In His Interest Only

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Columnist and author of “The Undocumented,” Mark Steyn argued comparing President Obama to Neville Chamberlain is “rather unfair to Neville Chamberlain” on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Steyn said of comparisons between Obama and Chamberlain, “I think actually that’s rather unfair to Neville Chamberlain, Sean. He got the central question of the 1930’s wrong, but he was an honorable man, who believed he was acting in the interests of his country and the British Empire which he loved. When Churchill became prime minister he kept Chamberlain on and had him chair the War Cabinet in his absence. And Churchill wept over Chamberlain’s funeral casket, and claimed he was an honorable man who just happened to be wrong. I don’t think you can say that about Obama. I think what Obama did is significantly worse than what Neville Chamberlain did. I don’t think, in effect, Obama was negotiating on behalf of the United States. I think what happened at these talks is that he and the Iranians were, in a sense, negotiating together to anoint Iran as the regional power in the Middle East and to facilitate Iran’s reentry, the biggest planetary sponsor of terrorism, to facilitate its reentry into the global community. That’s what Obama was there doing.”

“I think the nuclear issue was a mere pretext, a Hitchcockian McGuffin. Iran will be a nuclear state, and very soon. The joke inspections regime – under which Teheran can block any inspections for the best part of a month – will facilitate the nuclearization of Iran and prevent anyone who objects to it – such as Israel – from doing anything about it. That’s a given.”

But that’s not what the talks were about. Obama’s vision of the post-American Middle East sees Iran as the dominant power, and that’s what the negotiations were there to finesse.

Steyn added, “I think that’s the other difference between Obama and Chamberlain. The horrors of the — of what Germany did were not known to Neville Chamberlain. And in a sense the appeasers of the 1930’s did so because of the horrors of the first World War and the lost generation, and they didn’t want that to happen again. And it’s because we know they got it wrong, that history won’t give us the same opt out card. Because we should have known better because it had happened before. And I think what Obama gets here, i think it does come back to a — to his classic Marxist worldview in which he sees America as the problem on the world’s stage. And if you look at everything he did — he’s done, Sean, what he did with Iran fits into that context. I mean, whether you look at missile defense in Eastern Europe, where he takes the side of Russia over US allies like Poland and the Czech Republic. If you look at little things, like the Falklands Islands, where he takes the side of Argentina over a US ally like United Kingdom. And in the Middle East, he’s taken the side of Iran over US allies like the Sunni monarchies and Israel, because his central view is that America and American power is the problem in the world. And, therefore, American allies are part of that problem. And, therefore, what he does is, in a sense, withdraw from the world, and enhance the position of the enemies of American allies. That’s what he’s done in the Middle East. And it won’t be confined to the Middle East, it’ll spread beyond that.”

Sheldon Filger: In a private meeting with leftwing progressive activists in the Democratic Party held in January 2014, Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, spelled out the administration’s intentions. Unknown to Rhodes, his confidential briefing was secretly recorded, and details would subsequently leak out. The core of what he had to say about the negotiations with Iran:

“So no small opportunity, it’s a big deal. This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is healthcare for us, just to put it in context.” He went on to say, “We’re already kind of thinking through, how do we structure a deal so we don’t necessarily require legislative action right away. And there are ways to do that.”

Largely in secret, and based on a belief that the American people lacked the sophistication to fully understand the Iran issue as thoroughly as President Obama and his expert advisors, a policy decision was apparently made to engage in a grand act of appeasement, allowing Iran to maintain intact its illicit nuclear infrastructure designed solely to fabricate fissile materials suitable for ultimately only one purpose — manufacturing nuclear weapons. A fig leaf of a 10-year moratorium on full-scale use of that capacity by Iran, with a supposedly strict inspection regime that is obfuscated by a complex treaty that is so arcane, it allows Iran numerous opportunities to thwart its intent and cheat successfully, has been presented as largely a public relations exercise. The real intent of the Iran deal, as Ben Rhodes suggested 18 months ago, is to transform Iran from an adversary to a regional ally of America’s and serve as the Middle East policeman, allowing the United States to finally extricate itself from military involvement in that region.

Barack Obama, John Kerry and Ben Rhodes apparently believe in a manner similar to Stalin’s that the Ayatollahs’ vehemently anti-American hatred is not a core value of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and will be sublimated by pragmatism. Yet, even as the Iran Deal was being finalized, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei publicly chanted “death to America!” American flags were burning on Iranian streets as Kerry and Zarif exchanged smiles. And the regime’s most militant instrument of power, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was staging naval exercises that involved the “sinking” of a replica of an American aircraft carrier.

President Obama has apparently convinced himself that Tehran’s hostility is only a passing phase, and that in time it will become the trustworthy guardian of the Middle East, protecting the United States from what the administration seems to regard as the unruly Sunni Arab world. Decades of alliances with the broader Arab world, and especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, along with Israel, are in the process of being abandoned, in what must be regarded as the most reckless crapshoot in American geostrategic planning.

