McCain Irony

August 27, 2014

Just days ago we posted “Experts: America facing imminent terror threat,” which included a link to the conservative GOP Daily Dose —- showing numerous photos of AZ Sen. John McCain meeting with the head of ISIS on a secret trip to Syria last year. During the meeting McCain was reported to have promised the  revolutionaries weapons, training, and funding.  He referred to them as “freedom fighters.”

McCain calls the photos a “fabrication,’ even telling the Arizona Republic that attempts to link the Syrian rebels in the photo to ISIS was “fairly ridiculous.”

The denials from John McCain impart a particular ironic twist to the news report of an American jihadist with the unlikely name, Douglas McAuthur McCain. The 33-year-old Muslim convert was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

NBC News has the full report.


Gov. Perry’s bold border action: Left v. Right views

July 22, 2014

After it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s southern border to provide much-needed security, the liberal Dallas Morning News ran with this headline, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s border sheriffs pan Perry’s plan to send National Guardsmen.” 

Perry described his decision as an imperative response to help U.S. Border Patrol agents overwhelmed by an estimated flood of 60,000 unaccompanied children from Central America who have arrived since October. With border security spread thin and distracted, drug cartels and human traffickers might push into a state where their crimes already have taken a toll, he said. At the current rate, the illegal arrivals, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and, of course, Mexico, are expected to reach 90,000 by fall.

This was the Drudge Report’s top-of-the-page take on Perry’s action:

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The Dallas newspaper’s VP and editorial page editor is the same Keven Ann Willey who set the leftwing tone of the Arizona Republic before her move to Texas a dozen+ years ago.

The time has come to deduct the costs of this invasion from the foreign aid cash-strapped American taxpayers are ponying up to send to these countries that hold the United States, our sovereignty, rule of law and generosity in utter disdain. In 2013, El Salvador got $27 million, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras took in $52 million and Mexico put its hooks in us to the tune of $265 million. Check it out on this U.S. government Foreign Assistance website. Make sure you haven’t eaten before you move the cursor over the map. There is also a drop-down box to facilitate your search.


Did Obama negotiate with terrorists to save traitor? & UPDATE

June 4, 2014

Why is Bergdahl’s father reciting passages from the Koran in Arabic?

U.S. Army Pfc. —- promoted in absentia to Sgt. —- Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban custody over the weekend in exchange for five of the extremist Islamic group’s top commanders held at Guantanamo Bay.

Armed with facts and sources unavailable to those of us irate over the dangerous and precedent-setting prisoner swap —- unilaterally executed without Congressional approval by the Imperial Obama —- Michelle Malkin tells “The story you haven’t yet heard about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion.”

Malkin’s syndicated column provides a unique perspective on the revered Taliban leaders exchanged in the prisoner swap for a man whose true bent is continually being revealed. The Blaze discloses the disturbing phrasing Bowe’s father, Robert Bergdahl, uttered during his meeting with Obama. “Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahimis a common Arabic phrase, considered to be a major pillar of Islam and featured prominently in the Koran.

What message was Robert Bergdahl sending? Even the left-leaning Washington Post refers to his actions, including tweets to the Taliban, ascurious.”

Malkin concludes her commentary with these words:
Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America? The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander-in-chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and at least 8 dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him.

This cannot stand.”

Update-tag

June 6, 2014:

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, talking-points-reliant, Susan Rice —- Obama’s worthless national security adviser —- defends her comment describing Bowe Bergdahl’s service as one of “honor and distinction.”  Watch the CNN interview video here.

It’s now being reported that during his questionable “captivity,” U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to newly obtained, classified documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.  Read the full report here.

 


Top 44 Gov’t salaries went to Phx VA employees

June 2, 2014

Astronomical salaries eclipse all other Gov’t agencies

Since the ongoing scandals at the Veterans Hospital were first revealed in Phoenix, we thought it might be interesting to see how our tax dollars earmarked for the health care of America’s military veterans are being spent.

“Open the Books* — a project of American Transparency” has done a masterful job in compiling the numbers. There are 100 entries per page, with 6 pages devoted to Arizona.

