Friday, November 16, 2012

Hamas, Israel and the PR Battle

On the surface, you'd think that Hamas has no leg to stand on. For years now they have been launching random missiles from Gaza into southern Israel. If Israel retaliates, Hamas tries to make it appear that it is the mean bully Israel that has caused all of the despair in Gaza, if not the West Bank. The latest actions are drawing the two parties very close to a hot war.

Hamas, primarily a terrorist group, that was elected to government Gaza, is a failed government. They results after three plus years are poverty, hopelessness, and a large cache of missiles. They unify the people on a continual diatribe of anti-Israel hate.

Over the past month, Hamas has launched over 1000 rockets into Israel. They do so from civilian neighborhoods near mosques, playgrounds, civilian factories, gas stations, etc. Their hope is that an Israel retaliation will hit and kill a child. The resulting PR both within and with the international media has worked for them in the past.

When the Hamas rockets hit and kill Israelis the PR opportunity switches sides.

Every nation has the duty to retaliate for any military incursions into their land. I am shocked that Israel has waited as long as they have to respond with direct hits into Gaza. Israelis seem 100% behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The Israeli call-up of 30,000 reserves and the threat of a ground assault has sparked Egypt’s prime minister, Hisham Qandil (Muslim Brotherhood leader) to push for a cease fire and for a lead at the Arab League table.

We will hear about the imbalance of "war-related" deaths. Three plus years ago it was a 1000 Palestinians to 10-15 Israelis. Today it is 19 to 3

It is the same old story. Israel will forever be the enemy. The Arabs (and Persians) will never accept Israel's existence. It is tough to sympathize with the Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank. Politically they cannot operate on anything other than hate. They refuse to focus on economic growth, education, healthcare, and peace. At some point, Israel will let go with a massive military assault, all but destroying the once-occupied territories of Gaza and West Bank.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Benghazi Disaster, Sex Scandal, and Same Old Obama

President Obama held his first press conference since March. The topics of the day -- fiscal cliff, idiotic generals, and a cover-up greater than Watergate.

How long did the FBI, the State Department and the White House know about the extra-marital sexual relationship between CIA Director Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell? The chances it was only last week are slim to none. He did break off the relationship four months ago. I wonder what spurred that action? This news coming right after the election was certainly not by chance.

The revelation of this sex scandal, which is rather minor in the big picture, did not come forth at this time by accident. It has diverted the attention of the worthless press from one of the most significant cover-ups in modern history.

The fact that on the anniversary of 9/11, terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three embassy personnel, including two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration wants us to believe it was just a Muslim reaction to a stupid anti-Mohammad movie was and is offensive.

They picked the US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, to be the fall-gal by sending her, not the Secratary of State, to speak on the Sunday morning talk shows on 9/16/12. They tasked her to spew the "insulting video" angle. How insulting.

Fast forward to today and we have made zero progress on revealing what the White House, CIA and State Department knew about the events leading up to and including the actual assault as well as the aftermath of the embassy attack and murders in Benghazi.

The Benghazi cover-up will include Petraeus, Clinton and Obama. This has the potential to being more significant than Watergate. However, it is doubtful the media has the same motivation to tear down this president like they did forty years ago with a Republican in the Oval Office.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Election Results 2012: Thoughts From A Utah Mormon

This time, I got it wrong. Based on historical evidence, given the state of the economy, I thought Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama. I felt Romney would win by a landslide in the popular vote and squeak by in the Electoral College. When Romney lost Ohio and Virginia and was behind in Florida, it was clear: America has forever changed.

We are clearly a divided country but that division will forever move left.

Republicans have lost five of the last six popular Presidential elections. This trend will unlikely change. The nation has become a statist nation, where entitlements rule. With more and more people becoming dependent on the government either through welfare programs or employment, little will change this.

Race again played a big role in this year's election. Whites have become a minority in the sense that all other races together surpass whites in numbers -- blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc. Republicans have not been able to craft conservative messages that will be understood and accepted by these groups.

Statism begets more statism. Those dependent on the state know where their bread comes from -- even if they really don't -- and they will not consciously discard what they believe to be a good thing. That's why the "tax the rich" dogma appeals today and it has for centuries.

America has changed these past four plus decades, and not for the good. Wholesome values and morals are scarce. Self-responsibility and living within one's means, are diminished. Consumerism and the what's-in-it-for-me attitude are the rule.

History clearly has shown us that most great nations are destroyed from within. Obama's remarks during his victory speech may sound good but they are implausible in the country we have allowed him to devolve us into:
It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.
As I read The Book of Mormon this year, I could not help but notice the parallels of those degenerate societies to what we have today.

The premise in Atlas Shrugged is looking rather prophetic.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Election 2012: Doubling-Down On Failed Policies or Not

Four years ago, Obama was all about hope and change. Bush's appeal was limited and his replacement wannabe McCain was a terrible alternative. Now we have four year of failed policies and a government that is so indebted we may never recover.

Obama, like most liberal Democrats, must hid who they are. They cannot run a socialistic campaign. They must use emotion and entitlement rhetoric. They must spin the record. They must lie. Obama has not run on his record, rather has ran on trying to destroy his opponent's character and fabricate his record.

Four years ago, Obama was taking about Bush's failed policies, our national debt, America's image from abroad -- a very centrist approach. Once elected, he tossed all of that out and ran a pure liberal agenda with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They focused on a tax receipts (income) redistribution, and a whole series of debt-increasing/Keynesian spending programs from Cash For Clunkers, crony stimulus programs, payback and unnecessary shovel-ready projects, TARP, bailouts and banking/financial institution restructuring often at the expense of real investors in favor of unions and other insiders, unemployment benefit extensions, massive food stamp promotion and growth, limited-appeal green industry "investment," Federal Reserve-based Quantitative Easing I, II and III, and last but not least, Obamacare (arguably the worst piece of legislation in American history).

Obama and his congressional cronies have no budgets. They just spend and spend, buying indulgences from the ignorant. Telling is how blacks plan on voting this year despite the record. Jason Riley wrote in his op-ed "For Blacks, the Pyrrhic Victory of the Obama Era":
Four years ago, 95% of black voters went for Mr. Obama, and he is likely to win something approaching that percentage in his re-election bid, notwithstanding economic data showing that blacks have lost ground on his watch. When the president assumed office, unemployment was 12.7% for blacks and 7.1% for whites. Today it is 14.3% for blacks and 7% for whites, which means that the black-white employment gap has not merely persisted under Mr. Obama but widened.

No matter. The president's approval rating among African-Americans is pushing 90%, and a Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll last week found that 97% of blacks plan to double down on him in this election.
He has never had any intent to work with Republicans. Remember the "Great Bargain" with Speaker Boehner that did not happen, the Super Committee to avoid automation cuts, his slam-the-Paul Ryan budget and the passing of the Affordable Care Act without due process?

If America re-elects Obama, America will forever be changed. It will become an even greater entitlement society, without morals and personal responsibility, financially insolvent, and ripe for complete destruction, if not anarchy, from within.

I believe the American people will not re-elect Obama. I believe that Romney will be America's next President. But even then, I doubt the founding principles of the American Republic will resonate with the masses in the future.