The State Department Touts “Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments”

State Dept. flack John Kirby touted the “most pivotal foreign policy moments” of the year on the State Department’s “Dipnote” blog on Christmas Eve, perhaps hoping that people would be too busy celebrating Christmas to notice it.

Well it took a few days, but people are starting to notice it.

All the “pivotal moments listed” are worthy of special scorn and derision – especially the claim that the U.S. brought “peace and security to Syria.”

Syria: The conflict in Syria has continued to unfold in tragic ways over the course of 2015. From the humanitarian crisis endured by refugees fleeing violence, to the reprehensible human rights violations and violence carried out by the Asad regime, the Syrian people have borne a heavy load. The United States and many members of the international community have stepped up to aid the Syrian people during their time of need – the United States has led the world in humanitarian aid contributions since the crisis began in 2011. Led by Secretary Kerry, the United States also continues to push for a political transition in Syria, and under his stewardship, in December, the UN Security Council passed a U.S.-sponsored resolution that puts forward a roadmap that will facilitate a transition within Syria to a credible, inclusive, nonsectarian government that is responsive to the needs of the Syrian people.

Fox News’s Neil Cavuto had former US Army Special Operations expert Jason Beardsley to discuss Obama’s alleged success in securing Syria.

“That was a political statement at its best,” Beardsley said charitably. “Nobody takes that seriously.” He added, “this does discredit to folks inside the State Department who recognize the reality on the ground.”

Kirby also claimed that the Obama administration is “winning the fight against violent extremists.”

To justify this dubious claim, he cites “The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” which took place last February if you remember. (I wrote about the appalling travesty here, here and here.)

If you remember, the WH Summit Countering Extremism was a ludicrous exercise in futility that refused to consider radical Islam as a possible cause for terrorism, and focused on anti-poverty prescriptions to counter the problem.  The summit made a point of giving equal time to “Christian” violent extremist groups while inviting actual supporters of violent Islamic extremism to participate in their summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

I get a headache just thinking about it.

This badly timed event closely followed the Paris Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris in a year when Islamic terrorism was on the rise throughout the world – including here in America.

Amazingly, the State Department actually wanted to remind people of the embarrassing spectacle.

In February, the White House hosted the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), bringing together foreign leaders, senior officials from the United Nations and other international organizations, and private and civil society representatives to discuss the challenges facing nations working to prevent and counter violent extremism. This monumental summit launched an ongoing global CVE effort now underway that reaches throughout the world and across countless nations. Although challenges remain, we have made positive strides over the last year, including in our fight against ISIL. This forward progress will only continue as more countries pledge resources to the anti-ISIL effort and as citizens around the world increasingly reject ISIL’s misguided ideology. Moving forward we know that together the global coalition – active both on the battlefield and on the airwaves – can and will degrade and ultimately destroy extremist organizations, like ISIL. (More on CVE)

Stephen Coughlin, a former intelligence contractor at the Pentagon, whose specialty was “Islamic doctrine as it applies to ‘Jihad’ and the strategic objectives of our enemy,” recently gave a detailed explanation of the dangerous CVE deception on the internet show The Glazov Gang.

He said that the scrubbing of the word “Islam” from all government discourse was a long process that started at the end of the Bush years and accelerated under Obama.

Via PJ Media:

“I actually believe there is a deep, deep strategic initiative behind it, and where we are doing ‘countering violent extremism,’ we are not doing counter-terrorism,” Coughlin says. “As it relates to the United States, the CVE was established and set up at DHS with the assistance of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

MRC’s Dan Joseph Asks Tingles About His Leg, Hilarity Ensues (Video)

Chris Matthews always gets a little grumpy when he’s reminded about  his “thrill up my leg” comment. (See here, here, here and perhaps most famously here.) But “Tingles” got downright surly when MRC TV’s Dan Joseph accosted him in Las Vegas about his notorious leg thrill after the CNN GOP debate.

Dan wanted to know if he was still feeling the thrill or whether the thrill was gone after seven years of Obama.

Matthews didn’t see the humor in Joseph’s line of questioning. At all.

“Go to hell!” he barked when Joseph asked how his leg is doing….

 

 

 

Ralph Peters: “Obama’s Crawling Away From the Middle East Like a Crippled Hamster”

Ralph Peters had some choice words for the president in reaction to his surreal 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday.

In case you missed it, Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft that Putin’s incursions into Syria are a sign of weakness – not a sign of leadership.

Obama boasted that real leadership is pushing for a climate change treaty and brokering a nuke deal with Iran (that has already been violated.)

“He’s chasing unicorns,” Peters said. “The president refuses to understand Putin.” He added that Obama also doesn’t understand the Russians, warfare, and the Islamic State. “He lives in this little bubble of unreality,” he declared.

Peters took issue with Fox News foreign policy analyst KT McFarlane’s contention that Obama was “walking away from the Middle East.”

“Obama is crawling away from the Middle East like a …crippled hamster,” he corrected.

An aside: Here’s some interesting dish from former intel officer John Schindler on Twitter:

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Dumbest Article You Will Read Today

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a mind-bogglingly stupid and vapid piece by a law professor at Georgetown University, former counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011 and former senior advisor at the U.S. State Department.

Presenting…Rosa Brooks: Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?

Yes ma’am it’s sappy all right. And stupid. And dangerous.

The idea that posting images of gays celebrating will somehow warm the cockles of the terrorists’ hearts, rather than further inflame them, is completely batshit.

Islamic Jihadists aren’t Americans. They aren’t sexual libertines.  They don’t “go along to get along.”

They become even more determined to annihilate you.

