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The Nightmare of a Defenseless America
Kurt Schlichter
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"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future"
 Risky for GOP too - Charles Krauthammer    points out the risks for Republicans in the hearings. “…[T]hese hearings are a big political risk for Republicans. Going into the 2014 election, they stand to benefit from the major issues — nObamacare, the economy, chronic unemployment — from which Benghazi hearings can only distract. Worse, if botched like previous hearings on the matter, these hearings could backfire against the GOP, as did the 1998 Clinton impeachment proceedings. On purely partisan considerations, the hearings are not worth the political risk. But the country deserves the truth. They’ll get it if the GOP can keep the proceedings clean, factual and dispassionate. No speeches. No grandstanding. Gowdy has got to be a tough disciplinarian — especially toward his own side of the aisle.” -Fox News
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will head to the hill next week to testify in front of the House Veterans Affairs Committee the claim that a Phoenix VA hospital had a “
secret waiting list” for sick veterans. The supposed list contained around 1,500 veterans being forced to wait for appointments at the hospital that resulted in more than 40 deaths. Fox News: “The vote [to subpoena Shinseki] on the House Veterans Affairs Committee comes as Shinseki begins to face calls -- from Congress and beyond -- for his resignation. In an interview with CBS News, Shinseki brushed aside those calls, while acknowledging that the Phoenix controversy ‘makes me angry.’ Shinseki has placed top Phoenix officials on leave as the department tries to get to the bottom of what happened.” The committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., told the WaPo, “It is unfortunate that we have to come to this decision, but we did not do so without substantial justification…The last few weeks have been a model of VA stonewalling, which precipitated the need for a subpoena.”
Too little too late – Arizona Republic: “On Wednesday, [Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.,] requested nationwide audits of VA scheduling to establish whether the system is infected with ‘inaccurate reporting practices.’ Shinseki responded in less than 24 hours, ordering reviews at all clinics ‘to ensure a full understanding of VA’s policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care.’” -Fox News
Secretary of State Hanoi John Kerry is hosting billionaire Democratic donor George Soros for the State Department’s upcoming
Open Forum. According to a department email, Hanoi Kerry will introduce the deep-pocketed businessman at the May 13 forum on “strengthening civil society, democracy and the world economy.”  -Fox News
 You’re cool, Shel -  Daily Beast: “Senate Majority Leader dinky Harry Reid takes regular swipes at multibillionaire brothers [David Koch] and Charles Koch, but Nevada’s top political figure hasn’t mustered a whisper of protest for a Republican mega-donor standing in his own front yard: outspoken casino king Sheldon Adelson. It turns out the two are friends-at least that’s how Adelson described their relationship Monday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during an hourlong chat as part of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration's ‘Conversations on Being Successful’ series.  With approximately 1,000 students and others filling Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, Adelson held forth on his business philosophy and rise to power as a casino titan. When the topic briefly turned to partisan politics, staunch Republican Adelson raised eyebrows when he expressed affection and respect for dinky Reid.”  -Fox News
The Hill: “A leading healthcare analysis group said Thursday that insurance premiums in some states might see double digit increases this year under nObamaCare, but not because of age discrepancies. ‘Despite initial concerns about the age mix of exchange enrollees, the current age distribution appears to be close enough to plan projections to avoid driving major premium increases,’ said Avalere Health in a new analysis. However, the group said increasing cost of medical care, use of services and new technology will mean exchange plans will need to increase their premiums, and the hikes will vary state by state…. Last month, the younger demographic was crucial in tipping enrollment numbers over 8 million. However, Avalere said young enrollment numbers are not uniform throughout the country, and success of the new healthcare law will depend on making sure they continue to enroll.” -Fox News

