After 6+ Years, W Finally Unloads on Obama

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It’s interesting that he would come out now to criticize Obama. One wonders what finally set him off, or if this is political posturing for his brother.

Via Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:

 In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

After reportedly expressing his distaste for re-entering the political fray, Bush started blasting Obama on Iran:

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush went on to call the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda’s “second act” and chided Obama for not coming up with an effective strategy to deal with them.

He also hit Obama’s sore spot – his complete lack of credibility at home and abroad.

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Read the whole thing at Bloomberg. Josh Rogin doesn’t resist the temptation to throw in a little gratuitous dig at President Bush at the end, but other than that, it is a good piece.

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Via Instapundit; 

ON TWITTER, A BUNCH OF LEFTIES ARE BLAMING BUSH FOR DESTABILIZING THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH PROBABLY MEANS BATTLESPACE PREP FOR STILL MORE TERRIBLE NEWS.

It also means they read Josh Rogin’s article and are howling in fury. Hahahahahaha. Good.

But, but, but Bushhh….(essentially Rogin’s closing, weak dig.)

So remember, as late as 2010, the Obama Administration was bragging about how stable and successful Iraq was. And, of course, when Bush left office Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt were all stable. But they’ll blame Bush as long as they can get away with it, because it’s better than admitting that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

But, you know, the problem for them is that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro: Hillary Clinton Is The Worst Choice For President (Video)

On Saturday evening’s  “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Jeanine Pirro declared in her opening statement that Hillary Clinton is  “the worst possible choice” for president. And her first guest, Donald Trump stated that he believes he’s the only Republican who can beat her.

Pirro admitted that Clinton would be, “without a doubt, hands down, the absolute best CEO of a public company. Ruthless, profit-driven, and all about the money. But if you’re looking for a different kind of CEO, one to run the greatest nation on earth, and bring back America, now teetering on the brink of socialism, to be President of the United States, Hillary Clinton is the worst possible choice…this woman only cares about herself, money, her next step up the political ladder, and if president, will only care about her legacy.”

In conclusion, she stated, “when I hear things like ‘oh, everybody does it,’ my back goes up. I am tired of people defining political deviancy down because it’s being committed by a member of their party. And my back goes up when I hear that Russia, because of the Clintons, now controls a great deal of America’s uranium. There is a name for people who are willing to sell out their country for cash.”

Her first guest was Donald Trump, who boasted that he is the one candidate who could beat Clinton.

He did say something that is indisputably true…

“Over the years, they’ve gotten away a lot  things  that are just inconceivable,” Trump complained.

And he expressed his disappointment with Republicans.

“The Republicans are all talk no action,” he declared. “Whether it’s Benghazi, the IRS, the emails – there’s this HUGE feeling of indignation for about two days — and then they forget about it…”

That’s why he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Hillary. “I know the other people – they’re soft,” he said.

 

Your Sunday Hymn: Shepherd Me Oh God

For the 4th Sunday of Easter, another Marty Haugen hymn, Shepherd Me Oh God – to accompany today’s Gospel

JN 10:11-18

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”

Saturday Movie Matinee: Frat Boys Dis Disabled Vets

The Kelly File: Fraternity Brothers Accused Of Disrespecting Veterans:

SEE ALSO:

PJ Tatler: Frat Boys in Florida Expelled After Spitting on Disabled Vets, Urinating on American Flag (Video) Via Fox News:

“They were being treated like the Vietnam veterans were treated,” said Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat. The local charity provides an annual all-expense-paid vacation for more than a 100 combat-wounded warriors and their spouses or caregivers. All of the expenses are covered by Panama City Beach residents and businesses.

Cope tells me the fraternity members were staying in the same resort – and caused a night of mayhem. The college kids made derogatory comments about the warriors’ wives, threw items off balconies and desecrated an American flag.

She also said one of the warriors and his service dog were spit on. Television station WJHG identified that man as Nicholas Connole. “They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that’s just so disrespectful and it hurts,” he told the television station. There were local reports of frat boys throwing beer on veterans and ripping an American flag out of the ground.

Fox News: Obama Admin Racing To Move GITMO Detainees As Potential Showdown W Congress Nears-Rpt Bulls & Bears:

PJ Media Trifecta: Libyan Crisis: CHRISTIAN Refugees are Being Murdered by ISLAMIC Refugees!

Fox News: Christians Under Attack, President Obama Silent: Rev. Franklin Graham weighs in:

Gavin McInnes: Politically correct liberalism is really snobbery, class warfare:

American Future Project: Bobby Jindal: Our religious beliefs are between us and God, not us and Hillary Clinton.

Former Lesbian: Ministries That Help People Leave Homosexuality Could Soon Become Illegal:

Catholic News Agency: Pope: Christians must protect marriage:

In his general audience April 22, Pope Francis challenged Christians to protect the sacrament of marriage.

Supporters of traditional marriage rally in Washington:

LA Streets Close For Massive March Honoring 1.5M Armenians Killed 100 Years Ago:

LA Times: Armenian genocide: Massive march ends at Turkish consulate in L.A.

