July 31, 2011
Two Quotes of the Day, from two very interesting pieces.
The first one:
Multiculturalism has been a failure in Europe, while, here in the States, Obama has managed a dishonest public discourse with Muslims as if everything were hunky-dory, fabricating knowledge he did not have and which was false in the first place (like his Cairo narrative of the Barbary wars and the ensuing diplomacy), inventing wrongs against them to stir up progressive outrage (was the IRS really blocking contributions to legitimate Muslim charities?), taking sides in intra-civilizational disputes that put him on the side of religious orthodoxy and the narrow-souled of Islam.
The second one:
"If you think we're in a crisis now about coming up on a debt ceiling, imagine a crisis where we face terrorists or rogue states with nuclear weapons. That is the definition of crisis," Bolton argued. It is critically important, according to Bolton, to restore America's national security 'to the very top' of the list of our nation's priorities.
And a bonus one that explains how we got ourselves into this mess:
Let's face it, why would a man who has only been a community organizer, adjunct law professor, state legislator, and very briefly a senator with a bad attendance record have a real feel for international affairs? The fact that he is an ideologue and arrogant even by the usual standards of politicians and presidents makes things worse.
And so it is...
[Posted by R.S.]
July 13, 2011
Today, three bomb blasts rocked crowded districts of Mumbai during rush hour, killing at least 21 and injuring over 100 people (casualty numbers are still coming in).
On Monday, Syrian mobs attacked and thrashed the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus.
And on Thursday (Turkish time), Turkish authorities captured 15 al Qaeda "militants," who were planning attacks on the U.S. embassy in Ankara, as well as other unspecified foreign targets; and seized 1,500 pounds of chemicals used in bomb-making, along with assault rifles, munitions and city maps.
These are just a few of the incidents in the last couple of days, yet the latest Rasmussen poll of Likely Voters shows that:
- 52% believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the "War on Terror."
- 13% believe the terrorists are winning.
- 25% say neither side currently holds the advantage. [Are these like the Undecideds, you know, the ones who after months and months of non-stop campaign ads, debates, news coverage, etc., are still undecided the day before a presidential election?]
Thomas Jefferson once said, "Information is the currency of democracy." No wonder the U.S. Dollar is tanking.
[Posted by R.S.]
"Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. ... All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table."
~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Seoul on Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (more here).