by Jim Emerson, staff writer
The true extent of Barack Hussein Obama’s stupidity and bluster is on full display as he and Vladimir Putin face off over the Ukraine. For Russia is there and Obama is not. And the community organizer’s talk is cheap to a man of action. This Administration is failing to dissuade the Russian incursion to the Crimean region because they are Ivy League educated and therefore ignorant of the history and the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. (1)(2)
Russia and the Ukraine have been linked for centuries. Their histories and culture are tightly intertwined, beginning in the late 9th to the mid-13th centuries as a loose collection of clans known as Kievan Rus’. Kiev was the birth place of the Russian Orthodox Church as founded by the Apostle Andrew. So many battles were fought on Ukrainian soil to preserve Russian freedom that the Russian people would have a difficult time seeing the Ukraine as a separate nation. (1) In fact, the idea of the Ukraine joining the E.U. and NATO would greatly concern the Bear given the history of the Ukraine acting as a buffer against Russia being attacked by her enemies in the West.
In a nutshell, Ukraine is two countries rolled into one separated by language, culture and religion. The western Ukraine consists mostly of Catholics speaking Ukrainian while residents of the East are mostly Russian Orthodox speaking Russian. During the Ukraine’s 23 years of independence, neither side would compromise but only attempt to dominate each other. It was only a matter of time that riots and revolts would take place. Yugoslavia provides a perfect example of what happens when various factions try to dominate each other.
Perhaps the best solution to conditions in the Ukraine involves a peaceful split into two separate and distinct nations. The split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia might serve as a model. Today those countries coexist peacefully, continuing to trade with each other while allowing free travel across their borders. Each is an independent nation, freely aligning itself with other countries. If, as Henry A. Kissinger points out, the Ukraine is to survive intact it must remain independent both from Russia and the West. However, based on history, neither Russia nor the West are likely to permit the Ukraine to exist in peace.
by Jim Emerson, staff writer
In George Orwell’s novel 1984 the Ministry of Truth would alter or eliminate inconvenient and embarrassing records as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. The Ministry would later recreate history to match often-changing state propaganda. Today’s efforts at properly sprucing up the past be called testaments to political correctness. In order for the memory hole to work the people have to be unaware of the process of revisionism.
November 5, 2009 Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan, while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” performed brutal acts of Islamic terrorism, killing 13 and wounding 32 Americans at Fort Hood in Texas. It is the worst mass shooting ever to occur on a military installation. To minimize the Muslim influence behind the killings, OUR Ministry of Truth ordered the United States Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies to forget the terrorist connection by declaring Hasan’s murderous, Islamic treachery an act of workplace violence.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.” Yelling “Allahu Akbar” while shooting at unarmed soldiers and their families at a Readiness process center by a Soldier of Allah is hardly work related. (1) By declaring Hasan’s Jihadist murders acts of workplace violence, Big Brother Barack has denied financial and medical benefits families of the dead and wounded would have received had they been properly awarded the Purple Heart. The Ministry added insult to injury by ignoring the truth about Hasan. (2) And incredibly, the Obama Regime’s disgusting historical rewrite would have succeeded were it not for the internet and cable news.
In an effort to forever put the Islamic murders at Fort Hood down the memory hole, the Army tore down Building 42003, the site at which a real domestic terrorist killed Americans on American soil. Instead of preserving the building as has been done in previous wars the Ministry of Truth hopes that, by its actions, the peons will finally forget the incident. As a final insult by the Ministry, the Army post was directed to claim it had privately consulted victims and family members concerning what should be done with the site. Like so many other claims by the Obama Regime, it was a lie. (3)
by Jim Emerson, staff writer
The recent upraising in Syria may have claimed a new victim–al Qaeda. Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda have been without a strong leader to keep the terrorist organization unified. Documents obtained from the raid that killed Osama revealed earlier divisions.
One of the main causes of division within the terrorist factions involves a central leadership which calls for moderation, believing that worldwide uncontrolled terrorism is providing the organization with a distorted image. Al Qaeda itself is competing with a fanatical jihadist organization known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The ISIL is a splinter group, formed without approval from the al Qaeda leadership and which will not receive official support from the senior al Qaeda junta. Despite being condemned by “moderate” terrorists, ISL is gaining support from worldwide jihadists. The rift between the terrorist’s cabals was widened by intervention in Syria when the upstart group violated al Qaeda’s rules for waging Islamic holy war. It is claimed that the growing division between jihadists made it difficult for the Obama Administration to know who to support in its attempt to remove Syrian President al-Assad.
