By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Iraq is the top story, and the crisis there is boiling over. At its core, this is a religious war between the Sunni and Shia Muslims. One big problem–the U.S. has armed and supported both sides. We have sent military advisors to help the Shia majority government that is being helped by Iran. ISIS was armed in part by the U.S. in Syria; and, now, the Obama Administration is asking Congress for $500 million to aid the so-called rebels in Syria. I have been telling you that a large percentage of the Syrian rebels are al-Qaeda and not “moderate.” ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is an offshoot of the Syrian rebels. This week, the President said that when it comes to attacking the ISIS rebels, you just can’t “play whack-a-mole.” It is much deeper than that because Saudi Arabia is also arming these rebels. You think they might stop taking U.S. dollars for their oil if the U.S. attacks the people the Saudis are supporting? On the other hand, Iran is threatening any “petrodollar country” that is helping ISIS. This is a not so veiled threat to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is in a damned if we do, damned if we do scenario. If we help the Iraqi government, we will be helping the Iranians; and the Saudis will, no doubt, stop oil trade in dollars. If we do nothing, ISIS might take over Iraq and a terror army will have its own country. This is an enormous mess, and it will spike oil prices and might even start WWIII.
The Ukraine crisis has been an on again off again cease fire situation and no real end in sight after the pro-Russian separatists downed a Ukrainian military helicopter killing all on board. I don’t think the Russians are going to invade—at least, not at the moment. They look like they will continue arming and helping the separatists, and that might draw more sanctions. I said might. Obama said that if the Europeans refuse to impose new sanctions, then he won’t either. The President couldn’t look any weaker in Ukraine and Iraq for that matter.
The economy plunged in the first quarter even greater than we were told according to the latest government revision to GDP. It shrunk -2.9%, not -1%. When you consider the “official” GDP in the fourth quarter of 2013 was a positive 2.6%, the fall is stunning quarter to quarter. That is a 5.5% cliff dive in GDP. Listen to how the mainstream media (MSM) spins this. First, the AP headline says “Analysts shrug off economic downturn.” Really? This is no big deal, and they just “shrugged it off.” The article goes on to say, “Harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession 5 years ago.” The MSM is delusional and dishonest. Look for the second quarter to be negative as far as growth.
You have heard about the massive numbers of illegal immigrant children flooding our Southern borders. The President will not say anything to dissuade these people from coming. He should be sending resources down there to protect the border, but that is not what he wants. It appears he wants all the illegal immigration so Democrats can register new voters under the rouse of a humanitarian issue that former border patrol agents claim is orchestrated by the Obama Administration. Josh Earnest, Press Secretary for the Obama Administration, says, “We’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress.” Really? You think you work for a king, Josh? Well, the Supreme Court may step in and stop him because that’s just what they did in a 9-0 decision on his recess appointments at the NLRB. This may give John Boehner an easier path to sue the Obama Administration for not executing the laws of the land. Although Speaker Boehner did not say what laws he is going to sue over, but the three dozen delays of Obama Care and ignoring immigration law have to be near the top. We shall see.
Finally, the MSM is largely ignoring the IRS targeting scandal. This is simply outrageous. I think this is much bigger than Watergate. Nixon lost less than 20 minutes of audio tape, and Lois Learner and six other key officials at the IRS all had their hard drives crash at the same time and two years of emails were lost. In Watergate, the real law breaking came in the form of a cover up. That is obstruction of justice. I think this is the same thing, only exponentially bigger. Some in the MSM, such as Chuck Todd, NBC’s Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, goes even further by saying the real story is “whether explicitly political organizations should be filing as tax exempt social welfare groups under the tax code.” Sorry, Chuck, this is not what the story is about. It is about massive First Amendment violations and multiple crimes including obstruction of justice, the exact thing the Nixon Administration did that sent top Nixon Administration officials to jail and forced President Nixon to resign. The IRS targeting scandal makes what Nixon did look like a school yard prank.
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