If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail

National Review:

Krauthammer’s Take: ‘My Jaw Dropped’ at Obama’s Syria Plan

Charles Krauthammer’s “jaw dropped” on hearing that President Obama announced plans to “discuss [what to do about Syria] with allies next week at the G8 summit.” U.S. officials confirmed today that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebel forces. But despite having long ago declared that use a “red line,” the Obama administration is apparently unprepared to act, says Krauthammer.

“The red line is officially crossed. You would think they would have actually considered what you do on the day the red line is crossed. You don’t think it anew on the morning of the announcement.”

On Obama’s apparent timetable? “In a week? In a week Hezbollah is amassing outside of Aleppo.”

And on Obama’s assurance that the U.S. would be increasing “aid” to those opposing the Assad government: “What’s he going to do? Add chicken to the tuna we’re giving them in the food aid?”

“This is astonishing,” said Krauthammer.

So now we’re supposed to go to war because Assad killed 100-150 people with nerve gas. Seriously? Does it really matter how they were killed? Bombs, bullets and bayonets are okay, but poison gas is a crime?

I keep seeing all kinds of reasons being given for why we need to intervene in Syria, and do it sooner rather than later, but I haven’t seen a single reason that is worth the life of one American serviceman or servicewoman.

Here’s a thought: Back in 1940 FDR thought we should intervene in World War II which was then being fought in Europe. Public opinion was strongly opposed to us getting involved. But what if we had?

Up until June 1941 the Germans and the USSR had a non-aggression pact. What broke the pact was the German invasion of the Soviet Union. If the U.S had joined the war in 1940 then Germany probably would not have launched that invasion. Let’s assume that the USSR had stayed out of the war.

75% of all German casualties took place on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945. This included most of their armored divisions. Imagine the Normandy Invasion with all of those Nazi troops available to fight us in the west. Japan was an Axis partner with Germany and might have entered the war a year sooner.

Waiting paid off for us. Hitler’s military was severely degraded from fighting the Soviets by the time we had to face them.

Having said all that, here is my prediction: We are going to get involved in Syria far more deeply than we did in Libya. I’m guessing ground troop will eventually be involved. It will not end well for us. The Syrians have anti-aircraft missiles and they will use them. The Russians and Iran will be satisfied if they can at least lure us into a long bloody stalemate.

Worst of all, our involvement will create more America-hating jihadis.

General, you don’t have a war plan! All you have is a kind of horrible spasm! – Robert S. McNamara

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85 Responses to If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail

  1. votermom says:

    Sorry to OT, but WTH?

  2. myiq2xu says:

    From Sharyl Attkisson’s Twitter feed:

    CBS Statement: A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer…

    …was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.”

    “Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts.”

    “While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands…

    …that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.”

    “This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity.”

    “and alter system times to cause further confusion. CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”

  3. DeniseVB says:

    This is being seriously discussed in the House now…..

  4. Constance says:

    ” I haven’t seen a single reason that is worth the life of one American serviceman or servicewoman.”

    That is because you and the rest of us here are the class of people who serve the country in the military. The Ivy indoctrinated elitists who run this country and pontificate at us in the media are not the class of citizens who serve in the military and they don’t give a rats ass if any of us die.

    • HELENK says:

      you are right

    • DeniseVB says:

      The hypocrisy of the left too. Non-veteran Republicans (chickhawks!) were sending us into Bush’s war, yet the even bigger chickenhawk Obama administration has doubled down on the Boooosh Wars. No outrage?

    • wmcb says:

      It is very instructive lately how all the warmongers left and right are coming out of the woodwork. Also instructive how many ordinary people who are *appalled* exist on both the left and the right.

      Labels are useless anymore. It’s the power-hungry vs. the rest of us.

      • Constance says:

        I agree with your “power hungry vs the rest of us” observation. The people pushing war (or intervention or whatever pc speak they are using) probably have investments in the military industrial complex and/or they want an excuse to kill the best and brightest of the regular people class.

  5. votermom says:

    You know you want to caption this

    • HELENK says:

      Dog It’s what’s for dinner

    • DeniseVB says:

      Bo’s body language is not that of a dog happy to see his human. And Big BO’s hand clentched like that looks like he’s trying to keep Little Bo’s head away from his crotch.

      Photo op #fail 😉

      • wmcb says:

        Someone else trained that dog, and has put him in a sit-stay for that photo. The trainer is off-camera, and the dog is (good dog) obeying.

        I have 5 dogs. I know dogs. That’s an obedience photo, not a love photo.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Interesting too, the tail is absolutely still. You’d think an owner’s touch and voice would cause a blur of happy-happy wag. 🙂

        • myiq2xu says:

          Dogs don’t understand “owner”, they only know “master” and that’s the person that feeds them and spends time with them.

