Apparently, Loyalty is not Part of the Secretary of State’s Job

From Breitbart and the Common Constitutionalist

Fmr CIA Director Brennan: I Think Tillerson Was Fired for Being ‘Far Too Principled,’ Haspel ‘Should Be

Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya

Confirmed’

Under the Constitution, the legislature, the Congress and Senate, are in charge of domestic policy. The President of the United States effectively sets foreign policy. That’s the way it designed to work.

Therefore the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, gets to appoint the Secretary of State, his chief foreign affairs adviser. One would naturally assume that anyone the president chooses would be on the same page, as it were. After all, it’s the Secretary’s job to implement the President’s foreign policy designs. It is certainly not the job of him or her to develop or attempt to implement his or her own policy. The State Department is there to do the president’s bidding. In other words, one might say that the Secretary should be “sufficiently loyal” to the President.  read more

Ebola Outbreak – But Don’t Worry – We’re Safe

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I don’t follow this stuff, but I believe the number one television show in America is called “The Last Ship”. I’ve been watching it. It has some intrigue and is fairly entertaining. It has a Navy ship, although only one – thus the name “The Last Ship”, guns, missiles and Ruskies. What else do you need?

It also has disease. Yes, the program is centered around a worldwide pandemic – a virus that has wiped out most of the world’s population.

This U.S. ship travels the seven seas, or will eventually I assume, searching for a cure, a vaccine for the virus, which is so deadly that if contracted, has a 100% mortality rate.

Now, is it life that imitates art or art that imitates life? I think it’s the latter and in our current, real life condition, it most certainly is. What a coincidence that this show is airing at the very same time the world is locked in a battle to contain the deadly African Ebola virus.

It is an odd coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless. Thankfully, there is no conspiracy attached to this outbreak. read more

Still Waiting for a WMD Apology

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember this: “Bush Lied – People Died” – the refrain of the left when we didn’t find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq after the Bush administration’s build up and claims that Saddam Hussein had WMD?

I sure do. He and his administration were pummeled for years over it, even to this day.

In 2008 and “independent” study by two “nonprofit journalism organizations”, both funded by George Soros stated the following: Administration statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses. It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaeda…”

Well, that’s a definitive statement!

They obviously neglected to read more than the first paragraph of a Senate select committee on intelligence report headed up by democrat hack, Senator John D Rockefeller that was released that same year.

Rockefeller began by stating, “In making the case for war, the administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when it was unsubstantiated, contradicted or even nonexistent.”

Again, that sounds pretty definitive and quite damning. But further in the report one might notice the following regarding Saddam’s nuclear program: The president’s statements, “were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates”. read more

State Department Withholding Saudi Textbook Study

from The Blaze:

As President Barack Obama sets out for his visit to Saudi Arabia this week, a new report suggests the State Department has intentionally been withholding a comprehensive study on Saudi textbooks, because the books include offensive material that dehumanizes Christians and Jews that if made public would embarrass the kingdom.

“The State Department appears to be withholding a government-commissioned textbooks study on the subject,” said the report by the DC-based research organization the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, “Textbook Diplomacy: Why the State Department Shelved a Study on Incitement in Saudi Education Materials.”

“Passages [in textbooks] continue to dehumanize Jews and Christians, promote the murder of perceived deviants such as homosexuals, and sanction violence against Muslims who do not follow the Wahhabi brand of Islam that is sponsored by the Saudi state,” the government-commissioned study found, according to the think tank report. read more

White House Ineptness is Showing

“U.S. Chides Syria on Missed Chemical Arms Deadlines”, —New York Times, January 30, 2014

Say goodbye to the big stick. Say hello to the big chide.

Five months ago, you will recall, President Obama was preparing to launch military strikes against Bashar al-Assad. The strikes were averted when the Russians, seizing on a gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry, proposed a deal in which Assad would give up his WMD if the United States did not bomb.

How are things working out? Well, who could have predicted it, but this week we learned that Assad has retained 95 percent of his WMD stockpile while continuing to miss the deadlines to hand over his weapons. More than 125,000 Syrians are dead, millions more are displaced, and al Qaeda affiliates claim jurisdiction over much of the country.

The conflict has drawn thousands of foreign fighters from 50 countries into Syria, foreign fighters who have every intention of bringing the jihad back home when they return to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. The Syrian chaos has spilled over into Lebanon and into Iraq, where ethno-sectarian conflict has resumed and al Qaeda has reappeared.

But do not worry. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on the case. “The United States is concerned that the Syrian government is behind in delivering these chemical weapons and precursor materials on time, and with the schedule that was agreed to,” he said in a statement from Poland. And if that is not enough to get Assad back on schedule, the State Department made the hilarious claim that the military option remains “on the table.” read more

Dreams of the Caliphate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I heard a little ditty back in May of this year. It’s sure to be a hit to millions worldwide. It wasn’t on American Idol or the Voice. No, it was at a political rally – in Egypt.

