Washington, D.C. is a town run largely by lawyers. Naturally, this leads to a ton of convoluted and unnecessary legislation. And this overabundance of legality often leads to twisted logic in our nation’s capital – and confusion for us.
Take the two hotly debated (and often misused) words: “coup” and “terrorism.”
You see, when the Egyptian military recently ousted President Mursi, most of the world called that a coup. But for reasons you’ll see in a moment, the Obama administration doesn’t see it that way.
Then there’s Major Nidal Hasan’s attack on Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009 – which left 13 people dead and 30 injured. You’d probably file that one under an act of terror. But according to Obama, you’d be wrong.
“Coup d’état” is a French word that made its way into the English language. The Oxford Dictionary identifies it as a French expression, meaning a “stroke of state.”
Military historian Edward Luttwak says that “[a] coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”
So, when the Egyptian military grabbed power and imprisoned President Mohamed Mursi, headlines across the world (correctly) screamed “Coup in Egypt.”
Yet in the Obama administration, twisted words reign, and take on surreal meanings. And in this case, they’re simply insisting that the situation in Egypt isn’t actually a coup.
Well, the Foreign Assistance Act states that if the “duly elected head of government is deposed by military act or decree,” then the United States must stop providing aid.
But Obama desperately wants to continue pumping $1.55 billion in aid to Egypt. And as I explained back in June, Egypt is collapsing and ungovernable. Without the continued flow of aid, the collapse will accelerate, and Egypt’s government would likely vanish.
This is just another classic example of the Obama team’s complete disregard for the law. And if Obama says it’s not a coup, then it’s not. Period.
More Than Semantics
A similar twist of words is playing out in the Fort Hood case. Obama’s lawyers insist that Hasan isn’t a terrorist, and that his attack is “work place violence” rather than an act of terrorism.
Talk about splitting hairs.
According to the FBI, Hasan was an avid reader of Jihadi websites. He worshipped at Jihadi-influenced mosques. Hasan even self-identifies as a “soldier of Allah.” He openly supported suicide attacks against non-Muslims, and received religious and operational inspiration from Anwar Al-Awlaki.
You may remember Al-Awlaki – he was the American citizen and al-Qaeda promoter killed by a U.S. drone because he was deemed a terrorist.
Now the administration’s refusal to call the Fort Hood attack a terrorist attack is seriously impacting the lives of the survivors and victims.
For example, the Pentagon refuses to treat the injured and dead as casualties of war. Consequently, they’ve been denied the Purple Heart medal that’s bestowed on Americans injured in battle.
The U.S. House even passed legislation to force the Pentagon to award the Purple Heart, along with disability and medical benefits associated with the honor, to the Fort Hood victims. Sadly, the legislation was killed by Obama supporters in the U.S. Senate.
Now the soldiers and their families are suing the Pentagon to reverse this decision in court. In the meantime, twisted interpretations by our government keep dollars flowing to Egypt while preventing us from adequately caring for injured Americans.
Unfortunately, laws are no good if the government can interpret their wording at will.
Your eyes on the Hill, Floyd G. Brown
This commentary was originally published at CaptialHillDaily.com, and is reprinted here with permission.
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Conspiracy Theories Not Hard To Believe With Obama In Charge
Emails detailing rumors of C130s and C17s flying plane loads of UN troops over northern Florida made their way across several internet sites last Month, and at least 30 forwarded to media sources all over the country produced no replies, let alone confirmations or denials. ”We have had unconfirmed reports of foreign troops landing in U.S. If you have any information, please use the “Contact Us” form,” said the text of the Emails.
Reports of a phone call from a Jacksonville, FL man living “right on the flight path of a Naval Air Station” reveal he allegedly saw planes, silver in color with no tail markings, flying overhead. Resembling unmarked military transport planes, they were streaming in a constant flow of aircraft. “In all of the years living under the flight plan,” the tipster said he’d never seen anything like it!
The DHS rehab of the old Naval base and airstrip in Glynco, GA comes to mind here. The Golden Isles retirement communities along Georgia’s barrier islands are being rattled as the once sleepy area is overrun by the DHS. The 1,600 acre security campus with its own zip code (31524) is undergoing a huge makeover to provide a training center for our homeland security agency, which recently made a staggering $1.6 billion ammo buy. Is this the eventual destination of these alleged UN troops? Thus far, no one has come forward to clarify this rumor.
Meanwhile, pictures of Tea Party marchers with walkers and bullhorns being watched by DHS monitors near St.Louis, MO flooded conservative links as the IRS protest day of May 21st attracted scores of senior citizens upset by being targeted by the hated Service. A friend sent an Email to say she saw two tanks in very wealthy Vero Beach, FL, where she lives. She was dismayed because no one seemed perturbed. She reports that an older tank, less newly painted, was seen in the much poorer community of Gifford, Fla, a town in the news recently for gang violence. I was driving south on I-95 and passed a military convoy transporting middle sized armored vehicles, headed for who knows, Miami perhaps?
Now another Email from a Montana tipster is being confirmed. “On Monday, May 20, a low flying white drone over [a] Kalispell, MT shopping center was followed by a bomber plane.” Shoppers at the new organic grocery store, some with full carts, were plunged into darkness as lights went out over one half of the northwest mountain community near the Canadian border. “It was pretty big…it was a very bizarre day. . .heard strange buzzing noise,” reports one shopper unnerved by the unmanned spy in the sky. One commenter even wondered if his license plate number was picked up and recorded because he was shopping at a GMO-free grocery store!
And Benghazi just won’t go away. Was the State Department casting its own remake of Charlie Wilson’s War in a debacle rumored to have involved a buyback of Stinger missiles? The patient may no longer have a pulse as Americans are being subjected to a Sgt. Schultz double negative time warp of rumors, disinformation, changing talking points, and Obama bureaucrats who just don’t know.
Conspiracy theorists requiring a greater or lesser measure of tin foil headwear will be with us always. What’s truly disconcerting is that regardless of how demented, deranged, implausible, or flaky, it is nevertheless believable that THIS Administration might actually be guilty of whatever the theorist claims! Now there’s a legacy to be proud of.