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Monday, 20 October 2014
Are Obama’s Approval Ratings Plummeting due to his Questionable Leadership?

Publisher: Broadside Books: An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

Published:  October 8, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-06-234750-3

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama left the White House and with a wave of the hand to gathered journalists shouting questions about Ebola.  He was whisked away by helicopter to a high school in Maryland to attend a  gubernatorial campaign rally for Maryland’s Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Brown  has a hefty 17 point lead over his Republican contender.  When President Obama rose to say, “You’ve got to vote”, a steady stream of likely Democratic voters walked out early.  Many of those leaving were African American voters. Their exit gave new meaning to the expression, “voting with their feet”.  That may reflect the reason he’s been out there attending fundraisers building a Senate and House campaign war chest for the 2014 midterm elections, less than 15 days away. You may recall his remarks ,people may not vote for me, but hopefully for my policies.”  According to Real Clear Politics, his overall job approval ratings hover in the low 40’s,  while falling into the low to mid’ 30’s when his foreign  policies are considered.

A number of Democratic Senate incumbents and contenders in key states have taken to avoiding any mention of him and  his so-called signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. In the case of Kentucky Democratic Senate  candidate Ms. Alison Lundergan Grimes, she refuses to answer debate questions on whether  she cast a ballot for the President .

After his appearance at the Maryland  Democratic gubernatorial rally, the President was once again swept away by helicopter to Andrews to fly to Chicago, his home territory.  He is  to appear at rallies for Illinois  Democratic  Governor Pat Quinn and senior US Senator, Richard Durbin, both of whom are in competitive races.  Durbin has a  decreasing lead in polls against Republican Candidate dairy farmer  Jim Oberweis.   Republican gubernatorial  candidate  who is  Chairman of  Chicago Private Equity  group,  R8  Capital Partners Bruce Rauner,   is in a virtual tie  with Governor Pat Quinn.   

President Obama  is beginning to look like the Rodney Dangerfield of politics deep into his sixth  year in office.  The comedic catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect” reflects the demise of  his credibility and leadership on both domestic and foreign policy issues. Whether it is his famous  line about “ you can keep your  health plans and , the Ebola panic, and  the failure to have an effective  strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State, formerly ISIS .   It wasn’t helped by his appointment of Ron Klain,  a Democratic apparatchik, and Chief of Staff for  both Vice President Biden and former  Vice President Gore’s. He was Gore’s lawyer involved in the 2000 Presidential vote recount in Florida. Klain lacks any apparent medical expertise, but is touted for his managerial skills. This despite his deep involvement in damage control during the Solyndra insolvency.   Klain  allegedly reports to  both  Lisa Monaco, US Homeland National Security  Assistant to the President,  and  National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice. Rice has also been wounded by misstatements in the Benghazi episode and more recently on  Turkey’s  commitment to the US led coalition in the misnamed  Operation Inherent Resolve.

Obama’s lack of experience from his Illinois Senate days through his brief term as a US Senator to his two terms in the White House has  demonstrated ineffective l leadership.  It has also demonstrated something else, his all too frequent resort to  fobbing off the public with statements that don’t pass basic fact checking. Someone who has researched that  is Dr. Jack  Cashill. He is  a  conservative  journalist  and author of You Lie! The Evasions, Omissions , Fabrications, Frauds, and Outright Falsehoods of Barack Obama published on October 8th  by  Broadside Books,  an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  Cashill is a veteran journalist who has written for Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and  This is his ninth and perhaps most controversial work.  The title, You Lie!  comes from the outburst  by South Carolina US. Rep. Joe Wilson during a November 2009 speech by President Obama  before a  joint session of Congress.  When President  Obama said  in his speech that   his health care reforms would not apply to immigrants who were here illegally, Wilson exclaimed, “You Lie”.  Wilson became an instant pariah from both sides of the aisle, but not among his constituents in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. He apologized to both the President and  Republican Party leaders.  

