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As Goes Mosul . . .
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/12/2014 4:33:35 AM

One of the problems with the armies of liberal democracies is that above a certain rank — sergeant, by some cynical estimates, though I myself would not presume to say — military leadership becomes proportionally less responsible as one climbs the chain of command: The generals are quasi-politicians who answer to civilian leaders, who themselves answer to actual politicians, who answer to the least informed and most irresponsible members of the chain of command, that being the voters. The incentive structure across that chain of command is perverse: At the bottom are the gentlemen coming out of places such as Camp

      


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As Goes Mosul . . .
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/12/2014 4:33:35 AM     Post Reply
One of the problems with the armies of liberal democracies is that above a certain rank — sergeant, by some cynical estimates, though I myself would not presume to say — military leadership becomes proportionally less responsible as one climbs the chain of command: The generals are quasi-politicians who answer to civilian leaders, who themselves answer to actual politicians, who answer to the least informed and most irresponsible members of the chain of command, that being the voters. The incentive structure across that chain of command is perverse: At the bottom are the gentlemen coming out of places such as Camp

   

 

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Why Eric Cantor´s Big Loss
Isn´t Really That Surprising
ABC News, by Matthew Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/12/2014 4:30:42 AM     Post Reply
Many of us have described House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning upset loss in the Republican primary as a political earthquake that will send a tsunami across the Washington, D.C., landscape. Folks have said this is a surprising disruptive force in our country’s politics. Yes, too often in analyzing political events we sometimes overplay what something means or conversely we underplay what it all is telling us. The more I think about it this surprising loss by a powerful incumbent leader is more akin to an asteroid hitting the ocean and creating more waves in our status quo system of governing

US spy agencies heard Benghazi
attackers using State Dept. cell
phones to call terrorist leaders
Fox News, by Bret Baier & James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 6:41:41 PM     Post Reply
The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News. The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for

Fact Check: Hillary came up with
Benghazi video explanation
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 4:20:58 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton’s newly released memoir leaves little doubt she was the first member of the Obama administration to publicly link an anti-Islam video to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack – though she does not explain what intelligence she relied on to make the faulty connection. The former secretary of State and potential Democratic presidential candidate discussed the Benghazi attack in her memoir “Hard Choices.” The 33-page Benghazi chapter sheds some light on events, but it leaves plenty of inconvenient details out. According to the chronology she offers, Clinton issued the statement linking Benghazi to the video before she called President Obama on

After Eric Cantor
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 4:13:26 PM     Post Reply
During the government shutdown last year, I wrote a series of posts trying to explain why anyone interested in a healthy conservatism, a viable and serious Republican Party, should be somewhat ambivalent about the fight between the party’s insurgents and its congressional leadership. The insurgents pushed for the shutdown and the establishment resisted it, which meant that on the major question of the moment that establishment was right and the insurgents were not only wrong but utterly disconnected from reality. But in the bigger picture, the insurgents’ critique of the establishment’s lazy, K Street-oriented, “repeal the Medical device tax!” approach

Leaked Docs: Here’s What DHS Is Doing
With All Those Illegal Immigrant Children
Daily Caller, by Chris Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 4:07:45 PM     Post Reply
The Daily Caller has obtained documents used in an off-the-record conference call being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Congressional staffers on how the Obama administration is handling thousands of young illegal immigrants who are coming to the U.S. alone. The young immigrants, called Unaccompanied Children, or UACs, are being housed at several U.S. military installations as well as with 94 Unaccompanied Children Shelter Grantees throughout the U.S., the document reveals. FEMA is coordinating the effort, which is being called a “humanitarian situation.” “There are currently 2,785 unaccompanied children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody nationwide, 2,168 of whom

   

 

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Cantordammerung
Slate, by David Weigel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 3:57:52 PM     Post Reply
Not long after the 2008 election, after his party had promoted him to minority whip, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor summoned a few colleagues to his condo. The topic: How Republicans could take back Congress, as soon as possible. “We’re not here to cut deals and get crumbs and stay in the minority for another 40 years,” he told them, according to some later reporting by Time’s Michael Grunwald. “We’re going to fight these guys. We’re down, but things are going to change.” The party would deny President Obama any bipartisan cover on his policies, and then it would beat him. Cantor’s

The Victory Behind Cantor’s Defeat
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 8:59:18 AM     Post Reply
It’s amusing to watch the strange new respect Democrats are mustering for Eric Cantor. Xavier Becerra was on Morning Joe lamenting how Eric was just the sort of responsible Republican who wanted to get things done. I think Hugh Hewitt is right that Dems like Becerra don’t want to fix immigration so much as have the issue. But I do think the White House really does want a big immigration bill as part of their effort to pad his legacy. That’s why they are in overdrive to claim that, in Dan Pfeiffer’s words, ”Cantor’s problem wasn’t his position on immigration

Eric Cantor loss kills
immigration reform
Politico, by Seung Min Kim    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 5:27:44 AM     Post Reply
Immigration reform is almost certainly dead on Capitol Hill this year. Many top sources close to the issue privately acknowledged after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat Tuesday night that the already uphill battle for immigration reform was dealt the knockout blow. Coming off President Barack Obama’s re-election, immigration reform was seen as an issue both parties could deal with quickly. Democrats wanted to deliver on promises made to their Latino backers and Republicans wanted to get the issue off the table to avoid reliving the electoral demographic nightmare of 2012.

Obama´s being pretty
stupid for a smart guy
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 5:22:59 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has an IQ "off the charts," as Michael Beschloss told Don Imus in November 2008, in the first fine flush of Obama-mania. Unfortunately, he didn’t specify which end of the chart it was off of, but at the moment it doesn’t look high. It takes one to know one, and sure enough, the "smartest guy to ever become president" pulled off perhaps the dumbest ploy in recent American history when he posed in the Rose Garden with the parents of the disturbed young man and possible Army deserter for whose sake he had freed five of the planet´s most dangerous

Obama is a prisoner of groupthink
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 5:10:25 AM     Post Reply
Of the many strange moments in the Bowe Bergdahl saga, the most worrisome was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement about the prisoner exchange. “The president feels very strongly about this. I feel very strongly about it,” Hagel told the BBC’s Katty Kay last week while traveling in Romania. “This was the right decision for the right reasons.” They felt they were right even about rushing the swap with the Taliban before informing Congress. (Snip)President Obama felt “very strongly” that he had made the right decision — and nobody who worked for him was about to tell him otherwise.

   

 



 
A Dysfunctional Government,
Top to Bottom
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/11/2014 4:58:55 AM     Post Reply
Whether President Barack Obama realizes it or not, his second term represents a crisis of American self-governance. He is offering a large-scale demonstration that as the federal government grows ever larger, with ever more expansive responsibilities, it becomes increasingly dysfunctional, plagued by a culture of complacency in key agencies with no sign of serious accountability for consequential mistakes. Obama and his VA secretary, Eric Shinseki, thought the VA was succeeding in reducing the backlog of veterans needing care. On Monday the nation learned that the scale of the much-covered problem was epic: “57,000 veterans have been waiting more than 90 days



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