states to regain control of their lands from the federal government in order to pursue their own energy goals. That is a challenge in an oil-rich state like Colorado.
“We need to streamline the process as there are very real consequences to poor [or nonexistent] management,” Tubb, a Heritage research associate, told The Daily Signal.
“Empowering the states is the best solution. The people who benefit have a say and can share in the benefits. If there are consequences, they can address them locally with state and local governments that are much more responsive to elections and budgets than the federal government.”
Emphasizing the need to streamline the process, Tubb pointed to the findings in the new report.
“The Bureau of Land Management estimates that it took an average of 227 days simply to complete a drill application,” Tubb said.
That’s more than the average of 154 days in 2005 and more than seven times the state average of 30 days, according to the report.
The report blames this increase in the application process on the drop in drilling on federal lands.
“Since 2009,” Tubb and Loris write, “oil production on federal lands has fallen by nine percent, even as production on state and private lands has increased by 61 percent over the same period.”
Despite almost “43 percent of crude oil coming from federal lands,” government-owned lands have seen a 13-point drop in oil production, from 36 percent to 23 percent.
The report also examines the recent oil-related job boom.
“Job creation in the oil and gas industry bucked the slow economic recovery and grew by 40 percent from 2007 to 2012, in comparison to one percent in the private sector over the same period,” according to the report.
That boom has had a big impact on jobs.
“Energy-abundant states like Colorado and Alaska would stand to benefit tremendously. We’ve seen oil and natural gas production increase substantially in Colorado over the past eight years, bringing jobs and economic activity to the state,” said Loris, an economist who is Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow.
Tubb cautioned that any change will happen slowly. “The federal government likely will not release the land that easily.”
Loris agreed, noting the long-running debate about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“It was no surprise that the Alaskan delegation was up in arms when the administration proposed to permanently put ANWR off limits to energy exploration,” Loris told The Daily Signal. “Many in the Alaskan delegation and Alaskan natives, including village of Kaktovik—the only town in the coastal plain of ANWR, support energy development.”
“We are putting power to the people,” Tubb concluded.
For a detailed map of Federal Lands and ownership in the States ….Go here