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Jimmy Carter’s Love for Terrorists

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

This is article 138 of 138 in the topic History
By Alan Caruba
Jimmy Carter was elected President for one reason—Richard M. Nixon. The feeling in the nation was that the born-again Sunday school teacher and Georgia Governor was the perfect antithesis of the President who was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal. He defeated Gerald Ford, Nixon’s Vice President who was largely punished for the 1974 pardon he gave the disgraced Nixon.
In a similar fashion Ronald Reagan was elected President to replace Carter who was widely seen as a failure for both his domestic and foreign policies. For the years since, Carter was understood to have been the worst President, but a recent Quinnipiac University poll of 1,446 registered voters ranked Obama as the worst since the end of World War II, granting Carter an approval rating four times higher than Obama.
I never liked Carter and Reagan’s election in 1980 marked the beginning of my transition from liberal to conservative; one that I suspect occurred for many others as well. Larry Bell, a NewsMax contributor, commenting on the Quinnipiac poll, noted that “Just as with Obama, the Carter administration had inherited a recession and did little to improve a weak economy.”
After Carter took office Bell noted that “unemployment continued to rise, inflation reached 13 percent, and interest rates approached 20 percent.” Reagan set about improving the economy, rebuilt our military strength, confronted the Soviet Union, and the 1980s are remembered fondly by those who lived through his two terms.
Carter faced problems with Iran that had seized twenty U.S. diplomats in 1979 and held them for 444 days, unresponsive to his efforts to free them. A military attempt failed, killing thirty soldiers when our helicopters crashed. I have always thought that the Iranians took Reagan’s measure and feared what he would do. They released the hostages the same day he was first sworn into office.
On August 5, USA Today reported that Carter had “called upon the West to recognize the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate ‘political actor’ that represents the bulk of the Palestine population.”
Extremely critical of Israel’s military operation to protect its citizens against the deluge of rockets coming out of Gaza, Carter and former Irish president Mary Robinson had their views published in a Foreign Policy article, saying “There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war.”
Carter has never met a despot, from Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev to Bashar Assad and his father, Hafez, to the gang that runs Hamas that he didn’t like. That is the quintessential trait of liberals who have always been attracted to despots. They’re the ones who wear Che Guevara t-shirts.
Carter, different from most evangelicals, has never given any evidence of respecting Jews or Israel.

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Iraq is an American War

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

This is article 88 of 89 in the topic Wars
By Alan Caruba
Like many Americans I advocated ending our participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was wrong. Being war-weary is no excuse for not realizing that we are in a very long war with the enemies of civilization and reluctant to being fully engaged in it.
On Monday, President Obama had to take a break from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to make a short televised statement that, as far as he’s concerned, this is Iraq’s war and, though he did not mention him by name, Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has got to get out of the way of the newly constituted Iraqi government. At this writing he’s refusing to do that.
You could see how unhappy Obama was when he had to authorize U.S. forces to engage again in Iraq, this time to slow the advance of the Islamic State’s (IS) forces on Erbil using air power while declaring that there would be “no boots on the ground.” He only took action when it was clear that an IS genocide was in the making. Only the U.S., England and France had the capacity to drop food and water, and provide aid to the refugees.
Both the President’s and his press secretary’s earlier statements emphasized the need for “Iraqi forces” to take the lead in opposing the IS, but unmentioned was the way two divisions of Iraqi forces fled from combat with them and left a treasure trove of U.S. weaponry, tanks, and vehicles. Those who did not escape fast enough were taken prisoner and killed. Crucifixions and beheadings are favored by IS along with killing Christian women and children, reportedly by burying them alive.
The Iraqi government is barely functional. Its military, despite years of equipping and training by U.S. advisors, were clearly reluctant to die for Iraq. Maliki had replaced many of the seasoned officers with political appointees.  If there is anything left of the Iraqi military, there is little mention of it.
The military of the Kurds, one of America’s best allies in Iraq, has been begging the U.S. for military equipment, but the Obama administration waited to provide any until there was no other option. The government of Maliki—if it still is under his control—has denied the Kurds military aid and funds due them. If they survive IS, the Kurds have every right to declare themselves an independent state. Of strategic importance is an airfield that U.S. planes could use to attack IS, but Obama doesn’t want to do that in a way that will destroy them.
So that makes what is occurring there our war, an American war, just as the decision to respond in Afghanistan after 9/11 was an American war and the decision to depose Saddam Hussein as Iraq’s dictator was an American war. In both cases Americans learned that there was no real government to take charge if they left, so they stayed. Most Arab nations were and are run by monarchs or men who seized power.

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Jews are heirs to Nazis and Israel must be eliminated, say Iranian leaders

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This is article 1219 of 1227 in the topic International

In heated statements he made on Sunday, an Iranian military leader and adviser to the Ayatollah called the Israelis the Nazis’ heirs and called for the elimination of the Jewish homeland. The United States and Israel are not targeting any one particular Islamic nation, but are placing the entire Islamic world in their crosshairs, the top military adviser to Iran‘s Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said.