        • yttik says:

          I totally agree, wmcb. LOL, a love pose usually involves you pinned to the ground with slobber all over. Then, as if to apologize for knocking you over, they slobber on you some more.

    • elliesmom says:

      “What do I get out of this photo-op torture? Some wag-gu beef would be nice.”

  6. swanspirit says:

    And in the meantime , who in the fuck in Maryland sold 60,000 acres to the Muslims? http://www.worldbulletin.net/index.php?aType=haber&ArticleID=110986&q=Turkish+village

    “Turkish village” in America targets abolishing Islamophobia
    Construction of the “Turkish village” will conclude in 1.5 years in the US state of Maryland, and the complex aims at repairing the reputation cast onto Muslims.

    The “Turkish village” complex will be built on 60 thousand acres area in Maryland province of the US with an aim to abolish Islamaphobia following September 11 attacks.

    Dr. Yasar Colak, Washington Embassy Religious Affairs Counselor and President of Turkish American Community Center, expressed they made a dream come true of Muslims in America.
    Land for the Turkish village was bought in 2003, the construction began in 2012 and it is planned to conclude within 1.5 years, Colak said adding the new building would be designed in accordance with 16th century Ottoman architecture and there would be a museum for displaying Turkish-Islamic work of art.

    “We will show our friends in the US who we actually are and the main principle of our civilization. We will present our peaceful culture. We will try to erase the bad reputation of Muslims and Islam created following September 11 attacks,” Colak said.

    “Turkish village will have sports facilities for the young and a garage complementary of the mosque. There is also a cultural center with exhibition halls, conference halls and library,” Colak noted.

    Colak added that the funding for the project was supported through donations by Muslims, alongside the support of the Turkish Religious Affairs.

    They don’t even say where in Maryland this is, I am tying to think where they found 60,000 acres , Maryland is not a big state .. and anyone who actually believes this “village” is being created for peaceful educational purposes , I have a bridge for sale ,

    • DeniseVB says:

      Near Camp David ? Heh.

      • swanspirit says:

        Evidently , it is being built in Lanham , Maryland , close to the route 50 and I95 intersection , which would be a great spot from which to attack DC . And being on #50 , will give them easy access to the Eastern Shore too . I am so not happy about this .

        • DeniseVB says:

          That’s a prime real estate area too. I wonder who paid for those 60,000 acres ?

          I’ve been doing a curious turkish village maryland search for more info and all that comes up is your link and restaurant reviews 🙂 Something funny about this, even the uk daily mail or al jazeera doesn’t have a story.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Close to Ft. Meade Army base too, home of the NSA. Isn’t that convenient 😀

        • swanspirit says:

          Lanham is right outside D.C. , 60,000 acres is 90 square miles , this cannot be right . Here is another link http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/maryland-govt-of-turkey-building-massive-100m-mosque-complex/ which says 66 acres .

          • myiq2xu says:

            You don’t see many spreads that big east of the Mississippi. There are some places out west where you need that much land to feed a small herd of cattle.

        • votermom says:

          This says 15 acres, but I’m not clear if that’s just part of a bigger area?

          The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) Board of Directors and Board of Trustees congratulate its sister association, The Turkish American Community Center (TACC), on the initiation of its new facility in Lanham, Maryland. This $100M construction project will create hundreds of jobs in Maryland, and include community service facilities on 15 acres for activities relating to:

          * Religious services and education
          * Turkish language education
          * Turkish history lectures
          * Turkish culinary arts classes
          * Cultural exchange
          * Recreation, sports, and health
          * US immigration and citizenship
          * Women’s equality and empowerment education
          * Civic engagement and public advocacy
          * Business, commerce and trade development
          * Spiritual wellness

          There are 19 TACCs nationwide. TACCs represent a board spectrum of Turkish American society, promoting secular democracy and respect towards diverse lifestyles.

          ATAA is proud to partner with TACC in the Annual Turkish American National Leadership Conference, under the principle of Solidarity within Diversity.

          ATAA commends TACC President Yasar Colak, Secretary General Adem Buyukacar, Public Relations Director Elif Eris, Imam Ebuzer Yurteri, and Female Chaplin Belgizar Ozbek on their leadership and service to the Turkish American community of the greater Washington Metropolitan Area.

          also, website of this TACC project is http://taccenter.org/

    • Not too sure of my east coast geography, but isn’t MD within commuting distance of DC? Probably not.

    • catarina says:

      From the Bare Naked article:

      “(on the 66-acre former home of the Woodmont Academy, a Catholic school in Cooksville).”

      maybe they’ll call the Village *CORDOBA?*

  7. votermom says:

  8. votermom says:

    This takes the cake!

