Monthly Archives: February 2015

Covering CPAC

CPAC again granted me press credentials to cover its Conservative Political Action Conference. The first time was in 1999. In the intervening years, I have witnessed CPAC’s phenomenal growth to become a blockbuster event wielding tremendous political clout.

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CPAC has become a must for any conservative or libertarian with presidential ambitions. Grassroots activists and college students can mingle and network with politicians, and conservative or libertarian leaders in a wide variety of socio-economic, political, and cultural endeavors. The media is in full force: television, radio, print, bloggers.

Each year, the agenda, theme, and players vary. Each conference has its own personality and flavor. Presidential election years are particularly boisterous.

This year, CPAC has expanded into a four-day conference, with the first day, this Wednesday, being devoted to workshops – a comprehensive activism bootcamp. The remainder of the schedule is devoted to speeches, panels, debates, book signings, and the like.

The current schedule addresses a wide variety of issues, ranging from the American Dream millennial-style to Common Core, Obamacare to property rights, national defense to digital currency, cyber security to voter fraud, tax reform to fracking.

With thousands of participants and attendees, there is something for everyone.

I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, please email me your questions, suggestions, or comments at brotherwatch AT yahoo DOT com.

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CVE: How to Submit to Jihad

Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism Summit is a blueprint for America’s subjugation to Islamic jihadists.

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The summit’s very name is a denial of the existential threat posed by Islamic radicals, a global threat to civilization itself. The agenda dismissed the nature of the terrorist threat engulfing the world, misdiagnosed the source and root causes of that threat, and offered pabulum as a cure.

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Lies Propagated by the Obama Administration

  • The enemy is not Islamic.

Obama claims, “No religion is responsible for terrorism – people are responsible for violence and terrorism. … [ISIS] are not religious leaders, they are terrorists.”

Obama insists, beyond reason, “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” (Who made Obama an expert on Islam?)

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  • Poverty is the root cause of terrorism.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf offered a brand new strategy to defeat ISIS: a jobs program. Harf claimed, “We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.”

If poverty was the root cause of genocidal violence, the world population would have been decimated during the Great Depression. Moreover, the religiously-based targeting of victims and the terrorists’ very declarations while committing these atrocities disproves Harf’s (and Obama’s) thesis.

Osama bin Laden was the son of a billionaire. The 9/11 hijackers were also upper class. Ideology (a Muslim theocracy in the form of a worldwide caliphate) spurs them on.

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Author and talk show host Dana Loesch mocked Harf with her own “Jihadi job fair.”

  • We must beware Christian terrorists.

Again, Marie Harf: “We have over 60 countries from around the world who are facing a number of different kinds of extremist threats. … If you at the Lord Resistance Army and Kony – Joseph Kony – I don’t remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that’s a Christian militant group. So there are a lot of different extremist threats we face and a lot of tools to go after each one of them.”

Except, as National Review points out, “Kony [is] a practitioner of Ancholi mystical traditions with 88 wives, a flair for Biblical apocalypticism, and, if we take him at his word, 13 spirits (one of them Chinese) dwelling within him.” So much for Harf’s best example of “Christian militant” terrorism.

Vice President Biden also targeted Christians.

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Isn’t it astonishing how eagerly the Left hurls hatred and vitriol toward conservatives and Christians, yet placates actual terrorists of the beheading-kind?

  • Every religion poses a threat.

This is the natural tendency of the secular mind, with its moral equivalency and fear of faith.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama asserted, “…lest we get on our high horse…(we need recognize that Christians too hijacked religion) for their own murderous ends…this is not unique to one group or one religion.  There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

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  • We must address Islamic grievances.

Obama asserts that terrorists terrorize due to poverty and a sense “that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives.” His solution: “Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.”

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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson argues, “We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face.”

Funny, I though his job was to keep America safe!

Do you remember when Obama tasked NASA with its number one mission: “reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering.”

Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.

This is right out of the playbook for so-called White Privilege conferences, sensitivity training, and campus speech codes. Micro-aggressions matter more than beheading. Psychological gobbledygook.

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  •  The world is safer now under Obama’s watch.

Obama continues to de-emphasize the unprecedented violence and savagery we witness every day, in keeping with his continual assertions that the world is a better place under his watch. Rather, his policies have created a very dangerous world.

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May 2014: [Obama] “In fact, by most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world.”

June 2014: [Obama] “… if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing what your position was going to be, who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.”

July 2014: [White House spokesman Josh Earnest] “I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the – the tranquility of the global community.”

August 2014: [Obama] “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart. I promise you, things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago, or 30 years ago. This is not something that is comparable to the challenges we faced during the Cold War.”

