Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Who is This Guy in the Oval Office? (Part 21)

Obama’s mysterious mid-vacation return to D.C.: He should have danced all night
Whatever the reason why Obama is returning to the White House on Sunday, in the middle of his latest vacation, it isn't for the good of anyone other than BHO
August 15, 2014
President Barack Obama comes off like Cleopatra. If that is, you buy into the latest mainstream media hype that communications and war apparatus go wherever the commander-in-chief goes.
"Since the communications and war apparatus of the commander-in-chief travels wherever the president goes, Obama can conduct matters of state from a Masachusetts (sic) vacation island almost as easier (sic) as he can from the Oval Office"-The Daily Mail quoting Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.
Or given, the abuse of the proverbial Queen’s own English, should that be trying to quote Milbank?
As for Milbank’s contention that Obama can conduct matters of state from a Massachusetts vacation island almost as easy as he can from the Oval Office?
Apparently not. The vacation-loving Obama is returning to the White House on Sunday and not going back to Martha’s Vineyard until Tuesday.
The Daily Mail also gets the timing of Obama’s mid-vacation return to Washington wrong: "So reasons for his planned return to Washington on Tuesday, while it may please the French, remain a mystery." (Daily Mail, Aug. 14, 2014) Pleasing the French is a reference to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.
‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,’ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’
The Daily Mail story on Obama’s mid-vacation return to the White House story is directly at odds with one by The Hill reposted on yesterday’s Drudge Report, which states he will be in the White House on Sunday and returning to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday:
"The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won’t say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He’s expected to return to Martha’s Vineyard, where he’s been vacationing, on Tuesday." (The Hill, Aug. 14, 2014)
For any of those worrying about Obama’s suspected major end-of-summer announcement on immigration reform, The Hill cites the White House saying there will be no major announcement during his mid-vacation whistle stop return to Washington:
"President Obama won’t make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday.
"Speculation has circled around whether Obama might make an announcement of executive actions he’s taking on immigration reform, or a surprise visit from a foreign leader.
"But the White House is "not anticipating a major announcement on immigration when the president is in Washington," spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with Obama in Massachusetts.
"Schultz did say that Obama will be meeting with Vice President Biden while he’s back in Washington. And Obama will be without both press secretary Josh Earnest, who is out on paternity leave, and Schultz, Earnest’s top deputy, while in the nation’s capital.
Obama can, and does meet with Pal Joey, any old time, lunches with him on a frequent basis and has even co-starred with Biden absurdly jogging the White House.

""Adding more mystery to the topic, Schultz said the administration did not "anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days." (The Hill)
Could that be because Obama, as talk show radio host Mark Levin so aptly described it, "jumped off his golf cart" to do a televised media conference taking full credit for saving the Sinjar Mountain Yazidi from the Islamic State, and claimed absentee control of the race riots in Ferguson, Mo?
"But if the president is only coming back to meet with staff face-to-face, it could invite questions about wasting taxpayer dollars. (The Hill)
"According to Air Force documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, the roundtrip travel expenses for the president’s 2013 vacation to Martha’s Vineyard totaled $1,164,268.
"A return to Washington merely to meet with staff would also seem to undercut assurances offered by the White House that the president is fully operational, even when vacationing away from the capital.
If you call dancing the night away at a Farm Neck Golf Club birthday party, golfing until the sun goes down and faithfully following the Eat, Drink and Be Merry Rulebook when vacationing away from the capital, this hedonistic president is indeed "fully operational".
"Asked about partisan criticism of the vacation last Friday, Schultz noted Obama "travels with a wide array of communications equipment, and we also travel with a staff that allows us to have robust operational capabilities."(The Hill)
If the Islamic State beheading, crucifying and burying Christians alive in Iraq didn’t stop Obama from leaving for his 2-week Martha Vineyard holiday, what could possibly be driving him back to Washington mid-way?
Could it be that the reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson failed in stirring the racial unrest pot in Missouri with Sharpton getting heckled during his recent appearance in St. Louis?
Let us hope that whatever is bringing him back to D.C. mid-holiday doesn’t leave folk to conclude ‘he should have danced all night’.
Meanwhile, it is for certain that whatever the reason why Obama is returning to the White House on Sunday, in the middle of his latest vacation, it isn’t for the good of anyone other than BHO.Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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An Honest Judge Speaks About Obama and Our Government
Don't look for justice - we no longer have a 'Justice' Department; the President is always on vacation; and Congress just joined him
By Jerry McConnell
August 13, 2014
Time after time our honesty-challenged news—often called mainstream media—highlights one judicial baron who is so in bed with the person for whom he hands down his decree or finding, always favorable to the recipient, that when a truly reputable justice speaks up it is as refreshing as a spring breeze.
One such person who is a judicial analyst for a major news network (FOX) Judge Andrew Napolitano, has written an article titled, "Spying, Lying and Torture" about the current Obama Administration which will be commented on here.
Many who have read my columns for Canada Free Press for the past several years may recognize the source from which I have often quoted when addressing the nefarious, deceitful and anti-American characters from the head Usurper, BH Obama and his accomplices on down in judicial mayhem shenanigans, and outright lawlessness.
The title of Judge Napolitano’s online article speaks loudly of his thoughts and feelings of that covey of restless rats who have weakened the structure of the United States Government to the point of near destruction and diminishment. But knowing the good Judge Andrew was on the job kept my resolve well fortified.
In his initial jab at Obama’s henchmen he selected the recent CIA appointee
Director John Brennan’s "admission that his agents and his lawyers have been spying on the senators whose job it is to monitor the agency should come as no surprise. The agency’s job is to steal and keep secrets; and implicit in those tasks, Brennan would no doubt argue, is lying."
Then showing that the Judge is quite familiar and knowledgeable of his subject, he states, "Yet in another respect, this may very well be a smoking gun in the now substantial case against President Barack Obama that alleges that much of his official behavior has manifested lawlessness and incompetence. It is hard to believe that the president did not know about this, but not hard to believe he would look the other way."
Of course, as happens in most instances of finger-pointing or name-calling the alleged ‘victims’ are usually collusive and ready with counter blames which Napolitano cites as an example that occurred "About four months ago, (when) California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, went to the Senate floor and accused the CIA of committing torture during the presidency of George W. Bush and of spying on the committee that she chairs as it was examining records of that torture. Brennan responded by denying both charges and leveling his own - that investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee had exceeded their lawful access to CIA records and that that constituted spying on the CIA.
"Brennan even got his predecessor, George Tenet, under whose watch Feinstein claimed the torture had occurred and the attacks of 9/11 took place, to deny vehemently that his agents had committed torture. With this mutual finger-pointing, both the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee reported each other to the Department of Justice, which promptly punted."
That scenario also pointed out how alleged lawlessness accusations are mulled over to the point of worthlessness to prosecute or punish simply by obfuscation and, using one of Obama’s famous terms, ‘cronyism’. Cronyism in this case was with his Justice Department AG Holder whose motto must be, "You lie to it and I’ll swear to it - and that will be the end of it." Holder is probably where Obama learned the term "cronyism."
Judge Napolitano asks, "How did all this come about? Under federal law, the CIA gets to do what the president permits and authorizes only when it reports its deeds and misdeeds truthfully to two congressional committees, one of which is the Senate Intelligence Committee. (The other is the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.) None of this is constitutional, of course, seeing as the CIA fights secret wars; the Constitution mandates that only Congress can declare war, and Congress cannot delegate its constitutional authority to committees. This system of secret government is so secret that 90 percent of our elected congressional representatives are kept ignorant of it."
So you see the possibilities that a potentially corrupt or treasonous Administration can play games with if it should care to in order to "beat the system"; and in the case of this Administration, that is just what happens.
Napolitano continues, "But last week, on a sleepy Friday afternoon in the middle of the summer, Obama admitted that the CIA had tortured people; and shortly thereafter, Brennan admitted that the CIA had spied on the Senate. Then the president said he still has confidence in Brennan. This is approaching a serious constitutional confrontation between the president and Congress. Can the president’s agents lawfully spy on Congress? Of course not. Can the CIA lie to Congress with impunity? Only if Congress and the Department of Justice let it do so."
In all my years of ‘government watching’ I never been so close to such illicit conduct by government officials who so openly just blurt out things that hitherto this unseemly group of scofflaws would never have happened or who were more adept and clever at keeping such ‘bon mots’ sub-rosa and unmentionable.
The judge opines, "So where does all this lead us? The president’s agents have lied to Congress and have spied upon it. If Brennan did not know about this, he should be fired for incompetence and for failing to control his agents. If he did know about this, he should be indicted for lying to Congress because he denied it at a time when he had a lawful obligation to be truthful; and he should be fired for his failure to communicate a violation of the Constitution to the president. If he did tell the president that his agents were about to spy on Congress and the president failed to stop it, the president has committed a serious violation of his oath to uphold the laws and violated the separation of powers by invading the privacy of a coequal branch of the government - and that is an impeachable offense."
Don’t look for justice - we no longer have a ‘Justice’ Department; the President is always on vacation; and Congress just joined him.
Jerry McConnell is a longtime resident of planet earth with one half century on the seacoast of NH. He is a community activist but promises not to run for President and he feeds ACORN’s to the squirrels. He can be emailed at lethrneck@comcast.net with complaints or the editor at letters@canadafreepress.com with favorables.
Mrs. Obama's Desperate Plea

Cortney O'Brien | Jul 28, 2014
With her husband’s approval rating dipping lower every day, and a smaller electorate expected this November, Michelle Obama has the right to worry about the fast approaching 2014 midterm elections. Hence why the First Lady released a misleading, borderline desperate video this weekend.

