The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren’t the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar, but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate.

The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking to carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia’s elections, Turkey’s Islamist AKP Party purged the last bastions of the secular opposition and Libya’s future as an Islamist state was secured by American, British and French jets and special forces.

Time Magazine declared that 2011 was the Year of the Protester, they might have more honestly called it the Year of the Islamist. In 2010 the Taliban were still hiding in caves. In 2012 they are set to be in power from Tunisia to Afghanistan and from Egypt to Yemen. They won’t go by that name of course. Most of them will have elaborate names with the words “Justice” or “Community” in them, but they will for the most part be minor variations on the Muslim Brotherhood theme.

2011 will indeed be remembered, but not because of any Arab Spring or OWS nonsense. It will be a pivotal year in the rise of the next Caliphate. A rise disguised by angry protesters waving cell phones and flags. And clueless media coverage that treated Tahrir Square as the new fall of the Berlin Wall.

This was the year that Obama helped topple several regimes that served as the obstacles to Islamist takeovers. The biggest fish that Ibn Hussein speared out of the sea for Al-Qaradawi was Egypt, a prize that the Islamists had wanted for the longest time, but had never managed to catch. That is until the Caliph-in-Chief got it for them. Egyptian Democracy splits the take between the Brotherhood and the Salafists, whom the media is already quick to describe as moderates. First up against the wall are the Christians. Second up against the wall are the Jews. Third up is all that military equipment we provided to the Egyptian military which will shortly be finding its way to various “moderate militants” who want to discuss our foreign policy with us.

But there’s no reason to sell the fall of Tunisia short or the transition in Yemen. And when mob protests didn’t work, NATO sent in the jets to pound Libya until Al-Qaeda got its way there. Turkey’s fate had been written some time ago, but 2011 was the year that the AKP completed its death grip on the country with a final crackdown on the military, which has now ceased to be a force for stability.

Left out of the picture is Somalia. Liberals fulminated when Bush helped drive out Al-Shaab and its jolly Muslim lads with a habit of beheading people who didn’t grow beards or watched too much soccer. Any number of editorials complained that we had destabilized the country and that the Islamic Courts Union were really a bunch of moderates in disguise.

Sadly Obama has not been able to salvage the position of Al-Shabab which is low on money and has turned to forcing 12 year old girls into prostitution and torturing and murdering those who refuse. They’re also forcing the elderly to join its militias. But there is good news. Like every terrorist group, Al-Shabab has gotten itself a Twitter account and when O finds 5 minutes in between vacations and golf tournaments, the White House will order neighboring African countries to withdraw their armies and send in Al-Qaradawi to negotiate.

But even if the Islamists don’t get Somalia, they’ve got a nice chunk of North Africa to chew over, not to mention a few more slices of the Middle-Eastern pie, and Afghanistan will be back in their hands as soon as they manage to outmaneuver Karzai, which given his paranoia and cunning may admittedly take a while. But the Taliban are not big on maneuvers, they have the manpower, which means it’s only a matter of time until they do what the Mujaheddin did to the puppet Soviet regime. A history that everyone in the region is quite familiar with.

The ugliest part of this story isn’t what Obama did. It’s when he did it. If he really had no interest in winning Afghanistan, and if as he had said, the Taliban are not our enemy, then why did we stay for so long and lose so many lives fighting a war that the White House had no intention of winning? The ugly conclusion that must be drawn from the timing of the Iraq and Afghanistan withdrawals is that the wars were being played out to draw down around the time of the next election.

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  • randy

    Why did bush invade iraq and afghanistan.

    • Lillith66

      To steal their falafel recipe…!

    • 11bravo

      Afghanistan; was a reactionary invasion that we handled horribly. Iraq; was (like a dog showing dominance) was the west's attempt to take a dump in the middle of mespotamia whether Islam liked it or not…and we handled it horribly. Powell doctrine, you break it you own it NONSENSE.
      We keep doing things immorally for oil-can't stop the flow baby!! Drill here drill NOW!!! and the middle east will be a bedoin hell hole in 10 yrs-well more of a hell hole anyway.

    • Ordinary Joe

      To eradicate the Taliban and to establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Weren't you listening?

