8th Graders Get it Mr Secretary – Representative Jeff Duncan

People who keep up with current events and the actions of this administration and our Congressmen and woman – are aware that the 1 year anniversary of the attack and murders at Benghazi, is coming up in a few days. So – after the “promise” to search justice for the Americans killed in Benghazi – still a pipe dream, it seems fitting that the call to authorize an attack on Syria, would prompt discussions about Benghazi.

What are your thoughts?

Rep. Duncan to Newsmax: Benghazi Questions Undermine Syrian Vote
Rep. Jeff Duncan told Newsmax Wednesday that he tied the four American deaths in Libya last year to Syria in an angry exchange with Secretary of State John Kerry because “the administration’s credibility is not real high now because of the failure to bring somebody to justice on Benghazi.”

“We don’t have questions answered about Benghazi, and then we’re going to turn around and put other men and women in harm’s way and in something where there is no clear indication of an imminent threat to the United States,” the South Carolina Republican told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

“He didn’t want to answer, and I tried to make the connection between Benghazi and Syria by asking whether weapons were being funneled from the rebels that we supplied them to in Libya to the rebels in Syria,” Duncan added. “He didn’t answer that question.”

Duncan is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that questioned Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on President Barack Obama’s resolution seeking congressional approval for limited military strikes against Bashar Assad’s Syrian government for his use of chemical weapons on his own people.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 on Wednesday for a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and that bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations.

At the House hearing, Duncan began his exchange with Kerry by saying, “I cannot discuss the possibility of U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war without also talking about Benghazi.”

He referenced the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme that placed arms in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other scandals facing the White House — and then noted how both Kerry and the administration had advocated caution in similar world conflicts.

Duncan also mentioned Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL who died in the assaults last Sept. 11 that also killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans, including another SEAL, Glen Doherty.

“Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you have abandoned past caution in favor of pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?” asked Duncan, who held up a photo of Woods during his questioning.

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Obama’s Waterloo?

I just read the best comments on the reality of Obama’s presidency, and his complete lack of leadership dealing with the Syrian civil war.  I have to share them.  Full credit for these astute remarks goes to one of my FaceBook friends, Jack Watts.

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COMMON SENSE: The Syrian crisis isn’t going well for President Obama, nor will it. Unfortunately, because he is our leader, it isn’t going to go well for our nation either. It isn’t just that he has made a foolish challenge about Syria stepping over a red line—a misstatement he cannot correct without loosing face. It goes much deeper than that.

We are in perilous waters. America has not been in this difficult a situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought us to the brink of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union in 1962. We are facing a crisis that requires strong, principled leadership. We need a dependable man—a man whose wisdom we can trust. Barack Obama isn’t that person; he’s incapable of being that person. There are two reasons why.

First, he has a narcissistic personality disorder that prevents him from taking responsibility for failure. In his eyes, he is always right. He has to be right. If you disagree with him or with the way he is handling a situation, you become his enemy. It’s always that way for a narcissist. It’s why he has sycophantic people advising him like his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, instead of seasoned veterans of foreign policy who are willing to tell him when he is wrong. Rice isn’t strong enough to do that. She may be a good basketball player and a trusted accomplice in deceiving the American people about Benghazi, but she cannot help Obama stand up to Putin.

Obama is the one who said the use of chemical weapons would precipitate the United States to intervene in the Syrian Civil War. Now, he is saying that it’s Congress’ red line or the world’s red line. To admit he was the instigator would put “responsibility and blame” on him, and that’s something a narcissist like Obama can never do. It’s not in his nature to do so. President Truman said, “The buck stops here.” For President Obama, it is, “The buck never stops here.”

For better or worse, the problem is ours. We are responsible because we elected him. We married him without knowing him. Now, we have come to discover he does not have the character necessary to face a tough international crisis. He’s incapable of guiding us through unscathed. Syria is his Waterloo, which means it may be ours as well.

Second, by consistently giving Obama a pass on his performance for five years, essentially covering up his mistakes, our press has made it impossible for him to face a tough challenge. Refusing to publish, “The Emperor is wearing no clothes,” the press has either skewed stories or buried them completely in their relentless quest to ensure that the first black, Progressive President is successful. Having done this has infuriated Obama’s critics, but the person hurt the most by not having to face reality has been Obama himself.

