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Fantasy Warball

29 September 2014 @ 21:22

The-Jarrett-Junto-001f-275x166While this Administration adheres strictly to an Ideology that is a bad-smelling stew of Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, Alinsky-ism, and few other Nihilistic -isms, it seems that, when it comes to matters like War and Terrorism, it practices a rather amateur form of Improv.

The worst kind of improvisation is the kind that is not based in Reality because the audience can’t relate to it.  It is the kind practiced and performed by children.

Children construct fantasy worlds of their own that adults find hard to understand and the kids tend to expand upon it as they go along, making-up transparent lies they think will fool the adults in the room.

From Andrew McCarthy, we learn:

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.

It gets worse, because, you see, these stunted-growth juvenile delinquents can’t stop themselves:

You also got a smiley-face story about five Arab states joining the United States in a coalition to confront the terrorists. Finally, the story goes, Sunni governments were acting decisively to take Islam back from the “un-Islamic” elements that falsely commit “violent extremism” under Islam’s banner.

Sounds uplifting … until you read the fine print. You’ve got to dig deep to find it. It begins, for example, 42 paragraphs into the Wall Street Journal’s report on the start of the bombing campaign. After the business about our glorious alliance with “moderate” allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who so despise terrorism, we learn:

Only the U.S. — not Arab allies — struck sites associated with the Khorasan group, officials said. Khorasan group members were in the final stages of preparations for an attack on U.S. and Western interests, a defense official said. Khorasan was planning an attack on international airliners, officials have said. . . . Rebels and activists contacted inside Syria said they had never heard of Khorasan and that the U.S. struck several bases and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the main al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, Nusra Front. While U.S. officials have drawn a distinction between the two groups, they acknowledge their membership is intertwined and their goals are similar.

Oops. So it turns out that our moderate Islamist partners have no interest in fighting Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Yes, they reluctantly, and to a very limited extent, joined U.S. forces in the strikes against the Islamic State renegades. But that’s not because the Islamic State is jihadist while they are moderate. It is because the Islamic State has made mincemeat of Iraq’s forces, is a realistic threat to topple Assad, and has our partners fretting that they are next on the menu.

Meantime, though, the Saudis and Qatar want no trouble with the rest of al-Qaeda, particularly with al-Nusra. After all, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch is tightly allied with the “moderate opposition” that these “moderate” Gulf states have been funding, arming, and training for the jihad against Assad.

Oh, and what about those other “moderates” Obama has spent his presidency courting, the Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out they are not only all for al-Qaeda, they even condemn what one of their top sharia jurists, Wagdy Ghoneim, has labeled “the Crusader war against the Islamic State.”

“The Crusaders in America, Europe, and elsewhere are our enemies,” Ghoneim tells Muslims. For good measure he adds, “We shall never forget the terrorism of criminal America, which threw the body of the martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden, into the sea.”

This whole bombing campaign is a big, fat lie.

Andrew Klavan, correctly, believes that King Barack The Unready and his Court live in a ‘Make-Believe World’:

We got a taste of this fabulism in the president’s recent speech to the United Nations in which he compared the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horror show in the Middle East and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. As the president called for UN support in fighting Islamic extremism, he added:

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders.  This is true.  In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.  So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.

Now, to be fair, Obama did go on to say that the United States deals with its problems in a better way than other nations. But a puling moral equivalence that compares a dubious police incident and some looting with the worldwide jihadi onslaught or the imperialist depredations of Vlad the Impaler Putin is just nuts. It denotes a view of the world that can’t tell the difference between imperfection and wickedness, or just between normal and tragically bad! “As I denounce Jack the Ripper’s murder of women, I know my critics will point out that I leave my towels on the bathroom floor sometimes, annoying my wife…” To hell with the critics. Jihad is evil; sharia is evil. They have to be stopped.

I think it was this utter lack of respect for real life that made the president’s Latte Salute so egregious, so despicable. Leftists mocked conservatives for expressing disgust over this small incident. They tried to compare it to a clumsy but properly executed salute George W. Bush once made with a dog in his arms. And normally, I’d take their point. It’s wrong to pick relentlessly on a public figure’s small mistakes. We can all be caught out in bad moments, especially with cameras on us 24/7.

But no, I have to confess, this particular small moment did seem to me indicative of a larger dysfunction. It wasn’t just a commander-in-chief’s breezy disrespect toward the people he sends off to kill and to die. It was the arrogant action of a man who doesn’t know what’s important because he doesn’t know what’s true. He lives inside his own insistent fantasy world rather than the real one. In that goofy kingdom, President Stardust has decimated the terror threat — and the threat was created by the sort of no-goodnik American who polices Ferguson. In that world, sure, the dear leader’s chai is more important than the mere rituals of honor. In fact, you and me and the Marines and everyone — why, we are just wandering blind on this dark shore, waiting to join the president on the right side of history in the sweet bye and bye.

It’s unfortunate the rest of us can’t live in that delightful place of the president’s imagination. We are stuck here in the mess he has made of reality, with jihad resurgent and the last, best hope of earth growing weaker by the day.

