Terrorism And Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s strategy entering the 2016 presidential race was to run as the demonstrated anti-establishment candidate based on his long record taking on the GOP establishment in the Senate. However, two non-politicians – real estate magnate Donald Trump and surgeon Ben Carson – flanked Cruz and took the early support of the anti-establishment vote.

Cruz has waiting for voter infatuation with Trump and Carson to fade due to their inexperience and ignorance about many substantive issues. That patience may be paying off. It appears that the reemergence of terrorism as a top political issue and Ben Carson’s cluelessness concerning foreign policy are shifting Carson voters to Ted Cruz in Iowa and maybe nationally.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to local residents during a fundraising picnic for the Iowa Republican Party, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Keep an eye on Iowa for further movement over the next few weeks.

Only the most dedicated voters generally show up at the Hawkeye state caucuses in the dead of winter and Cruz has been assiduously courting these hardcore voters and the GOP leaders they respect. Iowa GOP Representative Steve King and influential radio host Steve Deace have already endorsed Cruz and the Texas Senator appears to a be a favorite of Iowa GOP kingmaker, Bob Vander Plaats. If he secures all three endorsements, Cruz could pull off the upset in Iowa.

UPDATE: On the left, even MSNBC is beginning to take notice.

UPDATE TWO: As of November 24, Cruz is tied with Trump in the new Quinnipiac polling. ABC reports:

Last month at an old-fashioned soda counter in Sidney, Iowa, the senator was greeted by a Vietnam veteran who told him, “I voted for Obama for change. Now all I got is change. That’s why I am voting for you.”

UPDATE THREE: Popularity draws media coverage. Yahoo News offers this lengthy biography of Cruz.


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How Not To Fight The War With Islamic Fascism

Stephen Hayes and Thomas Jocelyn of the Weekly Standard offered a lengthy and detailed indictment of how the Obama administration systematically ignored reality and is losing the war with Islamic fascism. One of the more damning passages describes how President-elect Obama blithely dismissed his Iraq commander, General Petreaus’s intelligence briefing concerning al Qaeda in Iraq:

Four months before he was elected president, Obama traveled to Iraq for briefings on the war he had long opposed. He met with General David Petraeus, who was then seeking to consolidate U.S. and coalition gains resulting from the surge in American forces and the Anbar Awakening. When Petraeus insisted that Iraq, not Afghanistan, was the central front in the war against al Qaeda, Obama challenged him, arguing that Al Qaeda in Iraq—the organization that would grow to become ISIS—had little ambition or reach beyond Iraq.

According to an account of the meeting in The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, by New York Times correspondent Michael Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor, Obama questioned “whether al Qaeda in Iraq presented a threat to the United States.” He said: “If AQI has morphed into a kind of mafia then they are not going to be blowing up buildings.” Petraeus pointed to an attempted attack in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2007, as an example of AQI’s reach and expressed concern about “the potential of AQI to expand its influence to Syria and Lebanon.” Obama was unmoved. “The al Qaeda leadership is not here in Iraq. They are there,” Obama said, pointing to Pakistan on a map.

It was an instructive exchange. Obama, a first-term senator with no experience in military or intelligence matters, challenged the general who had beaten back a jihadist insurgency in Iraq, led a remarkable turnaround in the country, and was a leading figure in America’s broader war on terror. The assessments Petraeus offered were based on years of personal experience guiding U.S. troops against jihadist armies generally, and Al Qaeda in Iraq specifically, and they were bolstered by mountains of intelligence reporting on the enemy, its objectives, and its practices.

Obama simply thought he knew better. His challenge wasn’t based on facts that contradicted Petraeus, or on facts at all. Rather, Obama made a series of assertions based on nothing more than his long-held conviction that Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror. And when he was presented with evidence that contradicted his thesis, Obama simply set it aside and restated his own view. It’s a pattern that would play out repeatedly throughout his presidency.

Read the entire essay and shake your head.

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Believe It Or Not – The Muslim Extremist Edition

You will not believe who the Democrats have enlisted to defend their politically correct refusal to use the term “Muslim” to describe Muslim terrorist groups…George W. Bush!

The DNC actually spent money producing this commercial starring Dubya:

I seem to recall that, not so long ago, these same Democrats were comparing Dubya to Hitler.

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The Beginning Of The End

Insurers selling plans on the Obamacare exchanges have been suffering billions of dollars of losses because the folks signing up for this expensive government designed insurance are disproportionately unhealthy and sick and there are not enough healthy people signing up to pay the bills.

The taxpayer subsidized Obamacare co-op insurers are rapidly going out of business and sticking the rest of us with their bills.

Most private insurers have tried to return to the black by spiking premiums by roughly a fifth. I am unsure, though, how insurers expect these price to convince more healthy people to sign up.

America’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, is simply cutting its half billion dollar losses and is reportedly set to stop selling insurance on the government exchanges.

This is the end, my only friend, the end, of our elaborate plans, the end…

UPDATE: Megan McCardle reports that many of the losses suffered by the insurers are because, during the course of a coverage year, healthy people stop paying their premiums during the year while others sign on when they get sick.

