Will America Be In Perpetual War?

Sixteen years after the 9/11 terror attacks, and America has not “won” the War on Terror. In fact, for all the fighting, we’ve lost about as much as we’ve gained, depending on how you measure such things.

Terror attacks in foreign cities around the world are just as terrifying, if not more, than they were in 2001. ISIS and Al Queda are still active and planning attacks on America and the West. The Taliban is still strong in Afghanistan. Although many of the “Arab strongmen” have been deposed, they’ve been replaced with brutal theocrats.

There are now far less Christians in the Middle East than there were in 2001. It seems that our War on Terror, which was never a “war on Islam,” has suffered mostly at the hands of Islamic extremists, who ever free as ever to operate, openly, in most of Europe.

NATO, which, for the first and only time in its history, invoked Article 5 mutual defense on 9/11/2001 to protect the United States, is weaker than it’s ever been. The Russians, should they desire, could overrun the NATO member Baltic States in just 60 hours–something the former Soviet Union could never, ever contemplate doing to any NATO member in 1990.

The U.S. military is strong, possibly stronger on paper than it’s ever been. On paper. But fighting two wars over 16 years has taken its toll. Casualties, PTSD and drawdowns have cost the Army much of its professional NCO and officer core. The Navy is down to the bare minimum for experienced seamen and ship drivers, as evidenced by the recent spate of accidents they’ve had.

And the Air Force is making due with bombers (and some fighters) that are older than their aircrews. The problems that separate our military “on paper” from the actual facts in the field are tied to logistics, maintenance, duty cycles, and upgrades. While we fly all over the world, from land and sea, our enemies (and potential enemies) are sitting back and spending on new equipment without having to fight large wars.

In fact, many of our defense industry’s largest orders are not coming from the U.S. military, but from foreign military sales (like the enormous order by Saudi Arabia, the country that 15 of 19 9/11 hijackers, plus organizer Khalid Sheikh Mohamed called home).

When (if) we finally defeat our 9/11 enemies, there will be others waiting in the wings. Do we think the North Koreans and the Iranians, and the Russians, and the Chinese will simply let us go home and rest?

If America assumes a duty to purge the world of evildoers, then doubles down on that commitment for the sake of the lives spent to achieve victory, we will find ourselves in perpetual war.

There is no shortage of evil in the world. We will never purge all of it.

I believe that, after 16 years, we have avenged the lives of the 2,896 casualties on that day. We are now trying to avenge the nearly 7,000 deaths of U.S. personnel since October 2001. Yet the struggle continues with no end in sight, while new threats rise up to challenge the mightiest superpower the world has ever known.

Isn’t it time to consider whether America should be engaged in perpetual war, or should we more carefully choose the timing of our battles, and what struggles in which we will invest our blood and treasure?

Gov. Paul LePage is an Utter Idiot

Of all the political takes about removing Confederate statues, this is by far the worst.

“To me, it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that,” [Maine Gov. Paul] LePage told WGAN news radio.

In his normal daily verbal excretions, Maine Gov. Paul LePage makes Donald Trump look like Edmund Burke. He makes Anthony Scaramucci look like William F. Buckley. You get the idea here.

But this one is so over the top, and demonstrates such an insurmountable summit of ignorance, that LePage should be labeled as mentally disabled and removed from office for uttering it.

I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll start with the 32nd governor of Maine. His name was Joshua Chamberlain. Prior to his election to that office, Chamberlain served in the U.S. Army, where he led the 20th Maine Infantry.

You might have heard of them (or seen the movie “Gettysburg” where the part of Chamberlain was played by Jeff Daniels). They successfully defended Little Round Top, charging down the hill–a charge that inspired the book “The Killer Angels.”

Chamberlain was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action on Little Round Top. I don’t think he would have much to say about equating Confederate statues with memorializing the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history.

I do know Chamberlain, along with 68 previous governors of Maine who have descended into their tombs, are rolling furiously in their graves. I can’t imagine the living former governors, who include sitting Sen. Angus King, would have a whole lot of good things to say either.

Oh, and another thing: There are no Confederate monuments in Maine.

LePage is an utter idiot.

Trump’s 9/11 Giving Is Worse Than a Bimbo Eruption

For all the bravado Donald Trump has displayed for the last 15 years about supporting 9/11 first responders, as with everything the liar says, there’s no evidence he ever did anything more than talk.

City Controller Scott Stringer conducted a review of hundreds of pages of previously sealed records of the two main 9/11 charities at the request of the Daily News, and found that Trump and his charity hadn’t donated a dime in the months after 9/11.

