Gates: ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy'; ‘Obama Re-Thinks’

Who needs a strategy when you have Obama?

From the Daily Caller:

Former Defense Secretary On Middle East: ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy At All’

By Alex Griswold | May 19, 2015 

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that when it comes to the Middle East, “we don’t have a strategy at all.”

GATES: First of all, I think that we don’t have — given the environment that I think we’re going to face in the Middle East, I think the first thing is we don’t have a strategy at all. We’re basically sort of playing this day-to-day, and I think our interests remain important in the Middle East.

The truth is, there have been a lot of books written about our oil, our interest in oil and so on.

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Iraqis Abandoned US Tanks In Ramadi; WH Blames GOP

Still, isn’t it better that ISIS get these weapons than the local police departments back in racist AmeriKKKa?

First from the Associated Press:

Iraqis Abandoned US-Supplied Equipment in Ramadi

By ROBERT BURNS | May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, estimated that a half dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers and about 100 wheeled vehicles like Humvees. He said some of the vehicles were in working condition; others were not because they had not been moved for months.

This repeats a pattern in which defeated Iraq security forces have, over the past year, left behind U.S.-supplied military equipment, prompting the U.S.

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Ferguson Protesters Protest Not Getting $5K Protest Pay

They are so mad they have even started a #hashtag campaign. In fact, they’re even threatening to stop protesting for the entire summer.

From Twitter, via Weasel Zippers:

#Ferguson Protesters Protest Not Getting Their Checks For Protesting…

By Nickarama | May 18, 2015

On May 14, protesters, upset with not being paid their promised checks for protesting, protested outside MORE, Missourians Organizing For Reform and Empowerment, an ACORN organization which had received funding through George Soros to fund the protests.

[The famous rabble rouser] Bassem Masri [tweeted]: "#Ferguson protesters occupying MOREs office at the WCC over allegations that MORE has taken money from the movement check"
Ida B. Yomama [tweeted]: "No infighting here #cutthe check"
The [‘protesters have] even started a hashtag, #cutthechecks, to demand their money:
Marissa S.

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Obama Is Giving ‘Community Organizers’ $163 Million

The DOJ is going to spend $163 million taxpayer dollars on hiring community organizers. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

From ABC News:

6 Things the Obama Administration Is Doing to Improve Police-Community Relations

By ERIN DOOLEY | May 18, 2015

Amid continued tension between police and communities of color, President Obama will travel to Camden, New Jersey this afternoon to highlight the city’s efforts improve police-community relations… Here are six things [the Obama administration] is doing to shore up trust between law enforcement and minority communities:

1. Confidence ‘Blueprint’

After months of study by the president’s task force on 21st century policing, administration today is releasing its final “blueprint” for building trust between officers and the communities they serve. “I can tell you, there is widespread understanding by the police that police- community relations must be improved, especially in communities of color,” Ron Davis, a former police chief who now heads the Justice Department’s COPS Office told reporters…

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Stephanopoulos’ Future And $105M Contract In Danger

So Stephanopoulos is getting paid three times what Brian Williams got paid? That’s not fair. Brian Williams even gave extra value with his colorful stories.

From the New York Post:

George Stephanopoulos’ future — and $105M contract — in danger

By Emily Smith | May 18, 2015

ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — $105 million, to be exact. The “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor renewed his contract last year for $105 million, TV-industry sources told The Post Monday.

Wow. Reading the narrative is even more lucrative than we thought. Of course, even carrying water is hard work some times.

The seven-year deal — which dwarfs the five-year, $50 million contract scored by since-suspended NBC rival Brian Williams — was supposed to keep Stephanopoulos in front of ABC’s cameras through 2021…

So Stephanopoulos is getting paid three times ($15M a year) what Brian Williams got paid ($5M a year)?

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Chelsea’s Unpleasantness Causes High Turnover At FDN

How is it possible? Her mother is famous for her warmth and amiable relationships with subordinates and retainers. Just ask Dick Morris.

From the New York Post:

Staff quit Clinton Foundation over Chelsea’s ‘unpleasantness’

By Richard Johnson | May 18, 2015

Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she’s causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say. Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came on board as vice chairman in 2011.

“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” an insider told me. “She is very difficult.”

Chelsea Clinton? America’s The news media’s sweetheart?

Onetime CEO Bruce Lindsey was pushed upstairs to the position of chairman of the board two years ago, so that Chelsea could bring in her McKinsey colleague Eric Braverman.

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Unions Gave Clinton FDN $2M (Some Marked ‘Political’)

This had better be just a down-payment. Hillary is not for sale. You can only rent her. And she will always go with the highest bidder.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Unions Pour Millions into Clinton Foundation

By Bill McMorris | May 18, 2015

Big labor funneled millions of dollars in dues money to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), a union watchdog group, traced at least $2 million in donations from multiple union organizations and affiliates. “U.S. Department of Labor’s union financial disclosure reports reveal that Big Labor gave at least $2,034,500 in union general treasury funds to Clinton Foundations.

Union treasuries are funded mostly by compulsory union dues or fees collected from workers who would be fired for refusing to pay,” the NILRR report says.

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State Depart To Release Hillary Emails In January 2016

And yet Hillary’s tiny staff was able to carefully review twice as many emails than what the State Department now has in little more than one month. Somebody is lying.

