Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dutch Muslim "Yutes" Idolize ISIS Beheaders

According to a recent study
90 percent of Dutch Turks ages 18-35 consider the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) members heroes, and enthusiastically support their friends and neighbors who travel to Syria to join them. And 48 percent of Holland's 18-35-year-old Moroccan immigrants agree.
Only 90%, eh? Looks like that Dutch effort to integrate immigrants is working like a charm.

Iran Called "Inflexible" In Recent Nuke Talks

That's 'cuz we're "negotiating" while they're standing pat.

ISIS Takes Credit for Hagel's Outster, But a 'Toon Tweeted By the Jihadis' Supporters Show They Know Who's Really Responsible for Showing Him the Door

Here's the 'toon:

Obama's Bushwa

VDH thinks his biggest problem is that he's still obsessed with Dubya.

Poem for a Departing Non-Pushover

This one is by way of apology to a man who at first seemed befuddled, unfocussed and seriously out of his depth, but who--whadya know?--turned out to have a spine (such a rarity in the White House that it deserves to be acknowledged--and applauded):

A Defense Secretary named Chuck
Manifested a great deal of pluck.
Said Obama to Chuck,
"Man, your pluck sucks!"
And now poor Chuck's plum out of luck.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Longer Obama's In Office, The Further the U.S.'s "Personal Freedom" Ranking Falls

It's now ranked 21st in the world.

UNRWA Employees Celebrate Last Week's Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

To reiterate: UNRWA is rotten to the core.

Jihadi Wishful Thinking

A Palestinian imam preaching at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque sez:
"Oh Allah, eliminate America and its coalition. Oh Allah, enable us to cut off their heads. Oh Allah help our brothers, the mujahideen in the land of Iraq and Syria."
How adorbs. But doesn't he know that, according to Barack H. Obama, mujaheeds cutting off American and coalition heads has nothing to do with Islam?

"Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the U.S."

Yes, first and foremost of which is that both Hitler and Islam shared a romance for "struggle" (Hitler called his "Mein Kampf"; Islam's is called "jihad").

What a Joke!: Iran Nuke Deadline Pushed Back to July 2015

Why even call it a "deadline" when it's clear that it's no such thing.

Hagel "Bows Out" As Obama's Defense Sec'y

"Bows out"? Pushed out/thrown under the bus, more like.

Update: In what I suspect may be related news, a Saudi citizen who has been cooling his heels in Gitmo for more than a decade has been shipped back to Saudi Arabia. He's but one of a handful of the incarcerated who've been sprung this year:
"In the past two weeks, the Department of Defense has transferred seven detainees. These transfers include both the first Yemenis since 2010 and two transfers involving detainees made eligible by the Periodic Review Board process.
A total of 13 detainees have been transferred this year. This strikes a responsible balance and reflects the careful deliberation the Secretary of Defense brings to the transfer process, and follows a rigorous process in the interagency to review several items including security review prior to any transfer," said Mr. Paul Lewis, Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States' intent to transfer this individual and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard. The Periodic Review Board process was established by the president's March 7, 2011 Executive Order (EO) 13567.  
The United States is grateful to the Government of Saudi Arabia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Saudi Arabia to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures. 
Today, 142 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
My question: was this one reason Hagel was pushed out--because his release of Gitmo prisoners was too laggardly for an Oval Office that has been itching to close the joint a.s.a.p.?

Update: No wonder Hagel was unceremoniously shown the door. His propensity for telling the truth made him a total misfit in President Pinocchio's White House:
Departing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may have sealed his exit in this interview with Charlie Rose last week. Rose conducted the interview at the Pentagon.
In the interview, Hagel made two key points that serve as accusations that President Barack Obama is mismanaging the United States military and the ISIS threat.
Rose asked Hagel to elaborate on comments that he made in a speech at the Reagan Library last weekend. In that speech, Hagel said that America’s military capability, while still the best in the world, is being threatened.
Hagel re-iterated that to Rose, but also left viewers to wonder about the direction that President Obama is taking the military.
“I am worried about it, I am concerned about it, Chairman Dempsey is, the chiefs are, every leader of this institution,” Hagel said, including Pentagon leadership but leaving both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s names out of his list of officials who are worried about the U.S. military’s declining capability. Hagel said that the Congress and the American people need to know what while the U.S. military remains the strongest, best trained and most motivated in the world, its lead is being threatened because of policies being implemented now.
Hagel went on to note that a good leader prepares their institution for future success, saying that “the main responsibility of any leader is to prepare your institution for the future. If you don’t do that, you’ve failed. I don’t care how good you are, how smart you are, any part of your job. If you don’t prepare your institution, you’ve failed.”