Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ISIS on our homefront

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for "lone wolves" to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members' addresses online and then "show up and slaughter them."
Apparently the bulletin's been out for a while. Maybe it should have received wider distribution earlier. Not intending to be alarmist, but maybe it's best if military families try to be a bit stealthy about their homes and workplaces when posting on social media.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"When you poke the Russian bear..."

Nigel Farage shares his thoughts on the mess in Ukraine, and urges the EU to rethink its direction.

Team Obama ramps up our Syrian refugee intake

From the State Department daily briefing, September 4, 2014:
But in general, I think we should make the point about refugees here, that the United States resettles more refugees than the rest of the world combined, period. And I think our commitment to helping with resettlement of refugees is an important one that we take very seriously. 
So taking it broader, obviously I can’t comment on the specific visa case. This is a commitment we take very seriously. The UNHCR just this year started referring Syrian refugees to the United States for processing. There are several thousand in process right now. It does take some time, given that it is, again, a process. But this is something we’re very committed to doing. 
QUESTION: Do you know how many they have referred and how many are in process? 
MS. HARF: Yes. Well, I think all that they’ve referred, I think, are in the pipeline. There’s several thousand Syrian nationals in the pipeline at the moment. I don’t have a more specific number than that. 
QUESTION: But so far in 2014, U.S. admitted only 63 Syrian refugees. 
MS. HARF: Since Fiscal Year 2011, we’ve resettled 166 Syrian individuals. But again, part of this is because the UNHCR only began this year in mid-2014 referring refugees in large numbers to the United States. That’s a process that we’re a part of, so I can expect, obviously, we have several thousand in the pipeline, and that number will continue to go up.

Because he's done such a great job with the economy...

Obama wants you to rush out and replace your central air system.

The rest of the story...

From Hope n' Change Cartoons:

Pledge of Allegiance "too political"

CBS Sports has reportedly deemed the Pledge of Allegiance "too political" to be broadcast as a part of a commercial that a sponsor wanted to run during a rodeo telecast.

This is too political?

Monday, September 15, 2014

"The Great Unraveling"

Believe it or not, it's an op-ed headline from the New York Times.

Finally something to show direct Russian military involvement in Ukraine?

Russian soldiers return home dead or injured. And Moscow has little to say about the hows or whys. 

The American role in starting a civil war

A few posts back, I linked to a commentary from a retired professor who blamed Washington for the mess we're now seeing in  Ukraine.

When I made that post, I didn't have time to share my own thoughts, but will do so now.

While the professor's political bent appears to be quite liberal, he sees factors and reaches conclusions similar to my own.

The west bumbled its way into starting a civil war.

Kiev's former government had some serious issues, but outside tinkering seems to have disenfranchised the country's east and southern Baltic regions. /Armed homegrown opposition has been the result.

The West keeps talking about Russian equipment and troops in Eastern Ukraine. But I suspect many, if not all, these alleged troops are just as likely to be Ukraine troops that defected, taking Russian built Ukrainian hardware with them as they transitioned to the rebel side.

Meanwhile, the international sanctions game being played now threatens both Russian and European economies, with potential impact on the U.S. as well. All three economies had signs of weakness when Washington set sanctions foolishness in motion. And the moves and counter moves continue to escalate.

The outcome here may not be as horrific as what happened in Libya, at least for now, but economic damage may be far more widespread. And widening conflict is possible. The Obama administration and the NATO/EU folks seemed to have jumped into another situation without thinking things through.

Ukraine needs to come to a solution about what to do on Ukraine. Not Obama, Putin or the EU.

Roll back the clock to last December 2013: Victoria Nuland from the Obama-Kerry State Department bragged of the U.S. investing five billion dollars to move Ukraine in a "democratic" European direction. To hear Nuland tell it back then, all Ukrainians were demanding a fundamentally transformed European Ukraine.

Nuland and the U.S. team seemingly made no allowance for the country's deep cultural, political or economic Russian ties.

When it comes to fundamental transformation, the Obama team seems to have little patience, and leaves no room for moderation. Either at home or abroad.

From a speech Nuland gave in DC last December in Washington:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cowardice or ignorance?

Barack Obama has some company.

Now it's British Prime Minister David Cameron who insists the Islamic State is not Islamic as he reacts to the beheading of a British aid worker.

From ABC News:
"The fact that an aid worker was taken, held and brutally murdered at the hands of ISIL [ISIS] sums up what this organization stands for," Cameron said in an address to the British people. "They boast of their brutality; they claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense. Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters."
Crack open the Koran, Mr. Cameron. You might be surprised what Muslims have been commanded to do in the name of Islam.

Beheading specifically makes the list.

I suspect someone of Mr.Cameron's standing already knows this.