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An Open Letter to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

 

September 10, 2021 --

Excellency:

This is to request an interview on your next visit to the United States, perhaps should  you come back later this month to speak at the opening session of the United Nations, when world leaders address this international organization.  I make this request because some questions come to mind concerning your meeting …

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… at the White House with President Biden, on matters not mentioned in media coverage of your visit, and also because questions linger over your well-known phone conversation with President Trump, in July 2019, when Mr. Trump called you to congratulate you on your Servant of the People Party's great success in parliamentary elections --  success that followed by three months your overwhelming win over the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, in the presidential election where your received 73% of the vote compared to his 25%.

First, concerning your meeting with President Biden.  I saw a report online, I cannot relocate it, that you were disappointed he said you must deal with corruption in your country before he can consider your request for NATO membership.  Is this accurate?  Are you making advances in dealing with corruption that Mr. Biden is overlooking.

The transcript of your phone conversation with President Trump indicated that you would indeed look into corruption issues in Ukraine, and, more specifically, concerning the involvement of Mr. Biden's son Hunter, who famously got a reported $83,000 a month from the Burisma gas company, just for sitting as a director on the board.  President Trump pointed out that Mr. Biden bragged about threatening to withhold $1 billion of aid for Ukraine if the prosecutor looking into Burisma-related issues was not replaced.  Do you believe President Biden is again pressuring you not to look into Ukraine corruption issues if the strike Mr, Biden to close to his home?

I note that in remarks to the press, before you had your closed-door session with Biden, he said he hoped you would make advances in democratic reforms.  Why didn't you point out that you are the democratically-elected head of state of Ukraine, and your political party won a parliamentary majority in democratic elections -- or did you correct Biden on this, privately?

You heard Biden say that he supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.  He said this on September 1 -- the 82nd anniversary, by the way, of the start of World War II, in which Ukraine suffered terribly from invasion by Nazi Germany -- two days after he acted, against the advice of military advisers and to the dismay of NATO members, to quit Afghanistan totally, leaving the country in the hands of the Taliban enemy.  Do you really take seriously assurances you get from a man who has left the people of Afghanistan to the not-so-tender mercies of the Taliban?

I was struck by a casual comment from Biden, meeting with you and the press before your closed-door talks.  He said that he had the opportunity to talk with you in Ukraine "years ago."  Could you tell us about any conversation, or conversations, you had in Ukraine with Biden?  When did they take place?  What did you talk about?  Was that before you decided to run for president, when you were playing a fictional Ukraine president on the "Servant of the People" show -- which is where your party gets its name?  I don't know if you are aware that Biden has a reputation of exaggerating things,  Was he likewise exaggerating when he said he talked with you in Ukraine?   For example, was he visiting your tv studio and simply congratulated you as star of your popular show? 

You told President Trump that you have friends in New York City and visited the city, even staying at a Trump hotel.  Did you mention this to Biden?

About Mr. Trump, you knew that he was impeached based on a false slant on your phone call with him.  Let m, step back.  Do you think there was anything wrong about your phone call with Mr. Trump.. Did you think he was seeking your help in discrediting the Biden family based on false charges, or did you believe he asked for your help out of genuine concern that the Bidens were up to no good in Ukraine?   Did you ever offer to give a statement to the impeachment investigation setting forth your view of the phone conversation with Mr. Trump that was a key element in the impeachment proceeding.  After all, American diplomats testified about their  biased view of the phone call and Mr. Trump's Ukraine policy. They even suggested that they, not the president, are in charge of foreign policy. Did you agree with their testimony that certainly was used by Democrats to attack President Trump?

Specifically, one of the witnesses against Mr. Trump was Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was mentioned  by Mr.Trump in a disparaging context.  What the Democrats succeeded in keeping under wraps was that in that same conversation, you agreed with the president, going so far to say that she preferred your predecessor over you.  Did you ever think of contacting Mr. Trump to help correct the false view presented by Democrats against the legitimately-elected American president?  

And now, with Biden and you discussing the shipment to Ukraine of Javelin missiles, couldn't you have pointed out that Biden is merely following Mr. Trump's policy, which included sending Javelins to you during his presidency, a subject mentioned in passing in your famous July 2019 phone conversation with President Trump, made public two years ago this month.

These are some of the issues I would appreciate discussing with you on your next visit to the United States.

Before I forget, let me wish you a happy, healthy, successful 5782 -- Shana Tovah and allow one further question.   Prior to the start of successive elections leading to his defeat as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu visited you in Ukraine. Are you considering  an official visit, now, to Israel?  As I recall you and Mr. Netanyahu spoke of the historic  ties between Ukraine and the Jewish people. (For one thing, the great Jewish leaer Ze'ev Jabotinsky was born in Odessa,  He died too young, in 1940, age 60. Perhaps G-d did not want Jabo to see the Holocaust that he warned Europe's Jews was to come.)  As alternative to joining NATO, have you given thought to an  official military,  economic and strategic relationship with Israel?

