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[Gary Varvel – GoComics]

Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think a military should go unchecked. It was designed by the Constitution to always be under civilian control. However, I don’t think the military should have unreasonable restrictions upon them. If we aren’t going to let our military fight a war with everything it’s got, we shouldn’t fight the war.

Military force is an extreme measure that should be used in extreme circumstances only. But, if circumstances necessitate its use, it should be used to utterly defeat the enemy. War is hell. It should be hell. As such, we should try everything we can to avoid it. But, if we have to fight a war, we should rain such hell down upon the enemy so that the next potential enemy will do everything they can to avoid a war with us.

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  1. Not only did Obama refuse to deploy the military in the best interest of the country – he would not even allow them to defend themselves.

    When the American sailors were kidnapped by the Iranians (because they weren’t allowed to defend themselves) the Navy should have been told to go pound the living hell out of every Iranian military asset they could lay sights on until our people were returned. Instead Obama supinely begged Iran to allow him to pay billions for their return.

    Obama was hands-down the worst commander-in-chief this country (and most others too) has ever seen.


          • Let’s not overlook the fact that, on top of everything else in this shameful episode, Obama had the ego and the shiftiness to claim that there was no linkage between the delivery of the pallets of millions of dollars in cash and the release of the hostages, held on the airport runway until that delivery. He really has enormous contempt for the intelligence (and legal recourse) of the American people regarding his actions.

            It’s considered racist to accuse a black man of shucking and jiving, but he blatantly both shucked and jived in the strictest dictionary literal definitions of the terms in this incident.


            • Jeez, did I accidentally say “millions”?

              Confirmed: Obama’s $1.7B Tribute to Iran Was Paid in Cash to Circumvent Sanctions

              On Tuesday, the Obama administration finally admitted something its critics had long suspected: The entire $1.7 billion tribute paid to Iran was tendered in cash — not just the initial $400 million infamously shipped to the Iranians in a cargo plane — at the same moment four American hostages were released.

              “Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement the cash payments were necessary because of the ‘effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions,’ which isolated Iran from the international finance system,” said ABC News, relating what might be one of history’s strangest humblebrags.

              The sanctions Obama threw away were working so well that he had to satisfy Iran’s demands with cold, hard cash!

              By the way, those sanctions were not entirely related to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy pointed out at National Review last month, they date back to Iran’s seizure of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, its support for “Hezbollah’s killing sprees,” and, most pertinently, Bill Clinton’s 1995 invocation of “federal laws that deal with national emergencies caused by foreign aggression,” by which he meant Iran’s support for international terrorism.

              ABC also has an amusing way of rendering the administration’s hard-won admission that the initial payment was indeed a ransom for hostages:

              “The Obama administration had claimed the events were separate, but recently acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran.

              “The remaining $1.3 billion represented estimated interest on the Iranian cash the U.S. had held since the 1970s. The administration had previously declined to say if the interest was delivered to Iran in physical cash, as with the principal, or via a more regular banking mechanism.”

              Also confirmed: Iran’s loot was taken from the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund, which allowed the administration to circumvent Congress yet again.

              McCarthy persuasively argues that it was also a blatant violation of federal law because paying the mullahs off with piles of foreign currency doesn’t actually bypass the sanctions that are still in effect.



  2. The most humane thing to do in wartime is get it over as quickly and successfully as possible. If we had fought the Germans & Japanese the way 0bama fought the jihadis, Alaskans & Hawaiians would be speaking Japanese and London would have been re-named New Munich.


    • Butch Cassidy: No, no, not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the ROE’s straightened out.
      Harvey Logan: ROE’s? In a knife fight? No ROE’s! (Butch immediately kicks Harvey in the groin)


      • I was trained with that one thing in mind… there ain’t no rules in a knife fight! In a gunfight! In a fistfight! In a war, TRY not to kill non combatants. But there will be
        collateral damage… yeah, innocent people get killed in a war. That’s why you want to
        end it quick. Wait for two of ’em to line up, then squeeze of the shot…! The best sniper is the one no one ever knows about… C.H.


        • Must civilians suffer in war?

          Q: How can we quickly reduce a soldier’s ability to wage war?

          A: Kill him and/or those who provide him with weapons, morale, food, and supplies.

          Q: Are those providers civilians?

          A: Yes.

          Q: Can soldiers continue to wage war without weapons, morale, food, and supplies?

          A: No.


          War is hell.



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