Behead you, shoot you, crucify you, push you off the top of a building, hang you from a crane – etc.

As Robert Spencer noted at PJ Media:

It is much, much more likely — or certain — that the Islamic State sees the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as evidence of the United States’ decadence and societal decay, and that this will serve to embolden and encourage them.

There is another glaring fallacy in her “analysis”: if the Nazis and Soviets and KKK and Pol Pot and Rwandan génocidaires ever really learned that “brutality and fear can keep people down for only so long,” they didn’t learn it in the manner Brooks seems to think they did.

It is hard to tell how, exactly, she thinks they learned this. By viewing photos of loving couples of any persuasion? Did a photo of an embracing couple move Adolf Hitler to call his genocidal armies back home and close the extermination camps?

Does the name “Rosa Brooks” ring a bell?

It did for me, so I did a word search on my blog, and found that in April of 2009 I created a new acronym just for her.

OMGWSS=Oh my God, we’re so screwed.

Today’s OMGWSS – Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Flournoy, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, “a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon”.   Read this and weep:

In 2007, she labeled al-Qaida as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull.

Also that year, she called the surge in Iraq a “feckless plan” that is “too little too late” with “no realistic likelihood that it will lead to an enduring solution in Iraq.” The surge was widely credited with helping to stabilize Iraq.

Brooks wrote Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney “should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. … Impeachment’s not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant.”

She also penned a column about Bush entitled “Our torturer-in-chief” in which she inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies.

“Today, the chickens are coming home to roost,” she fumed, but “the word ‘accountability’ isn’t in the White House dictionary.”

Good lord…did she go to Obama’s  church, too?

This is the sort of left-wing moonbattery that has been running Obama’s foreign policy for six and a half years.

I fully expect the State Department to issue some #LoveWins tweets to the Islamic State. (If they haven’t already.)

Not only are we screwed – the whole world is screwed as a result of the Obama administration’s unrealistic, Utopian nonsense.

 

 

Charleston Shooter’s Friends Knew Stuff and Didn’t Tell Anybody

Two of the Charleston shooter’s friends gave interviews today sharing information that suggested they could have prevented Wednesday night’s massacre if only they had told authorities what they knew.

Justin Meek, a friend of Dylann Storm Roof, told Greta Van Susteren Thursday night that his friend had taken his gun back from his mother a couple of weeks ago. Dylann had gotten the gun in April – a gift from his dad for his 21st birthday – even though he would have failed a background check if he had tried to buy a gun for himself.

Roof was charged with felony possession in February, 2015:

According to South Carolina court documents exclusively obtained by Radar, Roof, 21, was arrested in Lexington County on felony charges of possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and LSD on February 28, 2015.

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Two months after he’s charged with a felony his father buys him a gun?

According to Meek, Dylann’s mom had confiscated the gun because she didn’t trust him with it.

Also – there was the small matter of giving a gun the someone who is ineligible to own one -which is considered a “straw purchase” and a felony.

Via Gateway Pundit:

Another friend had information that was even more alarming. According to Dalton Tyler, Dylann had been “planning something like that for six months” because he wanted “to start a civil war.” Um?

Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate.

Dalton Tyler, who said he has known Roof for seven months to one year, said he saw the white, 21-year-old suspect just last week.

“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

That is not the kind of thing you keep to yourself.

Tyler apparently didn’t know that Dylann had stolen the gun back from his mother. He told ABC that “Roof’s parents didn’t allow him to take that .45 home with him until just this past week.”

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McKinney Mom Flees Town To Escape Harassment, Hires Gloria Allred, Tells Story

Tracey Carver is the blond white woman seen in a viral video trying to break up a fight at the McKinney pool party that ended up in a near riot.

The cop who was seen on video subduing the 15 year old black girl has already quit his job and fled town. His life is ruined. Witnesses who took the side of the police have experienced harassment and intimidation  since the incident happened.

Carver, who has been accused of racism, has also seen vile and virulent harassment and death threats – – and has been forced to flee town. She has hired celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred (!) to help her regain her reputation.

Welcome to ObamaMerica – where an end of the school-year pool party can turn into a horrific, life-changing nightmare for normal, middle class people who thought they were just in for a fun afternoon with their kids..

In a statement forwarded to The Dallas Morning News, Carver said that she was trying to defuse a fight between her friend and a young woman who pulled the friend’s hair. The McKinney woman noted she had to relocate to California because of threats against her and her family.

Tatyana Rhodes, a black 19-year-old woman, had told a photojournalist that another woman, who is white, told her to return to her public housing before slapping her in the face. Rhodes said she, her mother and sister live in the Craig Ranch subdivision and hosted the party there.

Correction: Rhodes hosted a competing party in the park next to the pool that she had advertised on social media as a pool party even though she wasn’t authorized to have a pool party – especially one with up to 200 non-residents at the pool (or even in the park.)

Rhodes claimed on Youtube that the white woman “was saying things such as, ‘black F-er,’ and ‘That’s why you live in Section 8 homes.’”

Her white friend Grace Stone has been active on Twitter and MSNBC corroborating this side of the story. (Neither of the two seem particularly bright, or compelling or believable.) Her father, who I’ve seen in a couple of interviews backing up his daughter,  doesn’t explain why his 14 year old daughter was allowed to be at an unauthorized, out of control party at a subdivision she doesn’t live in.

It’s bad enough that these teens thought that it was okay to break rules and disturb the peace. What’s up with their adult enablers?

You want to hear what really happened at the McKinney pool party? Here’s Tracy Carver and her counsel, Gloria Allred (!) and a black friend who’s considered part of her family, to explain.