Cashill was a guest  recently on the Sunday Lisa Benson show.  Benson asked him  how many examples where there  in his book. Cashill replied that in preparation for a New York Post  article, he counted them it was 75. There may be more to come as the President has  over two years in office left.  When  Benson asked  Cashill  what  was  Obama’s top lie, he referred to his oath of office, in which he like all Presidents promised with hand on a bible, “to faithfully execute  the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability , preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  To which Cashill quipped,”he better hope that God will be merciful.”  Next  was Obama’s promise that “transparency and the rule of law  will be the touchstones of the Presidency .”  Cashill opined, “ This two-headed promise has been violated more wantonly than a goat at a Taliban bachelor party.”   Third in line was what  according to Cashill  got Obama re-elected in 2012, “ If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. “  Cashill rates the compound  Benghazi  lie as fourth highest, “We revealed to  the American people exactly what we understood at the time”.    

Cashill noted that  Obama’s top  25  lies he documented were  largely drawn from the pages of the Washington Post and New York Times. They over power anything  from either his predecessor George W. Bush’s whoppers to  Clinton’s,  corkers given his personal peccadilloes in public office.   Among the top 25 is what Cashill called Obama’s  genius myth.  That he wrote two books by himself which  allowed him to distance himself from his collaborator Bill Ayres.  As Cashill commented,  “Ayres could easily get into Obama’s mind.”

As to why  President Obama has to resort to this pattern  of dissimilitude, Cashill referred to a quote from   Leon Panetta ‘s memoir,  Worthy Fights, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense, saying, “The challenges to his legitimacy made him hesitant and uncertain.”  Cashill believes that may explain why Obama has a tendency “to look for a political angle on everything”.

  Cashill then took us back to Libya in 2011 when President Obama said in a televised speech that there was the threat of a imminent genocidal bloodbath akin to what occurred in Rwanda in the 1990’s, requesting that NATO join the battle in Libya.  Cashill  cites  sources saying,  that there was no evidence of genocide  among the 200 killed  by  the Gaddafi forces  battle for Misrata.  Instead, there was  reported ethnic cleansing and lynching of blacks by rebel forces.   He referred back to the Clinton assertion in 1999 that 100,000 Muslim Kosovars had been killed by Serbia to justify the aerial war against Belgrade.   

Benson tossed me a  question about whether the Obama  National Security Advisers invited foreign Muslim Brotherhood  leaders to the White House.  I replied they had been invited  many times over the period from 2012 to 2014.  One of those encounters later influenced remarks by President Obama  supportive of one Muslim Brotherhood scholar in his UN General Assembly address  in late September 2014.  In June 2013, the former National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, met with Sheik Muhammad Bin Bayyah of the Islamic  Union of Muslim Scholars a deputy to Anti-Semitic  Muslim Brotherhood preacher, Yusuf al Qaradawi.  Bin Bayyah had authored a Fatwa in 2004 promoting violence to US forces in Iraq.   Bin Bayyah popped up in May 2014, cited  in a Tweet by the State Department Counterterrorism Bureau for his Fatwa against the Boko Haram seizure of 276 girls at a boarding school in Nigeria. To cap things off, there were references to Bin Bayyah  by  President Obama in this year’s address at the  UN General  Assembly. Obama said, “The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies—Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose; ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.’ Obama said, quoting the controversial cleric.

How did occur?  We noted  Deputy  National Security Adviser and speechwriter  Ben  Rhodes who  authored  President Obama’s Muslim Outreach speech given in Cairo  in 2009. A classified Presidential Study  Directive 11 (PSD-11)  was commissioned  by the President in 2010  to conduct an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey. The PSD  concluded  that the US should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements. PSD-11 remains classified as the Gulf News  reported  in June 2014 because    it “reveals an embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view of trends in the Middle East and North Africa  region.”

When Benson brought up  Obama and his Deputy National Security Adviser McDonough’s  remarks that, “Israel has no better  friend than this Administration  since Harry Truman in 1948,” Cashill said “that’s not what people in Israel say.” 

Dr. Jack Cashill could have gone on  for hours.  Listen to the  podcast  of the October 19, 2014 Lisa Benson Show.

