On Friday January 3, the Obama administration announced two new “executive actions” which infringe even further on the rights of Americans who wish to own firearms. The new actions are “aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.”
According to reports coming from outlets such as AP, the new executive actions include a rule change that will “clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons.” The Obama Administration claims that states have been complaining that the current wording of the rule is unclear, causing them undue hardship in determining “who should be blocked from buying a weapon.” Of course, nowhere in the alleged discussion between the states and the federal government has there been talk of the fact that all American citizens have a right to keep and bear arms and that bureaucrats and government officials do not have the right to “determine who should be blocked from buying a weapon.”
Regardless, the rule change also helps “states determine what information may be shared with the federal background check system for firearms transfers.” In other words, the new change allows even greater cooperation between state registration systems and the federal version, and thus a greater ability to justify the prevention of a larger number of firearm purchases.
According to the Huffington Post, “The first proposed rule change, by the Department of Justice, expands the definition of the statutory term ‘committed to a mental institution’ to clarify that the prohibition on firearms purchases applies to people subjected to involuntary outpatient as well as inpatient commitments.” Considering the extreme ease in which a person may be involuntarily committed to either inpatient or outpatient mental health facilities, this new rule will clearly affect many more average Americans that most are willing to believe.
Such was the case of David Sarti who went to his doctor because he was experiencing chest pains. After making a simple joke, Sarti was declared “mentally defective,” subjected to forcible “mental evaluation,” and stripped of his Second Amendment rights.
The second rule change, however, is somewhat more concerning since it “would give hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions more flexibility in the information they provide to the background check system.”
Clearly, this rule change would allow for the furthering of the merger between healthcare providers/healthcare institutions and law enforcement and Big Brother, as well as the ultimate goal of using “mental health” as a justification for the prevention of firearms purchases. Although the administration predictably denies that this will be the case, the fact is that the medical industry is already so closely related to the governmental and law enforcement community that it more accurately appears to be no more than another division of the same system.
In what serves as an unfortunate historical guide, it is important to remember that “mental health” and psychiatry were used for many years in the Soviet Union for the disappearance and disarmament of dissidents. The mental health profession continues to be used in both modern day Russia as well as the whole of the Western world for means of control, particularly in places like the United Kingdom.
For those individuals who may have believed that the fight for gun rights was over with the recent failure of the administration to push oppressive and unconstitutional federal gun control laws through Congress, the fact is that the fight is far from over.
Indeed, recent unconstitutional legislation passed in California, New York, and Connecticut has resulted in the mass registration, re-registration, and some instances the confiscation of guns owned by law-abiding citizens. This confiscation has taken place in true Communo-Fascist style with little opposition from the American people or the gun rights community.
Nevertheless, those expecting a public declaration of total gun illegality and martial law confiscation will be ringing their hands in anticipation for a very long time. Of course, while they ring their hands and anticipate the declaration of outright war against gun owners, their guns are being slowly stripped from their hands in an incremental fashion. Slight rule changes and isolated confiscations will continue to take place over time until the public has been properly acclimated to them as a fact of life, at which point the public’s line in the sand will be moved slightly forward once more. Again, the line will be crossed, but only slightly. Eventually, Americans will wake up to find themselves completely disarmed and neutered in a land in which they once believed they were free. At that point, with a completely defenseless population, the thin veneer of freedom will be lifted.
It is time for gun owners and gun rights activists to go on the political offensive. In 2014, it is no longer a legitimate mode of activism to be content to defend your already attenuated freedoms. It is time to make demands. It is time to throw compromise out the window.