“The threats posed by the U.S. and the Zionists definitely do not target a single Arab or Islamic government and country, but they target the [sic] entire Islamic governments and nations, and the whole Muslim states from Africa to Asia are in danger,” Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi told Iranians on Sunday.

“The catastrophe in Palestine and Gaza is worse than the Nazis’ crimes and if the European countries remember the Nazis’ killings, they know that today the Zionists are the heirs of the Nazis,” Safavi told reporters in Tehran.

Gen. Safavi claims that his country’s reaction to the U.S. and Israeli threats should be to push for uniting the Muslim nations in the Middle East and Africa. He also said that the Muslim countries could eliminate Israel economically by working together.

“Apart from the [sic] military supports, the key to liberation of holy Quds is unity and convergence among the Islamic governments and nations,” the general said. He also advisedMuslim leaders to close down Israel’s embassies or consulates in their countries, but stopped short of advising the same for U.S. embassies.

Gen. Safavi’s remarks coincided with those of Ayatollah Khamenei speech on July 29, in which he condemned Israel for attacking “defenseless people of Gaza” and urged Muslim countries to put aside their disagreements and sectarian animosity and take action to end the “blatant atrocities of the Zionists.”

“Our clear message for the Islamic governments is that let’s rise to help the oppressed and show that the Islamic world will not stay silent on cruelty and oppression,” the Iran’s leader declared.

He also praised the Iranian students who submitted hundreds of letters to the embassies or Muslim nations to protesting their countries’ non-action to Zionist war crimes in Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

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Students for Concealed Carry Conference in Washington DC at the National Press Club tomorrow

by John Lott on Monday, August 4th, 2014

This is article 549 of 555 in the topic Gun Rights

From the Daily Caller:

Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising over 43,000 college students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy virtually everywhere else. 

The group will hold its third Students for Concealed Carry Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 2014, from 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m. 

The event will feature many distinguished speakers, including author and scholar John R. Lott Jr., a panel of women speaking of their experiences in gun-free zones on college campuses, an academic panel for legal analysis, military and police trainers, and state legislators from across the country. . . .

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Iraqi government extradites its first fugitive to U.S. in military bribery case

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

This is article 330 of 332 in the topic Criminal Activity

Iraqi government officials extradited a U.S. Defense Department contractor to Ohio to face federal fraud charges on Monday. The suspect is the first person to ever be extradited by Baghdad to the United States since the two nations entered into an extradition treaty in 1936.

Metin Atilan, a former DOD contractor is charged by federal law enforcement with fraud, conspiracy and bribery. The 54-year-old CEO allegedly attempted to bribe U.S. defense officials in order to get government contracts for his companies as part of the rebuilding effort following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the ouster of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Atilan was originally indicted and charged on June 10, 2008, with conspiracy to engage in contract fraud, conspiracy to engage in wire fraud, and wire fraud. According to Justice Department and Interpol officials, Atilan is president and chief executive officer of PMA Services Ltd. of Las Vegas and Kayteks Ltd. of Adna, Turkey. Atilan is a citizen of both nations.

According to the investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), starting in 2006 through 2008, Atilan offered bribes and kickbacks so that his U.S. and Turkish companies could obtain contracts for construction projects being supervised by the U.S. military in Iraq.

While his U.S. company is based in Nevada, Ohio has jurisdiction in the case since a number of the Defense Department contracting officials approached with bribes were stationed in Dayton, Ohio.

Atilan taken into custody by FBI agents in Las Vegas on May 23, 2008 and he was Atilan released to await trial wearing an electronic monitoring device. But after illegally removing the device he fled the United States on June 15, 2008 and was the subject of an international manhunt..

“This case is a tremendous example of a successfully organized and cooperative law enforcement effort put forth by the FBI, DCIS, Interpol and the Iraqi government,” said Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius.

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Know Your Military Colonists

by Daniel Greenfield on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

This is article 87 of 89 in the topic Wars

“Military Colonist” is a term that has gone out of fashion in this brave new world of “No Human Being is Illegal” and “Every Refugee Deserves to be Resettled.”

The university history professor with an office full of fake Indian jewelery and a view of the parking lot will lecture on the military colonies of the Roman period, always careful to emphasize their eventual fate. And he may even get up to the 16th century. But he’ll stay away from the present.

But if you are going to take land or seize power, you will need military colonists to hold it. The military colonist may be an ex-soldier, but he’s more likely to be someone the empire, present or future, doesn’t particularly need or have a use for. The Czars used serfs. The present day military colonist who shows up at JFK or LAX may also be a peasant with even less value to his culture.