Accept, Excellency, assurances of my highest consideration,

David Zukernan

With assuranxes of my highest consideration.

 

 

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An Open Cri de Coeur to Victor Davis Hanson

September 10, 2021 --

Sir, 

You are a leading voice of sanity in these times.  Your critiques of the left are detailed and comprehensive.  And yet, with respect to youe recent comments in American Greatness on the Ukraine-related impeachment of President Trump, and the false account in Impeachment II of the cause of the death of Office Brian Sicknick, you should, I think, have directed some criticism at the GOP and at conservatives.

Republicans did not press hard enough -- did they press at all ?-- Zelensky's comment during the July 25, 2019 phoner with President Trump that he agreed "100%" with Mr. Trump that Yovanovitich (spelled "Ivanovich" in the transcript) "was a bad ambassador."  I don't recall a Republican calling this to the attention of Amb. Yovanovitch during her testimony.   

President Zelensky continued, "Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous president and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President well enough."  Why didn't the GOP shout this criticism to the rafters?

It was impeachment hearing-malpractice for the GOP not to have called this to the attention of 1) Yovanovitch and 2) Schiff and company.   As it was majority-control malpractice for the Republicans, in 2017, to let the Democrats get away with a special counsel to investigAte the newly-elected president based on what The New York Times likes to call, when directed at Donald J. Trump, "baseless claims."

You mentioned the lie about the death of Office Sickwick.  I have yet to see a conservative with easy access to the media fault The New York Times for going with the "baseless claim"  about his death at the hands of "the Jan. 6 mob, " without checking for the hospital he would have been taken to, and the physician who would have  signed the death certificate which would have stated cause of death.  This is double journalistic malpractice: certainly on the part of the Times, but also on the part of conseervatives -- in the media and in Congress.

Thank you for your service in the cause of maintaining our legacy of liberty -- and I hope you agree that nothing serves this cause as much as people, particularly GOP officeholders, with the courage to apply common sense, precisely expressed, against the lying propaganda of those neo-fascist democrats -- antifa, ha!, they are philo-fascists , in the mold of their favorite son, Ortega the Ogre of Nicaragua, whose brutal dictatorship is ooutline, of all places, in The New York Times, September 6.

Yours in freedom for 5782,

David R. Zukerman, prop.
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9/11 Plus 20

September 10, 2021 --

LPR recalls clearly sitting in his car on Riverdale Avenue,  in The Bronx, on a beautiful, September morning, of a Tueday,  eating a corn muffin, listening to Don Imus on the car radio -- and hearing Imus suddenly tell of a report that a plane flew into a tower -- and I thought it was a structure at an airport.  I went to my apartment, a few blocks away, turned on the television set, and saw one of the buildings of the World Trade Center flames, and later the collapse, followed by a second collapse.

May the memory of the nearly 3,000 lost never be forgotten, as a blessing, and may the tragedy of 9/11 - there was also the plane that flew into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane that heroic passengers diverted into a field in Pennsylvania -- give us leadership  that will protect the country from murderous terrorists and never, ever buckle to the demands of evildoers.  In short, may G-d grant that our wonderful country be led by persons, like Donald J. Trump,  who truly know the difference between right from wrong.  Amen.

 

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Canine & Feline Corner

September 10, 2021 --

Freya over Lulu


Lulu, close-up 8/19/22


Lulu close-up (2)


Barking Lulu


Lulu


Lulu says "Hi!"


Handsome Ketsy


Lulu, Luna and Maxie


Luna


Ketsy relaxing

Ketsy meowing goodnight


This image of Ketsy should go viral.


Lulu. August 29


Maya, Lulu, and Finn


Lulu and Poe


Southeast view from Ewen dog run


Maya and Lulu


Maya, Lulu, and friends


Maya atop Lulu


Lulu in the bank, 9/3/21




 

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Two Predictions of the Afghanistan Catastrophe

September 10, 2021 --

Two articles, one in The New York Times, May 5, 2021;  the second in The Wall Street Journal July 27, 2021 argued, essentially, that the Afghanistan future is dire, if we  abandon the country to the Taliban.  The first article, "Before We Can Leave Afghanistan," is by Rep. Michael McCaul (R.-Tex.) and former Ambassador to Afghanistan (under President Obama) Ryan Crocker.  The second article, "How to Avert Disaster in Afghanistan," is by  Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster and Bradley Bowman.

A squib inserted in the McMaster / Bowman op-ed states: "The least the U.S. can do is offer air support, intel and ensure proper logistics and maintenance contracting." 

This article concluded that without giving the Afghan this minimal amount of assistance, "what's likely to come is a collapse in Afghanistan that will embolden the enemies of all civilized peoples and compel a much more costly intervention later."   

Thus far, sadly, the first part of the prediction has been realized. (Does the deep state plan an intervention prior to the November 2022 elections to get the country to rally round Biden?).

Here are links to the two articles.