    (btw, they should just laminate it or something – cake boss cakes don’t taste that great)

    • DeniseVB says:

      When in NYC the Trump Tower atrium is one of my favorite pit stops for a recharging snack and sit next to his gold waterfall wall.

  9. votermom says:

    From Greenwald’s article today

    (4) As we were about to begin publishing these NSA stories, a veteran journalist friend warned me that the tactic used by Democratic partisans would be to cling to and then endlessly harp on any alleged inaccuracy in any one of the stories we publish as a means of distracting attention away from the revelations and discrediting the entire project. That proved quite prescient, as that is exactly what they are attempting to do.

    • wmcb says:

      “You said direct access to servers, but it was direct access to trunk lines (or hubs, or whatever the fuck they are called). Therefore your entire argument is invalid.”

      • myiq2xu says:

        “He said he got $200,000 a year and they said he only got $120,000 so he is lying and everything else he said if false too.”

        • myiq2xu says:

          “He said he broke his legs in Special Forces training but he only got as far as jump school and the army said he was never accepted into SF training so he’s lying and everything else he said if false too.”

        • votermom says:

          These are all arguments from ace of spades hq so ha! joke’s on you Greenwald – it’s the rightwingers who do this! /irony

      • Constance says:

        Snowden only has a GED and isn’t Ivy Indoctrinated so he is a non person. Don’t worry about anything he says or does it doesn’t penetrate the Elitist version of reality.

        • leslie says:

          In today’s SunTimes, Roger Simon wrote that Snowden dropped out of high school and out of the Army. I asked the group (That I facilitate on Friday afternoons) if they had ever known anyone who “dropped out of the Army”. They had at first read the piece and offered comments about Snowden’s character, intelligence and ability (as the piece indicated he was only qualified to be a security guard). they then began to question what they were reading — some had dropped out of high school and didn’t consider themselves”dumber than a box of hair”. Then they questioned how a person “drops out of the army”. Finally we had a discussion about why the paper might want to persuade people that Snowden was a worthless, shiftless, traitor. By the end of the group, they began questioning why the gov’t wants to spy on them and everyone they know.

    • votermom says:

      Here is Kirsten Power’s article that GG praises

      The Sickening Snowden Backlash
      by Kirsten Powers Jun 14, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
      It’s appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it’s our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes Kirsten Powers.
      Hell hath no fury like the Washington establishment scorned.

      Since Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the leaker of the National Security Agency spying programs, the D.C. mandarins have been working overtime to discredit the man many view as a hero for revealing crucial information the government had wrongfully kept secret. Apparently, if you think hiding information about spying on Americans is bad, you are misguided. The real problem is that Snowden didn’t understand that his role is to sit and be quiet while the “best and the brightest” keep Americans in the dark about government snooping on private citizens.

    • votermom says:

      To recap – Secret Service showed up at a Civics teacher’s home because the Principal reported her after she refused to stop mentioning Obama in class.
      This is Omerika.

      • Internal Exile says:

        First Amendment? What First Amendment?


        As Myiq has pointed out, I’m probably the closest to being a “tribal” liberal one can find here, and this offends me. Unless that luckless woman was actually threatening Obummer (and I would assume she was NOT), she broke no law.

        Well, at least her students are getting a lesson in how the United States of Fubarica really works these days. 👿

        • wmcb says:

          If she was getting too partisan in her class (and I have no idea if she was), the principal should have followed procedure and handled it administratively.

          Calling the SS, and then them actually showing up is nothing less than Stasi intimidation tactics. A cursory examination would have shown there was no threat. They showed up anyway. Not to charge her with a damn thing – just to frighten her.

        • Constance says:

          Talking honestly about Obama and his policies is a threat to him.

  10. wmcb says:

    Still angry and worried and pissed off, but here’s a comedic interlude.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    National Review:

    Did the IRS Fire Holly Paz?

    An IRS source says that the Internal Revenue Service has fired Holly Paz, the director of the agency’s Rulings and Agreements office. The source says Paz was fired last Friday, and a second IRS source tells National Review Online that Paz “dropped off the edge of the world” that day, and that her agency-issued computer, phone, and Blackberry show no activity since then. The IRS would not confirm or deny reports of Paz’s firing, citing her right to privacy as protected by federal law.

    As of Thursday, the voice mail on Paz’s work phone remains active and callers are asked to leave a message for Paz, though nobody answered repeated calls placed to that number. Calls to the mobile phone number listed under Paz’s name in the IRS’s internal directory are sent straight to voice mail, and indicate her mailbox has not yet been set up.

