Pre-dry wall inspection today. Plus, societal upheaval at every level.
Dropping Satch off at a friend’s house, dropping Tanner off at a tiny tots daycare center, then the wife and I will be touring the new build this morning to check everything out before the spray foam goes in and the drywall gets hung, taped, mudded, and painted in place.
That’s morsel number one.
Morsel number two, via the Daily Mail (and many other sources, including our own racist speculations): a State Department liaison told a Pentagon official that the President wanted a diplomatic scenario that would allow him to “repatriate” the “detainees” at Gitmo. That is, he was looking for an excuse to release some terrorists, to set the stage for emptying the Guantanamo Bay camp. Evidently, he thought the Bowe Bergdahl swap, in the midst of the Benghazi scandal he can’t seem to dismiss and the VA scandal that was still fresh in people’s minds, would create a fine cover for the real objective, which is closing Gitmo before he leaves office. Having released the worst terrorists, there’s hardly a reason to keep the lesser terrorists. Plus, Obama seems to think that he can declare a war over without the other side agreeing to any such thing. He turned down opportunities to rescue Bergdahl on the ground because he wanted to trade terrorists.
It was a political maneuver that backfired badly, and now President Omoper is lashing out at critics and having his unconscionably disingenuous mouthpieces put out preposterous stories that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if Obama followed the 30-day notification procedure with respect to Congress. Which only makes it seem to me that, even were this true (and I very much doubt it is), what we have is a weak-ass President who can be bullied by some tribal throwbacks. More likely, though, is that we have a malignant narcissist who thinks he can run the world much better alone then when burdened with checks and balances, and he really didn’t anticipate the blowback from this swap, because he didn’t anticipate (or even realize) how reclaiming a deserter (who may actually be a defector who helped target fellow Americans) in exchange for five murderous terrorists and senior Taliban leaders wouldn’t be the lauded PR coup he was hoping for.
The Pentagon says it was unable to do a full threat analysis because the deal was so fast-tracked. The Taliban is crowing that Obama has removed the military option, with a high-ranking terrorist telling TIME that hostage-taking will now increase — all because a deserter and possible defector who’d converted to Islam and wished to renounce his citizenship (the latter, before leaving his post), wandered out into enemy territory. Praise be to Allah.
Military officials were reluctant to engage in a risky rescue operation for a deserter. And a private intelligence company, who provided detailed situation reports to James Rosen of FOX News, has detailed intel on Bergdahl’s incarceration from 2009-2012, some of which shows his being caged, others of which shows him engaging in AK-47 target practice with his captors and declaring jihad against the west.
Our adversaries across the world are growing emboldened, from the Iranians to the Russians to the Chinese to the North Koreans to the Latin American socialist and communist countries. And why wouldn’t they? Obama’s foreign policy is capitulation and kowtowing. He’s a fellow traveler, albeit one who is “handled” by certain puppetmasters, which is why they treat him like the red-red headed stepchild of the cause.
On the home front, our border is now a refugee staging area for children rushing to make it into the country. These are “Dreamers,” we’re told, and can’t be deported — and yet they are a systemic nightmare intended to provide cheap labor for GOP corporate cronies and bundlers, votes and future dependency for Big Government Democrats, and stress the infrastructure, Cloward-Piven style. Obama’s real fight is not with Iran’s nuclear ambitions or the Palestinian government’s embrace of Hamas (and the correspondent refusal to recognize the right of Israel to exist), but rather it is with teabaggers — constitutionalists and the Constitution itself, and those who identify and categorize his various instances of appalling executive overreach. The IRS has been politicized and unleashed against conservatives; bureaucratic agencies have been given license to crash entire industrial industries and bankrupt several states, as well as molest private farmers and ranchers; and Obama believes himself above the law, with Eric Holder providing legal cover, radicalized courts rewriting constitutional law in order to nullify state constitutions, and a feckless GOP leadership hoping to wait all this out rather than risk a media backlash against it for doing its job and keeping this imperial dictator in check.
Plus, the Rockies have lost 7 straight, with 3/5 of its starting rotation and one of its best hitters now on the disabled list.
Other than that though, all is well. Except that I need to raise about $60K in the next few months to close on this house we’re building, and sadly, I don’t have access to one of them QE machines.
Which probably doesn’t matter anyway, because the stress is likely to kill me before then, anyway.