Second US journalist Beheaded By ISIS – Obama Enraged

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Obama’s former allies in the war against the Syrian Regime released a video Tuesday that shows the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff – God rest his soul.. The Islamic State fighter seen in the video said the murder is retaliation for the Obama administration’s continued airstrikes in Iraq.

Via the Daily Mail:

Sotloff is the second American journalist to be killed by ISIS, and his death comes two weeks after James Foley was executed in a similar video.

In the video entitled ‘A Second Message to America,’ Sotloff appears in a orange jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

The executioner appears to be the same man who killed Foley – known as ‘Jihadi John’ – and tells the camera: ‘I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”

He also threatens to kill a Briton held hostage by the group next.

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned ISIS, Tuesday afternoon, calling it ‘an absolutely disgusting and despicable act’.

He said he will chair a COBR meeting on the threat to a UK citizen tomorrow, and added: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff’s family and friends tonight as they deal with this appalling and tragic situation.’

Obama is said to be absolutely outraged.

But not at ISIS, mind you. Did you expect our president to promptly make a strong statement like the British Prime Minister did?

I’m sorry, no – I have no idea what he thinks about the beheading of Steven Sotloff. The National Security Council deputy spokeswoman did express condolences to his family and friends. But Obama doesn’t seem to get too emotional about the beheadings of American journalists. The last time it happened, he gave a brief statement before heading to the golf course where he was seen grinning and fist bumping with his celebrity golf partner less than an hour later. Today, he left for Andrews Air Force Base en route to a NATO Summit in Wales – without bothering to make a statement.

The focus of Obama’s rage is Israel – the country that has “just been hit by several thousand unguided rockets and 30-odd terror tunnels, a 50-day war, the forced closure of its one major airport, accusations of “genocide” by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, anti-Semitic protests throughout Europe, general condemnation across the world. This is the country that is the object of the president’s rage.”

Israel’s atrocities include defending itself against terrorist attacks and insulting Obama’s hapless Sec. of State John Kerry.

Via Keith Koffler of WHD, The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens reports that President Obama is “enraged” at the Israeli government:

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ”

So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.

Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

And Mr. Obama—No Drama Obama, the president who prides himself on his cool, a man whose emotional detachment is said to explain his intellectual strength—is enraged.

The president made no statement about the Sotloff beheading before boarding Marine One this afternoon on his way to Andrews Air Force Base, en route for Estonia and the NATO summit in Wales.

 

The Watcher’s Council Weasel of The Week Nominations!!!

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Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s new feature, ‘Weasel Of The Week’ feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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Governor Jerry Brown!

The Noisy Room: My nomination for Weasel of the Week is Gov. Jerry Brown for his promotion of Amnesty with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (who said the state of California was more “evolved” than other states) last week. He basically said that California and Mexico are now one: “If we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man from Mexico to California in 20 minutes.” In the name of justice, he is breaking the law and endorsing the invasion of the US and the eradication of her borders and sovereignty. California is the Petri dish for the rest of the nation and Brown is the slime in that dish that is producing a foreign invasion that has turned into a deadly plague to the American body. In the name of diversity, he is aiding in the destruction of the Republic.

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The British Government, represented by The Rotherham City Council!

The Glittering Eye: These weasels preferred letting more than 1,000 children be sexually abused by “Asian men” to being thought of as racist.

The Colossus of Rhodey: I nominate the British Government for failing to respond to, and for establishing the politically correct culture which led to, the raping/sexual exploitation of FOURTEEN HUNDRED children by (mostly) Muslim men from Pakistan in the years 1997-2013.

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Al Gore!

The Right Planet: Al Gore, who claimed in 2007 that the Arctic Ice Cap would be gone by 2013 due to the “devastating” effects of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. But Steven Goddard recently reported, that not only has the Arctic Ice Cap not melted, but Arctic sea ice coverage has grown by 68% in the past two years (not to mention the fact there has been no global warming for the past 14 years).

