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Going after Daesh


 

The U.S. is paying a rising price for the early failure of the Obama Administration to wage an all-out offensive to destroy Daesh [the Arabic name for the Islamic caliphate, ISIS or ISIL].

The Obama Administration – the President notoriously characterized them original as “J.V.” –originallysaid America’s objective was to “ultimately destroy” ISIS. .

Beyond the wildest earliest expectations, Daesh is lining up allies throughout the Moslem world – threatening to unite all the terrorist elements at least nominally in a juggernaut against the forces of civilization with every more barbarous acts.

The terrorists, despite some local defeats, still hold most of the large cities they have seized since 2014. It is funding itself with black market oil sales and other more sophisticated financial transactions. And with its hold on this piece of Syrian and Iraqi real estate as its sanctuary, Daesh is waging a very sophisticated campaign for support through the social media throughout the whole Moslem world.

Nothing succeeds like success, and its growing stature is attracting young misfits from throughout the Moslem world – as well some young Western adventurers.

With polls showing a widespread concern among Americans that Washington has failed to bring Daesh to heel, Obama has begun to step up his rhetoric at least about the fight. In his January state of the union address, he did say that fighting ISIS [also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh] and other terrorists is the top priority of his administration.

The U.S. is incrementally stepping up its program of bombing raids, inserting additional special operatives on the ground to more successfully direct what had been an air campaign only a fraction of earlier bombardment in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Daesh’s response has been a campaign to enlist the various insurgencies with Moslem leadership through Asia and Africa. Many have smouldered for decades, as much based on ethnic, linguistic and regional antagonisms as on any Islamic religious character. But that, too, is tending to change with their new found allegiance to Daesh.

In southern Thailand, for example, the long low-level insurgency in its three southern Malay-majority provinces is being enlisted by Daesh. The long-standing ties which both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok obfuscate between the Moslem rebels in southern Thailand and radical Islamic forces in northeastern Malaysia are strengthening with new political problems in the ruling party in the capital.

In the southern Philippines, the on and off rebellion of the Moros – going back to Spanish and American colonial days – is blossoming. A Saudi official, an opponent of Daesh, was recently assassinated there in a dramatic manifestation of Daesh’s increasing influence. Manila, facing an increasing threat to its position in the South China Sea by Beijing’s push there, has more than it can handle. And it has begun to restore the old alliance with Washington, if at a slow pace and against considerable domestic opposition.

Daesh has tried to link to the old Moslem radicals in West Java, again dating back to Dutch colonial days, but recently manifesting their deep roots with terrorist acts in the national capital of Jakarta. The blood attacks on the tourist island of Bali have shaken the Indonesian government and it is behind the curve in taking on the search for Islamic terrorist ties to the Mideast.

In Nigeria, the Boko Harum – originally a nativist movement rejecting all so-called Western cultural aspects – has now officially linked itself to Daesh. Its bloody attacks on local Christian and Moslem communities has become a major concern for the Nigerian government, always carefully balanced between its more developed southern and Christian and animist regions and the Moslem region in the north.

All this has brought into focus a crisis for Washington on how to deal with Libya and the growing strength there of Islamicist elements which, again, have now proclaimed their loyalty to Daesh. The Islamic terrorists are a product of the overthrow of the Mohammed Qadaffi’s dictatorship by a European alliance with the then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton pursuing Obama’s famous “leading from behind”. If the Libyan rebels, with their close geographic ties to Daesh – and their threat to Egypt’s western frontier – manage to grab Libyan oil fields where they are active, the whole international network will take on new and ominous significance.

Obama, despite his determination to withdraw from all Midesast conflicts, is now facing a brutal decision in Libya which could overturn what is left of his strategy of retreat from contested areas.

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Out of this world!


Out of this world!

The mystery of what goes through Pres. Barak Obama’s mind continues to grow apace.

The theme of his latest press conference, before he took off for a Hawaii vacation stopping enroute to console victims of San Bernardino whom he has largely ignored, was delusional. That’s a fierce adjective, and a frightening one, to throw at the president of the United States.

But Obama boasted that “[S]ince taking this office, I’ve never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now.”

It is customary for politicians, even those at the highest echelons, to trim the facts. But Obama’s exposition of the current national and international is phenomenal.

He claims a record of creating jobs through his seven years in office. To what extent Obama Administration’s policies has contributed to the current slow recoveryis at least debatable. But his presentation of unemployment which has undergone Labor Department “creative accounting”is phenomenal. All of us know through personal encounters the vast numbers of people who have withdrawn from the labor market because there are no jobs. The rate of growth of rate of jobs, of course, is a misnomer because of the depth of the financial crisis of 2007-08 and they had no place to go but up.

His claims for Obamacare are equally bogus. One can point to figures for those now required to adhere to health insurance or face penalties. But what about the tens of thousands of employers who limiting employment in order not to be forced into the law. And, of course, there are the hundreds of thousands who have seen their former insurance plans canceled. It is also a moot point whether the growth rate in medical costs – as much a function of growing and expensive technology as the inflation – have decreased for reasons of public policy. Far more important, alas! has been the individual health care recipient’s need to cut back on expenses, even health care.

On the question of climate change, Obama continues to muddle the waters refusing to acknowledge that there are two very complicated arguments. One is of course the possibility as has happened through the ages, that climate is changing. The other, much more debatable, is the extent to which human activity is significantly affecting that change. As an example of the shallowness of many of his partisans’ arguments is the enormous amount vapors thrown into the atmosphere 1500 active volcanoes. The Paris meeting he boasts of did have some 200 nations signing on to a recognition of climate change, but the fundamental thrust of American policy, that is, to get everyone to cut down on emissions, went a–glimmering.

The President continues to insist that he has an agreement with Iran to halt their production of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear bombs. Repeatedly various elements of the Iranian regime have stated publicly there is no agreement. And at the very moment he was making the claim again, the UN Atomic Energy Commission which had tried unsuccessfully to ride herd on the Tehran mullahs, admitted it had failed to detect earlier movement toward weaponry. Obama spoke, too, just after the mullahs have tested their intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable if perfected of carrying weapons to the US, one of the prohibitions in the supposed “deal” with the mullahs.

Obama crowed over a compromise he made with the Congress to permit oil exports after four decades of laws forbidding them. To get this past his veto pen, in order to create thousands of new jobs and return Washington’s political as well as economic clout in world energy markets, Congressional Republics had to agree to new billions poured into subsidies for so-called green energies. Yes, that too, creates jobs but at what cost while the national debt continues to skyrocket!

No, Mr. President, your transformation may be a success in your own mind but at the cost of squeezing the taxpayer yet again and imperiling the whole economy.

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