Director of National Intelligence Should Be Fired for Lies, Actions

A mildly-courageous few — among them, a congressman from Michigan and a senator from Kentucky — have urged President Barack Obama to ask for James R. Clapper’s immediate resignation after the nation’s top intelligence official admitted he lied under oath.  None, however, have asked for the spymaster’s proverbial “head on a platter.”  And then there’s me!

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Going well beyond President Obama’s statement Friday that the Director of National Intelligence “should have been more careful” when testifying before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee March 12, 2013, I released THE CLAPPER MEMO.

My second nonfiction book and the product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO exposes this title-inspiring man’s leading role in preventing U.S. military and intelligence personnel from having access to the best interrogation equipment available.  And that’s just the beginning!

Though THE CLAPPER MEMO has yet to gain the kind of attention as Clapper’s lying and spying exploits, it has received glowing endorsements from several high-level individuals who appreciate its implications:

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“THE CLAPPER MEMO by Bob McCarty gives the reader an in-depth look into the dirty little secrets of politics and greed triumphing over safety and security for our fighting men and women as well as the average American citizen.”BILLY and KAREN VAUGHN, parents of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn and author of the book, BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father.  Aaron was a member of SEAL Team Six who lost his life along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011.  Learn more about their endorsement here.

“Bob McCarty has uncovered a high-tech ‘turf war’ pitting those who want the best for our troops against others who seem to be focused on their own self-interests. Sadly, it seems the wrong people are winning this war. I highly recommend THE CLAPPER MEMO.”MAJ. GEN. PAUL VALLELY (U.S. Army, Ret.), former deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific.  Learn more about his endorsement here.

“Bob McCarty’s book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, represents perhaps the most thorough investigative reporting I have encountered in years. I direct the attention of the so-called major media to it. This is how it’s done!”DAVID P. SCHIPPERS, Chief Investigative Counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.  Learn more about his endorsement here.

“An unconscionable cover-up.”CAPT. LARRY W. BAILEY (U.S. Navy SEALs, Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs BUD/S Training ProgramLearn more about his endorsement here.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Holder Blames Congress Before Announcing Plan to Hold Military Tribunals for 9/11 Terror Suspects

Eric Holder

Only after claiming Congressional interference played a pivotal role in his decision, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today he will use military tribunals to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several other alleged 9/11 terrorists.

AG Holder’s decision comes barely two years after President Barack Obama’s Jan. 22, 2009, announcement that he would close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility within 12 months, prompting the “Free at Last” cartoon below which appeared in a post the following day.  More importantly, it comes after the nation’s top law enforcement officer said that he still believes that the federal court system is an appropriate venue for the Justice Department to achieve swift, fair justice for 9/11 victims and family members.

The attorney general’s decision came almost four months after a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey showed 84 percent of likely U.S. voters were at least somewhat concerned that dangerous terrorists will be set free if the prison camp is closed and some prisoners are transferred to other countries. That included 57 percent who were “very concerned.”

Unfortunately, the decision today stands to bring to an end the seemingly-endless opportunities — including the “GITMO Detainee Reentry Academy” radio parody above — to criticize the Obama Administration and the for its handling of GITMO detainees.

I am, however, very willing to sacrifice such opportunities in exchange for 9/11 victims and their families finally obtaining justice.

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‘Gas Strike’ Fueled by Emotion and Ignorance (Update)

This morning, I came across a Facebook event, titled “GAS STRIKE,” that nearly a half-million people have signed up to “attend” today.  Sadly, their effort — which involves boycotting gas stations for one day — is a misguided effort driven more by emotion and ignorance than common sense.

Oil companies produce the oil and make it available on the marketplace, but the price is set by the markets in much the same way as farmers accept the going rate for commodities such as corn and soybeans.

Americans who want “change” in the form of lower gas prices at the pump should stop venting their outrage against oil companies and the small business owners who operate gas stations and convenience stores across the nation.  After all, it didn’t work when tried June 19.  Instead, they should demand President Barack Obama and his underlings — a group that includes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Dr. David Chu and everyone in the EPA — end their war of regulation and red tape that is preventing U.S. oil and natural gas companies from tapping domestic sources of energy.

No one but the Obama Administration is responsible for gasoline prices reaching $4 per gallon and higher. If Obama wants to improve the everyday lives of Americans via lower fuel prices, he needs to conduct business in a way that allows more drilling onshore and offshore so that we can actually reduce our dependence on foreign oil and keep 9.2 million Americans gainfully employed and contributing to the economy.

To learn more about how gas prices are set, read The Facts about Rising Gas Prices, an Energy Tomorrow blog post published yesterday.

If you need help paying for gasoline until the Obama Administration ends its war against “Big Oil,” buy a “Will work for fuel” t-shirt.

UPDATE 3/10/11 at 12:28 p.m. Central: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) makes my point in a just-released video (below).  He even mentions Obama’s statement about skyrocketing electricity prices, a topic I covered in this Nov. 3, 2008, post.

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March Madness: Does Anyone Have Nerve to Fire Oregon State Basketball Coach Craig Robinson?

Later this month, 65 teams from across the country will battle for a chance to play in the Final Four of the NCAA Division I men’s college basketball tournament (a.k.a., “The Big Dance”) and a chance to play for a national title.  The Oregon State University Beavers, coached by President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson, will not be one of them.

Now, one question looms large in the world where basketball and politics collide:  Does anyone have the nerve to fire President Obama’s brother-in-law?

