Leadership?

Leadership?

     During Obama’s recent European visit to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and to rally the Western alliance against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Beijing celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators eliminating virtually all domestic dissent. While Putin attended D-Day celebrations and visited with his Western European friends who buy huge quantities of natural gas from him, a high-ranking Chinese general told a regional security conference in Asia that U.S. inaction in Ukraine was an unmistakable symptom of America’s strategic “erectile dysfunction”. Affirming that failure, Russian special forces were supporting an offensive by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine that overran a key border control headquarters and threatened to open a land corridor between Russia and the recently annexed province of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. This is an aggression that can certainly be bolstered as French President Francois Hollande not only hosted Putin at a dinner, but refused to cancel a $1.6 billion sale of warships to Moscow.

     As those politicos and the Washington establishment look to promoting the candidacies of their kind seeking to further destroy the Framers’ intention for our Nation and and all that made America great, our enemies, foreign and domestic, view those who we elect to represent us with reprehension and disdain. “Erectile dysfunction” is a representation of our enemies’ view of our impotence. Contrasting Putin’s making trade deals, our leadership continues to squander our hard earned taxpayers dollar in foreign aid demanding nothing in return. Worse, those we help and assist turn against us. The remembrance of World War II sacrifices should never forget the fact that not only did Americans gave their blood and lives to save Russia from Hitler’s atrocities and China from the Japanese imperialism, Americans sent billions of dollars in war materials on Liberty ships to Russia and rebuilt Russia, China, most of Europe, and Japan after the war. Remember the Marshall Plan. Thank you France. These debts have never been repaid or even acknowledged. Gratitude is not even in the vocabulary of those aligned against us. So much for foreign policy and leadership! It is not only the unprincipled undeserving who are willing to take something for nothing!

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The Obamination Revisited

The Obamination Revisited

     The current betrayal of trust freeing al Qaida terrorist generals for a worthless deserter without giving Congress the 30 days notice as required by law is purely and simply “giving … aid and comfort” to our enemies. With some of Bowe Bergdahl’s former squad members coming forward and accusing the man they depict as an eccentric selfish loner of betrayal, desertion, and costing the lives of soldiers who searched for him, the illegal act, at the least, again repeatedly confirms Obama’s failure and inadequacy. Where is this so-called community organizer when members of our American community have their rights violated by other countries? Call it what you may.

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Watch Obama’s face as Bergdahl’s dad invoked Allah in Arabic

Thomas Lifson

June 3, 2014

     When Bob Bergdahl launched in Arabic, invoking Allah while standing next to President Obama in the White House Rose Garden, a number of Americans were startled. Claire Lopez, a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues, emailed her friend Allen West:

“What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these are the opening words of every chapter of the Qur’an except one (the chapter of the sword – the 9th) – by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this.”

     I am not knowledgeable enough to judge the claim of sanctifying the White House and claiming it for Islam, but I place a lot of stock in watching nonverbal cues, people’s quick reactions. And so, when our friends at iOwnTheWorld.com captured and enlarged President Obama’s reaction to Bergdahl’s invocation of Allah, it hit me hard.

Watch for yourself and see if it means anything to you.

My colleague Rick Moran cautions that it just might mean he’s not a bigot. We do know that he told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof that the Muslim call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” So maybe he is just fondly recalling his childhood days in Jakarta.

Or maybe this is a tell – an indication of what is going on in his heart, perhaps a bit deeper than his claim last week at West Point that he believes in American exceptionalism with every fiber of his being.

What Happened to Marine Deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun?

Michelle Malkin

June 6, 2014

     Ten years ago this month, U.S. Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from Camp Fallujah in Iraq. After a five-month military investigation, he was charged with desertion and theft, brought back to Virginia’s Quantico Marine base and then transferred to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for trial.

Yet, a full decade later, Hassoun is as free as a bird.

The accused deserter’s whereabouts are unknown. No trial ever began. No punishment ensued. And our leaders in Washington don’t seem to be doing a thing about this.

Hassoun was born in Lebanon and immigrated with his family to Utah in 1999. A few years later, he joined the Marines as an Arabic translator. On June 20, 2004, Hassoun bailed on guard duty at his base in Fallujah. He took his military-issued gun and his Muslim prayer rug. Military records obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune showed that he was “torn between military loyalty and his Muslim beliefs.”

According to the internal probe, he undermined intelligence-gathering operations by refusing to translate questions about Islam. He balked at raising his voice to suspected jihadi imams and sheiks. He openly threatened to “walk out the front gate and leave.”

The Muslim Marine told his colleagues he supported Hezbollah terrorist attacks on Israel. Members of his unit told investigators he was “anti-American” and listened to jihad sermons on propaganda CDs. Hassoun had received spiritual counseling from Navy Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, a Muslim military chaplain tied to a radical Wahhabist outfit under federal investigation, according to Hoover Institution fellow and journalist Paul Sperry.

A bizarre video by Hassoun’s Islamist “kidnappers” showed him blindfolded with a sword above his head. But his fellow Marines suspected it was all staged and the “abduction” a collaborative fake. What did the purported hostage-takers want in return for the shady, disgruntled American serviceman? The release of jihadists in “U.S.-led occupation prisons.” Translation: Gitmo detainees. (Americans would never negotiate such a reckless trade, right? Oh, wait.)

In an even weirder twist, Hassoun somehow resurfaced at the U.S. embassy in Lebanon a few weeks after he walked away from his base. His family was rumored to have enlisted the aid of an Islamist group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hassoun denied desertion charges, came back to the U.S. for trial and then deserted a second time after failing to return to Camp Lejeune after visiting family in Utah. In 2011, Hassoun’s family sought a $1 million book and movie deal in Hollywood. One of his brothers said the fugitive Marine was with family in Lebanon.

Ten summers after he abandoned his post, double-deserting Hassoun is still on the run and has yet to be held accountable.

It’s worth reminding Americans about Hassoun’s story in light of President Obama’s exploding Bowe Bergdahl scandal. By all appearances, this administration has no intention of taking action on longstanding allegations that Bergdahl, like Hassoun before him, deliberately abandoned his post in 2009. Defiant Obama said he makes “no apologies” for the treacherous deal, even as reports of Bergdahl’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship and conversion to Islam have surfaced in the past 48 hours.

Soldiers on the ground have described how Bergdahl’s disappearance catalyzed deadly coordinated attacks by the Taliban on numerous U.S. outposts in Afghanistan. The response has been breathtaking. One of Obama’s minions, former Veterans Affairs bureaucrat and now Housing and Urban Development flack Brandon Friedman defended his boss by suggesting that Bergdahl’s colleagues were “psychopaths.”

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, sneered that Bergdahl’s critics inside the military are “dysfunctional.” Harry Reid invoked Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” retort. The president himself sniffed that swelling anger among the families of the fallen was “whipped up.”

Islamist sympathizers inside our military walk away, and the Obama White House turns a blind eye. The Fort Hood jihad attack by Nidal Hasan, who invoked Hassoun in PowerPoint presentations to his military supervisors, is “workplace violence.” Gitmo recidivist Abu Sufian bin Qumu, lead suspect in the Benghazi attack, roams free despite the president’s promise to make “justice” his “biggest priority.”

Our commander in chief empties Gitmo of the worst of the worst jihadists and shrugs at the recidivists targeting American soldiers and civilians. And in a desperate attempt to deflect from the rising death toll of the Veterans Affairs book-cooking scandal, Obama gave Bob Bergdahl a Rose Garden stage to invoke Allah in Arabic.

If you’re not “whipped up” into Category 5 disgust, you’re not paying attention.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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