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September Colors

September 10, 2021 --

Shades of pink


More lilac


Lilacs, now in full bloom 8/23


Lilacs reaching upward

Tall trees Bronx, 9/2/21


A bountiful, beautiful, blooming bouquet


Flowers bedecked dining shed


Sickly in spring, now in full bloom


 

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Biden: Our False Claimer-in-Chief

September 10, 2021 --

The  July 13, 2021 New York Times article on the departure from Afghanistan of  the U.S. in-country commander, Gen. Austin S. Miller,  suggests, in light of the reality of the calamitous U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, that the U.S. military cooperated with Biden in deceiving the government and people of Afghanistan.

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The headline over this article in the July 13, 2021 print edition of The New York Times reads: "Top U.S. General Leaves as Afghan Withdrawal Continues."

This news article reported on the departure of Gen. Austin S. Miller as "top American general in Afghanistan."   The article reported that security at the U.S. embassy would be the responsibility of Rear Admiral Peter G. Vasely "who will report to Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the head of the military's Central Command, who will take over the broader military mission in Afghanistan."

General Miller was quoted in the article, "'Our job is now just not to forget'[.]"  The Times article continued:

"General McKenzie, who arrived in Kabul on Monday [July 12], spoke afterward, assuring those present that the Americans were not abandoning the Afghan people in such dire times."

What on earth did Gen. McKenzie mean -- that we would keep in touch by smart phone, if the Taliban permitted mobile phone contact?

The story noted that the Taliban had already "taken swaths of the country, sometimes without firing a shot,"  and took note of "the United States-led mission's inability to groom an effective Afghan military despite spending billions of dollars on the effort since the U.S. invasion in 2001."

This acknowledgment raises two immediate thoughts: did the Biden administration believe that after the U.S. quit the country, Afghan forces would be successful in defending against the Taliban?   And does Washington think that all that is needed for successful counterinsurgency is to throw heaps of money at the insurgents?

The article went on to include this interesting comment about U.S. intel: "U.S. intelligence assessments, though often wrong [as, say, concerning Trump-Russian collusion?] have included dire warnings that the government could collapse, opening the door for the insurgents to take over."  

Here, the Times got things a bit backward: the government collapsed when the Taliban took over Kabul.

Next the Times account, by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, gave this quote from Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan national security adviser, after the U.S. military ceremony: "'There will be no takeover.'" 

May we inquire as to Mr. Mohib's present whereabouts? One does hope he is not in Taliban custody.

The article went on to indicate  that the  move out of the Bagram Air Base was accomplished in early July, "quietly"  and "in the middle of the night."  Suddenly and secretly, might have been a more accurate way of describing U.S. abandonment  of "its largest and last base in the country,"   Citing Pentagon sources, tMr.. Gibbons-Neff said that the "move [was] prompted by security concerns," and was also consistent with the U.S. withdrawal policy.   Here, the reader is left to conclude for him/herself that the Pentagon never considered the possibility that Bagram might be needed as alternative to the besieged Kabul airport.

Two more paragraphs from Mr. Gibbon's Neff July 13 New York Times article demand quoting..

"The president insisted  [at the White house, July 8] that the United States had not abandoned the thousands of Afghans who served as interpreters or provided other assistance to the American military and diplomatic missions.

"Mr. Biden said evacuations were underway, and he promised those Afghans that there was 'a home for you in the United States, if you so choose.'"

With the U.S. evacuation out of Afghanistan now  complete, certainly for Biden's purposes, it would be fair to say that the U.S. president gave the people of Afghanistan a false promise, for what has he done if not having abandoned the people of Afghanistan to the Taliban?  One last question: how has Biden served U.S. national security by turning Afghanistan over to the ruthless and extremist Taliban? 

 

 

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Why it's time to reconsider the views of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in establishing a positive mindset, in war and governance 

September 10, 2021 --

The chaotic end of our military adventure in Afghanistan has obscured a very salient point concerning our two decades' involvement in a land that, while perhaps  a country  -- probably does not yet constitute a nation-state.

The Constitution in Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the "Power," among other things, "To declare War[.]"  Madison, in Federalist No. 41, gives short shrift to this congressional power: "Is the power of declaring war necessary?  No man will answer this question in the negative. It would be superfluous, therefore, to enter into a proof of the affirmative."

Events since 1950 have proven Madison to have been a false prophet on the power to declare war.  We got into wars in Korea and Vietnam by means other than congressional declarations of war.  See this table setting forth wars entered into by congressional declaration, wars entered into without congressional, and military involvements pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions.  

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We went to war in Korea in 1950- a "police action", it was popularly called. -- pursuant to a UN Security Council resolution, and our military involvement in Vietnam, originally by way of military "advisers," got to be justified by the fig leaf of the "Tonkin Gulf resolution," by Congress -- which, still,, was not a declaration of war.