Michelle Obama announces 1MillionVotesFor2014.com
"Equal pay for women, immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring that women can make their own decisions about their bodies and their health care. My husband is working so hard on all these issues. But he needs leaders in Congress who will work with him – leaders who care about what’s going on in your lives and who will fight for you every single day."
Apparently those heartless House Republicans could care less about their constituents.
Mrs. Obama then got straight to her point:
"We need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012."
One year she notably forgot? 2010, a year when Americans were very passionate. They were passionate about the ugly economy. They were passionate about the high unemployment. Oh yeah, and they were especially passionate about the government getting between them and their doctors. That’s why these incensed voters turned our country red.

A new CNN poll puts the Democrats’ peril in perspective:
In the generic ballot question, the Democrats have a 4-percentage point 48 percent-44 percent edge over the Republicans among registered voters. The generic ballot asks respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates.
A smaller electorate could heavily favor the Republican Party. Single women, younger voters and minorities - who are generally consistent Democratic voters - typically vote in fewer numbers during midterms, according to wcti12.com.
She can keep urging her supporters on, but it’s clear voters aren’t "passionate" about the party who pushed through this disaster.
Community Organizer in Chief
Barack Obama, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, Communism
July 21, 2014

We’ve never had a "community organizer" as our President before. And we are seeing the disastrous consequences of putting this community organizer at the head of the most powerful nation in the world. He has taken the apparatus of government and used it solely to organize, or as he calls it, fundamentally transform, the nation into a characterization of his ideal world.
The consequences have, of course, not been the creation of the utopia the leftists have been fighting to obtain. Instead, our economy flounders and our nation’s territorial integrity has been decimated as he allows thousands of people across the border to be resettled in neighborhoods of his choosing.
On Meet the Press Sunday, July 20, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "I think the American people ought to be proud of what this President has done in terms of peaceful, diplomatic engagement, rather than quick-trigger deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice. I think the President’s on the right track.
In this fantasy world of the Obama Administration, what they call success is radical Islamists taking over more countries, the Russians spreading their borders unhindered, and American prestige in the world in a sorry state.
So, as a successful community organizer, Obama was able to win masses of people to a political cause and get himself elected President because of it. But he has been an utter failure as Chief Administrator of the nations affairs.
Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward, actually led to the death of millions as rural people starved and industrial development went nowhere
One of the Obama Administration heroes, Chairman Mao, had a similar problem in China but, since he was able to take absolute power there, the results were extremely more disastrous. Many who were his political opponents were put to death and a failed attempt at rapid industrialization in 1958, called the Great Leap Forward, actually led to the death of millions as rural people starved and industrial development went nowhere.
Much like our community organizer President, Mao knew how to take power, but didn’t really have a clue as how to administer once he was in power.
The Cultural Revolution was Mao’s next ultimate failure. To Chairman Mao, the initial takeover of a country didn’t end the revolution. Mao saw there being a need for permanent revolution, in which things had to be permanently in flux. The people, particularly the young people, needed to continually see that there was an oppressive enemy that needed to be attacked. The established order of things had to continually be transformed into a new order. Old ways had to be continually purged in a revolutionary manner.
As the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, and continued into the 1970s, the chaos and violence caused by a society in tumult led to near economic collapse. Schools were closed down for ten years, and businesses were closed down permanently or for years at a time as the "capitalist roader" enemies were paraded through the streets by the numerous Red Guard factions. It was a time of utter lawlessness, where family member was set against family member.
The Cultural Revolution had its appeal to communists in other countries, too.
During this time, Communist China’s government media praised the efforts of Pol Pot in Cambodia as, unbeknownst to the world, the bodies began piling up in the Killing Fields, resulting in the death of 1.7 million people, nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population.
Pol Pot, in his interpretation of permanent revolution, saw the need to make everyone an agricultural worker. Becoming a businessman or a professional would no more be allowed and those who had been businessmen or were going through college were subject to torture and execution. As the madness continued, those his goons could imprison were put under forced labor, and all who wouldn’t comply or whom they felt represented the past to them, faced execution.
With two-and-a-half years to go in our current regime of fundamental transformation, our constitution is still functional enough to keep Obama from totally having his way and creating a national nightmare like Mao or Pol Pot. But we need to be vigilant and keep the political fight going while we still can. This includes turning out of office those who endorse Obama’s mad schemes as well as those who would compromise with it for their political self-interest.

