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What to Do With Hillary?

There have been times when a defeated general or political leader was executed. Some would argue that we’ve “progressed” beyond that.

So what will the victorious leader, Donald Trump, do with the defeated leader, Hillary Clinton?

In most American elections, the defeated can regroup for another try or they can do something else. But in the case of Hillary Clinton there’s the case of the series of felonies she committed as Secretary of State.

The FBI investigated and its leader, Jimmy the Weasel Comey (bet he’s sweating bullets now), declared a fat “Meh,” when it came to prosecuting the obvious crimes of the private server and illegal handling of her emails.

Some, in a sense of magnanimity, have offered that Trump should pardon Hillary. (Many of these people were NeverTrumpers so they truly are playing with house money.)

Such a move would be a disaster for Trump. It would be the equivalent of George H.W. Bush’s famous breaking of his “No new taxes” pledge. He never recovered from it and became a one-term president. Nothing would cheese off Trump’s troops than to let Hillary escape.

She must face the music.

If Trump is in a forgiving mood, I’d say that he could recommend that, due to her health conditions, etc. she not face jail time. But such an offer should be highly conditional on her issuing an admission of guilt (no weaselly ‘Other secretaries did the same… and it was approved’ BS) along with a detailed listing of all the crimes and her involvement along with names and details of her various cronies and their crimes (Mills, Sullivan, Samuelson, Abedin, Kendall, et al). All of them would give up their law licenses and leave Washington, do no lobbying and stay away from politics (don’t worry, they’ll quickly be employed by Ivy League schools and large corporations… They won’t starve.)

The admissions should also include King Barry’s negligence as well. (Maybe while they are at it they could get her to confess her incompetence on the night of Benghazi and the subsequent string of self-dealing lies she issued in the following weeks.)

Most importantly, Clinton needs to be made an example of — no one is above the law. It will be a good lesson for everyone and set an example for the children. It will also be a shot across the bow of our amoral-yet-self-righteous arrogant left who think that the law doesn’t pertain to them.

Dismantling of the Clinton Foundation scamhaus should also be a priority. A reformed IRS could revoke its charity status (at a minimum).

There’s always the possibility that King Barry I will pardon her on his way out. Let that be on his head.

What Do You Call the Gall That Gall Demonstrates?

Hillary Clinton!

Hillary Clinton gives a speech on how her record on foreign policy qualifies her to be president, especially compared to the foreign policy of Donald Trump? And insists that Trump is “unfit” to be president?

That’s a lot of gall. It’s like Mario Mendoza giving hitting tips, if you know your baseball analogies. He’d be more effective telling you what NOT to do and the same for Hillary Clinton. If there’s an expert at failing at foreign policy, it’s Hillary Clinton. She can give pointers to President Trump on what NOT to do.

Yet she trots it out as if it’s some badge of success.

Kind of like her insistence that her email practices were identical to those of previous secretaries of state. No matter how many times she’s told that they weren’t she chirpily repeats the lie.

Not a single previous secretary of state had a private email server. None. Nada. No one.

She seems to hang her big fib on the fact that Colin Powell sent about two-dozen emails from an AOL account (or some such similar) way back when — long before the email practices of the State Dept. were settled upon.

Hillary Clinton sent tens of thousands of policy-violating emails. It’s the difference between an anthill and Mt. Everest.

It really is like the kid who kills his parents and then begs the court for mercy because he’s an orphan.

You’d almost have to applaud her on her chutzpah but, well, she’s the handmaiden of Satan and knows exactly what she’s doing.

Laugh all you want but, you know deep down, it’s true.

Benghazi and the Persian Gulf Incident

Just a few quick takes here on the Persian Gulf incident this week. Clearly, there’s a lot that’s been made public that doesn’t make any sense. And, truthfully, there’s a lot we don’t know and will never know.

Both boats had navigation problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. Traditionally, the Navy teaches navigation skills. But in these days of the PC Navy, maybe not (math is involved and girls aren’t good at math so mathy things have to go — that comment ought to generate some heat!). Tip to the swabbies, keep friendly coast on your right shoulder (starboard side — do they still teach that or is that some how a microaggression?) and you won’t go wrong.