In a statement released on Twitter, al Qaeda central leader Ayman al Zawahiri declared that “the ultra-hardline ISIL was not part of the global al Qaeda network.” (2) In a display of his new “moderation,” the Zawahiri-led al Qaeda organization only suspended the upstart ISIL, evan after ISIL extremists had killed al Qaeda members in Syria. That was mighty nice of him after he called for the ISIL to be abolished last year in an attempt to end infighting among terrorists. One thing the two groups have in common is their hatred of the civilized world.
No Time to Celebrate
When the Jihadists are not busy fighting each other they still hate all things American. The possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “step-child” threat to America is real. The ISIL is gaining popular support from ambitious jihadists operating in Syria and Iraq and has attracted admirers worldwide.
Unfortunately this means that troops in the war on terrorism have yet another threat to deal with.
by Jim Emerson, staff writer
Leaders? Where are they?
For years the late Col. David H. Hackworth warned about self-serving, porcelain princes in leadership positions not acting as leaders but as political hacks seeking only to enhance their own career. Leadership, at best, is granted lip service but rarely practiced in the rarefied air of the military hierarchy. After all, one public faux pas can be a career ender. If Patton were around today he would have been purged at once from the U.S. Army by its porcelain princes.
Billy & Karen Vaughn, Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn, (2) wrote on Breitbart, “Truth is, America’s military has always had plenty of ‘good men.’ What it seems to lack in spades is good leaders.” (1) The Vaughn’s used Robert Gates’ book, Duty to confirm their suspicions that Mr. Obama sent men and women into a war with a mission he doesn’t believe in. Neither Obama the “leader” nor many who served under him in the Department of Defense, have any desire to support front line troops. And they also have no strategy to win the war.
This nation’s number one public housing, community organizer is indifferent to foreign policy, to paraphrase Bill O’Reilly’s post Obama interview comment. Obama only cares about social justice. Accusing the current administration of not caring about front line warriors is hardly a stretch, given Barack Obama’s only concern about the military has been the plight of homosexuals. He was totally indifferent about the Benghazi murders because the situation existed outside of his “social justice” paradigm.
Rules of Engagement
The champion of social justice and his acolytes created new Rules of Engagement (ROE) which restrict American troops from directly engaging the enemy. In Obama’s world of social justice, giving a life and death advantage to an enemy in combat is considered fairness. The current rules greatly restrict the soldier’s ability to fight a war by totally eliminating the discretion of troops in harms way. If a warrior violates the ROE they will be court marshaled by REMF Lawyers seeking to greatly improve their performance evaluations and maybe even receive a medal for aggressive prosecution. (5) This creates a hopeless situation for the troops who are serving this country. To quote former Jag Ken Walsh “it’s Political Correctness driving this train” (4)
The current leadership are not interested in winning this war. But even more shocking is the fact that no one in a leadership position will tell the Kenyan Muslim that his policy is wrong! No one in this Administration is interested in defeating terrorism. It isn’t social justice! Social Justice to this lot is the desire to use and to sacrifice the U.S. Armed forces in order to provide cover for radical Muslims that they might take over the Middle East.
by Jim Emerson, staff writer
Cheating scandals have recently rocked the Air Force and Navy and the resulting press coverage has, unfortunately, stained the honor and the integrity of the entire military. The majority of Americans have faith and pride in the men and women who selflessly serve this nation. The negative press doesn’t represent the overwhelming majority of service members.
Recent scandals may be an indication of a systemic problem within the forces. Service members are expected to have honor and integrity and are the only individuals associated with the government who have the trust and respect of the American people. But reports of unethical behavior can shake the people’s faith in an all volunteer force and are unacceptable to those who serve and have served. Fears of growing ethics problems in the American Military should concern the public. For if the ethics and honor of our armed forces are compromised, the most powerful military in history will soon be no better than a collection of self-serving mercenaries.
Scandals recently reported by the media include the revelation that Malmstrom AFB missile launch officers were cheating on proficiency exams and using illegal drugs. The scandal involved at least 23 officers. Navy nuclear reactor instructors at the Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit are alleged to have cheated on a written qualification exam for future instructors. The Army is investigating a possible large-scale fraud concerning Army National Guard recruitment incentives.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to focus on ethics training and has suggested that character should be a consideration for performance reports and promotions. (1) He is concerned about the strong culture of accountability and responsibility that the public believes must exist in its armed forces. The Defense Secretary is concerned that an ethics lapse may represent a growing problem and be an indication of a breakdown of character in the military. The Secretary should look in the mirror and see who is responsible for implementing the policies that have created the situation.