President Says He Has No Strategy – Press Sec. Begs To Differ (Video)

Yesterday  Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that he is “not confident” that Obama will do anything to counter the threat from the savage Islamic State militant group in Syria.

The Obama administration is currently considering expanding its air strike campaign from northern Iraq into Syria to fight the militants. Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, said he thinks it is possible that the administration may choose to do nothing.

“I’m not confident that he’ll do anything,” he said. “I’m not confident that he can come up with a strategy.”

In his press conference, Thursday. which some are calling his weakest presser to date – Obama  did nothing to disabuse his critics of the notion that he’s not interested in taking any decisive action to stop ISIS. He confused one and all by talking about his strategy of pushing for a political resolution of the Sunnis’ complaints about the Shiite government, and recruiting the help of surrounding nations (instead of doing things “unilaterally” like you know who.) Then he

The President also made clear that dealing with ISIS in Syria was probably on the agenda though the strategy for accomplishing all of that…well, we don’t have one yet:

in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we’re going to have to build a regional strategy

I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest – who has a better grasp of the talking points, has been saying that Obama has a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with ISIS.

He was on clean-up duty on Twitter within an hour of Obama’s presser — to insist that the president certainly does have a “comprehensive strategy.”

 

Obama has a comprehensive strategy to push a media narrative that he has a comprehensive strategy – which in reality only talks about comprehensive strategies.

Via NRO, Charles Krauthammer reacted to Obama’s  fail-whale of a presser on Special Report, Thursday evening.

“Look I thought that the president could no longer surprise me,” Krauthammer said. “I was wrong. He shocked me today. The President of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American, deliberately sort of spitting in the face of the country and demonstrating his cruelty, the president gets in front of the world and says, “I don’t have a strategy.” If that is true, don’t say anything. Why do you announce that you don’t have a strategy?”

But even worse than the president’s statement that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Krauthammer said, was his comment about Ukraine. Krauthammer summarized Obama’s comment on his strategy in Ukraine by saying Obama acknowledged that he had a strategy in Ukraine, which was “to do absolutely nothing.”

 

Krauthammer and Peters Agree: Regime’s Mixed Messages On ISIS Due To Obama’s Indecision (Video)

Charles Krauthammer on Monday put all the blame for the chronic dithering and indecision of the Obama Regime on one person – Obama himself.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier”, he said that the Regime’s conflicting statements about the threat from the Islamic State militant group shows that “the president simply can’t decide” what to do.

Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS was an imminent threat, but Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday that the group was not a direct threat to the U.S.

Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, questioned that discrepancy.

He said, “it’s obvious what the United States has to do about ISIS. You have to do a coordinated air campaign in conjunction with troops on the ground who are Kurds, Iraqis and the Free Syrian Army. That is a very complicated operation, and you wonder – despite the fact that that’s what we need to do to stop ISIS, whether this administration, that can’t even get its story straight in one day, can conduct an operation of that delicacy and complexity, military, diplomatic and political, ” he said. “The president simply can’t decide.  I think this really ought to make us think twice about whether we can entrust a man of this lack of decisiveness who clearly does not want to do this.”

He added one devastating last point: “that’s the feeling I had when he made the announcement in 2009 at West Point about Afghanistan (after much dithering if you remember.) It was the right idea – but the wrong man doing it – somebody who clearly never had his heart in it, and now after all the dead and all the losses , we’re ending up leaving as if nothing had happened except for American dead.”

Megyn Kelly had Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on The Kelly File to discuss the mixed messages coming from the Regime.

“Ralph, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not supposed to be messing with the information in order to assuage political concerns,” Kelly said. “So what do you believe is the likelihood that somebody took Gen. Dempsey out behind the woodshed over the weekend and said, ‘What are you saying the threat is imminent for?’”

Peters responded that they definitely took him out to “the woodshed.”

“Gen. Dempsey committed the greatest sin you can commit in the Obama administration last week – he told the truth,” Peters said, explaining that Dempsey told the public that ISIS is a growing threat to the U.S., there’s no real border between Syria and Iraq, and ISIS can’t be defeated without going into Syria.

Dempsey’s previous remarks didn’t fit with the administration’s “JV” narrative, Peters said. Now, “with a wave of the president’s magic golf club,” Peters said that the narrative has changed back.

Kelly asked Peters: Is Obama disengaged or disillusioned?