Honor Killing In Michigan: Iranian Sanaz Nezami Savagely Beaten By Islamic Husband – Family Watches Death Online
Sanaz Nezami was a beautiful, intelligent young woman with a bright future ahead of her. She was 27-years-old and newly married to Nima Nassiri, an Islamic man from Los Angeles. This tragic story broke on January 1st. The AP whitewashed the story. USA Today’s story read “Woman’s Tragic Death Leads Nurses To Bond With Her Family Overseas.” The title is correct, but the truth about what happened to the brilliant young woman, who could speak three languages, is much darker. She died at the hands of her Islamic husband, in what was most obviously an honor killing. Why does the media ignore the atrocities of Islam? How many more women like Sanaz Nezami will have to die at the hands of their husbands, or other relatives, before society recognizes the truth? Sadly, too many have died. American society is hopelessly brainwashed by the progressive media and the Obama Administration into believing Islam is a religion of peace; a religion misunderstood and hijacked by radicals. By the time people wake up, it will be too late.
Sanaz Nezami had big plans. She wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University, but she never got that chance. Instead of getting the chance to pursue this dream, she was viciously and repeatedly beaten by her Islamic thug of a husband. They had only been in Michigan for a few weeks before she died. The circumstances of her quick marriage and horrific death should shine light on the brutality that Islamic woman face who are victims of an honor killing.
In August, Nezami married Nima Nassiri in Turkey and lived with him temporarily in the Los Angeles area, where he was born and raised. Her sister said the two met over the Internet.
Nezami, a native of Tehran, had a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s in French translation. She wanted a doctorate degree in environmental engineering.
The newlyweds drove from California and found a rental home in November in Michigan. Nezami stayed in touch with family through e-mail, text message and video.
Leaving her family in Iran, she took off with Nima Nassiri. Keeping in touch with her family via the internet, no one knew what she was going through at the hands of her husband; how many times she had been beaten. However, when she omitted some lines from a translation, her family members knew something was terribly wrong. Someone this intelligent, who had always been exceptionally precise, would not miss something like this.
On Dec. 7, she asked her sister to proofread some English-to-Persian translation she was doing on the side.
“I was shocked,” Sara Nezami said. “Sanaz was a very precise girl, but she omitted some lines. I asked, ‘Are you OK?’ She told me there was no problem.”
The next day Sanaz Nezami was rushed to a hospital with severe head injuries and was transferred to Marquette General Hospital. Police believe she was assaulted by her husband, who has been charged with second-degree murder.
She had been suffering from repeated brutal beatings at the hands of Nassiri, but she suffered in silence, then she slipped away. Her body was so battered internally, there was no way to save her.
“Her brain was so swollen and so damaged, there was no longer any blood flow,” explained Gail Brandly, who supervises nurses at the hospital.
No one knew anything about Nezami, so Brandly ran her name through Google. Suddenly, the stranger who couldn’t speak for herself came alive through a resume posted online.
After about 24 hours, the hospital reached relatives in Iran. Immediate travel to the U.S. was impractical due to visa requirements, so a laptop was set up so the family could see Nezami on life support and talk to nurses and doctors over Yahoo Messenger.
It is truly amazing that the hospital was able to reach Nezami’s family through a Google search. The horror of watching her die online would have to be the most heartbreaking sight to witness. This was the only way to reach her family. Otherwise, she would have died and no one would have known.
At one point, nurse Kim Grutt was asked to stroke Nezami’s head and kiss her forehead.
“They wanted us to do things for Sanaz that they would have done,” Grutt said. “They said, ‘Let her know we love her. We’re here.’ I felt completely comfortable.”
Nezami died on Dec. 9, but her critical organs — heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small intestine — could be used by others. With the family’s consent, they were removed and transplanted to seven people.
Sanaz Nezami loved America, and she was buried on December 18th in a local cemetery. Twenty people came to her funeral, mostly doctors and nurses who had cared for her in her final days. Her death touched the hospital staff profoundly, but the real issue is left unaddressed: The honor killing she suffered at the hands of her Islamic husband.
Murder is also inflicted upon Muslim women by their husbands, fathers, and brothers. The practice is called “honor killings.” A Muslim woman or young girl will often be killed by a male family member, after she is believed to have committed an act which defies Islam.
