FT185: “When it comes to foreign policy the Republicans do what is best for the country while Democrats do what is best for their party.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 30th, 2013

Fundamental Truth

Wherever the Soviets pushed the Americans pushed back to Contain the Expansion of Communism

Once upon a time Democrats were practically warmongers.  Woodrow Wilson got us into World War I.  FDR got us into World War II.  Harry Truman got us into the Korean War.  And LBJ got us into the Vietnam War.  While Republicans were nearly pacifists.  Dwight Eisenhower got us out of the Korean War.  And Richard Nixon got us out of the Vietnam War.

Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II.  Saw the carnage of war up close.  And was glad when it was over.  Unlike General Patton.  Who wanted to invade the Soviet Union.  Because he knew we would have to fight them sooner or later.  And rather do it then when they had the most awesome military force in the world still in Europe.  General Patton lost command of Third Army because of talk like that.  And later would die from injuries he got in a freak car accident.

It didn’t take long following the end of World War II for the Soviets to become the new big bad in town.  Just like General Patton foresaw.  Truman stood up to them in Berlin.  Greece.  Turkey.  Iran.  And Korea.  Wherever they pushed the Americans tried to hold the line.  To contain the expansion of communism.  It was the Cold War.  And it first got hot in Korea.  But the UN forces held the line in Korea.  After three years of war.  About as long as America spent fighting in Europe during World War II.

JFK’s refusal to commit American Military Power during the Bay of Pigs Invasion led to the Cuban Missile Crisis

Communism was a thorn in the side of democracy.  The democratic West believed in peace through strength.  With the occasional war breaking the peace.  While the communist East believed in a perpetual state of war with the occasional peace breaking that war.  The communists sought to expand through violent revolution.  If you contained it early (like in the Berlin Airlift) you could avoid a shooting war.  And keep it cold.  But if they got a foothold you could find yourself mired in a hot and prolonged war.  Like in Korea.

When Fidel Castro turned Cuba communist it was not a good thing for the United States.  For all their efforts to contain communism throughout the world here they were.  On Cuba.  Within missile range of the United States.  And Castro was cozying up to the Soviets.  Which is why President Eisenhower gave the green light for the CIA to remove Castro from power.  To remove a threat so close to the United States.  The plan was the Bay of Pigs Invasion.  Which proceeded under the following administration.  JFK’s.

The invasion, though, did not go well.  And unlike in the Guatemalan coup d’état, JFK did not commit American military power to help the invaders (unlike Eisenhower did in the Guatemalan coup).  Who were soon pushed back.  And defeated.  Which breathed new life in Cuba’s communist revolution.  Brought them more into the Soviet sphere.  And encouraged the Soviets to test this young president.  Which they did.  By sending nuclear missiles to Cuba.  Leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  And near nuclear war (Castro’s right hand man, Che Guevara, was angry with the Soviets because they refused to nuke the United States during the crisis).  While the Cuban people suffered under their communist oppressors.  And still do.

Today Iran—and Radical Islam—is the Thorn in the Side of Democracy that Communism once Was

Truman was the last Democrat warrior president.  LBJ got us into Vietnam.  But he also gave us the Great Society.  Turning the nation towards a welfare state.  A very costly welfare state.  Which the great costs of the Vietnam War threatened.  The government, much like they did during the Revolutionary War, began printing money to pay for all of this spending.  Devaluing a dollar pegged to gold.  With nations concerned with this devaluation they traded their dollars for gold.  Which is what is supposed to happen under a gold standard.  So nations don’t devalue their currencies.  But printing money is easier than cutting spending.  So President Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold.  So they could really print it.  Giving us the inflationary Seventies.

Since then Democrat presidents have done two things.  Expanded the welfare state.  And demonized their political opponents.  Which extended to their foreign policy.  President Carter cut back on defense spending.  And tried to make friends with our archenemy.  The Soviet Union.  A president the Soviets had little respect for.  Even considering a nuclear first-strike policy as they didn’t think Carter would ever launch his nuclear weapons.  And then President Carter criticized American ally, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, for his human rights violation.  There was revolutionary fervor in the air.  The Shah implored for help from their long-time friend and ally.  The United States.  Who assured the Shah that the Americans would intervene militarily on his behalf.  But didn’t.  The Iranian Revolution followed.  And Iran became America’s new archenemy.

