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To: LindyBill who wrote (477274)3/18/2012 4:54:59 AM
From: unclewest
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America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

David Barton


America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President


When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.


Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.


1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:


April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like them.” 1February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech. 3May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.8February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:


June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 17August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America). 18September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” 20November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 22February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 23February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:


January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 26January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 27March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 28March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 29March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 30May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. 31 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 32May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities. 33July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 34September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” 35July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 36August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 37September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 38February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 39March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 40July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 41September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 43
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:


May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 44April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 45April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.46August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 47August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 482010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 49October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House. 50February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 51 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 52
Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.



Endnotes

1. Sarah Pulliam Baily, " Obama: ‘They cling to guns or religion’," Christianity Today, April 13, 2008. (Return)

2. Aliza Marcus, " Obama to Lift ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Bloomberg, February 27, 2009; Sarah Pulliam Baily, " Obama Admin. Changes Bush ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Christianity Today, February 18, 2011. (Return)

3. Jim Lovino, " Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech," NBC Washington, April 17, 2009. (Return)

4. Johanna Neuman, “ Obama end Bush-era National Prayer Day Service at White House," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2009. (Return)

5. Chris McGreal, “ Vatican vetoes Barack Obama’s nominees for U.S. Ambassador,” The Guardian, April 14, 2009. (Return)

6. Meredith Jessup, “ Obama Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence,” The Blaze, October 19, 2010. (Return)

7. " Remarks by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia," The White House, November 10, 2010. (Return)

8. LadyImpactOhio, " Feds sued by Veterans to allow stolen Mojave Desert Cross to be rebuilt," Red State, January 14, 2011. (Return)

9. Marrianne Medlin, “ Amid criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador post,” Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2011; Thomas F. Farr, “ Undefender of the Faith,” Foreign Policy, April 5, 2012. (Return)

10. Chris Johnson, “ ENDA passage effort renewed with Senate introduction,” Washington Blade, April 15, 2011. (Return)

11. Chuck Donovan, “ HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience,” Heritage Foundation, August 2, 2011. (Return)

12. Todd Starns, “ Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial,” Fox News, November 4, 2011. (Return)

13. Joel Siegel, “ Obama Omits God From Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics,” ABC News, November 25, 2011. (Return)

14. Hillary Rodham Clinton, “ Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day,” U.S. Department of State, December 6, 2011. (Return)

15. Ted Olson, “ Church Wins Firing Case at Supreme Court,” Christianity Today, January 11, 2012. (Return)

16. Audrey Hudson, “ Obama administration religious service for student loan forgiveness,” Human Events, February 15, 2012. (Return)

17. “ Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’,” Fox News, June 29, 2011. (Return)

18. Jason Ukman, “ Air Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missle launch officers,” Washington Post, August 2, 2011. (Return)

19. " Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion," Department of the Air Force, September 1, 2011. (Return)

20. " Wounded, Ill, and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines," Department of the Navy (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)

21. " Air Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity," Fox News Radio, November 4, 2011. (Return)

22. Jenny Dean, " Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2011. (Return)

23. Ken Blackwell, " Gen. Boykin Blocked At West Point," cnsnews.com, February 1, 2012. (Return)

24. Geoff Herbert, " Air Force unit removes 'God' from logo; lawmakers warn of 'dangerous precedent'," syracuse.com, February 9, 2012. (Return)

25. Todd Starnes, " Army Silences Catholic Chaplains," Fox News Radio, February 6, 2012. (Return)

26. Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles, " Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding," Reuters, January 23, 2009. (Return)

27. " Obama pick: Taxpayers must fund abortions," World Net Daily, January 27, 2009. (Return)

28. Steven Ertelt, " Pro-Life Groups Left Off Obama’s Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK," LifeNews, March 5, 2009. (Return)

29. " Obama Signs Order Lifting Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Funding," Fox News, March 9, 2009. (Return)

30. Steven Ertelt, “ Obama Administration Announces $50 Million for Pro-Forced Abortion UNFPA,” LifeNews, March 26, 2009; Steven Ertelt, " President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012. (Return)

