Last Friday, in an article about how President Obama “turned on a dime toward war” in Libya, Foreign Policy magazine reported on a group of outside “experts” at a White House meeting who were told by “a senior administration official” that attacking Libya was “the greatest opportunity to realign our interests and our values” — a quote “from Obama himself,” according to the official.
Right now, Libya looks like an object lesson in the failure of multilateralism.
The official objective is to save civilians, but the president says Gadhafi must go. The U.N.’s official aim is only “to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack.” Yet 2,200 Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina have been given the mission of “protecting the Libyan people from Gadhafi forces.”
Are we helping the Libyan rebels? “I haven’t had any unofficial communications or official communications” with the opposition forces, the operations commander, Adm. Samuel Locklear, tells reporters.
Who’ll ultimately be running military efforts in Libya?
“This is still being worked in Brussels,” according to the National Security Council. Who’ll pay for establishing a no-fly zone costing $400 million to $800 million, then maybe $100 million a week to maintain? That’s as unknown as Operation Odyssey Dawn’s objectives.
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Has any modern political figure ever squandered political goodwill in the manner of Obama—trading near messianic devotion from a hundred million for not even a cup of proverbial porridge in return? His political pratfalls occur only as often as he makes decisions. But even the most hardened Obama backers had to shudder and roll their eyes this week when Barack fixated on college basketball “brackets” instead of ongoing tragedy, chaos and the loss of tens of thousands. It became transparent—in a way in which only disasters bring clarity—that Obama is a boy amongst men, only haphazardly observing history’s progress the way a house cat mindlessly follows a fluttering object.
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…The President has publicly stated that he knows that Congress, not the President, is the seat of the constitutional war power. His public replacement of the Congress with the U.N. as authority for his presidential actions is a public statement that he has replaced the U.S. Constitution with the U.N. as the source of U.S. presidential authority; there is no other possible interpretation. Our President has here publicly yielded American sovereignty to the international body.
Some quibble that the President already has the power he is exercising in Libya as Commander in Chief. That responsibility provides him the power to defend the country when attacks precede the ability of Congress to act; it is defensive only. Libya neither threatened nor attacked the U.S. No honest argument can support any other conclusion from these facts….
By Captain Eric H. May
HOUSTON, 3/23/2011 — With aftershocks from Japan‘s 9,0 3/11/11 killer quake still alarming Pacific nations, some will be delighted to discover that FEMA, NOAA, et al., scheduled tsunami drills at least three months ahead of time.
For others, though, the coincidence of a 9.0 Pacific earthquake and tsunami, scheduled to strike near Oregon today in the exercise scenario, is cause for real alarm. They point out that the U.S. HAARP facility in Alaska, able to create super storms and killer quakes, suddenly cranked out incalculable energy from 3/9, when a 7.2 quake struck Japan, through 3/11, when the big one hit.
Will HAARP be participating in todays exercise? Will the CIA, which is part of secretive training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas this week? For more about the CIA exercise, refer to my article of yesterday, 3/22 Radioactive Questions for Barack Obama. Are the tsunami drills and the Leavenworth drills connected?
“Coincidental to the horrific earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent cascading incidents that devastated large portions of Japan this past weekend, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Warning Coordination Subcommittee is preparing for a series of preparedness exercises in this country.”
“Tsunami exercise is being conducted to assist tsunami preparedness efforts throughout the Caribbean region. The purpose of the exercise is to improve Tsunami Warning System effectiveness along the Caribbean coasts.”
May, are you still feeding off of fear motivation and delusions of how the joos are out to get you? You live for recognition, and when you don’t beat your chest about your qualifications (which suck), someone is doing it for you. In your condition you need the help of a fist. You are sick, Monkey Mind.
I was right to worry about what the president might do to demonstrate his virility on the international stage, and the confusion surrounding just about everything having to do with the Libya thing certainly proves that. But I had underestimated this administration’s misreading of the situation, and they have dragged most of the pundits along with them, to such an extent that it’s nearly impossible to see Libya in context. That’s not unusual or even surprising. When Egypt happened, it was all about Egypt. When Tunisia happened, that was the lone subject for analysis. And now it’s all Libya, all the time.
But it’s not about Libya. It’s about the big war in which we are involved. That war extends from……………………….
via The Wimp Goes to War.
…Yet after 800 words, the eloquent Rhodes offered nothing as compact or pithy as the “Bush doctrine” Obama ran against in 2008, a black-and-white commitment to supporting democratic movements and using unilateral American firepower to back them when necessary.
That difficulty in succinctly describing the intellectual framework for Obama’s approach to U.S. foreign policy and national security issues has long bedeviled anyone trying to impute a concrete agenda from Obama’s soaring pronouncements about supporting democracy and fostering international human rights.