 

“I think he’s sulking. I mean he’s just not gonna clean his room, and you can’t make him clean up his room. He’s like a child, and it’s really alarming because he needs to get out of his snit and do something,” Peters said.

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Operation Martha’s Vineyard”

Last night, Shannon Bream, filling in for Megyn Kelly, had Ed Henry, retired Lt. Gen Tom McInerney, Charles Krauthammer on to discuss US actions in Iraq.

McInerney said that the fact that the operation doesn’t yet have a name, was “very significant.”

“I think the White House had better get their hands on this, or people are going to call it Operation Martha’s Vineyard. The president doesn’t want that,” McInerney pointed out. “We in the military operate under different operations – ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ – all those types of terms have to do with our campaign and our history.” He added, “it shows the significance of the operation when you put a name on it, and unfortunately, he’s making it sound like it isn’t significant.”

As for the air strikes that have been conducted, so far, McInerney said,  “the mission ought to be simply, to protect the Kurds and Kurdistan and stop genocide.”  He continued, ” I would have expected 100-200 targets hit today. I think he hit probably less than 10 maybe less than 5. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but they had better get up with a very aggressive campaign or this is going to fail.”

He went on to express his alarm at how quickly the Islamic Caliphate was spreading like  a cancer throughout the Middle East, and reiterated his warning that we needed to get more aggressive and right now.

Krauthammer gave Obama credit for putting pressure on the Iraqi government to get rid of Maliki, but the political situation there, he said is completely different from what is happening in the North.  He slammed the WH for saying “we’re not going to do anything major – it all has to be done by Baghdad –  all we’re here is to help them repel ISIS.”

“That’s ridiculous. There is nothing coming out of Baghdad. That army fell apart entirely at Mosul.” He went on to urge the administration to arm the Kurds, fierce fighters who want to fight ISIS.

“These ridiculous legalisms that this administration puts in the way of supplying them are simply incomprehensible. If the president were to give the order tonight, we’d have the weapons the Kurds need- antitank weapons and all sorts of low caliber stuff that they need — RPGs. If the president were to give the order, they could arrive from Germany where we have supplies in one day.”

Fox News: Second Airdrop After Airstrikes Against ISIS Militants In Iraq:

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DrewM at AoSHQ: An Important Announcement From The Ministry Of Truth: Obama Always Wanted To Leave Troops In Iraq:

Q Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq? And does it give you pause as the U.S. — is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system.

“As if it were my decision”. See Obama apparently wanted to leave troops behind but those mean Iraqis wouldn’t let him. That’s the new and approved version of events.

Old History is a little bit different.

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end — for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011. As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country’s security.A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.

So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.

The media now have their marching orders. That’s the new “truth” that needs to be disseminated throughout the land. Obama didn’t want to “end the war” and bring the boys home. He was forced into it against his will.

Allen West: ISIS is beheading children, and Obama drops two bombs

Everyone is talking about an F/A-18 aircraft striking an ISIS artillery piece — hardly a strategic objective. This does back up what Obama so narrowly defined last night as his intent – address the threat to Americans in Irbil and Baghdad. I am pleased that we took the action to provide humanitarian relief.

The president was very careful in his words, and they were mostly political – not practical. But Obama was more adamant in declaring what he is not going to do — meaning the enemy has been provided a gap to exploit.

However, why was Barack Hussein Obama in such a rush to provide U.S. military resources in Libya supporting Islamist forces? We were told it was a humanitarian crisis, but it seems now hardly so. And please, don’t tell me it was just NATO — America is NATO. And now Americans know Libya as the place where an ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack, our embassy has been evacuated, and as we reported here, the same Islamists we supported have established a caliphate in eastern Libya.

Last night, President Obama had the chance to define a clear and present evil in our time. ISIS represents the Nazis of this century. There is no clearer portrayal of 7th century barbarism than this movement which we have allowed to gain strength, momentum and victory. Its blitz across Syria and Iraq can easily be compared to that of the 20th century blitzkrieg of Hitler. And the savagery being inflicted is beyond belief — consider the marking of Christian homes — history does repeat itself.

Steyn Online: You Want Nazis?

There have been Christians in Mosul for just shy of two millennia, since the first century. There are none today.

The Yazidi are practitioners of Kurdistan’s oldest religion, fire-worshippers whose presence in the region predates Islam. They’re either being executed or starved to death on a mountain:

We are being slaughtered. Our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth.

ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They’re only in the business of “final solutions”, and they start on Day One and don’t quit until the last Christian and Yazidi is dead or fled. As I’ve often remarked about today’s exhaustively cleansed Maghreb, Levant and Araby, Islam is king on a field of corpses. But pikers like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Baathists, the House of Saud take their time. ISIS are shooting for the Guinness Book of Records.

Jon Gabriel, Ricochet: Obama’s War:

The Obama Doctrine is to ignore problems until they metastasize into vast international crises, then react with an ineffective spasm of concern. In this, the President has been consistent, be it Libya, Egypt, Boko Haram or Ukraine. The truly serious situations get a Twitter hashtag.

The Daily Mail: Lined up and executed, their severed heads put on display as a warning to others: Horrific new photographs of ISIS atrocities

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Sunni tribesmen marched into desert, made to kneel and shot in the head
  • Tribe made deal with ISIS to be left alone but agreement collapsed
  • Shocking close-up photos of splattered brains and severed heads released
  • ‘Punishment for those who fight Allah and his Messenger is to crucify or cut off hands and feet’

The Daily Mail: Dramatic first strike on Islamic State by American forces revealed as aid airdrops finally reach besieged Yazidis on mountainside

  • Videos show three separate military strikes by the U.S. – the first since it withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011
  • Troops dropped 500lb bombs on Islamic State vehicles to stop ‘campaign of terror’ with ‘hallmarks of genocide’ 
  • Obama says more strikes are likely around the Sinjar Mountains where thousands of refugees are besieged 
  • 28,000 meals parachuted to members of religious minority today cornered by militants for Islamic State  
  • Britain joins campaign as government pledges another £8m in aid and two supply planes leave RAF Brize Norton 
  • Military action by U.S. prompted violent response by militants amid fears UK could be drawn into another conflict
  • Cobra emergency committee met at 3pm today convened by the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
  • British Special Forces are in the region, some of whom speak Arabic – but MOD insists operation is humanitarian

MARK LEVIN: There’s Genocide Going On And Obama Vacations At The ‘Whitest Place On Earth':

Bill Whittle: Radical Islam vs Radical Christianity:

PJTV: What would it take to get a Senate ‘guilty’ vote on Obama Impeachment?

PJTV Trifecta: Outrageous! Democrats Using Fake Impeachment for Fundraising:

Via the DCCC: SIGN YOUR NAME: DEMAND JOHN BOEHNER CLOSE THE DOOR ON IMPEACHMENT:

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Krauthammer: “The President Is The Problem – He’s Strategically Clueless” (Video)

Charles Krauthammer told Hugh Hewitt in an interview, today, that “we have a president who is strategically clueless,” and who has “deliberately or by accident, or by incompetence, weakened the United States” bringing the country to a very weak position in the world.

Earlier in the day, CNN’s Jake Tapper had asked Obama’s deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken why the White House waited so long to do anything about ISIS.  Blinken’s answer was an insult to anyone who can remember as far back as eight months ago.

Transcript via Twitchy: 

Tapper: Tony, a lot of people have been warning about ISIS for months and months with no action — no serious action — by the White House. Was the intelligence not there? Why is it only now that you’re acting?

Blinken: Actually, we’ve been warning about this for a long time, ourselves, well beyond that. When, initially, in 2012, we said to the Iraqis, AQI — which is ISIS’ predecessor — may be on its heels, but the only way to keep them there is to go after them constantly, and we propose to engage with them to help them do that. The politics in Iraq wouldn’t allow that. But it took a while, and finally in 2013 — a year ago — we began to increase the capacity of the Iraqis to deal with AQI and then what became ISIS. And of course, the Syrian conflict added fuel to the fire. So we’ve been focused on this for well over a year, and unfortunately, the ISIS threat overtook the efforts that the Iraqis were making to deal with it. Now, unfortunately, everyone is seized with this, but what we’re seeing increasingly is coordination among the Iraqis and the Kurds, which is unique. We haven’t seen that in a long time. And countries in the region who’ve responded to this threat, which, it’s a threat to them as well, all getting together and looking to take action.