Al Gore has been on a one-man crusade (in cahoots with the United Nations, et al., of course) to impose crushing “climate change” regulations and global taxes in order to curb the alleged global warming scourge–which really just amounts to a global wealth redistribution scheme that only benefits the globalists and the ruling elites, in my opinion. And I’m not alone in that assessment, to be sure.

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Dr. Henry Wagner!

Rhymes With Right: Dr. Henry Wagner, Superintendent of Schools for the Dorchester County Public Schools in Dorchester County, Maryland was more than willing to publicly comment about the suspension of middle school teacher Patrick McLaw being suspended from his position for writing, publishing, and selling a pair of dystopian science fiction novels that involve school shootings in the year 2902 (yes, that is nine centuries from now) when news broke about the suspension.

But now that people are questioning the legitimacy of McLaw being suspended from his job, taken into custody by police and forced to submit to psychological evaluation as a threat to school security, Wagner is hiding behind the old dodge about protecting the rights of an employee to confidentiality in a “personnel matter” despite having previously intimated that McLaw constituted some sort of threat due to the decision to keep law enforcement personnel on McLaw’s now-former campus “for as long as we deem it necessary.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry!

Virginia Right!: “After a disastrous week during which Barack Obama made the stunning admission that he has no plan to deal with the terror group ISIS, rather than call all hands to the table and spend as long as it takes to formulate a strategy and a plan to deal with this menace, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a fun filled holiday away from it all.

Kerry was captured in a photo op kiteboarding in Nantucket. Regardless of the threat to America and the American lives in the balance, Mr. Kerry could not be bothered to do his job.

This is the caliber of the people running this country.

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Attorney General Eric Holder!

Ask Marion: for paying people to stir the racial divide pot and start riots in Ferguson.

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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West Point Report: Obama Watched And Did Nothing As ISIS Threat Grew – Why?

A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center says the Obama administration ignored warning signs as ISIS grew and trained over a four-year period following the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Via IBD: 

As President Obama dithers about whether to strike the Islamic State’s sanctuary in Syria, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point shows how we got to this point. Obama simply overlooked the “JV” team until it was ready for terrorism’s Pro Bowl.

Instead, he was focused on getting us out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum that the terrorist group was all too willing to fill.

“ISIL did not suddenly become effective in early June 2014,” the report states. “It has been steadily strengthening and actively shaping the future operating environment for four years.”

The Islamic State’s rapid expansion into Iraq was “the result of years of patient preparatory operations,” wrote the report’s author, Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

United States intelligence officials tried to claim they were blindsided back in June when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized two major Iraqi cities and sent Iraqi defense forces fleeing. “With U.S. troops long gone from the country,” the story goes, “Washington didn’t have the spies on the ground or the surveillance gear in the skies necessary to predict when and where the jihadist group would strike.”

What a load of malarkey.

As the West Point report notes, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “re-booted” the group in 2010 into a “highly motivated cadre of quality light infantry forces,”  beginning a nationwide campaign of car bombings in Iraq in 2013.”  Their attacks were reported on and evident to anyone with an internet connection.

In August 2013, the Iraqi government even reached out to the Obama administration for help.

Bloomberg News reported that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari  arrived in Washington seeking “U.S. advisers, air surveillance, or even drone strikes” to deal with the growing ISIS threat.

Zebari returned home empty-handed, ignored by an Obama administration more intent on keeping a campaign promise to withdraw from Iraq than in dealing with the new terror threat. Zebari’s requests were apparently lost between all those fundraisers and rounds of golf.

Earlier this year, Iraq continued pleading for help. As we noted, according to a June 11 piece in the New York Times, then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met on May 11 with American diplomats and Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command, asking the U.S. for the ability to strike IS using drones.

If that wasn’t doable, al-Maliki said that he would approve U.S. drone strikes or airstrikes. That plea also fell on deaf ears.