Republicans, especially the neo-conservatives who gave enthusiastic support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, have sought to paint Obama’s nuanced approach as fundamentally weak. “We used to relish leading the free world. Now, it’s almost like leading the free world is an inconvenience,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Fox News Sunday…………………….
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Most Americans don’t realize we have elected a president whom we know very little about.
Pictured: Barack Obama’s Autobiography, Dreams from My Father.
Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans.
A nation-wide network of researchers has sprung up to attempt to fill in the blanks, but at every opportunity Obama’s high-priced lawyers have built walls around various records or simply made them disappear. It is estimated that Obama’s legal team has now spent well over $1.4 million dollars blocking access to documents every American should have access to. The question is why would he spend so much money to do this?
The president who campaigned for a more “open government” and “full disclosure” will not unseal his medical records, his school records, his birth records or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii.
What is he hiding? Well, for starters, some of these records will shed light on his citizenship and birth………………..
Pictured: “Scott & Barry, 3rd grade 1969” Punahou School in Hawaii.
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In Part 1 of Those Darn Birthers I examined why the Birthers are so despised by those who have a great deal to lose if they are right; that is, if Obama is not a natural born Citizen and therefore not eligible to hold the office of president.
In this segment I give a glance into the Birther Movement and what makes them so tenacious.
Birthers are an odd lot and some are a bit kooky. The press has used this to its advantage by making public figures of the oddest members, while silencing the more reasoned voices by denying them any mass-media attention. Consequently, the Birthers you see on TV are not representative of the 450,000 that possess a variety of Constitutional concerns……………………….
Once again, the professional war-makers are taking you to the cleaners. So far, according to Fox News, Obama’s little excursion into Libya has cost you millions. Fox cites a Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments analysis estimating that the Libyan no-fly zone may cost $100 million to $300 million per week.
Clinton’s State Department refuses to provide a figure on how much this unconstitutional boondoggle to oust Gaddafi and secure Libyan oil for transnational globalist corporations will cost.
The Pentagon wants $553 billion for the fiscal year beginning October 1. In addition, it wants $118 billion in war costs for the endless occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The violation of Libyan national sovereignty and calculated murder of its citizens is a “national security” issue and beyond the pale of budget cutters, according to Rep. Howard Berman of California, top dog Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Do we sit out the whole transition in Egypt or are there roles we can play?” Berman asked in rhetorical fashion. “Even the most rabid budget-cutters have as a general proposition accepted the notion that national security matters are treated differently than other matters.”
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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Pemanent/Temporary Rank, Designations, AUS, RA, USMC SS, Etc.
January 17 2007 at 11:58 AM
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Most Marines are quite familiar with abbreviations used such as, USMC, USMCR, etc. Fewer are aware of earlier designations such as USMC SS used for selective service (draftee) Marines during the Korean War Era. In fact I recall that during the Korean era that Marines’ MSN (military service numbers) were prefixed with a K, not the MSN itself actually, but on official orders, administrative records, etc., to designate those who had served a tour in Korea.
Even lesser known to Marines–and, apparently, even some newer members of other services–are certain older abbreviations and designations for both officer and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army, e.g., AUS for Army of the United States, etc. This information is becoming less and less known these days, and should be of some general interest to all hands.
Myself, I have often seen retired Army officers with “AUS Ret.” after their names–several things of this nature and satisfactory explanations for them have previously eluded me. Hopefully, the following links provided below will shine some light on this area of interest that have also aroused the curiosity of others who may find some answers here.
(Example:The Late Col Gordon “Jack” Mohr, AUS Ret)
Regular Army, RA, US, etc.
Rank: Patton, Eisenhower, etc.
In addition, the following links are a bit of somewhat allied information on the topic of brevet ranl, the brevet medal and related information.
R.W. “D1ck” Gaines
Gny Sgt USMC (Ret.)
Historically there is a single group of people who can not decide what to call themselves. Depending on circumstances of the day they have tried socialist, progressive, liberal, community organizer, and one popular in the early 1900s through the great depression, WWII, and 1950s, communist.
With each new branding came a new grandiose name for their singular purpose, that is, to control the lives and think for all those too stupid folks incapable of any meaningful thought. Would you be at all surprised to learn that anyone not accepted within their circle of intelligentsia is relegated to that of morons who cling to religion and their guns?
More to the point of naming those within their anointed group, Denier(s), is some consideration of their fascination with denying, i.e., lying about everything they say and do. A United States fourteen (14) trillion dollar debt is not a national catastrophe, easily overcome by additional spending, Sovereign States have no right protecting their citizens from death and mayhem inflicted by illegal aliens, voter fraud does not exist, killing unborn citizens by any diabolical method is not undesirable, that the despicably crippled educational public school system they established is perfectly fine for all the morons (but not their own), that all it requires is more money, and the Constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper devised by a group of dead men with no force or meaning in the new world order.
