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So many debacles, so little time

With the relase of the 5 Taliban leaders for a deserter, we’ve been mostly assured, by the usual suspects, that they won’t go back to war with us and anyone who thinks they will, well that’s “baloney” per John Kerry.  That there has been a “deal” made and we were “promised” that wouldn’t happen.  That’s sort of like believing gun control laws will keep guns out of the hands of criminals … it strains credulity.

And, frankly, we’re apparently pretty good at reseeding terrorist ranks as it turns out.  Take the terrorist organization ISIS which is now brutalizing Iraq:

The United States once had Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in custody at a detention facility in Iraq, but president Barack Obama let him go, it was revealed on Friday.

Al Baghdadi was among the prisoners released in 2009 from the U.S.’s now-closed Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr in Iraq.

But now five years later he is leading the army of ruthless extremists bearing down on Baghdad who want to turn the country into an Islamist state by blazing a bloody trail through towns and cities, executing Iraqi soldiers, beheading police officers and gunning down innocent civilians.

Even I remember al Baghdadi’s name and the massive hunt to bring him to ground.  He was murderous scum then, and he’s murderous scum now.  How in the world  we ever let someone like that go is, well, something the Obama administration would have to explain.

Don’t bother asking … the answer is “it’s Bushes fault, you racist”.


31 Responses to So many debacles, so little time

  • Amid a LOT of hard, truthful things being observed by people these days on a variety of issues is this…
    “America risks being seen as harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend.”
    —Mark Steyn quoting Bernard Lewis
    We can…and do…kill very effectively, but we never DEFEAT an enemy because that is seen as “wrong” or “too costly” by Collectivists. They have bled our will to take war to its conclusion…which is defeat of our enemies.
    At least since Viet Nam, this has been true, and our friends…left behind…have paid bitterly for their faith in the U.S.
    I cannot think of a worse lesson for us to teach the world.

  • Imagine Iraq getting so bad, we need to put troops on the ground and when Barack tries to form a coalition, Europe especially the UK, tells him to go blow.

    • Obama will never put troops on the ground in Iraq, and everyone knows it — especially the saracens now eyeing Saigon Baghdad.

      • When oil supply from the region going into chaos is threatened He will be compelled to do something.  I’ll qualify that, something effective.

    • One of the great ironies of this situation is that Baracula may actually have to go hat-in-hand to Iran for the forces needed here.
      He may consider a “gutsy-call” like a risk-averse bombing campaign a la Ball-less Bill Clinton in Bosnia.

    • I believe that Obama’s apprehension to even do air strikes goes to the fact that DOD has so few funds that even a small series of sorties would require Obama to go to Congress for more money … for war !!  .. in the critical part of an election cycle

  • Off topic, but I find it necessary to comment about the notice that the IRS sent to the House Ways and Means Committee informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011.
    Now, this is criminal incompetence. The fact that they covered it up for so long is alo criminal.
    But ultimately, you have to ask just what the DOJ and FBI have been doing in their investigation of the IRS abuses. Why didn’t they know this ? Are they actually conducting an investigation ?

    • Seems like a dead-bang case of evidence spoliation.  Which is VERY, VERY BAD, and CRUSHED even in civil litigation.

      • The IRS should be made to repay all taxes from that period

      • As a matter of a fact, I have this letter from Lois Lerner, dated 10-Dec-2010, saying that not only should I not be require to pay taxes any more, but the IRS will pay me not to file returns any more.

    • Try telling the IRS that you lost all your tax records from 2009-2011 so you won’t be paying taxes, sorry.
      She’ll get hers. I’m fully convinced of that.

    • Maybe Billie or one of youze who has computer expertise in a big organizational setting can address if this is even possible.  Don’t emails get stored on a big-ass server in such an environment?  And aren’t they backed-up “off desk”?

      • With government workers in IT, anything is possible. IT in government is a stultifying environment, and few talented people can stand it for long.
        But, yeah, just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s likely. I’m quite confident that the IRS spends a ton of money on multiply-redundant backups. The idea that none of them worked – that every single one of them failed completely for the exact period when information critical to the case against Lerner was generated -strains credulity past the breaking point. The fact that this information is very likely damaging to Lois Lerner in particular and the IRS as a whole makes the whole thing so suspicious that someone would have to be a gullible fool to take their claim about losing the data at face value.
        My suspicion is that those emails would not only send Lerner to the clink, but would implicate other people high up in the IRS. It’s more than possible that some of those who would be implicated had the ability to suppress the information by suggesting to the right people that it be “lost”.
        In the big systems I’m familiar with, everything is logged. Every database operation, every file deletion, every reconfiguration. Auditors require that in the private sector for large organizations. If the IRS doesn’t have similar logging capabilities generating information to be audited, then there is criminal negligence on someone’s part.
        Of course, they may have all those logging capabilities, but somehow that information also gets magically “lost”. I no longer believe that anyone with significant decision making power in the IRS is operating in good faith. If someone was, a whistleblower would have blown this case open long ago.

        • A thousand apologies for spelling your name wrong.  My only excuse is my names curse.  Which is little enough as excuses go.

        • My suspicion is that those emails would not only send Lerner to the clink, but would implicate other people high up in the IRS
          Given that…..I’d say it would be worth it to offer her immunity now.

        • That committee should immediately hire an outside computer forensics analyst. That computer malfunction, if there actually was one, was probably man made.

