Questions for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient – James S. Robbins

What about Syria?“If U.S. involvement in the civil war in Libya does not constitute a war as defined by the War Powers Act, why are the troops conducting operations there receiving imminent danger pay? And now that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has gunned down more of his own people than Moammar Gadhafi had when intervening in Libya was declared a moral imperative, has the United States abandoned the fashionable ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) principle? And are you just making all this up as you go along?”

(James S. Robbins is senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at the Washington Times. His latest book is “This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive,” published by Encounter Books. He can be contacted at jrobbins@washingtontimes.com. The Robbins Report is provided weekly at no charge to major media, members of Congress, and Washington Times subscribers nationwide. For additional free copies, contact Marana Moore at maranamoore@washingtontimes.com.)

Good questions, Mr. Robbins. For weeks I’ve been asking “But what about Syria?” Our current circumstances provide an additional proof that we Americans are poorly led. We have been saddled with incompetent, corrupt, sometimes evil government since Eisenhower left office, with a bright and hopeful revival while Reagan steered the ship of state. Our Gangster Government is actively fighting four unnecessary wars (that we know of), none of which offer the prospect of attaining anything worthwhile for the United States of America.The Pentagon estimated the cost of the Libyan war at $750 million in the 2011 fiscal year. By mid-May, the costs had soared to $664 million. The Pentagon reports that we are spending $2 million per day ($60 million per month) to prosecute this wasteful, unnecessary, foolish war. (Source: Financial Times. If you want the full article, you will have to register, which is free.)

We are flat broke, and our Emperor has no clothes. Can America endure until November January, 2013?

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“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Greedy LawyersThe NEXT thing we do, let’s kill all the patent trolls.

The blood being sucked by these takers from the makers would fill the Great Basin.

(Title quote from Act IV, Scene II, King Henry VI, William Shakespeare.)

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A Testament to the Gullibility of True Believers

GullibleBlind Faith. A testament to the ignorance and gullibility of “True Believers.” Pick an ideology; any will do. For True Believers, faith must substitute for critical thinking. It’s stupid. It’s lazy. It’s obscene. It’s how a communist apologist for Islam was elected to the highest office in the land. It’s why those who question the Islamic prophet get their heads lopped off. It’s why Catholics tortured heretics. It’s how Mormons justified discriminating against black people for many decades. It’s why certain Jews wear funny beards and hats. I could go on and on. It’s the root of most evil in the world, and it always has been.

Did I mention that it’s stupid?

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Grim Assessment…

Well, I guess he would know, huh?

Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador to Cairo, offered a grim assessment Sunday in the daily Yediot Ahronot.

“The assumption at present is that Mubarak’s regime is living on borrowed time, and that a transition government will be formed for the next number of months until new general elections are held,” he wrote.

Ambassador Eli Shaked“If those elections are held in a way that the Americans want, the most likely result will be that the Muslim Brotherhood will win a majority and will be the dominant force in the next government. That is why it is only a question of a brief period of time before Israel’s peace with Egypt pays the price,” wrote Shaked.

Some in Israel have critically compared President Barack Obama’s response to the crisis to that of President Jimmy Carter to the Iranian revolution in 1979. Obama has called on Mubarak to show restraint and pass unspecified reforms in Egypt.

Things are going to get interesting in 2011.

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American Alliances in Middle East Crumble…

You have to get outside the spongy corona of our self-adoring domestic media organizations to get an honest picture of what is happening to us in the eyes of the world.

Peek-a-boo!“Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as ‘the president who lost Iran,’ which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who ‘lost’ Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America’s alliances in the Middle East crumbled”.

We are not considered to be a reliable ally. Not in the Middle East; not anywhere in the world. Not in military terms. Not in economic terms. Not in any way. More than Churchill’s bust was sent to Great Britain. It was a message: The “cousins” are special no more. Not to THIS regime.

“The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara”.

“Obama began his presidency with trips to Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and in speeches in Ankara and Cairo tried to forge new ties between the United States and the Muslim world. His message to Muslims was ‘I am one of you,’ and he backed it by quoting from the Koran”.

Read the full article on Haaretz.

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Well, THAT didn’t take long…

As predicted, the anger in Egypt is beginning to focus on Israel and The United States.

“Go Away Mubarak, you are from the Americans!”

It was inevitable, wasn’t it?

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Jimmy Carter II – Will We Ever Learn?

Doing the same things and expecting different results: yes, it’s insane, but governments revel in their eagerness to repeat mistakes again and again. I’ve concluded that it’s often intentional. Our political and bureaucratic apparatchiks are supposedly drawn from our “best and brightest”. I don’t accept that for one minute. But is it possible that generations of American leaders and bureaucrats are so ignorant of history or so steeped in hubris that they repeatedly swerve into the same brick walls by accident? I believe that most people who are motivated from early on to enter government service or who aspire to political leadership suffer from psychological disorder, such as profound sociopathic narcissism, or some other mental defect that should disqualify them completely from laying hand to the reins of government. We subject cops and soldiers to batteries of psychological examinations trying to root out and bypass the worst, but we freely hand the power of government to the least qualified and most dangerous among us without study of past behavior, association, or psychological suitability.

The current “crisis” in Egypt has been endlessly repeated in the Middle East. As surely as sunrise follows night, this Egyptian uprising was preordained. Of course it was. Adherents to the death-loving cult of Islam were sawing off the heads of unbelievers 1,000 years before the birth of George Washington. In the 200+ years of our American history, we’ve gone from branding the foreheads of adulterers to complete sexual freedom; from rigid moral codes to a complete lack of them. Meanwhile, Muslims still place naughty women in waist-deep holes and throw rocks and bricks at them until they die, just as they’ve done since their blood-thirsty, child-molesting prophet first instructed them in the practice long before the invention of gunpowder. These are brutish, uncivilized people. The mailed fist may keep their base savagery in check for brief periods of time, but any notions that American (or Western) concepts of self-government can work in the Muslim world are Utopian fantasies. Watching ObaMao and Hillary try to dance down the fine line between supporting a largely acceptable and somewhat secular dictator and “supporting the desire of the Egyptian people for reform” is entertaining, but no good for the civilized world can come from the deposition of Hosni Mubarak. The best possible outcome would see Mubarak remaining in power, or supplanted by an equally secular strongman willing to rule by force and fear, just as Mubarak has done. Nothing else works. An ominous alternative (and perhaps more likely) outcome is that the vacuum resulting from Mubarak’s deposition will be filled by a theocratic Islamic government similar to Iran’s. I don’t know if this is the sort of “reform” that the Egyptian people are seeking, but that’s what is waiting for them in the wings.

While the Ayatollahs toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Jimmy Carter hemmed and hawed and turned a deaf ear to our long-time ally and, some say, actually considered turning the dying monarch over to the Mullahs. Soon the Shah and his stabilizing influence in the Middle East were gone forever. (How’d THAT work out for us?)

My prediction: ObaMao and Hillary will get their wish. Mubarak will go. We will hope publicly for a friendly government in Egypt, but what we will get is another Iran. Our official policy will continue to be that “we are not at war with Islam.” The Muslim world will continue to insist that they ARE at war with the Western world, and especially with the United States of America, and we will continue to disbelieve them while they will continue to prosecute that war against us by any and all means. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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