Category Archives: War on Terror
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Tuesday’s attack on the Canadian Parliament what it was – terrorism. The only “workplace violence” came from Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. The former Mountie was just doing his job when he dispatched the Islamic terrorist to his multi-virgin rendezvous. All in a day’s workplace.
Grateful Members of Parliament on both sides of the aisle thanked Sergeant-at-Arms Vickers with a long standing ovation.
It turns out that Saddam Hussein did have weapons of mass destruction when President Bush invaded Iraq. It’s just that they were old weapons the NYT reports. Whatever their age some of the weapons are now in the hands of ISIS and may have been used against the Kurds.
Professor Victor Davis Hanson points out that President Obama is now preemptively bombing ISIS. As usual he’s not asking Congress for approval. He’s relying on Bush’s 12 year old congressional authorization.
Turkey seems content to allow ISIS to wipe out the Kurds on its border in the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have threatened to renew guerrilla war against the Turks if they don’t give a little help.
Meanwhile tribal forces in Iraq’s Anbar province say they can’t resist Isis without American ground troops.
David Ignatius, in the Washington Post, says that limited conflicts have a way of ratcheting upwards. He adds, “since the days of the Romans limited warfare has rarely been successful”.
Barack Obama called George Bush’s war in Iraq a dumb war. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, doesn’t think his old boss’s own war was so bright either. He says Obama “sort of lost his way”. Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, has said pretty much the same thing. He didn’t think the president “believed in his own strategy”.
Speaking of believing in your own strategy, how come these two guys didn’t speak up when it would have made a difference? They both have books to peddle now. They may not be loyal, but they’re not dumb.
The Obama Under the Bus Body Count rose by one this past week. When the usually reliable Steve Kroft asked the president how ISIS came to power on his watch, Obama blamed National Intelligence boss James Clapper.
That didn’t sit well with the spooks and they let it be known that Obama is a no show for most intelligence briefings. Obama says, being a 21st Century kind of Commander-In-Chief, he takes his briefings remotely on his I-pad.
Maybe Clint Eastwood was on to something with his empty chair conversation at the 2012 GOP convention.