Polish Presidential Plane Crash

      No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke..the President of Poland, Lech  Kaczynski, and the Chief of Staff of the Army were killed in a plane crash in Russia.  They were on the way to a memorial service for victims of the Katyn forest massacre. Not a bad joke, but tons of irony there. And as we look, tons of irony everywhere. First, Kaczynski’s twin brother is head of the opposition party. President Obama just reneged on a deal to provide Patriot missiles to Poland in return for hosting U.S. missiles interceptors (read part of the “Star Wars plan)- reneged after the Poles greatly angered the Russians in accepting those missiles. This comes into play because the Poles, who liked George Bush and supported him with combat troops in his wars, is being treated like an out of favor suitor by the Obama administration. The Poles, and other affected Eastern Europeans, have not jumped on the Obama bandwagon.  And then of course there is why they were offered the missiles in the first place: Poland is the largest of the former Soviet satellites to embrace the West.

     So: I could write a conspiracy column. If we were still in the cold war, I would. Just remember that before the cold war, before the Soviets, the same stuff went on. Just under a different name. Now the continuation of the “Great Game” seems like fantasy.  Maybe so, but Obama has practically given Russia the green light to recoup its’ regional hegemony. Don’t be surprised if they do. Just remember that  sometimes when you think you are the clear-cut winner in an ideological struggle, the other side lies low, regroup, and strikes when the iron is hot.

The Assassination of Americans by our own government?

     The Obama administration just authorized the assassination of an American jihadist in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. This is a step that George Bush never took, and one that should alarm all Americans. Why? Because the target is not  only an American, but a non-combatant. He hasn’t taken up arms against his country, but he has recruited others to do so. What does this mean?  Well, it is a very small step into killing any other ideological opponent that just disagrees with you abroad, or at home. Lets forget about the abroad part for now. It’s the at home part that concerns me. As the Obama administration tentatively has already taken steps to identify “domestic terrorists“, how long until he has the ability to kill Americans in our own country, without them once touching a weapon, and without trial? I hate to say it because I like action, not words. But America was meant to be a country in the middle, not extreme left or right. That is why Gerald Ford first instituted a ban on political killings thirty-five years ago. So that America wouldn’t turn into the dirty little dictatorships: the Maoists, the Khmer rouge, the Stalinists, the Tontons Macoute. So that the CIA wouldn’t repeat the secretive political killings of Vietnam. When you get actions like these, you are one step away from being not a Nobel prize-winning statesman, but a Nazi.