Posted on 10/20/2014 7:10 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 20 October 2014
Adam Yahiye Gadahn Of Al-Qaeda Fame, Has A Little Problem With Economics

In the brand-new first issue of the English-language edition of the Al Qaeda recruitment magazine Resurgence, Adam Yahiye Gadahn lays out targets for Al Qaeda supporters, in groups and groupuscules and lone wolves, to attack. And first on the list are oil tankers and oil pipelines in the Middle East itself.

Now think for a minute. Even if there is not a single attack, the price of insuring those tankers and those pipelines by insurance companies, which are all in the West, will skyrocket. This means that Middle Eastern oil will become, relative to other oil, more expensive than it would otherwise be, and that, in turn, means that the market share of Muslim Arab producers will go down or, in order to stay competitive, they will have to lower the prices of their crude. And that means less money for the Muslim Arabs, which also means less to play with or contribute to the economic jihad (which includes access to Arab markets), and the diplomatic jihad (which requires, often, bribes to diplomats and leaders in countries from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa) and the propaganda jihad (which, again, requires money). The less money the Arabs get from oil and gas revenues, the weaker Muslims become. Keep up the advice column, Mr. Lonelyhearts of the Hadramaut, formerly of California, Mr. Adam Yahiye Gadahn. At long last you're cooking with gas!

Posted on 10/20/2014 2:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 20 October 2014
Does Erdogan Not Realize How Furious Everyone Is Becoming With Him?

He dares to be furious, according to reports, with the American government. Tant pis.

Posted on 10/20/2014 2:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 20 October 2014
Cold Turkey

College students should be able to answer some simple questions. Which country in the Middle East has been declared guilty of “ethnic cleansing?” Which country in the area has prevented the return of refugees to their homes and former properties? Which country has flouted Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention of August 1949 that prohibits an occupying power from deporting or transferring parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies? Which country is responsible for a unilateral declaration of independence?  Contrary to what they may hear from their professors, the correct answer is that all these things are performed by Turkey.

Turkey is not the flavor of the month. To say that Turkey is a disappointment in the fight against Islamist terrorism is to state, even understate, a truism. Turkey is a member of NATO, the only Muslim member of the organization, and President Barack Obama still regards it as a regional ally, and as a symbol of Islamic moderation and liberalism.  However, in view of its behavior in recent years, no one can view it as a helpful partner to the US and the other countries prepared to counter Islamic terrorism. In 2003, before the Second Gulf War, the invasion of Iraq against Saddam Hussein, Turkey refused to allow the US to use its bases in the country.  It is still refusing to support the US led coalition to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and again has prevented US reconnaissance and bombing sorties over Syria from the US air base at Incirlik.

To this unhelpful and uncooperative policy has been added even more negative behavior, the direct and indirect help given by Turkey to terrorist groups, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Islamic State, and other terrorist groups.  Turkey provided logistical support and sheltered Hamas operatives. It helped the Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. It helped the Islamic State (IS) by allowing arms, material, and personnel to pass through Turkish territory, and through black market transactions with Iran it enables IS to sell the oil from the 10 oil fields and refineries it has seized.  By these sales IS gains about $2 million a day. Erdogan denies this relationship with Iran, which is continuing, thus violating the policy of sanctions against that state.

All this is familiar and distressing. Equally well known and deplorable is the refusal of Turkish President Recep Yayyip Erdogan to allow the considerable Kurdish minority some form of autonomy or self-determination in Turkey.  He views and executes the fight by military attacks and fighter jets against Kurdish groups, especially the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that he regards as a terrorist group, as more important than the fight against the Islamic State.   Erdogan has even refused to allow US arms transfers to go to the Kurds who are really fighting the main threat to the world, the Islamic State.

What is less familiar or ignored is that Turkey is guilty of crimes as defined by international law because of its occupying of territory and encouraging settlements in a country to which it has no rightful claim. President Erdogan has been all too ready to criticize the State of Israel for occupation, its settlements, and its actions.  Sometimes this criticism is expressed mildly but more often it is in excessive and belligerent language. In May 2010 he accused Israel of “state terrorism” for preventing the flotilla organized from Turkey from sailing into Gaza.  He remarked of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July 2014 that it was “worse than Nazi genocide…and (Israeli) barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.”

