Good v.Evil

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know it is rare in the case of moral men, for an opponent to be so unequivalently evil as to gain condemnation from every responsible statesman, and the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury. In fact, never in the lifetime of living men has the Pope issued a statement calling for the use of armies in a war of suppression. But he has in the case of ISIS.

And so the armies of freedom are gathering right? No they are not. Because in the world of relative humanism evil is the same as good. Any thinking person knows that acquiescence in evil is evil as well, and today, as the United States and Great Britain stand aside in the face of pure evil, we understand why that is so.

There are few thing so despicable as a man who will not defend his weaker brother, let alone his sister and children. This is who Obama and Cameron are. If they were better men they would be cowards, but they don’t even rise to that craven level.

There is a new Trifecta series out, as always, it is outstanding.

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In a closely related matter, I understand that the White House has halted resupply to Israel of Hellfire missiles. The reason? Israel’s Army talked to the Pentagon instead of the White House.

I guess we all know what happened to the strawberries, don’t we.

We all know how this ends, don’t we? Pastor Niemöller pretty much said it all

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

And so civilizations die, from the rot within, God help us.

 

The Rhymes of History: OODA Edition

156635-ISIS-largeThis is pretty interesting, and we would be well to file it in the “Rhymes of history” file. Whatever happens-it has before, probably often. Here’s Thomas Fleming bringing advice from George Washington to our present problems.

Another way to phrase this, that I use, it was developed by an Air force officer, is the OODA Loop. It’s a good guide to gaining and maintaining the initiative. I wrote some about it here. The problem here is mostly with the ‘Observe’ part. our NCA seems to be totally oblivious to anything except fundraising, and when he does do something it is too little-too late, and often the wrong thing anyway.

Channeling George: Regaining the Initiative

“By the spring of 1972, President Nixon’s decision to ‘Vietnamize’ the war was in full swing. He had withdrawn almost all our combat troops. Only a few hundred advisors remained behind, working with various South Vietnamese divisions. The overconfident North Vietnamese launched an offensive aimed at ending the war. It was a disaster for them. They were defeated everywhere. Their worst humiliation came in the town of An Loc, where a South Viet force, outnumbered five to one, held out while American airpower pulverized the attackers. Suddenly we saw a way to seize and keep the initiative without recommitting large numbers of American infantry.”[...]

“Like President Truman in Korea, President George W. Bush found a commander who knew how to deal with the situation. General David Petraeus saw that the real problem was our inability to retain control of towns and cities where we had defeated the enemy. As we moved on to other embattled sites, the enemy, in standard guerilla fashion, infiltrated men and weapons into the supposedly pacified territory, and resumed their destructive tactics, with the help of the intimidated local population. Petraeus’s answer to this was “The Surge.” With forty thousand reinforcements, he was able to keep the places we pacified under our control, and the peace-hungry majority soon turned pro-American. That is how we regained the initiative in Iraq and won the war.”

“But it hasn’t stayed won, alas.”

“That’s because President Obama, pressured by the left wing of the Democratic Party, withdrew too many troops too soon, and there were enough guerrillas still in the game to take advantage of it. When a President listens to domestic politicians instead of to his generals, we have a veritable formula for losing the initiative.

- See more at: http://hnn.us/article/156635#sthash.cTIYFW28.dpuf

via History News Network | Channeling George: Regaining the Initiative.

He’s indisputably right, of course. What he doesn’t talk about is the parallels with Carter as well. Especially the utter inability to see that not everybody in the world is like them, some are far more ruthless, and likely motivated by things that we do not even start to understand.

To me, our biggest problem here, though is that we have utterly lost the initiative to a bunch of rabid barbarians, and the Iraqi minorities are paying a horrendous price for out cluelessness. Obama can blame the intelligence agencies all he desires, it’s an utterly transparent lie. It has been obvious for months, if not years, even in the middle of the country. The only reason for not seeing it, is an unwillingness to face reality.

Unless, and until, we regain the initiative, it is going to get worse, maybe much worse. This is not the mostly rational Soviet Union we are (sort-of) fighting here.

Cavafy comes to mind again.