What motivated Sanaz Nezami’s husband to beat her senseless? We might not ever know the truth about why he mercilessly beat her to death, but there doesn’t have to be a reason. Possibly it was her ambition that upset him. He doesn’t have to have a reason. His reason is Islam.
Qur’an (4:34) -“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”
Sanaz Nezami died a horrific, tragic death at the hands of her husband. He beat her to death because he could; because his “religion” sanctions it. Islam is sadism and demented. Nezami’s beating will be written off as domestic violence in a culture that refuses to acknowledge the truth about the cult of death and Hell.
Why are Americans so peeved? Is it Obamacare? Well, partly – and in a big way. One wonders, in fact, if that sign language interpreter at the Mandela funeral moonlighted as the lead IT consultant for Healthcare.gov.
But it’s much more than just Obamacare. How do we explain America’s red-level economic and socio-political misery index?
Is it rising unemployment, or the shrinking economy? Is it explosive debt and deficits, or pervasive government eavesdropping? Is it the atrophy of individual liberty, or an unprecedented trampling of the First, Second, Fourth and nearly every other amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
Finally, is it the systematic assault on natural marriage and family, or government sanctioning of mass infanticide? Yes. It’s all of these things and more.
Still, these things are only symptomatic of a far greater problem. There remains a broader explanation, a definitive catalyst, for this, the domestic winter of our discontent – and, as so often happens, a mere 14 words from the Holy Scriptures better elucidates that catalyst than ream upon ream of opinion page copy. The words are these: “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).
America groans because the wicked rule.
Indeed, under this president, America’s chief export has become immorality. Sexual deviancy, murder of the unborn, redistribution of wealth and other evils have been sanitized and propagandized as “basic human rights.”
Thus, when this arrogant man stands before the U.N. and decries those nations that refuse to embrace his special brand of pagan relativism, we shouldn’t be surprised if those nations push back.
To be sure, in addition to triggering our own spike in angst, Obama’s fevered push to “call evil good and good evil,” is likewise responsible for America’s snowballing marginalization across the globe.
Under the tragic leadership of this “selfie”-centered narcissist, the United States, while never perfect, now looks less like Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” and more like the biblical Whore of Babylon. A nation that once stood alone as the world’s moral guidepost now leads the contemptible charge to infect our privileged planet with its own viral iniquities. And so the world pushes back.
For instance, there has been, of late, great weeping and gnashing of teeth among mainstream media – and other circles of intolerant “tolerance” – over successful efforts by several foreign governments to stem the tide of “LGBT” propaganda within their own sovereign borders.
Russia, India, Croatia, Peru, Jamaica, and even Australia, for instance, along with other nations, are now moving to inoculate themselves from the fast-metastasizing cancer of sexual relativism.
Having witnessed the poisonous results of such propaganda here in the U.S. (the hyper-sexualization of children, the deconstruction of natural marriage and family, the rampant spread of sexually transmitted disease, religious persecution and the like), there seems an emerging global recognition that the radical “LGBT” agenda – a pet cause of Obama’s – is not about securing “human rights,” but, rather, is about promulgating moral wrongs.
The world is finding that forcing others to “tolerate” – indeed, to celebrate – unfettered licentiousness, under penalty of law, is as harmful to society as is said licentiousness to those who practice it.
The world has looked to America’s moral leadership and found it wanting. The climate under Obama has gotten so bad that Russian leader Vladimir Putin feels emboldened to claim for Russia the mantle of world moral leader – a proud distinction hitherto held by the good ol’ USA.
The Daily Mail reports that, in his state of the nation address, “Putin sought to cast Russia as the moral arbiter of the world . . . as he hit out at America’s ‘non-traditional values’ and its influence across the world.”
Russia has barred “LGBT” and other sexual anarchist propaganda. “Mr Putin defended his government’s increasingly conservative values,” continued the report, “and decried the ‘review of norms of morality’ in the West and elsewhere.