The Detroit News: “Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is unveiling two new Internet ads that criticize her rival [Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich] for opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and tying him to a billionaire. …Her ads cite media reports that Peters attended a Feb. 19 event with Senate Majority Leader dinky Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former Vice President Al Gore at the San Francisco home of Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager who has vowed to spend tens of millions in favor of candidates who oppose the pipeline. ‘Gary Peters — working for billionaires not Michigan,’ say the two ads from Land. ‘Steyer could make millions by killing the pipeline by investments in Keystone’s competitor.’” -Fox News
 The O'Reilly Factor 
Boehner and Benghazi, Talking Points...
 Armed Services Chairman: nObama ‘Our Foreign Policy Is a Mess’ 
President nObama’s wrongheaded view of the world has weakened America’s military and turned foreign policy into a “mess” — and Republicans bear some of the responsibility, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said yesterday... “It is no accident that the expansion of Russia and China has come at the exact moment when we are dismantling our military and retreating from the world,” Rep. Buck McKeon (R- Calif.) said in a speech at The Heritage Foundation aimed at drawing attention to defense and national security issues. “With Russia invading Ukraine, China provoking our Pacific allies, al-Qaeda regrouping, North Korea banging the drum, and ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, I think the president has lost sight of his purpose here,” McKeon said.
 GOP Rep. blasts ‘fake outrage’ over Benghazi 
“A couple lessons I learned in the Army were, you move to the sound of gunfire, and the most important step in the troop-leading procedures is to supervise the execution of your orders,” Cotton said on the House floor in supporting a resolution to establish the committee... “When Americans were fighting for their lives in Benghazi, Barack nObama did neither. He sent no quick-reaction force, and he didn’t even stay in the Situation Room to supervise the execution of his orders.” For two years, the nObama administration has stonewalled the investigation, covering up the president’s “failure of leadership,” Cotton said, adding that the truth will come out and scolding his “colleagues from the other side of the aisle” for expressing “great outrage” that the issue has been politicized. “When I was leading troops in Iraq in 2006, men and women who were being shot at and blown up by al-Qaida, where was the outrage as they fundraised endlessly off the Iraq war?” Cotton said. “Where was the outrage as they viciously attacked our commanders? Where was the outrage when they said soldiers were war criminals? Where was the outrage when they said the war was lost? Where was the outrage when they said only high school dropouts join the Army?” The congressman said he learned a lesson while in the Army: “We leave no man behind and we will not leave these four men behind.”
 The Kelly File 
Rep. Trey Gowdy on how the Benghazi probe will move forward. Congressman to lead select committee...
 Scarborough Interrupts Alex Wagner’s Benghazi Denial 
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough interrupted Alex Wagner’s dismissal of the nObama administration’s secret Benghazi talking points on Thursday, telling her not to “insult our intelligence."...Wagner appeared on “Morning Joe” to discuss the Benghazi scandal, which reached new heights last week after unreleased emails revealed White House attempts to insulate President nObama from criticism. The emails, which were revealed by a conservative group’s lawsuit, has prompted the formation of a House select committee to investigate Benghazi. As she often does on her own MSNBC show, Wagner tried to wave off the controversy as much ado about nothing. “Everybody has focused on one of the four talking points,” she exclaimed. “The other three are totally benign and exactly what you would expect from the White House.”,48782
 IRS Agrees To Give House Committee All Lois Lerner Emails 
The IRS has finally agreed to hand over all of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails to the House Committee on Ways and Means, The Daily Caller has learned...New IRS commissioner John Koskninen previously said that it could take years to provide all of Lerner’s emails to congressional investigators. But Ways and Means’ referral of criminal charges against Lerner to the Department of Justice, coupled with the House of Representatives’ holding Lerner in contempt of Congress Wednesday, has changed the tenor of the investigation into the IRS conservative targeting scandal. “While it is good that we are finally getting these emails, it should never have taken this long.  The agency is finally doing what is right and hopefully this is the last of the delays,” House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp said in a statement.,48782
 nObama’s Foreign Policy: One Big Coverup 
nObama will eventually adopt the Russian line on Ukraine if for no other reason than to avoid exposing his own impotence...It’s why nObama has adopted the Iranian position on its nuclear weapons program, accepted Russia’s Syrian WMD deal and why Hanoi Kerry and his cronies are busy blaming Israel for the collapse of peace negotiations that were actually sabotaged by the PLO leader. The culture wars and media firing squads, the SEIU members who shepherd the elderly and infirm to voting booths, the illegal aliens who vote three times because voter ID is racist, are excellent tools for defeating Republicans; but they don’t impress Vladimir Putin or the Islamic militias of Benghazi. Whatever else went down there, Benghazi had to be covered up because it was easier to join the Muslim mobs burning American flags by throwing a Coptic Christian into jail and filming an apology. It was easier than sending in the Marines or even the drones. It was easier to do nothing, prep for a debate with the real enemy, Mitt Romney, before flying off to party in Vegas.
 Fawning Robin Roberts Tosses Softballs to dHillarious 
ABC on Thursday morning highlighted more of Robin Roberts’ fawning interview with dHillarious Clinton. On the issue of Benghazi and the revelation that the White House had a direct hand in creating false talking points about the 2012 terrorist attack, Roberts could only manage this lame effort: “Benghazi...The new investigation. Are you satisfied with the answers and are you content with what you know what [sic] happened?” That was it. No follow-up. No interrogation about Clinton’s handling of the incident that left four Americans dead, including a U.S. ambassador.  Instead, Roberts moved right on to this 2016 gossip: “And the question I took straight from the audience, were you to run for president in 2016, would you consider Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren or San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as a running mate?” Continuing the softball questions, the Good Morning America host wondered, “You're going to be a grandma?”
 Insurance execs: Millions of health plans to be canceled 
Millions of American families still must face the catastrophic loss of their health insurance policies because of nObamacare, members of Congress learned at a hearing with insurance company executives this week...They will join the millions of families who lost their policies over the last six months, also because of nObamacare, the company executives confirmed. A statement on Gardner’s website said, “The witnesses confirmed that these previous cancellation notices were sent out due to the president’s healthcare law. It was also disclosed that millions more Americans will see their plans canceled when the president’s healthcare law is fully enforced.” The conflict arose over Barack nObama’s publicly and repeatedly stated promise: “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”
 White House aide linked to al-Qaida funder 
There is a troubling common thread that links dHillarious Clinton’s former chief of staff to the current special assistant to the National Security Council chief of staff of the military’s Islamic chaplain program...The thread is more radical than the Muslim Brotherhood. It is the Muslim World League, a group accused of financing al-Qaida fronts. The organization’s offshoots have been declared official terrorist organizations by both the State Department and the United Nations. Yet despite the troubling facts, Muslim World League-linked individuals have been in key national security positions and are currently helping to run the military’s chaplain program.
The Nightmare of a Defenseless America
Kurt Schlichter

