Friday, September 08, 2017

ISIS and other national security issues with Barry Jacobsen


Guest: Barry Jacobsen, political blogger and military historian........we will discuss the recent military confrontations with ISIS......North Korea is more dangerous than ever.......plus other national security stories of the week......

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July 2005: Remember the London bombs


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The UK has seen its share of terror lately.   

Back in July 2005, London woke up to subway bombs. 

On that day, London learned that the suicide bombers were not foreign terrorists but local residents.

This is what we learned about the killers from Daniel Johnson:



"One of the suicide bombers, Hasib Hussain, aged 18, had recently returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca, having become a devout Muslim two years ago and grown a beard. According to friends," he never came across as any sort of fanatic."

Shahzad Tanweer, 22, was a cricketer, who apparently told friends that he disapproved of the attacks on America of September 11, 2001.

A third bomber, Mohammed Sidique Khan, was married and had become a father eight months ago.

A fourth man, whose remains are still being identified in the grisly forensic operation in the subway deep below King's Cross station, probably came from a similar background." 



My guess is that most European leaders are scared that they may be next. 

Every European capital has large numbers of these young men. 

Every European country has mosques blasting violent messages to vulnerable young men like the ones who killed the innocent in London.

I guess not much has changed, or gotten better, since that July 2005.

Mark Steyn's "America alone": A great book!


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Once in a while, it's good to check out Mark Steyn's "America Alone" a great book.   Steyn called it correctly many years ago.
This is a serious man with a serious message about the threats that we face in the West.

Here is the bottom line:  The young men burning cars and attacking policemen in Paris are not going anywhere.  Also, our enemies are not going to cancel their plans to blow up a Western city because we check out and go home.


Steyn has a message for the West. Wake up and defend yourself because this is a clash of civilizations.



A brewing storm in Cuba?

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As we see in weather reports, Hurricane Irma is very close to Cuba and will likely cause significant damage. We hope for the best for the island, its neighbors, and Southern Florida.
There is another storm brewing in Cuba, but you have not heard much about that one. We see this from U.S. News about what we can call an electoral storm:   
Opponents of the Cuban government are putting forward an unprecedented number of candidates for municipal elections in late October, the first step in a process to select a new president after nearly 60 years of the Castro brothers’ rule.
The electoral cycle comes at a tricky time for the Caribbean nation as the Castros’ revolutionary generation dies off, an economic reform program appears stalled, aid from key ally Venezuela shrinks, and the Trump administration threatens.
The municipal vote, the only part of the electoral process with direct participation by ordinary Cubans, is expected to attract 35,000 candidates for the island’s 168 municipal assemblies. It will be followed by provincial and national assembly elections in which candidates are selected from slates by commissions.
 
The new national assembly will in late February select a successor to President Raul Castro, 86, who has announced he will step aside after two terms.
Raul, younger brother and successor to Fidel Castro who died in November, will retain a grip on power as head of the Communist Party, the only legal party in Cuba.
The elections are being cast in state-run media as a show of support for the Castros’ 1959 revolution rather than an opportunity to debate the pressing issues.
In other words, the Castro era is not going away because Raul is retiring. After the upcoming vote, it is very likely that these candidates will have a hard time being seated. Again, this is still the Castro government.
Sadly, we can say that President Obama missed an opportunity to demand something from the Castro regime. He could have demanded multiparty elections in exchange for an embassy or further trade benefits.    
We demanded nothing so nothing will change for the time being.
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Pres. Ford and those current historians



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Pres. Ford's funeral was a big history lesson: Don't bet your farm on current historians because they usually get it wrong.

Pres. Ford is now the great leader who inherited a constitutional crisis, made the difficult but correct decision to pardon Pres. Nixon and had to deal with a tough recession in 1975-76.

Back in '76, cynical Democrats accused Pres. Ford of making a deal with Pres. Nixon on the pardon. In fact, the pardon was not about Pres. Nixon. It was about the US and putting the Watergate scandal behind us.

Maybe he wasn't a Lincoln but he was a very good Ford!



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