Saturday Movie Matinee: America’s Finest Under Fire

Kelly File: Media Too Focused On Cop Wrongdoing? – America’s Finest Under Fire:

Kelly File: Cleveland Police Union: Justice Dept Reform Will “Get Police Officers Killed”:

Stuart Varney: Thanks Obama: A String Of Policy Failures – Socialism:

PJTV, Trifecta: First 100 Days: Can The Next President Really Cut the Size of Government?

Newsmax TV: Malzberg | Jillian Kay Melchior discusses Senator Elizabeth Warren’s House Flipping History:

Krauthammer: Obama ‘squandered the win’ in Iraq:

Stuart Varney: What Are The Rules Of Engagement When Fighting ISIS? – Lt Col Ralph Peters:

PJTV, Zo Schools His Haters. You Won’t Believe the Slurs These Liberals Use!

Colin Flaherty: From Philly: Black on white crime: Victims? or Volunteers?

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.

“So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not just in the books but enforced, and enforced with determination. There is no space and no room for democratic consultation. The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to discuss it anymore? Just implement it! – ISIS Leader Abu Bakar Bashir

“We’re definitely not losing in Iraq” – Barack Obama

“In a very short time the Islamic State has become the most compelling and attractive organisation for Muslim fighters around the world, more so than al-Qaeda ever was” – Sunny Hundal, Al Jazeera

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This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’s Ramadi Falls To ISIS In A Major Victory – And Why It’s Important is pretty much about what the title implies it is…an analysis of how and why ISIS won a huge victory in Ramadi, Iraq and what it means. Here’s a slice:

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On Sunday, Islamic State forces captured Ramadi, routing the Iraqi army, many of whom literally fled from the scene, those that could. Over 500 Iraqi soldiers died in the assault, and the debacle came so quickly that substantial pockets of Iraqi troops were trapped there after taking heavy casualties. They aren’t expected to hold out very long and I’ve already received reports that some of them have already been captured and executed by ISIS.

Hundreds of civilians fled along with the Iraqi troops.

ISIS is using some fairly innovative tactics against fixed defensive points like Ramadi. First they seek to control the ingress and egress via outlying areas, to prevent or delay reinforcement and resupply. The next step in Ramadi was to break the defensive line using car and truck bombs, after which ISIS fighters stormed into the breach.

Many Americans may recall hearing the name Ramadi before, and some might recall that quite a few American lives were spent in securing it. Here’s why Ramadi matters.

Look at the map above. Ramadi controls all of the traffic on the Euphrates River. It is only 68 miles (110 Kilometers) from Baghdad and opens the road to that city from the west, just as Fallujah, which ISIS also holds does from the east paving the way for a two-pronged assault. Also, ISIS captured the town of Jubbah in this new offensive, next door to Iraq’s biggest air base at Al-Ansar. That’s where US soldiers, AKA advisers are trying to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS, which so far hasn’t been particularly successful.

ISIS has also surrounded the oil-producing town of Baiji near Ramadi, where a small Iraqi army force of a few hundred soldiers is trying to hold out. It’s probably only a matter of tie until they’re forced to surrender or are wiped out.

Our Secretary of State John Kerry announced from a news conference in Seoul, South Korea that as far as he was concerned Ramadi was ” a target of opportunity” for ISIS rather than a carefully planed strategic offensive.

“I am convinced that as the forces are redeployed and as the days flow in the weeks ahead that’s going to change, as overall (they) have been driven back … I am absolutely confident in the days ahead that will be reversed.”

Let’s examine that.

Exactly what forces is Secretary Kerry talking about? True, the Iraqi government announced that “major military reinforcements” were being deployed to halt the advance of ISIS. The problem is that between Ramadi, the recent ‘victory’ in Tikrit (about which more later) and an attempted counterattack on Fallujah that went horribly wrong, the Iraqi army has very little strength to ‘deploy’ between ISIS and Baghdad right now. They’re a badly defeated army that is incapable of an offensive against Islamic State right now. The only thing keeping ISIS away from Baghdad is a series of 19 U.S, airstrikes near Ramadi over the past 48 hours.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knishwith De-Islamization Is The Only Way To Fight ISIS submitted by Joshuapundit

Here are this week’s full results. only the Right Planet was unable to vote this week,but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty :

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Frustrated Pilots Speak Out Against Obama’s Fubar Air War in Iraq

Members of the US Air Force are grumbling because their Commander in Chief’s “no-boots-on-the-ground” pledge is keeping them from fighting an effective air campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

Within the U.S. Air Force, there’s mounting frustration that the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is moving far more slowly than expected. Instead of a fast-moving operation with hundreds of sorties flown in a single day—the kind favored by many in the air service—American warplanes are hitting small numbers of targets after a painstaking and cumbersome process.

