“The right to be stupid:”
“In practically his first outing as secretary of state abroad, John Kerry made some remarkable statements in a meeting with young Germans. The main thing being widely quoted is this:
“In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be,”Â he said. “And we tolerate it. Â We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that’s a virtue.Â I think that’s something worth fighting for.”
Of course there’s a right to be stupid in America! Indeed, just this week it’s been expanded into being the right to be simultaneously stupid and secretary ofÂ defense!” Â — (BCF)
Kerry’s Debut Speech Nothing But Hot Air & “Throw Money at it”
Secretary of State John Kerry pushes foreign “investment” and global warming action in a world saturated with Islamic jihad and totalitarian danger.–John Kerry’s Peculiar Priorities
Tonight in Roberts weekly segment on his Sun TV show.
Kerry, Hagel and Brennan: The 3 Stooges are running the country:
As the new Secretary of State, Kerry is boning up on Islam and has learned that it “is not represented by a lot of jihadists and others,” but is, instead, “a beautiful religion.” …More on the beautiful religion atÂ Washington TimesÂ via Mullah (or scroll down)
CHARLOTTE,Â February 29, 2013 â€• As the new Secretary of State, Kerry is boning up on Islam and has learned that it “is not represented by a lot of jihadists and others,” but is, instead, “a beautiful religion.”
But Kerry continued by adding, “I’ve been reading a book recently calledÂ No god but God, which is the history of the Prophet and where he came from and how it developed as a religion. It’s fascinating.”
That should be enough to immediately let us know the direction of Kerry’s tenure in his new position, a direction wholeheartedly endorsed by President Obama.
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What Kerry failed to mention is that the author of the book, Reza Aslan, is, among other pro-Islamic things, an Islamic supremacist. Had our president’s new global spokesperson read any number of other writers such as Oriana Fallaci, Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, Bat Ye’OrÂ or Brigitte Gabriel, to name just a few, he might have a totally different impression of the Prophet and his “beautiful” ideas.
When a controversial new CIA director, Brennan, who is just a confirmation vote away, joins his equally unqualified partner, Hagel, as Secretary of Defense, the trio will be complete and the image of the United States as a global force to be respected will be further diminished.
Meanwhile, with North Korea and Iran emboldened by the prospects of challenging Superman when he is breathing Kryptonite, Israel continues to be an island surrounded by a sea of hatred with little or no support from its once most reliable ally.
Obama’s timid, politically correct triumvirate will continue to poke fingers in each other’s eyes, step on toes at inappropriate times, set off waves of confusion and turmoil and generally muck up international affairs while the cartoon portion of the show fouls up domestic policy.
Sequestration will come and go, just as the fiscal cliff came and went. Within weeks there will be yet another crisis for Barack Obama to campaign about. Speaking loudly and spreading lies and fearful rumors is what Obama is all about. After all, somebody told him he is the greatest orator since Demosthenes, and he clearly believes it to be true.
Obama is currently in his fifth year of campaigning and speechmaking, which is considerably easier than being president. All it takes is a good writer, a teleprompter, a few lies and the ability to cry “wolf” every month or so.
The sequester was Obama’s idea. Some would have us believe it is not important whose plan it was, but that is simply untrue. Sequester was supposed to be an opportunity for the president to play Chicken Little as he so often does by announcing that the sky is falling when it isn’t. This time he mayÂ have played the game once too often as he is now being forced to back down. That does make it important.
In essence the sequester is about spending cuts, which they really are not, but that is what they call them. In Washington a spending cut really means reducing the size of the country from 57 states to its present size of 50. Nobody noticed any difference when we did that either.
Rather than take a leadership role to work on the problem, Obama chose to make it another issue for him to “fix” because of his overwhelming concern for the middle class. When no less of a journalistic presence than Bob Woodward called the president’s bluff, it set off a sidebar firestorm that has the mainstream media, the White House and Woodward still pointing fingers at each other.
Before long, in the persons of John Kerry, Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, we will have either Shemp or Curly plus Larry and Moe in charge of American. With the Three Stooges running the country, Michelle Obama was the perfect choice to present the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Award ceremonies.
Back in the day, a Saturday morning at the movies consisted of cartoons followed by a short comedy short, then a cliff-hanger serial. Saturday kid shows at the movies no longer exist, but they are still alive and well every day in Washington.
Woodward finally went on to say that if Obama is behind all the threats and name-calling that it is a “Mickey Mouse” thing to do. Ahhh, but what else would you expect from a Saturday morning cartoon show.
So far, Joe “Goofy” Biden has not become involved in the animated antics of his fellow politicians, but give him time, he always has a good quote up his sleeve when you least expect it.
