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As Americans debate whether the Confederate flag is evil or not, whether it should be displayed publicly or privately or if it should be even available for purchase, a much more important deadline nears. June 30 is the self-imposed deadline for an Iranian nuclear talks deal. Without a deal, Iran is free to produce nuclear material and manufacture a nuclear bomb. The White House has publicly stated their disapproval of extending the deadline, although the French and Iranians have both said there is a possibility. At present, Barack Obama is talking about how racist America is and how we need to do away with all guns and John Kerry is talking about phony climate change with the Chinese and Iran is sprinting toward the nuclear power finish line.

In April, the State Department announced the deal that wasn’t. Everything they said they had an agreement on, the Iranians came back and said they didn’t agree to any such thing. Apparently, those early talks could be likened to the Paris Peace talks between the US and North Vietnam where months were spent arguing over the shape of the table to be used during the talks. Since that time, it has been a constant stream from Tehran of demands and denials. They deny aspirations to acquire a nuclear bomb, even as the parliament chants “Death to America, Death to Israel”. They have repeatedly said the inspectors will not be allowed on military facilities. Of course, at least one of the nuclear sites is on a military facility.They demand sanctions must come off Iran before any inspections are allowed.

We are just under a week before the deadline. The highly vaunted deal is at best in shambles and, more likely, non-existent. Where are our negotiators (although I’ve seen no evidence they could negotiate their way out of a paper bag). The Iranians has given their list of non-starters which just happen to be our starters. Bottom line, Iran never meant to be dissuaded from their goal, a nuclear weapon and this administration is unable or unwilling to stop them. The negotiations were nothing but a delaying tactic to gain time to make their weapon.  Saudi Arabia is already trying to get a weapon of their own and Egypt can’t be far behind.  In short, this administration has taken the Middle East hot spot and turned it into an inferno. Perhaps, it’s time they stood up and paid attention.


Last Friday, the White House released its National Security Strategy of 2015. It was overshadowed by ISIS video of the burning death of the Jordanian Air Force pilot and the backlash from Barack Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast. It’s just as well. The bullet points look good enough, but it’s all hot air, except for a very few points.

It starts, “The strategy sets out the principles and priorities that describe how America will lead the world toward greater peace and a new prosperity.” The truth is, under this administration, America will continue to lead from behind, requiring other countries to step up.

For example, even as this Administration struggles to declare that ISIS isn’t a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Jordanian King stepped up to denounce the group and backed it up with renewed and  greatly bolstered airstrikes. They conducted 56 missions in three days, complete with mission videos. How long has it been since the media has shown video from our airstrikes?

As another example, this past weekend, Angela Merkel of Germany was meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. They were discussing Russian incursions into Ukraine. Monday, she was heading to Washington to brief Obama of the talks. If we were as strong as the administration implies, we wouldn’t need to be briefed; we’ would have been involved in the discussions. Come to that, if we had a strong leader, Russia might not even be acting the aggressor.

The strategy mentions our goal for a “world without nuclear weapons and insuring nuclear materials don’t fall into the hands of irresponsible states and violent non-state actors”. At the same time, this administration is conducting talks with Iran in regards to its nuclear ambitions. Reports state that our negotiations are giving Iran about 80% of what they want, leaving all of their centrifuges active. Apparently, no one in the administration deems Iran an irresponsible state.

From what I can see, the only truths in the strategy are the points concerning the war on climate change and the equality issues surrounding the LGBT community. Both of these are more social issues (if they are, in fact, issues) and don’t have a place in a National Security Strategy.

While the United States has the greatest military in the world and that military has some great generals, this adminstration continues to fritter away any advantage that force gives us. The name for this strategy could easily be “The Status Quo Continues”!

With the coming end to the year, I think we must look back at what happened to know where we need to go next year. It was a mixed year, with both high and low points. There were many events, both around the world and here locally. Many things happened this year that we will have to handle next year. We’ll have our hands full.

On the economic front, over the last year, the administration has often released figures that show improvement. The unemployment rate has gone down, they claim. The way they get those numbers is by designating more Americans as being “out of the workforce”, therefore not included in the calculations. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, we started the year with a 6.6 unemployment rate and ended 2014 with a 5.8, while increasing the number of Americans out of the workforce by well over 1,000,000. Over the course of 2014, the National Debt went from $16.8T to $18.0T, an increase of $1,200,000,000,000. Of course, that’s rounded DOWN to the nearest 100 billion. This means each taxpayer’s share of the debt is now $153,724. Wall Street, however, has done great over the last 12 months, mostly due to the Federal Reserve’s continuation of their pumping manufactured dollars into the stock market. Every time they hint at stopping the Quantitative Easing, the market whines and cries, much like the spoiled baby used to getting what it wants. The Fed says they’ll do it later and the market increases again. This year, the Dow reached record highs over 50 times, breaking the preceding record set in 1929 of 49 record highs. Need I remind everyone that there were NO record highs after 28 October, 1929. For those younger that 35, google that date.