The single biggest problem, current and former Air Force officers say, is the so-called kill-chain of properly identifying and making sure the right target is being attacked. At the moment, that process is very complicated and painfully slow. “The kill-chain is very convoluted,” one combat-experienced Air Force A-10 Warthog pilot told The Daily Beast. “Nobody really has the control in the tactical environment.”

That story was posted at the Daily Beast back in October of 2014 – and the situation hasn’t improved one iota in 7 & 1/2 months. Can you imagine the frustration of these pilots?
Here’s Fox News 5/28/2015:

U.S. military pilots carrying out the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are voicing growing discontent over what they say are heavy-handed rules of engagement hindering them from striking targets. They blame a bureaucracy that does not allow for quick decision-making. One Navy F-18 pilot who has flown missions against ISIS voiced his frustration to Fox News, saying: “There were times I had groups of ISIS fighters in my sights, but couldn’t get clearance to engage.” He added, “They probably killed innocent people and spread evil because of my inability to kill them. It was frustrating.”

This crap has been going on for nearly a year, and they’ve been forced to watch Daesh slaughter their way through Iraq from the sidelines – only allowed to bomb one or two jihadis at a time.

Sources close to the air war against ISIS told Fox News that strike missions take, on average, just under an hour, from a pilot requesting permission to strike an ISIS target to a weapon leaving the wing. A spokesman for the U.S. Air Force’s Central Command pushed back: “We refute the idea that close air support strikes take ‘an hour on average’. Depending on the how complex the target environment is, a strike could take place in less than 10 minutes or it could take much longer. “As our leaders have said, this is a long-term fight, and we will not alienate civilians, the Iraqi government or our coalition partners by striking targets indiscriminately.”

 A former U.S. Air Force general who led air campaigns over Iraq and Afghanistan also said today’s pilots are being “micromanaged,” and the process for ordering strikes is slow — squandering valuable minutes and making it possible for the enemy to escape.

“You’re talking about hours in some cases, which by that time the particular tactical target left the area and or the aircraft has run out of fuel. These are excessive procedures that are handing our adversary an advantage,” said retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a former director of the Combined Air Operations Center in Afghanistan in 2001.

Deptula placed the blame squarely on the community organizer in the White House.

“The ultimate guidance rests in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said. “We have been applying air power like a rain shower or a drizzle — for it to be effective, it needs to be applied like a thunderstorm.”

Of course this is his doing. He wants to be the anti-Bush – and Bush was hammered by the left for the (highly inflated) civilian casualties during the Iraq War.

“But wait,” you say – there are many more civilian casualties as a result of us doing nothing. ISIS is slaughtering, torturing, enslaving hundreds of people at a time – in the most heinous and gruesome ways!

But of course Obama doesn’t care about any of that. He just doesn’t want to get blamed for it.. And he knows, that by taking this dovish, hesitant, womanly stance, he keeps his anti-war base happy. And that’s really all that matters.

They will continue to gain ground, strength and power because President Fubar refuses to deal with them. But it’s okay – this cluster-F won’t reach critical mass until he’s left office (he’s hoping.)

 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently complained that 75 percent of pilots are returning without dropping any ordnance, due to delays in decision-making up the chain of command. A senior defense official at the Pentagon pushed back on the comparisons between the air war against ISIS and past air campaigns. “The Gulf War and Kosovo are not reasonable comparisons. In those instances, we were fighting conventional forces. Today, we are supporting a fight against terrorists who blend into the civilian population,” he said. “Our threshold for civilian casualties and collateral damage is low. We don’t want to own this fight. We have reliable partners on the ground.”

Riiiight – here they are “blending in” near Rutbah a couple of weeks ago after the fall of Ramadi:

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The Community Organized Collapse of Race Relations in America

Thanks to Obama’s anti-police policies and race-baiting rhetoric, black criminals feel emboldened and are flexing their muscles. Cops are under attack and horrendous violence is breaking out all over.

As Investors Business Daily put it, we are witnessing an “Obama crime wave.”

Law enforcement expects to see an escalation in criminal activity over the summer. Already we’ve seen a disturbing trend in May, including:

• The deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years, with almost 30 shootings and nine deaths just over the holiday weekend. That makes well over 100 murders this year, compared with 71 at this time last year, the fastest the city has reached 100 homicides since 2007.

• Any time Baltimore officers respond to calls on the city’s west side, scene of the Freddie Gray riots, as many as 50 people threaten them, Police Chief Anthony Batts says. “We have to send out multiple units just to do basic police work,” he said. “It makes it very difficult to follow up on violence that takes place there.”