    • mrbean

      The foreign and domestic situations plummet has gone from bad to worse under Obama's watch. Is Obama merely incompetent, a man completely out of his depth who has no understanding of real-world economics or realpolitik, who cannot deliver a coherent speech without the aid of a teleprompter, who is compelled to rely on the advice of sharpers and operators, and who has absolutely no prior, genuine accomplishments to his credit outside of a capacity for political maneuvering, polished mendacity and, as David Remnick gushed in The Bridge, the ability to wear perfectly creased trousers? A community organizer as president? A feckless nonentity as Commander-in-Chief?

    • SpiritOf1683

      And why did we let your parents invade the West?

    • mrbean

      Why did randy cross the road? Give up?

      He had his p*&nis stucl in the chicken!

  • Anamah

    We sent them our las technology drone and helicopter… for free! So we would hope their falafel to be good.

  • Alvaro

    They are finally getting the governments they deserve. Very bad news for Israel, though.

  • Katharina

    Dictator Barack Hussein Obama and his Communist Democrat regime should be dragged into the International Criminal Court for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity. Where Obama's regime is supporting the Muslim terrorist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) which is suspectedly funded and supported by the racist and genocidal Jew-hating Saudi-king/Qatar/Arab-League (genocidal Jew-hating MB’s spiritual adviser, Yusuf Qaradawi is based in Al-Jazeera in Qatar, and the Syrian MB's rebel leader who's calling for mass murder of Syrian Christians is based in Saudi Arabia). Through these Muslim terrorist group MB & its other so-called Salafist org, the Saudi-Qatar royals/Arab-League have successfully overtook OIL-RICH Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia (and soon will be Syria – thus replenishing these Arab nations depleting oil, thus continuing their massive global power), besides Arabizing-Islamizing almost of all Mid-East. They also savagely committed ethnic Genocide by mass murdering and imprisoning ethnic African Libyans including women and children (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2065570/7… ) and sodomizing the half-African Gadhafi with a knife, and mass murdering his son and supporters when they were all War Prisoners under the Geneva Convention, including in hospitals, under the support of Obama’s regime! Also, these Muslim Brotherhood terrorists are committing ethnic Genocide in Egypt of the Christian Coptics! Obama's regime is also now supporting another evil Muslim terrorist Talebans by trying to make a ‘peace’ deal with them – imagine making ‘peace’ deals with the evil Hitler/Nazis through another Nazi!

    • 11bravo

      Kat; you sure are laying a lot of blame on Obama directly. I do not support him because I believe he is a marxist thru and thru, but this is a little much on your part-no?

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      …and you should add, crimes against the American people. What was Obama's reaction to the Fort Hood massacre? Remember–he said nothing about it for 4 days; this is after 13 AMERICAN soldiers are killed by Nidal Hasan. Hasan was stopped by a CIVILIAN police officer. B.O. should be prosecuted for crimes against AMERICA after he leaves office. Bush, out of office, visited Fort Hood BEFORE Obama did.

      • Ordinary Joe

        Obuma starred in a full blown memorial ceremony for the Tucson victims but said NOTHING about the Fort Hood massacre. That's when I started to hate his guts.

  • cedarhill

    This is about the only reason a person would vote for Romney.

  • 11bravo

    Just like the upper east side cocktail circuit thinks everyone thinks the way they do. The slick inside the beltway types saw on facebook and twitter what they wanted to see. They honestly thought "democracy" was going to break out in all these countries. And Obama placed his bet on that horse?? Think of how stupid the current administration would have to be to make a blunder like that with US foreign policy. The MSM is still hoping beyond ALL reason that these uprisings are going to turn out well. Think of how niave and STUPID you have to be to even entertain that thought with even a shred of international political knowledge.

    • mlcblog

      You nailed it, bravo!

      They are such fools.

  • Gunner57

    Obama is also a Marxist and black supremacist – black liberation theology. Gitmo is too good for Obama and his hate filled anti white racist wife.

    I'll vote for anybody over Obama.

