Archive for August 24, 2012

Obama’s Take No Prisoners War-Fighting
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Remember when we had a republican administration in Washington, DC, and the leftist media were all atwitter about treatment of prisoners taken in the war on terror. Remember all the yammering about torture, including water boarding and such. The media strutted around in their hair shirts while their hand-wringing, and brow-beating, and shedding of “woe is me” crocodile tears went on and on and on. It was pathetic.

In a piece I wrote at the time, with my tongue fastened securely in my cheek, I suggested that the way to end ill-treatment of prisoners was to — take none.

Well! That was received with all sorts of flak from the left! But — it now seems that Mr. Obama took it to heart and implemented it as his war- fighting policy. I assume he figured that you can’t place prisoners you don’t have in those cells at Gitmo. So, don’t take any prisoners. Just kill them on the spot.

Ever since then, bodies have been piling up like cord wood.

Since Vietnam, it has been considered bad form to publicly announce the body count of American enemies. Everyone assumed the figures released during the Vietnam imbroglio were elevated in the US’s favor, anyway. Frankly, I don’t care — one way or the other. Although, it is, I would think, a useful tool in psychological warfare to, you know, play games with the mind of the enemy. Keeps him off balance.

Somehow, I doubt Obama has read Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War.” I recommend it for both military persons and businessmen. Sun Tsu’s suggestions apply to both — and — as much as I hate to admit it, to politics, as well.

If we are honest with ourselves, we will have to admit that America’s use of drones to hunt down and kill terrorists worldwide is a form of terrorism itself. (Reverse terrorism??)

Now, don’t misunderstand, I want to kill terrorists just as much as the next guy. I am just saying that we ARE employing a bit of tit for tat against the enemy. But hey! Its gotta terrorize them, too. As long as they are trying to think of ways to stay on the sunny side of the sand dunes, they are not thinking about ways to kill us. That’s good.

But — here it comes — Obama’s wholesale use of drones just seems (to this old-timer) a bit less than sporting. And, too, there is the troublesome fact that you cannot interrogate dead terrorists!

Again, in my opinion, Obama is attempting to do two things: kill the terrorists, and two: take no prisoners. I’m all for the former — but have reservations about the latter.

When the drones first hit the battlefields there was worry, back in the ivy covered walls of academia, that a Commander-in-Chief might find that using the drones was an easy and relatively inexpensive way to wage war. And that a Commander-in-Chief that was, shall we say, somewhat averse to “mano-a-mano” conflicts might just find that a wholesale use of drones could deliver the results he wanted while keeping his “public hands” relatively clean. And yes, it IS hypocrisy of the purest kind — as is something we call “plausible deniability.”

Few recall when the US military refused to train soldiers as snipers. Killing the enemy, especially an officer of the enemy, at a distance — while concealed — was, well, considered un-gentlemanly, un-sporting, and worse, it came a tad too close to out and out murder for comfort. Those men chosen for such duty were often shunned by their fellow soldiers.

It requires a special kind of man to be able to look another man in the eye and shoot him dead — even at hundreds or thousands of yards. It says something about us as human beings, I think, that sniping no longer pricks our national conscious. One has to wonder at the post action mental horrors with which he must wrestle the remainder of his life.

In a way, the use of drones is similar to sniping. A young man or woman sitting thousands of miles away watching a TV monitor as he/she shoots Hellfire missiles down on unsuspecting human targets — not to mention the totally innocent by-standers — and wipes them out, kills them, blows them to smithereens — then goes home, at 1700 hours, for dinner with the family and a night’s sleep.

As I said — it takes a special person to do that.

While President Bush ordered fifty-two (52) drone strikes, President Obama has made it an art form by ordering, at last count, two-hundred and eighty-two (282) drone strikes.

I want to be clear: I want the terrorists DEAD! Having said that, I AM uncomfortable with the way we are going about it. The American culture, in which I grew up, would find this sort of war-fighting questionable at the very least.

Sniping is acceptable because a sniper delivers a surgical kill. One shot — one kill. With a drone’s missile, one shot — multiple kills (including anyone near the explosion, innocent — or not.)

I am very concerned that we are becoming risk-averse in our war-fighting strategy. That tends to happen when a nation reduces the size of its military. That may well explain why we don’t win wars anymore.

I think we are going to be forced to have a national conversation about this in the near future — whether we want it or not. Expect to see the cultural divide in older and younger Americans surface once that conversation begins.

J. D. Longstreet

Why Mitt Romney is Unlikable !

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why Mitt Romney is Unlikable !

Author Unknown

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A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being “likable” or that he doesn’t “relate well” to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this “unlikablility.”

Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney:

1. Drop-dead, collar-ad handsome with gracious, statesmanlike aura. Looks like every central casting’s #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)

4. Can’t speak in a fake, southern, “black preacher voice” when necessary.

5. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School… and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

6. Doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today’s America?

7. Represents an America of “yesterday”, where people believed in God, went to Church, didn’t screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

8. Has a family of five great sons….and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that “choice” deserves America’s scorn.

9. Oh yes…..he’s a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

10. And one more point…..pundits say because of his wealth, he can’t relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that’s because he made that money HIMSELF…..as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn’t understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you unrelatable to Americans.

My goodness, it’s a strange world, isn’t it?

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Personal Information:

His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney . He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan .

He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan .

He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.

Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University, J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background: After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.

In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States.

In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:

Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply and many others.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes,Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

He will show us his birth certificate

He will show us his high school and college transcripts.

He will show us his social security card.

He will show us his law degree.

He will show us his draft notice.

He will show us his medical records.

He will show us his income tax records.

He will show us he has nothing to hide.—-

Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States.

You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won’t desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility.

I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won’t like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney’s background can do it. But, on the minus side, he never was a “Community Organizer”, never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US . [Oops!]

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