Iranian oil won World War II.  It fed the Red Army.  Iran served as a portal into the Soviet Union.  War material as well as oil flowed through Iran and into the Soviet Union.  After the war the Soviets didn’t want to leave Iran.  Give up that oil.  Or a warm-weather port on the Indian Ocean.  But the British and the Americans helped the Iranians keep the Soviets at bay.  Their actions included a coup.  And some human rights violations.  To keep what happened in Eastern Europe following World War II from happening in Iran.  Iran prospered.  And Westernized.  It was becoming everything the American left loved.  Secular.  It was becoming more like America.  Where men and women enjoyed doing things they could enjoy in New York City.  Which angered the Islamists.

Today Iran—and radical Islam—is the thorn in the side of democracy that communism once was.  And unlike their Cold War warrior forefathers, today’s Democrats choose party over country.  Basing their foreign policy on expanding the welfare state.  Or demonizing their political opponents.  President Clinton treated al Qaeda’s increasing acts of hostility against Western/American interests as a legal issue.  Which grew bolder until they culminated in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Clinton did this so he wouldn’t waste money on defense by risking war to protect America.  Or anger his liberal base.  After 9/11, George W. Bush fought back.

The Democrats have demonized George W. Bush as a rich oil man who traded blood for oil.  While at the same time they said he was purposely causing oil shortages to raise the price of oil.  When an opportunity came to overthrow America’s new archenemy, Iran, President Obama did nothing to support the Green Revolution in Iran following questionable election results that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power.  An intervention that would have been in the best interests of both America and the Iranian people.  But when the Arab Spring blew through Egypt he was quick to tell our friend and ally, Hosni Mubarak, that he had to go.  Turning Egypt over to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.  But when civil war came to Syria he chose to do nothing.  Until now (to save face from his ‘red line’ comment about chemical weapons?).  When the opposition has most probably been infiltrated by al Qaeda.

What is the constant in these Democrat foreign policy decisions?  They are the opposite of what the Republicans would have done.  So they couldn’t have done them.  For it would have vindicated George W. Bush.  Angered their liberal base.  And made the world a safer place.

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The Left Hates the Military, Repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 31st, 2010

The Effete Left Retaliates for all those Wedgies

The liberal left hates the military.  Always have.  Always will.  It’s the manliness of the soldier these effeminate men hate.  Being weak on testosterone, the effete male tucks his tail between his legs and scurries away in the presence of the alpha male.  When they were in grade school getting wedgies.   When girls rejected them in high school.  Or when a woman’s husband caught them in an adulterous act.  They ran away.  They didn’t fight.  Which is why they hate the military.  Because they will fight to protect themselves.  Their fellow soldiers.  Their family.  God.  And country.

The Left has always had the military in their crosshairs.  To defund it as much as possible.  To boot ROTC off college campuses.  To protect the rights of a Muslim extremist in the U.S. Army that went on a murdering rampage on an Army post.  Anything to destroy the military.  They just don’t like it.  So when they fought to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, they didn’t do it to help gays who want to serve in the military.  They did it to further damage the military.  At least, that is their hope.

They hate gay soldiers as much as they hate straight soldiers.  Because a gay soldier is still an alpha male.  A tough guy.  Willing to fight to protect himself, his fellow soldiers, his family, God and country.  Everything that the effete left hates.  They see a gay soldier as just another tough guy that probably kicked their ass back in high school.  No, they pushed for this because a lot in the military were against it.  Not because they’re all homophobes.  But because it will radically change the military.

War is Hell and not for the Effete

To take boys and make them into soldiers in a short time requires a little shock and awe.  Training is hard.  And horrible.  The more horrible it is the less horrible actual combat will be.  That’s how you make boys into men.  Desensitize them.  How you keep them from panicking while chaos reigns all around them.  It’s how you keep soldiers alive in combat. 

Marine basic training was pretty harsh during the Vietnam War.  They’ve since lightened up a little since that time portrayed by R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket.  Ermey was in fact a drill instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps.  And he served in Vietnam.  Much of his lines in that movie were ad lib.  Drawn from his personal experience.  He was a real bastard in the movie.  But a great drill instructor.  I met Ermey at an air show one summer.  While I waited in line to get his autograph, there were Marines ahead of me past and present.  What did they want?  They wanted Ermey to tell them to drop and give him 20.  And he did.  It was a high honor indeed for these Marines.  He’s a god to them.  Because he made tough Marines.  Ermey’s the real deal.  And, though retired, he still serves his beloved Corps.  Once a Marine, always a Marine.

So what did these men go through in basic training?  Something like this (WARNING: The following video contains explicit language and adult content):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLDaZvTfU9k

Now, imagine Sergeant Hartman dressing down an openly gay man in that scene.  And how fast the ACLU would file suit.