On the positive economic side, gas prices have gone down. Keystone XL is still being held up by this administration, but between fracking and oil production in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas, the United States has taken its place as a major oil producer. All of this is on private land, as the government won’t allow any of its lands to be used for this purpose. When you add in OPEC’s attempt at forcing Russia out of the oil business, our gas prices are down. It’s been quite a while since gas prices were around $2/gallon and this has eased pressure on consumers’ wallets substantially.

Did I mention something about government land? Well, it was discovered in April that the Bureau of Land Management was attempting a land grab out west of around 10 million acres. When the government grabs land, that also includes the water rights, thus making it difficult to ranch or farm. California was under a severe drought, made worse by the government’s refusal to release “their” water for use. And, then, Utah had water problems with the NSA facility, which came on line, requiring so much water. April was also the month that the BLM tried to evict Cliven Bundy from his ranch in a dispute that has lasted 20 years or more. When huge groups of people showed up to stop the massively armed federal agents, they backed down. Somewhat. Later in the year, millions of acres were added to the National Park system.

There was a  lot of turmoil around the world in 2014. The Ukraine was interested in joining the European Union and this concerned Russia. Russia decided to handle things by invading Crimea, on the pretext that the Black Sea Fleet was based there and there were a large number of Pro-Russian Ukrainians living there needing protection. What followed was US foreign policy best compared to the submission of Neville Chamberlain’s talks with Adolph Hitler. Russia claimed Crimea basically uncontested, then went on the invade eastern Ukraine under the same pretext. Putin’s land grab was met with sanctions from the EU and the US, mostly laughed at by the top Russians. John Kerry got the opportunity to look tough, which I laugh at!

In the Middle East, we first saw the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a group which has been around for four years and our intelligence service had been following for two years, but Barack Obama discovered in April of 2014 when he read about them in a newspaper somewhere. They took  a lot of Iraqi land after this administration abandoned the Iraqi military and people. Obama left the country unprotected so he could use it as a campaign slogan for his re-election in 2012. In April, through present, ISIS slaughtered people and beheaded many. Obama noticed only after two journalists were beheaded. Then, he launched strikes laying down huge amounts of munitions, destroying a truck or two, a few ISIS terrorists and some goats. Well, there might have been a bit more damage than that. The Kurds wanted to fight ISIS, but didn’t have much in weaponry. We offered them weapons, but only through the Iraqi military. Big surprise that the Kurds never got the weapons. The Iraqis needed the weapons to replace the guns and vehicles they surrendered to ISIS as they broke and ran.

Meanwhile, in July, Hamas of Gaza brutally killed four Israeli teens, then started launching rockets into Israel. Israel launched an offensive against Hamas, using airstrikes against Hamas locations. Hamas, being Hamas, did what they usually do, and went to ground, hiding behind the Gazan citizens. The media, the UN and this administration blamed Israel for the deaths that resulted, while saying they have a right to defend themselves. The UN proved its duplicity as rockets were discovered in a UN run school. Twice! In the same school! After 50 days, there was a ceasefire that will probably last until the destroyed tunnels are rebuilt and more rockets are brought in.

In America, we faced Ebola and won, an assault on the border which continues, and protests marginally about race are pushed by the Profiteers of Racism. It was an election year and Republicans increased their lead in the House, took control of the Senate and even won the Governorships in Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland. Even before the elections, there was talk of who would run in 2016. After the election, the GOP continued acting as if they were in a minority and voted for an omnibus bill that funds Obamacare and Obama’s executive actions on amnesty.Veterans were put on waiting lists for care at the VA and one VA hospital’s lack of care resulted in the deaths of 40 veterans. Very little accountability has taken place, but, of course, that’s the Big Government way.

So, that’s what happened in 2014. There’s a lot to pay attention to in the coming year. Hopefully, our elected officials will do something that helps Americans regain the American Dream this administration is trying to destroy! Hopefully, but I doubt it.


Erich Dunkelberger