Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has had it with her excuses.
”When Secretary Clinton said she had a clear-eyed view of the threats we faced in Libya … she was not clear-eyed, she was blind and deaf.”
For the past week Rush Limbaugh has been explaining Barack Obama’s successful strategy of advancing his far-left political agenda while ostensibly keeping his fingerprints off of any specific governing actions, thereby remaining immune from criticism over the dire consequences that invariably ensue. And once again, the maestro of talk radio is correct. This single keen observation readily clarifies even the most irresponsible Democrat actions, including the lack of a Senate budget for over four years, as well as Obama’s own behavior of voting “present” on one hundred and thirty occasions while in the Illinois State Senate. And in so many ways, Barack Obama has continued this practice since his inauguration in 2009.
When Cambridge Massachusetts police officer James Crowley arrested Harvard professor Henry Gates who appeared to be breaking into a house that turned out to be his own, Barack Obama was quick to insert himself into the situation. Shamelessly attempting to capitalize on the incident, he decried the Cambridge police as “stupid” and insinuated that their actions were racially motivated. When George Zimmerman who was participating in a neighborhood watch, shot and killed Trayvon Martin who as attacking him, Obama did not hesitate to inflame the situation, stating “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Yet on September 11, 2012, when Al Qaeda jihadists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi resulting in the deaths of four members of the consulate staff including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Obama just as quickly hopped a plane to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser and thereafter did his best to remain completely detached from the event.
While he obviously presumed that he could gain some political traction from the Gates and Martin incidents, the resurgence of Al Qaeda in Libya put the lie to his grandstanding about an “Arab Spring” in the Middle East. So rather than involve himself in any manner that might have saved those under siege in Benghazi, he merely brushed their fates aside and ducked the bright lights. When a Senate committee pressed then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the lapses and obfuscation that led to the Benghazi deaths, and how that outrage was amplified by the despicable attempted cover-up in which an amateur video was blamed, Clinton followed Obama’s behavior pattern of deflecting blame with her infamous “What difference does it make?” rejoinder. As Limbaugh points out, this has been the standard modus operandi of the Obama political machine, along with the entire Democrat Cabal in Washington.
Given the propensity of leftists to shamelessly engage in such ploys and spew their vile propaganda rather than working to address the burgeoning problems facing America, it has once again become necessary to recall the original facts in order to cut through the murk. At the risk of repetition, the American people must again be reminded of the overall track record of Democrat governing so that its causes and effects can be properly weighed against the utopian liberal promises and their disastrous results. As many times as Obama and the liberals seek to engage in shameless campaigning and distortions of the past in order to escape culpability, the truth must be diligently invoked against them. Even if only a small sample of their governing track record is recalled in the process, the emerging pattern remains unmistakable.
As gasoline prices reach stratospheric levels, it is important to not be distracted by hysterical liberal accusations directed at those malevolent and rapacious oil companies. Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have been setting this stage for years. When attempts were made to develop oil reserves beneath the barren and remote Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge during the Presidency of George W. Bush, the efforts were completely blocked by liberals in the Congress. In the same manner, Barack Obama took a personal interest in thwarting the Keystone Pipeline project by which Canadian oil could be transported to refineries in Texas. And of course the enviro-whacko hysteria reached a crescendo during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which would ostensibly render that region uninhabitable for decades.
Though the ecosystems of the Gulf Coast essentially returned to normal in the immediate aftermath of the spill, the enemies of U.S. oil development have successfully choked domestic efforts to expand supplies from the Gulf. Meanwhile, billions of taxpayer dollars are squandered on “green energy” fiascos such as the infamous and now-defunct Solyndra Corporation.
On the international scene, America’s foreign relations continue to crumble. From the previously mentioned catastrophe of Benghazi and the entire “Arab Spring,” to the escalating belligerence of North Korea, to America’s faltering and ever more subservient relationship with the Chinese, the repercussions of Barack Obama’s philosophy of appeasement and capitulation towards despotic foreign governments has only emboldened them against us. In response, he endeavors to shrink the U.S. military under the bogus premise of saving federal dollars.
At home, the domestic economy is in a shambles and only getting worse. Massive federal debt is hemorrhaging America’s money supply and stifling growth while any brief uptick in the economy is immediately offset by the corresponding surge in fuel costs. As the tentacles of Obamacare extend their reach into the private sector, businesses are struggling and collapsing under the load. Many have engaged in massive layoffs, while others have simply shelved plans to expand. Consequently, the unemployment rate has remained at levels not seen since the Carter recession of the late 1970s. Meanwhile, food stamp enrollment and dependency on other overloaded federal programs are skyrocketing.
The faltering country we see around us is not the result of happenstance. It was in the process of imploding long before any hurricane or tidal wave on the other side of the planet might have negatively influenced it, and it has continued to struggle long after those regions were on the mend. National economies and societal structures have always been subject to cyclical ebbs and flows, and this country is no exception. Yet something has fundamentally changed in the past several years. America is no longer picking itself back up, nor even attempting to figure out a means of doing so. Rather, among too many, the focus has been redirected to merely coping with the nation’s deteriorating condition, as if those who should be held accountable can believably assert innocence while resigning all of us to the unknowable quirks of fate.