Mexico’s military colonists are not military. Often they aren’t even Mexican. But they have managed to take back California without firing a shot. Unless you count the occasional drive by shooting.

While the United States sent tens of thousands of soldiers to try and hold Iraq and Afghanistan only to fail; Mexico took California with a small army of underpaid handymen who claim entire cities and send back some 20 billion dollars a year. As conquests go, it’s not hard to see who did more with less.

In 2009, 417 Mexican migrants died trying to reach America, and 317 American soldiers died in Afghanistan. But Mexico has more to show for it than America does. Every Mexican who settles across the border is a net gain who sends back money and spreads political influence. Meanwhile America is spending trillions on a much smaller army in a country whose land no one actually wants.

In 2009, the year Obama approved a 30,000 man troop surge, 3,195 Afghans received permanent legal status in the United States.

In the decade since the US invaded Afghanistan, 24,710 Afghans successfully invaded the United States and received permanent legal status. That is an occupying force larger than US troop numbers were at any point in time in Afghanistan until the very end of the George W. Bush’s second term.

During this same period there were also 19,000 Afghan non-immigrant admissions. As invasions go, the Afghan invasion of America was far more successful than the American invasion of Afghanistan.

That is even more true when you consider birth rates. Military colonists are not a mere invading army. They are generational footholds.

The American birth rate was at 13.5. The Afghan birth rate was at 37.3 at the time. American soldiers go home when their time is up. Sometimes they come home with a Muslim wife after converting to marry her. Afghan immigrants come with a birth rate that is nearly three times that of the country they are invading.

Across the ocean, the Algerian War is still going strong and France is losing badly. There are fewer bombs and bullets. Only men and women showing up and expecting to be taken care of.

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Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 1209 of 1227 in the topic International

In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else?

The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose leadership Germany has made great progress in the social, economic and political spheres.”

The message noted “the high level of cooperation that Russia and Germany have reached,” and reported that Putin told Merkel “that the further development of bilateral ties regardless of the political situation serves the interests of both nations.”

The comments were included in the context of greetings on Merkel’s 60th birthday.

The Kyiv Post reports that the people of Ukraine, who are involved in that “political situation” alluded to by Putin, are not amused.

Kyiv Post website editor Oksana Torhan reports that “tens of thousands of Ukrainians and their supporters worldwide began taunting Merkel immediately after photographs of her laughing with Putin [during the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13] were made public.”

Some comments or posts depicted Putin and Merkel kissing.

Despite the close relationship, David Wise, a writer for Reuters, the worldwide news service, said recently that it is “mind-boggling” that the National Security Agency had wiretapped Merkel’s cell phone and that the CIA is monitoring the German government.

At the same time, he admitted that German industry “has strong ties to both Russia and Iran” and this fact “may offer a clue.”

Later in the piece, Wise gets to the heart of the matter in a strange way, saying, “Germans are particularly sensitive to surveillance and spying, given the legacy of the Nazi Gestapo and, more recently, the years of domestic surveillance by the Stasi spy service in Communist East Germany—where Merkel grew up.”

Yes, Merkel grew up in East Germany. But Wise neglects to mention that she was a propagandist for a communist youth group, a fact that alarms those who think she has been a loyal U.S. ally while catering to Russia.

He said some of this spying on Germany “would have been justified during the Cold War if, for example, it uncovered information about the Soviet nuclear arsenal—knowledge that in a war could conceivably save the lives of millions of Americans. But the Cold War is long over.”

This is almost laughable. Isn’t Putin a former KGB spy? And hasn’t Putin been on a tour of Latin America, solidifying his relations with such figures as the Castro brothers in Cuba?

Amy Davidson of The New Yorker wrote that Merkel’s own life in East Germany “gives her some perspective on spying,” as if she had some hostility toward the East German spy agency or the East German regime. The German book, The First Life of Angela M, suggests the opposite, noting she was a propagandist for an East Germany youth group, but concealed that part of her background during her rise to political power.

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New Film Exposes and Mocks “Progressives”

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 69 of 69 in the topic Book & Movie Reviews

Former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, Larry Grathwohl, is one of the stars of Joel Gilbert’s new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” which is premiering in Denver on Friday and then goes nationwide.

Friday, July 18, also happens to be “Blog About Larry Day,” to remember his service to the nation and his untimely death last year. His friend Tina Trent says, “we are asking that bloggers, radio folks, podcasters, and others in the media use July 18th to tell the truth about violent leftist radicals like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk.” She adds, “Their war against America began with bombs, but it continues today in our institutions of higher education, the media, and the government.”

Grathwohl was a veteran of the Vietnam War, fighting the communists in Southeast Asia, before infiltrating their ranks and fighting them on the streets of America.

Gilbert says, “Larry Grathwhol was a hero of mine because he was on the front lines protecting America from the Marxist terrorist movement that wanted to destroy America.”