You can say that much of what he said and done was inappropriate.  But when you’re training killers, you emphasize the chest thumping, testosterone teeming, alpha-male manly stuff.  So you call recruits ladies.  And homosexuals.  Until they prove themselves lean, mean and tough as mother [deleted expletive] who want to cut out the enemy’s living guts and use them to grease the treads of their tanks.  That last was borrowed from the movie Patton.  And that classic George C. Scott scene can be seen here:

War is hell.  And a manly thing.  It is not for the faint of heart.  As William Tecumseh Sherman said, the more horrible it is, the quicker it will be over.  And the less lives lost.  An effete liberal male, on the other hand, disdains such brutality.  They’d prefer to sit down with our enemies and resolve our differences through diplomacy.  Like the Allies did with Hitler.  Who lied.  We gave him the Sudetenland.  And he took the rest of Czechoslovakia.  Then Poland, launching World War II.  After we got his word that he wouldn’t.

The Ivy League Hates the Military and ROTC

There are some tough gay mother [deleted expletive] serving in the military.  But they’ve been hiding their sexuality.  Which for the above reasons is a good thing.  Now they’ve repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.  So now when a drill instructor slips and calls a recruit a lady or a homosexual, it’ll be a problem.   The Left will slip someone into basic training for just that reason.  So they can sue the military.  Because they hate the military.  It’s all that pent up frustration from all those wedgies.

The Ivy League hates the military.  They’ve kept ROTC off their campuses.  Because, they said, the military discriminates against gays.  Now that Obama has repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, will they welcome ROTC onto their campuses?  No.  Because they hate the military (see ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ has been repealed. ROTC still shouldn’t be on campus. by Colman McCarthy posted 12/30/2010 on The Washington Post).

To oppose ROTC, as I have since my college days in the 1960s, when my school enticed too many of my classmates into joining, is not to be anti-soldier. I admire those who join armies, whether America’s or the Taliban’s: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home. In recent years, I’ve had several Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in my college classes. If only the peace movement were as populated by people of such resolve and daring.

Bull [deleted expletive].  He may admire a Taliban soldier, for they are killing American soldiers, but he hates American soldiers.  Who was it spitting on U.S. troops returning from Vietnam and calling them ‘baby killers’?  He and his fellow college students.  That’s who.

ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school, if by purity we mean trying to rise above the foul idea that nations can kill and destroy their way to peace. If a school such as Harvard does sell out to the military, let it at least be honest and add a sign at its Cambridge front portal: Harvard, a Pentagon Annex.

Taint the intellectual purity of a school?  Give me a break.  The pompous and condescending Ivy League has tainted the intellectual and moral purity of a nation.  These people haven’t done a damn thing to make America great.  It’s the soldiers that have done that.  As Charles Province says so well:

It Is The Soldier

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army 

The Left Hopes Gays will Hurt the Military

God bless the soldiers.  The Marines.  The sailors.  The airmen.  And all who serve.

If you hate the military you hate the people in the military.  No matter how you try to spin it.  Do you think a liberal would let his daughter marry a soldier?  Would Colman McCarthy welcome a soldier into his family?  Or would he sneer with contempt?  I’m guessing the contempt thing.  So they don’t like the military.  Or the people serving.  And if you do, everything you do is against the military. 

And so it is with their fight to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.  They’re probably laughing and making gay jokes just waiting for all the trouble to start.

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A Closer Look at the Obama-GOP Tax Deal Seems to Favor Obama

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 11th, 2010

The Left May Get more Deficit Spending while Making it Look Like the Right’s Fault

As details emerge, the Obama-GOP tax deal to extend the Bush tax cuts just gets worse.  There’s a whole lot of stimulus/deficit spending in that deal.  Not quite in keeping with the spirit of 2010 when the nation rejected deficit spending in a grand way.  But now it’s as if that ‘shellacking’ never happened.

There’s a lot of debate.  Some filibustering.  And a whole lot of theatre.  The far Left is acting like Obama betrayed them worse than an adulterous spouse.  While the Right appears to have already forgotten who won the midterm elections.  Because, according to Charles Krauthammer, who’s very smart, the Right caved and the Left won but are too dumb to even know (see Swindle of the Year by Charles Krauthammer posted 12/10/2010 on The National Review Online).

Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 — and House Democrats don’t have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package. It will pump a trillion borrowed Chinese dollars into the U.S. economy over the next two years — which just happen to be the two years of the run-up to the next presidential election. This is a defeat?