The question is – why? Obama knew there was an uber-terrorist group rampaging through Syria, with its sites set on the fledgling democracy of Iraq – where so many American troops had made the ultimate sacrifice to secure. Was it not in America’s interest to stop the growing menace before it got to Iraq?

Its “blitzkrieg” into Iraq was due less to the failure of Iraqi forces than to IS’ methodical training, preparation and planning — sort of like the Wehrmacht’s advance into France in 1940.

Their blitzkrieg was also due to the Obama administration’s funneling of advanced weaponry to ISIS infested rebel fighters in Syria – ostensibly  to help them topple the Assad regime. The Obama administration began funneling the weapons  from Libya after Qaddafi was overthrown, murdered, and dragged through the streets by Islamists in 2011.

(Has anyone but me noticed that all of the Middle East revolutions that have been facilitated by the Obama Regime – Libya, Egypt,  Syria – have benefited Islamist Jihadi head-cutters? Yet Obama wanted nothing to do with the pro-Democracy Green Revolution in Iran in 2009. He fought the overthrow of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Morsi Regime in Egypt in 2013.)

Seymour Hersh  reported on the Obama Regime’s role in creating a weapons funneling “rat line” to Jihadists in Syria:

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida. (The DNI spokesperson said: ‘The idea that the United States was providing weapons from Libya to anyone is false.’)

In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up. A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

The operation had not been disclosed at the time it was set up to the congressional intelligence committees and the congressional leadership, as required by law since the 1970s. The involvement of MI6 enabled the CIA to evade the law by classifying the mission as a liaison operation. The former intelligence official explained that for years there has been a recognised exception in the law that permits the CIA not to report liaison activity to Congress, which would otherwise be owed a finding. (All proposed CIA covert operations must be described in a written document, known as a ‘finding’, submitted to the senior leadership of Congress for approval.) Distribution of the annex was limited to the staff aides who wrote the report and to the eight ranking members of Congress – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republicans leaders on the House and Senate intelligence committees. This hardly constituted a genuine attempt at oversight: the eight leaders are not known to gather together to raise questions or discuss the secret information they receive.

The annex didn’t tell the whole story of what happened in Benghazi before the attack, nor did it explain why the American consulate was attacked. ‘The consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms,’ the former intelligence official, who has read the annex, said. ‘It had no real political role.’

Washington abruptly ended the CIA’s role in the transfer of arms from Libya after the attack on the consulate, but the rat line kept going. ‘The United States was no longer in control of what the Turks were relaying to the jihadists,’ the former intelligence official said. Within weeks, as many as forty portable surface-to-air missile launchers, commonly known as manpads, were in the hands of Syrian rebels.

Remember the picture of the ISIS commander holding an RPG inside a USAID tent in Syria that made the rounds, last year?

Here’s what I wrote at the time:

I know I’ve been saying for weeks that the United States has been siding with the terrorists, but I didn’t mean it literally.  I meant that our policy of arming the Syrian rebels was indirectly aiding the Jihadists, because they have been fighting alongside the so-called “moderate” rebels and it would seem to me that the weapons would inevitably be shared.

I didn’t think I meant that the United States would directly and purposefully give aid and comfort to al Qaeda. (ISIS)

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The image above reportedly  came from the front line of the Syrian war, seeming to confirm our worst fears that these demonic brutes were being assisted by the United States. Most Americans hadn’t heard of ISIS, yet. A year ago, most of us thought al Qaeda were still the baddest kids on the block.

This appears to prove all the concerns among U.S. lawmakers and analysts that aid to the Syrian rebels could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda.

The photograph allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) linked Commander Muhajireen Kavkaz wa Sham, along with other rebels donning battle-gear and an RPG, inside a USAID tent.

A year ago, I followed the growing terrorist menace rampaging through Syria slaughtering Christians and other minorities by the thousands. I was horrified at the thought that our government was arming them and preparing to go to war against the Syrian government over trumped up charges that they crossed Obama’s “red line.”  It wasn’t the Syrian government that used Sarin in a gas attack last year.  It was the terrorist rebels aided by Turkey. Obama backed away from his war plans only after the  “intelligence” that blamed Syria for the gas attack, completely unraveled.

