Another foreign policy failure, but it's too late nowThe Obama administration's complete and utter failure in U.S. foreign policy is yet again evident, this time in its response to Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which kidnapped young girls from schools and homes.
In May 2012, then-Justice Department official Lisa Monaco wrote to the State Department, asking to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The State Department, under Hillary Clinton, was warned by the CIA, FBI, AFRICOM and Interpol as well, but refused to do so.
This group claimed responsibility for the bombing of the United Nations building in the Nigerian capital of Abuja in 2011. It has been an international arms smuggling operation, as well as a safe haven for al-Qaida in Africa.
It is interesting to note that Monaco is currently employed at the White House. What did Clinton do? Absolutely nothing.
Recently, Clinton said "It's abominable, it's criminal, it's an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria."
Really? Seems to me that if Clinton had followed her obligation to the office she swore to uphold, perhaps the international community could have prevented this.
But, alas, Clinton failed to lead and follow the signs painted on the wall from the intelligence community worldwide.
Since the left and the Democratic Party are so quick to placate the ignorant and fuel foolish trendiness, I will just write these hashtags: #hypocrisy, #failuretolead and #toolittletoolate.
W is not for wisdom
Former President George W. Bush commented that his brother, Jeb Bush, would make a great president and hopes that he runs for election. After a meeting with Vladimir Putin, Bush said that he had seen through Putin's eyes and that he was a good man.
Mental illness taboo
If I tell you someone close to me has an infected appendix which ruptured, causing peritonitis, putting them in intensive care listed as serious, I could go on and on.
But if I start telling you that same person has auditory hallucinations, I would violate some normative rule. We just don't talk about that in polite company.
In fact, when my friend, agitated and tormented repeatedly, called the police for protection from invasive hallucinatory personages of famous actresses and politicians originating from a powered-off PC, it was better than Saturday night drunk tank duty. What a hoot.
The police, along with the rest of our public administrative apparatus, would reach for their latex gloves that protect against blood-borne pathogens. Except there is nothing to keep them from getting their hands dirty with mental illness.
My friend, obviously pleading for help, fits into a not-my-job category. Instead, they phoned me to say, "You must do something."
Knowing my friend will never forgive me, my signature on circumstantial details compelled a judge to order a hospitalized psychiatric evaluation. At least my friend was receiving care.
On a Monday, I received word from my friend that his hallucinations somehow were interfering with digestion. The following Monday, University of Kentucky Healthcare released my friend untreated and unwell.
This was an abominable denial of medical care, a means of keeping UK Healthcare's hands clean.
Beshear stand laughable
I write to applaud and support the views of Silas House, which he put forth in his recent commentary condemning the actions of Gov. Steve Beshear for using taxpayer money in a continuing attempt to ban gay marriage in Kentucky.
Such biased and antiquated thinking has no place in the gubernatorial affairs of a state. The defense put forward to justify it is nothing short of laughable. Not only is such a ban blatantly unconstitutional, it is downright offensive to forward-thinking people who believe in equality for all.
As a Kentuckian by birth, I would hope far better than that from the governor of our state.
War on the world
Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Andy Barr are running on an issue they call a war on coal. As many as 150,000 Kentuckians live in coal-producing areas and their lives are in jeopardy as the coal industry slows because of competition with other energy sources.
They describe Environmental Protection Agency regulations as big government overreach.
The EPA bases regulations on facts and states that by 2100 at least six island nations will be primarily under water. Also, parts of New York City, Newark, Del., and the southern tip of Florida will be flooded, affecting 9,693,066 inhabitants.
Anyone claiming that global warming is not related to the gas released through fossil fuel emissions is not paying attention. It is irresponsible for politicians to make that claim.
What they call a war on coal is really a war on the world. We need better representatives than these two gentlemen.
Joseph P. Fox
Benghazi and Iraq
In Benghazi, there were four American deaths and 10 Americans wounded. There were four total deaths. American financial losses have been mostly incurred from 13 costly congressional probes. The evidence says we could not have stopped it.
The Obama administration politicized a tragedy, and after that the GOP politicized it as well. There was not much impact on foreign policy.
In contrast, the Iraq war had 4,805 American deaths and 32,753 Americans severely wounded. There were approximately 190,000 total deaths. The American financial losses were $1.9 trillion. This war was 100 percent voluntary and required a multi-pronged political sell-job.
Most of what the GOP said leading up to the war was not true, they were lies. The impact on foreign policy was extremely negative and established precedents that are still reverberating.