Lt. Col. Peters: Military Appalled at The Obama Administration’s ‘Willful Incompetence’


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Hat/Tip to Wanda Carruthers at Newsmax.

“We’ve a president so arrogant, an administration so arrogant, they think they know how to run military tactical affairs; not just strategic, but tactical affairs, better than military professionals.

It looks as if President Obama’s disdain for the military is being reciprocated, in other words, he is reaping what he has sown.

Military officials are appalled at the “willful incompetence” of President Barack Obama’s administration and its interference in the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS), said Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.

“We’ve a president so arrogant, an administration so arrogant, they think they know how to run military tactical affairs; not just strategic, but tactical affairs, better than military professionals.

“Everyone is appalled at the incompetence, the willful incompetence of this White House,” Peters, a retired Army Lt. Colonel, told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Monday.

Lt. Col. Peters isn’t alone in his assessment of the strained relationship between Obama and the military, either.

Peters said recent statements by Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both former secretaries of defense and directors of the CIA, showed they were “angry” about the micromanagement of the White House in military affairs.

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Speaking at the Reagan Library over the weekend, Gates claimed the White House was making military decisions based on politics.

“When a president wants highly centralized control in the White House at the degree of micromanagement that I’m describing, that’s not bureaucratic, that’s political,” Gates said Saturday.

Panetta, in his recent memoir,Worthy Fights“, wrote that he thought the White House was “eager to rid itself of Iraq,” and predicted the U.S. could be embroiled in a 30-year war in the Middle East because of Obama’s decisions.

It’s the ages old story of civilian authorities meddling into military tactics and strategies, which is sure to be a recipe for disaster. One only has to look back at Viet Nam to see the damage civilian micromanagement does to a military operation.

The problem went beyond the Obama administration, and included “lawyers approving targets, lawyers deployed with battalions,” Peters explained, adding that to win the war against the Islamic State, Obama must give the “strategic direction,” and then “let the people who know how to do it, do it.”

“I’ll tell you how you win it. You get the lawyers out of it. You get the politicians out of it. You tell our military, ‘Destroy Islamic State. And what happens in Iraq and Syria, stays in Iraq and Syria,'” he said. 

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Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’


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Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system.  Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy.  This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent.  You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image.

Nah, declare her ‘truant’ and threaten her parents!

Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.

“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.

Although administrators at Deal were supportive of Avery’s budding career and her new role as an ambassador for an international music foundation, the question of whether her absences violated the District’s truancy rules and law had to be kicked up to the main office. And despite requests, no one from the school system wanted to go on the record explaining its refusal to consider her performance-related absences as excused instead of unexcused.

Avery’s parents say they did everything they could to persuade the school system. They created a portfolio of her musical achievements and academic record and drafted an independent study plan for the days she’d miss while touring the world as one of the star pianists selected by a prestigious Lang Lang Music Foundation, run by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who handpicked Avery to be an international music ambassador.

But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is. The law states that an excused absence can be “an emergency or other circumstances approved by an educational institution.”

I cannot fathom why the district is doing this.  Perhaps it’s racism, or they think that Avery having this level of talent is somehow “unfair,” and she needs to be limited so the other kids don’t have bruised egos. Both ideas are common among liberals, so who knows.  What we do know is that Avery is now home-schooled, because the DC schools system, emblematic of liberal failure,  and even though they had the option of allowing her absences, decided that she was to be punished for her talents.