Both boats got lost? These are riverine craft supposedly following the coast from Kuwait to Bahrain. Anyone could navigate these craft — keep the coastline on your right at all times (see above). Do not venture into the open sea. Follow those two instructions and you’ll never be close to Iranian waters, you’ll be in Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian and Bahraini waters the whole time.

Both boats had engine problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. They drifted 50 something miles in a short time? They have anchors, right? If you find you’re drifting, drop anchor and orient the boat into the tide/wind to minimize resistance. Does anyone know if they had paddles onboard? Could they have paddled a short distance and beached the craft on Kuwaiti/Saudi/Bahraini coast? I don’t know the answers to those questions.

Both boats had radio/coms problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. It’s been mentioned that the Iranians were somehow jamming communications. A broadband jam of that level, essentially enveloping a whole region and multiple bands should have made the U.S. Navy more than a little curious about what was going on.

Speaking of the U.S. Navy. Why was there no overhead coverage? Communications go down and no one thinks to check on the boats? There’s no E2 or surveillance-recon/early warning/coms aircraft aloft over the area? No helicopters? No drones keeping an eye on the Iranians (especially on the Iranian naval ops at Farsi Island)?

This circles back to the night of Benghazi. We’re spending $600 billion a year on the military and when something goes sideways, it can’t react. Despite having two airbases (Sigonella and Aviano) within combat aircraft range (Aviano definitely has combat aircraft at it), nothing was done at Benghazi. I’m not even including possible naval and ground force (military, covert and contractor) assets in the region.

Ditto here. There are naval vessels in the region. There are air assets currently fighting ISIS in the region.

Of course, you can have all the tools in the world but if the craftsman can’t or won’t use them…

I won’t comment on the quality of the crews beyond noting that they looked a little shabby and inexperienced.

I’m not going to comment beyond the story that the boats were transiting down the southern coast of the Persian Gulf and somehow were scooped up by Iranian forces.

I will offer a theory on the quick release. I suspect that the Revolutionary Guards naval forces grabbed the boats, likely, without the full authorization of Tehran. Once notified of the capture, Tehran told the guards to keep the GPS equipment but cut the sailors and the boats loose because they had a deal cooking and the caper was at a most inopportune time and could foul that deal. Today we learned that we freed some Iranian terrorist types for some U.S. hostages. Those sailors are lucky that deal was happening or they’d have been in a similar situation as the British sailors seized in 2007 while inspecting a merchant smuggler off the Iraqi coast.

The Obama administration is clearly lying about a few things but that’s like noting that the sky is blue. Like the Clintons, the O admin seems to lie even about things that they have no reason to lie about. For many people, especially liberals, lying is a way of life. It’s a way of controlling the situation, the conversation and, ultimately, people.

Last thoughts — it’s foolish to deploy military forces and be unwilling to use them or let them defend themselves. The Iranian naval base on Farsi Island, long a thorn in the sides of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and other users of the Persian Gulf, needs to be removed and any subsequent attempts to re-establish it need to be met with extreme force. We have the capabilities of doing that, we just don’t have the leadership.

The American Thinker has a good piece on this (it’s not the only one).

Hillary Clinton and the Nerve of Gall

Or the gall of nerve, your choice.

I caught a college basketball game on the Big Ten Network (BTN) last week. I make this note because during a commercial break a Hillary Clinton for president ad ran. I won’t get into the (BTN) demographic choice (I’d guess IOWA!) but I will get into the substance.

The theme was how great Hillary Clinton would be for America’s security – national and international. At first I thought it was a satirical counter-ad and waited for the Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina sponsorship message but it was actually sponsored by some kind of pro-Hillary entity. Of course there was no mention of Libya, Russia, Iran, China, terrorism, geopolitical chaos nor any reference to answering phone calls at 3 a.m. But there was plenty of her droning on about how security can be like a big thing sometimes and the implication that no one would work as hard as Hillary to make America safe. Because, well, because she said so… Kind of… Wow! With a message that strong (and rational), who wouldn’t vote for her?????

Over to you, low-information voters.