A Little Energy is a Dangerous Thing ~ “The word has come down from on high, and the word is “No More Nukes””
The word has come down from on high, and the word is “No More Nukes”. By ‘on high’, I mean the editorial page of the Washington Post, and by ‘word’ I mean the unconsidered acknowledgment of a popular impulse. Nuclear power is as dead as offshore oil drilling was after the BP gulf leak. As dead as politicians want to make it.
But you can’t kill an idea, just pass it on to someone else. While the Washington Post wrings its black and white hands, China explores Thorium reactors. Thorium may not be the solution, but giving up certainly isn’t.
Leave aside for a moment whether it was wise for President Obama to order our military to intervene in Libya‘s civil war, siding with rebels we know little about against a dictator who has sponsored terrorism against us.
A more fundamental question comes first: Did Obama have constitutional authority to do it? President Washington‘s actions counsel otherwise.
In responding to Indian raiders, Washington repeatedly declined to order offensive — as opposed to defensive — military action because Congress had not approved it, as he believed the Constitution required………………..
LINE OF SUCCESSION IF OBAMA/SOETORO REMOVED FROM OFFICE ~ By: Devvy (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~)
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Bush lacks the authority to invade Iran without specific approval from Congress, a fresh challenge to the commander in chief on the eve of a symbolic vote critical of his troop buildup in Iraq.snip
At the same time, she said, “I do believe that Congress should assert itself, though, and make it very clear that there is no previous authority for the president, any president, to go into Iran.”
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“Why we are in Libya?”
This is one of those mysteries we have become accustomed to since the start of Obama Administration.
Not having any experience save for that of the nebulous “community organizer” when forced to make decisions Obama has proved a dismal failure. Taking actual decisive action causes Obama to flail around swinging wildly like a child trying to break open a piñata.
Now he has unilaterally decided to plunge us into an undeclared war against Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi begging the question: why Mister Obama, why did you declare war without bringing your case before Congress? Doers the word “quagmire” ring a bell?
Did I miss the 17 United Nations resolutions on Libya and the way Gaddafi treats his people? If not, then why are we at war with Libya?Is this a war for oil?
If so why not just drill within our own borders and save the lives, treasure and national prestige that will be lost in this adventure of yours? Why not admit it is a war for oil?
Are you afraid of “speaking truth to power” and telling the anti American Leftist in your Party a war for oil is a war for American survival?Libya produces just 2% of the world’s oil but oil speculators don’t understand this so losing that 2% has skyrocketed oil prices.
Clearly you don’t understand this either Mister Obama.When France and England go home and Gaddafi outlast the rest of the Europeans we will be left holding the bag. Published reports estimate it could cost us as much as $3.4 billion just for a six week episode.
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Four branches of the military have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays, with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall.
Key themes are that sexual orientation will no longer be a bar to service, that all service members must respect each other, and that the partners of gay troops will not receive the benefits of heterosexual spouses.
“We are going to make [gay ban] repeal training expeditiously,” said Maj. Joel Harper, an Air Force spokesman at the Pentagon. “It’s great training.”The briefings first target commanders, who will have to enforce the new law and…
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here we are up to our arses in an out-of-control king, battered housewife government, a marxist school indoctrinated populace,,,and all they can think about are the floozies on faux…
“A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever…
VIDEO- BIDEN FLASHBACK: Launching an Attack Without Congressional Approval is an Impeachable Offense
The reason, I don’t say those things lightly, Chris, you’ve known me for a long time. I was chairman of the Judiciary committee for 17 years or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers and constitutional law. This is something I know. So I got together and brought a group of Constitutional scholars together and write a piece I’m going to deliver to the whole United States Senate in pointing out the president has no Constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked, or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked.
If he does, I would move to impeach him.
House obviously has to do that– but I would lead an effort to impeach him. The reason for my doing that-
I don’t say it lightly, I don’t say it lightly.Excerpt Read more at blog.eyeblast.tv …
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”So said constitutional scholar and Senator Barack Obama in December 2007 – the same man who, this weekend, ordered U.S. air and missile strikes on Libya without any authorization from Congress.Obama did win the support of Gabon in the Security Council, but failed with Germany.
With a phone call to acquitted rapist Jacob Zuma, he got South Africa to sign on, but not Brazil, Russia, India or China. All four abstained.This is not the world’s war. This is Obama’s war.The U.S. Navy fired almost all the cruise missiles that hit Libya as the U.S. Air Force attacked with B-2 bombers, F-15s and F-16s.”To be clear, this is a U.S.-led operation,” said Vice Adm. William Gortney.”In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies,” said Winston Churchill. Obama is a quick study.In his Friday ultimatum, he said, “We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal – specifically, the protection of civilians in Libya.”
