Iraq, ISIS and WMD’s

Clearly worth reading The NY Times article today about weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s) found in Iraq. The Times article twists and turns, first acknowledging that over 5,000 mustard gas warheads were found (even though the Bush Administration was mocked for years that they didn’t exist), but then saying they weren’t being actively manufactured. Duh. They can still be used, and were by Saddem Hussein. And although they weren’t exactly what Bush said, they are now being converted to smaller weapons and employed by ISIS.

Will Obama do anything about these weapons in the hands of ISIS?

Now the rub. It appears these chemical weapons were made by the USA and Europe during the late 1980s – 1990’s when Iraq was at war with Iran.

So here we go. We supply Iraq with WMD’s to fight Iran who we hate. War ends. Hussein attacks Kuwait and we drive the Iraqis back. September 11 occurs. We go after al Qaeda and attack Iraq in the process, knowing that, at a minimum, the weapons we have given them are there (although we can’t tell anyone that).

Conveniently, this truth comes out now, either because the military is really worried that Obama is asleep at the switch, or because Obama is trying to build a case for troops on the ground.

Do we want ISIS to have these weapons? Does anybody believe these WMD’s will stay in the mid- east? I am deeply ambivalent about whether we “take out” this problem once and for all, or just let these ancient rivalries fight it out. Either way there will be serious consequences and loss of life. Either way Americans will suffer, and there will be serious secondary and unintended consequences.

An Act of War by James Stuckey

Obama will now begin dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria. This is an act of war. He needs to go to Congress, and both he and Congress must explain their actions openly to us all.

Obama is pretending that air strikes alone are not an “act of war.” He is parsing words so that he can pretend he is different then George Bush.

When terrorists flew planes into the WTC and Pentagon (no troops on the ground), was it not an act of war? Did Bush not go to Congress?

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (no troops on the ground), was that not an act of war? Did FDR not go to Congress?

The mid-east is extremely complicated, and I firmly believe we must protect our citizens and stop the genicide. But, I really want us to have a clear and sustainable strategy, and follow the law.

Attacks on Christians by James Stuckey

Way back in September of last year, almost a year ago, I wrote about the atrocious attacks on Christians in the Mid-East and parts of Africa.  Because of the Obama Administrations’ complete lack of attention, this problem has grown increasingly worse.  It was widely reported today that upwards of  100,000 Christians have been forced to refugee camps in the mountains of Iraq by the latest insane radical group, ISIS, whom the President a short while ago referred to as JV (Junior Varsity) players.  For the last year, the President, much like Ponticus Pilate, has washed his hands and left these innocents to fend for themselves.  The European Union and the United Nations are no better.  Leaders today are cowered by radicals, and like those who succumbed to Hitler, we and our children will pay the price in the future.

The President says the nation is wearied by the wars of the last 12 years.  Today, he began to “target” bomb strategic ISIS ammunition locations.  The weapons he’s targeted were once ours, were taken by ISIS, and used to kill women and children and now force Christians from there homeland.  This is what you get when you “study, seek advise, examine options, and procrastinate” instead of leading.  He would do well in his last two years to take lessons from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama’s Likability by James Stuckey

I cannot blindly stick my head in the sand. We are no longer respected around the world. The economy is terrible. The rich have made more money under Obama than any other President, and there are more people on public assistance than ever before. Blaming Bush is five years old. Besides, leaders lead, they don’t blame. Obamacare is falling apart. IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Veterans scandal – are they Bush’ fault, too? The list goes on and on.

In my sixty years, I cannot think of a President who failed more. And apparently, 70% of the American people believe the country is going in the wrong direction, according to a NBC poll released today (NBC, parent of MSNBC, is hardly a Tea Party or conservative news outlet).

We are on the cusp of becoming a second rate and failed country. I can only hope that the midterm elections will send a strong mandate that we need a serious change in direction.

Impeachment by James Stuckey

The White House, Harry Reid and their democratic cronies are using the fabricated and false rhetoric that Republicans are trying to impeach Obama.  Its an effort to energize their so called base.  Sad, really, on many fronts.  Its the reason why the approval rating of Congress is in the low teens. The Senate Majority Leader (aka former C-class boxer whose head was hit way too many times) believes the American people are so gullible, uninformed and stupid that they will fall for this charade.  Further, it’s sad that the Democratic apparatus believes that its own base needs this type of folly to rally it for the fall election.  Guess all those bills that Reed held up from coming to the Senate Floor doesn’t give his Members much else to run on.