Waving flags and signs and wearing purple, tens of thousands of people marched in Los Angeles on Friday, voicing their common and persistent call for the Turkish government to recognize the deaths of more than 1 million Armenians as genocide.

The events marking the centennial of the slayings under the Ottoman Empire included a six-mile march to the Turkish Consulate, speeches and rallies, and provided an affirming but bittersweet experience for those who took part.

“Every single person you see here is connected to the massacre,” said Pasadena resident Sophie Jihanian, 48. “We feel that for 100 years we have hung on, and we have had a small voice, and now that voice is growing.”

Oh Hillary!

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I keep saying that I won’t blog about Hillary because I’d rather spend time on consequential matters – and since she’s not going to be the Democrat nominee, why waste my time? But the HRC meltdown continues in epic fashion – or as Fox News’ Jason Riley says, “she’s stumbles quite regularly.”

Let’s face it – there is some entertainment value to all this.

So – on Special Report, tonight Kirsten Powers expressed her opinion that since Democrats really like Hillary Clinton, she’ll likely be the nominee. By “Democrats”, it wasn’t clear if she was referring to rank and file Democrats or Dems who hold public office. I assumed she meant Dems in office – because I don’t sense a groundswell of excitement about Hillary Clinton among the nation’s Democrats. I think the grassroots would really like to see a fresh face. Again, that MSNBC poll – just wow.

Krauthammer said that after she tried to redefine herself after the Clinton years,  her self-inflicted wounds defined her right back as the person everyone thought she was.

Later on, he quipped, “the Clinton team says, ‘there’s not a shred of evidence’ – well that’s because all the evidence was shredded.”

If you were following the 2008 election campaign online, you had to have noticed that Drudge wasn’t linking to the plethora of deadly stories about Obama (reported almost exclusively in conservative media.) But he linked (and still links) like crazy to anti-Hillary stories. Why is that?

This is a very interesting read by John Ziegler at Mediaite: Biggest Media Difference in Obama’s and Hillary’s Path to Presidency Is Matt Drudge:

Most conservatives would be shocked to know just how helpful Drudge was to Obama’s election in 2008. It is my very strong view (based on close observation and extensive contemporaneous communication with the late, great Andrew Breitbart, who was Drudge’s right-hand man at the time) that the news aggregator purposely took a dive on Obama during the Democratic primary and played a key role in how “The One” was able to swipe the nomination away from Clinton.

I have written about this incredibly under-discussed reality before (almost no one reported on it because crossing Drudge is considered career death on the right, and the left had no ability to either comprehend or even care about the story), and you can find several links proving my case here. I am also not the only commentator to report Breitbart’s take on this, as author John Lott begrudgingly admitted having had similar discussions with him.

For the record, I have saved numerous chat sessions with Breitbart about this subject, but they are not in a format that would meet the proper standard of “evidence.” However, I would gladly take a lie detector test on this subject and bet anyone foolish enough to question my veracity on the results of such a test.

As for why Drudge took a pass on several stories which could have torpedoed Obama’s 2008 campaign (most notably, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright fiasco), Breitbart and I differed on that. It was my opinion that his obvious animus towards the Clintons, combined with his (very accurate) view that an Obama candidacy and presidency would be great for his business, were the primary factors which led him to give the future president a giant pass.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Not a drill: Media Matters declares Code Red over ‘Clinton Cash’ allegations

AoSHQ: Hillary, the Super Moderate: To Secure Abortion Rights, We’re Just Going to Have Change “Deep-Seated,” Fundamental Religious Beliefs

AoSHQ: Seth Meyers, The Unfunny MSNBC Hack Who For Some Reason Was Accidentally Employed as a Comic on NBC, Decries the Bias of Peter Schweitzer, Defends Hillary

The Daily Caller: Romney: ‘Every Appearance’ Is That ‘Hillary Clinton Was Bribed’ [VIDEO]

 Hot Air: The NY Times editorial board’s vote of no confidence in Hillary Clinton

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The Tea Party represents stakeholders in the American system; people who were never involved in politics or thought they had to be, yet realized that political corruption and incompetence threatened not only their families, but the future of the nation itself.” – Tammy Bruce

Politics, n: [Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”]-Ambrose Bierce

“All Animals Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others” -New law posted by the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm

“If you hires you a thief, don’t holler if they steals.” -old black American saying in the Mississippi Delta

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This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’s How To Make Millions Off ‘Public Service’ -The Corrupt Clinton Cash Machine was occasioned by the furor surrounding the release of an important new book about the Clinton Foundation scandal. Here’s a slice:

My old editor at Breitbart Peter Schweizer has a new book coming out May 5 entitled “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”

My review copy will be arriving shortly, so I haven’t read it yet. But the New York Times has, and it’s good enough that even Pravda-on-the Hudson had to pay it grudging attention,admitting, “He writes mainly in the voice of a neutral journalist and meticulously documents his sources, including tax records and government documents, while leaving little doubt about his view of the Clintons.”

That’s no news to anyone who has read Peter’s other books on crony capitalism, which target pigs at the trough in both parties.