Slinging In The Rain


Slinging In The Rain

“Obama, with his presidency crumbling, is like a petulant child who wants to pick up his marbles and leave.” (The Presidency is Breaking Obama Even As Obama Has Broken the Nation)

“With multiple crises spiraling out of control around the world, stories about the Obama presidency are taking on the air of postmortems. What went wrong, who’s to blame, what next — even The New York Times is starting to recognize that Dear Leader is a global flop.” (The media is turning on President Obama)

“Barack Obama has played almost 200 rounds of golf, no matter what crisis is ongoing. During this vacation, he played golf during a Ukrainian civil war, a conflict in Gaza, the beheading of innocent Christians by the terror group ISIS, and a five-day riot in Ferguson, Missouri.” (Obama Vacations, Golf’s, While American’s Riot and Die Abroad)

Why would anyone dislike Barack Obama? Could it be because of what he’s done in the White House? As you get a refresher on the national nightmare that has been Barack Obama’s presidency, keep in mind that the biggest difficulty in compiling it was limiting it to just 50 examples of corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence. (50 Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong)

“Don’t bother me with this sh*t. Update Susan or take it to Denis. You know the drill.” Barack Obama

Though he still has a few friends in low places, Obama’s apologists are disappearing faster than Christians in Iraq.  When a Lefty is dissed by MSNBC, the New York Times and the French, he’s in trouble.  Obama, however, blithely plays through, duffer one day, dancing fool the next, treating the business of the nation as an inconvenience as he speeds off to the links or the bicycle path or the next fundraiser.

“Obama loves speaking but appears to loathe governing. Speaking is glamorous. Governing is boring and tedious. He constantly tells everybody else to ‘get to work’ while he is AWOL.” Eric Golub

After six plus years in high office, Obama’s qualifications for the job remain exactly what they were on Day One: a dogged adherence to sophomoric leftist ideology, a gift for teleprompted gab, and a semi-dusky complexion.  The preening narcissist who once promised to slow the rise of the oceans is flailing in the waters of his own incompetence, unable or unwilling to learn from his mistakes.  And he’s taking the rest of us down with him.


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Never Go Full Dinkins! Bill de Blasio’s St. Patrick’s Fail

A great parade where all everyone is Irish for the day

A great parade where everyone is Irish for the day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Today, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.  Here in New York City the big event is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade up Fifth Avenue.  (Former governor Hugh Carey once famously remarked that they “march up 5th and stagger down 3rd.”)


The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is not only the largest in the world but the oldest civilian parade in the world.   Politicians are expected to march in it.




The current mayor of New York City, Warren Wilhelm, Jr. (known by his stage name of Bill de Blasio) has refused to march in the parade.


The last mayor of New York not to march in the parade was David “Crack Epidemic” Dinkins (pictured here),


Former New York City mayor David Dinkins

Former New York City mayor David Dinkins


a famously ineffective one-term mayor.  During Dinkin’s reign of error, when the murder rate was skyrocketing and the city became the crack capitol of the world Dinkins fiddled while New York burned.  He was promptly defeated and returned to private life, a station he was well-suited for.


And now Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. wants to follow in Dinkins’ footsteps.


The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who even before he was sworn into office vowed to close the horse and carriage trade.


The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who couldn’t get the upper east side plowed during a blizzard.


The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who kept schools open during a blizzard.


The same Mayor Wilhelm, Jr. who  has vowed to close successful charter schools where children actually thrive and learn.  (Why does Warren Wilhem, Jr., hate children of color?)


Yes.  This mayor.


It seems that less than three months into his term Wilhelm, Jr. has combined the clueless incompetence of Jimmy Carter with the arrogant incompetence of Barack Hussein Obama.


Mayor Wilhelm Jr. will not march because a gay group has been denied a permit to march in the parade.


Will Wilhelm, Jr. skip the Martin Luther King Jr. day parade?  No gay group is marching in that parade.


Will Wilhelm, Jr. skip the Columbus Day parade?  No gay group is marching in that parade either.


I have a feeling that Wilhelm, Jr, like his famously incompetent predecessor Dinkins will march in both parades.


Why the double standard?


Could it possibly be animus against the Irish?  It seems that prejudice against Catholics and the Irish is the last remaining respectable  prejudice. And as a respectable prejudice our elite of course are prone to it.


Yes it seems once again it is time to shit all over the Irish.  Conquered by the English.  Subject to oppressive penal laws instituted by their English masters, the Irish emigrated to America where, they thought, they could live in freedom.