If Obama had asked for a second stimulus directly, he would have been laughed out of town. Stimulus I was so reviled that the Democrats banished the word from their lexicon throughout the 2010 campaign. And yet, despite a very weak post-election hand, Obama got the Republicans to offer to increase spending and cut taxes by $990 billion over two years — $630 billion of it above and beyond extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Business as usual.  After a repudiation of business as usual.  This reminds me of the movie Patton

Just before Patton was relieved of Third Army, he had an angry phone call with General Beetle Smith, Eisenhower’s chief of staff.  Patton wasn’t a fan of the Russians.  He thought we would fight them sooner or later.  He wanted it to be sooner, when we had the army in Europe to do it.  He said if SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) didn’t have the guts to do it, he did.  He could get us into a war with those ‘sons of bitches’ and make it look like their fault.  Good movie.  But, alas, Patton was relieved of command soon thereafter.  He would later die from complications from a car accident.

Now Obama doesn’t remind me of Patton in the least.  For Patton was a good leader.  But it looks like Obama is going to get his deficit spending.  And he’s going to make it look like the Republicans’ fault.

If at First You don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again

So much for the hope and change to change the previous hope and change that changed little as hoped in Washington. 

We elected Obama because the Republicans had lost their way.  And because of the abysmal job Obama, Pelosi, Reid et al have been doing, the American people have given the Republicans a second chance.  And what do they do?  Even before they officially take power in the House of Representatives?  They’re already caving.  I guess old habits are just hard to break.

Obama is no fool. While getting Republicans to boost his own reelection chances, he gets them to make a mockery of their newfound, second-chance, post-Bush, tea-party, this-time-we’re-serious persona of debt-averse fiscal responsibility.

And he gets all this in return for what? For a mere two-year postponement of a mere 4.6-point increase in marginal tax rates for upper incomes. And an estate-tax rate of 35 percent — it jumps insanely from zero to 55 percent on Jan. 1 — that is somewhat lower than what the Democrats wanted.

And, of course, another 13 months of unemployment benefits.  Exactly what is the liberal Left bitching about?  The only downside appears to be a 2 year delay in raising the top marginal tax rates by 4.6%.  And only confiscating a third of dead people’s wealth instead of half of it.  What a bunch of whiny cry babies.

Obama’s public exasperation with this infantile leftism is both perfectly understandable and politically adept. It is his way back to at least the appearance of centrist moderation. The only way he will get a second look from the independents who elected him in 2008 — and who abandoned the Democrats in 2010 — is by changing the prevailing (and correct) perception that he is a man of the Left.

The Left knows that they must lie to win elections.  And that’s what Obama is doing now.  He’s going to run for reelection in 2012.  It’s time to say he’s a centrist again.  Do they not see this?  Or is this all part of a great lie?  Just more theatre?

The Era of Big Government is Over?

The 2008 Democrat primary elections were pretty nasty.  Obama and Hillary Clinton took off the gloves at times.  The Clintons did not like this little usurper.  Obama.  For it was Hillary’s turn.  When she conceded to Obama, she and Bill announced their support for the Democrat candidate.  But there was a simmering hatred below the surface.

Obama offered Hillary Secretary of State as a consolation prize.  Partly to assuage the Clinton machine.  And partly for that reason given in The Godfather: Part II.  Keep your friends close.  And your enemies closer.  (That’s actually from the Sun-tzu’s The Art of War but I doubt Obama would have ever read that, what with it being a military book.)  To prevent a possible 2012 primary challenge from Hillary.

Now either it’s more theatre, or an attempt to hit his liberal base upside the head, but Obama called on the big dog.  Bill Clinton.  The man whose wife Obama dissed during the primary election and denied her her place in history.  And he supports the Obama-GOP deal (see Bill’s Back: Clinton commands stage at White House by Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent, posted 12/10/2010 on Yahoo! Finance).

Clinton comfortably outlined how the pending package of tax cuts, business incentives and unemployment benefits would boost the economy — even though it included tax help for the wealthy that Obama had to swallow.

“There’s never a perfect bipartisan bill in the eyes of a partisan,” Clinton said. “But I really believe this will be a significant net-plus for the country.”

When he finished his pitch, Clinton played the role of humble guy, saying, “So, for whatever it’s worth, that’s what I think.”

“It’s worth a lot,” Obama insisted

Clinton was once right where Obama is.  Even worse.  He lost both houses of Congress after his first midterm elections because he went too left, too.  Then he moved to the center.  And, with the help of Dick Morris (then Democrat strategist), and a Republican Congress that checked his spending, he got reelected.  Is this a sign that Obama will follow Clinton’s lead?

Perhaps.  But Obama is a whole lot more arrogant than Clinton.  It just may not be in his nature to be politically expedient.  I mean, it just may not be in Obama’s DNA to say the era of Big Government is over.

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