“We said initially AQI was on their heels,” but-but-but- we had to “go after them constantly” which makes Obama’s decision to pull out entirely instead of  working out that Status of Forces agreement all the more irresponsible and inappropriate – to use a couple of the Regime’s favorite terms. But Obama was running on ending the war so –

Tapper, to his credit – didn’t buy the weak spin.

Tapper: Tony, you say you’ve been warning about it, but in January, President Obama told The New Yorker magazine’s David Remnick that ISIS — which was then still considered a part of al-Qaeda fighting in Syria — was like a JV basketball team. He said, quote, “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Just how badly did President Obama underestimate the threat of ISIS?

Blinken: No, there are two different things going on here, Jake. One is the question of the threat that ISIS poses to us here in the homeland, and unlike core al-Qaeda, right now, their focus is not on attacking the U.S. homeland or attacking our interests here in the United States or abroad. It’s focused intently on trying to create a Caliphate in Iraq and a base from which, over time, to operate. And that’s what we’re focused on. We’re focused on making sure that we can help empower the Iraqis and others to prevent them from doing just that. The president was exactly right: They did not pose a threat like al-Qaeda central to us in the homeland. We want to make sure that they don’t get to the point where they can pose that threat.

You know the Regime’s really in trouble when they pull the “core al Qaeda” malarkey.

Here’s what ISIS/ISIL/JV – whatever you want to call it – has managed to accomplish in a fairly short time via NRO’s , Jonah Goldberg

Now that same junior-varsity team controls more territory than any terrorist organization in history, has some 5,000 battle-hardened jihadists with Western passports, hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal, and is earning millions more every day by selling oil on the black market. It is slaughtering Shiites, Christians and other “infidels” with a medieval abandon that makes the alleged A-team of al-Qaeda blanch with horror. At this moment, it has cornered tens of thousands of Yazidi villagers on a mountaintop. ISIS presents them with a choice: Convert to Islam at gunpoint or die of thirst.

They have also taken control  of Iraq’s largest dam which could be used as a weapon of mass destruction against a half million Iraqis.

We are asked to believe – for no other reason than to spare Obama some embarrassment –  that this  newly empowered Islamic caliphate that is promising to plant their black flag at the White House – is no threat at all to the homeland.

 Hugh Hewitt’s  interview of Charles Krauthammer: 

HH: Now let me ask you about boots on the ground, Charles Krauthammer, because the Kurds have an enormous facility structure that we built for them. I have an associate producer who served in Kurdistan with the Marines not too long ago. We could put boots on the ground there that would effectively deter ISIS if we put even a few Marines in. But the Kurds are not, they are like, in many respects, the Israelis. They are not part of this al Qaeda world. They’ll get slaughtered if ISIS moves on them. Are we obliged morally to come to their aid if this advance on the 650 mile front continues?

CK: I don’t think it’s come to that. I don’t think it has to come to that. I don’t think it should have come to that. I mean, let me count the ways. Forget about the withdrawal in 2011, which I mean, all of us knew was going to eventuate in something like this kind of collapse. I wrote a column, it’s in my book, that’s called Who Lost Iraq. It was written December, 2011. It was clear what was going to happen. But let’s not even talk about it. Let’s just talk about the last month. What in God’s name have we been doing refusing, refusing to send in the weaponry – bullets…

HH: Yup.

CK: …to the Peshmerga, the Kurdish military, who are strong and brave and battle-hardened and loyal. They don’t throw off their uniforms and run away. But they were outmanned, outgunned by ISIS with, of course, U.S. equipment that they took from Mosul. And they’re running out of bullets. They literally, this what I read in, I think the word was used by the Times, they begged Washington to send them ammunition, and Obama refused on the grounds that it would undermine Iraqi sovereignty. I mean, what in God’s name is he thinking about?

Hewitt played the audio from Tapper’s interview with  Tony Blinken.

HH: Charles Krauthammer, the President was exactly right, unlike core al Qaeda, the focus not on attacking the U.S? Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said I’ll see you in New York. I don’t know how he can escape the consequences of being this badly off of his assessment of ISIS?