31. Steven Ertelt, " Barack Obama’s Federal Budget Eliminates Funding for Abstinence-Only Education," LifeNews, May 8, 2009. (Return)

32. Steven Ertelt, " Obama Budget Funds Sex Ed Over Abstinence on 16-1 Margin," LifeNews, February 14, 2011. (Return)

33. Steven Ertelt, " Obama Admin Terrorism Dictionary Calls Pro-Life Advocates Violent, Racist," LifeNews, May 5, 2009. (Return)

34. " Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies," The White House, June 17, 2009. (Return)

35. Matt Cover, " Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals," cnsnews.com, January 18, 2010. (Return)

36. Tess Civantos, " White House Spent $23M of Taxpayer Money to Back Kenyan Constitution That Legalizes Abortion, GOP Reps Say," Fox News, July 22, 2010. (Return)

37. Steven Ertelt, " Obama, Congress Cut Funding for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study," LifeNews, August 26, 2010. (Return)

38. Steven Ertelt, " President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012. (Return)

39. Brian Montopoli, " Obama administration will no longer defend DOMA," CBSNews, February 23, 2011. (Return)

40. Steven Ertelt, " Obama Admin Ignores Planned Parenthood Sex Trafficking Videos," LifeNews, March 2, 2011. (Return)

41. Elisabeth Bumiller, " Obama Ends ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy," New York Times, July 22, 2011; George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1934), Vol. XI, pp. 83-84, from General Orders at Valley Forge on March 14, 1778. (Return)

42. Luis Martinez, " Will Same Sex Marriages Pose a Dilemma for Military Chaplains?," ABC News, October 12, 2011. (Return)

43. Jerry Markon, " Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups," Washington Post, October 31, 2011. (Return)

44. Barack Obama, “ Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner,” The White House, September 1, 2009; Kristi Keck, “ Obama tones down National Day of Prayer observance,” CNN, May 6, 2009; Dan Gilgoff, “ The White House on National Day of Prayer: A Proclamation, but No Formal Ceremony,” U.S. News, May 1, 2009. (Return)

45. " Franklin Graham Regrets Army's Decision to Rescind Invite to Pentagon Prayer Service," Fox News, April 22, 2010. (Return)

46. “ Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document,” Fox News, April 7, 2010; " Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'," Fox News, May 27, 2010; " 'Islamic Radicalism' Nixed From Obama Document,"CBSNews, April 7, 2010. (Return)

47. Chuck Norris, “ President Obama: Muslim Missionary? (Part 2),” Townhall.com, August 24, 2010; Chuck Norris, " President Obama: Muslim Missionary?," Townhall.com, August 17, 2010. (Return)

48. Barack Obama, “ Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner,” The White House, August 13, 2010; " Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero," Fox News, August 13, 2010; Pamela Geller, " Islamic Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero," American Thinker, July 21, 2011. (Return)

49. " WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation," Fox Nation, April 25, 2011; " President Obama ignores most holy Christian holiday; AFA calls act intentional," American Family Association (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)

50. " Report: Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House," Big Peace (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)

51. Masoud Popalzai and Nick Paton Walsh, “ Obama apologizes to Afghanistan for Quran burning,” CNN, February 23, 2012; " USA/Afghanistan-Islamophobia: Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning," International Islamic News Agency (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)

52. " Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan," CNN, May 22, 2009. (Return)




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From: LindyBill3/18/2012 4:58:58 AM
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The Obama Administration’s Pro-Islamist Syrian Opposition “Leadership” is Collapsing

Posted By Barry Rubin On March 18, 2012 @ 8:27 am In Uncategorized | No Comments


By Barry Rubin

Five months ago, I wrote here and here detailing how the U.S. government collaborated in creating an anti-American, Islamist-dominated leadership for the Syrian revolution. This leadership group, assembled by the Islamist Turkish regime as the Obama government’s subcontractor, failed immediately. Now it is collapsing openly.

Of the nineteen announced members of the top leadership, I explained, ten of them were Islamists, either Muslim Brotherhood or Salafist. A reliable Syrian opposition source tells me that two more members are secretly Islamist tools. This was far in excess of the proportion of those forces in the revolution. In short, the U.S. government was helping to turn Syria’s revolution over to the Islamists. If this group had succeeded, the West would be facing still another radical Islamist regime that hated the West, wanted to go to war with Israel, and would be imposing a new dictatorship on its country.