Next up – Peter Dinklage wants you to vote for him to be the lead in the next Wilt Chamberlain biopic and, playing on the Game of Thrones theme, – Cersei Lannister campaigns for Mother of the Year and Jamie Lannister pitches himself as a juggling teacher.

We Spend $600 Billion Per Year On…

The United States annually spends in the neighborhood of $600 billion per year on its Department of Defense.

I’m going to toss out a serious question — are we getting our moneysworth?

Defense is one of those jobs that the Constitution has placed in the hands of the federal government, unlike so many other things that it has taken on (and now spends the majority of its budget on).

Yet, I look around and see a lot of troublespots in the world. And not just any ol’ troublespots, but troublespots that get Americans killed. I’m not really seeing our military doing much about that.

Now that’s not necessarily its fault. It follows orders and in the last few years, the fish has clearly rotted from the head. The Obama administration practices the “Lennonization” of politics; John Lennon, that is. “Give peace a chance” makes a great lyric chorused with a bunch of drugged-out hippies but it makes for lousy real-world policy.

In fact, the Obama administration has kicked into fourth gear what the Clinton administration really started (and the Bush administration failed to root-out and even tolerated), the transmogrification of the military into a giant social service organization.

Make no mistake, a large portion of our military can’t fight and won’t fight. Those soldiers and sailors (the Marines have been able to hold their line to some extent) are in the military not to serve America’s interests but for the benefits; to serve their personal interests. Health care, college money, etc. This ain’t your dad’s army.

Any army trotting out, even proud of, pictures of young women wearing ill-fitting helmets and unis, lugging rifles two-thirds as big as they are, is doomed if something big and scary goes “Boo!”

Ever see those pictures of the Hitler Youth during the battle for Berlin? You know it’s over then.

I live a stone’s throw from the Pentagon. I’m not that big yet I tower over almost every uniformed female I come across in the local stores and on the streets. At least half are not in any kind of shape.

I do occasionally come across a male shorter than myself but four out of five times this guy is lean and mean looking. I also figure he knows all sorts of martial arts and could fold me into an accordion in about five seconds. He is intimidating. The women, not so much. Part of an army’s strength is its reputation. Get my drift.

The D.C. Area has a lot of uniformed women. Women make up almost 20% of the military. Figure that’s about 20% of the military that cannot be deployed into a combat zone and expect it to rain death on the enemy. That “rain death on the enemy” thing is the army’s main job.

Or it was.

Not seemingly anymore.

Let’s get down to some specifics. Take ISIS for example. It’s a lightly-armed, poorly-trained, locally-despised, imperialistic low-level threat. The only reason it’s on a U.S. threat map is because it brazenly kidnaps and murders Americans along with destabilizing the Middle East (as if that’s the word for that historical mess).

So what to do? Our president and his advisers, who savaged George Bush, et al, over the “lengthy” Iraq war, have recently called the project to curtail ISIS a multigenerational project.

It’s like someone planning to remove a thorn from their foot over a period of months, while having a fully-trained doctor and medical office at hand. “Maybe it will just rot away,” they hopefully think. It’s foolishness, sheer ignorance. It could get the foot amputated.

We’re spending $600 billion dollars a year on a military that can’t swat a fly. Or I should say, won’t be used to swat a fly (because it’s being used to butter some bread).

The 101st Airborne alone has enough manpower and firepower to handle the job. Ask them, they’d be happy to demonstrate. Instead they sit around.

Partner them with our Special Operations teams, the one segment of the military that is earning its keep, and modern technology (drones, sensors) and eliminating ISIS would be more like shooting fish in a barrel.

Yes, some elements of ISIS have hidden amongst people but lately it is so confident that we’ll do nothing (why is that?), that it is taking up larger formations in open areas. Just the kind of open warfare we specialize in winning.

Desert nights are perfect for drones with infrared sensors to map out concentrations of soldiers that can be annihilated by “stand-off” weapons platforms such as AC-130 gunships.

So what are we doing? A lot of pin-prick bombing runs (mostly really dry runs) and trying to train a handful of misfits in Syria. We could help our only real allies in the area, the Kurds, but for some unstated reason, the Obama administration has taken a dislike to them. I think I can guess why that is…

As we’ve learned in the past, if you thrash one bully, most of the rest run away. You only have to do these things occasionally yet for some reason we don’t do them at all anymore. So the bullies multiply.