Why, then, did we strike Tripoli and Moammar Gadhafi‘s compound?So many U.S. missiles and bombs have struck Libya that the Arab League is bailing out. League chief Amr Moussa has called an emergency meeting of the 22 Arab states to discuss attacks that have “led to the deaths and injuries of many Libyan civilians.” We asked for a no-fly zone, said Moussa, not the “bombardment of civilians
What caused Obama’s about-face from the Pentagon position that imposing a no-fly zone on Libya was an unwise act of war?
I’ve long believed that the legitimacy of the state – that is, the state as seen and judged by those it governs – has been declining. But I’ve come to conclude that decline is not the right word, as we are not heading to an anti-state moment.
Rather, the ability of the state to act and justify its actions is getting narrower. People are demanding as much of the state but becoming much harsher in their judgement of the state. And the state can no longer assume that because it acts, it can justify its actions merely because it’s the state.
“It’s the right thing to do because we say so. Nyaaah!”Allow me to try and explain.The modern state – the state birthed in the Protestant Enlightenment – possesses two very important monopolies. The first is on the moral and lawful use of violence and coercion.
The state alone can compel human action and punish human beings for actions against the law or for failing to act. This is “moral” because many perhaps most human beings through time have viewed state violence violence done by those who have been appointed agents of the state as having a moral legitimacy that mere individual violence does not have. And this is a trait of the state for as long as human beings have lived together.
This is not new, and it will not go away. This monopoly on lawful and moral violence is what makes the state the state.The other monopoly the state possesses is that of meaning. The state alone, especially from early 19th century through to about the middle of the 20th, took to itself the sole or primary right to construct the narrative through which human life within and often outside the state would be valued and given purpose.
The state would author the story and create the ideas that would determine the purpose and meaning of individual and collective human life, what human beings would live for, contribute for, sacrifice for and die for. The state would accept no alternative narratives, no different meanings – all were considered threats to the creation of a state-centered society society being that community contiguous with the nation-state. The state was the sole creator and sustainer of human purpose, and would accept absolutely no dissent…………………
After two years of being called a tyrant and a dictator, President Obama returns to Washington from a five-day overseas trip to find that he has become a weakling.
Would-be opponents such as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin had been trying out this somewhat contradictory line of attack for more than a month, as Obama gave mixed signals about events in Egypt and Libya. But the “weak leader” charge gained traction over the weekend, as Obama chose to launch the attack on Gaddafi’s forces while on an excellent adventure in South America with his family.
At about the moment the Tomahawk missiles began to rain down on Libya, Obama was joking with Brazilians about Carnival, the World Cup and the Olympics. Rather than hearing an Oval Office address announcing the new war, Americans got word from the president in a scratchy audio recording. As thousand-pound warheads pounded Libyan forces, Obama was kicking a soccer ball, seeing the sights and watching cowboys in sequins.
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OC Register ^ | July 21, 2006 | John Seiler
Ronald Reagan is America’s most beloved president of recent years. We remember how he restored prosperity while ending the Cold War without getting us all nuked….It’s worth looking back on Reagan’s policy on involving U.S. troops in the quarrels and hatreds of the Middle East.
In 1983, he committed U.S. Marines to Lebanon. On Oct. 23, a terrorist truck bomb blew up the troops’ barracks, killing 220 Marines and 21 other troops.At first, Reagan insisted that he wouldn’t cave in to the terrorist threat.
Then he realized the best policy was to pull out the troops. Here’s how he explained it in his autobiography:
From no-fly zone to regime changeThe alleged purpose of the bombing was to establish a no-fly zone and to protect a force of CIA-sponsored Libyan rebels composed of the Moslem Brotherhood, elements of the Libyan government and army subverted by the CIA including such sinister figures as former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil and former Interior Minister Fattah Younis, and monarchist Senussi tribesmen holding the cities of Benghazi and Tobruk.
But twin Friday ultimatums by President Obama and British premier Cameron, plus a speech by Harper, made clear that the goal was the ouster of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi and regime change in the North African oil-producing nation, whose proven reserves of crude are the largest on that continent.Prospects for military success are uncertain, despite the apparent NATO preponderance. No clear military objective has been articulated, and disagreements about the scope of the war are likely
If Qaddafi’s tanks and infantry are engaged in house to house battles with the rebels in cities like Bengazi and Tobruk, it will be hard for NATO to bring its air superiority to bear without massacring large numbers of civilians.From hope and change to shock and aweWhile Obama’s action is being widely compared to the Bush-Cheney 2003 attack on Iraq, parallels to the April 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco are also strong.
In that instance, a force of anti-Castro Cubans organized by the CIA was militarily defeated in an attempt to take over Cuba, resulting in calls from Allen Dulles to President Kennedy for air strikes and a ground invasion.
Kennedy rejected those calls and fired the Dulles CIA leadership. Obama, faced by the military collapse of a CIA force in Libya, has ordered such bombing, opening a second phase of the present US debacle.