  • koran kid

    Has anyone stopped to think that this is happening because there is no choice? Retreat and surrender sold as advancing democracy to avoid bankruptcy, which involves helping religious totalitarians oust secular authoritarians, is the political equivalent of scorched earth. It is cheap, it looks good on paper, it is easy to sell to electorates, and it's glam revolutionary. And it is the best way to preserve Western superiority, by helping potential competitors out of the frying pan into the fire, and leaving more protectionist elites to cut dirty elite to elite deals with in future. And in the same context it is a sell out to religious totalitarians living for free in Western countries, a sop, a form of easy appeasement to head off any confrontation, as they see revolutionary progress along religious lines at the old home which under dictator's didn't tolerate religious extremism. In short, expedient tactics in a well thought out strategy, that has everything it would seem from the short-term political cowards point of view. However, there seems to be one thing Barry and his muslim minions have taken a huge gamble on. The old secular authoritarian elites were all wannabe Westerners who mixed and traded happily with Western elites, while they promoted amongst their people a hatred of the West in general. Will the new religious totalitarians continue in the same way? Will they buy the guns and roses like the secular dictators? Because they really do hate the West, as they were trained to. Will they continue to cut the elite to elite deals with the Western secular democrats who cherish individual freedoms? Invalidatory, dear Watson, since all that's left in the West is a social democracy that can only mutate into national socialism to survive, and on from there along predictable lines. So looks like locked into secular authoritarianism at home and religious totalitarianism abroad, and since best friends and allies always end up fighting, we buy a little time living the lie before it all goes up in smoke. In fact, 21st century looks like it might pan out remarkably similar to the 20th century, for those with a memory and a love of repetition. Or running round and round in 100 year circles. So much for Western progress! We look no different to a mad dog chasing its own authoritarian tale. Which might explain why we toppled the Colonel. He looked crazy, but he got things done. And to those going nowhere fast, that is mighty offensive. But I did love the way the self-appointed King of Kings identified Barry quite accurately as one of his kind, a faux revolutionary of African and Islamic decent, but of course of inferior stature as a man and a leader, a cosseted young pup so to speak. Spot on! No wonder Barry wanted rid of that rude misfit. The Afro American has always looked down snobbishly on his dirty African brothers, when it comes to more than misty eyed romance. And wait until someone says no to the new Libyan crew. The military leader in Tripoli has already threatened to sue the British government for torture unless they apologise. I hope the French score some oil to make it all worth while. Anyone care to go in and and grab a few feisty women, before the Islamic veil gets drawn on the whole futile exercise? They make loyal wives, if you beat them regularly! Happy new 2012. Bring on the Mayan prophecy!

  • http://johnnyb93.blogspot.com/ John Bonanno

    The Middle East was never "ours" to lose. But it seems few in the West "get" the Middle East very much. If left to simmer in its own juices this part of the world cannot organize or cooperate to do anything but indulge in conflict with itself. Only intervention by outsiders creates any kind of unity and hostility to the West in these cultures. Only oil income gives these cultures the financial ability to fund disruptive movements. The best thing the West can do to make perfectly irrelevant the Middle East is to remove itself from dependence on petroleum. But there is little doubt that the "Arab Spring" was anything but a spring.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

      Quite true, the degeneration of Muslim culture isn't our doing. The Islamic revival has its roots in the 50s and 60s long before we were involved. The author of the article is right that Obama aided and abetted the rise of Salafi pro-Brotherhood factions. Still it was indigenous and growing without our help. Obama helped it come sooner.

      We certainly should free our oil industry to drill and produce to the max. However, that won't bankrupt the Arabs–there will be other buyers. They still have wealth that will fuel the battle.

    • Ordinary Joe

      Correct. Our only hope is that their debased culture dooms them to poverty and impotence.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The best thing the West can do to make perfectly irrelevant the Middle East is to remove itself from dependence on petroleum. But there is little doubt that the "Arab Spring" was anything but a spring.

