By Larry Johnson on Nov 19, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 54 Comments
The murder of orthodox Jews praying by two Palestinians is an unspeakable crime. This is not just an act of terrorism. It is an act of depravity.
While I think Israel has aggravated the situation over the past three decades by dehumanizing the Palestinians, there is no excuse or justification for today’s attack. It is sickening and despicable.
Compounding the horror is the fact that Palestinians celebrated this atrocity. What kind of animals are they?
I’m hoping that Netanyahu does not over react, but that’s not likely. If he decides to bulldoze the homes of those men and punish their families he ends up perpetuating this cycle of revenge.
Let’s consider an alternative scenario. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 17, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 88 Comments
The depths of self-delusion for Barack Obama and the Democrats is profound and dangerous. I will give them credit for being effective in making some Republicans believe that open immigration and granting legal status to millions of illegals is political pay dirt. But the truth is, it is not.
The majority of Americans are opposed to giving illegals a free pass. Just look at what happened in Oregon on Election Day.
The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.
Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver’s licenses to people who are in the United States illegally.
That, my friends, is called a bell weather. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 16, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 109 Comments
Very ominous, off-hand remarks from Obama this week regarding our failed strategy, if you can call it that, to deal with ISIS. Obama signaled that they may seek authority to take out Syria’s Bashir Assad. If we try to do this, and Congress goes along, we will be committing political suicide and putting Israel at risk.
What is truly frightening is that there is a complete breakdown of consensus among U.S. foreign policy mavens when it comes to defining our national security interests in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular. The neo-con crowd, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, are fixated on Iran and see deposing Syria’s Assad as a stepping stone for weakening Iran. This crowd, which includes retired General Jack Keane, Senators McCain and Graham, former UN Ambassador John Bolton and many of the cheerleaders who insisted we needed to dethrone Saddam Hussein in order to usher in a new era of Democracy, still fail to grasp that they have helped create the Shia dominance of Iran in the region.
Iraq is now a defacto Shia nation. The current Iraqi government has no intention or motive to reach out to the Sunnis, make concessions to them and create a completely non-sectarian government. We may want that, but desire does not create or alter reality. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 13, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 151 Comments
If you thought the Democrats were/are smart, think again. They are friggin morons. Thank God!
In the military, if it is professionally run, a field commander that gets his ass kicked is replaced. Not when it comes to the Democrats. They get gobsmacked in the mid-terms. They lose at least 8 seats in the Senate and an additional 10 seats in the House and what is the Democrat response? Keep doing the same damn thing over and over with the same wrinkled, aging gas bags who put them into this hole.
The collective wrinkles that shroud the mugs of Nancy and Harry are so over the top that a Shar Pei would blush.
But it ain’t the wrinkled puss on each of the Democrat leaders that evokes joy in my bosom, it is their petrified brains. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 12, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 31 Comments
Politics baby, politics. I have been fortunate to have provided training in counter-terrorism missions to Special Ops soldiers, sailors and Marines since 1994. I know SEALS, both active duty and retired, and I know members of the Army who have served in a Top Secret unit that was first popularized in a movie put out more than 30 years ago that featured Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris.
Not trying to be cute, but to use the name of that particular Army unit and the phrase, counter terrorism, is still considered a security violation.
I am amused by the furor surrounding the FOX broadcast of its special about Navy SEAL Rob O’Neil and the killing of Osama bin Laden and the assertion that the SEALs got the mission because they are “better” than the Army unit.
That, boys and girls, is quintessential hubris and inter-service rivalry rearing its ugly head. You want the truth? Can you handle the truth? The answer is simple. Two names. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 11, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 62 Comments
He claims to be an independent, but after watching him on Fox and Friends this morning the Senator from Maine, Angus King, is a total jackass.
He was confronted with the facts from one of the architects of Obamacare:
Cruel? What is cruel is having to listen to this moron claim the intellectual high ground by studiously ignoring the facts before him. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 9, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 56 Comments
James Risen and Matt Apuzzo have an important article in the Sunday New York Times, Getting Close to Terror, but Not to Stop It:
After a car bombing in southeastern Iran killed 11 Revolutionary Guard members in 2007, a C.I.A. officer noticed something surprising in the agency’s files: an intelligence report, filed ahead of the bombing, that had warned that something big was about to happen in Iran.
Though the report had provided few specifics, the C.I.A. officer realized it meant that the United States had known in advance that a Sunni terrorist group called Jundallah was planning an operation inside Shiite-dominated Iran, two former American officials familiar with the matter recalled. Just as surprising was the source of the report. It had originated in Newark, with a detective for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. . . .
Reading the report, the C.I.A. officer became increasingly concerned. Agency lawyers he consulted concluded that using Islamic militants to gather intelligence — and obtaining information about attacks ahead of time — could suggest tacit American support for terrorism. Without specific approval from the president, the lawyers said, that could represent an unauthorized covert action program. The C.I.A. ended its involvement with Mr. McHale’s informants.