The subject of this particular book is a detailed 186 page investigation of how the U.S State Department would grant favors to foreign entities in exchange for high-dollar speaking fees and donations paid directly to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

As I pointed out previously, foundations are one of the most egregious scams to hide and shelter income and avoid taxation for the super rich:

Now, foundations are interesting creatures. As Jane Fonda shows us , if the foundation has 501(c) status (and the Clinton Foundation certainly does), they can be used as a place to park income so it isn’t taxed and can be used for various ‘expenses’..or even invested, tax free. Why else do you think that most of the super-wealthy in America like the Clintons have such foundations?

Another thing about foundations that’s interesting is that according to the IRS rules, they’re allowed to pay salaries and ‘administrative costs’ (pretty much anything you can think of) with any portion of the donor money, something that has attracted a lot of prominent politicians. Ex-president Jimmy Carter’s Peace Foundation, for example provides a very nice income for him courtesy of his anti-Israel Arab friends. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is another prime example of how ‘foundations’ , ‘libraries’ and ‘centers’ can be used as cash cows by their ‘owners’.

And here’s the kicker about Hillary’s ‘charitable donation’. Anything the wealthy ‘donor’ to such a foundation donates likewise becomes a deduction against whatever taxes they might owe the IRS. So if Hillary Rodham Clinton actually did ‘donate’ all that money to the Clinton Foundation, she got paid two ways..first by reducing her taxable income significantly to lower her taxes and second by acquiring a huge deduction to leverage against the taxes on her other income. And since her husband ‘owns’ the Clinton Foundation, the money stayed in the family.

Both The New York Times, of all people, and The New York Post had some disturbing things to say about where the huge sums of money the Clinton Foundation collects were spent…and the Clinton Foundation’s infrequent audits.

The Clinton Foundation’s mission statement ought to be a tipoff:

“We convene businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.”

Or as I would translate it, ‘We actively pursue fundraising from governments, private enterprise and our well connected friends for various nebulous causes. Yeah, we got a few good things going on, a few programs we can point to, some conferences and some meetings so we have the slideshow as a marketing tool, but essentially, our real object is fundraising and covering our substantial expenses.’

Don’t be surprised if some those ‘expenses’ end up being in kind, cash contributions to Hillary’s 2016 campaign that not only evade McCain-Feingold but allow ‘donors to get a nice tax deduction to a 501 C in the bargain. It’s a dodge, just like the huge $14 million advance Democrat donor-owned Simon & Schuster ponied up for Hillary’s failed book. Hillary will pocket the cash and Sumner Redstone and his friends will recoup it courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers after they deduct it as a loss against their other income.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was David French in the National Review with a gripping piece, Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion submitted by Nice Deb .

This is the story of Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ investigations where a rabidly Democrat prosecutor found a judge to sign off on targeting what the Left in Wisconsin saw as their political enemies and their families using methods more resembling the Gestapo or the NKVD than what we would think of as a free country. This story has to be read to be believed, and the court case that resulted is now headed to the Supreme Court.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Ask Marion was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the normal 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Wis. Retired Cop: Hyper-Partisan DA Said It Was His Responsibility To Stop Scott Walker and Republicans (Video)

On Thursday night’s Kelly File, Megyn Kelly interviewed two individuals who are connected to the infamous John Doe Raids in Wisconsin, in which private citizens were persecuted by a vindictive, hyper-partisan DA for “nothing more than exercising their right to support conservative causes.”

Head of Wisconsin Club For Growth Eric O’Keefe, told Kelly that his friends were attacked for their “virtue” and “effectiveness.”

“Because the left was tired of losing election after election after election – they correctly identified some of the most important communicators of political messages in Wisconsin, and they raided their family homes with kids at home. They knew the kids were home – they knew the schedules – they came in the dark…”

Michael Lutz, a decorated former police officer who knew District Attorney John Chisholm,  stated that Chisholm admitted to him that the investigation was entirely political.

“In a personal conversation in his office, he had stated that he believed that it was his personal responsibility to stop Governor Walker and all Republicans from continuing to support ACT 10,” Lutz said.

O’Keefe was speaking out in defiance of the “secrecy order” which he noted was unconstitutional. He declared that he has sued Johm Chisholm because “he’s not fit to serve in public office.”

When Kelly pointed out that Chisholm has denied any wrongdoing, Lutz replied, “this is why I came forward in the first place because through the conversations and through what I witnessed in the district attorney’s office, John Chisholm had become so hyper-political and hyper partisan, he had weaponized his district attorney’s office to go after and prosecute and persecute all those who had a different ideology than him.”

He added, “it’s just so unAmerican and disgusting what’s going on, here.”

Kelly covered the story for the first time on Wednsday’s Kelly File, interviewing the author of the NRO piece, David French. She said she would be staying on the story, and invited DA John Chisholm to come on her show and defend himself.

SEE ALSO:

David French, NRO: Wisconsin’s Shame: Sheriff Clarke Weighs In

Wisconsin Watchdog: U.S. Supreme Court to consider hearing John Doe-related case