      How about this instead, first stop Iran at all cost from getting nukes by swiftly obliterating the ruling Mullah regime and eradicating the nuclear weapons program, second while the obliteration of Iran's ruling Mullah regime and nuclear weapons program is still fresh, coerce or use overwhelming brute force or whatever it takes to confiscate the Saudi funded nuclear weapons arsenal in Pakistan and destroy Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, third outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, fourth seize the Mideast oilfields and confiscate the enormous unearned oil wealth of the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs, not out of greed, but instead in self-defense to stop the perpetual stealth global jihad and to render them into abject poverty, and lastly isolate the Islamic world for several generations until the ideology of Islam inevitably becomes discredited.

      Indeed, the world needs the Mideast oilfields. It has to have them, but if the current owners are going to use the oilfields and the money derived thereof to wage a permanent and perpetual jihad against the us forever, then we have no other choice but to act in our own self-defense by eliminating our enemies and seizing those oilfields and that enormous oil wealth as the spoils of war.

      • Arius

        That we continue to fund the oil producers that wage various levels of jihad against us is a symptom of our cognitive dissonance. My thesis is that the West is blinded by a self hating and self destructive elite that are in control, leading the West on its death march. We need leadership like we had in WW2. But with the leadership we have now I see no chance of resolute action. By not declaring that Islam is the ideology of the enemy there is no chance that we will get off the path that we are on. Far worse is to come.

        • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

          "We need leadership like we had in WW2."

          We need better. Remember that WWII was started by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. The agreed to invade Poland and split it between them. One of the perps turned on the other which help us defeat half of the totalitarian problem. However, we blinded ourselves to the evil of communism. This caused 50 years of pain, blood, and treasure.

          This time when the Sunni and Shiite fight each other let's remember than neither is our friend. We can sit it out. Or we can support one side but if we do that let's not imagine that the enemy of our enemy is our friend.

      • PhillipGaley

        Might I simply sum this up for you? In a word, conquest:

        With satellite positioning coupled with missiles, the barbarism here mentioned—and, many of its variants which are not mentioned—could be most easily brought down: commence targeting of key people and places on a time schedule which would inculcate superstitious conditioning.

        Afterward, you'd have to rule with a rod of iron—open up employment offices where what may be remaining of their present occupiers of leadership positions might apply for work to be done with tools having wood handles; turn the oil production and ports over to some consortium of companies; in a word, realize the elements of conquest.

        Whether nations or otherwise—for all time, the inferior peoples have continued only at the grace and allowance of the superior nations extended toward them. And upon this reason, the USA need enunciate no justification whatsoever before working conquest on any of these nations.

        And sure, people may die. That's a part of what conquest is all about, . . . Next topic:

        When the Australian general first encountered the Buin People, in the presence of their leaders he caused a pig to be shot, and gave them to understand that, if there were any more heard about eating each other, the same means of death would be brought upon them. And, that's just how cannibalism came to an end in New Guinea—the rod of iron.

        But, as the great retardant to decency, we are presently mired down with this crowd of corrupt cowards and crooks posing as our leaders—Chris Dodd, Charlie "god" Rangell and many other such whose vision and goal appears as, to die with wads of money and full bellies. The only grave problem to be dealt with then, is, our own lack of decent resolve in a dearth of worthy leaders, . . .

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Time Magazine declared that 2011 was the Year of the Protester, they might have more honestly called it the Year of the Islamist.

    Actually, you mean the Year of Islam, as the existence of Islamists, just like the existence of moderate Muslims, radical Muslims, and extremist Muslims, is a political correct myth.

    Not only that but the inevitable failures of Iraq and Afghanistan are Bush's fault and not Obama's fault. As both exceedingly counterproductive fantasy based nation-building missions were based on false PC multicultural myths and assumptions about Islam and Muslims and thus were preordained to fail from the very get go. I will agree with you, however, that Obama is largely responsible for everything else that has recently occurred in the Islamic world, because he appears to be even more mentally incompetent than Bush was if that is possible, as both liberal presidents are easily two of the the most incompetent to ever grace the White House.

    In fact, the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party today, when it comes to Islam and growing government, for all intents and purposes, are really two sides of the same incredibly incompetent leftwing coin. Indeed, today the official US position and also the official positions of both the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party is that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists courtesy of George Bush. Hell, that was one of the many ludicrously false PC multicultural myths that both of Bush's largest strategic blunders ever in American history in Iraq and Afghanistan were based upon.