Now let’s take a look at another failure — Benghazi. I will focus on one element here, the failure to get any kind of air effort into the air in one night.

An Air Force general was asked why nothing was sent up that night of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Specific points to be addressed were why U.S. Air Force aircraft at Aviano, Italy, (near Venice) or the Naval Air Station at Sigonella (on Sicily) were not used. He said that it would have taken 20 hours to get anything from Aviano to Benghazi and that tankers from England would have to be prepped. He also implied that the only thing at Aviano were training aircraft — perhaps the 20 hours would be for converting them into ground attack aircraft?

Let’s do a little fact-checking.

Aviano is the home of the 331st Fighter Wing. It is not a training squadron but an air superiority and ground support group. That means its mission is combat. It flies F-16s. The F-16 is capable of ground attack, even if only using its cannon (though it can be armed with bombs and air-to-ground missiles). The F-16 has a range, with drop tanks, of 2,500 miles. It is roughly 1,000 miles from Aviano to Benghazi, therefore relieving the need of refueling tankers. If you think that would be cutting it close and not allowing any loiter time over Benghazi, Sigonella is only 500 miles away and it handles big aircraft so there’s no worries about support facilities for fighter aircraft returning through Sigonella. The F-16 is capable of Mach 2. At sea level it maintains a top speed of over 900 mph. F-16s deployed from Aviano could have been over Benghazi in an hour and a half. Does no one do scramble drills anymore? What are we spending $600 billion a year on?

The general also argued that they did not want to risk civilian casualties so a ground attack by aircraft was out of the question. Two thoughts on this. When American lives are at stake “civilian casualties” need to start taking a back seat to those considerations. Our enemies already know this weakness of ours and are using it to hamstring us. Plus, the cannon on the F-16 could be used and have kept civilian casualties to a lower number, if any at all.

Two, and most importantly, whether the aircraft could have attacked is not the key. The key is that U.S. aircraft buzzing the city tells the attackers that we know they are there and that help is on the way. Whether it really was or not the attackers wouldn’t know or wouldn’t want to risk.

Imagine you are a burglar breaking into someone’s house. You know you are on the clock, someone might be coming home, an alarm might be tripped. But you see a note telling the maid to take the week off because the owner has gone to Europe for two weeks; and not to activate the alarm because it’s kind of sensitive to the squirrels on the roof. Wouldn’t you hang around awhile or return to steal more knowing that no one is coming back for awhile?

That’s exactly what the Benghazi attackers did that night. They came back later and attacked the CIA Annex, convinced that they had not been detected or that the U.S. was doing nothing in response. I seriously doubt they would have went home and rearmed for an attack on the annex if U.S. aircraft had been buzzing the town, with an implied threat that other forces were on their way.

But they weren’t. And we have a general making excuses why they didn’t even try that night. Of course, he’s just following orders from his clown prince commander in chief.

We spent $600 billion on that.

Then there’s the curious case of the combat team in Croatia that night. It has been acknowledged that 40-man special forces combat team was training in Croatia and was awaiting/expecting/hoping for orders to redeploy to Benghazi. Those orders never came though orders to go back to their base in Germany did arrive. Distance to Benghazi, approximately 1,000 miles. Might as well have been a million miles for our $600 billion per year.

This, of course, does not address why, only a few days after the U.S. Embassy in Cairo had been attacked and the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was going to be out of his protective pocket for a couple of days, there were no evac plans that could be modified or any kind of response to, “Hey, what if some bad guys decide to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11 by attacking a U.S. installation or personnel somewhere in North Africa?”

Beyond that $600 billion I keep harping about, remember, the U.S. taxpayer pays a lot of people six-figure salaries at the upper levels of the U.S. government and this is what they came up with that night — nothing (other than four dead Americans). They didn’t even try to help. And other than Hillary Clinton, who’s angling for a promotion, those incompetent boobs are all still employed by the U.S. government.

U.S. taxpayer=sucker!