Meanwhile, Christian minorities who were being slaughtered by the Obama administration’s terrorist allies, were forgotten and forsaken – insignificant collateral damage.

The statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ were shrouded in smoke and dust, as every few minutes a tank shell crashed into the mountainside. Christ’s message of forgiveness had been forgotten here, the Bible’s teaching that the peacemakers are blessed seemed to echo from another world.

Syria’s soldiers were angry and frustrated. Many didn’t want us to show their faces or film their failure to recapture one of the jewels of Syria’s multi-faith mosaic. Others kissed crucifixes they wore and cursed the Nusra Islamists who, as more than one assured me “were helped and trained by Britain and America”.

The rebels claim they took Maaloula to punish the Christians there for supporting the Assad government, a support that is real but tepid. For most Christians in Syria the fear of what Islamists might do if they win this war outweighs any dislike they have for Assad’s system.

On Saturday, in a Damascus church heavy with gold and grief, they mourned the Christians killed in the battle. The framed photographs of the dead sat next to the holy icons of the Greek Orthodox faith, some men in the pews bandaged from injuries they’d received. “We blame Obama”, one woman in black yelled at me, “he should have the Nobel peace prize taken away from him – he is helping the rebels who killed our Christian brothers”.

This video was put out by Christian Refugees in July of 2013.

Blogger David Wood created a bedtime story called Barack Obama’s Escape from Planet Reality to help expose  the Obama administration’s lie that Islamic terror is a perversion of “the religion of peace.”

Wood brilliantly uses clips of Obama’s speech in which he denies the very things taught in the Koran. Yes, the same Koran, Obama, with perfect Arabic accent, calls the “holy Koran.”

 

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Whoa! Enraging: Fox News reports Obama briefed on ISIS for A YEAR. Still no strategy?

Do we have a STRATEGY yet? BBC News – Steven Sotloff: Islamic State ‘kills US hostage’ bbc.com/news/world-mid…

What Obama’s allies have planned for the West: End Times Are Near: ISIS Plans To Kill Millions In Europe And U.S. Through Bubonic Plague And Other Diseases:

“Authorities in both Europe and the United States are to be extra vigilant as members of the ISIS terror group could already be in their respective countries, preparing to unleash terrifying atrocities in the next two months at least.” So says King ­Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

But his statements are not simply words. A computer laptop seized in northern Syria by pro-Western rebels from a Tunisian jihadi revealed plans to develop and use biological weapons and authorities nonetheless have raised its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” to warn citizens that a terrorist attack is “highly likely.”

The computer laptop that was seized in a raid in January in the Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border, reported seeing thousands of files of schemes, bomb-making instructions and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.

Foreign Policy described the contents as “a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organisations — and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State’s deadly campaigns.”

One such document was done in 19 pages in Arabic language where the topic was how to develop biological weapons and how to use as a weapon the bubonic plague from infected animals.

The document owner was identified as Muhammed S., a Tunisian national who was a former chemistry and biology student at a Tunisian University.

AoSHQ: Jen Psaki Psplutters and Pstutters For Three Minutes Trying to Explain Why Obama Won’t Say That We Are at War with IS (Or Even That IS Is At War With Us)

Obama’s psokesmen exist, of course, in that Orwellian sort of fashion, in order to obscure information rather than reveal it.