    Meanwhile, our president and our federal government today keeps telling us that Iraq was a victory and that we are winning in Afghanistan, when the real reality is Iraq is one of the biggest strategic blunders ever in history, and Afghanistan is as well.

    NATO sent in the jets to pound Libya until Al-Qaeda got its way there

    Because of PC multiculturalism, you guys are completely obsessed with AQ and violent jihad only, which per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, is always conflated as being terrorism. While at the same time you guys totally ignore the prevalence of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad via mass Muslim immigration to the West, which is employed astronomically far more prevalently and in the long run represents an exponentially far greater threat.

    Indeed, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, since non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad isn't violent, it isn't construed as being terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, it therefore is free to manifests totally unopposed.

    Like every terrorist group, Al-Shabab has gotten itself a Twitter account

    I'm sorry, but that again is PC multicultural gobbledegook, as conflating what is really jihad with terrorism, which is a Western manifestation only that can only be violent, enables the many non-violent stealth and deceptive varieties of jihad to flourish today totally unopposed, at the same time it also blinds you and your readers as well from accurately understanding the true realities of the stealth global jihad. It also opens the door for other major strategic blunders to occur again in the future.

    But even if the Islamists don’t get Somalia, they’ve got a nice chunk of North Africa to chew over.

    Uhm…what the hell is an Islamist? Hell, they don't even exist, except for in the dark recess of the minds of people that have been incredibly blinded by PC multiculturalism like you.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    and Afghanistan will be back in their hands as soon as they manage to outmaneuver Karzai

    So what? What do we have to win in Afghanistan and how is lifting up our eternal enemies not exceedingly counterproductive? We should be rendering our enemies into abject poverty instead!

    Also, please don't say that Afghanistan will become a terrorist haven, as terrorism is a Western manifestation only. Not only that but the only reason the 9/11 violent jihad attacks were able to occur in the first place is because, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, mass Muslim immigration to the West, which in reality is non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, isn't construed as being terrorism because it isn't violent, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, it is therefore allowed to manifest completely unopposed.

    Thus, there was already millions of Muslims with thousands of mosques already conveniently living in America as a fifth column available to lend valuable aid and assistance, and assistance without which the 9/11 jihad attacks would have been completely impossible, especially since all of the 9/11 jihadists were foreigners and most couldn't speak English. Hence, if we really want to prevent violent jihad attacks on the homeland, the solution is simple, outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP. No stealth and deceptive jihadists living within our midst as a fifth column, means no violent or non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad in America.

    A history that everyone in the region is quite familiar with.

    Except for Bush and Obama.

    If he really had no interest in winning Afghanistan

    I'm sorry but that is utterly ridiculous. Victory in Afghanistan was always preordained to fail no matter what because it was built on false PC multicultural myths like the preponderance of Muslims are so-called non-existent moderate Muslims.

    then why did we stay for so long and lose so many lives fighting a war that the White House had no intention of winning?

    It's called politics coupled with PC multiculturalism and it is also the exact same thing that is rendering you totally blind as well.

    The ugly conclusion that must be drawn from the timing of the Iraq and Afghanistan withdrawals is that the wars were being played out to draw down around the time of the next election.

    Hey…I don't like Obama either but lets not go off the deep in.

    What that means is Obama sacrificed the thousands of Americans killed and wounded in the conflict as an election strategy.

    Yeah right! Give me a fricking break. If anyone is responsible for the thousands of patriotic American troops that were either killed or maimed and the trillions of dollars wasted for nothing, it isn't Obama, it is instead that other unhinged leftwing Republican RINO loon, George Bush. Indeed if it were up to me, I'd drag that moron out of retirement and throw the book at him and severely punish him so that these kinds of major strategic blunders never ever happen again in the future.

    The idea that American soldiers were fighting and dying for no reason until the time when maximum political advantage could be gained from pulling them out is horrifying, it’s a crime beyond redemption, an act worse than treason– and yet there is no other rational conclusion to be drawn from the timetable.

    You're right in this regard…Bush should be held to account and made an example of. However, there is another very rational conclusion to be drawn, but you first have to be rational to draw it, and until you manage to overcome your PC multicultural blindness, I'm afraid it will be impossible.