While I believe that Obama has replaced Jimmy Carter as the worst President I have witnessed in my lifetime, I strongly believe the way to neuter him is to take over both houses of Congress. Then I would personally appropriate a used set of my golf clubs and say come back on January 19, 2015.

© James Stuckey

Israel by James Stuckey

The attacks on Israel are atrocious.  I completely sympothize with the Palestinian plight.  They are a desperate, poverty stricken people, and I do believe they see no downside in attacking Israel.  I have tremendous empathy for anyone of any nation or faith whose child or parent is killed in this conflict.  It is horrendous.  However, I believe this poverty and desperation is being completely manipulated by terrorists – Hamas.  Only madmen would place weapons in schools and hospitals.

I understand why Israel must defend her people.  No civilized nation can ignore missiles being rained on its communities.  I am deeply troubled by the impotence and stupidity of the Obama administration in handling this crisis, and believe that it in part bares responsibility.  More on this to come.

Government By the People? by James Stuckey

I’ve been trying to be thoughtful about a number of things that have been happening in rapid succession at all levels of government, but particularly at the federal level.  Let’s make a list:

  • After a horrendous start to Obamacare, the President unilaterally changes many of the legislation’s rules, to deflect the groundswell of anger and frustration expressed by large numbers of Americans across demographics and geography.  It’s unclear whether he has the authority to do so without legislation.  Notwithstanding these changes, over 5 million Americans who have had their insurance cancelled will likely not be able to get the policies they had and wanted back.
  • The President and his ally’s have tried a number of strategies on how to deal with the outcry.  First, the President tries to redefine what he said over thirty times about being able to, “keep your health care, period.”  Next, he does a soft Mea Culpa in a one on one interview with NBC.  Then, he’s pressured into doing a more extensive, apologetic, “I own this” one hour press conference, in which he deflects the “you can keep it” decision to insurance companies and state insurance commissioners.  He leaves them six weeks to rectify his broken promise; amusing, in that his administration could not get it right in three years after spending $600 million of our tax money.  I spent about $300 to set up my website with GoDaddy, and it has not crashed once.  I accept credit card and PayPal payments on my site, set up multiple email addresses, and allow people to comment and communicate with me.  I realize I don’t have the web traffic as Healthcare.gov  (I wish), but I spent $300.00.  I did it myself, and I am far from a website expert!  
  • Now, the President unilaterally delays a notification period on how Obamacare will affect close to two hundred Americans until after next year’s mid-term election. He and his administration know that if they didn’t, it would likely result in a routing of the democrats in both Houses of Congress.
  • It appears, however, that Americans can’t be fooled.  Only 37% approve of his job performance; close to 55% now state they don’t trust him; and, about 65% believe he lied about Obamacare.

Now, lets move on some other areas.

  • Harry Reid and the Democratic Congress stage an unprecedented power grab, instituting the so called “nuclear option” that would allow them to appoint judges with a simple majority vote.  Likely, they will extend this to other appointment and legislative matters in the future.  Virtually everyone of these democrats – Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, etc. – condemned this procedural maneuver when the Republicans controlled the Senate.  In a perverse way, this may come back to bite them, in that red state democrats will now have to vote on uber-liberal ideas and show their true colors to their constituents.
  • Having already completely screwed up on earlier foreign policy concerns in Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan, the President enters into a mind boggling “agreement with Iran”.  The negotiations produce nothing for America except what will probably be a huge security risk in the future.  In the process, we jeopardized a sacred bond with Israel, and with the few moderate Arab states in the mid-east, all of whom know the incidiousness of Iran far better than we.

In the early 1990’s, I spent a lot of time in Russia when the former Soviet Union was falling apart.  For years, there was no rule of law.  Yeltsin, the Russian President would issue decrees. The Russian Parliament would issue decrees.  The break-away former Soviet States would issue decrees.  The monetary system collapsed.  Nuclear material disappeared.  There was no rule of law.  With our President taking unilateral “executive” actions, and Harry Reid and the Senate making unilateral “nuclear” decisions, I’m feeling a creepy feeling reminiscent of what I saw during thwild west break-up of the Soviet Union.  We are starting to lose the very basis and foundation of our country.  I hate to say this: this is not class warfare as some preach, it is warfare on the classes.

© James Stuckey