A president who’s getting what he wants — unfortunately
Don’t be fooled — this is a president who knows exactly what he is doing, and we are all reaping the consequence
June 30, 2014
First published at Washington Times
With so many scandals and policy missteps building up around the White House these days, I actually want to start out by giving President Obama a little credit.
There’s a dangerous notion circulating among conservatives these days that the problems plaguing the administration can be blamed on the president’s incompetence. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in just the latest to argue the country’s woes — from the Middle East to the economy to scandals like the IRS and Benghazi — can be blamed on a president who doesn’t know what he is doing.
To my mind, nothing could be farther from the truth, and believing that what is going on can be blamed on the president’s incompetence completely misses the point. The truth is, Mr. Obama is doing exactly what he promised the American people he would do when he was elected.
It may not be good for the country, but Mr. Obama is accomplishing exactly what he set out to accomplish. A perfect example is the debacle underway in Iraq. The gains by Islamist groups hostile to the United States are a direct consequence of Mr. Obama’s philosophy and foreign policy approach. This is a president who doesn’t believe in the threat of terrorism, who does not believe we are engaged in a war with terrorists, who thinks the threat should be treated as a criminal matter, not a military one.
The result? In Libya, the president got us into a war in which we ended up on the same side as the terrorists, and four brave Americans ended up killed in Benghazi. In Syria, we allowed those most dedicated to doing us harm to build up their power to such an extent that they were able to invade Iraq.
And the grave situation in Iraq itself is the culmination of the Obama approach. I don’t say that we have to protect the government in Baghdad, but it is clearly the job of our president to recognize we are at war and to strike back at those who mean to do American harm. It’s because of the president’s radical views that we don’t have a base of our own in Iraq from which we could strike our enemies. That doesn’t mean we need boots on the ground battling these ISIL fighters, but we do have a vast arsenal — drones, guided missiles — that could be deployed to drive these people back into the hole from which they came.
The Boston Marathon bombing was an act of war. The Benghazi killings were an act of war. But that’s not the way this president sees it.
In the same way, conservatives are too quick to see the situation on our southern border as the result of incompetence on the part of the administration. Again, I argue that Mr. Obama knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s getting just what he wants.
This is a president who believes in open borders, who does not see border security as a priority. His record — in Illinois, in the U.S. Senate, and now in the White House — consistently reflects that. He believes in sanctuary cities, where illegal immigrants are shielded from our nation’s laws. He has decimated the ability of the Border Patrol to do its job. Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s trip to Guatemala to try to slow the flood of children illegally crossing into our country was predictably a failure, since the message that was coming from his boss was basically, "Y’all come."
On the Internal Revenue Service, the president himself has tried to blame the conservative and tea party targeting on "boneheaded" decisions by some lower-level bureaucrats. But yet again, what’s going on in this scandal is not incompetence but a true reflection of how Mr. Obama wants to govern. It’s right out of the playbook of Saul Alinsky — the idea that one can only fully achieve one’s goals in politics by destroying one’s enemies in the process.
The IRS targeting arose only after the agency was given very strong signals from the White House, Democratic senators and policy aides to go after the conservative groups, to delay their applications, to make them spend money and resources to get their organizations approved. In some cases, like that of True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht, the harassment went beyond her organization to audits of family’s businesses and household by the IRS, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and OSHA.
If you need any more proof that the current woes reflect conscious policy choices by our president, just look again at the smug face of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen when he was testifying before two House panels this week. His arrogance, in the face of legitimate oversight questions from lawmakers, reflects a man who knows he enjoys the president’s full support, who is carrying out exactly the mission Mr. Obama hired him to do.
Don’t be fooled — this is a president who knows exactly what he is doing, and we are all reaping the consequences.
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From Potomac Fever to Denial Virus
Denial Virus has caused extreme damage to United States
June 30, 2014
It is evident that Potomac Fever that has been running rampant among the denizens of our halls of power and their media sycophants has mutated in the more deadly form of Denial Virus. The problem, however, is that those most infected are quite often merely the carriers of this insidious disease and not the ultimate victims. No, the victims that will suffer from these diseases and their mutations, and might succumb to their deadly effects is the population at large - the citizens of the United States.
The problem, though, is that the disease and its mutations cause intellectual blindness and the inability to see the big picture among its victims. To determine whether you, or those around you are infected by the deadly Denial Virus, please consult the following.
Signs that you are infected with Denial Virus include but are not limited to:
Belief that the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans was spontaneous, unplanned, and was caused by an obscure internet video that can be traced back to our own intelligence agencies and their support contractors;
Irrational focus on, or the use of the phrase "diplomatic security" when discussing the attacks on the CIA compound in Benghazi, as the subject of the lack of diplomatic security was developed to act as a diversion from the real issue;
Referring to the events leading up to the Benghazi attack and the subsequent cover-up as a "scandal." It is not a scandal, but a crime;
Belief that the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, other Western intelligence agencies were not engaged in an illegal weapons running operation where Benghazi was the logistics hub of the operation;
Belief that there is no actionable criminal activity involved at the highest levels of our government, by the highest elected and appointed officials within the executive and legislative branches regarding the attack and subsequent, ongoing cover-up;
Belief that anyone inside the Beltway or within the corporate media has uttered one single truth about the events leading up to the Benghazi attack or the criminal conspiracy to cover up the illegal actions of the Renegade-in-Chief and those working in concert with him;
Belief that the plans of the globalists in power have changed, for they have not. Toppling the Assad government remains high on the list of priorities through the use of Western and Saudi backed intelligence forces and resources;
Belief that the sudden influx of illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, most who are OTMs (other than Mexicans), is an unplanned and unexpected humanitarian crisis and not orchestrated, in large part, by the globalist powers residing inside the Beltway, who are implementing the strategy outlined by regaled Marxists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven;
To believe that the illegal alien invasion is unrelated to the advancement of "immigration reform;"
Discounting that the sudden rush of illegal aliens across our Southern border is at all connected to our foreign policy in the Middle East and Ukraine. Failing to understand that the Russian and American governments have both been stirring up civil unrest in Latin America, arming drug cartels, and causing social strife for decades, and the blowback, in the form of illegal aliens, has been planned in advance;
Belief that the U.S. economy is healthy and growing, and that the U.S. Dollar is strong and not the target of the international bankers. This symptom exists closely with the abject denial that there is a plan to kill the U.S. Dollar and introduce a new, global currency that will eventually be digital;
Inability to recognize that the IRS is top-heavy with out-of-control, rogue criminal elements answering to the Executive Branch and utilized as a punishing force against anyone who presents a threat to the Muslim-Marxist agenda;
Belief that "sometimes stuff just happens" as this statement applies to the "lost" e-mails and the crashed hard drives….
There are more symptoms, but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.
Unfortunately, it appears that the Denial Virus contagion has infected much of the population at large. History will show that it could have been stopped had it not been for the carriers and those infected with its initial form, Potomac Fever and other related contagions.
Early onset of Denial Virus
Perhaps one of the most unfortunate aspects is that this deadly disease was exacerbated and permitted to spread in early 2008 by pseudo-conservatives, conservative radio and television talk show hosts, as well as many republican based forums and websites who marginalized anyone who dared to question the Constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, labeling us with such pejorative terms as "Birthers," racists, and bigots.
You see, it was never simply about where Barack Hussein Obama was born, but the larger issue of who Barack Hussein Obama is. Stated differently, it was, and still is about his allegiance to the United States and its people. It was about his Marxist and Muslim roots and biases, the very same traits that have virtually set the Middle East ablaze, and destroyed (or finished off, to be more precise) the U.S. economy.
It was also about his policy and paymaster, Saudi Arabia, for which our men and women in uniform are dying and whose agenda we are ultimately fulfilling. It was about the powers behind Saudi Arabia, the globalists, who needed a Manchurian Candidate to complete the tasks that are paving the way for a North American Union and a global union, or a New World Order.
It was and is about the people appointed to power by this Renegade-in-Chief, made possible only by his selection, election and reelection.
As the Denial Virus has become an epidemic, it is unlikely that simply removing the carriers from office, positions of power, or from the captured corporate media will be enough to save the patient, the United States. Left unchecked for so long and exacerbated by those in positions of trust, and those we trusted, regardless of party affiliation, the Denial Virus has caused extreme damage to the essential functions of the body at large.
It would appear that the only effective conservative treatment in order to save those yet to be infected is to "quarantine" the carriers and those who have deliberately acted to spread the deadly virus so they might no longer pose a threat to our nation. Once quarantined, live "trials" should follow.
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The Obama Presidency Implodes
Americans have been accustomed to being a leading military and economic power since the end of World War Two and he has been undermining that in every way possible.
June 25, 2014
The first time I heard the term "military advisors" it was being used by John F. Kennedy and they were being sent to South Vietnam. A strong anti-communist, in 1961 Kennedy approved financing an increase in the size of the South Vietnamese army from 150,000 to 170,000 along with sending a thousand U.S. military advisors to help train them. We all know how the Vietnam War ended.
Earlier, the North Korean attack on the South had ended in a stalemate. Technically a state of war still exists. Since 1953, the U.S. has maintained a military force in South Korea. In the wake of World War II, we still have a military presence in Europe and Japan to aid in their defense.
Obama’s announcement that 300 military advisors are being sent to Iraq is too little, too late.
As of this writing Americans are witnessing what happened when Obama withdrew from Iraq and are anticipating the same result when we withdraw from Afghanistan. Yes, we were and are war-weary, but we do not like what we’re seeing in Iraq and the President’s foreign policy failures are compounding by the day.
We are weary, too, after six and a half years of the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. It has taken this long for all the predictions regarding his lack of experience and competence to come true.
The polls taken during the past week provide evidence of this. Gallup’s job approval poll of June 9-15 showed that 42% of "national adults" approved. Over at Rasmussen Reports, Obama’s job approval on June 21 was 48%. Asked by Rasmussen if the nation is headed in the right direction or not, 67% of likely voters said it was not. Reacting to the immigration invasion crisis a Gallup found that 69% thought he was doing a poor job.
We are witnessing the implosion of the Obama presidency
Depending on events, polls rise and fall, but the numbers indicate a growing loss of confidence in Obama’s decisions and actions to date. I suspect that what they do not show is a growing sense of the man as utterly untrustworthy and increasingly distant from the demands of the office.
We are witnessing the implosion of the Obama presidency.
All presidencies have a scandal or two, usually relatively minor in the grand scheme of national management. Watergate was considered minor initially and took two years to materialize into the scandal that forced Nixon to resign. Obama, however, has generated directly and indirectly enough scandals for their combined weight to begin being noticed even by those who pay little attention to Washington, D.C.
The worst of the latests has been the revelation of how the Internal Revenue Service was politicized to attack organizations that were deemed to be affiliated with the Tea Party movement and patriotic objectives. The "loss" of Lois Lerner’s emails and others smells of the destruction of evidence Congress has demanded. The one element of the government that virtually all Americans interact with is the IRS.
Other scandals, like Solyndra, representing the waste of billions on wind and solar companies, many of which went bankrupt after receiving all manner of grants and loans, did not registered in a similar fashion. The wiretapping of Associated Press reporters’ phone calls likewise did not evoke widespread concern. The failure of the "stimulus" that spent billions without producing an uptick in the economy was seen as just another way the government wastes our money. Even "Fast and Furious" in which thousands of weapons were purchased and transferred to Mexican drug cartels did not evoke more than a short expression of dismay.
Benghazi, however, in which a U.S. ambassador died along with three others, remains an unresolved scandal as much for the lies about a video as its cause as for the tragedy of the abandonment of those killed. The release of five leaders of the Taliban from Guantanamo without letting Congress know has piled on the previous scandals to a point where serious concerns about both Obama’s judgment have arisen.
What remains now is a combination of the President’s increasing use of Executive Orders to create as much mischief as possible along with the perception that he simply does not care what Americans in general and Congress in particular thinks about what he is doing. There is talk in the House of bringing a legal suit against the President regarding his heavy use of Executive Orders to bypass Congress while initiating policies that require congressional inclusion and oversight.
Those of us who pay close attention to what the President is doing know that the ultimate aim of his actions in office has been to harm the nation in a variety of ways from reducing our military to pre-World War Two levels to destroying a large element of the nation’s electrical energy supply by forcing coal-fired plants out of business.
Ultimately, the implosion of the Obama presidency has been the realization that he has put the nation at risk of the world’s bad actors by causing America’s global leadership position to erode. Americans have been accustomed to being a leading military and economic power since the end of World War Two and he has been undermining that in every way possible.
Voter payback is likely to see a major shift of political power in Congress away from the Democratic Party in the forthcoming midterm elections and would enable Republicans to slow or stop further damage to the nation. Failing that, the fate of the nation will be a great risk.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Alan has a daily blog called Warning Signs.
Alan can be reached at acaruba@aol.com
No, Obama is Not Above the Law
We are watching this 226-year-old republic being put at great risk of survival
June 8, 2014
It was hard enough trying to keep up with the revelations of various scandals that have been the product of the Obama administration, but now into the second year of his second term, the news of its actions—some of which are illegal, some of which ignore Congress’s authority, and some of which seemed determined to destroy our economy and attack our constitutional freedoms—all keep assaulting our comprehension.
Like many Americans I have fears of losing our freedoms as set forth in the Bill of Rights. I have doubts about an almost invisible "recovery" of the economy when 92,009,000 are still not in the labor force. I look at the Obama presidency and see one that seems increasingly lawless and witless in so many ways.
The latest assault was the exchange of five Taliban detainees, top field commanders, for an American soldier who administration spokeswoman, Susan Rice, said had served with "honor and distinction." Like her lies about the Benghazi attack, this too was a lie. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had, we swiftly learned, walked away from his post in Afghanistan. That makes him a deserter, something the administration must surely have known. Giving up the Taliban leaders, done without the required thirty days’ notice to Congress, looks more like Obama’s intention to empty Guantanamo than the claim of retrieving an alleged POW. Negotiations to achieve this had been ongoing for months.
This comes at a time when a report by the think tank, the Rand Corporation, spells out a 58% increase from 2010 to 2013 of jihadist groups worldwide, from 31 to 49, and a doubling of the number of jihadist fighters to an estimated 100,000. In addition, the report notes the number of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates had increased to roughly 1,000 from 392. As Seth G. Jones, the author of the report, says, "The current trends suggest that the struggle against extremism is likely to be a generational one, much like the Cold War."
Not exactly the "end of a war" that Obama keeps talking about.
At the same time Obama turned five Taliban commanders loose, his Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced the creation of a special task force within the Justice Department to combat what he characterized as "escalating danger" from "homegrown" terrorists within the U.S. Given the fact that we have a huge Department of Homeland Security, created after 9/11, one wonders why such a task force is necessary, but we are told it will be composed of members of the FBI and the Department’s National Security Division.
The Obama administration is the same one in which the Internal Revenue Service targeted Tea Party and patriot groups seeking non-profit status. A pattern of using the government against them reflects an agenda to target any American who disagrees and speaks up against the abuse or neglect of constitutional rights.
One of those is the right to own and bear guns, but this is also an administration that has made many efforts to curb the Second Amendment and gun ownership.
At the same time, we have read reports of massive purchases of ammunition and weapons by various elements of the federal government. One can understand the need to arm agents of the FBI and Homeland Security, but why did the Postal Service and Social Security agency, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration need to purchase lots of ammunition?
Concurrent with this has been the deliberate reduction in the nation’s military strength to a point that rivals what existed prior to World War Two. We have a far smaller navy. Our Air Force has both older and fewer aircraft. Our Army and Marine units have far fewer men and women in active service. There are concerns about the capabilities of our National Guard as well. Meanwhile, police forces around the nation are being given military-level vehicles and weaponry.
Largely unknown to most Americans is the National Defense Authorization Act which empowers the U.S. military, under presidential authority, to arrest, kidnap, detain without trial, and hold indefinitely American citizens thought to "represent an enduring security threat to the United States."
Reportedly, a study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterized Americans who are "suspicious of centralized federal authority," and "reverent of individual liberty" as "extreme right-wing" terrorists." Does that include members of the Tea Party movement? Members of the National Rifle Association and of veterans organizations? Opponents of abortion? All have been described as potential domestic terrorists by elements of the Obama administration
A friend-of-the-court brief in a case opposing the Act, stated: "The central question now before the court is whether the federal judiciary will stand idly by while Congress and the president establish the legal framework for the establishment of a police state and the subjugation of the American citizenry through the threat of indefinite military arrest and detention, without the right to counsel, the right to confront one’s accusers, or the right to trial."
Writing at World Net Daily, Bob Unrah noted that "The new law authorizes the President to use ‘all necessary and appropriate force’ to jail those ‘suspected’ of helping terrorists.’" Since the law passed," reported Unrah, "multiple states have passed laws banning its enforcement."
While Obama is releasing declared enemies of the nation to return to the battlefield, he and his Attorney General are expressing concerns about homegrown terrorists and the mere accusation of being sympathetic to terrorism will be enough to get a lot of people detained without any Bill of Rights protections.
Obama has unleashed the Environmental Protection Agency to assert new limits on greenhouse gas emissions by many, if not most, of the nation’s 600 coal-fired plants that generate electricity. Many plants have already closed their doors. Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, responded saying, "President Obama and the Democrats are once again unleashing the Environmental Protection Agency on the American people. This is Obamacare for the environment: guaranteed to raise costs, reduce choices, and destroy an existing industry. By the time the EPA is finished, millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark."
David Rothbard and Craig Rucker of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), another leading think tank, warned that states will be required to impose "cap-and-tax regimes like the ones Congress has wisely and repeatedly refused to enact. Others will be forced to close perfectly good, highly reliable coal-fueled power plants that currently provide affordable electricity for millions of families, factories, hospitals, schools and businesses. The adverse impacts will be enormous."
This is a pattern of activity that will harm the U.S. economy by reducing the production of energy vital to nation’s current and future growth. In a similar fashion, the Obama administration has reduced access to explore and extract vast offshore energy resources and those that exist on federal lands.
Taken together these and other actions put at risk the future and the freedoms Americans have enjoyed since the U.S. Constitution became effective on June 21, 1788. We are watching this 226-year-old republic being put at great risk of survival.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Alan has a daily blog called Warning Signs.
Alan can be reached at acaruba@aol.com
Here are a few artciles and videos regarding Obama's decision to release five top level terrorists in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
Death Penalty a Possibility in Bergdahl Case
Desertion in Time of War in an active war zone
By Jerry McConnell
June 11, 2014
A United States citizen military person recently deserted his Army post of duty, potentially endangering all his fellow military members of an Army unit in Afghanistan. At this writing not all details of the incident have been revealed, but the perpetrator, Bowe Bergdahl, Sergeant, US Army has been identified positively.
The entire country along with perhaps the citizens of Afghanistan and most of the international community are learning more details of the incident as the days go by. I will try to stay within the known confines of the event. But we can be certain that the official charges to be imposed on Bergdahl will be Desertion in Time of War in an active war zone, for which the official punishment could be the death penalty.
There is now and will be much controversy with the potential death sentence. Without doubt another schism of ‘anti’ and ‘pro’ groups will be at each others’ throats and in their faces with their pleas for lenience for the perpetrator (in this case it should be spelled perpetraitor) as that is what he is to his fellow service members upon whom he laid the possibility of danger and as it has already proven to be a death sentence for others.
These innocents, just in the days following Bergdahl’s desertion, six of his former comrades-in-arms lost their lives while searching for the missing Sergeant. Details have not been released on those deaths. But in the short time since this action began the entire mission of the organization has been dealt a serious blow to continuity and overall protection to the entire personnel contingent along with precious weapons and materials.
This is a not a situation of mixed-up formation or blown assignments causing some injuries, this is a flagrant violation of standing orders of maintaining a soldier’s post, which has already caused the command the loss of SIX PERSONS all active duty combat assignment people. It gives more credence to the validity of the death penalty for A PERSON who violates orders and directly causes death for SIX OTHERS.
Our ‘anything but’ Commander in Chief and his National Security Advisor, the unreliable Susan Rice
Our ‘anything but’ Commander in Chief and his National Security Advisor, the unreliable Susan Rice have botched up the information released to the public as reported in a National Review Online, June 03, 2014 article "Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash, by LCol. Ralph Peters, US Army (Ret.) wherein Peters stated: "The president and Ms. Rice seem to think that the crime of desertion in wartime is kind of like skipping class."
Colonel Peters, a seasoned veteran in reporting on military happenings and related stories, does not mince words and always lays the blame where it should be. In this case, with the CIC and his Advisor, who is not a particularly reliable person for that responsibility. Here’s more of the Colonel’s comments: "Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military. I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops."