“‘This destruction of traditional values from above not only entails negative consequences for society, but is also inherently anti-democratic because it is based on an abstract notion and runs counter to the will of the majority of people,’ Mr Putin said, adding there could be no benefit for society for treating ‘good and evil’ equally.”
How sad that the leader of an atheist government, in a country where tens of millions have died under Marxism – another of Obama’s pet causes – could out-Christian our once-Christian nation.
Meanwhile, the tiny nation of Jamaica is among hundreds more that are likewise feeling the squeeze from both the Obama administration and allied “LGBT” pressure groups. They’re pushing for unrestrained sexual license in that Caribbean state as well.
According to a Jamaican newspaper, The Gleaner, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, recently spoke at a pro-family conference there. LaBarbera “encouraged Jamaicans to be grounded in their Christian beliefs and not to be lured by other countries in repealing the buggery (sodomy) law.”
“The United States has no business lecturing anybody about sexual morality,” he observed. “America has rampant abortions, rampant promiscuity, and I stand wholeheartedly with Jamaicans and encourage you all to hold to your beliefs,” he said.
“The moral clarity of my kind, pro-family hosts was refreshing, and something we in the United States need to learn from and take heart from,” said LaBarbera upon his return. “I told them, ‘The United States government has nothing to teach you about sexual morality, but you have much to teach us!’”
“We are all watching Jamaica to see what happens,” he concluded, “and I believe if Jamaica can stand up and not bow to the pressure, you can be an example to the world. There is no need to follow anybody,” LaBarbera encouraged.
Indeed, there is certainly no need to follow America. Not on this. Fewer nations are buying what we’re selling. They’ve placed an embargo on our chief export.
While America may be lost (though I pray not), it would seem that her traditional values – values still shared by many, if not most, of the American people – are, nonetheless, gaining momentum abroad.
Recent misconduct investigations of deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department included rape, smuggling heroin into jail, stealing money from a narcotics arrest and misuse of a department helicopter, an oversight report details.
The Office of Independent Review’s new report on misconduct investigations pertaining to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) outlined administrative discipline cases resolved through Sept. 30, 2013. The Office of Independent Review (OIR) is a civilian oversight body charged with monitoring LASD’s internal investigations.
Privacy laws do not allow the identities of deputies involved in the summarized misconduct, nor does it include dates of any infractions.
Recently enacted LASD reforms have not made much of a difference on the amount of misconduct, except for excessive use of force in jails, said OIR head Mike Gennaco.
“Unfortunately, the cases are probably the same as far as level of egregiousness,” he said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
“With regard to jail cases, I know that force is going down, at least in the downtown jails,” Gennaco added. “The fact that there are cameras make it easier to decide whether the conduct was in or out of policy.”
Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers responded with concern over the results of the report, saying the LASD does what it can to avoid such behavior while patrolling the entirety of Los Angeles County.
“When these matters are brought to our attention, we make every effort to investigate them as promptly as possible and take the most appropriate correction action,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News. “This can include retraining, written reprimands, suspensions, demotions, and even discharge.”
Among the major cases detailed by the OIR report:
- A deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a traffic stop in exchange for not arresting her for a suspended license. The District Attorney filed 11 felony counts, from bribery to rape, against the deputy.
- A deputy was arrested by Border Patrol for attempting to smuggle an undocumented person over national lines.
- A LASD employee who pleaded guilty to felony spousal assault and cruelty to a child after assaulting his girlfriend and her children.
- A deputy attempted to smuggle heroin into a court lockup area and deliver it to an inmate via a burrito.
- A deputy left her gun in a backpack in the backseat of her private vehicle. She then offered two youths a ride to their bus stop. One of them mistakenly took her backpack to school instead of his own.
- An LASD employee was suspended after alleged unauthorized use of a department helicopter for non-LASD business and for falsifying time records.