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What laws can the senators make now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate
on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.
He has even prepared a scroll to give him,
replete with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home so lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
And some who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution

The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

tumblr_m2qaxvmgvF1rpyyq4o1_500As I read about IS (whom we all pray will soon be WASWAS) I often think something is missing, especially from our governments. And there is, Elizabeth Scalia The Anchoress, has named it accurately, and well, as usual. Our elites have come to have faith only in themselves, in essence they have become gods in their own minds. And they are false gods worse than useless.

We all, I hope, know the old adage “Nothing can not stand against anything“. That is the position our politicians have put our countries in. We, the people, who generally know better, may fight and fight well, but we will at best hold our own, with God’s help.

Here’s The Anchoress

In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State IS, New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.”

Few would disagree. Do not click here if you do not wish to see Horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their existence — along with news that there are no more Christians in the Nineveh Plains and that genocide awaits ancient peoples — all serve to confirm Crocker’s assessment. Yes, this is evil; this is hell on earth. As I wrote back in July, “The evil of ISIS [sic] is not simply a ‘Muslim evil’. . . It is the same cursed anti-Christ that has raised its head in history before, and been beaten back, only to slither away and arise from a new location.”

The well-funded IS may not yet be equal to the Third Reich in troop size, but the evil that drives it is of a similar scope, ambition and thrust. That being the case, we know that air strikes will likely not suffice. President Obama, in a brief press conference held as he was leaving for a vacation no one should begrudge, given what we face, acknowledged that our involvement will be long, but promised it would be limited in nature.

He is perhaps willfully, even understandably, deluding himself because no one wants to see more war; Americans are tired of war, and in general the West, like Bartleby the Scrivener, would prefer not to.

Unfortunately, just as half-doses of chemo will not defeat a cancer, half-measures against “evil incarnate” can never defeat it.

via The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS.

We should be aware that Martin Luther had this to say on the Turk:

If however, the antagonist is your equal, your inferior, or of a foreign government, you should first offer him justice and peace, as Moses taught the children of Israel. If he refuses, then — mindful of what is best for you — defend yourself against force by force, as Moses so well described it in Deuteronomy 20 [:10-12]. But in doing this you must not consider your personal interests and how you may remain lord, but those of your subjects to whom you owe help and protection, that such action may proceed in love. Since your entire land is in peril you must make the venture, so that with God’s help all may not be lost. If you cannot prevent some from becoming widows and orphans as a consequence, you must at least see that not everything goes to ruin until there is nothing left except widows and orphans.

This has troubled me for quite a few years as I have watched our country drift further and further into secular humanism. We have commented occasionally on how our young people are searching for something, sometimes it is revealed in an almost religious display of patriotism. I yield to no one my love of America but, you know, as do I, America is not God, we may be the ‘City on the Hill’ but we are still a country of men, and we have lost our way.

We will be on our way to victory when we can again sing without irony, as our grandparents did.

Video Update: The 6th Year of the Reign of Obama

In the sixth of Obama, by Bill Whittle

A history of mental illness

A small measure of thanks to Christian White men, from Andrew Klavan

Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, and Remedial Economics

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, I’m sure you know that the Supreme Court decided that a privately held corporation (defined as held by less than 5 people) can have religious beliefs. In fine it was decided that Hobby Lobby has the right not to provide, without cost 4 (out of 20) contraceptives. Their employees still can, of course, still obtain them, they just have to pay for them, as they have for twenty years. Those four act as abortifacients, which are defined as stopping a fertilized egg from implanting. It was a very narrow decision, not that you can tell from the absurd wailing and gnashing of teeth.

But what I really want to talk about today is economic theory. We are watching the greatest economic miracle in world history be subverted by a bunch of economic Luddites. I’m not at all sure that they are not full disciples of old Ned as long as they get to be the aristocracy. And that’s the difference as we’ll see here.

Let’s start with a superficial overview of world economic history. Here there really is a graph that looks like a hockey stick, unlike the charlatans of the ‘Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming’.

In case you missed it in the video, here is that graph again

Why then? Because of this

We’ve been hearing all our life how FDR saved the country in the Great Depression. He didn’t. He continued Hoover’s policies and even made them worse. What brought us out of the Great Depression was World War II, which you could make a pretty good case that the ‘great’ Progressive, Wilson, caused. Here:

Let’s bring it on down to now, and talk a bit about Obama’s policies

And do note that Bush played Hoover to Obama’s FDR quite well.

Just to bring us around the circle, here is what Dr. Sowell told us about Obamacare, even before it was passed.