Robinson, 48, was hired to replace a coach who had lead the team to a 6-25 record the previous season.  Though he ended his first season with a respectable 18-18 record, things began to go downhill the second season, ending below the .500 mark at 14-16.  And the slide continued this year.

Oregon State, a team accustomed to finishing at or near the bottom of the PAC-10 Conference standings, finished the regular season with 10 wins and 19 losses, including a 5-13 conference record.  In other words, the team lost two games for every game they won.  If the program continues in this direction, Robinson will tally a 6-25 record, identical to the one that got his predecessor fired, next season.

Then, it would seem, only a presidential “pardon” of sorts will be able to save the Oregon State coach’s job.  Perhaps, Obama will threaten to cut federal funds to the university?  No, he wouldn’t do that…or would he?

Note: The #9 seed Beavers play the #8 seed Stanford Cardinal in a nationally-televised game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Presidents, Pensions and Energy Prices

Every day, I receive news releases from organizations hoping I’ll pass along important news about their organizations to you, my readers.  Today, however, was one of those days when I simply had no time to write anything for immediate consumption.  As a result, I opted to share a few tidbits from my “news release” file.  Tackling issues related to President Barack Obama‘s meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, unfunded pension obligations and rising energy prices, those tidbits appear below:

Truckers Outraged: U.S. & Mexico trucking agreement
U.S. held hostage by tariffs to open border to trucks

(Grain Valley, Mo., March 3, 2011) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) expressed outrage on behalf of professional truckers at today’s announcement by the White House to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks.

“Simply unbelievable,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA. “For all the president’s talk of helping small businesses survive, his administration is sure doing their best to destroy small trucking companies and the drivers they employ.”  Read the rest of the news release here.

State Unfunded Pension Liabilities Exceed $1 Trillion
Analysis marks pension liabilities as root of state budget crisis

WASHINGTON, DC- The nation’s top state budget watchdog, State Budget Solutions, released a report on this week demonstrating the dramatic extent of unfunded liabilities facing the state government public employee pension funds – ranging from $1 trillion to $2.8 trillion dollars depending on the study used in the analysis. “This report shows that states have been fooling the public and the federal government for years,” said Bryan Leonard, author of the study. “The breadth and depth of the public pension crisis is finally coming to light and the numbers clearly speak for themselves.”  Read the full story here.

API applauds Upton-Inhofe proposal to block EPA from raising energy prices on American consumers

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 – Marty Durbin, API executive vice president, applauded the bipartisan Energy Tax Prevention Act to be introduced by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), which would prevent EPA actions that could raise energy prices on American consumers and stifle the fragile economic recovery:   “API welcomes the leadership of Senator Inhofe and Chairman Upton, and the growing list of bipartisan supporters in Congress, to stop unelected federal officials from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act—a policy never intended by Congress. This legislation will prevent EPA from imposing regulations that could significantly raise energy costs and harm our fragile economic recovery.” Read the rest of the American Petroleum Institute news release here.

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Turmoil in Libya Brings Back Memories

Every time Muammar Qaddafi makes the news, I’m reminded of something that happened almost 25 years ago when I was serving as an Air Force public affairs officer at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kan.

After the Libyan dictator was blamed for the deadly April 5, 1986, bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by U.S. service members, President Ronald Reagan decided to send him a message.  Only 10 days after the bombing, that message was delivered by U.S. F-111 aircraft.  No questions asked.

Strategic Air Command KC-135R Stratotankers from McConnell’s 184th Refueling Wing were called upon to provide inflight refueling for the bombers delivering the message.

Though I didn’t participate in the mission except to respond to public and media questions after the fact, I did receive the dark humor-filled “North Africa Bomb Comp ’86″ patch at right as a memento.

To this day, I cherish the patch for the memories — of President Reagan, of teamwork and pride — that it represents.  Something I miss with President Barack Obama in the White House.

Thought I’d share that today.

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President Obama Continues Anti-Israel Push

A red-letter link atop the Drudge Report takes readers to a disturbing Foreign Policy magazine article published Wednesday:  In sharp reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council.  The article, in turn, stands as only the most-recent reminder of many about President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel sentiment.

The State of Israel coin above reflects President Obama’s vision for the future of the Jewish State (i.e., it’s blank).  It went into circulation on the day he was inaugurated as part of “Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection,” an alternative for coin collectors not interested in the U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.

Since his inauguration, President Obama hasn’t disappointed those who share his vision for Israel.

One month after “44″ took office, U.S. State Department officials participated in the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, an event which had a decidedly anti-Israel tone.

Two months after he took office, NEWSWEEK threw in its support of President Obama’s vision by erasing Israel from a world map they published.

In an American Thinker opinion piece three months after “O” was sworn in, Cliff Thier expressed grave concern about the future of Israel and worries that President Obama will use U.S. Air Force assets to prevent Israeli forces from taking out Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.  No doubt, that concern remains intact today.

Four months after the inauguration, Israel National News reported that the United States was working with both Egypt and Russia to rid Israel of its nuclear weapons, as part of a comprehensive plan to neutralize Iran’s nuclear power.

Of course, I could list dozens — if not hundreds — more examples of the Obama Administration’s anti-Israel stance.  Instead, I’ll simply fast forward to the Foreign Policy piece mentioned in the first paragraph above.  In it, writer Colum Lynch shares this disturbing news:

The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

That, my friends, is akin to U.S. abandonment of the Jewish State at a time during which tensions are high in the Middle East.  This stance must change.  2012 can’t come soon enough.

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