    Indeed, your ludicrous conclusions in this article today remind me of those on the left that were suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome during Bush's two incredibly incompetent terms in office.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    If the Taliban were not our enemy, then the war should have ended shortly after the election. Instead Obama threw more soldiers into the mix while tying their hands with Rules of Engagement that prevented them from defending themselves or aggressively going after the Taliban

    Uhm…the Northern Alliance or what are the Afghanis today that we are foolishly propping up are just as much our enemies as the Taliban, Indeed, PC multicultural blindness is a b!tch!

    I hate to have to rain on your ludicrous parade, but Afghanistan isn't a democracy. It's a Sharia state that sentences blasphemous apostates to death all the time even as we are stupidly propping it up!

    Now the Taliban are no longer our enemy and we are negotiating a withdrawal.

    That should provide you a clue about how extremely misguided Bush's so-called “War on Terror,” which is a Western manifestation only as opposed to an Islamic manifestation, by the way, really was. Indeed, everything happening today in Iraq and Afghanistan, like I said and have been saying for many years now was preordained, because all assumptions were based on false PC multicultural myths with respect to Islam and Muslims.

    Either we lost the war or Obama never intended to win it and was allowing the Taliban to murder American soldiers until the next election. If so we’re not just looking at a bad man at the teleprompter, we are looking into the face of an evil so amoral that it defies description.

    Dude…do yourself a favor. Seek help for your severe delusions. We lost the war, which was preordained to fail from the very get go because it was founded on false PC multicultural myths and assumptions regarding Islam and Muslims to begin with.

    But whatever motives we may attribute to the Obama Administration the outcome of its policies in backing the Arab Spring with influence, training and even weapons is indisputable. What Carter did to Persia, Obama has done to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and that’s not the whole of the list.

    Okay…then lets reconfigure American policy by dropping the incredibly misguided “War on Terror” and transitioning to a new policy of containment to contain the growth, spread, and expansion of Islam. The first step would be to stop Iran from acquiring nukes at all cost, which would amount to eradicating the ruling Mullah regime and obliterating Iran's nuclear weapons program. The second step would be to use coercion or force to either confiscate or destroy the Saudi funded Pakistan nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons program. The third step would be to outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. The fourth step would be to occupy the Mideast oilfields and confiscate the enormous unearned oil wealth of the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs, not out of greed, but instead in self-defense in order to end their stealth global jihad and to render them into abject poverty. The last and final step would be to isolate the Islamic world for several generations until the ideology of Islam inevitably becomes discredited.

    • Western Canadian

      We can only hope he shorts out his keyboard….

  • StephenD

    “Evil has a way of destroying itself, and in his own backward way, Barry Hussein may have helped save civilization. It will be a long time before we know for sure, but giving the Brotherhood what it wanted before they were ready for it, and before we are so completely crippled by the left’s political correctness that we are left helpless, may be our best hope…it is instructive to remember that there is a Higher Power in the destinies of men and that the aspirations of evil men to play at being gods eventually leads them to complete and utter ruin through their own arrogance.”

    Imagine if this is correct. We wait on the hope that his meddling in world affairs may actually HELP civilization. I do agree that evil men playing at being gods (small g) will be brought low. Eventually, the snake eating its own tail dies hungry. But can we take the chance and wait? I’d rather we get someone in office that has the balls and the knowledge of what our enemy is: Islam.
    Go Gingrich!

  • 11bravo

    We need a Manhatten energy project here at home. We have no green alternative at this time so we should stop wasting resources "producing" 70's era solar panels and windfarms and instead pour that money into our national laboratories to get to the next generation. At the same time we need to drill everywhere in the US, frack away, horizontal drill away, scrape off mountain tops for coal, and dig up the tar sands.
    From all the above comments it seems we need to flush the toilet that is the middle east and Isreal will be the only self supporting nation left. If Islam loses our 25% market share the price of oil will go to 20 bucks a barrel and we can get it here or there, and hold them by the throat instead of the other way around.
    Why we have not done this all along is a mystery, but when ALL politicians care more about re-election and their bank accounts than their country, this is what you get.