There is a phrase:  Irish Alzheimers, which means the Irish forget everything.  Except grudges. After being shit on by the British for 700 years we will never let anyone shit on us again.


So don’t march in the parade. Enjoy your one term in office.  We Irish will march over you and piss on your grave every anniversary of your death.


I could close this post by calling Mayor Wilhelm Jr. an arrogant clown.  A jackass.  A putrid fester on the body politic. A puss-filled scab. The answer to a trivia question in ten years.  A braying, cloven-footed beast.  A whore who was known as “Sloppy seconds Wilhelm” in school. 


But I won’t.  Instead I will close with a definition.


Full Dinkins


  1. The act of supreme incompetence and stupidity.
  2. An insult, usually hurled at a a politician.  (See Bill de Blasio.)
  3. The act of having one’s head up one’s ass.
  4. The act of being so unbelievably stupid that the entire world stops to take notice and thanks itself that they haven’t gone Full Dinkins.

Mayor Wilhelm, Jr., you went full Dinkins, man.  Never go full Dinkins.

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Benghazi Update: CIA Operators Requested Permission to Help During Embassy Attack, All Were Denied


The Benghazi story continues to take sickening turns, as we find out today that CIA Operators repeatedly asked to intervene, but were repeatedly denied.  FOX News has more…

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11. 

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” 

Kindly check out the rest of the article, as there is a great deal more information.

The long and short of it is this; there were CIA operatives were near the consulate.  They repeatedly asked for assistance, and assets were nearby.  And, at each step of the process, they were denied.  They might have been able to save lives, or even stop the attack, but they were actively prevented from doing so.

Is it just me, or has this story went from lying to hide incompetence, and it is now lying to hide intentionally getting people killed?


Blog Focus: Intent vs. Incompetence


As many readers know, I often get hung up on the idea that the Administration is either intentionally destroying the country, or they are hopelessly naïve and incompetent.  I have the basic belief that most, if not all behavior is goal directed.  We all do things that are pointed at achieving something.   However, the screw-ups of the current administration have caused me to question that belief.  As the errors and gaffes of this administration multiply, it becomes more and more difficult to determine exactly what the administration is doing.

However, I am apparently not the only person asking that question.  The Reaganite Republican and Michael from Jumping in Pools have debated the issue.  Here are excerpts from both sides.

First up: Reaganite Republican…

Obama “Incompetence”-

All Part of the Plan

Turns-out he road to Hell is paved with propaganda…

speciously portrayed as good intentions

Taking advantage of Americans’ propensity to back an underdog who at least seems to be giving it the ole college try, Obama still stumbles from failure-to-gaff-to-failure as he continues to play the idealistic, well-intending rookie manager. Didn’t everybody root for Frank Robinson when he took the helm of the ’75 Indians… fending-off mean ole racists like Gaylord Perry in the process?

Meanwhile -and by design- a grinning Obama steamrolls our society flat so he and other “progressives” can replace all he was raised to despise. The C’mon, let’s all root for Barry spiel relentlessly pounded into our skulls by the MSM has propped-up at least some support… but it’s surprising even 40%could still tolerate such apparent incompetence… most thinking people have seen quite enough.

Whether or not Obama actually has the ability to do a better job of managing our economy, internal social conflicts, immigration issues, diplomacy, and defense rather than exacerbating   problems -as he is now- is surely open to debate. While the results are for the most part dreadful, is he just making some typical rookie mistakes, able to adjust and pivot? Or is he in wayover his head? Does this most inexperienced executive even have the necessary skills to get it together?

Kindly go to Reaganite Republican to read the rest of his side of the argument.

Next up: Michael from Jumping in Pools

President Obama is Simply Incompetent

To say that the President hasn’t erred in his time in office would be to throw away sense. His rebuffs of our Israeli allies, the mishandling of several economic factors, especially deficit spending, promises broken, and his misunderstanding of foreign policy cannot be denied. But a larger question arises out of all of this: is our 44th President making mistakes to further a liberal agenda (which, of course, means that they are not mistakes at all), or is he simply incompetent and inexperienced? I believe the truth to be the latter.