The feature attraction is on its way. We already know what’s in the previews, Mickey Mouse and Goofy continue to lead the country while the stooges take their international show on the road.
Not to worry. Hollywood indeed made the right decision having Michelle award Best Picture. After all she is already living with the hands down, no question about it Best Actor.
Another cliff-hanger will follow next week when this one is over. In the meantime the country and the world will wonder what other Looney Tunes can come out of Washington.
John Kerry Learns Islam from Iranian Islamo-propagandist Reza Aslan
Secretary of State John Kerry is reading up, learning that Islam is “not represented by a lot of jihadists and others,” but is, rather, “a beautiful religion.” Hesaid thisÂ a few days ago in Berlin:
And unfortunately, in too many parts of the world, some religions –Â not –Â and I’m not just speaking of one religion or another. You have intolerance in a number of different kinds of religions or points of view in different things. I know that Islam is not represented by a lot of jihadists and others. I know it’s a beautiful religion. I’ve read more and more about it.
I’ve been reading a book recently calledÂ No god but God, which is the history of the Prophet and where he came from and how it developed as a religion. It’s fascinating. If I went back to college today, I’d probably go back and be a comparative religion major and a comparative literature major, because those are the things that help you understand what makes people tick and how they’re working and how they think. But the important thing is to have the tolerance to say you can have a different point of view.
What could possibly go wrong? This:Â No god but GodÂ is a whitewash of Islam written by none other than theÂ childishÂ Islamic supremacistÂ pseudo-academic Reza Aslan. Aslan is Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). In 2008, NIAC chief Trita Parsi sued Seid Hassan Daioleslam for defamation after Daioleslam’s investigative reporting exposed Parsi’s and NIAC’s deep and incontrovertible ties to high-level agents of the Iranian regime.Â Parsi lost the case, and NIAC was establish as a front group for the bloody mullahcracy in Tehran.
According to Iranian human rights activist ArashÂ Irandoost, “Trita Parsi contributes to the regime’s agenda and serves the interests of those in power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the Iranians, nor the Iranian-Americans.” And the Progressive American-Iranian CommitteeÂ saysÂ that when NIAC received funding for various projects from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), “NIAC’s projects were approved and welcomed by the Iranian regime.”Â NIAC coordinatedÂ its work inside Iran with Hamyaran, a “government initiated agency incepted [sic], initiated, founded and managed by the Iranian regime.” NIAC evenÂ lobbiedÂ the U.S. Congress to “stop appropriating funds for independent democratic movements and NGOs that were not under Hamyaran or regime’s control.”
Is it really wise for John Kerry to be learning about Islam from a Board member of an Islamic Republic front group?
Not only that.Â Reza Aslan has called for the vandalism of our AFDI adsÂ â€” that is, the forcible denial of our freedom of speech by thugs.
Is it really wise for John Kerry to be learning about Islam from an enemy of the freedom of speech and endorser of the “heckler’s veto”?
It is no surprise in light of Aslan’s NIAC connection that he has tried to pass off Iran’s genocidally-minded President Ahmadinejad as aÂ liberal reformer. He has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate withÂ AhmadinejadÂ himself, as well as withÂ HamasÂ â€” that is, with two of the most barbaric, genocide-minded and murderous adherents of Sharia.
Aslan has evenÂ praised the jihad terror group HizballahÂ as “the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon,” as well as the anti-Semitic, misogynist, Islamic supremacistÂ Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicatedÂ in its own words, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”Â Aslan wrote: “The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing.” He has not revised this view despite the Muslim Brotherhood regime’s increasing authoritarianism and brutality toward its opponents, or its escalating persecution of Egyptian Christians.
Is it really wise for John Kerry to be learning about Islam from a man who has praised the ascendancy of the brutal Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt?
Aslan also has numerous ties to Islamic supremacist groups in the U.S. that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. He hasÂ spokenÂ at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group, andÂ at an eventÂ co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of theÂ Hamas-linkedÂ Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and moderated by the notorious Edina Lekovic, the Muslim Public Affairs Council flack whomÂ Steve Emerson caught lying on national television, denying she was editor of a Muslim student publication that praised Osama bin Laden as a great mujahid. Emerson produced copies of the magazine, showing Lekovic’s name on the masthead as editor on the very same page on which the praise for Osama appeared.
Is it really wise for John Kerry to be learning about Islam from a man who cheerfully and repeatedly associates with unsavory, jihad terror-tied individuals and groups?
Kerry’s choice of reading material underscores a point I have made often lately: today’s public square is so debased and befogged with propaganda that mediocrities like Kerry and Aslan can rise to the top, not because of the quality of their work or the wisdom of their insights, but solely because they echo the acceptable politically correct opinions. The only ones who will be made to pay the price will be the American people.
