Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
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Liberty’s Spirit has a new post out at the Times of Israel, The Importance of “People First” Language.
Nice Deb has a brand new post up at Breitbart, If Congress Wants to Stay Relevant as an Institution, They Should Not Stand Idly By And Let the President Take Their Power Away.
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So, let’s see what we have this week…
- Liberty’s Spirit – Bibi Needs to Keep the Ukraine in Mind this Week
- The Noisy Room – The Clear And Present Danger of Russian Expansionism
- Joshuapundit – The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means
- Ask Marion – Did Sarah Palin Predict Russia Invading Ukraine If Obama Got Elected?…
- Simply Jews – Western world and Ukraine: peacemakers for bandits?
- The Razor – Class is In Session for Obama
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – How Realism Failed with Russia
- VA Right! – What the Obamacare Numbers are NOT Telling Us – How Many Policies Have Been Bound?
- The Right Planet – So You Want a Con-Con, Huh?
- Bookworm Room – A story showing everything that’s wrong with bureaucracies: rules have replaced morals and human decency
- The Independent Sentinel – The Government Is Using Covert Operatives to Manipulate and Destroy People on the Internet
- Nice Deb – Spoiler Alert: New Liam Neesan Movie “Non-Stop” Is anti-American Garbage – NYC Audience Groaned When Villain Revealed
- Rhymes With Right – Proposed Resolutions For Republican Precinct Conventions
- The Glittering Eye – The Stupidest Advice
- The Colossus of Rhodey – If She Wins, The Country Is Already Down The Tubes
- The Mellow Jihadi – Irving Milchberg Sep 15 1927 ~ January 26 2014
- The Pirate’s Cove – A Pause In Warming Doesn’t Disprove Human Caused Hotcoldwetdry Or Something
- Victory Girls – A Message to the Patriots in Connecticut
- The Lonely Conservative – Ezekial Emanuel Is Really Looking Forward To The Demise Of Insurance Companies
- Jeffrey H. Anderson/Weekly Standard – Obamacare vs. Medicare submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Allen West – Obama and Hagel have surrendered our military strength submitted by The Noisy Room
- K.T. McFarland – How Obama could stop Putin’s Ukraine power grab without firing a shot submitted by Joshuapundit
- Rush Limbaugh – Arizona Fallout: Mr. Sulu Doesn’t Like Me; Gay Hairdresser Refuses Service to NM Gov submitted by Ask Marion
- George Szirtes – Israel and ‘Apartheid’ submitted by Simply Jews
- Walter Russell Mead – Putin Invades Crimea: Obama Hardest Hit? submitted by The Razor
- On Second Thought/New Republic – Mitt Was Right About Russia submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Washington Free Beacon – Obama Budget Will Add $8.3 Trillion To Debt submitted by VA Right!
- Paul Roderick Gregory/Forbes – Want Putin’s Attention On Ukraine? Follow His Money submitted by The Right Planet
- Peter Wehner/Commentary – Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence submitted by Bookworm Room
- Doug [email protected] – TERROR, TORTURE, MURDER: The Horrifying Truth Behind America’s Open Borders Policy submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- John Hayward, The Conversation – As the White House Turns submitted by Nice Deb
- Jack Matlock – Obama’s Confrontation over Ukraine Has Increased Putin’s Support at Home submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Elder of Ziyon – The epic meltdown of an Israel hater at UCLA (NOW WITH MUSIC VIDEO!) submitted by The Watcher
- John C.Goodman – Why We Lost The War On Poverty submitted by The Watcher
- Raymond Ibrahim – Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group? submitted by The Watcher
- Heather MacDonald/City Journal – Is the Criminal-Justice System Racist? submitted by The Watcher
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enters the courtyard at the Union Bank Building where she spoke at the annual Boys and Girls Club fundraiser luncheon in Long Beach, Calif., on March 4, 2014; comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram)
What happens when everything the Progressives have pushed for is about to fail? When economic collapse is all but imminent? What do the elitists do when their bag of tricks is emptied? Their last trick, the last card up their sleeve is the war card. Historically predictable… it always comes to this. Enter Hillary Clinton.
This has nothing to do with putting Putin in his place, as if we are in any position to do so. It’s theater, especially since I believe that not only did Obama know this was coming four months ago, he’s got an agreement with Putin and is carrying out an agenda. Obama, Kerry, Clinton and the rest don’t give a flying crap about the Ukraine. They don’t give a fig for Europe either. They care about saving their sorry asses – their wealth, power and status. Now you see Hillary comparing Putin to Hitler – legitimizing whatever the Progressives do financially or militarily. It’s just words and hype – a wink among comrades. We’ve already promised 1 billion to the Ukraine and Europe promised 15 billion this morning. With what money? Fire up the printing presses boys and load up on ink and paper!
