Let’s get 2020 off to a great start…
1. Though this story doesn’t qualify: Taking his cue, apparently, from the November incident (which I wrote about here) where a Kiefer, Oklahoma police officer dropped by Starbucks on Thanksgiving Day to buy drinks for his department’s 911 dispatchers and every cup in the order was labeled with the word “PIG,” a police officer in Kansas resigned this week after admitting he had fabricated a story that a McDonald’s employee wrote”PIG” on his coffee cup.
The fake hate speech (actually it’s not hate speech when someone denigrates a police officer, because, as Black Lives Matter has explained, they deserve it) claim unraveled when McDonald’s produced video footage that proved its employees had not written anything on the cup. Then the he 23-year-old officer then admitted he had lied about the supposed incident “as a joke.” Well, at least he has a future in comedy.
I find it refreshing that for once one of these hoaxes was not executed by a minority group or social justice activist. This isn’t going to do much for police-community relations across the country, however.
2. Good: Rejecting the models of Carter and Obama. News Item:
The Pentagon dispatched about 750 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division to the Middle East in response to an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iranian-backed militia fighters, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on yesterday.
“This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today,” Esper said in a statement, “The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world.”
About 100 Marines have already arrived at the embassy in Baghdad to reinforce security after Tuesday’s attack by Popular Mobilization Forces, which are Shiite militias that Iran has used as proxy forces inside Iraq and Syria.
Before the deployment was announced, President Donald Trump tweeted that Iran would be held “fully responsible” for the deaths of any U.S. personnel or damage to American facilities in Iraq. “They will pay a very BIG PRICE!” Trump tweeted. “This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!” Tuesday’s embassy assault came just days after the U.S. military launched airstrikes on the Iranian-backed militia Kata’ib Hezbollah in retaliation for a rocket attack on a base in Kirkuk that killed an American contractor and wounded several U.S. service members.
it is just amazing the reflex Trump critics have the gall to openly compare this to Banghazi. For once, a Trump tweet is concise, accurate, and justified:
Observe which of your friends and relatives attempts to criticize this decision. Mark them as so biased they can’t see straight, and if this American President receives anything but overwhelming public support for using our military to retaliate for a direct attack on our people and property, it will be the first time. Meanwhile, the Benghazi comparison is, as Rick says when Elsa mention’s Paris, “poor salesmanship.” A conservative wag on Twitter wrote, “We sent a hundred Marines to beef up security at the US embassy in Baghdad, and our ambassador didn’t even have to send 29 cables begging for them first.”
It is also amazing to me, though this confession reflects poorly on my learning curve, that the mainstream media appears to be deliberately misleading the public on this. It has generally not mentioned, for example, that Qais al-Khazali is among the Iranian proxies behind the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad. Khazali, who was behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in 2007, was released by the Obama administration in 2009 in a prisoner exchange.
The news media has also, so far, called the attackers “protesters,” though they are in fact Iranian militia personnel.
I can’t wait to see what the Democratic Presidential hopefuls say. Would it be unfair to opine that some of them are hoping for a U.S. disaster?