The event was for then president Mohammed Morsi, the Obama administration’s preferred Egyptian ruler and member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At the rally they sang this song:

“O those who long to die a martyr’s death,

 you are all Hamas,

 banish the sleep from the eyes of all the Jews

forget about the whole world, forget the conferences

take up your arms

say your prayers and call to Allah…”

 

Prior to the singing of that short yet poignant ballad another Brotherhood member spoke. Sheikh Safwat al-Higazi spoke of nonpartisan secularism and unity. Like MLK he too has a dream.

Higazi declared: “We see the dream of the Islamic Caliphate, the dream of the land of the Caliphate realized, God willing, by Mohammed Morsi, and his supporters and his brothers and his political party. We have seen the great dream, that we all share, the United Arab States! United Arab States will return, God willing. The United Arab States will be restored by this man and his supporters, God willing. The capital of the caliphate, the capital of the United Arab States will be Jerusalem, God willing. It’s capital will not be Cairo, nor Mecca, nor Medina, only Jerusalem, God willing, and our call will be millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.”

Yes, it sounds just like a peaceful democracy, just as the administration predicted. And did you catch the several references to “United Arab States”?

Well, according to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the name “United Arab States” was inserted quite purposefully. He claims it was inserted to equate the caliphate to the strength of the United States. And worse, the doctor says the suggestion came from an American. An American currently employed at the State Department.

Others and I have been warning for years of the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into our government.

But, you might say, Morsi and the brotherhood was just ousted. True but that is a temporary setback. Look at the region to understand the progress they’ve made in just the past decade.

The Muslim Brotherhood has outright or effective control of Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, Morocco and Kuwait. Most likely adding Libya and Syria to that list. All supported by the very rich and very powerful Emirate of Qatar and the al- Jazeera network.

So why has the United States government supported and continue to support them? Because governments are stupid and employ a lot of myopic idiots that claim to be experts. Hillary Clinton was a shining example of this. What did she know about diplomacy or foreign affairs. She was/is a leftist political hack who was given the job as a thank you and to keep her out of the country.

After 9/11 it was thought that the Brotherhood was more moderate than al- Qaeda and the Bush and Obama administrations could more easily deal with their rule of the Middle East. Again, this idea was pushed by the U.S. State Department.

That same department has been trying to reassure Israel that the Brotherhood can be partners in peace, and some, even in Israel are stupid enough to buy it.

King Abdullah of Jordan seems to be one of the few leaders that isn’t buying into the Brotherhood or United States pressure.

He has called the Brotherhood “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and worse.

He understands there is no working with them and does not wish to relinquish his throne for the benefit of the caliphate. He believes that holding the Brotherhood at bay is even more important than the Iranian conflict.

Yet for all the evidence to the contrary, our White House and State Department keep pushing and promoting the radical Brotherhood agenda.

Could they all really be that gullible or is there another agenda?

You Can’t Say That!

by: the WCJ and the Common Constitutionalist

One of the fundamental laws of Islam deals with “slander,” which is defined in shariah as saying “anything concerning a person [a Muslim] that he would dislike.”

At the OIC’s (Organization of the Islamic Conference) Third Extraordinary Session, held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in December 2005, the organization adopted a “Ten-Year Program of Action to Meet the Challenges Facing the Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century.”

A key agenda item of that meeting was “the need to counter Islamophobia” by seeking to have the UN “…adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.”

The word “Islamophobia” is a completely invented word, coined by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) front group. OIC adoption of the term reflects the close operational relationship between the OIC and the Brotherhood.

Six years later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Washington, DC in mid-December 2011 to discuss how the United States can implement the OIC agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam.

Cloaked in the sanctimonious language of “Resolution 16/18,” that was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in April 2011, the WDC three-day “experts” meeting was billed as a working session to discuss legal mechanisms to combat religious discrimination (but the only religion the Human Rights Council has ever mentioned is Islam).

The UN Human Rights Council, which includes such bastions of human rights as China, Cuba, Libya, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, introduced Resolution 16/18 to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), where it was passed in March 2011.

The Resolution was presented to the UNGA by Pakistan (where women get the death penalty for being raped and “blasphemy” against Islam is punished by death). Ostensibly about “combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and…incitement to violence against persons based on religion or belief,” the only partnership mentioned in the text is the one with the OIC. The U.S., whose official envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain, who helped write Obama’s Cairo apology speech, actively collaborated in the drafting of Resolution 16/18. (But the claims that the White House has no ties to the Brotherhood are absurd).

The OIC’s Ihsanoglu came to Washington, DC, the capital of one of the only countries in the world with a Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and a judicial system that consistently defends it, with a publicized agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam. His agenda, and, apparently that of his host, the U.S. Department of State, seek to bring the U.S. into full compliance with Islamic law on slander, as noted above.

Just as our elected officials create convenient areas of privilege which absolve them from obeying laws which are so enthusiastically applied to the rest of us, so Muslims are seeking to become a privileged class with the exclusive right to decide what offends their religious sensibilities and what level of punishment must be metered out for that particular affront.

Since 1999, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has demanded all nations adopt laws concerning “defamation of religion” ( but only their religion) which would subject offenders to appropriate criminal punishment for blasphemy worldwide. At the heart of this movement is the contention that “…the international community should ‘come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression.’”