- A sergeant and a station clerk pleaded no contest to grand theft for stealing money from a narcotics investigation.
- A deputy was arrested and convicted of kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a firearm.
- A nursing assistant failed to provide medication to an entire module.
- A group of about half dozen deputies in a kind of gang, known as the “Jump Out Boys,” were discharged for violating “standards expected of members of the Sheriff’s Department and directly contradict our core values,” the OIR said.
- A deputy who was accused of having sexual relationships with inmates and prostitutes resigned in lieu of being discharged.
- A deputy left a male inmate and a female inmate unsecured in a courtroom lockup area. They had sex, with the female inmate becoming pregnant.
“All of us have an absolute obligation to conduct ourselves in a manner that is above reproach and demand the same of those who work within our chains of command,” Assistant Sheriff Rogers said in response to the report. “As supervisors, we must do everything in our power to ensure that our personnel do not engage in conduct that violates the public trust, damages the reputation of the department, or causes irreparable harm to their careers.”
Bastions of the Democrat Party of Lies, kinda' like Detroit, Chicago....
What do you do when you have a system that is known to be riddled with errors and flaws?
California’s solution is to add another program to the already flawed system and hope that it works better.
Now you may be wondering what this has to do with gun confiscation. The error riddled system I’m referring to is the one that California has in place called the Armed Prohibited Persons System. When a resident of the state becomes ineligible to own firearms due to criminal convictions or involuntarily being committed to an institution for mental issues, the APPS is supposed to identify them so that law enforcement can confiscate any firearms they are known to possess.
An audit of the system last year revealed that courts and mental health officials were never properly informed of their responsibilities in reporting individuals that were no longer allowed to legally own firearms. Subsequently, the audit revealed 21,000 California residents should have had their firearms confiscated but hadn’t due to the failures of the system.
Just how flawed is the APPS? Gun Owners of California says the system is in error 40% to 60% of the time. Others say the degree of errors is lower, but still quite high when compared to what it’s designed to do.
One of the major flaws with the system is misidentification of the gun owner. According to the audit of the system:
“We found that some key staff decisions, such as determining that a specific individual is not an armed prohibited person, are not subject to supervisory review once staff complete[s] training. In fact, three of eight such decisions we reviewed were incorrect.”
In the majority of cases where a legal gun owner was mistakenly identified as being ineligible to own firearms and that person’s guns are confiscated, the gun owner’s rights to own firearms is not re-instated. If John Smith owns several guns for home protection and hunting and the system confuses him with another John Smith, causing him to be blacklisted and his guns confiscated, his chances of getting his gun rights and his guns back are very slim.
“Oops, the state system screwed up and well, Mr. Smith, you’re just going to have to live with our mistake and never own a firearm again. Sorry.”
But wait, there’s more!
A new California state law, AB 809 just went into effect on January 1 that requires the state to keep records and background checks for all long-gun purchases. The tracking of AB 809 will be added to the already flawed Armed Prohibited Persons System, which means that more legal owners will be misidentified by the error filled system and lose their constitutional rights to own and bear firearms.
The bill was passed because its supporters said it wasn’t registration in the exact sense as it focuses more on keeping records of all background checks done for gun purchases. Opponents to the bill claim that the supporters are just using semantics and that the state will actually be keeping records that will allow them track legal gun owners.
In the 1990s, California state officials used a similar tracking system of legal gun owners to confiscate assault weapons when they were banned in the state. Chuck Michel, a civil rights attorney commented about the new law, stating:
“Registration has led to confiscation in California. Registration is leading to confiscation in New York right now.”
Another argument used to push for the long-gun registration (AB 809) is for the safety of law enforcement officers. They claim that knowing if there are guns in a house they are about to raid that they can be more alert and ready for trouble. However, that knowledge has led to an increase in no-knock raids which are a violation of the Fourth Amendment for an illegal search and seizure. It has also led to an increase in the number of home residents who have been shot by law enforcement officers because of their heightened status.
Joseph McNamara, the former San Jose Police Chief and a Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution said:
“My research into more than a dozen raids that turned out badly is that … the presence of a firearm wires officers into a much higher tendency to shoot. The presence of a legally possessed firearm bought to protect the home may get totally innocent people killed by the police who casually use SWAT for drug search warrants especially if they register.”
From the state auditor’s report on the current system being more flawed than HealthCare.gov, the knowledge that such lists have and are being used to confiscate guns and that it will lead to more no-knock raids, AB 809 is only adding to the problem, not helping it. More legal gun owners will mistakenly lose their rights to own their guns. The likelihood of the new law being used to confiscate banned guns in the future is great. And more legal gun owners are going to be shot by police who conduct no-knock raids.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Democrats’ subversive way of registering guns and gun owners so that they can eventually disarm Americans.
Obama Administration plans to put women in combat roles are being set back because military officials are finding that half of female Marines cannot do the minimum of three pullups in boot camp.
The Marines are now delaying the physical requirement, which had been scheduled to begin with the new year.
The requirement had been part of a plan to equalize physical standards as the Administration pushes women into frontline roles that critics have said all along are not suitable for or doable by women.
The idea had been that women would have to be able to do a minimum of three pullups to pass their test, eight to get a top score.
The pullups are required because they simulate the upper body strength needed to do things like scale a wall, carry heavy gear or climb a rope.
Three is also the minimum for male Marines, but they have to complete 20 pullups to earn a top score on their annual physical, so the standards are already being lowered for women.
Since the new standard is now being delayed, female Marines in the meantime will be able to choose how they pass that portion of their physical: by pullup, or by performing a "flexed-arm hang" for 15 seconds minimum, with a perfect score for 70 seconds.
Critics point out that working out to be able to perform pullups can build a Marine's strength, but the flexed-arm hang doesn't alter a person's fitness. The test is considered so easy that it isn't even an option for men.
The various branches of the military have been given until January 1, 2016, to open nearly all combat jobs to women. If they keep some exclusive to men, they will have to give solid reasons why.
While the Administration and military officials have repeatedly assured the public that physical standards will not be compromised by the Administration's push for "equality," it continues to look like getting women to meet the same performance standards as men is simply unreasonable.
Common sense says that most women simply will never be as strong as men, but that doesn't stop the liberal agenda. Blind acceptance of the "equality" mantra will needlessly put young women in harm's way, in situations they are not capable of handling.
The reason they can't handle some combat jobs is that women are simply designed differently than men, and there's no disgrace or ill intent in acknowledging that most women are smaller and physically less durable than most men.
Some combat jobs can be performed by women quite well. There are many fine women pilots, for example. But when you need to tote a heavy machine gun and its ammo across rocky terrain, or just huck a grenade like a 100-yard touchdown pass, it takes a man.
Along with the Administration's misguided sense of equality comes the opportunity for women to be drafted, as well. There are far fewer women in the military than there are men. If equality is the goal, a draft of women may be the only way to get the numbers equal, coupled with a policy of turning away more male volunteers.
This all comes on top of the Administration's ambition to make the military some sort of homosexual social experiment, combined with the ongoing persecution of Christians who aren't down with the homosexual agenda.
When you add all the trends together, it seems the Obama Administration's goal is a physically weaker, more effeminate military whose members are obedient to the popular secular order above biblical or historical American principles.
The president and his advisers may be living out the liberal dream by severely weakening America's military preparedness, but their dogma is not in the best interests of the country.
Is President Obama sleeping well on his Hawaiian holiday? I can think of many families of American soldiers who might not be enjoying the same bliss right now. That’s because 2014 opens with alarming news that the Afghan government will free an estimated 650 prisoners from a Bagram detention facility — including scores involved in deadly attacks on our men and women in uniform.