But the Syrian National Council (SNC) has failed. The Islamist angle and the Obama Administration’s responsibility for this fiasco is being far underplayed.

Several SNC members, including Kamal al-Labwani and Haitham Maleh, have announced their resignations. They are both elderly veteran dissidents who are not Islamists. The reason being given most often for this crack-up is that the group’s leadership is “autocratic,” excluding most of the membership from any role in decision-making. Leaving aside the element of personal ambition, however, why is it autocratic? Because it is imposing the Muslim Brotherhood line rather than responding to the preferences of the activists within Syria, that’s why.

As the New York Times admits, al-Labwani, “accused Muslim Brotherhood members within the exile opposition of `monopolizing funding and military support.’” Yet there is not a word about how the Obama Administration pushed this Brotherhood-dominated leadership onto the Syrian opposition.

Most of the Kurds involved in the original talks angrily walked out of the negotiations because of their objection to Islamist leadership. The Obama Administration’s choice of Turkey to coordinate this operation made it even harder to bring in Syrian Kurds, who play an important role in the revolution, since Turkey has fought a long war against Kurdish nationalism at home.

Another issue fomenting conflict is the SNC’s bad relationship with the Free Syrian Army and rejection of armed struggle to overthrow the dictatorship. Anti-Islamist oppositionists say that this is because the Islamists hope to make a deal with the regime that would empower them (and they hope would eventually bring them to power in the longer-term) rather than fight it out.

Due to these various antagonisms, more than a half-dozen other opposition groups have developed as rivals to the SNC.

Dissidents have also pointed to this video which shows Muslim Brotherhood leader Ali Sadreddine Bayanouni claiming that the Brotherhood chose Birhan Ghalioun to be the SNC leader as a front man because he would be more appealing to the West than an open Islamist.

It is good that the SNC is falling apart. Here are the lessons:

–The Obama Administration collaborated in creating an anti-American leadership group. This is another example of the administration’s terrible policy and promotion of Islamists who oppose U.S. interests and would create a new dictatorship.

–The Turkish regime, Obama’s favorite Middle East government, betrayed U.S. interests (and those of the Syrian people) in assembling a group dominated by its fellow Islamists who hate the United States and would link up with other radical regimes in Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and Tunisia. This shows that the Turkish regime cannot be trusted.

–The Syrian opposition should be helped to form a truly representative, moderate-dominated, pro-democratic opposition which should then receive Western support.

–Western countries should support that opposition with weapons and also impose a safe haven and a no-fly zone for the Syrian regime.

I do not expect any of these things to happen but they are precisely what should happen.

And if you want to read a more detailed account of how U.S. Syria policy is a mess, watching while thousand of civilians are being killed, selling out the rebels, and missing a tremendous opportunity, read this article by the always superb Tony Badran.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press. Other recent books include The Israel-Arab Reader(seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East(Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). The website of the GLORIA Center and of his blog, Rubin Reports. His original articles are published at PJMedia.














Article printed from Rubin Reports: http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin

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To: LindyBill who wrote (477281)3/18/2012 5:14:27 AM
From: unclewest
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From below -
"His troops executed what may be the longest amphibious raid in Marine Corps history when they flew transport helicopters off the ship Peleliu overland 400 miles to Southern Afghanistan."

I had to laugh about that one! Can you imagine Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division using similar language? Let's see now - Ft Bragg to Saudi for Desert Storm - longest air assault. Even Bragg to Panama - not bad!
Or how about Ft Bragg to N Vietnam for the Son Tay raid?

They are hurting if they called that an amphibious raid! That is a stretch for the Marine PR Corps!

What really concerns me is the very high concentration of Annapolis grads (Admirals and Marine GOs) as war advisors at all the highest levels of our govt. Our non-military civilian leaders need ready access to more perspective than that.
uw


Marine General Picked To Be Panetta Assistant

CAMP PENDLETON -- The Marine Corps general in charge of the 57,000-Marine force based at Camp Pendleton has been nominated to serve as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, a veteran of the early days of the post-9/11 Afghanistan War, will likely change jobs as early as this summer. He has served as commanding general of Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force since October 2010.

He also bears the title of commander of Marine Corps Forces Central Command at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base.

Waldhauser was traveling Monday and wasn’t available for comment. His replacement has not been named.

The person now holding the Pentagon senior military assistant job is Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, who was nominated in January for a fourth star and assignment as commanding general of U.S. Southern Command.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force is one of three large sections of the Marine Corps. The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force is headquartered at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force is in Okinawa, Japan.

Waldhauser was famously the commander of Camp Pendleton’s 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was called to Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

His troops executed what may be the longest amphibious raid in Marine Corps history when they flew transport helicopters off the ship Peleliu overland 400 miles to Southern Afghanistan.

Under the command of Task Force 58 and then-Brig. Gen. James Mattis — now the U.S. Central Command leader — the Camp Pendleton Marines were the first conventional U.S. troops to invade Afghanistan.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (477172)3/18/2012 6:45:07 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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Peter Drucker Called It, Too
POSTED ON MARCH 18, 2012 BY STEVEN HAYWARD IN BOOKS, ENVIRONMENT

More on the theme of my posts over the last two days on the death spiral of environmentalism, this time from my old graduate school landlord, Peter Drucker. In 1972 Drucker wrote an article for Harper’s entitled “The High Cost of Our Environmental Future” (sorry, no link—I only have hard copy):

Everybody today is “for the environment. . .” Yet the crusade is in real danger of running off the tracks, much like its immediate predecessor, the so-called war on poverty. Paradoxically, the most fervent environmentalists may be among its chief wreckers. Many are confused about the cause of our crisis and the way in which we might resolve it. They ignore the difficult decisions that must be made; they splinter the resources available for attacking environmental problems. Indeed, some of our leading crusaders seem almost perversely determined to sabotage their cause—and our future.

Drucker, who mentioned that he was a member of the Sierra Club, nonetheless ran through a list of “delusions” rampant in the environmental movement, culminating with this: “The final delusion is that the proper way to bring about a clean environment is through punitive legislation.” And this: “Despite all the rhetoric on the campuses, we know by now that ‘capitalism’ has nothing to do with the ecological crisis, which is fully as severe in the Communist countries.”

Actually, environmental degradation was much much worse in Communist countries than in the capitalist democracies. And Drucker conceded too much to the early green sentiment that our environmental problems constituted a “crisis.” Still, the always perceptive Drucker should be counted among the first to suggest that environmentalism would destroy itself through its extremism and lack of attachment to reality. And if you’ve never read Drucker’s memoir, Adventures of a Bystander, it’s very much worth picking up if you run across it in a second-hand bookshop.

By the way, it was something of a mystery to us graduate students why the greatest of business management gurus clearly charged us a below-market rent for the house we rented from him.

powerlineblog.com 

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To: unclewest who wrote (477276)3/18/2012 6:59:29 AM
From: Little Joe
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Reminds me of some of the points made by Taintor in "Collapse of Complex Societies".

lj

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To: unclewest who wrote (477280)3/18/2012 7:04:35 AM
From: Little Joe
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I knew it was bad, But didn't think it was this bad,

lj

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To: Little Joe who wrote (477284)3/18/2012 7:09:38 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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Are We On the Verge of the Obama Great Depression?
Wayne Allyn Root

America has always been a land of boom and bust. It’s just part of the natural business cycle. But Obama and his socialist cabal have channeled Hoover and FDR, who turned an ordinary bust into The Great Depression with a toxic strategy of bigger government, more spending, more debt, expanded entitlements, more rules and regulations strangling business, higher minimum wages, more power to unions, and dramatically higher taxes to pay for this expansion of big government. Sound familiar? Simply add in "green energy" and this is the same toxic brew of the Obama game plan.

