The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watchers’ Council Results – 09/08/13

The Watcher’s Council

Alea iacta est… the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

“There is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes

This week’s winner, The Razor’s Obama’s Leadership Failure, is a sharp, well written critique of the record of the current occupant of the White House in terms of recent history. Here’s a slice:

Over the past five years I have watched the collapse of American prestige in the world. I have come to terms with this loss, recognizing that such things are reversible and that a new administration will one day take over and reverse the decline. But as we learned during the Carter era, reinforced by Reagan’s retreat from Lebanon after 242 US Marines were killed in 1983 and later Clinton’s Somalia fiasco, such a loss resonates into the future. The prime example of this was Osama Bin Laden’s recognition of these failures as signs of America’ s loss of will, making it the “weak horse” which would collapse by the addition of a grain of salt on its back. One by one grains were added, the 1993 WTC attack, the Khobar bombings in Saudi Arabia, the Embassy Bombings of 1998, and the USS Cole attack of 2000, and the horse failed to fall. The 9-11 attacks were just more of the same, more grains of salt added to the horse’s back from Bin Laden’s perspective. But instead of collapsing under the strain Bin Laden’s metaphor collapsed, and he and his organization found itself on the defensive against a determined foe, one that eventually turned him into fish food in the Indian Ocean.

We are repeating history, and in this sequel we are much closer in time to Carter’s 1980 failed hostage rescue mission than we are to Tora Bora. President Obama’s core belief that words matter, that diplomacy can solve every crisis and that the military option is only resorted to by leaders less intelligent than himself, has been shown a failure to everyone outside his inner circle. Over the past 5 years (I include Obama’s promises in the final stage of the 2008 campaign as well as the self-importance he attached to his president-elect status after the 2008 election and before the 2009 inauguration) Obama has used promises and threats instead of deeds and action to guide US foreign policy. There was some success at first as allies took his word for the former and our enemies heeded the latter, but as the world changed the promises weren’t met and the threats weren’t acted upon, our allies became disheartened while our enemies were encouraged. Such mistakes must have come as a surprise to both, to see the most powerful and influential nation on earth run by an administration filled with the best and brightest progressive leaders the country had to offer acting like an impoverished, helpless and morally bankrupt banana republic on the world’s stage.

Nations adjusted accordingly. China has become more aggressive in its territorial claims. North Korea continues to threaten the world with nuclear annihilation with impunity. Iran has taken the success of North Korea to heart and vigorously pursues the Bomb. While the Obama administration spoke about the decimation of al Qaeda, the terrorist organization proved powerful enough to kill an American ambassador, the first in thirty years, take over leadership of the rebellion in Syria, turn Iraq into a killing zone, and scare the administration into closing a score of embassies throughout the Middle East. Not bad for an organization that the administration has said is “on the run.” Clearly al Qaeda accomplishes more in retreat than many armies do on the offensive.

Then there is Russia. It’s ironic that President Obama treats Vladimir Putin as his equal and Russia as a superpower by giving it veto power over American actions in the Middle East and throughout Asia. In effect Obama elevates the status of Russia while subverting American interests abroad. Such actions must demoralize nations in the former Russian sphere of influence like Poland and the Czech Republic, while encouraging our friends in the Middle East such as Israel and Saudi Arabia to begin to cut their own deals with Russia.

Speaking of friends, we once had one in Egypt. It was a typical Middle Eastern friend. It took gobs of money from us then fed the masses a steady diet of anti-American propaganda that encouraged Islamic terrorism. But the Egyptian regime was successful for the most part. It kept itself in power, maintained the peace – albeit a cold one – with Israel, and kept the foreign currency flowing into Egypt from European and American tourists. Make no mistake Hosni Mubarak was no Winston Churchill, and the Egyptian regime never had our back the way Australia always has, but to expect anything more from Arabs in the Middle East requires complete ignorance of the culture and history of the area. Nevertheless the Obama administration and the State Department under the leadership of Hillary Clinton, a woman whose resume highlight for the job included hosting dinners as the First Lady in the White House for eight years, proved through their actions (and inactions) that for all their supposed brilliance, they were at heart as dumb as a box of blocks when it came to Egypt.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was The Elder of Ziyon’s Bashar Assad’s grandfather’s amazing 1936 letter to France, submitted by Simply Jews. Reading it, you get an excellent look at the whole problem with Middle East peace in a nutshell. And a message that applies to our own times.