Clinton made her comments at a private event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” she said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Putin is a man “who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” Clinton said.
That includes reasserting control of what used to be countries under the former Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, she said.
“When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”
If Ukraine and Russia are to reach any kind of compromise, negotiations may start in Crimea, Clinton said.
“I think that’s where the negotiations will start,” she said.
Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, also noted that Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev while Russia has agreed to meet with NATO in Brussels.
“So everybody is hoping that there will be a negotiation but a negotiation that respects Ukraine and doesn’t ratify a reoccupation by Russia of Crimea,” she said. “So it’s a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”
She raged on about this and then went into detail on what her favorite Girl Scout cookie was. Followed by extolling the virtues of Obamacare for dessert.
Why, Hillary… I thought you said the Cold War was ancient history? Hmmm. Evidently, only when it suits your current agenda. One wonders if all of this is to appear to save the day diplomatically in the end via the US cavalry, or to lay the groundwork for war. Probably, whichever benefits the Marxists the most. Hillary is quite aware that Russia intends to extend their reach throughout Europe, with a little help from the Germans.
Meanwhile, in Russia… they test fired an IBCM yesterday, with the US claiming it was scheduled before all of this and it was routine. The Russian Defence Ministry could not be reached for comment. You know, that’s what tyrants tell us every time. Do you think anyone seriously believes you?
Putin is still building his nuclear arsenal while we have drastically cut ours. He is showing us that if we get into a pissing contest with him, he will flatten us. He considers Obama very weak and the US as no threat at all anymore. Obama is simply a useful tool to Putin and expendable in the end. He’s not alone. China thinks we are joke and Iran is outright deriding and laughing at us.
From Yahoo! News:
The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run news agency RIA.
The launch site, Kapustin Yar, is near the Volga River about 450 km (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border. Kazakhstan, a Russian ally in a post-Soviet security grouping, is further to the east.
Russia conducts test launches of its ICBMs fairly frequently and often announces the results, a practice seen as intended to remind the West of Moscow’s nuclear might and reassure Russians that President Vladimir Putin will protect them.
Russia and the United States signed the latest of a series of treaties restricting the numbers of ICBMs in 2010, but Moscow has indicated it will agree [to] further cuts in the near future and is taking steps to upgrade its nuclear arsenal.
Putin has emphasised that Russia must maintain a strong nuclear deterrent, in part because of an anti-missile shield the United States is building in Europe which Moscow says could undermine its security.
That covers the Progessives and Communist tyrants… let’s move on to the radical theocrats of Iran. The Iranians are becoming increasingly bold and arrogant after wiping the floor of the world with Obama over their nuclear development agenda. They are laughing at Obama and Kerry and making fun of the US:
“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a potential military strike — seriously.
“We have a high degree of confidence that when they look at 35,000 US military personnel in the region that are engaged in constant training exercises under the direction of a president who already has shown himself willing to take military action in the past, that they should take my statements seriously,” the president told Bloomberg.
Jazayeri called Obama’s statements regarding the deployment of US troops “completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”
The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table. This Time for Russia.” In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away saying, “I think you used it all on Syria.”
The Iranian general also issued a warning to Obama that should US forces make a move, “the region will be turned into a hell for them.”
The joke is on us it would seem. Americans are not laughing.
Today, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says they now have multiple warhead missiles. I’m sure they had a little help from their Russian and Chinese friends. It’s all in the New Axis of Evil family – sharing is caring after all. At a ceremony on Wednesday, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan presented four types of ballistic missiles — named Qiam, Qadr H1, Fateh-110 and Persian Gulf. The Qadr H1 and Qiam, he said, are equipped with multiple warheads, greatly boosting their destructive power. They are specifically built to target U.S. bases in the region.
And it gets even worse. While Obama is busy threatening Israel if they don’t accept his 2-state suicidal farce, Iran is really arming up Hamas with the gift of death for the Jews. This morning, the IDF intercepted a massive Gaza-bound Iranian arms shipment to Hamas via the Red Sea:
Elite troops from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel. The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km.
The ship was supposed to reach port in Sudan on Thursday, some 10 days after it left Iran. An initial inventory by Israel revealed a large supply of rockets, including the Iranian-made 302m, which hit Haifa during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The rockets originated in Syria, the IDF said, where Iran is known to store large arsenals. The rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship that then departed for Iraq where the arms concealed in boxes of cement.