“For the periods covered by the audits, we did not find any record of a donation from Trump himself or a Trump entity to either the Twin Towers Fund or the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc.,” Stringer’s office said in a statement to the Daily News in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.

Trump publicly pledged to donate $10,000 on his friend Howard Stern’s radio show, which both Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers claim they received–to their fund. The most the Daily News could find that Trump personally gave was a $1,000 donation to New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, a fund promoted by Tom Cruise which used techniques recommended by the Church of Scientology (read: junk science).

Only when the campaign came around did the Trump Foundation give to 9/11 causes, and that wasn’t Trump’s personal money. Trump hasn’t given to his own foundation since 2008.

The only recorded major donation to 9/11 causes that Trump has made was $100,000 from his foundation — which has been bankrolled by others without any money from Trump for years — to the 9/11 Museum in April 2016, as he sought to generate headlines after Ted Cruz attacked him for his “New York values” during the primary election.

Of course, if Trump really did give to 9/11 causes, it would be very simple to clear these discrepancies up, if he released his tax returns. The fact that he simply won’t do that means that whatever is in them must be worse than a bimbo eruption.

BREAKING: Obama Rejected on 9/11, 97-1

I think President Obama knew this was coming. He vetoed the bill which would allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia. He did it to show the Saudis he was still on good terms. But unlike the Saudis America has no king.

CNN reported:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One that the Senate’s override of his veto is the “single most embarrassing thing the Senate has done since 1983,” referring to the last time the Senate overrode a veto by such a large margin.
The remark immediately infuriated lawmakers and staffers.

“It’s amateur hour at the White House,” one Democratic aide said.

“Asking us to stand between 9/11 families and their day in court is asking a lot,” Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said in response.

Obama gets to tell the Saudis he did his part but Congress overrode him. Makes everything look very democratic.

If he could have gotten away with it, those 26 pages in the 9/11 report would still be classified.  It’s wonderful theater. Now let’s see the families collect that money when they sue. I hope they get $100 billion.

Former Dem Senator: Unreleased 9/11 Pages ‘An Insult to The American People’

Nearly 15 years later, the U.S. government is still struggling to tell Americans the whole story about 9/11. Sunday, President Obama announced that a drone strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour. We’re still fighting in Afghanistan–a seemingly-endless war with people who previously defeated the other, now former, superpower.

We’re still fighting in Iraq, where the news Sunday reported that Iraq has launched an attack to retake Fallujah, which has been held by ISIS for over two years. I remember when the Marines pushed through bloody Fallujah in 2003. I remember when we lost it in 2014–how my veteran friends reacted in disgust.

These wars seem to never end. But Americans still don’t know the whole story of exactly who–as in what nations–supported, equipped, and harbored the Al Queda terrorists who perpetrated the worst terror attack on U.S. soil ever.

Retired Senator Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, penned an opinion in Roll Call Friday calling on President Obama to declassify the remaining 28 pages, which are still marked Top Secret. He called the fact that these pages have not been released “an insult to the American people.”

Prior to retiring from the Senate, I went to the Intelligence Committee room in the Capitol where the full report is available and I read the classified 28 pages. Members of Congress may request to read the 28 pages in the committee room, but cannot take notes or make copies of the content.

Because it is classified “Top Secret,” I am not allowed to disclose the contents of the 28 pages. However, in my judgment, there is not now, and never has been, a justification to withhold this information from the American people. The information I read is an important part of the story of the attack against our country.

The information included on those pages is consequential to understanding the full story of the 9/11 attack. It provides evidence that is not contained in the published 9/11 commission report.

Frankly, it’s a scandal that this information has been withheld from the American people for the past 12 years. Obviously, a report that withholds 28 pages of critical information about the attack is not a “full and complete” report. The classification of that information was an insult to the American people.

By now, over 11 years after the report was issued, it’s likely that thousands of top-level American politicians, cleared individuals within the intelligence community, aides and administration officials have seen the classified 28 pages. This is not some black Skunkworks program or deep NSA source data. Releasing the 28 pages surely can’t reveal sources and methods we haven’t seen in the public press for years.

Keeping the information classified is a purely political move. It’s a hot potato that nobody–not Bush, not Obama–wants to have opened in their laps. Surely, if Hillary Clinton makes it to the White House, we may never see the inside of that report, because “what, at this point, does it matter?” A President Trump might release it after he, in his first actual intelligence brief, recovers from the shock of what Bush didn’t know (and how little real “actionable” data a president gets before signing off on a “finding”).