Very unclassy and gauche Obama moments
Peters explained further about Rice appearing on a Sunday talk show, "described Bergdahl as having served ‘with honor and distinction.’ Those serving in uniform and those of us who served previously were already stirred up, but that jaw-dropper drove us into jihad mode."
Peters added, "Nobody in the inner circle of Team Obama has served in uniform. It shows. That bit about serving with "honor and distinction" is the sort of perfunctory catch-phrase politicians briefly don as electoral armor."
Even our ineffective Commander-in-Chief has lately been bitten by the "saying the wrong things at the wrong time" syndrome as we have all witnessed with his botching of the scandalous happenings at what seems to the public to be the entire Veterans Administration medical facilities or ignoramusly chewing gum during the memorial services for the WWII soldiers in a French cemetery.
These very unclassy and gauche Obama moments have not gotten past Col. Peters who noted in his column that "he has so little understanding of (or interest in) the values and traditions of our troops that he and his advisers really believed that those in uniform would erupt into public joy at the news of Bergdahl’s release." They also brought about the remark a handful of paragraphs above that Obama and Ms. Rice placed desertion on a par with ‘skipping class.’
As Peters reminds us, Obama and Rice "have no idea of how great a sin, desertion in the face of the enemy, is to those in our military. The only worse sin is to side actively with the enemy and kill your brothers in arms. Nor, during the recent VA scandal, had the president troubled himself to host the families of survivors of those vets who died awaiting care. No, the warmest attention our president has ever paid to a ‘military family’ was to Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl."
Jerry McConnell is a longtime resident of planet earth with one half century on the seacoast of NH. He is a community activist but promises not to run for President and he feeds ACORN’s to the squirrels. He can be emailed at lethrneck@comcast.net with complaints or the editor at letters@canadafreepress.com with favorables.