Before we go any further, we have a birthday to celebrate…

Today is the birthday of our dear friend and Council mate Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room!

Fireworks definitely, because her superb writing always sets them off in print.

In honor of her new home, Double Dutch chocolate cake (I’ll let her put on her own candles).

And some Kristal Brut, yes?

It’s a funny thing. Sometimes, you just run into somebody who turns out to be a real friend in every sense of the word. That’s how I feel about Terresa and I’m glad I know her.

Many, many more, M’dear.

Okay, here are this week’s full results. Joshuapundit, Liberty’s Spirit and The Noisy Room were unable to vote this week, but only Joshuapundit was subject to the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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The Inner Collapse of the Leper Messiah

By: Gerald Loeffers

“Spineless from the start, you’re sucked into the part,” is a line from one of my favorite Metallica songs from 1986 — MASTER OF PUPPETS “LEPER MESSIAH” — and isn’t that how the Obama fever got started with willing minions and an unearned “Nobel Peace Prize” with blind emotional responses and shivers down many legs? Well, it’s five years later and look where we in America are now… the economy is in the tank, the actual unemployment rate is through the roof, scandal, waste and corruption are the norm, not the exception and now Mr. World Peace wants to go to war with Syria. Things are looking like the underside of a bus for Obama and his disciples on many levels. Let’s look at what’s happened in the last week alone.


So, what happened to all those empty promises that Obama laid out for world peace and a safer America like pulling out of Afghanistan or closing Hotel Gitmo? Well, the War On Terror is now a worldwide joke and the DHS and TSA have been caught with perverts and racists in there own ranks. We now have a demoralized military with reduced funding, increased suicides, fewer retained in the service and a Commander-in-Chief who would rather play cards then pull his own personnel out of Benghazi. We are now seeing more and more active military who are breaking ranks and openly protesting Obama’s Syrian war policy and that’s at the risk of a court martial and the loss of their jobs. Obama, in one of his recent press speeches, was calling the military “My Military.” I thought he hated the military and besides the last time I looked, the military was funded by the taxpayers in America and not the President of the United States. He even had several SEALs killed because he wanted to take all of the credit, but none of the responsibility. So now he wants to go to war with Syria… a country with no strategic value and that hasn’t attacked America ever and Obama wants to use the humanitarian aid excuse just like Clinton did in 1993 in Mogadishu. Just look how that turned out. Never trust a Democrat or a Nazi when they force America into a war.


At first we heard nothing but crickets and praise from the Obamanaught Nation, the RINOs and even Bill O’Reilly thinks we should do this war in order to just do something. I ask… where’s the anti-war Left on this issue? Well, they are starting to pop-up and they started with John “Herman Munster” Kerry at his last Syria war action hearing just last week. One Democrat was even saying that, “Even though I don’t want to go to war, we must support Obama in order for him to save face.” Really? You’d rather sell out your anti-war beliefs in order to make Obama look good? Wow! These guys are the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen. Then there are the open military protests of the Syrian strike on Facebook that started with one and ended up cascading all the way through the branches. I hope these brave souls, who are now risking more than ever, never get caught. Even Arizona’s own JOHN “FLIPPER” MCCAIN is throwing his 2 cents of support to Obama’s little war. This from a man who should know better than anybody the horrors of a war. But the biggest ray of hope I saw today was on Facebook. It was a picture of an anti-Syrian war protest that was being operated by a combined team of a liberal anti-war protest group and those evil and vile war mongering TEA PARTY groups in that area. I thought I would never see that in my life time! Then there’s Obama’s “Jackass” moment with Putin at the G20 Summit. It appears that Putin told Obama where to stick it.