To me, it seems clear that while the President constantly makes mistakes, there seems to be no method to his madness. Instead, his mishandling of the simplest things paints the picture of a man over his head who just doesn’t know how to get things done. Simply, President Obama does not know what he is trying to do. His whims seem to change quickly and markedly. It seems that he is trying to do what he thinks is right, but he is too inconsistent and naïve to accomplish anything.

Evidence of his fumblings and waffling abounds, in plain sight for anyone to see. For example, exclaiming as a candidate that he would treat Israel as a top ally and friend, then snubbing Netanyahu several times and publicly lambasting the nation over West Bank settlements. His promise to close Guantanamo Bay within a year was (thankfully) broken. His pledge for comprehensive immigration reform has been mostly disregarded. His declaration that “no amount of American lives” could solve the war, then claiming the victory is thanks to him. His support for a public option in health care, then his stance against it, then his want for it, then his compromise against it…these tell me that this President is simply ignorant of realities on the ground and around him.

Kindly visit Jumping in Pools to read the rest of Michael’s argument.

I think both arguments are very good, and make excellent points.  However, I now think the actual truth is really a synthesis of both.

We know that Obama is a “progressive.”  He has openly stated that he intends on a “fundamental transformation” of the United States.  We also know that as a “progressive,” he is a proponent of statist policies.  So, when we see every initiative from his administration being about increasing government control, it should not come as a surprise.

His appointees are also an indication of his thinking.  While Obama at least pretends to be more of a centrist, Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, Kevin Jennings, John Holdren, Van Jones, and a host of others, all hold extremely radical views.  If Obama did not support those views, he would not have appointed them.  This is, basically, Obama playing rope a dope with the public. When you look at what the left hand is doing, the right hand is about to clobber you.

I do believe that he has an agenda.  It’s disjointed, lurching here and there and being delayed and compromised by the political process (and all of the arm twisting and influence peddling required).  He has ObamaCare. He got (un)financial reform.  He got the Porkulus.   He’s still trying to find a way to get Cap and Trade and Card Check, but he’s stalled, at least for now.  For all of its perils, that agenda is moving forward.

There is also a strong case for stating that Obama is incompetent.  I do think that there are several reasons for that.  One is that Obama is a community organizer.  According to Alinsky, there is no truth, other than what is portrayed in the current effort.  So, if Obama is contradicting himself on a regular basis, it is because the situation is different, so the narrative is different.  For a community organizer, winning is the only goal, and process takes on whatever needs to be done to achieve that.  So, while Obama has an agenda, the course and narrative to arrive at each point will vary widely, and change whenever it’s needed.  This meadering will cause the appearance of incompetence.  To a great extent, it is, without an overall narrative, incompetence, as there is not a coherent message.

Another deals with the word I often, use; naiveté.  Obama, as I’ve said, is a statist.  Much of his ideology is derived from Marxism.  That system is completely based in unreality.  If fails everywhere it’s been tried, So, when the Porkulus doesn’t create jobs, and ObamaCare does exactly what we said it would, and people run away from their agenda, it is incompetence.  They may have actually thought that these things would have worked.  So, when these things fail, as usual, they propose more and more of the same.

The wildcard in this all is Cloward-Piven.  As we all know, laws and regulations will be passed in order to cause a crisis.  Once the crisis hits, more government will be the solution.  The real question is, when does the incompetence end and the Cloward-Piven begin?  We never will know.  It’s easy to say that almost anything he does is Cloward-Piven, as nothing he proposes will ever work.  It simply can’t.  They all will, in the end, cause more crises, prompting our leftist friends to propose more failed solutions.  The pattern, unless disrupted, will be never ending.

So, I’d like to thank both Reaganite Republican and Micheal.  You both made me think, and that is always a good thing.