Obama narrative about Bergdahl deal torched by ...MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell?
Et tu, Andrea?

June 10, 2014
Yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviewed State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, and let’s just say it didn’t go well. Harf was, no doubt, expecting a barrage of Mitchell’s standard pillowy-soft softball questions. Instead, she got taken to the woodshed by a woman who is usually one of the Obama administration’s most slavish allies.
Mitchell absolutely obliterated the official line about the President notifying Congress of the Bergdahl prisoner swap. She also torched the administration claim that Congress hadn’t been briefed about the Bin Laden raid, and she roasted the concept that notifying the legislature would have endangered Bergdahl’s life. It got so bad that Harf actually accused Mitchell of rewriting history.
"Well," Harf said, "We can recreate history on Bin Laden, but when it comes to Bergdahl, which is, I think, what’s most important today, the architecture of this entire swap had been briefed and quite frankly was discussed publicly."
Which, of course, it wasn’t - and the host refused to let her guest off the hook. In short, for one brief, shining, moment Andrea Mitchell did the job of an actual reporter and called The White House on its parade of lies.
I don’t really expect it will happen, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could see more of this?

Marie Harf, Andrea Mitchell Battle Over Briefing Congress
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Obama's Waterloo
By Frosty Wooldridge
June 10, 2014
In the past week, we discovered that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Islamic Al-Qaeda’s only prisoner of war, deserted his post while serving with his unit in Afghanistan. Instead of a hero’s welcome, he can expect a court martial with hard time.
In addition, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, broke the law by not conferring with Congress by giving 30 days notice when he bartered five mastermind Muslim terrorists back into their own ranks. Obama remains in contempt of the U.S. Constitution with a new status: he faces charges of aiding and abetting the enemy.
Both Bergdahl and Obama face hard questions on what it means to be serving our country. Both clearly think themselves above the law. Both clearly broke the law. Both need to face a court of justice.
"Yes, we resented Bergdahl," said Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s former Army team leader. "And we were upset with the fact that we were looking for this guy who we knew walked away."
After Bergdahl deserted, six Army soldiers lost their lives trying to recover a man who walked away from his post. When the dust settles, Bergdahl faces a court martial for desertion. He faces hard time in a military prison.
Before he deserted, he emailed his parents this final note: "The US Army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies."
His father, a Muslim, wrote back, "Dear Bowe, In matters of life and death, and especially at war, it is never safe to ignore one’s conscience."
Three days later, at 5:30 a.m., a fellow soldier tried to awaken Bergdahl for guard duty. His body armor and weapon remained, but Bergdahl vanished.
A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that the evidence proved incontrovertibly that Bergdahl walked away from his unit. If Army brass fulfills their command duties, Bergdahl faces prison for desertion. He faces the wrath of the families of six other Army soldiers who lost their lives trying to recover the deserter.
On top of that intrigue on the world stage, Mr. Barack Obama, already
shredding the U.S. Constitution with his "Fast and Furious" gun running, Benghazi cover-up, granting amnesty unlawfully, his lack of a valid Social Security number, sealing all his records to conceal his very questionable past, lack of enforcing our immigration laws, suing states to stop them from enforcing their immigration laws—and the list grows—now faces "aiding and abetting" the enemy by turning over, not just five Muslim ground grunts, but five of the biggest masterminds of the Islamic terrorist network. Those guys return to planning the next 9/11. How stupid would that make Barack Obama, himself a Muslim by his own admission? Answer: pretty smart! He captured the White House and now he aids the Islamic enemy by returning their best mastermind killers.
Additionally, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-CA) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (R-OK), wrote in a statement, "Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk."
The President broke the law by releasing the five GITMO terrorists. The law requires our sitting president to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance before transferring any prisoner out of GITMO. He gave no notification. He made a unilateral decision. There needs to be a full investigation and consequences – articles of impeachment, for starters.
What questions does this entire fiasco in our foreign policy bring to mind? Who runs our government if not a mob of madmen? What will history report on this myopic, misguided and dishonest president?
Why do we remain in Afghanistan for 12 years of killing, social insanity and over $1 trillion wasted on a goat-herder Islamic society? What kinds of minds drive such stupid, insidious and mindless wars like Iraq and Afghanistan? Why do we "educated and freedom-loving" Americans allow such stupidity to continue? Why do we allow our own government to carry on "private wars" with a volunteer army for the profits of corporations and bankers
Is Bergdahl guilty of desertion or did he wake up to America’s war-prone insanity? Is Obama a sagacious president or a chronic liar?
We citizens of this Constitutional Republic need to ask ourselves if we want to continue our apathy that allows such pathetic leadership or engage in electing leaders who truly work for the intelligent future of America. If we elect more Obama’s, Harry Reid’s, Charles Schumer’s, John McCain’s, Mark Udall’s, Orrin Hatch’s, Barbara Boxer’s, Diane Feinstein’s and the like—we shall endure more Afghanistan’s with all the insanity created by endless wars and incompetent decisions by incompetent presidents.
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Bergdahl, Here We Go Again
By J.B. Williams
June 6, 2014
Once again, the American people have been betrayed by the Obama administration and blatantly lied to by administration officials. The anti-American Islam-friendly Obama regime has unilaterally and in violation of U.S. law, traded five high risk Taliban leaders detained at Club Gitmo for a traitor to the U.S. Military.
Let’s recap events prior to this "prisoner exchange."
Since taking office in 2009, the Obama administration has used American military and intelligence assets to topple governments in the following sovereign nations – Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and the Sudan. In every case, the Obama regime has worked to fund, arm, train and elevate the Muslim Brotherhood into power all over the Middle East (ME).
In Benghazi, the Obama regime placed known ME terrorists in charge of security at our diplomatic facilities, only to sit back and watch as those terrorists launched a full scale assault on the facility killing four Americans. Susan Rice was sent out to peddle a bold faced lie about an obscure YouTube video that nobody had ever seen before the Clinton State Department uploaded and circulated the clip only hours before the Benghazi attack. – There have been six congressional investigative hearings since, with zero results.
A year before that, members of SEAL TEAM 6, 30 U.S. service members total,
were murdered in Afghanistan on a U.S. Chinook helicopter call sign Extortion 17. The team was placed on the wrong aircraft, not split up on separate aircraft as was protocol for the team. Seven Afghans on the flight manifest were pulled off the chopper moments before launch and seven other Afghans were placed on the mission who did not appear on the flight manifest. The story only gets worse from there… - There has only been one congressional investigative hearing to date, in which none of the critical questions were asked or answered and the DOD Special Forces representative committed blatant perjury.
Before that, nineteen Middle Eastern Muslims hijacked American passenger airliners and flew them into the World Trade towers in New York City, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing more than 3000 innocent American civilian men, women and children in the greatest terrorist attack in world history. Muslims have been allowed to celebrate those attacks on American streets every year since and today, a display honoring Islam is erected on the same soil where thousands of innocent citizens died.
Meanwhile, the Obama regime has opened up our boarders allowing God knows who to pour into our country by the millions while fighting for their "citizenship." In addition, the Obama regime has named convert to Islam Brennen head of the CIA and imported thousands of ME Muslims to the U.S. through an insane "refugee resettlement" program, bringing thousands of Muslims into our country for the purpose of "changing" American society.
The moral to this story is if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck.
That brings us back to Bergdahl…
The Department of Defense has known about Bergdahl for five years. They even had a "shoot to kill" order out on Bergdahl at one point. He is not an American hero, as portrayed by Obama and his minion Susan Rice. His fellow soldiers have come forward and spoken out against Bergdahl. Bergdahl is a known deserter -- Someone who went AWOL from his unit and sought out the Taliban, not to attack them, but rather to join them.
Bergdahl was very outspoken in his disdain for America’s involvement in Afghanistan. He spent five years helping the Taliban at the expense of American lives. The five terrorists released from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl are "the worst of the worst." They were all high-level Taliban, including two deputy ministers, two Taliban governors and a head of security -- four of the five involved in heroin trafficking, drug wars and mass murder.
The Obama regime told the American people that they were released with "conditions and restrictions." But upon arrival in Qatar, they received a hero’s welcome and were immediately released into the general population without "conditions or restrictions."
Despite being caught in an act of treason buried in a mountain of lies, Obama still says "No apology for terrorist trade deal…"
It all adds up to "treason…" – An act of aiding and abetting the enemy while in combat.
Bergdahl is a traitor to the United States. But Obama has committed treason by releasing five known high-level terrorists in exchange for one known traitor who has been portrayed by the Obama regime as some new form of American hero.
Back home in the U.S. the planned hero’s welcome for Bergdahl was cancelled by the City Council after receiving word that a mass demonstration against Bergdahl was developing.
In contrast, compare this story to that of California native turned Al Qaeda leader Adam Yahiye Gadahn. Once confirmed as a traitor to the U.S. involved in acts of treason against the U.S., Gadahn was charged with treason by the United States in October of 2006. Gadahn became the video face of Al Qaeda releasing video after video championing Muslim attacks on U.S. targets worldwide.
On August 19, 2013 - Gadahn released a new video praising the death of Libya's U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and urges wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards so they can kill others. Gadahn is a traitor who remains at large aiding and abetting known Muslim terrorists against the west.

