Chaos Manor View, Monday, June 13, 2016
Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for Western Civilization as it commits suicide.
Under Capitalism, the rich become powerful. Under Socialism, the powerful become rich.
Under Socialism, government employees become powerful.
The news today is filled with Orlando. Most of what needs to be said is old news to readers of this site. The Caliphate declared war on us over a year ago, and predictably Obama’s response was to make some speeches, in none of which he mentioned Islamic terrorism, nor acknowledged that This Means War and we can expect terrorist attacks on the people of the United States by operatives loyal to ISIS or The Caliphate, AKA Daesh, ISIL, and various other names. When such utterly predictable attacks happen, everyone is astonished. Not, I hope, readers of this journal, but many of our “leaders”. The heads of our “intelligence” agencies are in a pickle: either defy the President and say they knew it was going to happen, or admit incompetence.
We are at war. We must act as if we are at war.
One action we can take: arm our military, don’t disarm our people. It can be done in hours to weeks. Congress can authorize and require all commissioned officers of the United States to carry firearms at all times, on and off duty. This preempts all state firearms carry laws. Allow the commanding officers of the various services discretion in applying this requirement: they may at their discretion exempt non-combatant officers from this requirement; and they are required to forbid any others whom they believe may be a threat to public safety to carry.
I’d go further in the details, including requiring a loyalty oath explicitly renouncing any religious obligation to conduct jihad against infidels, from all members of the armed forces starting with the officer corps.
We can add to armed America designated non-commissioned officers, leaving that to the discretion of the officer corps. I start with the officer corps because if we can’t trust our officers with’ weapons, I damned well won’t trust them with my sons or daughter. But that’s a detail. The important thing is that we are at war, and the internal United States is one of the battlefields. Barrack Hussein Obama won’t recognize this, and his solution is to disarm as much of the citizenry as he can manage with his pen and phone. He will also continue to politicize and bureaucratize the FBI and other security services: he will never let this crisis go to waste.
I cannot find any details on what the one armed policeman at the Orlando dance hall did after the shooting started. The Los Angeles Times account said, in passing, that the first responder to the event was a police officer hired as part of the cabaret’s security team. Having said that, he is never mentioned again. The next sentence says that the gunman was killed by SWAT three hours later. If anyone has any other information (as opposed to speculation) on this, I’d appreciate it.
[See below for a tad more, but it is not really informative.]
We do know that this was an act of war. Not a “hate crime” whatever that is. It was an act of jihad, carried out by a sworn agent of The Caliphate, whose spokesmen now take credit for it. It is not the first, and it will not be the last. We must act accordingly. The Caliphate is able to recruit agents, who may be given orders or may choose their own missions, because it governs territories and imposes Sharia Law on them. If it has no territory to govern it forfeits its right to be the Caliphate. We have known this for years. It is fundamental to its legitimacy.
I pointed this out about two years ago. I said then that I could destroy ISIS with an augmented division of Armored Cavalry and the A-10 wings for close support. As time went past and we trickled forces into the Mesopotamian meat grinder, the force requirement grew. It is now up to three divisions, one of them heavy armor, and a great deal of air support to take out Caliphate air defenses and build strike bases. It is now going to require the power of the nation to win this war decisively. Frittering in advisors, special forces, and logistic support to the Iraqi army will not do it.
War is not police action. The Korean War was declared a Police Action, and ended a stalemate. That may have been justified back then, since the goal was containment. A strategy of containment requires that you use enough force to contain you opponent. It implies a long Cold War that includes. among other things, economic attrition. Containment worked in the Cold War, for many reasons. One of them was the nature of the USSR and its rule by nomenklatura; the nomenklatura needed the myth of Marxist world conquest for their legitimacy, but their hearts were not in it, and the Comintern deliberately avoided terrorist acts against the United States. Espionage, fine. Slaughtering US sympathizers inside the Soviet Union, fine; but when US CIA agents were personally involved the rules changed into a rather delicate dance. It was Cold War.
This is not Cold War. This is war, war to the knife, and we need leadership that recognizes that. Barrack Hussein Obama is not that man. Hillary Clinton is not that woman; the Caliphate was created on their watch.
And as long as the Caliphate exists it will continue to recruit agents who will work us harm. Most will be acts of terror. Some will be more effective than others. And they will continue. Do not be deceived. So long as the Caliphate exists, they will continue.
Obama declares ‘no clear evidence’ Orlando terrorist directed by ISIS
President Barack Obama on Monday said there is “no clear evidence” that Omar Seddique Mateen, the accused Orlando nightclub gunman, was directed by the Islamic State or was part of a larger plot.
An ISIS spokesperson claimed Omar Mateen was acting on behalf of the Caliphate, according to the LA Times. Perhaps the Times has sources not available to the President.
June 12, 2016
The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the savage mass shooting at an Orlando gay club late Saturday that left 50 people dead and 53 others injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. “The attack that targeted a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida and that left more than 100 dead and wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” the terror group said in a statement.
ISIS took credit for the attack via Amaq Agency, a news agency affiliated with the terror group.
Shootout with the off-duty officer at the club’s entrance
It tells nothing about what happened either to officer or shooter,
Orlando terrorist known to the FBI for years
The mass slaughter at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando was performed by a man known for years to federal law enforcement but whose connections to terrorism were found to be insubstantial, highlighting a vexing problem for counter-terrorism investigators and privacy advocates.
US officials, former FBI agents and counter-terrorism experts say the FBI retains significant data on people it interviews even after it determines they do not pose a security threat, and caution that spreading that information beyond the bureau carries with it a “profound” risk to privacy rights.
US officials have for years warned that so-called “lone wolf” terrorists, unconnected to established and monitored extremist groups, are notoriously difficult to identify in advance of an attack. But in the case of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, the apparent lone wolf was a known quantity to the FBI.
FBI counter-terrorism officials “pursue all possible leads and once that’s been exhausted, it’s closed”, said Erroll Southers, a former FBI counterintelligence and terrorism agent.
Yet Another FBI Failure
I have not felt right since 9/11. That did not have to happen if the FBI had been paying attention.
Now we have another FBI failure leading to the Orlando Massacre. How could the FBI fail to put the shooter’s name on the list of those whose attempt to purchase a fire arm would be stopped until an interview was held and approval was either denied or granted.
Like most of the departments in the Federal Government the FBI has become a disgraceful waste of money.
There are the remnants of a fine organization within the Bureau, but its politicization and bureaucratization have severely impaired it. This will continue under Hillary and Bill of course.
Respectfully, time to repost this…
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
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