President Obama, who normalized relations with the Castros, the butchers of Cuba, signed a nuclear pact with the Ayatollahs in Iran, and has now lifted the 41-year weapons embargo to Vietnam, doesn’t want to sully his relationship with the Saudis. But his public legacy may depend more on closing out the last details of 9/11 much more than overturning 60 years of American anti-Communist doctrine.

Obama should release the 28 pages because even members of his own party think it’s the right thing to do.

Trump’s 7/11 Moment of Soaring Oration

Politico called it “the sermon on the lake.” I call it the Buffalo shuffle, or the lake-effect snowjob.

Der Apfelstrudelfuhrer pontificated on New York values in his pre-election day rally at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo. Introduced by Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, Trump missed more easy passes than Tyrod Taylor.

He actually wrote his speech down, because “it’s very close to my heart.” Even then, he couldn’t get it right.

“Because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-11. Down at the World Trade Center right after it came down.” Trump might have been at the 7 Eleven but he was not at Ground Zero on 9/11–so he actually got that right. I have no doubt that Donald’s heart was moved–we all were. But the rest of us aren’t trying to be all sanctimonious about it.

He came off about as authentic as his longtime friend Hillary Clinton. Then he compared 9/11 to Pearl Harbor, which he suggested was less bad than the World Trade Center because “at least it was military.” I don’t think we want to go there.

I think bloggers like me will make hay on the 7/11 gaffe but it probably won’t stick to Trump, since he’s made much more ridiculous statements than a simple slip of the lip. He’s become like the Dread Pirate Roberts, immune to Iocane powder, so he can drink his own poison and not die from it. (Ted Cruz will get that joke.)

But now we’ve seen the best Trump can do: Reading from prepared note cards with his signature block printing using a Sharpie. The people of Buffalo have experienced the soaring prose and thundering oration of The Donald.

Not impressed? Inconceivable!

New Ad: Trump Blames Bush for 9/11

It was one of the more amazing spectacles of last night’s CBS Debate. Donald Trump lashed out at George W. Bush, blaming him for 9/11.

This comes as George W. Bush is set to go to South Carolina for his brother. Trump, I’m sure, hopes to define Bush’s visit. But given the large military population in South Carolina, among other reasons, George W. Bush is hugely popular in the state and has a high number of veterans who went to war after 9/11.

Trump’s statements put him into Michael Moore territory and to the left of just about any elected Democrat in the country.

Our Principles PAC has come out with a new ad highlighting Trump’s statements.

The Predicate Act

Fourteen years ago this morning, hell flew out of the clear blue skies careening into tall buildings in New York City, careening into the Pentagon, and careening into a field in Pennsylvania.

We have been at war ever since. The monstrous acts this day fourteen years ago led to the toppling of a regime in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Today, the left says if only George W. Bush had not invaded Iraq, ISIS would not exist. If only Al Qaeda had not attacked the United States, ISIS would not have existed. For that matter, if only the Soviet Union had not invaded Afghanistan, ISIS would not exist because the Soviet invasion raised up the Mujahadeed that Osama Bin Laden joined that then inspired Al Qaeda that attacked us that led to war that led to toppling Saddam Hussein that led to a surge strategy and war fatigue that led to Barack Obama’s election that led to ISIS’s rise. If we want to play the game, if the Soviet Union had not invaded Afghanistan, Barack Obama would not have been elected. Behold the chain of history and how it weaves and dances in our minds.

But we should, just for a moment, concede the left’s point. Had George W. Bush not invaded Iraq, this would not have happened. That’s fine. Let’s play this game to its end.

Barack Obama saw what George W. Bush did and thinks he should not have done it. So Barack Obama decides just to wash his hands of it. He walks away from the battle field. He thinks it is not his problem. The Iraqi government makes clear through all the necessary channels that then still need American troops and Barack Obama refuses.

Barack Obama is the priest who walked past the man laying beaten and robbed in the ditch between Jerusalem and Jericho. He saw a country and trouble and he kept on moving. But a good samaritan never showed up. The robber returned and decided he could rob the priest’s flock too.

The left may have disagreed with George W. Bush, but they should not have ignored two towers falling on a clear day fourteen years ago. There are people in the world who want to kill us. They are evil. And the President of the United States, when confronted with the mess of his predecessor shows no leadership when he just walks away saying it wasn’t his doing. What he did by walking away was let evil run and grow and spread.

The refugee crisis, the dead boy on the European beach, and all the beheadings of Christians on the shores of the Mediterranean would not have happened had the Soviets not invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979. But they also would not have happened had the current, sitting President of the United States looked evil in the eye and fought, instead of bowing and averting his eyes.