Consider the results of the two military involvements:  stalemate in Korea, from 1953 to the present day; defeat in Vietnam.
Why should we be surprised at the Afghanistan denouement? Congress did not approve an express declaration of war on Afghanistan.  The words to Congress, 70 years age,  from  a wise, indeed, great ,military figure, implied the problems created by the absence of a declaration of war

On April 19, 1951 General Douglas MacArthur, removed by President Tuman as our commander in Korea, addressed  a Farewell to Congress.
I will quote excerpts for that address, excerpts relevant today, but first here is a link to the entire speech. 

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LPR thinks  that the present Woke attack on common sense sheds light on the general's "Farewell Address to Congress,"
as the criticism, often vicious, against MacArthur seems to come from the same rabid, radical leftist mindset against President Trump.   

In the following paragraphs,  General MacArthur refuted attacks on him as "a warmonger," and went on to state a common sense approach to waging war against the Chinese Communists in Korea, an approach that should inform any and all  of our use of military  force to accomplish stated -- and clear -- aims.

While no man in his right mind would advocate sending our ground forces into continental China, and such was never given a thought, the new situation did urgently demand a drastic revision of strategic planning if our political aim was to defeat this new enemy as we had defeated the old.

Apart from the military need, as I saw It, to neutralize the sanctuary protection given the enemy north of the Yalu, I felt that military necessity in the conduct of the war made necessary: first the intensification of our economic blockade against China; two the imposition of a naval blockade against the China coast; three removal of restrictions on air reconnaissance of China's coastal areas and of Manchuria; four removal of restrictions on the forces of the Republic of China on Formosa, with logistical support to contribute to their effective operations against the common enemy.

For entertaining these views, all professionally designed to support our forces committed to Korea and bring hostilities to an end with the least possible delay and at a saving of countless American and allied lives, I have been severely criticized in lay circles, principally abroad, despite my understanding that from a military standpoint the above views have been fully shared in the past by practically every military leader concerned with the Korean campaign, including our own Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The following two paragraphs explain how the restraints placed on the General MacArthur barred him from effectiv use of  military, and,  indeed, seem to to explain our failure in Afghanistan:

I called for reinforcements but was informed that reinforcements were not available. I made clear that if not permitted to destroy the enemy built-up bases north of the Yalu, if not permitted to utilize the friendly Chinese Force of some 600,000 men on Formosa, if not permitted to blockade the China coast to prevent the Chinese Reds from getting succor from without, and if there were to be no hope of major reinforcements, the position of the command from the military standpoint forbade victory.

We could hold in Korea by constant maneuver and in an approximate area where our supply line advantages were in balance with the supply line disadvantages of the enemy, but we could hope at best for only an indecisive campaign with its terrible and constant attrition upon our forces if the enemy utilized its full military potential. I have constantly called for the new political decisions essential to a solution.

The present situation in Afghanistan suggests variation on the theme envisioned by this five-star general sixty years ago:  Indecision onn ways and means precludes victory. 

Here now is, arguably, the essence of  General MacArthur's farewell message to Congress, Apru 19 1951, a message that, after six decades,  has yet to be accepted by the people the voters send to Congress:   

But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.

War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.

In war there is no substitute for victory.

The rabid, radical left demeaned the wise soldier-statesman who spoke these words to Congress, they disparaged him, they insulted him, they ridiculed him.   But not pressing for victory, accepting "prolonged indecision," we continue to worry about the aggressive nature of the leader of North Korea, and, as  we fled in chaos from Vietnam, and we again flee in chaos from Afghanistan.

Imagine if there has been a congressional declaration of war on Noth Vietnam -- would it have red, in part, "This is to authorize the armed forces of the United States to accept defeat once our country's killed in action numbers reach 50,000."

And imagine a congressional declaration of war against Afghanistan:  "This is to authorize the dispatch of U.S. troops to Afghanistan for the purpose of gaining revenge for 9/11, along with the continued stationing of U.S. troops to provide security for gender studies in Afghanistan schools, so long as the duration does not extend past 9/11 plus 20 years.  This deadline is irrevocable even should our departure be hasty, chaotic, and leave the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, as they were prior to this resolution."

Of course not.

The moral of Korea, of Vietnam, and, now of Afghanistan has yet to sink in.   No American troops are to be sent into  harm's except by faithful adherence to the sage counsel of General Douglas MacArthur, in the pursuit of victory, as set forth in his Farewell Address to Congress, April 19, 1951.  

There is one further excerpt from the MacArthur Farewell of current significance,  an excerpt that justifies my description of this wise leader as "soldier/statesman." The following paragraphs refer to MacArthur's service as America's pro-consul for Japan, 1945 - 1951, a leadership that made it possible for him to take U.S. forces from their duty in Japan to engage the enemy in Korea, without adverse impact in Japan.

The Japanese people, since the war, have undergone the greatest reformation recorded in modern history. With a commendable will, eagerness to learn, and marked capacity to understand, they have, from the ashes left in war's wake, erected in Japan an edifice dedicated to the supremacy of individual liberty and personal dignity; and in the ensuing process there has been created a truly representative government committed to the advance of political morality, freedom of economic enterprise, and social justice.