CK: I think today or yesterday, that same barbarian said that we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House. First of all, they don’t have to organize planes and pilots. They are now headquarters, world headquarters, training headquarters, for hundreds of Westerners who will flow in and out, go back to their countries, including the United States, and they’re going to blow themselves up in some terrible place and kill a lot of people. So the idea that for terrorism you have to plan a full aircraft attack is, you know, as usual with this White House, not even near to a correct analysis. So A) they can seed us with terrorists anytime they want in vast numbers, or they are developing that as we speak. This is the worst training area, in other words, the most threatening, a lot worse than Afghanistan. It’s right in the heart of the Middle East, and it’s got tons of Westerners. So that’s number one. It is a current threat, even as it is right now as a training area. And second, this idea that somehow all they’re doing is taking over the bloody Middle East, and that’s not a real threat to us, is insane. It’s got the world’s oil, It would threaten and intimidate all our allies in the region. And it will become the base even from where they are now if they don’t expand for, I mean, a terribly strong military machine with unlimited funds in the heart of the Middle East, geographically located near everything. And that’s a huge threat to the Western economy, to Western Europe…

HH: Sure it is.

CK: …and all of the Middle East to the United States. What are these guys thinking?

HH: I don’t know. I’ve got one minute left. I’m going to talk to a leftist after the break, Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. I’ll ask her. But my question to you. There are a half dozen guys who could change public opinion in America. Four of them are named Petraeus, Mattis, John Allen, and Stanley McChrystal. Literally, 45 seconds, do you expect any of them to stand up and say what needs to be done right now, which is to stop ISIS?

CK: No. I think there’s a sense that the military does not involve itself in politics, even though these guys are officially out of the military. I think there is that kind of respect for the political system, which in some ways is a glory of the U.S. But right now, we could use it. No, I think the problem is that the President is the problem. It’s not advice, not public opinion. It is that we have a president who is strategically clueless, and who has deliberately or by accident, or by incompetence, weakened the United States. I don’t know. You pick which of those is true. And we are in a very weak position.

HH: We are indeed. 40 years after Nixon resigned, we’re back to a low point in American power projection around the world. Charles Krauthammer, we’ll be watching you on Special Report tonight. Thank you.

It’s impossible to be this incompetent, frankly. This is obviously deliberate. The only puzzle is how he still can still have so many enablers.

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Krauthammer: America’s Decline Is A Choice (Video)

America is in decline -but not as a result of  events, Charles Krauthammer explained on the O’Reilly Factor, Thursday night. “What we have with Obama is a president choosing decline.”

“We are in a position to dominate again, he continued, “but we have a president who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, American greatness and he has chosen for American to retreat from the Middle East, to not lift a finger in the Ukraine – basically to make us one nation among others and that is a choice. It can be reversed, but that’s the challenge America faces.”

Without mentioning any names, O’Reilly brought up certain conservative radio personalities who were saying what Krauthammer said right from the beginning.

“They said, ‘this guy…he wants America to decline in power, he is not going to promote our best interests. This was on right-wing talk radio, and many people – including me – were skeptical of that approach. (We know, Bill.)

Of course, O’Reilly is referring to people like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, who famously declared, “I hope he fails.”

Krauthammer said, “this is a man who believes America ought to retreat as a matter of ideology and in part because he wants to see all of our efforts on domestic affairs to become the Social Democracy like Europe.”

“It is very clear that he believes that America in some way perhaps doesn’t have a moral right to be the leader of the world. And I think that he feels that the sins we have created in the past the injuries we’ve inflicted on others – the Iraqis I think he would list, among others –  does not entitle us to a hegemonic position dominant position we had after the cold war,” Krauthammer concluded.

Here’s Rush’s “I hope he fails” monologue from January 16, 2009 while the the mortifying cult of Obama was in full swing. You may remember the intense indignation, anger and hysteria this incited on the left culminating in another effort on the part of Democrats to “hush Rush.”

RUSH: I got a request here from a major American print publication. “Dear Rush: For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency. We would love to include you. If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency, we need it by Monday night, that would be ideal.”

Now, we’re caught in this trap again. The premise is, what is your “hope.” My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.” Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated? Why do we have to play the game by their rules? Why do we have to accept the premise here that because of the historical nature of his presidency, that we want him to succeed? This is affirmative action, if we do that. We want to promote failure, we want to promote incompetence, we want to stand by and not object to what he’s doing simply because of the color of his skin? Sorry. I got past the historical nature of this months ago. He is the president of the United States, he’s my president, he’s a human being, and his ideas and policies are what count for me, not his skin color, not his past, not whatever ties he doesn’t have to being down with the struggle, all of that’s irrelevant to me. We’re talking about my country, the United States of America, my nieces, my nephews, your kids, your grandkids. Why in the world do we want to saddle them with more liberalism and socialism? Why would I want to do that? So I can answer it, four words, “I hope he fails.” And that would be the most outrageous thing anybody in this climate could say. Shows you just how far gone we are. Well, I know, I know. I am the last man standing.