Page one, alone, lists 2013 salaries ranging from $357,526.00 to $217,404.00. All employees are identified by name.

The top of the page indicates a limited number of views are available before registration is required.

WND reports that the VA handed out $9 million in bonuses since 2011. Breitbart notes that the Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital outside of Chicago spent over $1 billion on salaries for over 4,200 employees for the three years ending in 2013. Just 309 of these employees are doctors, and less than a quarter of the total employees provide direct medical care. 

*H/T Adam Andrzejewski —- Open the Books


WH rats fleeing or being axed from BHO’s sinking ship

May 30, 2014

Jay Carney, Obama’s White House press secretary, who recently grew a beard to hide behind, will be stepping down in June. Obama announced Carney’s departure in a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing room today, saying deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.  How earnest Mr. Earnest will be remains to be seen. Watch the video here showing the practiced waffler, Carney.

Obama also announced beleaguered Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is resigning in the wake of the  rapidly growing scandal involving veterans’ health care at the nation’s VA hospitals. The horrendous problems resulting in often unnecessary deaths of American veterans and accompanying deceitful cover-ups were initially revealed here in Phoenix at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Medical Center.

Obama claimed Shinseki told him he did not want to be a distraction. “I agree,” Obama said. “We don’t have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem.” 

November 2016 will provide the nation that opportunity.


How America treats illegal aliens vs. Veterans

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day reading

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with some of our favorite nationally syndicated columnists —- Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Ann Coulter and Victor Davis Hanson among them. Today, in honor of Memorial Day, we feature Malkin’s recent column “How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans.”

Malkin points out, “In Arizona, illegal aliens incurred health care costs totaling an estimated $700 million in 2009. In Phoenix, at least 40 veterans died waiting for VA hospitals and clinics to treat them, while government officials created secret waiting lists to cook the books and deceive the public about deadly treatment delays.”

These wise words conclude her column, “America: medical and welfare welcome mat to the rest of the world, while leaving its best and bravest veterans to languish in hospital lounges, die waiting for appointments, and compete for jobs and educational opportunities against illegal border-crossers, document fakers, visa violators and deportation evaders. Shame on us.”

Read it in full here.

Knowledge is power —- a commodity that is increasingly in short supply as we lose our grasp on our Constitutionally based Representative Republic. Our elected representatives appear to have forgotten the American citizens who supported them and voted them into office. They obviously need to be reminded. Give them a call. Since we pay their salaries, they should be happy to hear from us.


Jeff Flake mimics mentor McCain: Teams with liberal

May 7, 2014

Since assuming the senate seat previously occupied by Jon Kyl, there’s no denying that Jeff Flake has become an eager apprentice to John McCain. Right out of the election hatch, Flake joined McCain and a load of liberals as a pro-amnesty member of the Gang of Eight.

Now bi-partisan-stepping solo, he has united with far-left-wing Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) in opposing the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki —- breaking with the American Legion —- which has called for Shinseki’s resignation.

The group’s demand came after news of scandalous delays in medical treatments allowed dozens of our military veterans to die without receiving appropriate treatment for months, and in some cases, nearly 2 years. Allegations of coordinated cover-ups of this malpractice at the highest levels have resulted in Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman, Associate Director Lance Robinson and others being placed on administrative leave by Shinseki last week.

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service group, cited a litany of complaints against the VA, noting everything from the agency’s notorious backlog and attempts to conceal the serious lack of treatment to indefensible bonuses to Sharon Helman.

This is the tastelessly cheery photo Flake felt was suitable to use in conjunction with a local radio talk show interview in which the facts of this tragic situation were being discussed. One of those appearing on the show was a mother who lost her veteran son to suicide after he went without necessary care. Other callers related the disgraceful facts regarding the impact of the negligence on their family members.

Delays in providing appropriate treatment were purposely hidden as part of a complex cost-cutting scheme set up by Veterans Affairs managers.

The buck stops at the top. Regardless of what Republicrat Flake and liberal Democrat Kirkpatrick think, Shinseki needs to go.


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