Category Archives: War

Tulsi Gabbard: Young, Unique, Reagan Democrat

Democrats, Military, Terrorism, War

JIM WEBB and Tulsi Gabbard are, I’m almost sure, the only decent Democrats in public life. By “decent” I mean individuals whose value system and loyalties are not inverted and perverse. Democratic Congresswoman Gabbard of Hawaii is a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, also an Iraq War veteran. Gabbard is often interviewed at length on CNN, but, tellingly, never for the Faux News Channel, for she opposes the nutty No Fly Zones and the deposing of Bashar al-Assad. Nor is Gabbard prone to silly sentimentality.

Here she is talking to Wolf Blitzer who wisely frequently seeks Gabbard’s counsel:

I want to talk about what Evan just reported in a moment, but, first, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, he is the spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition’s operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He says there is still a long way to go, in his words, before we can declare Ramadi completely clear.

You served in Iraq. Realistically, what are we talking about in terms of the Iraqi military getting the job done and liberating Ramadi?

REP. TULSI GABBARD (D), HAWAII: Oh, there’s a few things that I think are happening there right now, as you have got the Iraqi counterterrorism forces, which are the Iraqi army’s most talented and most sophisticated fighters, and they’re saying that they have pulled in some of the Sunni tribes to be a part of this offensive effort, as well as using the United States Air Force for air cover as they conduct these attacks.

But I think one of the challenges they are having — and this is something, a tactic that we’re seeing in Iraq being used by ISIS, al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists groups, as well as in Syria, is planting these IEDs or threat mines that are making it difficult both for these — this offensive attack to continue at a high rate of speed, but also it makes it difficult for the civilians who, you know, may try to go back into this town after this battle is won. I think the key thing here, as we have seen in other battles

Previously in Iraq [it] is, what’s the plan next? What’s the governing plan? What’s the security plan for Ramadi? Who will be in charge of that? How will the people there be treated?

We have seen previously how in the Sunni territories, how critical it is that you have a plan for Sunni tribes to be a part of this or actually take the lead on this security and governing plan.

Otherwise, we will end up in a situation like we saw in Tikrit, where the people who lived there were persecuted, their homes were burned down by the Iraqi army and Shia militia who came through there. That’s going to be the key to being able to sustain this battle and this victory once it’s won.

BLITZER: Yes. And let’s see how long that takes and even if the Iraqis do retake Ramadi, if they can hold it for an extended period of time without ISIS coming right back in.

Congresswoman, stand by. We have much more to discuss. Let’s take a quick break. Our coverage continues in a moment.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BLITZER: We’re back with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Do you have any idea why this family was turned away at the airport? See that little girl’s drawing of Mickey Mouse. Pretty heartbreaking when you see that.

GABBARD: Yes, Wolf, I don’t have any further information on this and really am not in a position to second-guess the decisions that were made by our security folks on the ground.

I think this does raise a few issues though that we have got to take a look at, the first one being, as you know, I have called for a temporary visa waiver suspension in particular from these countries that have thousands and thousands of foreign fighters who have gone or traveled into Syria and are fighting alongside ISIS.

If that were in place, then people who want to travel to the United States from these countries would just apply for a visa, and if there were issues, they would have been raised long before they are in a situation where they are at the airport and about to board a plane, as this family was.

Secondly, I think we have got to be concerned about any potential blowback that may occur for our homeland security folks, those who are doing this job and saying, hey, if there is a red flag, will they be afraid to speak up and say something about it? Will they be afraid to do their job?

And that’s what we want to make sure that we prevent, because it’s something that we saw that happened in California in San Bernardino with the neighbors of those shooters who knew that there were some things going on, but didn’t speak up about it soon enough to prevent that attack.


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Ann Coulter Is Evolving Wonderfully

Ann Coulter, Government, IMMIGRATION, Left-Liberalism, War

Finally, the once-war loving Ann Coulter, who stood firm behind Bush’s war crimes in Iraq, calling them “magnificent,” is becoming so much more paleolibertarian, recognizing that the strict role of government in the American republic, RIP, is to do the only thing government might be capable of doing and is certainly empowered to do constitutionally: Keep the barbarians out. When she’s good, Ms. Coulter is so very-very good (that’s why she’s being kept off the idiot’s lantern; Coulter would finish Marco Rubio off. And Fox News is pushing Marco Robber O).

“WHEN THE THIRD WORLD ATTACKS!”:

Republicans think the way to get tough is to go to war in Syria.

Marco Rubio gives macho speeches about a military attack on ISIS—“either they win or we win!”—to distract from the fact that his immigration bill would have massively increased the number of needy immigrants pouring into our country—including Muslim refugees.

So Rubio’s plan for Middle East stability is to start more wars and then import all the displaced terrorists into the United States. Brilliant!

Not to be a stickler, but ISIS didn’t slaughter 3,000 Americans on 9/11, blow up the Boston Marathon, murder thirteen Americans at Fort Hood, or open fire on a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

ISIS didn’t kill Kate Steinle, commit mass murder on the Long Island Railroad, introduce Palo Mayombe and Santeria to our country, bring slaves and concubines from India to San Francisco, or burn down hundreds of acres of national parks to evade border agents.

ISIS doesn’t import 90 percent of the illegal drugs that kill thousands of Americans every year, steal billions of dollars from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, or rape little girls, nuns and dogs in our country.

Glad Ms. Coulter has awoken to “The Root Causes Rot,” also the title of Chapter 5 in “Into The Cannibal’s Pot” (2011). Look inside.


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Continued: Round Up Of The Fox Business Presidential Debate, 2016

Debt, Economy, Military, Neoconservatism, Political Economy, Republicans, Ron Paul, War


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Marco Rubio, Not Quite Revolting, But Close

Media, Neoconservatism, Politics, Republicans, War

Neoconservative Marco Rubio is right about Democrat candidates having a Super PAC all their own in mainstream media.

But so does he. Fox News, which leans mainstream Republican, is also trending toward Rubio as their 2016 Republican presidential nominee. Sean Hannity is Rubio’s biggest booster, chiefly because, as far as I can tell, Rubio sounds fluent, says he’ll put Putin in his place, and has a both/and approach to Assad: No need to choose Assad over ISIS, says Rubio; eliminate both.

More war is just what the doctor ordered for flush-with funds America, whose working-class whites are dying off in middle-age. We’ve all seen men like this one in our communities:

A recent softball conversation Gretta van Susteren conducted with fast talker Rubio was particularly cringe-making, during which Rubio used a lot of hedge words.

There’s no decisive speech in Rubio’s vocabulary to speak of; no principled passion, just naked ambition. Rubio greases his speech with bureaucratic babble about overhauling “bad” practices, instituting “systemic reforms,” “modernizing” and trailblazing those well-trodden “paths” to non-amnesty, but only as soon as those borders without walls become a reality.


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