Identifying The Enemy

The Obama administration consistently and continuously misidentifies the enemy.

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Author and columnist Charles Krauthammer bluntly expressed what is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone: “[The Obama administration is] pathological in its inability to state what is going on.”[1] Author and columnist George Will descries this White House’s “semantic somersaults.”[2]

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Krauthammer called ISIS “is a genocidal movement.”[3] Others have echoed his analysis. Gen. Jack Keane described the metastasizing nature of the terrorist threat which is currently gobbling up huge swaths of the planet: “Al-Qaeda has grown four-fold in five years. ISIS, which began when we pulled out politically and militarily from Iraq, grew from an organization of less than 3,0000 to an organization of more than 30,000 in three years.”[4]

  • The enemy is Islamic jihadists.
  • They are genocidal zealots.
  • They rape women, behead children, and burn people alive.

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  • They faithfully interpret the Koran.

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  •  They are evil.

The Worldview of Participants

  • Some participants were affiliated with terrorist groups.
  • In large measure, they held an anti-Western, anti-American worldview.
  • In large measure, they held a Socialist worldview.
  • The thrust of the summit was pacifistic in nature.

Path to Victory

Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism Summit offered no substantive solutions because it refuses to acknowledge the problem and rejects the very solutions needed to achieve victory.

Victory? How can America be victorious without even acknowledging we are at war? Obama’s strategy of appeasement is worse than useless, it is dangerous.

Obama and his State Department pursue diplomacy at all costs, believing they will prevail through force of persuasion. For evil regimes, one needs persuasion of force.

Winston Churchill understood at the outset of the Nazi movement that appeasement never works. Ronald Reagan’s doctrine of “peace through strength” won the Cold War.

Instead of projecting power, for over six years Obama has been projecting weakness, emboldening our enemies to pursue their evil intentions.

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Endnotes:

[1]               Charles Krauthammer, Special Report, FNC, 2/16/15.

[2]               George Will, Special Report, FNC, 2/17/15.

[3]               Charles Krauthammer, Special Report, FNC, 2/16/15.

[4]               Gen. Jack Keane, Fox News Sunday, FNC, 2/1/15.

Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare

With an astonishing refutation of reality, the White House recently announced its latest “strategy” to defeat terrorism: welfare.

(Government-created jobs are often a form of welfare.)

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Last night, State Department spokesman Marie Harf explained the roots cause of terrorism: unemployment. Harf asserts:

“We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people…”

Does this White House truly believe that we can bribe terrorists to stop terrorizing? How did that succeed domestically, with the establishment of the welfare state under Johnson’s War on Poverty to create a Great Society? The War on Poverty was a failure and the poster children of the Great Society are Ferguson and Detroit.

The Obama White House has merged a Roussean view of man as noble and innocent until corrupted by society with a Socialist view of economic determinism, wherein a person’s economic status determines his character. (One cannot discount this administration’s Islamophilia.)

The root cause of terrorism is not, and never has been, unemployment. The root cause of terrorism is evil, the evil that resides in man’s heart. And the specific manifestation of that evil which compels these evil men to kill, behead, terrorize, and destroy is a desire to fulfill the wishes of Allah and pursue Islamic jihad with the end goal of creating a global, infidel-free, Muslim caliphate.

Money, jobs, and any form of appeasement will not stay the hands of these evil-doers. Evil-doers! Appeasing Putin, the Castro brothers, Iran and other tyrannical states, will not end the tyranny. Evil exists. Evil in the hearts of these evil people.

Six years of appeasement has erupted the world in flames!

The Obama administration – and the Obama administration alone – is pathologically incapable of identifying the enemy and the origins of their behavior. The enemy is Islamic jihadists whose goal is to subjugate or annihilate all those who refuse to accept Allah as God. The origins of their behavior lie in the Koran and teachings of Mohammed.

But the suicidal nonsense from the White House continues even as the jihadists are hell-bent on enflaming the globe. Harf asserted: “We cannot kill our way out of this war.”

How ludicrous! We killed our way out of World Wars I and II. Wars end after the enemy has been defeated or destroyed.

Representing an administration clearly in denial, National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently claimed, “Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature of what we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War. We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism and a nearly instantaneous new cycle.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) disagreed with that assessment, declaring, “They [ISIS] are a dominant threat to peace in the world today. I really believe this. There’s never been a time when there are more threats to the United States than there is now. So as I said once before, we’re either going to fight them there or fight them here.”

America needs to engage and defeat the enemy in this world war, just as she did in the first two world wars. (Three world wars if you count the Cold War.)

Islamic jihadists pose an existential threat to America and the whole of Western Civilization.