    Ironically, the blizzard of YJ-82X cruise missiles launched from the Chinese subs lying off the coast of Baja California crossed the beach directly over the SEAL training complex on Coronado. America had decided that its special forces were a cheap substitute for the less glamorous hardware and formations that had traditionally been the foundation of American military power. Now, those elite warriors watched helplessly as the missiles roared overhead north toward the two carriers berthed at North Island.

    The casualties would have been much higher if the Navy had been able to fully man the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. As it was, when the missiles tore into their hulls and exploded, only several hundred sailors died instead of thousands. Still, in a few moments, two of America’s nine carriers were twisted hulks spewing radioactive smoke. Another dozen Navy ships berthed at local bases were in flames.

    Only the people lining the downtown San Diego waterfront saw what was happening, though local TV camera crews were filming the carnage live. Their stations tried to upload the footage to the network satellites but they could not connect. The satellites were gone, knocked out by Russian ASAT missiles.

    The rest of America was oblivious to the catastrophe in San Diego, and the similar disaster in Norfolk.

    The TV stations next tried the Internet, but it was as if someone had just flicked it off. There was nothing but electronic silence. A coordinated cyber strike had hacked through America’s electronic defenses and shut down the web. Many of the hacks came not from Chinese and Russian teams across the world but from agents within America, infiltrated into key positions in American government and business, who introduced their malware directly into vital systems with thumb drives.

