Saturday, July 25, 2015 | posted by John Schroeder
Two stories in yesterday’s NYTimes paint a rather unflattering picture of Democrats. One concerns the fact that the OPM data breach could be used to identify spies in the field. The other is the “revised” version of the Hillary private server/classified data story. It seems clear that neither the Obama administration nor the Clinton State Department have a clue about the value of information.
By now most people know the story of code breaker Alan Turing in WWII. Winston Churchill said he made the single largest contribution to winning the war. More than guns, ships, tank or aircraft, information is power. Information enables one to wield power with grace and subtlety. With the right information a less powerful military can prevail. Without information power is a blunt instrument, and one must overwhelm one’s opponent with massive amounts of it. With information only small force need be applied in critical areas to carry the day. That’s why there are secrets. The less our opponents and enemies know, the more powerful we are.
Clearly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are blunt instruments. They let our enemies have information because they do not understand its value. Obama bluntly forces Obamacare on an unwilling nation – an exercise in raw power.
Problem is our national enemies know how to use information and the hubris that comes with the exercise of blunt raw power usually defines one of the critical areas where the effectiveness of smaller forces can be multiplied.
The national security aspect is something that awaits a new administration to iron out. But politically they expose their soft naked bellies. The Republican that prevails in the primary should be the one that demonstrates his/her mastery of information. This could get very interesting.
Friday, July 24, 2015 | posted by Hugh Hewitt
Politico’s Dylan Byers has the story of how Hillary’s people leaned on the New York Times to change headlines and key reporting in an important story on how two separate Inspectors General had called upon the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary’s private email server and the missing emails.
I wrote in The Queen that the former Secretary of State’s reckless endangerment of the national security by the creation and use of an easily-compromised-by-our-enemies private email system would be potentially campaign-derailing revelation. I also wrote that her allies in the MSM would do what they could to protect her. I wrote even more on how this would play out next fall, but you will have to read the book to see how that final act concludes.
Every would-be GOP nominee should become very familiar with the facts of Hillary’s server, have internet security experts on stand-by to back-up the charge about the obvious compromise of national security involved in the operation of the system, and legal experts at hand to explain why the “wipe-down” of the emails was both criminal and ineffective. The would-be nominees will have to make those charges and defend them –the very engaged electorate will not accept a hands-off policy on a central issue going both to Mrs. Clinton’s character and her judgment. Voters on the center-right will not accept the MSM-enabled cover-up and as with a host of other stories, will know the details of the server and the cover-up. They will simply watch to see which candidates among the GOP field possess the courage to face down MSM charges of “scandal-mongering” and “here we go again” which are always raised in defense of the Clintons, sometimes prospectively, as Byers outlines today.
Friday, July 24, 2015 | posted by John Schroeder
Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.
The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | posted by John Schroeder
Two articles I read this morning are illustrative of a major problem facing people of faith generally and candidates of faith specifically. One piece, by Noah Feldman in Bloomberg View, talks about Congress, Netanyahu, the Pope and eschatology. It paints conservative Christians as a politically fickle lot and grossly confuses eschatology with theology. The other piece, a profile of John Kasich and his faith by Elisabeth Stoker Bruenig in the New Republic, is clearly an attempt to a) make Kasich look like he is not really a religious conservative and b) so superficial in its analysis that it almost assumes religious faith as a guise or pose rather than an actual transformative force in an individuals life.
That media does not “get” faith is old news. Both of these pieces treat faith as at best a set of precepts or beliefs held by individuals grouped by sharing those beliefs. At worst it treats faith as a pose, or maybe identity, held by an individual to somehow feel a part of a grouping. And yet genuine faith is so much more than that. Whether you use the evangelical language of “relationship with God,” or the more arcane language of sacrament, religion is not something we put on and control, but rather a force that shapes us into better people, and that shaping process involves congregating together. Even that sentence makes religion sound a little too therapeutic when it is actually simply holy. Continue Reading