It seems all of this United States-inspired, freedom-motivated nonsense about protecting First Amendment rights gets in the way of what is really important; that being the ability of the followers of Islam to impose Shariah restrictions on the foolishly audacious American people, all for their own good, of course.

As U.N. chief Ban Ki Moon explains, “some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs….”  And after all, “…while [freedom of expression] is a fundamental right and privilege, it should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act.”

Of course the only really shameful act is that of Ban Ki Moon himself (as well as his predecessors),  placing on perpetual display his willingness to side with the most corrupt and treacherous pretenders to pious reverence and devotion to God’s will in human history.

On Wednesday, the morally despicable Moon accused the maker of “Innocence of Muslims” of having “abused his right to freedom of expression by making the movie.”  “Freedom of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected when they are used for common justice, common purpose…” Moon continued. Seems Moon has also been studying the American progressive movement.

Such statements reveal an arrogance and conceit matched only by that of the would-be Islamofascist dictators to whom Moon is so willing to sacrifice the rights of the earth’s non-Muslim population.

Funny how the most dependable abusers of human rights invariably seek assistance for their treacherous schemes from the most dependably liberal useful idiots. From the United Nations to the Obama Regime, neither group can provide assistance fast enough to concoct some form of ginned-up blasphemy into a punishable, global Islamic affront.

And it’s perhaps doubly strange that some of the best advice for countering this Muslim scourge should come from liberal atheist Sam Harris who writes“…the only forces on earth that can recover [freedom] are strong, secular governments that will face down charges of blasphemy with scorn. No apologies necessary. Muslims must learn that if they make belligerent and fanatical claims upon the tolerance of free societies, they will meet the limits of that tolerance.”

Harris certainly makes it clear that the world must stand against this plague or eventually succumb to it.

We know the establishment left will gladly betray the American people to the forces of Islam in the name of political correctness, but if Republican Party leaders continue to placate, ours may very soon become a nation of militias once more.

Attribution: WCJ, Sodahead

A Democracy Held Captive

The U.S. government is trying to lift a travel ban on a number of American citizens who were forbidden from leaving Egypt earlier this week, reports Daniel Tovrov: of the International Business Times (IBT).

At least 10 Americans and Europeans, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, working with non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) in Egypt were barred from leaving the country after they tried to board a plane in the capital.

“We are urging the government of Egypt to lift these restrictions immediately and allow folks to come home as soon as possible,” State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Thursday.

Ah, the U.S. State Department. A collection of silver tongued orators that couldn’t talk their way out of a paper bag. Maybe if they “Stongly Urged” the Egyptians, the radicals in charge would free the captives, or hostages.

Yes, I said captives, hostages. They are being held against their will. What would you call them?

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. It is, however, all too predictable.

In December, security forces of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) raided NGO
offices and confiscated files, computers and cash. They took the cash too?

“Officials in Washington, Berlin and London expressed alarm and dismay that democracy-building organizations would be subject to search and seizure, especially by a regime that receives so much Western military and economic aid,” The National Interest magazine said.

Do these Egg-Heads in Washington, Berlin & London not see the Egyptian leaders are not interested in “democracy building”? That was a rhetorical question. Are they all so insulated from the real world so as to not realize what is transpiring right in front of them? Another rhetorical question. Sorry.

In total, the U.S. sends more aid to Egypt than any other country except Israel. We’ve also equipped them with fighter jets, tanks, helicopters, surveillance aircrafts and anti-aircraft missiles.

So this is what we get for all the billions of dollars we’ve thrown away on the burgeoning “democracy” in Egypt. Harken back to the “Arab Spring”. The glorious freedom movement. Those were the days. Who could have predicted it would unfold this way? Oh, wait. Lots of us predicted just this!

Some of us didn’t. In February, 2011, Charles Krauthammer wrote,
“Who doesn’t love a democratic revolution? Who is not moved by the renunciation of fear and the reclamation of dignity in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria? … “The Egyptian awakening carries promise and hope and of course merits our support.”

Bill Kristol also writes in Feb. 2011, “The United States…has a paramount moral and strategic interest in real democracy in Egypt and freedom for the Egyptian people.”

At the same time they were crafting those sage words, they were deriding skeptics like Glenn Beck, many others, and me who were convinced it would unfold about as it has thus far.

Here is how the grand democratic experiment is taking shape thus far in the land of the Pharohs.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which represents Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has won 47 per cent of all seats in the country’s election for the lower house of parliament.

Freedom & Justice
Party? You’re kidding, right? More like the Freedom from Justice Party.

The hard-line Islamist Salafi al-Nour party has won 24 per cent of all seats.

The FJP has named Saad al-Katatni, a leading Muslim Brotherhood official, as speaker of the assembly.

Radical fundamentalists will now occupy a total of 71% of Parliament seats. Oh good.

Ten seats were reserved for appointees of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the military council that has been ruling Egypt since Mubarak fell.

“This parliament, that has its opening session on Monday, has very limited powers,” reported Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros from Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
“The most important thing that it will be doing in the coming weeks and months is setting up a 100-member body that will then write the constitution.”

I can’t wait to see that. DEMOCRACY RULES! Right.

Attribution: Aljazeera, International Business Times