    Simultaneously, outside major metropolises, groups of well-trained commandos, driving SUVs, followed the routes between power transmission stations that they had rehearsed using paper street maps (America’s GPS satellites having been eliminated in the opening minutes). With rifles, they opened fire on the critical transformer equipment, which was guarded only by chain link fences and cameras that no one monitored. When the irreplaceable equipment was shorted out and burning, they drove on to the next site and destroyed it. Between the cyber chaos and physical attacks, cities began to black out.

America ground to a halt, blind and paralyzed.

    At sea in the Far East, anti-ship ballistic missiles appeared on the screens of the U.S.S. George Washington, the flagship of the only American carrier task force still in the Pacific. The guided missile cruisers cut when military budgets were slashed to fund record entitlement spending might have been able to save it. As it was, the missiles dived in at hypersonic speeds, punching through the flight deck and ripping the mighty ship apart.

    American warships, for so long the hunters, became the hunted. Within a few hours, America’s 265-ship Navy had become a 100-ship Navy.

    The President was about to speak at a rally to protest the opposition party’s “War on the Poor.” The other side had suggested holding military budget cuts to 15% instead of 18%, and the President was gleefully citing the cruelty of the opposition for funding the military-industrial complex on the backs of those living off of entitlements.

    The military’s first instinct was to hustle the President to the 747 flying command post aircraft, which the enemy expected. The enemy could have disrupted that plan if it wished with an attack on the airfield by commandos, but they preferred the President remain in control.

    The President’s flying command post took off, guarded by a flight of four F-15C fighters that were pushing 35 years old. It would have been six escorts, but two planes were down awaiting parts.

    The President’s senior military advisor was a general, chosen for the job not because of a sterling combat record but for being the Public Affairs section’s telegenic face of “The New Military.” The general would have been hard pressed to explain the President’s options if they had not been so stark.

    “Your options? You do have the capacity to launch a nuclear strike,” said the general.

    There were still 100 Minuteman III missiles in silos in Montana that had not been eliminated during the last round of arms negotiations. Due to cuts in maintenance, only 62 were functional that day; they were safe from cyber-attack only because their 1970’s era computer systems were literally too primitive to be hacked. And there were three nuclear missile subs on patrol in the oceans; two were known to be combat effective, while the third may have been sunk – it was unclear.

    “I won’t use nuclear weapons. Ever,” said the President, confirming the opinion reached by the teams of Chinese and Russian intelligence analysts, psychologists and game theorists who had studied the Commander-in-Chief in preparation for that very moment. Deterrence only deters when the threat is credible.

    “What are my other options?” asked the President. The general looked down, shuffling papers.

“We don’t have a conventional option.”

“The Army? The Marines?”

    “There are a few units forward deployed, but we’ve brought most of our forces home. What we have left we can’t move fast enough and most of it is designed for counterinsurgency, not conventional warfare – we’ve cut our armored forces because they cost so much to maintain. And to move them we’d need foreign ships, but we can’t count on them. We can’t even count on the sea lanes being clear.”

“The Air Force doesn’t have bombers? Fighters?” the President asked.

    “Not enough, and not modern enough to get through Chinese and Russian air defenses.”

The President turned to the Secretary of State. “What about our allies?”

    “No commitments yet. In fact, there’s been no response from several key allies.”

    “We invoked NATO Article 5, didn’t we? We’ve been attacked!” the President shouted.

    “They don’t have any significant forces left. Even if they were inclined to assist…”

“Inclined?” asked the President, stunned.

“We need to understand that they may be making a calculated decision…”

The President did understand. “To go with the winner.”

    No one spoke; the only sound was the noise of the 747’s jets until a communications officer spoke up.

    “I have a video transmission off a Chinese satellite coming … to us. How did they get our communications data?” It was yet another security breach.

“Just put it onscreen,” ordered the President.

    The transmission was a split screen, the Chinese Premier on the left, the Russian President on the right. They were smiling.

“What do you want?” the President asked.

    The Russian President spoke. “We want peace. We want justice. And that is why we are here to provide you the terms of your surrender.”

This scenario is fiction, but if we fail to preserve our military it could be all too real. The views of the author are solely his own.

                                              FLIP GEAR!

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