What were the media saying about the economic recovery just last year? Oh yeah! Unemployment’s dropping; the housing market is growing; hey, look at Wall Street — it’s back in the game! Let’s look at this closely because what they didn’t tell you before is what they just started to come clean on this last week. The Fed is planning to stop printing money and stop doing the bailout buying of stocks and that terrifies them like nothing else. The real number for unemployment is closer to 19%, but what the media fails to account for are the people who have come off the unemployment rolls and have stopped looking for work. So, that’s why the media only counts the people who are working and/or are on the unemployment rolls. Do you know why the media says the housing market is growing? What they don’t tell you is that the boom in the current housing market is due to the banks buying all the default mortgaged homes in cash and then just renting them out to artificially boost the market and get more people to get home loans who can’t afford them.

Oh yes, the other side of death to America is GUN CONTROL. Well, well… It seems Obama’s failure to pass his first set of gun control laws this year has forced him to pass two useless executive orders. He wants to fool us into thinking that criminals will use the importation of old military weapons like borrowed M1 Garands to do gang banger like crimes. Crimes that would be supposedly committed with these 12 lb WW II rifles. The reason the last bunch of gun control bills failed was the fact that too many politicians knew that many of the people who supported Clinton’s gun bans in 1993 were voted out of office during the mid-terms. Others thought that the Feinstein bill was the rehash of the Clinton gun control bill and didn’t want to touch it.


I haven’t forgotten about any of the scandals, including Fast and Furious or the incompetent and corrupt Justice Dept. of Eric “BRAIN WASH” Holder. So Holder, when are you going to look into the new Black Panther Party’s voting terrorism charges? What about looking into the death of the brave border patrol agents killed and murdered by the guns you sold to the drug cartels and the other murders around Mexico and America connected to this government-operated gun running? Hey IRS… nice try lying about targeting both liberal and conservative groups, or the fact your Dept. will get fat increases when Obamacare kicks in with you being the SWAT Team enforcement arm. The DHS, my favorite jack booted Nazi thugs, what’s with your denial that you haven’t purchased BILLIONS (with a capital B) of rounds of hollow point ammo (and no it’s not for “Practice”), while you are getting fully auto Colt assault rifles and armored APCs? What are you planning for? Maybe for a war with Syria when Obama calls for Martial Law and places the label of terrorist on regular Americans who simply disagree with him.


It seems Obama is the kind of leader that likes to tell his men under his command: “Back to the front… you will do what I say, when I say it! Back to the front!!” He’s doing this while playing cards and maybe a few rounds of golf to relax the stress of running a war from the Oval Office and not once surprising the men at Christmas by serving dinner to the troops (Oh yes, that’s right… the evil George Bush did that all the time. No wonder the troops LOVE him more… lol). Then there’s the SEAL Team Six deaths that are on Obama’s conscience for not honoring the secret nature of the operators and using them for political capital and his personal PR campaign. Then there’s Benghazi. Here’s a President who talks tough, but who didn’t walk the walk and left his own ambassador and four more NAVY SEALs to die while he was playing cards and while Hillary wasn’t present as well.

In closing, I have been hearing some increased talk of impeachment. I am going to be honest with you… it’s not going to happen and here’s the main reason. There are too many hands in too many pieces of the Obama pie on both sides of the floor and so there will never be a major move to proceed with impeachment hearings. Even if they did, it’s going to be Clinton all over again because no politician has the balls to do so. We are seeing people in Obama’s own party and more and more past supporters like Bill Ayers (of all people) throwing him under the bus. More and more war protesters are now starting to get more vocal. So, it’s our job and duty as Americans to continue to cause havoc for Obama and all other politicians like him and I don’t care what party they are from. We have to continue to be a pain in their sides throughout the political process. Please, let’s keep protesting the Syrian strike. Let’s bring all of us together who traditionally would not join as one. For example: the TEA PARTY protest groups. We are of the same mind when it comes to a war we don’t need or want.


