Would you Have Gone Into Iraq ? - The Right Answer

The current "go to" question of the media to ask GOP Presidential Candidates is:

"Given what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion of Iraq ?"

From Jeb Bush, to Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz; each has offered the wrong answer. That is, they've answered in terms of what we "know" about Iraq's stockpiles of WMD. That was NOT specifically the question. The question asks "what we know NOW; which includes the undeniable incompetence of the Obama Administration and the Clinton State Department.

Accordingly the CORRECT answer is something like this:

"No, had I known that my successor and his Secretary of State would mis-handle the hard fought gains of our brave military; and abandon a struggling but promising Democratic State in the Middle East and encourage the rise of the barbaric group called ISIS - No, of course I wouldn't have authorized the invasion of Iraq."

When the interviewer tries to "re-frame" the question to focus on WMD; the reply should be similar. We could only go on the intelligence known at the time, similarly - the intelligence known when the incompetent President and  Secretary of State Hilllary Clinton failed to negotiate a status of forces agreement; was that the power vacuum left by a US withdrawal would lead to the rise of a militant force like ISIS. It is hard to foresee that a US administration could act so irresponsibly - but knowing that now - of course I wouldn't have authorized the invasion of Iraq.

After about three rounds of this - the question will never be asked again.

Isn't one of our guys smart enough to figure this out?

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Boehner to Hillary: "Release your File Cabinet!"

So now John Boehner wants HIllary to "Release the Server".

Every time I believe I comprehend how hapless the GOP leadership is; they go a step farther and prove to be more incompetent than I believed. 

This is as stupid as demanding that someone turn over a file cabinet that has been in their sole control for years, in hopes that the owner of the file cabinet never thought of removing incriminating files.

HIllary had complete administrative and physical control over the server. Any fool could delete what they want, keep what they want; then back up the kept files to another drive, melt the original drive, restore the backed up files to a new drive, then melt the backup drive.

In other words, an empty, or at least perfectly clean "file cabinet."

There is NO CHANCE that the drive that currently sits in that server is the original drive. Boehner is doing nothing but offering a life line. If Hillary eventually "turns over" the server; nothing will be found; and she and her cohorts will crow about another "vast right wing conspiracy."

If anyone was serious about this, and I don't believe anyone is, they would begin by...

-demanding she release "Email." That is, "Electronic Mail" in the form it was created. Hillary did not release "Email," she released printed versions of what she alleges are true and accurate printed text of what was in the original "Email."  Anyone with a text editor can open an "Email" file and edit or delete the text. The printed versions contain no evidence of such editing. Also, "Email" is often more than text. Various links, attached images, audio, and video files CANNOT be accurately conveyed in a printed version of an "Email."

-then, with a list of email addresses with whom she corresponded, demand (by subpoena if need be) the email records of those people. It would likely demonstrate almost instantly that Hillary's email evidence is both lacking in completeness and accuracy. Of course this could be done, in part with the "paper versions," - if the email addresses are accurately portrayed, but demanding the electronic versions will require Hillary to admit that after printing - she also "deleted all the other emails too."

In truth, we know NOTHING of Hillary's email. We don't know if she sent 30,000 or 30 emails. We don't know if she deleted 300,000 or 3 emails. We only know what she's told us.

We also know that she conducted all of her electronic correspondence through a private domain and locally run mail server - and we're to believe that none of the thousands of recipients, cc's, or forwarded recipients of Hillary's email ever thought it odd that her email address was not ".gov" - but "clintonemail.com".

Yes, we have a Government capable of surveilling every text, call, and email sent by it's citizens, but when it comes to it's own cabinet heads - the Government becomes Helen Keller.

 

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Theatres Fear Litigation - Not NorK Terrorists

Every major Movie Exhibitor in the country has stated they won't show the movie, "The Interview" after threats of reprisal were made public by pro North Korean goons. Subsequently, Sony said they were going to "pull" the release. No big deal there - no one was going to show it.

Much has been made about how Sony and the U.S. Theatre Industry bowed to the terrorists and allowed them to dictate policy. (Minor disclaimer - in my "other life" I am a contractor who has done business with 3 of the major chains)

What most have failed to realize; is that the Theatre Industry doesn't really fear the possibility of an isolated attack. Such an attack would be a remote possibility, and the ability to inflict real damage would likely be small in terms of both life and property loss.

The real issue is the potential tort liability. Should such an event occur, even on a minor scale; the ensuing parade of ambulance chasing lawyers pursuing "justice" for any injuries incurred due to the "brazen negligence" of the Theatre for not providing adequate security after a "known threat" was ignored - could threaten to take down an entire Theatre Corporation. It's likely that insurers would deny coverage for an act of "war", and courts and politicians may even pile on - somewhat like they did during the gulf oil leak - when all legal limits of liability were discarded.

Before we accuse the Theatres of allowing the Norks to bully them; consider the liability issue.

Also consider what you haven't heard...

That is any Federal, State or Local Government saying they would "indemnify, save, and hold harmless" all Theatres from tort liability arising from showing "The Interview."

Final advice to Sony...

Fight the Hack with a reciprocal "Hack". Release the movie to public domain. Make it available for free download and torrent sites. Heck even throw in a couple of trailers for up coming movies. It would then be seen by 100's rather than 10's of millions.

Just my two cents...

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Was Romney Talking about Nikki Haley ?

Last week Mitt Romney issued a statement that he would not seek the nomination for President in 2016. In that statement made the following peculiar statement:

... I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.


Many have perceived the comment to be a swipe at Jeb Bush. Perhaps it is.

I believe it's possible, however, that he may be hinting that a  plan to help organize a campaign for a lessor known candidate. I'm going to speculate that it might be South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. The two have a bit of a history, and her endorsement in the South Carolina primary went a long way to diminish Newt Gingrich - who was the "Anti-Romney" candidate of the moment - at the time.

Honestly, I'm a bit surprised that her name hasn't been mentioned more frequently with respect to the 2016 nomination - especially since Hillary Clinton is the presumed Democrat nominee.

  You have to admit - she looks good by comparison....

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There will be No Ebola Travel Ban - and Why

There will be no Ebola travel ban. 

Grudgingly, we must admit there may be some logic to what appears to be madness. The irony lies in that this administration is absolutely incapable of speaking truthfully on this matter.

The major conflict with an Ebola travel ban is that it would push those who sought entry into the U.S. into the already profitable and booming business of illegal passage into the U.S. The current policy of border enforcement results in dozens of illegal entrants being detained and housed in close quarters, in over-crowded holding areas. Likewise, these illegal entrants often travel in tightly confined spaces in overcrowded train cars, trucks, and cars. 

If the Ebola virus were introduced into the current illegal entrant holding or trafficking environments, the resulting rate of infection could grow exponentially.

While the idea of allowing desperate Liberians access to U.S. medical services via the airways seems intuitively absurd, it at least provides some ability to identify, track, and control the people who enter the U.S. from Ebola affected regions of the world. In the event that these people are forced into the "illegal entry pipeline" that exists along our southern border; we lose all remaining ability to identify and track potential risks.

Ironically, the reason that a travel ban is ill advised; is that our border policy has been deplorable.

In other words, "We can't lock the front door - because we no longer have a back door."

and ...

"We are way more vulnerable if Ebola comes in the back door."

Of course, to admit this unfortunate reality would be an admission that the current "open border" policy, and the push for even more open border legislation; are flawed at their core - and that's not going to happen. 

So...

Don't expect a travel ban, and don't expect a real explanation.

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