Sheriff Mike Lewis from Wicomico County, Maryland was on Hannity to give his perspective on what is happening in his state – particularly in Baltimore. He didn’t hold back.

“In the Baltimore City Police Department, the officers particularly on the street have been eviscerated, they’ve been disemboweled – their guts removed – to have the courage to go out there and do this job. They’re very fearful if they go out there and be proactive – which we all should be doing in law enforcement, today. We can’t afford to be re-active – especially in urban areas.

Those officers are no longer being proactive and as you see, the violence has surged. We’ve had 36 homicides in the last 27 days alone in Baltimore City. This is absolutely unacceptable, and I hope this is a shot fired across the bow of Mayors and urban leaders across this country. Once you disembowel your law enforcement officers, you can no longer expect them to go out and protect you and protect your communities. This is very troubling – the worst I’ve ever seen in 31 years of law enforcement.”

Lewis pointed out that Obama was “very quick to weigh in on Trayvon Martin” and the other black shooting “victims” but he has had nothing to say about the rampant violence that plagues black communities all across the country.

“He’s not used any of his presidential influence or power to stop the violence that’s occurring in Baltimore City, in Chicago…” etc..the Sheriff noted.

He’s absolutely correct. In fact, it’s been the opposite – Obama’s used his presidential influence to deepen divides and rub raw resentments (a la Alinsky.)

Hannity took the opportunity to play the same infuriating clip he aired last night of Obama making one disgusting, race-baiting quip after another from the past six years.

“WOW…. Sean, he’s impacted it tremendously”, Lewis said in reaction. “The racial disparities have grown exponentially under the Obama administration, under Eric Holder’s leadership – we have seen this grow rapidly over the last several years. Race relations were the best I’d ever seen eight or ten years ago. They have eroded tremendously under Obama and Eric Holder – it’s the worst I’d ever seen.”

Hannity had a panel on next to discuss the crime wave, but I want to focus on Sheriff Lewis’s comments because I think he hit on something maybe a lot of people are feeling.

I’ve been wondering for awhile if I was just badly mistaken about race relations pre – Obama because like the Sheriff, I thought it seemed pretty okay 8 to 10 years ago. It wasn’t until I saw Obama’s radical black church in Chicago, (March 2008) that my eyes were opened to the idea that something very ugly and disturbing was going on in [some] black urban communities throughout the land. It hit me that perhaps this country hadn’t progressed as far as I had hoped these past few decades. It seemed that long expired racial grievances were still festering in many communities.

I concluded that I had been naive – that there indeed was a lot of simmering rage underneath the surface, (fed by decades of destructive liberal policies) just waiting to be brought out.

And this of course, is where the Community Organizer comes in. Obama’s been an expert in bringing it all out. Why? Is he trying to spark some kind of revolution of the underclass?  I don’t know. I’ll leave it to others to figure out why he’s doing it. All I know is he’s doing it.

Pre – Obama, it looked to me like America had broken down racial barriers and almost achieved that ideal of a “post racial society.” Apparently, the sheriff – who is in a pretty decent position to know – was feeling the same way.

Ironically, Obama was sold in 2008 as a “post racial president.” Remember that? But au contraire – this National Disgrace of a president has made sure through his rhetoric and his actions – that those racial barriers were built right back up, and any barriers that were still standing, he made stronger. And always, always – he rubbed raw the resentments of the people. It will take decades to undo the damage he’s done on this one issue alone.

Of the parade of horribles this president will leave behind when he finally, thankfully, mercifully leaves office in January of 2017 – his most shameful legacy will be his destruction of race relations in this country. Because more than anything else – it’s the one thing on which our first black president could have had the most positive impact.

Video: Latest Emails Show Clinton Talking About Arming Libyan opposition leaders

The hits keep on coming for Hillary Clinton and her amazing, technicolor emails.  The latest batch released by the State has Hillary discussing the idea of sending “private security experts” to Libya to arm opposition leaders.

Moreover, in heavily redacted testimony on November 15, 2012,  CIA Director Mike Morell and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that the US intelligence community was aware that weapons were moving from Libya to Syria.

Hillary Clinton, of course feigned shock and surprise during a Senate hearing in January of 2013, when queried by Rand Paul about the transfer of weapons out of Libya to Syria.

Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on the contents of the emails Wednesday morning.

An April 2011 message from longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Clinton contains a private intelligence assessment on Libya.

Clinton then forwarded the assessment to her deputy chief of staff with the message, “FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”

That line was redacted by the State Department, Herridge said. But when the New York Times previously released that email on May 18, it was not blacked out.

Another heavily-redacted email appears to show that then-House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) wanted to discuss the “weapons issue” with Clinton.