This story encapsulates everything that is wrong with both the CIA and FBI. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 7, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 93 Comments
Like an unrepentant alcoholic or junkie, Barack Obama continues to insist that he ain’t got no problem. Especially when it comes to the economy. It is increasingly apparent that Obama and his sycophantic advisors are looking only at macro numbers–e.g., “unemployment fell to 5.8%–”rather than come to grips with more accurate measures that the economy is stumbling along like a freshman staggering back to his dorm after a night of alcoholic debauchery.
The American people, at least a majority, are troubled by what they see in their communities–stagnant wages and people exiting the workforce. The American economy has not left its troubles behind and is not experiencing robust growth. I wish it were.
The trouble with Obama and his media cheerleaders is that they persist in pushing the delusion. No matter how many times he touts the success of the recovery, his propaganda is akin to a Chef pushing a dish made of pig shit. The Chef can insist that it is a culinary delight and the most delectable of foods, but anyone with average taste buds will readily identify it as excrement. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 6, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 15 Comments
A couple of stories cropped up that merit further comment. I’ll postpone till tomorrow writing about Obama’s opening to Iran. I’m actually on his side on this one.
Tonight’s rant is the mistreatment and double standard being applied to the two Navy SEALs who played a direct role in killing Bin Laden. Leave it to NBC to act as the bully for the Administration while trying to smear Matt Bissonnette and Rob O’Neill:
Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.
Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a pseudonym about shooting bin Laden, is about to publish his second book about being a Navy SEAL. Rob O’Neill, meanwhile, is the unnamed “shooter” who was credited in numerous magazine articles with firing the fatal shots, and according to two SEAL sources will be presented again as the “shooter” in a Fox News interview that airs later this month. He has been traveling the country giving paid motivational speeches on the unspoken understanding that he’s the man who killed bin Laden.
Talk about chickenshit sniping from NBC. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 5, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 116 Comments
If Adrian Petersen whipped his son like American voters clobbered Obama yesterday, he would be well on his way to prison. Obama got more than a mere spanking. He got flayed.
Let’s start with the culinary metaphors of defeat. Is he eating crow or sucking eggs? Is the toast? All of the above.
Particularly sweet that he decided to phone in an endorsement of Kay Hagan in North Carolina yesterday. How did that turn out? Not so good. Same result with Michelle Obama. She was not perceived to be as toxic as her husband, but her suggestion that good black voters should reward themselves with fried chicken for voting Democrat apparently did not spark a run on Popeye’s or KFC. She would have earned an honorary KKK designation if she had also suggested that the menu include chitlins and watermelon. I will be so glad when she and Barack are gone from the White House. Enough of their racial divisiveness.
What do you think was the biggest stunner yesterday? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 3, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 118 Comments
Personally, I do not care. The business of raising and spending money using the illusion that something earthshaking and important is at stake takes cynicism and hypocrisy to new levels. Our system is totally broken and, come every two years, we are asked to buy in to the myth of a non-existent epic battle between seemingly ideological polar opposites–REPUBLICANS VERSUS DEMOCRATS.
These elections have all of the integrity and showmanship of a Vince McMahon Wrestle Mania Extravaganza. I personally would feel so much better if John “The Tan” Boehner could bash a chair over the head of Barack “Barky” Obama, to be followed by Nancy “Botox” Pelosi doing a flying double somersault and crushing Mitch “Mumbles” McConnell to the floor. I would pay Koch money to watch Harry “No Balls” Reid being castrated by Joni Ernst. Get him howling like a Ned Beatty hog from Deliverance
Adding to the carnival atmosphere are the cable news shows, who thrash about daily like drowning passengers from the Titanic–clawing and grasping at anything in a desperate battle to stay afloat. Their secret wet dream? Resurrect Mother Teresa and have her decapitate the head of ISIS, Al Baghdadi. Does not matter if the conflict is real. Just have a damn good fight. Just show us some blood and tears. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 3, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 16 Comments
I appreciate Helen flagging the following article from the Washington Post, Pentagon scales down its plans for new spy agency:
The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivalled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former US officials said.
Under the revised blueprint, the Defence Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defence Clandestine Service was announced.
The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the CIA and the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command on counterterrorism missions and other targets of national security concern.
Huh? DOD had a plan for its own version of the CIA? How do you create something that already exists in the military? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Nov 1, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 53 Comments
On the eve of the likely electoral drubbing that will certainly flay the hyper-sensitive political skin of the incompetent now sitting in the big chair at 1600 Pennsylvania, there is no solace for Obama to be found in Iraq. The Islamic State continues to move steadily forward consolidating control over disparate parts of Iraq and Syria. And the best Barky Obama can do? Turn things over to the likes of Susan Rice and Valerie Jarret.
Al Arabiya features the following headline, Al-Qaeda Drives Moderate Syrian Rebels from Northern Bastion. This just confirms what I wrote almost two months ago, namely, that air power without ground forces is useless.
Over at Al Jazeera there is the report, Iraqi refugees forced to live under ISIL.
Across the north of Iraq, destitute, displaced families living on construction sites are evidence that the Kurdish region’s building boom – evidence of a recently flourishing economy – has been put on hold.