Gadahn was immediately identified as a traitor and charged with treason. But that was during the Bush administration. Under Obama, being a traitor engaged in treason makes you some sort of hero
In the last 24 hours, instead of witnessing treason charges against Bergdahl, we are again witness to Susan Rice, the least credible member of the incredible Obama regime, telling Americans that despite all of the known evidence and affirmation by DOD officials and fellow soldiers, America has it wrong and Obama was right to break the law and trade terrorists for a traitor. If you think Rice is acting or speaking on her own, think again… She was handed a script full of known lies! – Just like the script she was handed for Benghazi
And, last but not least, the Republican response was delivered by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who confirmed only hours later… Obama has broken the law, aided and abetted our enemies, committed treason by illegally releasing five Taliban commanders in exchange for one American traitor become terrorist, and "if he does it again, we will impeach!

If he does it again?

Obama and his ilk have been aiding and abetting the enemy for five years now, all over the Middle East and in the U.S.
Barack Hussein Obama is a known fraud. He has worked to destroy our constitutional republic while aiding and abetting known enemies all over the globe. He has acted like a dictator with complete immunity from a totally corrupt and impotent congress. And now, he has returned five known terrorists to the battle in exchange for one well-known traitor to the U.S., all of it under the guise of "hope and change.
Graham says "if he does it again…?" He has done it every day for over five years now
The Republican controlled House could have initiated impeachment against Barack Obama and his regime a hundred times for a thousand offenses over the past five years, without a single Democrat vote. They have refused to do so despite the desperate condition of our failing Republic.
But that’s not the worst news….
The worst news is that Americans have become so accustomed to watching treason play out on their TV daily that every new revelation of just how evil, corrupt and criminal the Obama regime is, only draws a collective yawn…
Over 70% of Americans oppose everything that Obama has done to America over the past five years, but where are they and what are they doing about it?
At the heart of Americas problems is that problem -- Obama can do whatever the American people are willing to tolerate and clearly, even Republicans in congress will tolerate anything they think the people lack the courage to confront.
In any self-governed society, the buck stops with the people. America is on life support in every respect. But it is only as sick as the American people have allowed it to become.
Whatever America becomes tomorrow is in the hands of the people. Bergdahl is a traitor and so is Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice and everyone in this sick regime complicit in these acts. If they allow criminals like Obama to destroy it, they will have the country they deserve.
Only when the people summon the courage to confront all of it, will they be able to resolve any of it!
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WATCH: Fellow Soldiers Continue to Detail Bergdahl's Betrayal and Desertion
Jun 04, 2014
As the Obama administration continues to staunchly defend the decision to bring Bowe Bergdahl home as a hero, many of his fellow soldiers and parents of soldiers who were killed looking for him are continuing to speak out about how he deserted them on the battlefield, a move they consider a major betrayal. Watch some of their statements below.
Sgt. Matt Vierkan on CNN:
"I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him." Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

PFC Jose Baggett on Fox News:
"He walked off so our mission changed and since our mission changed people were put at risk and people's lives were lost because we were searching for him."
"This isn't a political stand point for me at all, I don't have any political views on anything about it all, it's just the facts and the fact is our mission changed and it was because Bowe Bergdahl left and he left on his own accord."

Army medic Josh Cornelison on Fox News:
"He deserted his post willfully and purposefully."
"We spend 90 days after he immediately left, there were extra assets brought over to us and there was increased activity on the ground and it made it very easy for the Taliban to pick and choose what targets they wanted to hit and it was just a field day for them."
"He left me and my platoon and he walked away on his own will and conscious."
"Bergdahl being traded for these five Taliban individuals and then coming back to the United States and being treated as a hero, that's incredibly frustrating, incredibly infuriating because there are men and women, especially men who I knew in Afghanistan died looking for him. Those are the heroes, Bergdahl who walked away, who deserted his post, he is not a hero."
"He is a deserter and needs to be held 100 percent accountable for his actions."

Parents of Pfc. Matthew Martinek, who was killed searching for Bergdahl on Fox News:
"The comments that have been made about bringing him [Bergdahl] home as a hero are very disconcerting to me."
"How do you consider somebody who serves with honor who is disrespecting his own fellow soldiers that are about him and on top of all that my son who goes and looks for him because he went AWOL, is killed."
"Absolutely [Bergdahl should be charged and prosecuted."