From the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr it sailed into the Red Sea around the Port of Oman, bound for Sudan. The ship’s progress was closely tracked by the IDF as it sailed.
“There is clear evidence from the ship that these are rockets for which Iran is responsible,” a senior IDF source said Wednesday. “The rockets were . . . intended for terror groups in Gaza.”
So, you see… As the evil in the world grows and Progressives, Communist tyrants and radical, insane theocrats are emboldened, war and genocide loom over us. The US sees war now as a way to save themselves, which it won’t. It will just speed up her demise. At the very least, they will try diplomacy and sanctions as if they really expected any of that to bite. The New Axis of Evil sees all of this as a way to garner power and global dominance, while cleaning house of the riffraff that have plagued their grandiose objectives for so long.
What the US should be doing, in my opinion, is pulling her troops home, beefing up her military and getting ready for what comes our way. A good start would be getting rid of the Marxists within our own borders starting this year.
By: Lt. Col. (Retired) Allen West
Accuracy in Media
As we watch the events unfolding in Ukraine there is one theme I continue to hear presented by the pundits in the news media – the United States has no options. It is unconscionable that we find ourselves in a foreign policy situation where there are no viable courses of action to be implemented. What is even more disturbing is that Russian President Vladimir Putin was fully aware of this going into his standoff.
America, the erstwhile superpower, finds itself outmaneuvered in a resurging Cold War-type showdown. It seems former GOP presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney was right after all. I just wish he had defended his assertion with a tad more vigor.
Thanks to the announcement by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, I do not see us committing any military forces in support of Ukraine. And Pentagon officials confirm they are not working on any contingency plans in that regard. Hagel’s force reduction announcement was made the beginning of last week – it didn’t take the Russian president long to see a gap to exploit.
We telegraphed our intent starting in 2008 allowing Putin to make his incursion into the former Soviet state of Georgia.
History has an incredible way of repeating itself and teaching lessons. Consider in the late 1930s with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his expansion under the guise of caring for ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland. An appeasing world under the faux leadership of Sir Neville Chamberlain gave him a green light – not much later Czechoslovakia fell under the blitzkrieg, the lightning war.
Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent, has opined that the greatest strategic failure of the 20th century was the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Should there have been any question about what Putin’s true strategic objectives would be?
The failure to support new democracies in Eastern Europe has had a chilling effect, especially the cancellation of the missile defense shield by President Obama.
My recommendation would have been to conduct more military-to-military exchanges and training deployments with these new countries. We should have looked at developing power projection platforms from these respective countries as we collapsed the old Cold War forward deployed posture in the countries of the old Europe.
We should have brought Ukraine into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) some time ago as a protective measure.
We have an American economy that is grossly in debt and disarray reflecting a lack of an economic strategy that contributes to a diminished military strategy. It was former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen who stated that the greatest national security threat for America was our growing national debt.
If America were in a better economic position — and the excuse of Bush’s fault is empty — perhaps we could provide economic relief to Ukraine. There is no doubt the country needs a boost, and where there is a vacuum it will be filled by someone. This is what Putin is banking on. The European Union is also hard pressed economically and the strongest financial state, Germany, has been depleted by supporting financial bailouts of other EU member states.
Putin also has vast natural gas resources to use as part of his regional extortion. Here in America we have the opportunity to produce, consume, and export great amounts of energy resources. As a matter of fact, America is staring a great opportunity in the eye with the Keystone XL pipeline. If we had the support of the Obama administration to open up more federal lands to natural gas production and stop the insidious war on coal, America could provide energy security relief to Ukraine and others.
And energy security enables our economic security, which overall strengthens our national security. The bottom line is it creates options. Energy security makes a nation a superpower.
Over the past five years, President Barack Obama and his administration have worked tirelessly to reduce the options available to the United States. The objective to restore the reputation of the United States globally has resulted in our being irrelevant and disregarded. Consider the little reported fact that a country in the Middle East that was once a strong ally of America has completely flipped allegiance. Egyptian Field Marshal, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and a military delegation went to Moscow to establish a security agreement with Russia – so much for being liked.
So much for having options in the Middle East. I presume Obama’s decision to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt did not settle well.
Perhaps we could offer the Ukrainian people food stamps and EBT (Electronic Benefits Cards) as it seems to be the most successful endeavor of the Obama administration. Another option would be to provide healthcare coverage for the Ukrainians under Obamacare. Something tells me they wouldn’t see that as a viable option for support.
The United States has been reduced to a nation of empty rhetorical threats — redlines and severe consequences. President Theodore Roosevelt talked about speaking softly and carrying a big stick. President Barack Obama speaks loudly and often, but brandishes a “HurryCane.”