In addition to highlighting the service of Larry Grathwohl, the new film shows Gilbert visiting and joking with liberals and Obama supporters in order to understand what makes them tick, and to see whether they have become disillusioned. Inside an abandoned church in Detroit, Gilbert surveys the wreckage, including the busted stained glass windows and broken pews, and sings “Hallelujah, I’m Ready to Go.”

The film is both serious and entertaining. It makes you laugh and almost want to cry, as he skillfully describes what seems like the planned destruction of America.

Gilbert goes to Chicago where he interviews a local politician, sort of a young Barack Obama, who continues the “hope and change” rhetoric. He even started out, like Obama, as a “community organizer.”

Those who think we can overturn this unfolding disaster—and learn from what has been happening to us—have to be disappointed by the comments made in the interviews that Gilbert conducted with young Chinese visitors to Washington, D.C.

One admits that Mao killed 50 million people and made “great mistakes,” but is nevertheless still held in respect. “He’s great,” one of the young Chinese visitors tells Gilbert. At the same time, they admit—and seem quite comfortable in saying—that they have no free speech rights in China. “You can’t say communism is a bad thing,” one tells Gilbert. Otherwise, you go to a labor camp.

So is there a real possibility of recognizing the dangers of Marxism before they engulf a country? Or even after? That’s the open question left by Gilbert’s ultimately disturbing film.

Of course, an awakening of any kind in the U.S. is not likely if young people turn into zombies. Gilbert travels to Colorado to learn about the widespread availability of legalized marijuana, another project encouraged by the Obama administration. One young man talks about using dope to address the problem of high arches in his feet. It is a ploy to get high.

Massive illegal immigration, another project to solidify Democratic Party rule in America, is addressed through Gilbert’s interview with a military veteran who examines how the demographics of Denver have changed and the quality of education has deteriorated.

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Chaotic world: Muslim terrorists continue global jihad

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 776 of 778 in the topic Terrorism

With the world’s news media covering the shocking story of Malaysia Airlines MH17 and its 298 passengers being shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, little attention is being given to other crises especially the global jihad. For example, on Thursday, al-Qaida-linked Boko Haram terrorists invaded the northeastern Nigerian town of Damboa arbitrarily killing villagers and torching many of the township’s houses.

According to African media organizations, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a group who are dissatisfied with the government’s protection, claims that half the town of Damboa is burning to the ground.

Islamic extremists attacked a new military base near the town, and the security force was driven out. While the Nigerian soldiers killed about 40 terrorists and lost six soldiers who were shot to death, local town reported that the soldier retreated and abandoned the base and Boko Haram jihadists have twice ambushed military united attempting to reach the base.

Meanwhile on Friday, the United Nations accused Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters of executing religious Christians and Shi’ites, school teachers and health workers. ISIS is also accused of forcibly recruiting children and raping women among acts qualify as war crimes.

Official from the United Nations released a report documenting attacks against civilians by the former al-Qaida in Iraq, who now call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The report also accuses the Iraqi military, police and security forces of failing to protect the Iraqi people from the extreme violence.

The UN claims that about 5,570 Iraqi civilians were killed during the first six-months of 2014. According to the report: “ISIS and associated armed groups have also continued to… perpetrate targeted assassinations (community, political, and religious leaders, government employees, education professionals, health workers, etc.), sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, forced recruitment of children, kidnappings, executions, robberies.”

The report also noted the extent of the destruction and plundering of places of worship and of cultural or historical significance, which is not surprising because of the hatred that exists between the majority Shi’ites and the minority Sunnis, from which al-Qaida’s offshoots emanate.

“Every day we receive accounts of a terrible litany of human rights violations being committed in Iraq against ordinary Iraqi children, women and men, who have been deprived of their security, their livelihoods, their homes, education, healthcare and other basic services,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.

The UN report claims that the lack of security in Iraq had hampered officials’ ability to accurately record some incidents of terrorism and war crimes. Close to 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were displaced so far in 2014, according to the report.

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Obama uses Russia’s actions in the Ukraine to ban importation of AK-47s

by John Lott on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

This is article 542 of 555 in the topic Gun Rights
The day before the tragic shooting down of a passenger airline the Obama administration banned the importation of AK-47s from Kalashnikov company.  Here is the Treasury order:

374. If I own a Kalashnikov product, is that product blocked by sanctions?  Am I able to resell a Kalashnikov product at a gun show or other secondary market?

If a U.S. person is in possession of a Kalashnikov Concern product that was bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern has no interest in the transaction.  New transactions by U.S. persons with Kalashnikov Concern are prohibited, however, and any property in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest is blocked pursuant to OFAC’s designation of Kalashnikov Concern on July 16, 2014.  If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]

Of course, these aren’t the military versions of the AK-47 that are used in wars around the world, but civilian semi-automatic versions of the guns.

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