    As the director of Rulings and Agreements, Paz served as the first line of management in Washington, D.C., that oversaw both the tax-law specialists who provided guidance to agents in Cincinnati reviewing tea-party applications and the Determinations Unit in Cincinnati charged with processing those applications. Paz has served in that position since January 2011, reporting directly to Lois Lerner, with the exception of a four-month period between October 2011 and January 2012 when she reportedly was on maternity leave. Lerner, the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division was on May 23 placed on paid leave.

    Paz became the subject of controversy when, in an interview with the House Oversight Committee, she revealed that she participated in an IRS internal investigation about the agency’s discrimination against tea-party groups and was aware of its findings, which emerged a year before the inspector general’s report and reached similar conclusions. Paz, however, did not notify Congress of those findings.

    Lawmakers have also raised eyebrows at the fact that Paz was present when members of the inspector general’s team interviewed her subordinates during the course of their investigation. In a May 23 Oversight Committee hearing, chairman Darrell Issa expressed his astonishment, saying he was “shocked” to find that Paz “participated in virtually every one of the interrogations or interviews with her own subordinates.” He added: ”In those, of course, one of the questions the IG had to ask was, ‘Did anyone tell you to do this?’ If that question was asked, their own superior was in the room.”


    If Paz has indeed been let go, she would be the first employee fired by the IRS in connection with the targeting of conservative groups.

    Others have either retired or been placed on administrative leave, including Washington lawyer Carter Hull, who has been accused of micromanaging the processing of tea-party cases, and who, according to IRS sources, requested his retirement package on March 12; Joseph Grant, the commissioner of the agency’s Tax-Exempt and Government Entities division and Lois Lerner’s boss, who retired on June 3 just days after receiving a promotion; former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who resigned days after news of the scandal broke; and the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, who was placed on paid administrative leave after refusing to tender her resignation.

  12. HELENK says:


    earlier this month US marines were deployed to Jordan along the Syrian border.

    Now the Syrian regime is accepting Russian peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.

    everybody getting in place?

  13. votermom says:

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center posted a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain words and phrases that act as triggers for DHS monitoring of social media. When the documents weren’t turned over, they sued and DHS was forced to turn over the manuals. You can find one of them in the links below, but here is a list of some of the words that will get you monitored while using social media.

  14. wmcb says:

    • Internal Exile says:

      Our genius warmongers in both major parties want to arm these barbarians.

      Never mind that arming the same kinds of characters in Afghanistan in the 1980s gave birth to Al-Qaida.

      Take it away, Captain…

      • wmcb says:

        I know. We all bitched about Reagan arming Al Qaida coming back to bite us in the ass, and he arguably at least had a sane reason to do it, what with the cold war and the USSR there and all. It still had blowback that was bad, regardless of reasons.

        But there is not even a compelling reason to arm these fuckers. None.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Actually that started in the 70’s under Carter. Ronnie Raygun just amped it up.

  15. wmcb says:

    One more reason why I like my senator, Ted Cruz. He supported Gillibrand on a separate reporting process for rapes in the military.

    Go Ted!

    I am going to be voting against the chairman’s amendment. And I am going to vote against it because I was persuaded by the argument that Sen. Gillibrand presented in this committee a few moments ago,” Cruz said. “I think she made a powerful and effective argument that the lack of reporting [of incidents] is driven by a fear of not having an impartial third party outside the chain of command in which to report a sexual assault.”

    • wmcb says:

      One of the things I am noticing about both him and Rand Paul, is their tendency to do what they think is right, and screw the party interests and politics. And I respect that. It’s rare in DC.

      I’m sure I’ll be yelling at both of them at some point, when they do something I disagree with. But I’ll be yelling over an honest disagreement, I think, not just party games and manuevering.

      I put no one on a pedestal. Not saying he’s pure as the driven snow with no political ambition. You don’t run for Senate and win unless you’re a pol with a taste for it. But comparatively, in terms of the rest of Congress, he and Rand Paul seem pretty damn straightforward and independent-minded.

  16. votermom says:

  17. HELENK says:


    he helped us and is in jail, while backtrack dined out and fundraised on the story

  18. HELENK says:


    interesting article on what happened to the democratic party

  19. wmcb says:

    Jeb Bush evidently said something asinine about immigrants being “more fertile”??

  20. wmcb says:

    Typical progs. Peeps in CO are trying to recall a Dem CO state senator because of her gun vote.

    Anti-recall protestors have been physically blocking the tables and harrassing people who try to sign the petition.

    Turns out they are being paid. And the senator denied all knowledge. Except they caught her on video with the guy passing out the money.


  21. HELENK says:


    Isn’t just peachy.
    redirect border security funds to immigrant health care

    this woman needs to be voted out or recalled

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