      • Oh, and let me point out a pattern for you that I’ve had to point out to many, many people over the years:
        Billy Joel, Billy Carter, Billy Graham, Billy Preston, Billy Martin, Billy Crystal, Billy Idol, Billy Mays – male
        Billie Holliday, Billie Burke, Billie Jean King, Billie Piper – female

        • Again, a thousand apologies.  I know…  It is a curse, and very embarrassing.

  • From the Legal Insurrection comments on the same subject…
    Czar Kasim | June 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    As someone who has firsthand experience with IT for state level tax operations, I have to say: probably 98% of the users have their email archives on the network drives to prevent exactly this from happening. And any IT person who worked on her computer for any reason would be damn sure she had her archive on the network, because heads roll when crashes like that happen to directors or commissioners.
    And crashes like the one described here do in fact happen. In an agency with a few thousand employees, you would see a hard disk go bad every month or two. This however, is just too unlikely and convenient a story. They are throwing down the gauntlet pretty brazenly with this one.
    Let’s pretend the crash did occur, and the emails were stored locally on the HDD for a moment. What could happen?
    One: HDD crashes are rare, and they generally don’t strike out of the blue. The computer exhibits symptoms like slowness or crashing that would prompt most computers users to call the techs in. If that were the case, they would have been able, most likely, to recover info from the drive and transfer it to her replacement PC.
    Two: the hard drive did crash, but it’s not a serious fault. Most IT departments have utilities (both hardware and software) that work specifically to recover information from damaged or malfunctioning drives. For the run of the mill user this would probably not happen, but for a bigwig, absolutely. Email archives would again be a priority for recovery.
    Three: the hard drive crashed hard, giving her no warning. Information from the drive is unrecoverable for whatever reason (usually a physical issue with the drive). At this stage, the emails on that drive would be out of reach for the average IT department. Computer forensics and specialty drive recovery services are the only options. This can be pretty expensive, and while I know some businesses resort to this option to recover important files, mostly I’d consider this the realm of criminal investigations, which may or may not have been ongoing at the time of the ‘crash’ (when did it happen, did they say?).
    Given access to that drive now, I’d consider it likely that investigators could pull those emails off. But, as I said above, there’s no way the IRS is handing that crap over now that they’ve made such a bold claim in public.
    Oh, and of course, they are calling this a “computer crash’ but they never specified, that I saw, that the HDD crashed. Just for clarity’s sake for the non tech people: if literally any other part of the computer crashed, whether it be motherboard, cpu, gpu, memory, screen, what-have-you, that HDD would be just a screwdriver away from full recovery.
    One last thing: I really can’t believe she got away with disclosing taxpayer info. That is literally the cardinal sin in this industry, like a waitress sneezing in your food then giving it to you. You can do no greater wrong.
    Sorry for writing a book.

    • Just think .. now with ObamaCare, you can now have all of your medical records digitized … and lost by the IRS

      • Ya know, I would have resigned such a notion as this to the realm of cheap sci-fi a few months ago…
        but I can see someone at the Big Brother Office Of Medical Data entering information on my fatal genetic disease that disqualifies me for medical treatment (which I ain’t got) on accounta my politics.  I mean, it is just a step or two down the road…  And how would I ever know?

        • What if the “disease” they leaked was tendency to paranoia? And they when you got mad and said they were making stuff up, they said “Well, see? He really is paranoid.”


          “That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.



          “It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.


    • This is impossible.
      We all know that when the DOJ began it’s investigation of IRS abuses that it had the FBI swoop in to the IRS and seized all of these e-mails.
      Only a faux investigation or the most incompetent DOJ attorney wouldn’t.

  • “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” — Gerald Ford, Swearing-in Ceremony speech
    Why is it that I expect to hear those words in 2017 ?

    • Hey, you could wake up from this nightmare to find Hill-larry’s old, fat, walleyed face smiling at you…

      • Kissinger said “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”. Would that still be true if Hillary were elected president?


        • You might need to ask Huma Weiner…

        • And Dear Chairman Mao said “Power grows out of the barrel of a gun”.  In this case, I might choose to look down the barrel of that gun.”

  • “We need scientists to design new fuels,” he said. “We need farmers to help grow them. We need engineers to invent new technologies. We need entrepreneurs to sell those technologies. We need workers to operate assembly lines that hum with high tech, zero-carbon components. We need builders to hammer into place the clean-energy age.”
    —Pres. ScamWOW at UC Irvine
    That is a litany of dangerously delusional “national imperatives” that Baracula pulled out of his “leading from behind”.
    There ain’t no such thing as a “zero-carbon component”, and we couldn’t afford them if there were.  Our world is composed…as are we…of carbon molecules.
    Whadda moron

  • The IRS maintains an Internal Revenue Manual, and chapter 10, section 3 of that manual deals with standards for using email. Those standards, which apply to “all IRS employees,” make it clear that paper copies of all emails must be maintained.
    Section 3 states that, “All federal employees and federal contractors are required by law to preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency.”
    “If you create or receive email messages during the course of your daily work, you are responsible for ensuring that you manage them properly,” it adds. “The Treasury Department’s current email policy requires emails and attachments that meet the definition of a federal record be added to the organization’s files by printing them (including the essential transmission data) and filing them with related paper records.”
    According to these guidelines, an email formally becomes a federal record very easily. It just has to be created or received in the course of IRS business, is appropriate to keep as evidence of the government’s activities, or must otherwise be valuable based on the information it contains.
    Section 3 also stresses that maintaining email records in a computer’s email application “does not meet the requirements of maintaining an official record.”
    h/t John Hayward
    So, not only is it rational that all IRS emails are archived in their electronic form, but it is LAW that they be kept in paper form, too.
    The IRS…killer of forests…