Mike Rogers has since retired from Congress to pursue a career in talk radio. *cough*

“An operation by private contractors to arm the Libyan opposition in 2011, before it was fully recognized by the international community, was not permissible. And on its face, critics say, further supports their allegations that there was some kind of off-the-books operation if not by the U.S., then by our allies,” Herridge reported.

Via Gateway Pundit: 

Keep in mind – these are the emails she hasn’t already deleted. So – they are the least damning ones.

Flashback to January 2013 when Rand Paul told Hillary that if he were POTUS while Benghazi happened, he would have relieved her of her post.

“I think it’s inexcusable that you did not know about this and you did not read these cables,” Paul said. “Libya has to have been one of the hottest of hot spots in the world. Not to know about the request for securities – really – I think cost these people their lives.  Their lives could have been saved had somebody just been more available.”

And then he questioned her about the arms shipments from Libya, through Turkey to Syria (to arm what would become ISIS) and she acted all LOL, WTF?

“To Turkey? I’ll have to take that question for the record. That’s — nobody’s ever raised that with me!”

Yeah, right.

I guess everyone in the Obama administration knew about the weapons program but Hillary.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Strange Days Edition

Strange days, indeed..prescient, or just a reverberation?

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Wolf Howling, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

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Baltimore Cop: Spike in Crime Due To Less Policing “Definitely a Result of the Indictment of the 6 Officers (Video)

Sean Hannity had a current Baltimore city police officer on his show, Tuesday evening to talk about the explosive crime wave in his city.

As is now become necessary in the Obama era – the whistle-blowing law enforcement officer had his face hidden, and voice disguised to protect himself from retaliation. In our new upside-down world, those who risk their lives every day to serve and protect us – must be hidden in shame.

The incognito cop explained why the city was seeing a spike in its crime rate: “After the protests it seemed like the citizens would appreciate a lack of a police presence, and that’s exactly what they’re getting. No proactive policing, right now.”

Hannity asked the officer if police in Baltimore are “afraid to do their job.”

“When you go out on the street, you trust that your command staff and those you work with will support you. The point is – the tip of the spear needs the most assurance that your department, your citizens, mayor and city council will have your back.”

The implication being, these cops feel like they’ve been left out to dry.

Hannity asked pointedly if the lack of policing was “a direct result of the indictment of the six police officers.”

“It’s definitely a result of the indictment of the six officers,” the  cop said. “When you have officers out there proactively targeting – trying to get violent criminals off the street, trying to reduce drug activity, trying to get violent offenders off the street, and those who are doing their jobs get indicted for murder, you can’t help but have repercussions…”

He explained that cops are now “apprehensive [about] putting their hands on people, they’re not stopping cars, they’re not looking for drug-dealers. They’re not doing the proactive work that reduced crime in Baltimore for the last 15 years.”

Hannity played a montage of soundbites from the president ripping police officers, and asked for his guest’s thoughts.

“Well, the president can’t speak from the perspective of a police officer because he never walked the beat, he never apprehended armed criminals, he never had to kick a door down to rescue someone from domestic violence situation, so when he doesn’t come across as being even remotely caring for those doing the hard work on the street, it really is disheartening.”

Asked if he thinks the crime wave will get worse as the summer progresses, the cop said, “it definitely going to get worse. It’s the beginning of summer. Summertime is usually the most violent time in the city, I would reckon to say that this is going to be a fairly routine occurrence – double digit shootings, high homicide rates of the course of the next three months.”

Hannity for some reason felt the need to have on a couple of excruciatingly dense and annoying black activists to talk about the “structural white supremacy” that was somehow causing the crime wave.

No, dude on the left, speaking super-fast and regurgitating academic black studies jargon, is not a substitute for intelligence and clarity.

It does induce involuntary eye-rolling and possibly even the launching of projectiles at the TV, I’m guessing.

The look on Sheriff David Clarke’s face following that interview makes the video worth watching to the end.

“Welcome to President Obama’s 21st Century transformation of the institution of policing – and it’s been a disaster,” Clarke dead-panned. “Unnecessary black carnage is what we saw, this weekend, and that officer – one of Baltimore’s finest hit the nail right on the head.”

He continued to say that the officer represented a “growing number of officers across the country that are tired of having all the maladies and pathologies of the American ghetto — piled on them…”

SEE ALSO:

Gateway Pundit:3rd White Police Officer Shot Dead, This Week:

• A Rio Rancho police officer was shot and killed late Monday night.
Police identified the officer Tuesday as Gregg Benner.

• Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot dead Wednesday by Marcus D. Wheeler, a 26 year-old black male, in Omaha.

• On Sunday Officer James Bennett, Jr. was shot and killed in New Orleans.
Colin Flaherty explains why this is happening:

And here’s a bonus video of a cop nearly getting killed by a group of black thugs, but his K-9 saves day!