Welcome to 2020! The New Year went out with a bang, and I don’t mean fireworks.
On Sunday, the US carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia group believed to be behind rocket attacks on US bases that recently killed a civilian contractor and injured several American troops. Iran denied any connection to the attacks, a claim you can take for what it’s worth.
On Tuesday, some members of that militia attempted to attack the US Embassy in Baghdad. They were ridiculously described by some in the media as “protesters” and hilariously dubbed “mourners” by the New York Times (see, they were “mourning” the militants killed in the airstrikes, by throwing rocks, setting fires, etc., the way mourners do at funerals.) It couldn’t possibly be that this is just the latest of many attacks stretching over months; no, they had a case of the sadz because their comrades were killed, just like the militants in Benghazi just happened to attack on September 11th because they were upset over a YouTube video.
This chaotic assault on a US Embassy in the Middle East was greeted with unseemly glee by many on the left in America, who appeared to be more excited about hanging a “Benghazi” around President Trump's neck than they were concerned about our people inside the Embassy (concern for the safety of people inside our embassies in the Middle East doesn’t seem to be too high on their list of priorities, if history is any guide.)
Unfortunately for them, it was virtually the polar opposite of Benghazi. The Embassy personnel were safely evacuated before the attack. Trump reacted quickly and forcefully, threatening Iran, demanding that Iraq send security, and ordering in 100 Marines, to be followed quickly by hundreds more US troops. He tweeted, “The Anti-Benghazi,” which is a perfect description.
After all the years of spinning and “What difference at this point does it make?” excuses, it must have come as a shock to Trump’s critics to learn that the Commander in Chief doesn’t have to sit around impotently and do nothing for hours on end while our people are being attacked. He can actually order our troops to go in and stop it. Who knew?!
Here’s one who earned the Golden Hypocrisy Award:
Another naked example of hypocrisy were the attacks from the left because Trump was reported to have visited his golf club earlier that day. He angrily denied playing golf, saying he had meetings all day and was closely monitoring the situation in Iraq. I’d care more about that if any of the sources attacking Trump had shown a molecule of curiosity over the past seven years about where Obama was during the Benghazi attack.
By Wednesday, the militants/protesters/”mourners” had rethought this whole “attack the American Embassy” idea and were retreating. The Washington Post reported that they were chanting, “Yay, we burned them!” because the fires they set damaged two reception areas. Watch the movie about the Benghazi attack, “13 Hours,” and see how that destruction and carnage compares to a couple of charred settees.
For now, we should all thank God that our people in Baghdad are safe, and that those who attacked them learned there’s a new sheriff in charge. Once again, the mindless rush to attack Trump and hang the term “Benghazi” on him only served to point up just how different things are now. During the Obama years, the media echo chamber helped to delude a lot of people into believing that patently false things were unarguably true: we couldn’t drill our way out of an oil shortage, we couldn’t stop millions of people from streaming across the border, we couldn’t just crush ISIS with military power, you’d need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing jobs, 2% GDP growth is the “new normal,” etc. etc. Trump has proven all those things wrong. All his critics are doing by bringing up Benghazi is reminding us of how tragically incompetent Obama and Hillary Clinton were, and how it didn’t have to happen the way it did.
If you want to read more about this, Nina Bookout at the Victory Girls’ blog has an excellent summary.
And here’s what one of the heroes who was actually at Benghazi has to say about the ludicrous “Trump’s Benghazi” claims.
Some liberal media outlets were so shaken by armed citizens taking just seconds to stop a would-be mass shooter at the White Settlement, Texas, Freeway Church of Christ that they are still desperately looking for ways to spin it as a negative. A USA Today editorial admitted that the head of church security who killed the shooter was a hero, but claimed it was “terrifying” that several other members of the congregation also pulled out weapons. Considering they were prepared to stop any further shooters but responsibly held their fire, I don’t think “terrifying” is the appropriate term, unless you also happen to be a would-be mass shooter.
Someone should remind USA Today that they’re supposed to be a national paper, not just a voice for NY/L.A./DC liberals. Maybe send one of your reporters on a safari to Texas to talk to a few of those terrifying gun owners who stand ready, willing and able to stop mass shooters.
There were also false claims that the hero of the incident, James Wilson, was a professional armed guard, so that they could say how horrible it is that churches have to hire armed guards, proving we need more gun control laws, lather-rinse-repeat. Actually, Wilson is a member of the congregation and head of their volunteer security team, not a paid armed guard. He’s also a former Hood County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and currently a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor and Concealed Handgun License/License to Carry Instructor.
But the ones who had the most difficulty dealing with reality were the writers and editors at Reuters who were either so desperate to spin away the truth or so blinded by their narrative mind ruts that they ran an article claiming it was the gunman who was a concealed carry instructor. They were forced to make a humiliating correction.
But of course, they aren’t the only ones who believe that when the facts don’t cooperate with your chosen narrative, just make up your own “facts.” Unfortunately for them, a lot of us have gotten wise to that.
Joe Biden had a news-making Christmas week. He suggested that all the coal miners that his fossil fuel industry-destroying policies would throw out of work could just “learn to code,” because “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for G-d’s sake.”
I don’t know, I’ve seen people who can be Vice President, yet not be able to speak a coherent sentence.
Joe also stepped deep into it by claiming that if the Senate subpoenaed him to testify in any Trump impeachment trial about his son’s alleged corruption, he would defy the subpoena. He backtracked like a crab after someone on his staff apparently told him that Trump was being impeached for allegedly wanting to look into his son’s corruption and defying a Congressional subpoena, both of which he’d strongly condemned.
Meanwhile, a lot of Democrats are probably wishing Joe’s son Hunter had just accepted his responsibilities and paid child support because his court battle against the mother is turning out to be the dumbest strategic decision since General Custer decided to summer at Little Big Horn.
It's an open question who delivered more gifts to Republicans over Christmas: Santa Claus or the Biden family.
Say, remember that fiercely urgent impeachment that had to be passed before Christmas, only to have Nancy Pelosi let it sit on the shelf like an elf until after New Year’s? If that was designed to damage Trump’s reelection prospects, it’s not working according to plan. Since Democrats seem to want to impeach Trump for something different every day, he might want to encourage them to go ahead and do just that. He’ll be the first President to turn impeachment into a major profit center.
The most criminally-overlooked story of 2019 that suddenly became news in the last month: the rising tide of anti-Semitic attacks in the deep blue New York City area that had already been going on throughout the year:
Considering the disregard for enforcing laws or showing respect to police that have marked the unnecessary decline of the Big Apple under Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the rising crime and violence are hardly surprising. But never underestimate the ability of the left to take a terrible situation of their creation and make it far worse with the application of some grand, sweeping, radical, idiotic idea. Don’t believe it? How about their latest brainstorm: “Abolish the police!” Yes, that will finally make places like Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle safe: removing the police entirely.
Seriously, did these people grow up eating lead paint chips?