About that Red Line, Mr. President

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Remember back in the midst of the 2012 presidential election cycle when President Barack Obama in his quest for re-election stood up before the whole world and drew a red line in the sand and dared Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad to cross it?

What did Assad do?

He crossed it of course.

Then remember how the President tried to back away and disclaim responsibility for the red line?

Speaking at a news conference in Sweden back on September 4, 2013 had this to say:

“It’s not my red line.”

The President then went on to say, “I didn’t set a red line, the world did…This debate is about the world’s red line. It’s about humanity’s red line…about Congress’s own red line.”

It all had to do with the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on its own people.

Russia rode in like a knight on a white horse to save the President from having to back up his threat to Syria crossing his red line.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 12, 2013 proposed and Syria’s embattled President Bashar al Assad apparently agreed to placing the chemical weapons stockpile under the control and direct supervision of the international community.

With the proposal on the table, Obama while stating the US had a moral obligation to punish the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons, called on Congress not to vote on his request for authorization of use of force until the diplomatic solution from Putin played out.

Putin, Assad and even the United Nations watchdog pronounced to the world months later that Syria had turned over all its chemical weapons. The regime no longer had the capability of using these banned weapons on its own people.

Skip ahead to the past couple of months and even this week.

For at least the fifth time, the Syrian regime has used chemicals on its own people. The latest attack this week was the use of chlorine gas. There have been three other instances of chlorine gas attacks, one attack of mustard gas and one of Sarin, which have been documented.

All of these since supposedly Syria gave up its chemical stockpiles.

Yet the media is not saying much about it. Not just in the US of A, but in Europe there is little outcry about the blatant disregard once more to the President’s red line.

Shame once more, Mr. President. Over and over, your policies have allowed innocents to die at the hands of a madman.

On Thursday, Mr. President, you received a letter from 29 of 35 doctors left in the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria asking the US to provide safety to medical facilities which are attacked every 17 hours not by just the Syrian regime, but by Russian forces backing Assad.

The White House merely acknowledged it received the letter – but nothing more.

Like your red line, Mr. President, apparently this humanitarian crisis will also be ignored.

From the Cornfield, in the current political season, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is asking the American people to elect her to be the third term of the Obama presidency.

Are moving red lines, which mean nothing, and turning deaf ears to the cries of 300,000 people facing death due to the war crime of attacking medical facilities what the American people want to see continue?

Haley: Republicans Share the Blame

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, daughter of Indian immigrants, gave the Republican response to the final State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama.

The most important thing she had to say is that Republicans must own their own responsibility and blame for why government is broken – then fix the problem.

Too often the opposition party has refused to accept any responsibility and only place the blame on the party in power.

This is wrong.

Haley has dug at the root of dysfunctional government in the US of A.

She is right.

The Governor also called for a turn down of the volume so both sides, all sides could hear each other and find solutions.

Once more, she is right. Many are talking about Haley as a vice presidential pick.

From what I heard tonight, she should be at the top of the ticket.

From the Cornfield, is either party listening?

Are the candidates listening?

Are the American people listening?

SOTU Address Yawn

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President Barack Obama is continuing to deliver his annual and last State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. I am doing my best to pay attention, to keep from yawning and dozing off to sleep.

Not one single word about the 10 sailors captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Not one single word about releasing $150 billion to the rogue regime as reward for signing a nuclear treaty though still breaking the rules.

The President just concluded his speech saying our union is strong.

CNN is praising the speech.

Did Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper listen to the same speech I did?

There was a good rebuttal of much of what Republican wannabes who want to take over the Oval Office are saying on the campaign trail. Some of which I agreed that the GOP candidates are painting a much direr picture than the reality.

The President did mount a bit of defense for the Affordable Care Act and how it is succeeding which was expected.

Much of what the President said was nothing new, but a reiteration of some of what he would like to get done before he must pack his bags.

Other than giving Vice President Joe Biden a new assignment to find a cure for cancer, there was little if anything to actually inspire.

The applause was much more limited than in times past. There were no prolonged ovations disrupting the flow.

From the Cornfield, good thing expectations were low for viewers this evening. Those that missed the speech, missed nothing.

If the American sailors are not released by morning, how outraged with the American people be?

Policy Fail Again for Obama!

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On a night when President Barack Obama planned to make a victory lap, highlighting the wins of his two-term Administration, Iran has cast a dark shadow on the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.

The Persian nation, long a pariah in the international community, has seized two small US Navy boats in the Persian Gulf. Ten American sailors, including one woman, have been, according to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard been arrested after one of the boats is alleged to have had engine trouble and ran aground on an Iranian island.

This is also on the eve of the release of $150 billion to the regime for agreeing to an international deal to limit its nuclear ambitions.

Never mind that the President did not press for nor has yet to secure the release of four Americans being held illegally by Iran before reaching any deal with the Iranians or that the nation fired live rockets within 1,500 feet of Navy vessels last month, this gives the President’s foreign policy yet another black eye and proves how ineffective that policy is and has been.

When will this President realize and wake up to the fact you cannot talk your way to peace with radicals and jihadists?

The only bright spot is that this is the last year of this Administration and the last address by this President to Congress. Our long national nightmare may soon be over.

But for now 10 American sailors are being held captive by the most belligerent and bellicose segment of the Iranian military. Iran says it will release the sailors and the boats. The Administration is stressing there were no sinister motives while the Iranian press details the weapons seized and how the Americans were arrested.

Time to stop playing nice.

Time to stop the release of the money.

Time to demand not only the release of our sailors, but also the other four Americans being illegally detained.

From the Cornfield, how many more fails before the President stops his Neville Chamberlain act?

It has never worked and never will. Radicals do not play by the rules and only understand might.

President Speaks – Misses Target

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

President Barack Obama for only the third time in his presidency addressed the nation in prime time from the Oval Office.

His purpose: Assure the American people his policy is correct and that the country is secure.

He failed.

If you listened to his speech, do you feel safer now that you did 15 minutes before? The President spent most of his time in seemed as a defense of Muslims who reject the small minority of extremists such as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, who have perverted the religion for their own evil designs.

The President did say he would continue with the strategy that is working (???) in the conflict. He went on to say, he would not commit US troops in large numbers on the ground.

On the issue of gun control, the President called on Congress to bar people on no-fly lists from being able to purchase guns.

Presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio on CNN’s State of the Union this morning defended his vote against that ban, noting that some 700,000 people on the no-fly and other watch lists are on those lists simply because their names are similar to a person of interest.

The President vowed “We will overcome terrorism.”

His words were harder than normal. His tone more serious.

Prior to tonight’s speech, the most recent poll revealed that 60% of Americans believe the President is wrong in how he is directing the war on terror.

The President also asked Congress to authorize use of force to defeat the terrorists, which it has refused to do.

From the Cornfield, I come back to the main question: Do you feel more secure now than you did 15 minutes ago before the President spoke?

I am still not convinced there is a strategy and, if there is one, that it is working.