Previously (in order of newest to oldest):

Did the Obama White House Pressure General Dempsey To Walk Back ISIS Comments? (Video)

President Vineyard’s Big Day – Fundraising, ‘Somber ISIS Statement’, And Golf

Video: Syrian Kurdish Fighters Rescue Stranded Yazidis While US Backs Away

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

Seymour Hersh: Obama Didn’t Tell The Whole Story on Syrian Chemical Attack – Knew Rebels Had Access To Sarin Gas

30 Bodies of Christians Massacred By Syrian Rebels, Last Month Found In Mass Grave

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Why Was An Al Qaeda Commander Photographed Inside a USAID Tent? (Video)

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

Obama Waives Federal Law That Prevents Arming of Terrorists So He Can Arm The Syrian Rebels

Grief Stricken Christian Woman in Syria Lashes Out: ‘We Blame Obama!…He Is Helping The Rebels’…

Maaloula: The battle for Syria’s ancient Christian Village continues (Video)

Syrian Rebels Infested With ‘Muslim Brotherhood-Type Islamists and Al Qaeda Fighters

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Iranians Warned U.S. That Syrian Rebels Had Chemical Weapons Over a Year Ago…

Hostage Released From Syrian Prison Says he Overheard Rebel Captors Admitting Insurgents Used The Chemical Weapons (Video)

Justin Amash: Obama “Embellished” Syria Information – Says Briefings Have Made Him “More Skeptical” (Video)

Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Obama’s Smoking Gun Proof That Assad Was Behind Chemical Weapons Attack Was Doctored?

Putin Throws Down: How About Showing Us Some Convincing Proof Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons?

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

Your Sunday Hymn: The Summons

The Summons aka “Will You Come and Follow Me was written by John L. Bell in 1980. The melody, ‘Kelvingrove’, is a Scottish traditional melody.

Lyrics:

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Saturday Movie Matinee: Great Moments In Presidential History

The Rush Limbaugh Show: The Most Brilliant Man on Earth Doesn’t Have a Strategy Yet — But He Doesn’t Believe We Can Defeat ISIS or Putin

Okay, we don’t have a strategy yet to deal with ISIS.  And not only do we not have a strategy to deal with ISIS, the president of the United States told ‘em that.  He told them that in a press conference yesterday. Then he told Putin and the Russians that we’re not gonna do anything about whatever’s going on in Ukraine. And then he said that we’re never gonna be able to vanquish ISIS. We’re never gonna be able to get rid of ‘em.  So you Iraqis, if you’re worried about it, you better step up, ’cause we can’t deal with them.  I mean, we can put ‘em down, but we can’t get rid of them.

Can you imagine if that had been the attitude about Hitler and the Nazis?  Can you imagine if that had been the attitude about imperial Japan back in World War II?  Can you imagine if that had been the attitude about the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall?  Can you imagine if that had been the attitude? “Hey, you know, we’re never gonna be able to get rid of these people.  We’re gonna have to find a way to compromise with ‘em, find a way to live with ‘em.  If you’re directly affected by ‘em, don’t bother, Rush, you’re on your own.”

Like you Iraqis.  “Come on, you better step up. If you can’t deal with this, it’s your problem. I’m not gonna help you anymore. We can’t do anything about it.”  Imagine if that attitude had been prevalent during World War I.  Can you imagine if Barack Obama had been around during the Revolutionary War?  “Hey, you guys made a big mistake. We can’t get rid of the British here.  What are you talking about?”  Can you imagine Barack Obama as president during any period of time saying about the equivalent threat of that period what he is saying about ISIS?  He says this while his own defense secretary says ISIS is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, while his idiotic secretary of state also sounds the drums about how dangerous this bunch is.

The Daily Rushbo: RUSH: Great Moments In Presidential History:

UK Ups It’s Terror Threat Level As Obama Struggles To Recover To No Plan – Special Report:

PJTV, Trifecta: The Dark State Rises: Who’s to Blame for the Brutal New Caliphate? (Pt. 1)

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: Democrats at War:

In which our host, Andrew Klavan, discusses the lies, double-speak, failures and foibles of Democrats at War!

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: The Republic of Bill:

Jimmy Miles – Country Born, American Made (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

We are pleased to bring to you the all-new music video from Jimmy Miles, featuring Mark Muller of Max Motors. Country Born, American Made is representation of the American life in rural Missouri, and we would appreciate your support, for Top Artist of the Year!!