In the cash-strapped Kurdish region, the main issue as winter nears is being able to provide fuel for the kerosene heaters most people here rely on to keep warm. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 30, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 87 Comments
What is John Brennan, CIA Director up to?
Back in the day the CIA Office of Medical Services conducted a survey every two years designed to take the pulse of the Agency. It was comprehensive, and considered by some to be rather tiresome. In theory, it was supposed to help guide senior CIA leaders in making adjustments to improve morale, etc.
I learned the hard-way about honestly answering a senior manager’s question, “Why is morale bad?” In early 1987 I was sitting in the office of the Director for Africa and Latin America aka ALA. Mr. X had invited all of the new analysts into his office for a chat. He mentioned that he understood that there was grumbling in the ranks, that people were not happy and he wanted to get to the bottom of it and fix the problem.
I was dumb enough (or naive enough) to believe him. So I gave him my “two cents” worth. “John,” I said, “it is really very simple. The analysts feel abused and under appreciated. Senior managers are not recognizing the work we do. Look at the example of NEA. Their boss received a $25,000 cash award last year and he threw a party for the analysts. It made them feel that they were worth something. But here, in ALA, your predecessor got the same $25,000 cash award and bought himself a Lexus.”
I sat back. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 27, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 186 Comments
To quarantine or not to quarantine. That is the question. What a pathetic display of incompetence from the Obama team. What the hell is their policy.
Obama hollered liked a scalded chicken when Governors Cuomo and Christie imposed a quarantine on a nurse who, initially, exhibited a temperature and had just returned from the Africa Ebola zone.
The White House pushed back against the governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other states that instituted procedures to forcibly quarantine medical workers returning from West Africa, deepening an emotional debate brought on by recent Ebola cases in the U.S.
A senior administration official said Sunday that new federal guidelines under development would protect Americans from imported cases of the disease but not interfere with the flow of U.S. health workers to and from West Africa to fight the epidemic there. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 25, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 70 Comments
What is truly happening on the ground in war between Iraq and the Islamic State? We really do not know. But there is a lot of propaganda and spin out there by all sides. Consider as a typical example this blurb today from NINA:
Prime Minister Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Haider Abadi confirmed on Friday that the operation of Jurf al-Sakhar will have a deep impact in the final defeat of the IS.
Al-Abadi said in a press statement that our heroine troops and the sons of popular mobilization, has achieved another victory in Jurf al-Sakhar and directed to the IS a devastating blow that will have a profound impact on the defeat of the enemy, and will give our brave troops a strong morale boost to move to liberate every corner of Iraq.
Man. If that is true than ISIS/ISIL is on the run and headed for defeat. Not so fast. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 25, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 13 Comments
If the following is what American voters will see on the campaign trail in the future, Hillary’s friends and family should do her a favor and tackle her.
Did you notice that she was having to read these remarks? She apparently was incapable of extemporaneously speaking about the issue of minimum wage and job creation.
But that’s not the worst of it. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 21, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 119 Comments
What is going on in Iraq? Do not believe what you are seeing on the news. It is skewed and manipulated. Stick with the facts. First there is Kobani. It does look like US airstrikes have slowed the Islamic State advance. But they still control significant territory and have managed to get their hands on military supplies and weapons intended for the Kurdish fighters.
So, we are now providing Islamic State with more military power. Brilliant.
But the problem does not stop there. Baghdad is the real target and the situation is getting worse. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 19, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 88 Comments
I apologize for failing to post anything in the last three days. I have had some “puter” issues. All fixed, now back to battle.
Should you be afraid? No, not yet. But the chaos and confusion exhibited by the CDC and the rest of the Obama Administration was genuine. Their main problem is that they treat every issue thru the narrow lens of partisan domestic politics. Rarely does Barack Obama insist on doing something because it is the right thing. Instead, he carefully weighs whether or not it is good for him.
I have a unique insight into what is going on behind the scenes in the Ebola world, at least here in the United States. I cannot divulge more than that because it would compromise my source.
There are several issues we need to worry about. First, the west African countries where Ebola is spinning out of control need to be quarantined. That means no more commercial air flights in and out until the rate of infection starts to decline. That means those countries will have to rely on charter flights and military air lift.
But this creates some serious issues. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 15, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 172 Comments
No matter how incompetent and inept you think Obama is, it is worse than you think. The Ebola crisis is a case in point. Obama’s team decided it would be a good symbolic gesture to announce that they would start screening arriving passengers from West Africa. Great. Then what? Turns out that no one at CDC or HHS has planned for these details. For example, if you spot someone with symptoms, what do you do? Do you put them back on a plane? Do you have an isolation area set up at the airport? Which healthcare officials will be alerted? Will the person or persons be transported to a hospital? If so, which hospital? What about the other passengers on that flight? Will they be kept together and monitored?
These are fundamental planning questions that are unanswered. Failure to properly handle this can create additional risk to the public health.
I am not making this up. I learned about this late last night. Read the rest »