But these are not abstract forces that continually undermine our nation, and threaten to bring it to its knees. What we are seeing is premeditated and orchestrated. And the blame must be rightly placed. This is the grim reality of Barack Obama’s America.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming and has been involved in state and local politics for many years. He writes for several prominent conservative websites, as has written for regional and national magazines. His contact information and article archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com, and he can be followed on Twitter @CGAdamo.
It’s a developing pattern of this Obama White House.
Barack Obama cashiered yet another battle-seasoned American general Tuesday, even as the war in Afghanistan continues along with numerous other serious global threats to United States security.
This is the fourth senior officer Obama has forced from the country’s service.
All four were tied somehow to the Afghanistan mess that Obama has long argued was the most important war. Each departure was staged as a resignation. They were usually tied to some personal indiscretions to save face for Obama, who would know of indiscretions as a product of the corrupt Chicago Democrat machine.
There was Gen. David McKiernan, the four-star who lead U.S. ground forces during the successful lightning Iraq invasion. He was asked to resign command of allied forces in Afghanistan just four months into Obama’s presidency in 2009. Never fully explained, but the implication was administration dissatisfaction with the war’s progress.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a special ops veteran who was McKiernan’s successor. He resigned when his staff was quoted making derogatory comments to an embedded journalist about the administration in general and VP Joe Biden in particular. If mocking Megamind Biden is worthy of resignation, then most of America needs to step down by lunch today.
Gen. David Petraeus, the archictect of the surge and successful counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, was demoted from Central Command to return to lead the Afghan war. After that successful tour Obama named him director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which required his military resignation after nearly four decades of service.
Obama and Biden were too busy to attend the traditional farewell ceremonies for such a general officer across town. But they were willing to let Petraeus take a large part of the fall for their unexplained absences during the 9/11 terror attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi and denied the consulate’s repeated pleas for rescue.
Five months ago, radical Islamists in Libya murdered four American officials, and President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the administration would not rest until those responsible were caught.
Yet it seems as if nothing has been done: just as the White House did nothing on September 11, 2012, while the U.S. consulate was under attack, it has done nothing serious since, and is doing nothing now.
Want proof? Consider this report:
Just days after President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound here, Ahmed Abu Khattala — one of those considered a ringleader — spent two leisurely hours Thursday evening at a luxury hotel full of journalists, relaxed in a red fez and sandals, sipping mango juice on a patio overlooking the Mediterranean and scoffing at the threats coming from both the American and Libyan governments.
Libya’s fledgling national army was a “national chicken,” Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he chuckled at the weakness of the Libyan authorities. And he accused U.S. leaders of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.”
Ali Harzi, a 26-year-old Tunisian extradited from Turkey in October, was one of the only people actually detained over the attack and at the time Tunisian authorities said they “strongly suspected” he was involved.
On Tuesday, however, his lawyer Anwar Oued-Ali said the presiding judge had “conditionally freed” Harzi the night before for lack of evidence. He must remain in the Tunis area to be available for any further questioning.
U.S. officials in December lamented the lack of cooperation with the governments of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt in their ongoing investigation into the attack, saying most of the suspects remain free.
In Libya especially, investigating the attack is difficult because authorities rely on the numerous militias made up of tens of thousands of young Libyans who took up arms against former leader Muammar Qaddafi. It is often difficult to draw clear lines between those providing security and those causing instability.
Is it too much to hope that even some catastrophists and peak-oil cultists will find it impossible to ignore the latest numbers?
When the final figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 are in, the world will have a new crude oil production record: the total for the first three quarters was about 1 percent ahead of the 2011 total. This is a remarkable achievement for a commodity with annual output that now surpasses, for the first time ever, 4 billion metric tons and which has been, for decades, the largest source of fossil energy and the most valuable item of international commerce.
Global oil extraction was down in 2009 (2.5 percent lower than 2008 levels), but that had nothing to do with declining reserves and everything to do with weakened demand in the midst of the world’s worst postwar economic recession. That dip was brief; in 2010 global output was up by 2 percent and in 2011 it went up another 1.3 percent to surpass the 2008 record and come up less than 5 million metric tons (Mt) shy of the 4 billion metric ton mark. What is even more remarkable is how widely this rise has been shared: this becomes clear by looking at what happened to global output and to major oil powers’ oil production during the first decade of the 21st century.
These are the percentage increases for crude oil extraction between 2001 and 2011: global production was up by 10.8 percent, and Saudi Arabia’s output was 20 percent larger. So much for any imminent collapse of the country’s supergiant oilfields, a claim that made Matthew Simmons a temporary celebrity. Russia’s production was 47 percent higher, but that large rise reflects the recovery from a prolonged post-1991 extraction dip caused by the economic problems of post-Soviet Russia. Much more impressive gains were achieved by two former Soviet republics: Kazakh oil output doubled in the 10 year period, and Azeri oil production tripled!
You know you live in a Country run by idiots if…
Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while some slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones.
You know you live in a Country run by idiots if…
The government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work).
You know you live in a Country run by idiots if…
Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government.
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