From an unquestioning Politico:

State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton’s emails in January 2016

By Josh Gerstein | May 19, 2015

The State Department is proposing a deadline of January 2016 to complete its review and public release of 55,000 pages of emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged on a private server and turned over to her former agency last December…

Why not? What’s the rush?

The proposal came Monday night in a document related to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Vice News filed in January seeking all of Clinton’s emails.

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NYT Failed To Note 2nd Hillary Email; But Did Praise Her

To be fair, The Times probably did notice her use of a second private email account. But they just didn’t think it was ‘news fit to print.’

Via NewsBusters:

GOP Exposes Second Hillary Clinton Email Address NY Times Ignored

By Tom Blumer | May 18, 2015

The New York Times has published two articles on the relationship between… Hillary Clinton and longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal… The Times also published certain of the emails exchanged between the two, and either missed or ignored a major revelation contained in three of them. The national Republican Party didn’t:

Isn’t it funny how much of the news about Hillary has had to come from Republicans. Why is that? The MSM seem to be pretty good about digging up dirt on Republicans.

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Memos Show Blumenthal Wanted Libyan Deals For Pals

It looks like Hillary was busy trying to get business deals for her cronies, instead of taking care of the security requirements in Benghazi.

From the New York Times:

Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | May 18, 2015

[Sidney] Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is [once] again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy… plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview. Mr. Gowdy’s chief interest, according to people briefed on the inquiry, is a series of memos that Mr. Blumenthal — who was not an employee of the State Department — wrote to Mrs. Clinton about events unfolding in Libya before and after the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

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2012 DIA: Benghazi Attack Was Planned 20 Days Before

For some reason this bombshell news was buried at the bottom of Catherine Herridge’s report.

More from Catherine Herridge at Fox News:

Military intel predicted rise of ISIS in 2012, detailed arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria

By Catherine Herridge | May 18, 2015

The Judicial Watch documents also contain a DIA report from Sept. 12, 2012. It indicates that within 24 hours of the Benghazi attack… there were strong indicators that the attack was planned at least a week in advance, and was retaliation for a June 2012 drone strike that killed an Al Qaeda strategist — there is no discussion of a demonstration or an anti-Islam video, which were initially cited by the Obama administration as contributing factors.

"The attack was planned ten or more days prior to approximately 01 September 2012.

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Intel Warned Of Rise Of ISIS 17 Months Before ‘JV Team’

These warnings came in August 2012, which was when the Presidential race was really heating up. Why would Obama say or do anything to undercut his blatant lie claim he had the terrorists on the run?

From Fox News:

Military intel predicted rise of ISIS in 2012, detailed arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria

By Catherine Herridge | May 18, 2015

Seventeen months before President Obama dismissed the Islamic State as a "JV team," a Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted the rise of the terror group and likely establishment of a caliphate if its momentum was not reversed. While the report was circulated to the CIA, State Department and senior military leaders, among others, it’s not known whether Obama was ever briefed on the document.

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ISIS Stages Parade In Ramadi; Nets Ignore, Talk Twitter

Are there no bombers? Are there no Daisy Cutters or Warthogs?

First there is this from the Daily Mail:

Iraq braced for the Battle of Baghdad: Chilling images show ISIS victory parade after fanatics seize key city of Ramadi – just 60 miles from the capital – in an orgy of violence and beheadings

By Jay Akbar, Steph Cockroft, Simon Tomlinson and Julian Robinson | 18 May 2015

ISIS militants have held a twisted victory parade after taking the key city of Ramadi in an orgy of violence and beheadings – and the extremists could march on the Iraqi capital Baghdad within the next month.

Which should have made a nice bombing target. But since we have no intelligence on the ground, that didn’t happen.

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S Africa Arrests 1,600 Illegal Aliens (Protective Custody?)

Clearly, we need to send some of our ‘leaders’ over there to explain to them how these ‘gifts of love’ are going to boost their economy and increase jobs for everyone.

From the Agence France Presse:

S.Africa arrests 1,600 illegal immigrants in crackdown

May 17, 2015

Pretoria (AFP) – More than 3,900 people — including 1,650 illegal immigrants — have been arrested in South Africa during a controversial police crackdown after April’s deadly xenophobic violence, authorities said Sunday…

The crackdown came after at least seven people were killed as mobs hunted down migrant workers from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and other African countries, forcing hundreds of terrified families to abandon their homes.

So these ‘arrests’ are really protective custody?

Rampant unemployment and poverty are seen as an underlying cause of the violence by South Africans who accused migrants of stealing their jobs.

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Medicaid Sign-Ups 2 To 3 Times More Than ‘Predicted’

So Who is going to be held accountable? The non-partisan CBO? (Just kidding. No one will be held responsible. They never are.)

From the Politico, of all places:

Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights

By Rachana Pradhan | 5/18/15

Medicaid enrollment under Obamacare is skyrocketing past expectations, giving some GOP governors who oppose the program’s expansion under the health law an “I told you so” moment…

Not that it took a Nostradamus to predict that this would happen. It’s happened with every other ‘free’ government program, since time began. Somehow the non-partisan CBO always lowballs the costs — big time. Why is that?

[C]onservatives say the costs that will fall on the states are just too big a burden, and they see vindication in the signup numbers, proof that costs will be more than projected as they have warned all along…In some states that did expand [Medicaid], the take-up [sic] has been startling…

In Illinois, nearly 541,000 people had signed up as of December, far beyond the 199,000 adults the state had estimated would enroll in 2014.

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