“Every time another mass murder occurs, the media’s coverage focuses on the memorials — piles of flowers, rows of candles and hand-drawn signs — and the calls for unity and pledges of resolve by national leaders. But all the memorials are totally meaningless. They are merely a stage for politicians to act on, professing emotion, proclaiming unity, and calling for everyone to just keep calm and carry on. Nothing else results from them,” says American Spectator columnist and former Defense Department undersecretary Jeb Babbin.
Mr. Babbin says he is fed up with “politically correct counterterrorism,” and that President Obama’s two-year-old plan to “degrade and eventually destroy” the Islamic State has failed. “Let’s get on with it,” Mr. Babbin concludes.
PJ Media columnist Michael Walsh agrees that the sensitive touch is lacking. He advises those fed up with teddy bears and candles to heed advice from the late Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay when he said of the enemy, “If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.”
Mr. Babbin noted in a follow-up message to Inside the Beltway, “For the record, we’re constantly told by the Obama generals and admirals that we can’t kill our way out of this war. As Gen. LeMay might have said, how can we know until we try?”
And who was LeMay? Several sources call him “the Cold War’s fiercest warrior.” The Air Force itself puts it this way about the pilot who ultimately became the fifth chief of staff for the branch:
“The general built, from the remnants of World War II, an all-jet bomber force, manned and supported by professional airmen dedicated to the preservation of peace. The general commanded the Strategic Air Command for nearly 10 years, and under his leadership and supervision, plans were laid for the development and integration of an intercontinental ballistic missile capability.”
CLINTON MUM FOR QUITE SOME TIME
“116. That’s the number of days since Hillary Clinton has held a formal press conference. And since it’s March Madness, here’s your context on just how long 116 days is: You can play the entire NCAA tournament — 68 teams down to one win winner — nearly six times in 116 days. Or one could drive across the United States in 116 days 29 times,” reports Mediaite analyst Joe Concha, who does acknowledge that the Democratic front-runner made a few public remarks at a Michigan coffee shop on March 1.
“The fear of Hillary’s handlers, of course, is that a majority of questions at such a presser will not focus on her plan to fight ISIS, fighting for the middle class or fighting a tireless Bernie Sanders in the primary, but instead on the FBI primary. The L.A. Times reports that the bureau will be questioning Mrs. Clinton soon as sources tell the paper the bureau may be nearing the end of its investigation. Whether this will result in a recommendation for indictment is anyone’s guess,” Mr. Concha adds.
The nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is picking up speed, and the mainstream media is racing right along, proclaiming that President Obama’s pick for the high court has “momentum.”
How do Americans feel about it all? It’s complicated. Here are the numbers according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Monday: 46 percent of Americans say Mr. Garland should be confirmed as a justice; 22 percent of Republicans, 19 percent of conservatives, 45 percent of independents, 70 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of liberals agree.
JERRY BROWN COMES TO TOWN
The Nuclear Security Summit begins Thursday in the nation’s capital, drawing a startling array of world leaders to address nuclear terrorism and other grave matters.
But there’s an anti-nuclear summit on the same day as well. Coming to town: California Gov. Jerry Brown arrives in 24 hours, poised to join forces with former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb and Bruce Blair, co-founder of the anti-nuke group Global Zero. Interestingly enough, Mr. Blair is a former Minuteman missile launch-control officer and support man for the old Strategic Air Command’s “Looking Glass” airborne command post.
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