I’m happy to be the last man standing. I’m honored to be the last man standing. Yeah, I’m the true maverick. I can do more than four words. I could say I hope he fails and I could do a brief explanation of why. You know, I want to win. If my party doesn’t, I do. If my party has sacrificed the whole concept of victory, sorry, I’m now the Republican in name only, and they are the sellouts. I’m serious about this. Why in the world, it’s what Ann Coulter was talking about, the tyranny of the majority, all these victims here, we gotta make sure the victims are finally assuaged. Well, the dirty little secret is this isn’t going to assuage anybody’s victim status, and the race industry isn’t going to go away, and the fact that America’s original sin of slavery is going to be absolved, it’s not going to happen. Just isn’t, folks. It’s too big a business for the left to keep all those things alive that divide the people of this country into groups that are against each other. Yes, I’m fired up about this.

 

 

Video: Krauthammer and Greta Van Susteren Discuss Federal Judge’s IRS Ruling

Counsel for the IRS appeared before a federal judge, Thursday morning, to explain why they failed to tell him thousands of IRS emails were lost, and why they filed a demonstrably false status report.

Today’s civil case was brought by Judicial Watch, the government watchdogs who been pursuing information about IRS targeting of conservative groups since last year.

The notoriously tough Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the IRS one month to explain under oath how it lost so many emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the controversy.

The AP report via Townhall:

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan issued the order Thursday as part of a freedom of information lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.

Greta Van Susteren had Charles Krauthammer on to talk about the latest developments. The two agreed that if not for the FOIA and tough, no-nonsense  judges, the IRS would still be successfully stonewalling.

Dr. K said, “you see this pattern of deception and concealment on the part of Lois Lerner and  the IRS consistently.”

He added later, “they’re playing a game – unless you ask us the absolute right question, we’re not going to answer you.”

Greta naively declared, “I think that president Obama should order Eric Holder – the Attorney General –  to appoint a Special Prosecutor, and if he won’t – he should get rid of him.”

I can’t imagine she really thinks Obama would get rid of the  firewall of protection Eric Holder provides him. The most corrupt Attorney General in American history will step down only when an equally corrupt collectivist is secured to take his place..

“The absurdity of all of this, is that all of this is being discovered through the Freedom of Information Act,” Krathammer continued. “This was never intended to uncover this kind of scandal – it was so that people would be transparent. But because the administration and the IRS have literally shown contempt for Congress —- the only way we’ve been discovering all these things is through the FOIA, and this tough judge on the Circuit court who is no nonsense.”

“But that’s nothing,” Greta chimed in. “If you think Judge Emmet Sullivan is making their heads spin over at the IRS, there’s another IRS hearing before Judge Reggie Walton who I’ve known for twenty years.”

“I’m tellin’ ya,” Greta continued, “get ready because Judge Reggie Walton is also not afraid and he’s tough.”

Excellent news.

MORE:

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy commented  on the latest revelations in the IRS scandal and the judge’s ruling on The Kelly File.

He thinks –  like I do – that a Special Counsel is no panacea here, because the Regime gets to pick who that person would be – and it would assuredly be someone who is “controllable.”   That investigation would go dark because suddenly no one would be able to talk on advice of their lawyers, and the whole story would disappear from the news as a whitewash ensues. McCarthy  said he’s surprised they haven’t jumped at the chance of appointing one.

Maybe they haven’t found someone crooked enough? Nah – in Washington DC, there’s no shortage of corrupt lefties on the take.

Krauthammer: Obama Has No Policy for Immigration Crisis (Video)

On Special Report, tonight, Charles Krauthammer called the humanitarian crisis on the border a microcosm of the Obama administration.

Instead an actual policy, he said,  “all the argument, all the debate, all the back and forth is about the optics, the politics – the presentation.”

Dr. K said  the $4 billion Obama wants to spend on the crisis “is simply a way to absorb all these people…and not do anything to stop the influx.”

SEE ALSO: 

The Washington Times: Appeals court rules immigrant ‘dreamers’ can get driver’s licenses

 

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