Sergeant Evan Buetow, Bergdahl's team leader:
"He walked away."
Barack Hussein Obama Legacy: Enemy to Humankind
Obama didn’t release 5 Islamic terrorists. It appears that he freed 6
June 3, 2014
There are so many crimes committed by Obama and his syndicate that choosing a few for any column is—almost—a monumental task. For example, Obama does not uphold many US laws…if he doesn’t like them. In most Presidential Administrations this—in itself—would be considered a crime. In the Obama syndicate, however, it isn’t even a blip on the country’s radar…and certainly not worthy of the now Marxist Media’s attention.
Actually, almost no crime committed by Dictator-in-Chief Obama and his growing criminal syndicate appears to attract much interest—at all—from the traditional (aka totalitarian-supporting) US media. The only thing important to the media has been protecting one of their own—Obama—whom they view as being a Marxist; something the American press has strangely loved for decades and who will destroy the golden goose USA that has allowed them to spew their bile. Note: On the Left, stupidity seems to have no perceptible boundaries.
The latest Obama misadventure into the dark side involves both the US Veterans’ Administration and a documented deserter from the US military Bowe Bergdahl.
Veterans’ Lives for Dollars
Employees of the V.A. were expected to make appointments with doctors for veterans (who had called in to request them) within a 2-week period. If that didn’t consistently occur, these employees would not receive their bonuses for "good scheduling." The V.A., in multiple locations nationwide, then began to place Vets who called in on "select lists" which have now been proved to be death sentences. Thus far, between 40-100 Vets’ deaths have been reported as likely attributed to their never being able to obtain an appointment with a doctor at the V.A. This is the V.A.’s version of "death panels"…death panels which were, by the way, illegally added back into ObamaCare AFTER the Orwellian bill was passed. The V.A. employees were caught placing our veterans on secret lists that disallowed them from receiving any treatment at all. Why? Because , if they hadn’t done so they might not have received those bonus checks! Veterans’ lives were lost for V.A. employees’ bonuses…and they knew it.
Muslim Deserter Hailed as a Hero
First and foremost—surprise surprise—Obama broke the law, yet again. This time, it was actually a law that he signed last year advising that he must give Congress 30 days notice of any and all prisoner releases from Guantanamo Bay. Note: I suspect as he signed the law, into existence Obama now believes he can "unsign" it. This is bad enough but, even worse is the fact that he released the 5 worst prisoners from the prison…the cream of the Taliban Terrorist crop. And why you may ask? For the Taliban to release a US soldier whom it had "captured" and "imprisoned." The reason for the italics is the following. The "prisoner"—aka Bowe Bergdahl—was a deserter from the US military who wanted to be recruited by and was looking for the Taliban. On 30 June, 2009 when Bergdahl likely hid away in a delivery truck, he left a note saying that he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He, also, is reported to have said that he relinquished his US citizenship. Obama’s military is refusing to release the letter that others reporting on this have already seen. Bergdahl is also said to have converted—voluntarily—to Islam. However, considering his parents; performance with their good friend Obama last Saturday, its likely that he was already a Muslim. The father’s beard is long and trimmed in the manner of a devotee of an Islamic faithful and, speaking in Arabic, as Liberty News reports the elder Bergdahl stated: "Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim" —which means "In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate." After Bergdahl finished his statement [which also denigrated US policies and the US military’s actions in Afghanistan] and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him." So, it appears that Bowe’s parents are Muslims and faithful to the Taliban cause. Can a US soldier who wants to renounce his US citizenship and leaves his post via desertion even be one of the ‘good guy’s at all, let alone the "hero" that the Obama syndicate is working to push on us? No…not even close.
So, what do we have here? A dictator who used a willing and likely Taliban-trained Bergdahl—who had been waiting in the wings for 5 years for just this moment in time as the catalyst to trade prisoners for a soldier; albeit one who has dishonored himself. In essence, Obama didn’t release 5 Islamic terrorists. It appears that he freed 6.
Ed Begley, Jr.—recently caught in his own dishonorable and anti-American admissions by James O’Keefe—may have said it best: "Perhaps Hollywood is not as genuine as it seems. Washington and Hollywood are a lot alike; illusions, special effects, smoke and mirrors." That certainly sums up Obama’s false flag events and the way he and his syndicate are running the country. In the end, I suspect that Obama’s legacy will be one of lies, sleight of hand and as the bringer of tremendous suffering to those he was hired to serve; that and very possibly as the worst totalitarians in history. Humans are, quite obviously, not Obama’s favorite sort of beings.
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them"—Matthew 7: 18-20
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Former Fed Prosecutor: Release of Prisoners Impeachable Offense:
NYT: Bergdahl left a note saying that he was deserting: Islam At White House: Watch Released Deserter Bowe Bergdahl’s Father Praise Allah Before Being Hugged By Barack Hussein Obama:
Bergdahl's parents speak at White House  
Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news. Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows.
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Freed terrorists arrive to hero’s welcome. Taliban overjoyed that U.S. has ‘officially recognized our status'
Afghans slaughter goats in celebration of release....
June 3, 2014
Here in the United States, a firestorm of controversy is swirling around the release of 5 top level terrorists in exchange for one anti-American deserter.
Meanwhile, Obama is roaming around Europe, Carney and Rice are spinning two different stories, and the administration is trying desperately trying to maintain the fallacy that it didn’t negotiate with terrorists to broker their illegal deal. Instead, as Susan Rice claims, the White House maintains that it has dealt only with Qatar - the nation to which the 5 Taliban masterminds were sent.
So, how were these killers received when they landed on friendly soil? According to ABC News, they arrived free of shackles, free of custody, and received a hero’s welcome.
According to the administration, it wasn’t supposed to be like this. The former Gitmo inmates were supposed to be contained, and they were to face at least a year’s worth of something approaching house arrest.
U.S. officials have referred to the release of the Islamist militants as a transfer and said they would be subject to certain restrictions in Qatar. One of the officials said that would include a minimum one-year ban on them traveling outside of Qatar as well as monitoring of their activities.
Unfortunately, that’s not happening. The released prisoners are free to move around Qatar without restriction.
Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said on Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinized by Washington.
Judging by the clip above, they’re going to have a heck of a good time. In fact, if they ever get back to Afghanistan, they might have even more fun. According to The Daily Mail, the Taliban is throwing a nationwide party to celebrate its glorious victory over the United States.
Goats have been slaughtered and served up across Afghanistan as the Taliban celebrates the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees as part of a prisoner exchange.
A senior member of the Afghan Taliban has described the exchange of the five detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a ‘historic moment for us’.
Why is this such a big win for them? Well…
The Taliban commander told NBC News the exchange was the first time its ‘enemy’ had ‘officially recognized our status.’
He said: ‘Once we confirmed the arrival of our five heroes back in Qatar, celebrations started everywhere in Afghanistan and the neighboring Pakistan.’
He went on to say: ‘Goats are being slaughtered and served with guests and in some places goats are being cooked in rice.’
Isn’t that great? Rice! By dealing with terrorists, the United States has legitimized the Taliban, recognized them as a legitimate political force, and given them a major victory over the current administration. In one fell swoop, President Obama has managed to elevate and embolden an enemy that we’ve spent thousands of lives trying to defeat.Robert Laurie’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.comBe sure to "like" Robert Laurie over on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.
Rekindling 9/11-type terrorist attacks, Barack Obama style
The Mother of all Psyops
By Judi McLeod
June 2, 2014
Brace for it: U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on a speaking tour to equal the kind of money hauled in by Hillary Clinton’s public speaking engagements.
The Telegraph, June 1, 2014)
Some guys get parachuted into dangerous territory. Thanks to Obama, Sgt. Bergdahl gets to pirouette his way through life.
Festooned with yellow ribbons, the Telegraph-described "little mountain town" of Hailey "in the rural state of Idaho" from which Bergdahl hails is preparing a hero’s welcome for America’s unlikeliest POW who went AWOL (in this case, Absent Without Loyalty).
Banners ready greet Bergdahl read "Bowe is free at last!" and "Our prayers have been answered!"
For sure, the virulently anti-America Bowe is an answer to Obama’s prayers.
Woodsman Bob Bergdahl, who during the five-year-long campaign for his son’s release, lashed out at Obama, could be the only living Obama lasher who got a televised bear hug from the tongue lashed in the White House Rose Garden.
With frustrations mounting, father Bergdahl reportedly even tried to reach out to the Taliban directly.
He needn’t have bothered as Junior got there first and the first thing he did was to teach the Taliban badminton.
And get this sob sister description of his supposed struggle to speak English after five years in Taliban activity by the sympathetic Telegraph: "Sgt. Bergdahl is reportedly struggling to speak English after five years in captivity and his father caught Mr Obama’s aides offguard on Saturday when he began to speak Pashto before the television cameras at the White House."
English words Sgt. Bergdahl probably hasn’t forgotten: "I hate America".
With Obama beaming on, "I’m your father, Bowe," Bergdahl senior said in the language of his son’s captors.
Scores of American troops held captive for years in Viet Nam had no trouble speaking English upon their return home.
This is the tawdry, psyops tale of how Sgt. Bergdahl got to Pakistan. Lost in the telling of long tales, Bowe Bergdahl was never captured—he merely walked away from his base.
In other words, he merely deserted.
Deploying to Afghanistan in 2009, he walked away from his brothers in arms the very same year:
"These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid," he wrote in an email to his parents on June 27, 2009." (The Telegraph)
"Three days later, according to Rolling Stone, the 23-year-old soldier simply walked off his base in Patika province, carrying a knife, his diary and a small camera.
"He was captured almost immediately and - despite a frantic search by US troops, drones and helicopters - smuggled into Pakistan by Taliban fighters.
"A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl engaged with his captors, teaching them how to play badminton and inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas with them.
"He also reportedly grew fond of kawa, an Afghan green tea, helped with the cooking and became fluent in the Afghan languages of Pashto and Dari."
Was it while Sgt. Bergdahl was enjoying his green tea, that US troops died during the frantic search for him?"At least six Americans were killed trying to find him." (Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, June 1, 2014)It took the proverbial king’s ransom and a scandal-beleaguered Obama too get Sgt. Bergdahl released."The Taliban’s demands were high: they would exchange one low-ranking US soldier for five senior Afghan fighters being held at Guantánamo Bay. (The Telegraph)
"This week, Mr Obama agreed. The Guantánamo detainees were released into the custody of Qatar while Sgt Bergdahl was handed over to American special forces near the Pakistani border.
"The young soldier, who was healthy enough to walk to the helicopter that carried him to safety, is now being treated at a hospital in Germany.
"Chuck Hagel, the US secretary of defence, said the first priority is to restore his health before American intelligence officers begin to debrief him in the hope of extracting valuable information on the Taliban."
In good health or not, it is far more likely that Sgt. Bergdahl will be debriefing Hagel, who may soon learn that the Taliban force commander in Pakistan has a wicked overhead smash in badminton and likes goat milk in his green tea. Now that the horse is out of the barn, Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, is raising concerns over whether the tiny state of Qatar could prevent the former prisoners from again threatening the US.
"These are the hardest of the hardcore, these are the highest of the high risk people," Mr. McCain said. "It’s disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to re-enter the fight." (The Telegraph)
Earth to Sen. McCain: Like all Congress members, you were bypassed when the Taliban trade deal went down by your own president, who sooner or later will come up with a ridiculous counter that he has imposed a 1-year travel ban on the Taliban.
Remember when zero tolerance meant "We do not negotiate with terrorists?"