Politically, economically, and socially Japan is now abreast of many free nations of the earth and will not again fail the universal trust. That it may be counted upon to wield a profoundly beneficial influence over the course of events in Asia is attested by the magnificent manner in which the Japanese people have met the recent challenge of war, unrest, and confusion surrounding them from the outside and checked communism within their own frontiers without the slightest slackening in their forward progress.

I sent all four of our occupation divisions to the Korean battlefront without the slightest qualms as to the effect of the resulting power vacuum upon Japan. The results fully justified my faith. I know of no nation more serene, orderly, and industrious, nor in which higher hopes can be entertained for future constructive service in the advance of the human race.

We have seen many comparisons of the chaos in Afganistan, today, to the chaos in Saigon (now Ho Chi Min City), when North Vietnam swooped down, in 1975, upon a South Vietnam that we abandoned. I have yet to see comments in the media along the lines of:  how come MacArthur succeeded in bringing democracy to Japan after less than five years as our pro consul, while after two decades, we have failed to engender the spirit of liberty in Afghanistan, to give the people of this despoiled land the will to stand up to, and, indeed, vanquish government by terrorists?  

Maybe it is time for some revisionist thinking about General Douglas MacArthur.

 

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LPR Photo Gallery

September 10, 2021 --

Manhattan towers, barely visible, center, ten miles south


Bronx, not rural, New York


Bronx, NY -- not France


Bronx, not Scarsdale


The yarmulke rack Riverdale Judaica


August 19, almost full moon


Sky after Henri


Looking toward Hudson River


Rural Bronx


Whitehall behind library


A Bronx venue


Stately Bronx residence


Riverdale monument WW I

Bronx country lane


Happy Hour


Support local businesses


There's a rainbow in this image - August 30


Evening clouds -- 8/31/21


Urban overgrowth 9/1/21


Heavy highway traffic 9/2/21


Interesting wheels 9/2/21


Downed traffic light 9/2/21


Downed traffic light in daylight


Heavy night highway traffic


Nice clouds on blue


High (and bright) moon, 1:53 a.m., 8/26/21

 

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LPR's Random Musings

September 10, 2021 --

LPR Is Not Surprised …

...by Rep. Jim Banks' remarks, late August, that the Democrats are authoritarians who are not playing games, but intend to crush the Republicans.    LPR has, for the past five years, tried to get attention paid a David Plouffe tweet calling for the total destruction of Donald Trump and "his kind."   The Plouffe quote is in this New York Times article by Amy Chozick, August 3, 2016:

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LPR, however, cannot understand why Republicans have not called attention to this indication that the Democrats have indeed become a totalitarian-mind political party.   A political party looking to destroy the opposition hardly believes in a two-party system, hardly tolerates dissent, hardly is committed to liberty. Republicans, when will you stand together and tall to MAGA?

 

What is the Biden administration thinking?

Attorney General Merrick Garland, June 15, gave a talk on the Biden policy on domestic terrorism.  The attorney general failed to identify domestic terrorist groups comparable to ISIS; indeed he equated the unnamed domestic terrorist groups to ISIS and al-Qaeda.  LPR has difficulty with the instances mentioned by the attorney general as acts of terrorism, because these instances,
including the murder of 11 Jews  as a Pittsburgh synagogue, three years ago, were, as LPR sees them, the acts of psychopaths, not terrorist organizations.  The attorney general did say that we will maintain a "relentless...focus"  on foreign terrorist organizations, an assertion that deserves a question for Mr. Garland, after the Kabul airport atrocity that took the lives of 12 Maines and one Navy medic, along with 169 Afghans trying to flee Taliban rule.

 

What is with the  Democrats?

First an online report, August 31, that Speaker Pelosi would not permit a reading in the House of the names of the 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman and one Army sergeant killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber at Kabul airport, and, the same day, Biden claiming  that the Afghanistan evacuation was an "extraordinary success."  The Wall Street Journal, in its lead September 1, indicted that Biden's character and judgment has become questionable -- and commented that the remaining time of his presidency will be a "long three-and-a-half years."   The editorial went on to comment that the "[m]ost dishonest -- and dangerous" assertion in Biden's August 31 claim of victory in Afghanistan was saying "that 'the war in Afghanistan is now over.' No one in the jihadist movement believes that.'"

 

See The New York Times, April 14, 2021

The banner headline for that edition reads: "BIDEN SETS END DATE FOR NATION'S LONGEST WAR."  (Wasn't it an undeclared war -- and second longest , after Korea which, technically has not ended.)

