Syrian Boy Is Proof Obama Administration’s Squishy Policy Is Wrong


The one area where I know President Obama was not as agile, resourceful, or demanding so to meet a crisis head-on was in Syria.  On this blog I called for a no-fly zone and placed myself shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of John McCain.  I strongly advocated for a strong military response to the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Assad.

No one wants war, and Obama clearly did not want history to write that he started one.  But there comes a time in international affairs when there is no more room for debate, and a strong response has to be made.  There comes a time when history weighs down on our world leaders to not shy away from the actions that need to be employed.

Military responses are not the first step that should ever be taken to sway or move our opponents.  But the bloodshed and carnage that has been allowed to continue from the Assad regime clearly demonstrates they are not mindful of international opinion.  It is clear that a more determined way to make a point needs to be registered.

If I were advising the president I would state a full scale strike on the flying assets of Assad needs to happen.  The military means that the Assad regime uses to barrel bomb and murder their own civilians needs to be rendered useless.

Our nation has the means to effect change in Syria.

But we sit idly by and make polite diplomatic exchanges that has led us to the fifth year of a most nauseating war which has left hundreds of thousands dead.  The NATO allies seem impotent, the United Nations seems unwilling to engage Syria, and the United States looks to be sleeping.

As current readers know I am plowing my way through The Glory And The Dream by William Manchester.   I am now past WWII with the riveting narrative. While watching BBC news coverage of the Syrian child pictured above my mind kept asking would it have been wrong during the Holocaust to try to bomb the gas chambers at Auschwitz?  Would it not have been the correct thing to do to stop the atrocities?  The American public had a deep streak of isolationism but is it not true that a president is elected to lead and show why others must follow? I understand that our military had to mass produce so to be ready for the war that would eventually come, but did we not have a moral calling to act on the knowledge we had about extermination and do something?

I want leadership in the last months of the Obama presidency to make it known to the Syrian government that the time has come for an end to the slaughter of their citizens.

Get our military might to create deep craters in Syrian runways and obliterate their aircraft.  We need not send in land forces to make this happen.  But we can change the dynamics on the ground for the rebels and create safer days and nights for children like Omran Daqneesh.

NBC Losing Viewers In Droves During Olympic Coverage

I always enjoy knowing how the ratings are for major events that play out over television.   So you might expect me to be curious how the Olympics are faring for NBC.  I am rather stunned by the news this morning.   Overnights have been mixed since the start of the games but the degree to which they have fallen off is hard to fathom.   While I love the winter games every four years and watch hour after hour of coverage I have not watched anything other than the opening ceremonies from Rio.  Apparently many feel the way I do.  But for a nation that thrives on sports the lack of viewers is befuddling.

NBC’s prime-time broadcast Wednesday delivered 20.7 million total viewers. That’s a 14 percent decline from Tuesday night, a 21.5 percent decline from last Wednesday, a 29 percent decline from the same night during the London Olympics in 2012, and a 16 percent decline from the same night at the Beijing Games in 2008.

The Story Behind The Hitler In Disguise Photos


This is rather fascinating.

The full account is well worth a read.

The images obviously appeared in The New York Times in 1944. The National Archives and Record Administration confirmed via email that they credit to the images to the newspaper. According to official records, the OSS made a habit of accruing photographs of prominent people, often from commercial sources. The Senz series is stored in a box along with images of photographs of military and civilian figures from over seventy-five countries, including Josef Stalin and Mao Tse Tung.

It seems most likely that it was the New York Times that commissioned the images from one of the day’s foremost experts on faces. Since then, thanks to the internet and an insatiable hunger for World War II narratives, the story has taken on a Hollywood sheen; Senz is the glamorous makeup man called upon by the most secretive forces of the United States government to play a role in bringing a monster to justice.