h/t Gates of Vienna
Calls for Christians to be killed, some of them reportedly crucified on trees are the new reality of the Egyptian government under a Muslim Brotherhood president and a legislature run by not only the Brotherhood but also the extreme Islamist Salafists, according to a report on Aug. 31, 2012, by the British human rights group, the Barnabas Fund.
"Sadly, the Obama administration and most of the American news media ignore these latest examples of brutality and oppression in order to avoid criticism for buying into the whole Arab Spring nonsense," said an official from the Israeli National Police, who told the Law Enforcement Examiner that Salafists are active in helping Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
"Instead of taking action to stop the killing and brutalizing of Christians in Muslim nations, the Obama administration points to Egypt as an example of a foreign policy success," said the INP source. But, at least, their co-coreligionists in the West are doing something about it
Throughout last spring's campaign Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto, as with his rivals travelled in Mexico with the message of a frontrunner, that of unity and national pride. Pena Nieto could afford to act as above the fray because from the start he had maintained a solid 20 plus percentage point lead.
One of the issues that Pena Nieto spoke about with caution was security policy. His rival Partido Accion National (PAN) candidate also tread lightly on the issue after having suffered years of attacks from the Mexican mainstream left over president Felipe Calderon Hinjosa's war on the cartels.
But once the election was over, Pena Nieto rolled out his newest advisor of security policy, heralding that he would deal with Mexico's powerful cartels with a new strategy.
Retired Colombian police chief General Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo was presented as having ideas on how to shift the current strategy to one which is supposed to reduce the violence which has marked much of Calderon's presidency.
General Naranjo Trujillo has been credited with reducing the violence in Colombia during the 1980s and 1990s. His tenure was marked with an emphasis on security for the legal and security structure in Colombia, plus an active record of drug arrests. Other Spanish language sources suggested General Naranjo Trujillo gained the upper hand in Colombia through the use of targeted killings..
How General Naranjo Trujillo will apply his experience to Mexico's massive organized crime problem is cloaked in mystery. Colombia is half the size and population of Mexico and unlike Colombia, Mexico has at any one moment in time at least six extremely violent drug cartels competing for shipment routes and warm bodies.
By contrast, at the time Colombia dealt with just a well financed leftist guerilla army, while Mexico has destroyed virtually every attempt at establishing an armed leftist presence.
Last Thursday chief of Pena Nieto's transition team for security matter Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that at least temporarily, Mexico's military would remain on the streets in counternarcotics operations. The subtext in that announcement is twofold.
First it appears that President Pena Nieto will shift responsibility, as well as resources, from the national armed forces to its police apparatus, probably the Policia Federal (PF). The PF along with the military current patrols Mexico's highways and city streets in large numbers, and like the military some units at east have been accused of sparking violence in the areas they patrol.
The second is purely political. Mexican news has been report in the first few days of last week that the Partido de Revolucion Democratica (PRD) and PAN have been in talks in advance to the seating of the Chamber of Deputies for common ground to deal with many issues before Mexico, mainly before the weakened PRI caucus.
Among the issued discussed in private meetings were reform of media, transparency, fighting corruption, debt control of state governments and non-use of public resources for electoral purposes, according to an article which appeared in El Sol de Mexico news daily website.
The last four items can be closely tied together, as state debt has been used, if you believed PAN and PRD politicians, as a means of gaining a funding advantage in state elections.
One issue that PRI politicians will not talk about but which last year cost their leader, Humberto Moreria Valdes, is state debt levels. With Coahuila state just one of the most egregious examples of PRI governed state with massive amounts of contracted public debt.
States which had currently large amounts of public debt include Mexico state, Pena Nieto's old job just before he ran for president. Pena Nieto himself has been accused by politicians of using the proceeds from banks loans to the state, to bolster the political fortunes of allies in Mexican statehouses throughout his term of governor of Mexico state.
Many of Mexico's 33 political entities have laws which prevent such transactions from being hidden, but many do not. Coahuila's example was so egregious because laws were in place which should have prevented the government from contracting so much public debt without transparency, but did not. The result of such bulging state treasuries, however, led to social spending on such projects as income supports, including health care and supplemental income payments for the elderly.
But those programs funded by debt cannot last long and a return to fiscal responsibility is inevitable.
Decades ago, a PRI government at the national level would have had no problem in bailing out states which found themselves in fiscal trouble, but reforms in put in place by successive PAN governments tie the president's hands of how much federal resources he can steer towards his friends in the statehouses. If Pena Nieto had privately promised to help out PRI statehouses, he will have to come to the Chamber of Deputies to do it.
One of the problems PRI faces now is that despite a string finish in the presidential polling and in municipalities, PRI failed to get a majority in the Chamber of Deputies. In fact, the one party which did increase its seats is the PRD, the main griever in the post election vote buying scandal.
Angry and united, Pena Nieto's political opposition alliance on the face appears to be ready to make PRI pay if it wants to bail out Mexican states.
But the legislative coalitialon is fragile. Among the elements which threaten it is Ricardo Monreal. Monreal, PRD's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign coordinator has been threatening to impeach the judges on the panel of the Mexican Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federacion (TEPJF), the public juridical body which settles violations of election law in Mexico. Said Monreal, according to a news article posted on the website of El Sol de Mexico last week, he charged,"...the comfort presented here does not reflect insecurity and unemployment, the high cost and anxiety of the Mexicans, what a bad start, bad ending: that was the lesson of the last 6 years of an illegitimate government that ends today."