The lead story reported  that Biden "overrul[ed] warnings from his military advisers that the departure could prompt a resurgence of the same terrorist threats that send hundreds of thousands of troops into combat over the last 20 years."  The report went on to say, "the president is doing things his way."   As Robert Gates has famously indicated, Biden's way, more likely than not, is the wrong way.   On an inside page of the April 14, 2021 edition of The News York Times, David E. Sanger noted, "after less than three months as president, Mr. Biden came to the determination that only. full withdrawal -- with no link to political conditions on the ground -- would wrench America's attention away from the conflict of the past two decades in favor of the very different kinds he expects in the next two."  This is hardly fulsome praise for Biden.

 

Capitol police officers v. Donald Trump…

The following is copied and pasted from the Just the News website, August 27, about a lawsuit against Donald Trump.

The complaint, in which five of the  [seven] officers suing are black, accuses Trump and others of having racist and white supremacist motives behind claiming there was election fraud, specifically in areas with high black populations, such as Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

"They relied on white supremacist groups and sympathizers to organize and hold rallies and to help plan and carry out the Capitol Attack," the lawsuit reads. "Participants in the Attack directed racial epithets at Black officers protecting the Capitol. And after breaching the Capitol, the attackers paraded the Confederate flag and other symbols of white supremacy through the Capitol's halls."

"As this lawsuit makes clear, the Jan. 6 insurrection was not just an attack on individuals, but an attack on democracy itself," said Damon Hewitt, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which represents the Capitol Police officers. "It was a blatant attempt to stifle the votes and voices of millions of Americans, particularly Black voters."

Mr. Hewitt should be reminded that the FBI, according to reports, does not regard the events at the Capitol, January 6, 2021 as an
"insurrection."   The complaint, from the Just the News excerpt, seems to reflect just ltypical leftist  anti-Trump views and is likely not to survive a motion to dismiss -- unless, of course, the judge is anti-Trump.

 

Two simple questions for the president…

If the Taliban is not considered a ruthless gang who will be out for bloodthirsty revenge after August 31, why are so many Afghans trying to flee their rule?

If the Taliban is considered a ruthless gang out for bloodthirst revenge and is expected to oppress the people, snuffing out the spirit of freedom, why did you fail to resist their demand to evacuate by August 31, 2021?

 

The double Military standard …

The military announced it will not stand for disrespect of Biden over his handling of the Afghanistan "nakba."    But with President Trump, disrespect went as high as Gen, Milley, appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, named to the post by Mr. Trump.

(Had President Trump rightly dismissed Milley over his intemperate marks about the president's walk to see the damage done by leftists to St. John's Church, June 1, 2020, Pelosi likely would have had an article of impeachment drafted on the spot.)

Does Mr. Biden Cater to Media's Big Three?

Breitbart reported, August 26,  that Voice of America journalists are trapped in Afghanistan.

Compare this comment from President Biden, during his August 20 White House remarks on the evacuation:

"In fact, working in close coordination with the management of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, we have successfully evacuated all 204 of their employees in Afghanistan on U.S. military aircraft earlier this week."

Sounds as if the president makes CERTAIN to take care of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Peggy Noonan Revises Her Thinking on President Biden

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, in her September 4-5 column did not go as far as David Horowitz and Daniel Greenfield in their American Greatness excoriation of the president, "Biden Surrenders to the Taliban, the GOP Must Not Surrender to Biden," calling for his impeachment and saying his Afghanistan evacuation was the most humiliating defeat in American history.  (They also called for the removal of the current joint chiefs of staff.).  Ms. Noonan did, however, call the evacuation a "fiasco," and wrote that nothing about it "suggested kindliness or interest in the feelings of others."  She went on to cite a friend of Biden's who had told her "Mr. Biden's weakness is that he always thinks he's the smartest guy in the room."  Of course, LPR has no doubt that had it been President Trump who quit Afghanistan in a rush, leaving Americans unaccounted for and the Afghan people prey, again, to the Taliban, Noonan would have called for Trump's impeachment, said he presided over the worst humiliation in American history and called for the removal of his joint chiefs of staff.

Here is the link to the column, "The Afghan Fiasco Will Stick to Biden."  

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This is what the Democrats look like…

The New York Times, September 6, reported on the situation in Ortega's Nicaragua.  It is a place, according to the Times, where the press is not free; where dissent if forbidden; where middle-of-the-night arrests are conducted on arbitrary charges and secret trials are held without right of defense counsel.  What the Times gave readers was a glimpse of  a fascist dictatorship ruled brutally by Ortega.  Thing is, Ortega has long enjoyed the support of Democrats in Congress, going back to the Reagan administration when they helped bring this fascist to power and prevented President Reagan from backing liberty in Nicaragua.  Add to this  the Democrats' love affair with  communist Cuba and  we see that they are the party of suppression, repression and oppression, presently led by the serial liar in the White House.   Note how Biden's poll numbers are sinking below President Trump's numbers, and President Trump's numbers were artificially lowered by the mean-spirited anti-freedom media. Is military Milley organizing an ouster of Biden so Kamala becomes a president he can dominate?

