Buchanan Says U.S. Should Ignore the Situation In Iraq, Regardless of the Outcome

Buchanan
(huffingtonpost.com)

A lot of Americans are shaking their heads sadly at the mere thought of American forces having to go back to Iraq and restore the peace once again, due to President Obama’s foolish decision to remove our military presence too soon.

But how can anyone argue that the U.S. should stay out of the current mess and allow the insurrection to run its course, come what may?

Former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan, interviewed on Newsmax TV, said that’s his philosophy.

From Newsmax:

A former adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, Buchanan reminded viewers that he opposed American intervention in Iraq in 2003 and opposes it now. If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his 900,000-man army can’t defend their capital from ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) insurgents, according to Buchanan, then the United States “ought not to go in and do it for them.”

Nobody is claiming that the Iraqi prime minister or his government are worth one more drop of American blood.

But the U.S. has an investment in the continued stability in Iraq, paid for with the blood and lives of American soldiers. To let that nation fall apart over one stupid move by Obama would be an insult to the men and women who served there.

And on a practical note, can we really afford to have another middle eastern nation run by radical jihadists who would only make peace in the region, and security for Israel, even more difficult to attain?

This is indeed the continuing war on terror that President George W. Bush warned us about. As much as we hate to admit it, this is a war we may be dealing with for a generation or more.

It’s just too bad that we may have to fight this particular battle twice, due to gross incompetence in the White House.

Bergdahl in Email to Parents: ‘I Am Ashamed to be an American’

Bowe Bergdahl
(Reuters)

A headline on today’s EIN News website says “GOP turns on American POW.”

The video accompanying the story features the Rev. Al Sharpton pointing out that several congressional Republicans previously expressed support for a deal that would bring Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl home from Afghanistan.

Sharpton claims they only changed their minds for political reasons.

But maybe there’s more to it than that. Maybe the Republicans figured out what the White House should have known before approving the trade – that Bergdahl has not been a very loyal soldier, his captivity was the result of his own foolish (and possibly treasonous) actions, and his release hardly justifies the liberation of five very dangerous terrorists.

The difference in the deal is this – the Taliban is getting back five loyal soldiers who will rejoin the fight, while the U.S. got a possible deserter with a bad attitude who will probably never serve his nation again.
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#ProgressivePrivilege: IRS says 318,000 federal employees owe $3.3B in back taxes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – It pays to have connections to “the man.”

The AP reports:

From workers in Congress and at the White House to active duty troops, more than 318,000 federal employees and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

That works out to nearly 3.3 percent of all 9.8 million federal workers and retirees who are behind on their taxes, which is significantly lower than the proportion of delinquent taxpayers in the overall population. The IRS said it estimates that to be at least 8.7 percent.

Those behind in their tax payments include 714 of the roughly 17,000 people working for the House and Senate, the agency said. IRS officials said the data used to compile the report did not indicate whether any of those delinquent taxpayers were members of Congress.

Many unions demand public employees pay dues. Those unions will actually fight to have workers fired if they refuse to pay dues.

How about we apply the same standard to government employees? If you don’t pay your taxes, you’re fired.

Or better yet, neuter their ability to harass taxpayers with audits and notices until the government can gets its own house in order.