Never Let A War Go To Waste…

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

President Obama will speak to America on Tuesday and will further his case for striking Syria even though the House is overwhelmingly against war as are the American people. But, never let a war go to waste…

The war drums are beating ever louder and it appears that Obama will march forward into this conflict with or without the blessing of America in general. The 60’s era dovish hippies have morphed into war hawks without a compass, who have an agenda that is opaque in its touted transparency.

Fanning the winds of war is General Petraeus, who after allowing himself to be set up by Obama, wooed into bed by an operative and disgraced in the eyes of Americans, now asks us to have faith in his urgent plea to strike Syria. Having succumbed to the devilish offer of his heart’s desire by Obama, Petraeus now calls us to follow the Marxist-in-Chief into war. To trust his judgement. Sorry general… you have our lives in your hands and they are covered in butter and corruption. From the former head of the CIA (corruption in action):

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.”

“Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to POLITICO.

As a whole cadre of sinners minus saints back our illustrious and feckless President, America stumbles into WW III. Hardly the cavalry riding to the rescue. The left touts Petraeus as a war God to the right — well, even Gods fall and Petraeus has had his warrior wings clipped and singed by the progressive Left.

Not far behind the fallen general, comes John McCain who is thoroughly an embarrassment to those who voted for him (voting more for Palin than for him – collective noses were held to get a pearl with the swine). Playing his distinguished military service for all it is worth and more, this progressive Republican has played footsie with Obama from the beginning and will shill for him till the end, even if he winds up in a bunker and on fire.

Sashaying into the mix is Lindsey Graham, donning a burka and kissing the feet of his dear leader. He is now claiming if we don’t attack Syria, we may get nuked. News flash Lindsey… your policies and actions are what are going to get us nuked. Your craven weakness, allegiance to a Marxist tyrant and the cheapness of your soul will bring nukes on America. Judgement will await you — richly deserved, I might add. If you poke the Russian bear, shock the Syrian monkey and tease the Iranian lion, you just might get eaten. Graham is right on the threat of Iran, but his approach to war is screwy and deadly.

I believe in fighting our enemies, chief among them being Iran. But there is a huge difference in going to war, killing the enemy and coming home to victory, versus playing at war. That is suicide. With a gutted military, no defined adversary or goal, and no battle strategy, we are almost assured of losing and our powerful enemies in Russia and China are virtually salivating in anticipation of American fast food served up by Obama on skates. Iran is an existential threat to the US and Israel — but if we are to fight them, arm Americans to the teeth and unleash the greatest military on the planet and let us fight them — not Syria. Don’t take a sideways approach to the enemy. Fight those that are a true threat head on and let the Iranians feel the might and wrath of America. After all, they were one of the primary players behind the slaughter of those on 9-11. They should have been decimated years ago, but we have had a lack of spine and fortitude in our leadership. Now those yellow chickens are coming home to roost. Now we march for despots who would use us for their ends rather than protecting our land and families. As BlackFive says, we should just crater all of Syria’s runways, blow up their air and sea capabilities (which would deny the Russians a port) and hit their communications. If you have to attack Syria, do it logically and strategically, not hit and miss while warning them of all intentions.

War with Iran approaches and we cannot shrink from it. They want it and the powers behind them want it. Yes, the Mullahs want to annihilate Israel. But you can’t use Israel as an excuse. Iran is and always has been a threat to us as well. Instead Graham employs fear mongering on Syria, who is not a threat to us and the wrong target:

But Graham has heard the counterarguments. He knows many are skeptical that replacing Assad would install leadership that’s any more favorable to U.S. interests, even in the military friendly Palmetto State. In fact, a common refrain across the country is that the alternative could be far worse.

