Noonan trumps Gates

“Mrs. Clinton was the senior-most advocate for using the U. S. military to bring ill-fated regime change in Libya, and further, failed to anticipate the chaos that would follow – the same failure she and other Democrats hung around the neck of the Bush 43 administration in post-Saddam Iraq,” – former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates

While Gates was forthright in his negative opinions of Hillary Clinton in his op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal, “Sizing Up the Next Commander-in-Chief,” I found his assessment of Donald Trump extremely unfair. Continue reading

Trump is right to suggest Russia could help defeat ISIS

Perhaps you’ve noticed how President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the media (of course) are criticizing Donald Trump’s references to Russia and Vladimir Putin; his most recent a suggestion that “wouldn’t it be nice if Russia would help us defeat ISIS.” I thought it was time to refresh your memory on the failed U.S. – Russia relations during the Obama administration. Continue reading

“W” was correct

“To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we allow for terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” – President George W. Bush, July 12, 2007 press briefing.

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A prophetic President Bush speaks of an Iraq left without U.S. troops in 2007. (foxnews.com)

While reading of the slow build-up of troops in Iraq, I was reminded of how prophetic President George W. Bush was as he was preparing to leave office, warning of the consequences of an early withdrawal from Iraq.

The handwriting was on the wall when Vice President Joe Biden failed to secure a status of forces agreement with Iraq and President Obama pledged to remove all troops from the country. ISIS took control of a major portion of Iraq and captured cities our troops had died for earlier. Continue reading

Help Wanted: A commander in chief for the U.S.

“No commander in chief of the U. S. armed forces can be wholly irrelevant, but to the extent one can be, Mr. Obama is.” – Peggy Noonan, Nov. 21, 2015

Under the headline, “Uncertain Leadership in Perilous Times,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan again demonstrates her unique ability to put her succinct thinking in print.  Briefly reviewing the terrorist attacks in Madrid, London and most recently in Paris, she reflects on the question, what to do?

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Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writes of President Obama’s irrelevance as commander in chief. (lonelyconservative.com)

“On this issue the American president is, amazingly, barely relevant.  The leaders and people of Europe and America will not be looking to him for wisdom, will, insight or resolve,” she writes, “He has misjudged ISIS from the beginning – they were not, actually, the junior varsity – to the end.”

As I have previously written for this blog, we have a petulant, arrogant individual in the White House, who chooses to criticize the press for pressing him on his ISIS non-strategy, while ridiculing GOP candidates on their refugee stance.  He says his military and civilian leaders support his position on “containing” ISIS.  I don’t believe it. Continue reading

President Obama is either ill-advised or surrounded by ‘yes’ men

“If confirmed in this job, I pledge to you my most candid strategic advice.  And I pledge also that you will receive equally candid military advice.” –  Ash Carter, speaking to President Carter during his nomination as Secretary of Defense, Dec. 5, 2014

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I’m still waiting for the candid advice he promised a year ago. Is he now a “yes” man? (wsj.com)

“It is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisors that (sending more U.S. ground troops) would be a mistake, said a testy President Obama during his Antalya, Turkey press conference on Nov. 16, 2015.

Visibly short-tempered with the media, who were unwilling to let him off the hook on his failing ISIS strategy of containment, President Obama said, “If there’s a good idea out there, then we’re going to do it. I don’t think I’ve shown a hesitation to act.”  Oh, really. Continue reading