Thursday, April 23, 2015

Obama and the New War on Terror




The White House: Statement by the White House Press Secretary, " It is with tremendous sorrow that we recently concluded that a U.S. Government counterterrorism operation in January killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qa’ida.  Our hearts go out to the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qa’ida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al-Qa’ida hostage since 2012.  Analysis of all available information has led the Intelligence Community to judge with high confidence that the operation accidentally killed both hostages.  The operation targeted an al-Qa’ida-associated compound, where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy.

The President directed that the information being shared today, which was properly classified until now, be declassified and shared with the American people.  He takes full responsibility for these operations and believes it is important to provide the American people with as much information as possible about our counterterrorism operations, particularly when they take the lives of fellow citizens.  The uniquely tragic nature of the operation that resulted in the deaths of two innocent hostages is something we will do our utmost to ensure is not repeated.  To this end, although the operation was lawful and conducted consistent with our counterterrorism policies, we are conducting a thorough independent review to understand fully what happened and how we can prevent this type of tragic incident in the future. 
Lets Get Real:
When innocent people are killed in the new war on terror its a tragic event, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed.    The US over the Bush and Obama years have killed hundreds of terrorists with the use of drones, it has helped in the destruction of the old Al Qaeda leadership, on the negative side we have seen the growth of franchise Al Qaeda operations around the world and the growth of IS in the Middle East and Africa.   The US has to carry on with drones, it has saved lives, there will be tragic events as mentioned  above,  but overall its for the security of the West. 

Labour AHEAD by 3% - Election 2015


Lets Get Real:

This latest poll is in line with the YouGov poll that gives Labour 34% and the Conservatives 33%. Thus the prediction for this blog stands as follows, a Minority Labour Government getting around 34% to 36%, with 275 Seats, while needing the support for votes from the SNP. The support of the SNP might come to an end before the 2016 elections in Scotland, it depends if the Labour Party stands up to the SNP when it comes to cuts. One has doubts of that with Ed Miliband as the Labour leader. The Conservative Party after losing the election will have a leaders contest, to early to say who will win that, while the Liberal Democrats might need a new leader if Nick Clegg loses his Seat in Sheffield, lets see who is still standing as MPs before we can project a winner for that leadership. Nothing so far, even the SNP row has moved this blog from its original view, this election without doubt has been the most boring election in years.

Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Charity - Election 2016


Lets Get Real:

The Clintons through their Charity work have done a LOT of good around the World, the negative part is that Hillary Clinton is ALL politics, you do not need a degree to work out why foreign government are giving money to the charity, then want something, either when HRC was Secretary of State or if she becomes the first female President.   It is never good if your running for office to place a political target on your back, and you can be sure the Republicans will hit the Hillary Clinton hard over these allegations.   In recent polls the US voter has been asked if Hillary Clinton can be trusted, the answer was in the negative, the deaths in Libya, the private server and now this attack on the links between the Clintons and foreign governments.   If Senator Warren does not run given the Clinton negatives she has no future in Presidential politics, you must know when to run, the RMS Clinton could go down like the Titanic, the Republicans and the left wing ALL have an interest in taking down the Clintons. 

Can the Clintons be bought ? Election 2016


Lets Get Real:

Thus scandal comes again with the Clintons, the NYT has no love for the Clintons and wants a real left wing candidate to enter the 2016 race, the  uber liberal left want Senator Warren to run, she is the real deal with it comes to the class fight.   The Clintons have to come out fighting, they could lose the election well before 2016, other candidates might see the Clintons are the Titanic, holes below the water line, there is a chance that more bad information will come out, thus far the Hillary Clinton has not talked to the press, the press on the other hand seem to think of  Hillary as a celebrity not someone running for high office.   One can see even Vice - President Biden get in to the race, the Democratic voters in the primary fight want there to be other choices, if its only Hillary Clintons you are left with a damaged candidate, who is not supported by the extreme left of the party and is mistrusted by the press elite.    Its becoming a 60/40 that Hillary will be the nominee of the Democratic Party, that gut feeling is only in 2015, what will the Republicans do to Hillary through negative adverts through out 2015/16, also lets not forget the Libyan deaths and the private server held by the Clintons, there is only so much damage a candidate can take, Hillary Clinton is NO Bill Clinton. 

The Economic Plans of the Political Parties - 2015 Election


Lets Get Real:

No political party wants to scare the voters, thus you have the usual debate between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, less spending or more spending,  the Conservatives stress the economy has come around under their watch, low inflation, low unemployment, cuts in welfare, while the Labour Party stress that the rich have gotten richer while those on the breadline have lost out with the coalition government.   In reality the voter has a choice do you trust a Political Party that has bought the economy back to pre 2008 levels or do you allow the Political Party that spent ALL the money a second chance. If your wise you will conservative, safe pair of hands, do you trust the two Eds of the Labour Party, if you do you are a fool and should not be reading this blog.  This blog is for those with a brain cell. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

President Obama, Iran and the Oval Lies - Iran Crisis


Lets Get Real:

Thus the Oval Office down played the threat from Iran, while it knew that Tehran was only a few months away from the bomb.  This is typical of low level Chicago politics, and there is no cost to the Oval Office.   The US Congress should set up a select committee of Congress to investigate the relationship between Iran and the US, and what the Oval Office has agreed to in the talks in Europe.   It is clear that the Oval has been economic with the truth when it comes to Iran, it stated that Iran would take the year to to get the bomb, now they say a few months as they try to make the US Congress swallow the deal set up by President Obama.   It has been shown that when it comes to Iran that President Obama is a modern appeaser, the result will be a disaster, but by then Obama will be out of Office, the next President will have to deal with Iran. 

The THREAT of the SNP to the UK, Part 2 - Election 2015


Lets Get Real:

As a ploy the placing the political target on Labour and SNP has worked, a good attack, never mind the merits, works if there is a sense of truth to the charge, thus the double talk out of Ed Miliband every time the issue of SNP and Scotland comes up, the Labour leadership understands that it only gets back in to power with the support of the SNP.   This would be an ironic development as Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary and the leader of the Scottish Labour Party could lose their seats to the SNP.   How could Ed Miliband appoint Douglas Alexander to the FCO if he has lost his seat, of course if PM, Miliband could place Alexander in the House of Lords, thus he would get his Shadow Foreign Secretary back but it would not look good to the Scottish voters.   The last couple days has ALL been about the vote by vote deal between Labour and the SNP, the Labour Party should take the risk and state it will not govern as a Minority Government under the SNP supoppport.  Also if Labour is the second Party it would mean that it won less English and Welsh seats than the Conservative Party, it would be seen as a losers Government.   This again would not be good, as Sir John Major said this morning, the Labour Party would be at the beck and call of the SNP.   This would be a political disaster for the UK and the Labour Party in the long term, English voters would not be happy that they are being ruled from Scotland.