Book Review: A Flowershop In Baghdad

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A Flowershop in Baghdad is an inspirational story about American exceptionalism as seen through the eyes of an USAF Major stationed in Iraq. Retired veteran Michael Banzet, a self-proclaimed “wise-ass,” started out at the lowest rank, but after earning a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a master’s in aviation science, he rose to the rank of Major to eventually do what he loves – fly jets as a USAF pilot. He volunteered to go to Iraq to help the Iraqis build a solid, dependable, and accountable Air Force – which turned out to be a tall order given the dysfunctional military culture that developed over the years under Saddam’s brutal dictatorship.

The older Iraqis had been conditioned to do as little as possible and be accountable for as little as possible in order to stay out of trouble. Sycophancy, incompetence and corruption were the order of the day and sometimes it was hard to teach the old dogs new tricks.

Banzet had better luck with the young Iraqi men he trained to be the next generation of Iraqi Air Force pilots. He worked hard to instill in the young cadets the values of the USAF; discipline, honor and leadership.

Published in 2012, the book mixes humor with tragedy and is particularly relevant now in light of recent events in Iraq. So much hard work, sacrifice, and good will on the part of so many brave men and women – American, Iraqi, British, and many other nationalities – has been squandered so the current president could keep a campaign promise to his left-wing base.

Banzet likes to remind the reader of the large coalition of forces that fought along side us in Iraq – although Obama and members of the Democrat media complex persist to this day in telling the lie that America acted unilaterally in Iraq.

Just this Tuesday, in fact, during his speech before the American Legion at their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the president said, (obviously in reference to Iraq), “history teaches us of the dangers of overreaching, and spreading ourselves too thin, and trying to go it alone without international support, or rushing into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.”

Then he took credit for bringing the troops home “because it was the right thing to do!” And the vets reacted to this with thunderous silence. Maybe they know what Banzet knows.

Some of the Iraqis he worked with, had been members of the Ba’ath party during the Saddam Hussein years and were officers in his Air Force. His new friends had fought against us during the Gulf War, not that they weren’t fans of Saddam Hussein, or sorry to see him go.. Others lived in areas that were sometimes mortared by the Americans. There were near misses, and sometimes houses blown up. Yes, the Americans occasionally made mistakes.

In spite of all that – do you know how the Iraqis referred to the so-called “American imperialist warmongers”?

“The friendly side.”

The not-so-friendly sides included horrific terrorist groups like al Qaeda in Iraq (the pre-curser to ISIS) and militants like the Badr Brigades. Most Iraqis wanted nothing to do with the terrorists. They were glad the Americans were there to protect them.

In one very effecting vignette, Banzet described a day he went to work and found the office in a state of panicked chaos.
“Most of the guys were on their phones, urgently talking,” Banzet remembers. Worry creased their faces as they talked to loved ones at home. He asked what was going on and was told, “there are bad things happening in the neighborhoods.”

Asad had gotten off the phone, but Wahid was still calmly, forcefully directing someone. Asad looked at me, pain in his eyes, anguish on his face, and his English eloquence failed him. “They took someone and now Nassera says that she hears guns coming down the street.

Some men had broken into a home and abducted the cousin of the owner. Banzet left the office to brief an American intel officer about what was happening, and see if he had any ideas. When he got back to the office – the room was noticeably calmer. It turns out, hummers were involved. That ruled out some of the more barbaric terrorists. But one of the Shia militant brigades was known to use hummers, so there was still a great deal of concern, and Banzet went back to talk to the intel guy. When he returned the third time, he said it was like walking into an episode of the Twilight Zone.

The guys were back at work, typing on the computers, drinking tea, and chatting.

The completely bewildered Banzet asked Assad what was going on.

“I’m sorry my friend. It was the Americans,” he grinned, clapping Banzet on the shoulder and returning  to his work.

In another poignant vignette, Banzet gives his Iraqi friends – formerly officers in Saddam’s Air Force – a tour of “Flintstone Village” – the bizarre playground resort outside Baghdad that was built by Saddam Hussein for his sons Uday, Qusay, their children, and other elites. During the Saddam era, most Iraqis were not allowed to look at or even mention the place for fear of getting shot.