Unfortunately, the administration has lulled itself into sleepwalking with a hegemon whose core ideology, as the leaders of the Islamic Republic have repeatedly stated, is centered on hatred of the United States. Unless other forces can prevent what at this point seems inevitable, the ultimate outcome of the Iran deal is that Americans will one day awaken to the reality of an apocalyptic regime pointing nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles at their shores.

But it makes THEM feel good. It makes THEM feel superior. It MAKES them look “strong” in their eyes. And we know the only opinion that matters to Obama, Is Obama’s.

And in 10-15 years (or less) when Iran is terrorizing the world with Nuclear weapons the Left and Obama will be firmly and resolutely convinced beyond a shadow of any doubt that it will be someone elses fault! 🙂

Somebody Else’s Problem field, or SEP, is a cheap, easy, and staggeringly useful way of safely protecting something from unwanted eyes. It can run almost indefinitely on a torch (flashlight)/9 volt battery, and is able to do so because it utilises a person’s natural tendency to ignore things they don’t easily accept, like, for example, aliens at a cricket match. Any object around which an S.E.P. is applied will cease to be noticed, because any problems one may have understanding it (and therefore accepting its existence) become Somebody Else’s. An object becomes not so much invisible as unnoticed.

“The Somebody Else’s Problem field is much simpler and more effective, and what’s more can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery. This is because it relies on people’s natural disposition not to see anything they don’t want to, weren’t expecting, or can’t explain.”

― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

Problem Solved. 🙂

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90

I am here today with family to gather round and celebrate my Dad’s 90th Birthday and that brings about some reflection and trepidations.

Think of all the the things that have happened in his lifetime so far. The first talking pictures arrived not long after he was born.

TV was created when he was child already in the world.

He is a child, literally, of The Depression when things were bad, worse than they are now, despite everything that Obama has tried to do.

But this is also when “The New Deal” started and Social Security and the beginnings of the Welfare State.

It also an America that eventually rose up against the Nazi’s and the Imperial Japanese and with no political correctness fought and won the last War America fought like that where 1000’s were killed but it was for the cause of freedom and it was celebrated for that. Unlike today where the Liberal Media counts every death and runs an expose’ on how evil it all is.

When you have politically correct wars.

Where the release of 30 Terrorists from Guantanamo (for 1 American hostage) is celebrated as a great thing, while an Army Sgt has been in jail most of the year in Mexico because of a wrong turn but he doesn’t matter.

Obama makes nice with his anti-war base and he makes nice with Terrorists who want to kill us all. But nothing for an innocent Army Sgt in a Mexican Jail.

No political advantage there, so they don’t cares.

But hey, that’s politics 2014 for you.

My dad would have gone off to war, expect we won before he did.

Then came Korea, which was 1/4 as long as M*A*S*H was.

“The Greatest Generation” for sure.

They also had hope and drive for the future. To make it better a world. Hope & Change weren’t just empty political buzzwords, they were action.

Unfortunately, their “The New Deal” and their grandkids starting mucking all that up with “The Great Society” which turns 50 next year. But the poverty rate is exactly the same relatively as it was then. The longest and slowest recovery from a Recession since the Depression, run by Liberal Democrats who also lengthened The Depression because of their socialist ideals.

Do you think the Democrats will throw a party for the 50th Anniversary of their “Great Society”?

He saw Man land on the moon. So did I, but I was 6 so my memories aren’t so great on that.

Then came Vietnam and the end of the old world.

Nixon is impeached for his tapes and the break-in of The WaterGate Hotel. The Liberal mafia media found it’s voice.

After all, Obama lied massively and repeatedly for years and then came Benghazi and what happened to him?

He got re-elected. And he continues to lie his ass off every day.

My how times change.

The Ministry of Truth is in full control of their propaganda.

So one of the things I worry about when I’m 90 (and I hope I am) is that the world will be just as unrecognizable then as it was when my father was born, but not in a good way.

As I am fond of quoting about Orwell, thought control is the central thesis of 1984 and it has been the central tenant of Liberalism ever since.

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

And who has controlled Education for generations?  Liberals.

Who controls the media, the majority? Liberals.

Who writes the oral and written history? Liberals.

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

So as successive generations are brainwashed into accepting the Liberal memes as normal and dependency and stupidity as normal what future is bright about that?

For if you can’t even conceive of rebellion, how can you rebel?

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

And if you do rebel are you equipped to handle the roughness of self-reliance? I would say many, many people are not. That is scary. And so is, to them, the idea of going it “alone” without Big Brother and Mama Government there to soften the blows and hardships of life.

What’s a little freedom when you can have “security” right?

They are made into vassals for their Feudal Lords to rule over them. Vassals know their place and don’t get uppity, for if they do, then their Masters swift “justice” is upon them.

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

Is this the future?

With the current Democrat Party it surely is. But that doesn’t make the Republicans much better though because they like power just as much as the next guy.

Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. 🙂

It is up to the Vassals to take back America. It will not be an overnight process.

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”

“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”

To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man – greetings!”

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel