Yes, Mr. President, We Are Aware *Open Thread*

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During President Obama’s testy press conference in Turkey on Monday at which the media – and I mean the mainstream media – asked him REAL questions, Obama made a statement that verifies what many of us have been saying all along. And that would be that his focus is not on “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning[.]”

Gee, you don’t say. It has been abundantly clear since early on in Obama’s presidency that his idea of “leading” was to sit back and let everyone else do it, that is, “leading from behind,” a “strategy” that is idiotic on its face as Amb. John Bolton highlighted back in February. From the LA Times:

[…] Obama’s national security strategy is most noteworthy for its detachment from reality. In a personal introduction, the president preens about reducing American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan from approximately 180,000 in 2009 to roughly 15,000 today. Then, ironically echoing his predecessor, he asserts that we are “leading over 60 partners in a global campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat” Islamic State. Left unsaid is that Iraq has collapsed as a viable state, and that Islamic State, a threat equal to or worse than Al Qaeda, now controls large portions of Iraq’s territory. What is left over is an Iranian vassal. The prognosis for Afghanistan is little better.

These debacles are presented as achievements. In fact, I believe Islamic State would fall swiftly in the face of strong military measures and political efforts to divorce Sunni Arabs in Iraq and Syria from its sway. Instead, Iraq is devolving into a new terrorist state, as other countries in the region, from Libya to Yemen, descend into chaos and anarchy.

[…]

Nonetheless, Obama writes that “the question is never whether America should lead, but how we lead.” His truly Orwellian notion that “leading from behind” is actually leadership would warm Big Brother’s heart. Sadly, our global adversaries are not deceived. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And now, Obama is insistent that we allow in refugees that we know for a FACT have ISIS members embedded with them. He claimed at the press conference mentioned above, that this is who we are, that this is our character, and managed to attack Republicans while he was at it. From The Federalist:

[…] Towards the end of the press conference, Obama shifted away from ISIS and targeted Republicans instead. He specifically attacked Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for opposing Obama’s policy of allowing refugees from Syria to enter the U.S. The latest intelligence out of France suggests that at least one of the attackers responsible for Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris entered Europe as a refugee from Syria. (Click here to read the rest.)

It is wrong for these Republicans to be opposed to allow in a group of people we know contain terrorists? Really? Because I kinda thought we were trying to keep them out.

Thankfully, while Obama is “too busy” to worry about such silly slogans like, “winning,” or “American leadership,” there are a number of Governors who DO care about leadership, and keeping the wolves out of the hen house. My governor, Nikki Haley, announced that she was joining the others in not accepting Syrian refugees yesterday. And why would that be? Because, as the Post and Courier reported, it is a matter of this:

[…] “As governor, it is my first and primary duty to ensure the safety of the citizens of South Carolina,” Haley said in a written letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. “While I agree that the United States should try to assist individuals in such dire situations, it is precisely because of the situation in Syria that makes their admission into the United States a potential threat to our national security.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Precisely right. That is Gov. Haley’s duty, and it is also the duty of the President of the United States. He is just choosing to shirk his, and then act all sanctimonious and holier-than-thou implying (not so subtly) that to not accept these folks, terrorists included, apparently, is un-American.

Despite the belittling by Obama on this topic, many Governors have said, “NO” to allowing in Syrian refugees. The Daily Signal has a map that shows at a glance just which states have nixed this idea:

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If you watch the following video, you get a glimpse of why it is important for these Governors to take this stand, and hopefully Congress, too. I warn you, this is a graphic video, it is incredibly disturbing, and it is not easy to watch. But I think it is important to see it, to see just what Obama’s “leading from behind” and lack of concern for “leadership,” and “America winning,” has the potential to do to this country (h/t Facebook friend via Israel Video Network):

That is why it is important to not allow a flood of refugees into this country with no way to vet them properly, and to put additional burdens on states and the US citizens who have already spent close to $5 BILLION to assist those from that region. It is past time for countries in the Middle East to take them in, unless the intent is what was described so disturbingly in the video above. That is something I don’t even want to contemplate, but if Obama and the Democrats have their way, I am afraid it could happen here. And from what I saw in that video, such an influx would fundamentally transform our country, and not for the better.

Congress better step up and make sure this CAN’T happen here. While I have every sympathy for those who are truly in danger and need to flee Syria (thanks in no small part to Obama’s “policies” there), there are just too many variables in play for us to know that those whom we may get here will not include ISIS terrorists.

That’s what I think anyway. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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45 Responses to “Yes, Mr. President, We Are Aware *Open Thread*”

  1. Mary Ellen Says:

    I agree with you 100%, kiddo! (as usual). I was so happy to see that our Governor in Illinois is fighting to stop the Syrian refugees from being forced on us. He, as others have said, will do what he can to stop it until there is a guarantee that it is safe. From what I hear, however, the Federal Government has the ability to override the State Government. Not sure how that works.

    Being Cathollic, I too feel horrible for those who are fleeing in danger of ISIS, but how can such an incompetent jerk like Obama be capable of separating “the wheat from the chaff” ? I know he thinks he’s God…..

    (Nice to read your stuff again….sorry I’ve been MIA, life stuff…you know.)

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Hey, ME! So good to *see* you, and yes, I most definitely understand abt that “life stuff.” I totally get it!

      You ain’t only kidding abt Obama, how he sees himself, and his abilities to determine who should or should not come in. He seemed to be pretty dismissive of the possibility of terrorists coming in with the other refugees. Not that he denied they WOULD be, mind you, just dismissed the concern, and went on to lecture abt how we are an open people, so hey – if we get some terrorists in there, so be it, huh?

      UGH.

      And why do they need to come clear across the ocean to us in the first place? Why should we, when we are cutting back our military severely, and have already spent more than a fortune to help, being expected to pay to bring them here? Get our Middle East allies to step up and accept these people. It is telling indeed that the Muslim nations are simply passing these refugees along to primarily non-Muslim countries. That says a lot, dontcha think?

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank heavens, Speaker Ryan is saying that we need to PAUSE on admitting any more Syrian refugees. He added that this is not a political decision, but one of national security. Good for him, and good for US!

  3. Mary Ellen Says:

    I have the feeling that even the Democrats are going to fight Obama on this. Diane Feinstine sounded very alarmed and said for good reason…she reads the Homeland Security reports, she knows that we aren’t safe.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It speaks VOLUMES that Feinstein is standing against Obama on this, especially if she continues to do so when it matters, and doesn’t cave at the end. She is on the Senate Intelligence Committee after all, and must have access to some pretty intense information. So yeah – good for her for speaking up!

  4. helenk3 Says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/76822

    not interested in American winning or American leadership. I never thought I would hear these words for an American president.
    in my opinion he should be run out of town on a rail for those words

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is astonishing, isn’t it? We KNEW this was the case, but for Obama to flat out SAY it is amazing…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Walker: ‘Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees’

    “With this in mind, I am calling upon the president to immediately suspend the program pending a full review of its security and acceptance procedures,” Walker said in a statement. “The State of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees.”

    http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2015/11/17/Walker-Wisconsin-will-not-accept-new-Syrian-refugees-1.html

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    I think this explains a lot about Obama:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Stop the Bleeding

    By Thomas Sowell

    There was a painful irony when France’s immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/11/17/stop-the-bleeding-n2081475/page/full

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://theamericanmirror.com/syrian-refugee-group-admits-we-dont-track-them/

    we don’t track them.

    great that is like saying we give birth to them then they are the country’s problem

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is exactly it, Helen. They don’t vet them, they don’t track them, they just dump them here with the expectation that someone else will take care of them now. The not vetting piece is HUGE, and will clearly come back to haunt us.

      Along those lines, a friend just shared this disturbing as hell link with me: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/11/isis-terrorist-released-in-plea-deal-months-ago-in-illinois/

      In other words, we don’t have to wait for more refugees to come to worry abt ISIS members. Our government is LETTING THEM GO inside our country.

      If this Administration doesn’t present a “clear and present danger” to our nation, I don’t know what does…

    • mcnorman Says:

      It’s gross. What is it with our country? We give and give to be paid back with disdain and hatred?

  9. Mary Ellen Says:

    http://patch.com/illinois/naperville/s/fff60/chicago-bound-spirit-airlines-jet-evacuated?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=business&utm_campaign=alert

  10. mcnorman Says:

    http://thehayride.com/2015/11/breaking-syrian-refugee-already-missing-in-baton-rouge-area/

    Catholic Charities says it isn’t their job to track them. How’s that for making sure that we are all safe?

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Governors of those states that don’t want refugees who are not vetted and that may have terrorists among them, show what a government is supposed to do; protect it’s citizens.

    It is not the job of POTUS to provide a safe haven for refugees if it endangers the citizens he has sworn to protect. The security of the citizens of this country should be his priority. But what do you expect from a POS that calls 129 murdered people in Paris a “setback”. He is a disgrace to the office he holds.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Exactly right, Marge. Defending the nation is job Número Uno for the POTUS, something abt which the so – called Constitutional scholar seems woefully ignorant…

      Great cartoon!

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  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    If the 2016 election comes down to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump, my advice to the younger generation would be to try to find some other country to live in. Australia or New Zealand might be a good place to start looking.

    ~ Thomas Sowell

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/11/17/random-thoughts-n2081476/page/full

  14. mcnorman Says:

    Ambulance filled with explosives.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-17/police-cancel-germany-holland-soccer-match-evacuate-stadium-after-reports-suspicious

    Four days after the terrorist attacks in Paris was canceled shortly before the scheduled kick-off in Hannover the international football match between Germany and the Netherlands. According to information from the local paper, an ambulance has been discovered with explosives.

    In the field of the stadium in Hanover is a so-called troublemaker have been seen, which is known to the authorities. Security forces have also discovered an ambulance, which housed explosives

    The officers at the roadblocks near the stadium now control also police cars and ambulance stations who want in the area. There are rumors that an emergency vehicle was loaded with explosives.

  15. foxyladi14 Says:

    https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12234881_10205402826606066_2702991434666182600_n.jpg?oh=dc4f73c99311cef7bc4b495d7f6e2e7b&oe=56AE1904

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, SNAP, Foxy – Branco does it again, highlighting with a few words and images the reality of Obama. Dang!

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  16. helenk3 Says:

    Bobby Jindal drops out of presidential race

  17. helenk3 Says:

    Donald Trump names Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, when asked about his possible 2016 running mate – @thehill
    Read more on thehill.com

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Huh, well that is interesting.

      I saw Gov. Kinda on Bret Baier tonight, it is really surprising someone as bright as he is didn’t get more traction. They were saying in the All Star Panel that it was because he is such a policy wonk, and this is not the season for that. And Jindal said that they had spent a lot of time developing policy positions/papers, but no one seemed interested in them. Sad commentary that..

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      • mcnorman Says:

        Bobby lost momentum when he was asked to give that rebuttal to bozo’s state of the union address. He wasn’t a hit with the GOP because he was dull in his speech. Stupid GOP, the man is brilliant…he’s not a rock star and that is what they want.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, right – yes, I think that is what happened, mcnorman.

          It is idiotic the way people toss aside these brilliant policy wonks who have already accomplished so much at such a young age because he isn’t flashy. The POTUS position should not be a reality show. We NEED serious, sober-minded people at this time.

          Yet, every time I turn on the tee-vee, it seems, there is Trump.

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