“Rebel opposition forces are our sworn enemies. We’ve spent billions of dollars in one country trying to wipe them off the face of the planet ­ al-Qaida. And yet we employ the strategy of funding them and giving them weapons in Syria to get Assad?” asked Jesse Graston, who traveled nearly three hours from Rock Hill, S.C., and forked over the $12 in order to corner the senator.

Facing that strain of skepticism, Graham wound up his case on Syria intervention by raising the stakes considerably. He painted a frightening picture of cascading world events that would reverberate far beyond the borders of a civil war in one Middle Eastern country.

If the United States doesn’t deal with Syria, Graham promised Iran would acquire a nuclear weapon by 2014, the King of Jordan would be deposed and Israel would start preparing to protect itself.

“I believe that if we get Syria wrong, within six months — and you can quote me on this,” Graham said, pausing for dramatic effect. “There will be a war between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program.”

But it wouldn’t even end there, Graham surmised. Undoubtedly, he said ominously, the Iranians would share its nuclear technology with U.S. enemies.

“My fear is that it won’t come to America on top of a missile, it’ll come in the belly of a ship in the Charleston or New York harbor,” he said.

In fact, the Syrian Rebels and the Assad regime roundly agree that Obama attacking will have no effect at all. It will change nothing except to bring us further into the conflict, bankrupt us even more and set all of our footing onto WW III. A war that could have been and could still be avoided by removing the primary threat in Iran, saving hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of lives. But the global elite have other plans that involve a total reset of finances, power and geography. That is what is really going on here.

I support Israel with every fiber of my being and I understand why they want Obama to back up his red-line rhetoric. Yes, we should help our ally, but this is the absolute wrong approach and brings on exactly what is being avoided — all out conflict. You might as well dance, you are lighting the nuclear fuse. Obama will now bring in Iran and use Israel as his pretext. Then, when all of this goes off the rails, he will blame the Jews. Anyone can see this coming:

In his round-robin television appearances on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry—now the administration’s über-hawk—repeatedly said that bombing Syria would send a message to Iran. As he told Fox News on Sunday:

“The fact is that if we act and if we act in concert, then Iran will know that this nation is capable of speaking with one voice on something like this, and that has serious, profound implications, I think, with respect to the potential of a confrontation over their nuclear program. That is one of the things that is at stake here.”

But — hey — political distractions are important: never let a war go to waste.


Syrian Rebel American Allies Continue Christian Genocide – Obama Sends Fruit Basket Thank You – Halal of Course

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Gateway Pundit

Photo: Yahoo! News

Al-Qaida Rebel fighters have taken over a Christian village northeast of the capital of Syria, Damascus. The slaughter of Christians continues as Obama’s allies cleanse the country of those EVIL Christians. This village speaks the language Christ spoke and now it is a ghost town.

From Yahoo! News:

A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting Allahu Akbar, or God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.

“They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village,” said the resident, reached by telephone from neighboring Jordan. “So many people fled the village for safety.”

Now, Maaloula “is a ghost town. Where is President Obama to see what befallen on us?” asked the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal by the rebels.

The barbaric Rebel advance into these towns and areas is led by the Nusra Front — Islamic extremists and BFFs of Obama – and they strike terror into the hearts of Syrians and religious minorities. They come to conquer – burn churches to the ground, murder, rape, pillage, torture and terrorize. And let’s not forget – cleanse in the name of Allah shouting Allah Akbar! You know, as McCain points out, just like Christians do. Hope he remembers that when the Islamists gear up in America. Moderate my ass.

We have watched at every turn as Obama has courted Erdogan of Turkey, claiming him as his closest ally; bringing the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House; persecuting Christians at home and abroad; and forcing Islamic law and principles down our throats while disparaging America. Taqiyya reigns in our government halls and the enemies within are praying for a similar Christian cleansing and debasing in America, while Obama faces Mecca.