Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.
A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all.
In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized an oil-rich province there and signed up thousands of foreign fighters who’d infiltrated Syria through NATO ally Turkey.
The testimony, which received little news media attention at the time, also showed that Obama administration officials were well aware of the group’s declared intention to turn its Syrian sanctuary into a springboard from which it would send men and materiel back into Iraq and unleash waves of suicide bombings there. And they knew that the Iraqi security forces couldn’t handle it.
Where are the Left's cries of, "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" That's all we heard after 9-11. They are strangely silent now in the face of real evidence that the president DID know, and did nothing. He is the "right" color and is in the "right" party, so who cares?
***Robot companions for children?
The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits.
The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.
I don't know about you, but the idea of the feds building robots to help parents raise their kids sends a chill down my spine.
***Congress seeks to designate Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group. Well duh. Obama's not gonna like Congress dissin' his homies, man.
***Having a yard sale tomorrow. No, you're right, I don't have time to be messing with a yard sale, but my sister and I are doing it for my mom. She's trying to sell her house and wants to get rid of some stuff, especially some of her knick knacks. Yes, we go yard saling every Saturday and pick up more...shut up.
***Five US territories released from health care law. Wait! I thought this was, like, the best thing ever!!??
The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare -- this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law.The president does not have constitutional authority to change existing law. And yet...
The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets.
Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course.
***How much sleep do you need? I'm in big trouble...I average 5-6 hours a night.
***Why won't this ice cream melt? This is interesting...looks like the more expensive ice cream might be the way to go.
*** I hate humidity...
***It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. ~Andrew J. Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses
***Have a great day!