Now it applies to two-year-olds eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the shape of a gun and giving the proverbial kitchen sink to the Taliban.
They may be popping champagne corks in Hailey, Idaho, but the five Obama-released "Tally-ban" are laughing and taking care of business in Qatar.
Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
Judi can be emailed at: judi@canadafreepress.com
Obama’s Environmentalist Attack on America
The devastating consequences of the president’s unilateral enactment of cap-and-trade.
June 3, 2014
Apparently the reality that America’s economic output declined by 1 percent in the first quarter, retail and home sales are plummeting, and a record-setting 1 in 8 (or 10 million) American men in their prime working years between ages 25—54 aren’t working or looking for work will be no impediment for a president determined to impose a radical environmentalist agenda on the nation.
On Monday, the Obama administration announced the first-of-their-kind national limits on carbon emissions from the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. The proposed regulation, implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will demand a 30 percent cut in emissions by 2030.
At a Feb. 11, 2014 hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations related to the status of clean coal programs, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) spelled out the real-world consequences of such a plan, explaining that Americans could expect an increase in electricity costs ranging from 40 percent at a coal gasification facility, to as much as 80 percent at a pulverized coal power plant, according to the Department of Energy’s own documentation. The reliably leftist New York Times illuminates the implications, noting that the regulations could lead to the closing of "hundreds" of such facilities.
Unsurprisingly, the effort completely bypasses Congress, undoubtedly because it would be as DOA as it was when the Democratically-controlled legislative branch failed to pass such cap-and-trade legislation in 2010. Thus our constitutionally-comtemptuous president has rendered members of Congress superfluous, even as the EPA becomes their de facto replacement.
The administration offers a degree of flexibility in achieving these goals. They include allowing states to reduce emissions by installing solar, wind or other energy-efficiency technology, and by creating or joining cap-and-trade programs at the state or regional level that allow such entities to cap emissions, and then buy and sell permits that allow plants to continue to emit greenhouse gases—as long as they pay a suitable fee for doing so. That fee that will inevitably be passed down to consumers. Yet in keeping with the administration’s imperialist impulses, if such state- or regionally-imposed rules do not satisfy the EPA’s guidelines the agency will act unilaterally to force such entities into compliance.
Those affected are planning to sue. "Clearly, it is designed to materially damage the ability of conventional energy sources to provide reliable and affordable power, which in turn can inflict serious damage on everything from household budgets to industrial jobs," said Scott Segal, a lawyer with Bracewell & Giuliani, a firm representing coal companies in anticipated litigation. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt also plans to challenge the regulations in court. "The Clean Air Act clearly sets out a role for EPA to suggest guidelines, while granting states authority to develop and implement specific proposals to achieve the goals of the Clean Air Act," he told The Daily Caller News Foundation. "Should the EPA’s proposed regulation force states to adopt a ‚Äòcap and trade’ scheme or any other specific proposal, it would violate the law and likely be challenged in court."
Such challenges, as well as litigation anticipated by other industry groups and other states such as West Virginia, North Dakota, Alaska and Texas revolve around the EPA’s use of a little-used section of the Clean Air Act to create its new regulations. The implementation of section 111 (d) of the Act is necessitated by the reality that carbon dioxide isn’t regulated under major Clean Air Act programs that address air pollutants. The EPA claims it has used that section to previously regulate five sources of air pollutants, but none of those approach the magnitude of their attempt to regulate carbon dioxide.
As the Wall Street Journal explains, the relatively rare instances in which section 111 (d) has been invoked, creates the "unusual circumstance in which potential challengers to the carbon rules would be litigating largely on a blank slate against the EPA," thus testing "how far a president can go in using the long-standing air-pollution law to try to address climate change." The paper further notes that such a blank slate accrues to the EPA’s advantage, because courts generally give deference to administrative agencies, provided they are not imposing regulations in an "arbitrary and capricious manner."
Moreover, the courts have an already-established track record of siding with the EPA. Recent decisions include the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that allowed the EPA to curb power-plant emissions blowing across state lines, while appeals courts have upheld the right of the EPA to regulate mercury emissions from power plants, rules on auto emissions, and the agency’s 2009 contention that CO2 and other greenhouse gases posed a threat to public health. Washington environmental lawyer Sean Donahue spelled out the implications. "There’s more room to make legal arguments because the courts haven’t specified what the statute means and doesn’t mean, but it also leaves more room for the agency’s judgment," he explained.
It is a judgement completely aligned with global warming alarmism, irrespective of two realities. First, even if one buys the notion of global warming, the key word is "global." According to the International Energy Agency, by 2012 the United States had cut CO2 emissions more than any nation on earth since 2006, due in large part to the already occurring shift from coal to gas in the nation’s power sector. The world’s leading polluter is now China, which emitted 9.0 billion tons in 2012, compared to only 5.3 billion metric tons released by the U.S. By 2020 that total is expected to top 11.5 billion metric tons, while we remain flat, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Moreover, China and India will be constructing three-quarters of the 1,200 coal-fired plants being proposed globally, according to the World Resources Institute in Washington. As Robert Stavins, director of Harvard University’s Environmental Economics Program explained to Bloomberg News, even if America reduced its carbon emissions to zero, "global emissions would continue to increase. So, the direct impacts of the new power plant rules on atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations will be small."
The reasons for the increases are blindingly obvious: underdeveloped nations wish to raise their standard of living, and no amount of hectoring by the nation with one of the highest standard of living on the planet is likely to alter those ambitions in any substantial way. Nonetheless the administration remains tethered to the notion that cutting emissions will give American climate change negotiators a stronger hand at the United Nations General Assembly next fall, when governments engage in the attempt to hammer out a worldwide treaty by 2015. "I fully expect action by the United States to spur others in taking concrete action," said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.
In the meantime, such "concrete action" by the United States will do serious damage to an already damaged economy. "The administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs," Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) said in the GOP weekly address Saturday. "If it succeeds in death by regulation, we’ll all be paying a lot more money for electricity—
if we can get it." The Chamber of Commerce contends the new regulations will cost the economy $50 billion per year, and the loss of 3.5 million jobs over 15 years, while the National Center for Public Policy Research asserts that they will "disproportionately hurt lower income people and minorities."
The EPA counters that the cost will be "only" $8.8 billion annually in 2030, but "will lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion per year in 2030." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the jobs losses as a "doomsday scenario," and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claimed the nation will need "thousands of American workers in construction, transmission and more to make cleaner power a reality." President Obama asserted that carbon-dioxide emissions—which humans exhale with every breath—are a national health crisis. "We don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. "As president and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing."
So who’s right? As always, progressives ignore real world evidence that doesn’t accrue to their agenda. In Spain 2.2 jobs were destroyed for every green job created. In Italy, the capital needed to create one green job could create five in the general economy. In Denmark, the commitment to wind power generated the highest electricity rates in the EU. And in Germany, the green energy job creation myth is currently collapsing, as seven-out-of-ten green jobs will be lost without continuing government subsidies. Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, acknowledged inconvenient reality. "A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany, now nothing is left of all of that," he conceded.
Nothing is a relative term, and the real agenda here may be a familiar one: the Obama administration’s desire to have government determine the nation’s "winners" and "losers" by executive fiat. "Given the facts, we must consider the possibility that this is not about global warming at all but is instead simply another tax, and a relatively large one, that will be used to underwrite favors for Democratic interest groups while creating corporate subsidies for politically connected businesses—namely, those liberal financiers who have large financial positions in so-called clean-energy technologies and stand to make a hefty profit from government mandates for renewables," writes the editors of the National Review. "Come for the feel-good greenwashing, stay for the corporate welfare."
The EPA plan is slated to go into effect in June 2016, following a one-year comment period—and a likely plethora of lawsuits. In the meantime, Americans already beset by the weakest recovery since the Great Depression can anticipate what they will shortly endure as the result of what the Times characterizes as Obama’s "legacy-making global deal." America’s legacy, which now includes the reality that the middle class may be headed for extinction, is somehow lost in the mix. For progressives, destroying the economy is a small price to pay for "saving the planet."
Arnold was an op-ed columist with the NY Post for eight years, currently writing for JewishWorldReview.com and FrontPageMag.com. Arnold can be reached at: atahlert@comcast.net
Spanish Lesson For Obama
Green Energy Transition Unaffordable, May Crash Soon
Think of what’s happening in countries like Spain, Germany and Japan, where they’re making real investments in renewable energy. They’re surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries. This isn’t because they’re smarter than us, or work harder than us, or are more innovative than we are. It’s because their governments have harnessed their people’s hard work and ingenuity with bold investments — investments that are paying off in good, high-wage jobs — jobs they won’t lose to other countries. – President Barack Obama, 17 January 2009
Lawsuits may force Spain to bring its renewable energy experiment to an end. It’s a green policy fiasco that has gone terribly wrong due to astronomical costs. It’s a powerful lesson for the White House that has often cited the Spanish model as one to emulate. -–Global Warming Policy Foundation, 31 May 2014
The subsidies that are going to flow into green energy projects on the Iberian Peninsula amount to a staggering 200 billion euros. Approximately 56 billion euros have already been paid out. The remaining 143 billion euros are due to be paid out in the next 20 years for green energy projects that have already been connected to the grid, foremost for solar farms. Given these sums, it would appear that industry minister Jose Manuel Soria has come to the conclusion that the only option left is to put his foot down. He now plans to cut green subsidies for the energy sector by about 20 percent, to 7.5 billion euros per annum.—Ute Müller, Die Welt, 31 May 2014
This week, U.S. energy company Nextera Energy has summoned Spain before the International Centre for Settlement for Investment Disputes (ICSID) to demand redress. If solar investors win their case, Spain can expect claims for damages amounting to billions of euros. In such a case, the further expansion of renewable energy in Spain would then come to end end at once.—Ute Müller, Die Welt, 31 May 2014
Democrats in Republican-leaning states have a simple strategy for dealing with President Barack Obama’s upcoming power plant restrictions before the mid-term elections: Fight them, with the White House’s blessing. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs in the November congressional elections, Democrats’ hopes of maintaining their majority could rest on the very races where the new energy rules are deeply unpopular.—Jeff Mason, Reuters, 1 June 2014
Obama’s war on coal is exactly the ticket to fire up the president’s coastal elite base as well as very much what the international community wants. But it could be the death knell for the Democrats’ Senate hopes. If they lose the race to control the Senate it could be that global warming will be the issue that pushes Obama from a weak-second term incumbent to dead-in-the-water lame duck.—Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine, 27 May 2014

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