The White House handed over control of the jihadi-clogged prison to the Afghan government last spring. Some 3,000 notorious Taliban and al Qaeda killers call the jail home. Surprise, surprise: After the Obama administration supposedly secured “private assurances” that no dangerous criminal operatives would be released, U.S. officials are now balking that the agreement has been broken. Everyone, put on your shocked faces.
An anonymous U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal this week: “We are concerned that 88 people who have blood on their hands — Afghan and coalition blood — would be turned loose, but more important, that an agreement that we have with the Afghan government is being violated.” The New York Times reports that Muslim terrorists who trained teen suicide bombers and planted IEDs at schools are among the lucky thugs slated for release. “These are guys that are tied directly to killing and trying to kill our forces and Afghan forces,” an American military official told the New York Times. “This is an issue of deep concern. It is serious.” Cue the “UNDERSTATEMENT” klieg lights.
Members of Afghanistan’s own parliament are decrying the lax review process and dangerous unilateral decisions of a “Bagram Inmates’ Assessment Committee” established by presidential decree. Afghan senator Dawood Hasas told the Afghanistan Times: “Among the released prisoners from Bagram jail, many were murder convicts, and release of notorious prisoners would not be in the national interests.”
Who knows how many others will be freed to kill American soldiers again? President Hamid Karzai is busy pandering to Taliban forces in advance of the country’s spring election season. He is also stalling approval of a bilateral security deal with the U.S. and U.K. It’s a recipe for bloody recidivism. The new batch of freed jihadists will join a burgeoning population of other freed Taliban commanders who promptly returned to the battlefield. Last fall, Karzai freed senior Taliban leader Maulawi Ghulam Mohammad — who now commands some 400 insurgents and immediately launched several deadly attacks on security forces’ check-posts in the Badghis province.
Mohammad joins Mullah Zakir, the Taliban’s top “surge commander,” who was released from Gitmo to Afghanistan custody and let loose by the Afghanistan government in 2007. He’s back at work, killing in the name of Allah without skipping a beat. Former Gitmo detainee Abu Sufian bin Qumu, also released in 2007, has been named a possible lead plotter in the Benghazi attack. Karzai’s jail-emptying scheme comes as the Obama administration continues to widen the Gitmo revolving door for even more potential recidivists-to-be. In December alone, the White House returned Guantanamo detainees to Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, and dispatched three Uighur detainees to Slovakia.
Question: Are the Taliban leaders detained and arrested last fall in connection with the deadly 9/14/12 attack on our Marines at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Karzai’s release list? Don’t forget that the infiltration of 15 jihadists disguised in U.S. combat fatigues took place three days after the 9/11 attack on our Benghazi consulate.
Refresher: The Camp Bastion attack came exactly six months after a failed suicide bombing that targeted then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The meticulously coordinated siege resulted in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, along with the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam. British commanders knew the airfield was insecure before 9/14/12. Leaders on both sides of the pond failed to coordinate their defenses. Three months before the raid, the Pentagon acknowledged, military officials had been warned of “uncontrolled access” that left “personnel and equipment exposed.”
The families of the fallen continue to fight for accountability on both sides of the pond, and to push for both the U.S. and U.K. to take meaningful remediation steps to secure coalition bases. It’s safe to say that “Freeing imprisoned Taliban and al Qaeda jihadists who targeted and killed American troops” wasn’t on any military family’s New Year’s wish list.
As for the commander-in-chief? It’s back to the golf course. Fore!
‘Shock and awe’…well served and with good intentions…a war that freed Iraq from the clutches of a brutal dictator and gave the Iraqi people a chance at an independent, free, and sovereign nation…a chance that Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s deliberately misguided actions have taken away from them…taken away from them at the cost of American lives.