By having his weaknesses covered up, He has come to count on having an easy road to success. Now, the road is suddenly anything but easy. It has become treacherous and difficult, and Obama isn’t seasoned enough to navigate the terrain, which he should be after five years in office. It’s like he has been training for a heavyweight title bout by reading his own press clippings about how tough he is, instead of actually being toughened up, by having been forced to face the consequences of his mismanagement in smaller situations. To be the person he needs to be now, Obama should have been sparring, running, and weightlifting for the past five years instead of leading the soft life made possible for him by his fawning media.

Now, it is too late. Our feckless leader is clueless about what to do. Congress, especially the house of Representative, will not sustain his folly. If he acts without Congressional approval—after asking for it—his effectiveness as President will be over. It may even be worse than that. He may initiate Armageddon. If he does, it will not be his fault. You can count on that.

—Jack Watts
www.jackwatts.me

My Thoughts on the Syria Debacle

First, some qualifiers.  I don’t have a poly/sci degree.  I’m not an expert on the Middle East.  I’m not a politician.

I am an American citizen with extreme concerns about our country.  We are in dire need of a strong leader–we don’t have one.  We are in dire need of representatives willing to work together toward the common good of the country–we don’t have them.  We are in dire need of a strong sense of patriotism in the country, and by our leaders–we don’t have that.

My sense is that we, as a country, are floundering.  A large percentage of us do not trust our president or our elected representatives.  Lies have become the norm, and hidden agendas are suspect.  This may sound like doom and gloom to some, but in my opinion we have a sneaky, shadowy, back-room type of government.  Never, in all the years I have been following politics, have I seen the like of what is going on in Washington these days.

Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the NSA spying on American citizens, and the IRS targeting opposition groups.  All we get from Obama and Holder are meaningless speeches.  No action is taken, evidence is hidden, nothing is done to correct the wrongs.  Nothing is done to garner the trust of the American people.  My personal opinion is that Obama doesn’t care about any of us, including his followers.  He is a narcissist, who only cares about his image and getting his way.

Now Syria.  How can we trust our government to do the right thing?  And, what is the right thing?  Does anyone know?  Assad is a bad guy, I think we can all agree on that.  But, the rebels?  Who are they?  What truth do we know about them?  My understanding is that Al Quaeda has infiltrated the resistance.

Four months ago, Alex Bennet wrote in World:

Numbering 50,000 men, the Free Syrian Army, a self-declared non-sectarian group of early army defectors, remains the largest opposition group in the country. But during the past year other factions have entered the fray. If their numbers, as well as their political views are anything to go by, the possibility of a united front seems remote. 

The Syrian Liberation Front, numbering 37,000 fighters, and the Syrian Islamic Front, numbering 13,000 fighters, operate in Syria’s southeast and northeast respectively. Both of these groups espouse an Islamist ideology, in contrast to the self-declared non-sectarianism of the Free Syrian Army.

However the real challenge to the unity of the Syrian opposition lies in Jabhat al-Nusra, to whom thousands of Free Syrian army fighters have apparently defected. Numbering only 5,000 fighters as of January, but now perhaps many more, al-Nusra’s core fighters come from Iraq’s post-war insurgency and have recently pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

To read more of his opinion:  http://www.policymic.com/articles/42317/who-are-the-syrian-rebels-a-basic-intelligence-briefing-on-the-assad-resistance

With Obama’s waffling, the USA’s image is weak in the Middle East, as evidenced by this joke in a Saudi newspaper.

“We will strike with all our might,” says U.S. President Barack Obama, depicted in a cartoon in Saudi newspaper Alsharq.

But when?

Wearing a dreamy smile, Obama replies: “In a day, a week, a month, a year, 10 years – or however many years you can count.”

So, what are we getting ourselves involved in?  We have moved warships into the gulf, including the USS Nimitz.  Russia has sent in a spy ship.  We have no allies with the exception of France, and they might just give lip service to the cause.  Even our closest ally, the UK, has voted against joining Obama in this attack on Syria.  Should the US go it alone?  Do we need to get involved in another war in the Middle East?  Is there any end to the wars, tribal infighting, civil unrest, bombings, etc in the Middle East?

It seems to me that both sides in the civil war in Syria are enemies of the US.  So, who do we assist, and why?  Believe me, I feel very badly for the innocent Syrian people caught between Assad’s army and the rebels.  It’s criminal that chemical warfare was used against the people.  Assad is guilty of war crimes, if it is proven that he is the one who dispensed the Sarin gas.  The rebels have committed their own atrocities, including cutting open a corpse and eating the heart and liver.

I’m just not sure we can afford–monetarily or morally–to get involved in another war.  It seems to me the world needs to condemn Assad, and demand his surrender.

The US can no longer be the world police without help from the world.

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