Neville Obama and the # Hashtag War

Neville Chamberlain

Cover of Neville Chamberlain

“F*** the EU,” top State official Victoria Nuland said on a phone call.

This phone call had been covertly recorded by Russia and was then leaked to the press, which should have been a signal that Russia, at least, was taking this more seriously than Obama’s team was.

The F-bomb is deployed because Nuland’s frustrated that the EU isn’t doing more to pressure Viktor Yanukovych, the Putin-backed Ukrainian president whose recent deal with Moscow instigated the last few months of protests.

Why wasn’t the EU doing “more” to pressure Yanukovych, Putin’s choice for President?

Here’s the thing: Because the EU was thinking hard about the Ukraine and realistically about itself.

The EU didn’t want to force Yanukovych out of power, nor encourage the Maidan movement to force him out of power, because they knew that Russia would react as Russia has in fact reacted.

And the EU knew this about themselves: They were not prepared to do a damn thing about a Russian invasion.

via “F*** the EU,” Revisited.

There’s quite a bit more that you should read but, he’s right. And why weren’t they prepared to do anything about it? It comes down to a simple question. With what? Including US forces in Europe there are maybe 300,000 troops in Europe, including the UK.Some are superb like the US and UK, battle tested, and ready to go, most aren’t. And most are in Germany or England. That’s quite a road march, to get to Ukraine where there are supposedly 150,000 Russian troops waiting for them, and that leaves nothing for anything else in Europe, like the Baltics, or Poland.

Of course we have 400,000 people just at Ft Hood, in Texas, which is fine and good. We haven’t run that old exercise REFORGER (which you older guys might remember stood for Return of Forces to Germany) since the end of the cold war, and even then it presupposed prepositioned equipment there. Is it still there? I have no idea, if it is it’s 30 years old now, and it’s in the old West Germany still a much longer road march than either the Fulda Gap or the north German plain. See the plan was to take over nearly every civilian plane in the United States in the build up to war to ferry the troops to marry up with their equipment. Mostly it was always a command post exercise, because of the cost if nothing else.

Obama’s been called Neville Chamberlain a lot lately, in reference to the Munich Conference and appeasement. In fact Intelligence Squared ran a debate in London about it last year (I think I ran this once before, but here it is again)

I find the yeas quite persuasive here, especially Dr. Charmley’s point on the people not being ready to go to war. In fact, I think at Argentia Bay, in that famous church parade on the deck of HMS Prince of Wales, the American people were at about the same point as the British were at the time of Munich. And that’s a problem in a democracy, it doesn’t work well to have a divided people while you are trying to fight a war. I can’t be the only one to remember Vietnam. The other thing that bothers me in that video is that the nays are arguing completely from hindsight, and if we’re going to use history as a guide, that teleological stance makes your arguments useless, or worse. Simply because we only know what we know.

In plain English, if Putin decides to move, Ukraine is doomed, nobody can get there in time to do anything, and even if we had started when the Crimea blew up, I doubt we could have dome much.

So, in a backhanded sort of way, I agree with Obama on this one. There is the caveat that if our intelligence agencies were good for anything but snooping on American citizens we might have had enough warning to accomplish something. But even then, I suspect we’d be dusting off our Tennyson, you know the one that begins “Into the valley of death, rode the 600.”

That said, if you can’t do anything about something, it is a very good idea to sit down and shut up. Not do stupid stuff like this

 

Unless, I suppose, you really do think international relations leading up to a war is like a girls’ junior high school.

But I suppose that is what we get when we elect and reelect a president that thinks words are deeds.

And the fact is that I don’t trust these juvenile amateurs to lead us to the outhouse, let alone to war.

Sorry, Ukraine, you should have known better than to trust Obama

As usual a poem comes to mind

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?
 
            The barbarians are due here today.
 
 
Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?
 
            Because the barbarians are coming today.
            What laws can the senators make now?
            Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.
 
 
Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate
on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?
 
            Because the barbarians are coming today
            and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.
            He has even prepared a scroll to give him,
            replete with titles, with imposing names.
 
 
Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?
 
            Because the barbarians are coming today
            and things like that dazzle the barbarians.
 
 
Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?
 
            Because the barbarians are coming today
            and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.
 
 
Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home so lost in thought?
 
            Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
            And some who have just returned from the border say
            there are no barbarians any longer.
 
 
And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution. 

C.P. Cavafy

 

 

 

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