 

An Explanation Why Biden Is Not a Leader…

(From The Western Journal, August 27)

Fox News’ Jesse Watters attacked Biden for shifting the Afghanistan blame on others during a Thursday episode of “Watters World,” saying, “President Biden says the buck stops with him, but the guy just can’t stop blaming others for the mistakes.”

Watters pointed to Biden’s ABC News interview with former Clinton administration communications director George Stephanopoulos during which Biden bolstered his defenses.

“There was no consensus. You go back in look at the intelligence reports, they said it was more likely to be sometime by the end of the year,” Biden said during the interview, according to Fox News.

LPR's comment:   A leader either acts without regard to "consensus," or creates "consensus."   A president who follows "consensus" is, literally, a mere follower.

 

The following is taken from Attorney General Garland's June 15 address on domestic terrorism policy. …

"It is also why, even as we augment our efforts against domestic terrorism, we remain relentless in our focus on international terrorism perpetrated by foreign terrorist organizations like al-Qa’ida and ISIS."

Mr. Garland's assertion of the administration's  "relentless...focus" on terror groups like ISIS seems to have lost  some credibility as of the August 26 ISIS atrocity in Kabul, which perhaps is a function of the president's apparent unwillingness to confront the Taliban to demand that it cause no harm to American citizens and not restrain any American from leaving Afghanistan.  (Could the situation in Afghanistan be a mess because this administration is a mess?)

Btw-- In his remarks, as LPR read them, Mr. Garland does not mention specific terror groups in the U.,S.   He does suggest that the January 6 circumstance at the Capitol was domestic terrorism, and also mentioned that unspecified white supremacist groups are the FBI's "top"  domestic terrorism threat.    This is what he said about the FBI's view of the threat from white supremacist groups:

"According to an unclassified summary of the March intelligence assessment, the two most lethal elements of the domestic violence extremist threat are “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, and militia violent extremists.” In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race. "

LPR would  note that the occasions of urban looting and arson are  never mentioned in a terrorism context, never considered the work of organized violent extremists.

 

 
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Red Line

Questions LPR would have asked the president if LPR attended his August 20, 2021 press briefing.

September 10, 2021 --

Here is an excerpt from the August 20 presser:

"But make no mistake: This evacuation mission is dangerous.  It involves risks to our armed forces, and it is being conducted under difficult circumstances. 

"I cannot promise what the final outcome will be or what it will be — that it will be without risk of loss.  But as Commander-in-Chief, I can assure you that I will mobilize every resource necessary."

This excerpt from the president's statement prompts two questions:   

1. Why is the "evacuation mission dangerous?" 

2. Why do you  refer to yourself as "Commander-in-Chief". and not as "president" or "chief executive?"

Mr. Biden also referred to "vulnerable Afghans such as women leaders and journalists". Why are these groups "vulnerable?"

Mr. Biden remarked, further, that all 204 employees in Afghanistan from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have been safely evacuated. 

Were these media outlets given priority? 

What of the other American citizens, including women and journalists still in Afghanistan?

 

Red Line

Pity the Poor Democrats, having all the makings of an impeachment and no Republican president to impale

September 10, 2021 --

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Pity the poor Democrats, having all the makings of an impeachment but no Republican president to impale..

First please go to the text of the Second Trump Impeachment, which went to the Senate, January 25, 2021 five days after Biden became president and, therefore, represented an action to remove from office a president who no longer was in office!   

The text of this second bizarre impeachment also falsely asserted that the demonstrators at the Capitol "killed law enforcement personnel.". The only death on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol was the tragic end of the unarmed pro-Trump Ashli Babbitt, whose assailant Capitoll police officer was reportedly exonerated.

Sen. Rand Paul moved to dismiss the impeachment on January 26, but his common-sense motion was defeated 55 - 45, with five Trump-loathing Republican senators -- Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse,  and Toomey -- joining the Democrats in seeking to remove from office a former president, which must be some kind of oxymoron (emphasis on the last two syllables). 

The Senate, by vote of 57 - 43 failed, on February 13,  to convict President Trump on the sole impeachment article, GOP Senators Burr and Cassidy joining Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse and Toomey in voting, with the ravbid Democrats to remove a president no longer in office.

See, too, the Newsweek report of a poll noting support for Biden's handling of the Afghanistan evacuation at 25%. What the Democrats would do, impeachment-wise, with a poll number aslow as that if -- the president were a Republican.   Here is a proposed draft of an impeachment article, demanding the removal of Biden if  he were  a Republican.  And indeed, if Biden were a Republican, the August 23, 2021date of his bowing to Taliban diktat, August 31, 2021, would be set down, by the pro-Democrat media, as "Aug. 23."

RESOLUTION

Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Resolved, That Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.

ARTICLE I:  Invitation to National Humiliation 

The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Further, section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States from “hold[ing] any office … under the United States”.