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His friends were appalled by everything they saw, and their visceral reaction to the resort took Banzet by surprise. Although the workmanship of the buildings was shoddy, the entire place – which includes a never finished “Victory over America” palace – clearly cost millions upon millions of dollars.

Still, Banzet wasn’t sure he understood why they were reacting with such disgust.

“Do you know when these things were built, Mike?” his friend Wahid asked exasperatedly.

It turns out that the Flintstone Village was built during “the seasons” – when things got very bad for most Iraqis. Banzet was perplexed. The “seasons”? After further prodding, he figured out what they were talking about: the UN sanctions.

As you may have guessed, the “Flowershop in Baghdad” is a metaphor for the American mission that was planting the seeds of a new democracy in difficult, but not completely infertile soil.

But it also has a literal meaning as Banzet endeavored to help the gentle and timid Samir – one of his Iraqi friends – who had always wanted to grow flowers.

Banzet found a small plot, and helped Samir weed and till the soil, preparing it for the seeds his wife had sent over. After planting the seeds, Banzet backed off, and let Samir do the rest of the upkeep on his own. But Samir turned out to be a very poor gardener, indeed. He forgot to water so the soil became dry and cracked. Weeds soon crept back in, choking out the flowers. The flower garden failed.

Perhaps Banzet had left him on his own too soon.

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Megyn Kelly Slams Obama For Latest Fundraising Junket While “a Few Americans Are Waiting to Have Their Heads Cut Off”

Megyn Kelly has been on a tear for the past couple of days because of the president’s decision to go on another fundraising junket this weekend, while ISIS continues its assaults in Syria and Iraq, and Russia invades the Ukraine.

Thursday night, she had on frequent guest, Fox News’ digital political editor Chris Stirewalt to talk about Obama’s admission that he has “no strategy” to go after ISIS and its safe haven in Syria.

“Not to worry,” she quipped. “He is spending all day tomorrow in the Situation Room…..oh – wait….”

No, the president will be off to another series of fund raisers, while, “there’s just a few Americans waiting to have their heads cut off in the custody of this terror group,” Kelly said, apologizing for being flippant but calling the situation “disturbing.”

Stirewalt snarked, “so the president’s the president wherever he goes and  he’ll be able to destroy the whole world and everything in it from a remote location – while he is sucking up to the swells in Westchester County and lovelies in Rhode Island, when he goes to the “It Couple’s” wedding of the year taking place in New York, this weekend.”

“He looks tired, he looks disengaged, and then when he leaves to go do things that look selfish, it is very hard for him to make the case to the American people that he’s the man with the plan,” he said.

 

Kelly also had Gen. Keane on to talk about what he called Obama’s ‘extraordinary and stunning Admission’ that he has no strategy.

Gen. Jack Keane was on “The Kelly File” tonight to weigh in on the revelation that the Obama administration has “no strategy” on dealing with ISIS.
Keane called it “an extraordinary and stunning admission coming from the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.” He also noted that the remark was “embarrassing.”

The four-star general said that we need a comprehensive strategy, but said that he fears we may not get one.

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Keane said he believes Obama made that statement today because he has not yet made a decision.

“That was an honest answer – he didn’t have a strategy.”

 

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The Daily Mail: ‘Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for ‘we don’t have a strategy’ gaffe on ISIS as he’s accused of having ‘head buried in hole on first green’

  • Texas congressman compares Obama to bumbling deputy Barney Fife from ‘The Andy Griffith Show’
  • Pentagon insider says Joint Chiefs of Staff are ‘seeing red’ and ‘spitting nails’ following Obama’s candid admission 
  • Generals are ‘losing confidence in their mission,’ said a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary 
  • House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Obama’s performance was ‘really shocking given the severity of the threat’
  • White House press secretary said the administration isn’t concerned about the comment, but about the ‘way it was being reported’

 

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