Erdogan’s rhetoric suggests he may be a believer in “Jewish world conspiracy or Jewish power,” and even in the blood libel, ritual murder accusations of Jews killing Christians for their blood to make matzos for Passover. Either consciously or unconsciously, this kind of rhetoric echoes antisemitism. He asserted that Israel was behind the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt who was removed from power in July 2013 by Field Marshal el-Sisi. Erdogan also called on the world to stop Israel’s desire for genocide because its lust for blood would not end

Erdogan is eager to call on the world for action concerning Israel, but when the “world” speaks about his own misdeeds or those of his country he ignores it. He refuses to acknowledge the opposition of the world to Turkey’s illegal occupation of part of the island of Cyprus. The issue is a simple one. Cyprus, which had been under British administration since 1878 and had been a British Crown Colony since 1925, became an independent country, the Republic of Cyprus, in 1960, according to a Treaty of Guarantee signed by Britain, Greece, and Turkey. However, hostilities between Greek and Turkish Cypriots began in 1963. A UN force, the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), was set up in March 1964 to help restore normal conditions following this violence. Fifty years later UNFICYP is still there, now under the leadership of a woman general from Norway, trying to maintain stability in the area.

On July 20, 1974, 30,000 Turkish troops invaded the island, and they seized and held about a third of it.  In what can be seen as Turkish ethnic cleansing, more than 180,000 Greek Cypriots were evicted from their homes in the north of the island, while 50,000 Turkish Cypriots moved to areas under the control of the Turkish forces.  Contrary to the Geneva and other international Conventions, Turkey has transferred some of its own population into the area.

On November 15, 1983 Turkish Cypriot authorities unilaterally declared the establishment of an independent state, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The United Nations Security Council immediately considered this declaration legally invalid and called for its withdrawal. The European Union also condemned this unilateral declaration of independence. Nevertheless, Turkey has ignored this “call on the world for action,” even though no country except Turkey has recognized the legitimacy of the TRNC state.

Those concerned with Middle East issues should not be oblivious, as many have been, to the improper nature and significance of Turkish behavior in Cyprus, the illegal occupation of part of a country, the establishment of Turkish settlements in the area, the continuing presence of Turkish troops, and even the imposition of a Green Line that separates the two political entities in Cyprus. For some years the UN Security Council has been passing resolutions about this situation, the most recent one being Resolution UNSC Res. 2135 of January 30, 2014, commenting on the degree of stability along the Green Line.

But Turkey has not only defied the UN regarding its illegal occupation and settlement policies. It has blatantly denied political reality and threatened hostilities against the legitimate Republic of Cyprus. On October 13, 2014, President Erdogan reprimanded a Greek Cypriot member of the European Parliament who referred to Turkish troops in North Cyprus as “invaders.” He also refused to listen to proposals for withdrawal of Turkish troops.  When the EU admitted Cyprus as a member, Erdogan commented that it should have been admitted as “southern Cyprus….there was no country named Cyprus.” In fact the whole island had been admitted as a member, but EU common rights and obligations refer only to the part under the internationally recognized government, the Republic of Cyprus. In January 2014 Turkey refused to implement fully the customs agreement with the EU because it would include Cyprus.

Erdogan, an authoritarian and belligerent ruler, who has been accused of corruption and of undermining the independence of the judiciary, had already in September 2011 threatened to attack the Republic of Cyprus if it allowed the US based Noble Energy Company to drill for gas in the large Leviathan natural gas field that Israel is exploring. The international community, to which Erdogan so often appeals regarding the actions of Israel, should now condemn Turkey for its displacement of persons, ethnic cleansing, deprivation of the rights of individuals, and racist and ethnic discrimination against minorities that are not Muslim or Sunnis.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 10/20/2014 12:28 PM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 20 October 2014
Betrayal in the Metropolitan Opera Production of the Death of Klinghoffer