In his conduct while President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States, in that:

On August 23, 2012,  President Biden  announced that he would stand firm on his August 31, 2021 date for the evacuation of all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, notwithstanding the fact that this deadline was the president's own doing, that  accepting the Taliban's demand for inflexibility on this arbitrarily-selected date placed the lives of untold numbers of U.S. citizens at the mercy of hostile forces in Afghanistan and, further, that in unilaterally declaring  our evacuation, the president failed to consult with key NATO allies, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, thereby causing grave damage to the NATO alliance, also causing   the United States to be regarded with opprobrium, not to mention scorn from  our allies, the president thereby caused the greatest instance of U.S. humiliation in its more than two centuries of existence as a light unto the nations of the world. 

President Biden's conduct, August 23, 2021 followed his prior efforts to hinder  the evacuation of U.S. military forces and U.S. citizens from  Afghanistan, including precipitous withdrawal from the Bagram airfield, leaving the Kabul airport the sole venue for evacuation from Afghanistan, making it necessary for American citizens to pass through checkpoints in the hands of hostile forces of the Taliban. Additionally, President Biden, meeting the press on August 20, 2021, admitted, "This evacuation mission is dangerous."  What could the president have implied, other than that his handling of the end of the war in Afghanistan left Americana citizens in harm's way. In  all this President Biden    endangered the security of  United States citizens and lessened international respect for the  institutions of the United States  Government. He has also threatened to undermine the NATO alliance, interfered with the peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan and  imperiled, in the eyes of the American people, the standing of a co-equal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., by  such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,  thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States, it being intolerable that a president who has acted so shamefully should continue in office , not even if he should somehow belatedly extend  the August 31, 2021 deadline, said deadline already having had the effect of sowing discord and chaos at home and abroad, and confusion and disarray, to boot. 

 
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September 10, 2021 --

On the Biden watch-checking controversy when the  fallen 13 were transferred from the plane …

… Maybe he was checking to see if each transfer took precisely the same amount of time.

From Trending Politics, 9/3 …

Rep. Jim Jordan on 2024 - "I want [Donald Trump] to run” Jordan continued. “He’s proven he can take the heat.

“We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses,” he added.

Amen to that and may the rest of the GOP learn to stand up to the left as does the former and future president, please G-d.

Use Cash; Save More …

LPR knows, cash is disfavored for preferred use of credit cards and debit cards.  But on an Old Navy credit card,  LPR is paying 25% interest, which is huge. And debit cards might lead to problems keeping track of spending, leading to overdrafts, and bank charges, PLUS letters threatening to close the account.

LPR plans, and recommends, to sharply limit use of credit card and debit card.  That way, have a pretty good idea,  LPR will have a positive balance at the end of the month (and of course the bank's charges will be a lot less). Remember the moral of  Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life". -- what's good for the bank is probably bad for the average citizen.

Correcting American Greatness…

As LPR was unable to contact American Greatness because its captcha device was inoperative, will someone please tell them that Tony Blaid, as former U.K. prime minister, was head of government, not head of state as stated in the fine article Biden gave us our worst defet in Amerian history, the way he quit Afghanistan.

A Special Announcement from LPR …

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A tidbit of bad economic news or -- is the  mobile phone business going to Verizon and T-Mobile?

The ATT store on Johnson Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. closed down. This suggests wasn't doing business in the northwest corner of The Bronx.  Previously, was convenient place for answers to questions how to operate the gadget. Fortunately, it closed after I learned how to turn on the ringtone, and increase volume.  Image of the store appeared on LPR a while back.

Save the post office…

Con Ed (monthly electric bill) return envelope says to pay direct and safe on stamps.  How does that help the post office?  LPR plans to continue to purchase stamps.

What kind of president is Biden?

This Reuters report where Biden suggests to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (who fled the country August 15) that he lie about the Taliban success in taking over Afghanistan,  tells LPR that our president is a man who believes in telling the untruth, the whole untruth, and nothing but untruth.

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A request for a day of silence from the president…

Perhaps Mr. Biden should restrain himself from making any public comment this 9/11, this 20th anniversary of that terrible day. For sure, it would be unseemly of him to brag about how great a leader he is.  Maybe his handlers will keep him in tow on that solemn occasion.

The "conservative" Ross Douthat probably knows where his bread is buttered at The New York Times …

How else explain the title of his September 1, 2021 column: "Biden's Critics Lost Afghanistan"?

More proof of leftist projecting …

Leftists false claimed that President Trump was undermining our special relationship with Britain, as well as our ties to NATO. See the August 29 piece in Western Journal how Biden has caused great damage to our ties with Britain o er his mishandling of the evacuation from Afghanistan.

An Unthinkable thought …

If the homeland suffers an act of ISIS terrorism, will Biden be the first U.S. president driven from office by popular clamor?

A Taliban question to us?

How do we answer a Taliban complaint along these lines:  Why do you Americans criticize us  about the way we adhere to ancient tribal traditions?   Don't your Amish people, and others,  like Hasidic Jews, stick to old ways without you interfering? 

The main difference between President Trump and Biden …

President Trump relishes getting into the arena to defend America and protect her honor; Biden shrinks from the fight.

 

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