    • digdigby

      What mystery? Our leaders have been bought with our own money via Saudis etc.

      • Tanstaafl

        Too true.

    • mlcblog

      All that alternative energy still only accounts for about less than 6% of our operation here at home.

  • Steve Chavez

    I CALL THIS "PUTIN'S REVENGE!" Who directly and openly aided in the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan which was one piece of the puzzle that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain? When the Wall fell, Communists were the most bitter but none more bitter than OURS! They loved the Soviet Union more than their own country.

    Now Putin, and his KGB dupes from those same 80's that aided every Soviet move and which was directed by the COMMUNIST PARTY USA AND ITS FRONTS, TEAM UP WITH PUTIN ("No War On Iran") to defeat the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the whole Middle East with the destruction of Israel as the icing on the cake. IRAN IS WILLFULLY BEING THE PROXY FOR CHINA AND RUSSIA.

    BARACK OBAMA WAS ONE OF THOSE 80'S KGB DUPES!!! Read a very rare article he wrote and google "Obama Sundial 1983" which is all about KGB/CPUSA FRONTS. Since Obama's is hiding his school records, THIS ARTICLE shows that he not only sought out Marxist professors but the most radical and America-hating MARXIST STUDENTS TOO and all beholden to their masters in the CPUSA under the direction of their main front, the U.S. Peace Council which was an affiliate of the World Peace Council RUN BY THE KGB!!!

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Does anyone find it ironic that bin Laden won the year he died? He wanted America out of Islamic lands so that Salafi governments could replace moderate or western-leaning rulers. Obama presided over the killing of Osama just as he facilitated the success of Osama's dream.

    • mlcblog

      Possibly paranoid, definitely wild, but this idea does ring true!

  • Nakba1948

    "The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East"

    Who's "we"? You mean the rabid Zionists, neocons, chickenhawks, and defense conglomerates represented by the people who post here? Those countries weren't "yours" to begin with. Finally, Middle Eastern peoples are deciding their own futures, as they should. The real question is, can the American people decide THEIR future without intervention from Tel Aviv? Only time will tell.

    • Ghostwriter

      Do you really enjoy seeing non-Muslim getting killed,Nakba1948?

      • Amused

        You sounded half-way intelligent until your last sentence Nakba …Just REMEMBER -Israel will decide her own future too , not a bunch of bloodthirsty muslim jerks ….like yourself . BTW …nice name arsehole … live with your "disaster " ….you made it all by yourselves .[ and continue to do so ]

        • Amused

          oh ..and p.s. Nakba , while those peoples and nations mentioned surely have the right to decide their own future , but do they really deserve it when the DENY the same for their christian and non-muslim countrymen ? RABID MUSLIMS …wouldn't you say ?

          • http://callofthepatriot.blogspot.com HermitLion

            Hate cannot be reasoned with, but well said, Amused.

  • Arius

    The US and EU enabling the Muslim Brotherhood in multiple countries in the Middle East is the biggest strategic mistake by the West since the 1500's. Far worse is to come. The self hating and self destructive West will continue its moronic death march.

    • Dr. Bukk

      They couldn't let Bush be the greatest liberator since Charlemagne, could they? It all had to be ruined. All support of democractic insurgents in the region was withdrawn upon O's election.

  • Guest

    Don't call Obama a dictator. He will be subject to the law and every attempt to subvert the process from now on ought to be met by the highest criticism. Appearances mean EVERYTHING to a dictator. He is now highly suspect in on ly a few places….so YOU better make sure that everybody understands he's just a chicago thug politician. He'll be dealt with by ballot, and we'll damn well remember ACORN won't we? Ya know, I warned everybody I knew at the time prior to his election, but ya know too much apparently. Now you are given this president supernatural powers. Give it up. Watch the czars and polls instead!!

  • David Johnston

    Refresh my memory. When did most of the Middle East become your property so that you could proceed to lose it?

    • http://callofthepatriot.blogspot.com HermitLion

      Please study politics, diplomacy, and history up to kindergarten level, then come back to comment.