One last question about newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
I ask the question in genuine wonderment. After all, there was John Kerry with that giant bull’s-eye on his record for giving outrageous aid and comfort to America’s enemies by, among other things, entering into negotiations with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in 1971. How does a U.S. citizen tapped to lead the State Department not have to answer to U.S. senators for such treasonous behavior while a young but already noted public figure?
He was never asked the question, that’s how. Kerry sailed, or even windsurfed, through his confirmation hearing right into Foggy Bottom with only three little dissenting bumps (no votes from GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma).
Then there’s John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director. Sure, the president’s counterterrorism adviser still sits unconfirmed on a hottish seat. But I would bet large sums of money that, whether confirmed (likely) or not, senators will never ask Brennan a single question about the gross misinformation or, worse, disinformation that he regularly disseminates concerning the nature and aims of Islamic jihad. Nor will he be asked about allegations from a credible source – former FBI investigator John Guandolo (whose special expertise is Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood) – that, as CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, Brennan was successfully targeted for conversion to Islam by a Saudi intelligence operation. And forget about any GOP pooh-bah being bold enough to inquire about the role Brennan might have played in 2008 as CEO of the security company whose employee helped breach the State Department passport records of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama – whose new administration, not incidentally, Brennan would join a few months later. Mum is always the word.
But Hagel drew the heavy fire. Why? Let me explain that, except for sharing with Hagel the goal of bringing home American troops from Iraqi and Afghan hellholes and excusing them from nation-building duties forever, I do not share much of the former senator’s worldview. But when I look at the red flags the GOP seized on and waved, I remain perplexed.
Take GOP concerns over whether Hagel received compensation for speeches or think-tank contributions from freedom-hostile foreign governments – financial ties that do seem to bind. Even a quick perusal of the donors to the Atlantic Council, for example, where Hagel was chairman, reveals troubling tranches of Turkish money coursing through the coffers, as well as donations from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and other countries.
I believe the appearance of influence-selling – or even simply taking bids – should disqualify all nominees from Cabinet positions. That includes Hillary Clinton when, in 2009, she came up for confirmation to be secretary of state. Hundreds of millions of dollars flooded her husband’s William J. Clinton Foundation, with many millions sluicing in from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and elsewhere, creating not just a “conflict” of interest, but total wars of interest for America’s top diplomat. Not to worry, said the U.S. Senate, voting the nomination out of committee 16-1 (Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana voted no) and confirming her 94-2. (Vitter and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina voted no.) Why was foreign money a confirmation problem only for Hagel?
Hagel critics also point out that the Pentagon nominee had alarming connections to lobbies of America’s enemy, Iran. And so he has. But Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and former CIA director, also has had troubling connections. These include a noted relationship with Hugh De Lacy, who was a Communist Party member with connections to notorious spies such as Solomon Adler and V. Frank Coe of the highly damaging Silvermaster group. Panetta also was associated with the Marxist think tank Institute for Policy Studies right smack in the Reagan ’80s. Such connections inspired not one peep during his 2009 confirmation hearing to become CIA director or, later, Pentagon chief. He was confirmed unanimously, no questions asked. Why?
Was it Hagel’s hostility toward Israel, so often expressed in language associated with anti-Semitism, that made him so noxious? Such attitudes, alas, by no means make him an outlier in the Obama administration – or in comparison to establishment Republican figures such as Brent Scowcroft or James Baker. His assent in an interview to a description of America as a world “bully,” meanwhile, is no more grating than former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s critiques of the Constitution in its pre-abolition days and of American democracy in its pre-civil rights days. Condi, of course, got a standing “o” last summer at the GOP national convention.
But Hagel, we were informed, closed his University of Nebraska archive to press requests for papers and speeches. I call that the behavior of a man with something to hide and, as such, a man who should not serve as Pentagon chief. But think of it: President Obama has prevented the public from examining items of even greater significance. The president has refused to release documentation pertaining to his identity, transcripts, thesis, medical records and senatorial schedule, offering instead that crude, apparently fraudulent online image of a birth certificate that no employer, private or public, would ever accept as proof of anything. And we just hired him for a second term.
More baffling still, the Hagel Sturm und Drang was all for naught. Some of Hagel’s noisiest opponents (Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina) voted to end debate on the Hagel nomination, thereby guaranteeing confirmation by a party-line floor vote.
So what was all that about? Given the hypocritical passes the GOP has granted other highly controversial administration figures, it certainly wasn’t about principle, strategy or even party coherence. Maybe it’s a sign of a party in search of a reason for being.