Interestingly, it's the same plan that has led Europe to the edge of the cliff as well. The EU is crumbling under the weight of suffocating debt. If you think Greece was bad, wait until you start hearing the news out of Spain, the "green energy" capital of Europe. 25% unemployment. 50% unemployment among young adults. Crushing corporate debt 6 times higher than Germany. Insolvent banks. Greece was child's play. Spain is the world's 12th biggest economy. As Spain crumbles, it will bring the EU to its knees later this summer. So I guess "green energy" didn't work, huh?

The question is, is Obama following this same toxic game plan out of leftist naiveté and ignorance? Afterall, Obama’s lifetime of business experience before taking up residence in the White House would not qualify him to run a Bronx bodega. Yet we made him CEO of the world’s biggest economy. Oops.

Or does Obama understand exactly what he's doing? Is Obama's goal to overwhelm the system with debt and entitlements, incite crisis, sow doubt about capitalism, redistribute the wealth of business owners (his political opposition), and force Americans to their knees begging for government to save them, thereby opening the door to big government socialism, or at the very least European-style Social Capitalism (a hybrid of socialism mixed with capitalism).

Does it really matter?

Here's where the story gets downright frightening. This time the results are going to be dramatically worse than 1929. This time we are facing The Greatest Depression ever.

Why? Because The Great Depression had NONE of problems and obligations we are now facing:

In 1929 America did not have $115 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities.

In 1929, most of our states were not bankrupt, insolvent and dependent on the federal government to survive. Exhibit A is California (our Greece).

In 1929, we had far fewer government employees living off taxpayers. Today we have a mind-boggling 21 million government employees, with record numbers earning over $100,000 annually. Today 77,000 federal employees earn more than the Governors of their states. Today the average federal employee earns over $120,000 annually (double that of private sector employees). Worse, a tremendous number of government employees retire at age 50 with $100,000 pensions for life. Protected by their unions and the politicians they elect, government employee pensions will strangle the U.S. economy. Even FDR said he could not imagine allowing public employees to unionize. Now we know why.

In 1929, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid didn’t exist. The federal government had no such obligations that today threaten to consume the entire federal budget within a decade.

In 1929, there was no such thing as welfare, food stamps, aid to dependent children, or English as a second language programs. Americans didn’t consider it the responsibility of government to pay for breakfast and lunch for students - let alone illegal immigrants.

Cuba just eliminated their version of food stamps, yet today under Obama we have over 46 million Americans on food stamps. It's getting hard to tell who the socialists are.

In 1929 we didn't offer unemployment payments for years on end, let alone the ability to join the disability rolls for life.

In 1929, we didn’t have millions of illegal immigrants and their children collecting billions of dollars in entitlements from U.S. taxpayers.

In 1929, legal immigrants wanted only to work. My grandparents from Russia and Germany received no government benefits. They worked day and night to provide for their family and become American citizens. It was sink or swim.

In 1929, we had 150 million citizens with a strong work ethic- all motivated to earn the American Dream for their children and grandchildren. Today the hungry, motivated citizens and entrepreneurs are in China and India.

In 1929, we had an education system that was the envy of the world. Today our public schools are in shambles. Education in America is a national disgrace- creating generations dependent on government. The difference? Teachers unions are in charge, instead of parents.

In 1929 we had cheap plentiful oil. Today Obama blocks offshore drilling, while canceling the Keystone pipeline. Environmentalist extremists and Democrats politicians (I know- I repeat myself) keep us dependent on foreign oil supplied by tyrants and terrorists.

Do you get the picture? Disaster looms. The only reason America is keeping it's head above water is that the Fed is printing trillions in fake dollars, while at the same time artificially keeping interest rates at the lowest levels in history. America is just like a bankrupt consumer living on credit cards and adjustable rate mortgages. If interest rates are ever allowed to return to normal levels, the interest alone will explode the debt and overwhelm the economy.

The solution is actually simple- cut government, cut spending, cut entitlements, cut foreign aid, cut taxes, dramatically reduce government employee compensation and pensions, stop the wars, encourage drilling, balance the budget, reform the Fed, term limit politicians, restore school choice, dramatically reduce the power of teachers unions, and back the dollar with a gold standard. And of course remove the current occupant of the White House. Or, like so many other great empires of history, America may never recover from the Obama Great Depression.

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I admire your persistence and thoroughness. Good luck.

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