  • Amused

    PSSssssssst ! Daniel ……..we never had them . Lets just call it a case of denial Bunky .

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundimental change-as promised-must have included changing sides as part of the deal. The Middle East did not demand a Republic. It wanted a one time vote-just like the left told them they wanted.

    Meanwhile- a HUGE AXE is in the mans hands as WWIII gets the Red Carpet.

  • 11bravo

    A case could also be readily made that the Iraqi elections and some semblence of freedom and liberty shown on al jezeera inspired the arab spring for those with TV ipods and computors. Unfortunately there are a lot more poor sand farmer muslims than semi enlightened ones-and they won, and will continue to win ALL elections. The middle east is hopeless; but we gotta have the OIL!!

  • myohmy

    "no one knew who the Libyan rebels were"???? Don't be a naive fool…. Are you just lying about that or are you really so ignorant as to think our leaders are just stupid and don't have a clue about who these people really were? This is all on purpose, they knew exactly what they were doing… they lied to us knowing full well who would wind up in power…. And it's a pattern that the last 3 Democrat presidents have all followed. Do some research and stop trying to excuse the liberal left by acting like no one knew what they were doing. Do you think our leaders would tear down regimes that have helped prevent radical theocracies from taking over the entire middle east while not knowing who would be filling the void resulting from that folly? Ha. Stop the political correct insanity n ow… Get all progressives out of office now…. Both our political parties are guilty.

  • formationrx

    I agree. Here is my 2 cents : the destabilization of the middle east is EXACTLY what the western interests want. They have agents feeding BOTH sides of ALL these conflicts. The way in which you DESTROY all these areas is to get the people there to kill EACH OTHER OFF. Bombing is not efficient enough to achieve what they want. They will install puppet tyrants so the natural resources and all wealth can be DIVIDED up and PLUNDERED. The international BANKERS and CORPORATIONS will go in to rape, pillage, and CONSOLIDATE power. The civilian population will be put under DEBT control. Why? So we can EXPAND our EMPIRE and destroy more CULTURES of the world. If the people ever held any power in any of these conflict counties– they would throw out the Americans. This also has to do with running oil PIPELINES, flooding Russia with DRUGS, ENCIRCLEMENT of China, taking away civil LIBERTIES at home, and the rise of a POLICE STATE. The whole bloody thing is based on LIES and a FEAR CAMPAIGN.

  • mlcblog

    A case could readily be made that the rebellions in Tunisia and Egypt were entirely indigenous…??

    Not really. The American leftists, big names, were over there all along, been stirring things up for years, and I believe were instrumental in orchestrating the whole thing. An Al Jazeera documentary of inside the operation in Egypt was identical to the way things were run when I used to be a "protestor" (commie traitor America- and self-hater full of rebellion and filth like OWS) organizer. Their presence is well documented though not widely disseminated in the news.

  • enoughalready

    Bur we're not getting the oil. Nearly all of Libya's oil goes to Europe. I read where Afghanistan has just negotiated to give oil to China. I think it is worse than this. Obama has supported our enemies (not intervened in Iran and Syria) and betrayed the nations who had been supportive of us like Egypt. He appears to be actively facilitating an Islamic caliphate. He will not sign off on the Keystone pipeline thus making us even MORE dependent on Middle Eastern oil. U.S. dollars leaving to countries that hate us and use those dollars to fund terrorism.. Hmmmm, almost sounds like Obama is an enemy of the state.

  • 11bravo

    Like I said in a prior post; I have no doubt Obama is an anti-amercan marxist thru and thru. They should have known how badly for the US this would turn out-but from their bubbles they think this is going to play well with their base and possibly the US public-NOT!! These Chicago marxist really think they have a bunch of like minded people all over the country who think what they think.
    Also, all the oil goes thru OPEC so any country in particular regarding oil doesn't matter as long as the oil reaches world markets. These lefty whack jobs "really" think we can run the joint on windmills and solar. Go to the lefty websites they are all talking like 16 yr olds when it comes to energy. The plus for Obama is at least it will bring the US down a notch on the world stage if he continues killing domestic energy suppliers.

  • mlcblog

    It's easy to understand once you know that Liberalism is a mental disorder.