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Remember Those “Melting” Ice Caps?

One of the favorite anecdotes offered by faithful to demonstrate that human CO2 emissions are warming the planet is to observe that the polar ice caps are melting.

Like most of the manmade global warming mythology, this observation would be wrong.


Newsweek reported today that Antarctic ice has actually been expanding non-stop since 1992:

A team of researchers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland in College Park and Maryland-based engineering firm Sigma Space Corporation analyzed satellite data and found that the continent gained 112 billion tons of ice per year from 1992 to 2001. But then that rate slowed down, to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.

This news comes on the heels of a NASA report that, after a brief retreat between 2005 and 2012, Arctic ice has expanded to a point larger than in 1979:

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.

I guess our expanding ice caps are prima facie evidence of global cooling.

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Lies And Obstruction Of Justice: The Climate Edition


We have recently discovered that government agencies statistically manipulate nearly all the temperature data that they provide to us and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently claimed that world temperatures have been rising over the past two decades when all the raw data show they have not.

Congress finally decided to investigate this likely fraud and subpoenaed NOAA’s internal emails and documents related to this claim. Taking a page from the rest of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, NOAA is refusing to comply with the subpoena, stating:

“Because the confidentiality of these communications among scientists is essential to frank discourse among scientists, those documents were not provided to the Committee. It is a long-standing practice in the scientific community to protect the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions.”


Both science and our government are supposed to be transparent and their deliberations open to the public.

Nothing reinforces an impression of fraud like hiding the evidence from the public.

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Lies, Obstruction Of Justice And Benghazi

If you are relying on the Democrat news media for your information concerning yesterday’s hearing of the Benghazi select committee, you are being told that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kept her cool under withering partisan attacks from congressional Republicans intent on derailing her presidential campaign. You will learn virtually nothing about the actual evidence presented and testimony received over the eleven hour hearing. Here is a summary of the highlights.

1) Congress and multiple courts have subpoenaed or ordered Hillary Clinton to produce her work related emails from her time as Secretary of State. Yesterday, we learned that Hillary Clinton considers “work related emails” to be those to or from a government official and attempted to destroy all other emails regardless of whether they pertained to her work at State. This is potential felony obstruction of justice.

2) Clinton and the State Department have disclosed a high volume of Clinton emails from the period where the US supported regime change in Libya and a miniscule number of emails from the period leading up to the al Qaeda attack on our consulate in Benghazi. This means that either Clinton was AWOL after she sent Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff into the al Qaeda controlled nation or she destroyed these emails and committed the felony of obstruction of justice.

3) When asked if she would agree to allow a neutral third party review the emails which she ineptly tried and failed to delete on her server, Clinton refused to answer.

4) Over two years after the fact, State disclosed hundreds more emails from Ambassador Stevens and, to date, we know that Stevens begged for security over 600 times. Clinton incredibly claims that no one at State ever told her that Stevens was requesting additional security. This means her Libya team was utterly incompetent or Clinton is lying again.

5) Previously, we learned that this was an al Qaeda attack, the people on the ground knew and reported it as an al Qaeda attack, the CIA reported it as an al Qaeda attack, the State Department emailed CIA they did not think the agency report properly reflected the “equities of the situation,” and eventually the intelligence community estimate was rewritten by someone to report a demonstration caused by a video which never occurred. Clinton, Obama and Rice repeated the demonstration lie for weeks and later claimed that they received this story from the intelligence community.

6) At the hearing yesterday, the GOP revealed two bombshells – an email from Clinton to her family that night reporting an attack by an “al Qaeda-like” group killed the ambassador and another communication to Egypt the next day stating that the video had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack.

However, she issued a press release to the American people at the same time (while the CIA operatives on the scene were still fighting for their lives under al Qaeda attack) blaming Steven’s death on a video.

Clinton had no answer for these documents apart from dissembling about how the situation was fluid.

You can see the exchange here:

These documents put the lie to claim that Clinton/Obama/Rice were relying on an intellgience report. Clinton knew immediately that this was an al Qaeda attack and immediately fabricated and issued the video lie while men were still fighting and dying under al Qaeda attack defending the CIA compound in Benghazi. BTW, the CIA operators’ story of that night in Benghazi will be told in a major motion picture entitled 13 Hours next year.

What we still do not know is who rewrote the intelligence estimate to insert the demonstration lie. Given that Clinton issued the first known version of this lie, she was almost certainly involved.

Finally, it will be interesting to compare the transcripts from this hearing to those of previous hearings to determine is she committed perjury and further obstruction of justice.

UPDATE: Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has been reporting on this story from the beginning and give a good summary of what he observed at the hearing on a podcast.

UPDATE TWO: Andrew McCarthy of National Review details the Benghazi timeline to provide context for Clinton’s lies.

UPDATE THREE: Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard provides an in-depth analysis of the GOP Q&A and Clinton’s answers.

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