Perhaps the most potent threat to the coalition comes from Pena Nieto himself. Osorio Chong's announcement coming on the heels of the conclusion of the meeting between PAN and PRD can be seen as a wedge between two ideologically disparate parties, which can weaken the coalition sufficiently so that Pena Nieto can push his agenda through the Chamber of Deputies without reforms demanded by his opposition.
PAN implemented the current security strategy, which PRD in league with Mexico's independent left have for the past six year attacked PAN mercilessly over Calderon's security policy, which the left claims has killed between 50,000 and 65,000 Mexicans.
In security policy, PAN and PRI are political soulmates. It is possible PRI will split the coalition using Pena Nieto'a security policy to leverage a bailout of Mexican states.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Unless something is outstandingly stupid is going on a candidate usually doesn't know enough about individual situations to open themselves to ridicule for uninformed statements. Those Top Secret briefings are REALLY important.
Unless he has advisers with current high level information it's best to keep his mouth shut.
Probably true ... but the BIGGER problem for both candidates is that this is a new world - and a new America. Under the old rules, the USA could have a mediocre foreign policy and it would still work ... because we were the big kid on the block. Not so anymore, with the western financial system in a shambles. Now our leaders actually need some first-class policies that are actually going to WORK. It's not so easy to find a leader with those sorts of credentials.
R&R are focused on the economy, as are the American people. Permitting Champ to hook them into meaningless, distractions on foreign affairs which move everyone away from the economic focus. Working class people that I know view our current and most recent past foreign policy as a total cock-up. Plenty of time remaining for R&R to explain why we should stay at home and mind our own business for a change.
LUCIANNE > 20,000 DEMOCRATS CHEER [critical]ATTACK ON ROMNEY [economic] PATRIOTISM, vee overseas "safe" $$$ assets as opposed to keeping same back home in CONUS + using it to expand or create jobs for ordinary Americans.
* TOPIX > AMERICANS DO NOT WANT OR NEED A PREEMPTIVE STRIKE AGZ IRAN.
Right now the Globalists are failing miserably - spelled M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-Y - to explain why "Globalism" + OWG-NWO is superior as per Regional, International economics-based interdependency to current State Nationalism, or even benign Extra/Post-Nationalism.
* NORTH AMERICAN UNION BY 2015 OR ASAP SHORTLY THEREAFTER = what NON-WAR/IMPERIALISM-BASED jobs or econ benefits can Mexico andor Canada, etc. provide vee NAFTA to significantly improve or alleviate the currently weak-n-likely-to-stay-weak-or-worse US economy???
...On paper, given Obama's record, this election should be a cakewalk for the Republicans. Why isn't it? I am afraid the answer may be that the country is closer to the point of no return than most of us believed. With over 100 million Americans receiving federal welfare benefits, millions more going on Social Security disability, and many millions on top of that living on entitlement programs--not to mention enormous numbers of public employees--we may have gotten to the point where the government economy is more important, in the short term, than the real economy.
...Add to that the fact that the Dems, having thrown aside any pretence at seeking Government for the benefit of advancing the country rather than the desire for power for its own end, and motivated by self-loathing, and general loathing, have been using every filthy trick in the book to ensure that as many people as possible won't even consider voting Republican, however sensible and rational that decision is.
If you're non-white, the Republicans (the party of Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, etc) is inherently 'racist'. That's because the Dems have belatedly dragged a half black individual from the shadows and thrust him on their throne, and of course you can't not support a half black politician unless you're a racist.
It's 'anti-Latino' because it's 'anti-immigrant', because it intends to enforce border controls and clamp down on the infiltration of illegal aliens into the country.
It's 'anti-woman', because it does not support the killing of unborn individuals just because their continued existence is an inconvenience to a parent.
And, of course, the majority of the media shills and twists/ignores/suppresses the truth for the Dems at every opportunity. And because, generally, spewing hatred and lies against those on the right is par for the course for the classless and generally decency-deficient Lefties.
Given all the above, it's pretty amazing that half the electorate still seems to have the intelligence and fortitude to intendi to vote Republican.
Dems remind me of the Labour party in UK where they flood the country with immigrants and unemployed people and give them the lifestyle they crave.As they dont drink/go out they just need enough money to cover the bills and not work=Heaven/paradise compared to the countries they come fromwhere you dont work you are out on the streets.
I dont think it will be close. Exit polls provide little more than designate party affiliation. People are afraid to walk out of the polls and speak out against their party. Our country is split pretty much down the middle in a two party system. I think the moderate conservative democrats, and there are a number of them that feel their party has been derailed by the far left, will vote against Obama. They called it the Bradley effect, I believe. I think we will see a clear win on the Romney side.
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Today at Church the priest received a spontaneous round of applause after the homily. I have never seen that before in 40 years of Mass attendance. Why the applause? Because he cut throught the BS and just said what he - and most of the congregation - believed, with no PC BS. Why is the election close? Because the Stupid Party has not (yet?) figured out what our priest did.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.