Of course, as often happens, this pathological habit of refusing to acknowledge Reality spreads to others in charge of our Security, as we’ve seen regarding that Jihadist’s beheading of a Kafir woman in Oklahoma last week, which, as Darleen Click reports [and predicted], is being labeled by authorities as merely ‘Workplace Violence’ [Pop! goes my blood pressure].

It seems it was ‘Workplace Violence Weekend’ in the Sooner State, as Jim Hoft reported [tip of the fedora to Newrouter]:

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, a Muslim from Kenya, was arrested after he threatened to behead a coworker at the Bellevue Nursing Home. Muriithi told the coworker he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians.”

But all of this is just another chapter in the ongoing sad tale entitled: The Age Of Leftist Hegemony And Quisling Submission, as Roger Kimball points out [tip of the fedora to Sdferr]:

…After 9/11, President Bush assured the world that Islam was a religion of “peace,” ignoring the inconvenient fact that Islamic peace can be vouchsafed only when the entire world has been converted to that barbaric faith. At the end of the day, the options for non-Muslims are three: conversion, slavery (“dhimmitude”), or death. Which makes perfect sense in a religion whose very name means “submission.”

George Orwell was right when he observed that the first indispensable step towards freedom is the willingness to call things by their real names.  The cause of freedom is not aided when a director of National Intelligence says (and says with a straight face) that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a largely secular organization.”  Nor is it aided when the U.S. president, his secretary of State and other underlings lie about what caused the Benghazi massacre.

The triumph of political correctness has encouraged an epidemic allergy to candor.  The hope is that the embrace of euphemism will alter not only our language but the reality our language names. And to a large extent, it is working. Unfreedom does not become freedom by calling it free, but the misprision can help spread and reinforce the fog of self-deceit. Terrorism committed by Muslims is not Islamic terrorism but “anti-Islamic activity,” A Muslim Army officer who goes on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is guilty of  “workplace violence” not slaughter undertaken to advance the cause of Islam, etc., etc.

There is a sense in which the triumph of political correctness erodes free speech chiefly by negative means.  It promulgates speech codes, rules against “hate speech,” and the like, but I suspect that its gravest damage is done by instilling a timidity of spirit among its charges. A reluctance to speak the truth instills an unwillingness or even inability to see the truth. Thus it is that the reign of political correctness quietly aids and abets habits of complacency and unfreedom.

This atmosphere of supine anesthesia  is an invitation to tyranny. I was shocked to learn when at Winchester that Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, had actually introduced a bill to challenge key provisions of the First Amendment.  Yes, you read that aright. Democratic senators have proposed to gut the First Amendment. If passed, the provision would enable Congress to ban movies, books, and other forms of expression that bore on political controversies. Breathtaking, is it not? As far as I can tell from here, public response to this outrageous attack on free speech has been muted. Republican Senator Ted Cruz had the right idea when he proposed replacing the Democratic proposal with the text of the First Amendment itself. His clever rejoinder, however, was unanimously rejected by the Democrats at the hearing. The First Amendment protects free speech, especially as it bears on political debate.  But it is precisely such freedom that is anathema to those of our masters who prefer their citizens submissive.

It took several centuries and much blood and toil to wrest freedom from the recalcitrant forces of arbitrary power. It is a melancholy fact that what took ages to achieve can be undone in the twinkling of an eye. It seems to me that we are at a crossroads where our complacency colludes dangerously with the blunt opportunism of events.  Courage, Aristotle once observed, is the most important virtue because without courage we are unable to practice the other virtues. The life of freedom requires the courage to recognize and to name the realities that impinge upon us.  Day is Night. Peace is War. Love is Hate. Out of such linguistic capitulations, Orwell showed in 1984, totalitarian tyranny is born. We’ve all read the book. Have we learned that hard lesson?

It’s just another wonderful day in the Neighborhood…

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To quote another ditty: Stop the World; I wanna get off.

4 Comments
  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    30 September 2014 @ 01:14 01:14

    What I find interesting/frightening is their explanation of how Khorasan came to be. As I understand it “we beat the hell out of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan (that would be core Al-Qaeda) crushing them to the point that they had to fall back on their major weakness, which would be their nimbleness and flexibility and relocate to an even more chaotic and lawless area.
    Perhaps it’s a good thing this administration doesn’t like using words like victory, I don’t think I could bear it.

  2. Frank permalink
    30 September 2014 @ 03:22 03:22

    Please remove the photo of Mr Rogers from this post. He was a brave, virtuous and great American and does not deserve the association with our current administraton and the implied mockery the use of his image suggests. If anyone doubts that Mr. Rogers was a great American, watch him face down the US senate in a you tube video titled “Mr Rogers defending PBS to the US senate.” Regardless of any preconceived views you may have of Mr. Rogers, after watching the video you will only have profound respect for the man. Thank You.

  3. kilo6 permalink
    07 October 2014 @ 10:30 10:30

    So, is that skull in the Jarrett Junto logo a human or a Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) skull?

    Anything pertaining to the Ridiculous Rodentine Ruler (TM) of the 0bama White House is automatically suspect of having rodent origins.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      07 October 2014 @ 14:45 14:45

      Could well be, but you’ll have to ask The Illuminati to find out – and they don’t exist (wink, wink).

      On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM, The Camp Of The Saints wrote:

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