And with Iraq’s (Shi’ite) Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki now facing political unrest as 44 members of Iraq’s parliament resigned due to government forces breaking-up Sunni-led protests, fighters from the al-Qaeda linked group the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant have completely taken over the city center of Fallujah (where 100 Marines were killed in the 2004 second battle of Fallujah) by seizing military equipment given to Fallujah’s police by US Marines. And with al-Qaeda militants almost in total control of the provincial capital of Ramadi, you have to wonder where did we go wrong and was the cost in American lives and in our taxpayer dollars worth it.
The answer to the first question is easy…Barack HUSSEIN Obama is the sole cause of the war gone horribly wrong…but the second question is a bit harder to answer for many factors come into play as Iraq heads into a civil war of Wahhabi Sunni vs. Shi’ite muslims.
Since the Iraq/Afghan War began on March 3, 2003, and up to about four days ago, 4489 American troops have been killed in the almost 11 years of fighting with two-thirds of those deaths occurring in the almost five years since Barack HUSSEIN Obama usurped…I mean took the oath of office. And more than 51,778 have been wounded, including thousands with serious brain and spinal injuries… including those coming home minus arms and legs…and including those with PTSD being their life after seeing and living the horrors of war.
And those returning home now have to continue to fight weary as they are, but this time they’re sadly fighting their own government for their pensions and for much needed medical care… fighting their own government because the man who occupies the White House does NOT honor them, their sacrifices nor does he keep promises made to them.
So as these brave warriors battle DC bureaucracy for what is rightfully theirs, the fact remains that the money spent in tying to assure Iraq’s seemingly now lost freedom could exceed three TRILLION of our taxpayer dollars…three TRILLION dollars for Iraq and a tooth and nail fight for our troops…all courtesy of the Obama administration…all courtesy of a Commander-in-Chief who is anything but.
And buried within those three TRILLION dollars is the millions of dollars that was spent on equipment that sits rotting in fields all over Iraq…and this because Obama would NOT allow our troops to train the Iraqi’s on how to use said equipment for what was of paramount importance for this most vile of men…for this most traitorous of presidents…was announcing to the enemy the date our troops would begin and end their withdrawal, thus assuring them victory if they just bode their time and waited for us to leave…for as we all know America’s enemies are Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s friends on whose side his allegiance always lies.
So as violence escalates throughout Iraq, especially in the al-Anbar province where 2013 saw the most civilian casualties in five years, and as internal security issues worsen, Obama continues to bloviate that ending the Iraq War is one of the main accomplishments of his administration…second only of course to his single handed take down Osama bin-Laden (sarcastically said) NOT caring that what he calls ending a war is actually losing a war due to his having had our troops fight that war as per the tenets of political correctness.
But the question remains was this sacrifice of American lives, American blood, and American limbs worth it. Remember, some have said that this war was all about oil and making the ‘fat cats’ even fatter, so for those who believe that I guess to them it was NOT worth the cost in American lives for the war did NOT affect Iraq’s major oil fields. In fact, Iraq is now pumping even more crude than before the war as it’s increased links to wells in its predominately Shi’ite south.
Also remember that Iraq, as much as the Democrats want it to be, is NOT really George W. Bush’s war for it was Billy-Boy Clinton himself, who in 1998, signed the Iraq Liberation Act, making Saddam Hussein’s removal from power a matter of US policy.
And as much as those on the left claim that Saddam Hussein did NOT have the chemical and biological weapons that were the major selling point for America going to war even though the chemical weapons now in the hands of Syria’s Bashar Assad are the very ones Saddam moved out of Iraq into Syria before the first US troop set foot on Iraqi soil…and even though Bush’s ‘surge’ turned the tide of the war in America’s favor and helped give birth to a fledgling Iraqi democracy… even with all this taking its toll in American lives the war was worth fighting because abandoning what Clinton set in motion…abandoning what Bush accomplished… would have been reckless at best… would have been un-American at worst for what America starts America finishes…Barack HUSSEIN Obama be damned.
But do NOT think for a minute that this war is really over as Iraq stands between Iran and Israel and for that reason alone the Iraq war will NEVER be truly over for America.