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According to Google’s dictionary, to “smarm” is to behave in an ingratiating way in order to gain favor. Because the President and other Democrats are smarming the most liberal in their party, this post might more accurately be called “Obama Smarms the Left, Conservatives Conservatives Provide the Truth.” Nonetheless, I am not changing the title of this post.
The President Doesn’t Think We are Losing Against IS
Although the Islamic State has taken Ramadi and Palmyra, the President says that we are winning the struggle against the Islamic State. As he explained for a 21 May 2015 article in The Atlantic, he thinks:
“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” he said. He went on to explain, “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced. … [T]he training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.”
The President Makes (Disputable) “Indisputable” Facts
The science is indisputable. The fossil fuels we burn release carbon dioxide, which traps heat. And the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now higher than they have been in 800,000 years. The planet is getting warmer. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have been in the past 15 years. Last year was the planet’s warmest year ever recorded.
Our scientists at NASA just reported that some of the sea ice around Antarctica is breaking up even faster than expected. The world’s glaciers are melting, pouring new water into the ocean. Over the past century, the world sea level rose by about eight inches. That was in the last century; by the end of this century, it’s projected to rise another one to four feet.
Obama links Syria to Global Climate Dithering
The President went on to make the following comments:
Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East. So, increasingly, our military and our combatant commands, our services — including the Coast Guard — will need to factor climate change into plans and operations, because you need to be ready.
Around the world, climate change will mean more extreme storms. No single weather event can be blamed solely on climate change. But Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines gave us a possible glimpse of things to come — one of the worst cyclones ever recorded; thousands killed, many more displaced, billions of dollars in damage, and a massive international relief effort that included the United States military and its Coast Guard. So more extreme storms will mean more humanitarian missions to deliver lifesaving help. Our forces will have to be ready.
Applicable Bible verse
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. (Proverbs 18:2 NIV)
Despite President Obama’s Preaching for His Leftist Choir
NASA report shows Polar Ice Not Retreating
According to a 19 May 2015 article in Forbes, NASA now reports that the polar ice caps are not shrinking. Specifically:
“Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.”
Although President Obama has had just a tad more time to gather the right information before standing before the world and making statements like his Coast Guard remarks, obviously he has hit on another “If you like your plan” inconvenient truth.
Data shows that Global Warming has been on a 18+ Year Pause
According to a 24 April 2015 article in the Daily Caller, satellite data indicates that global warming has been on hold for over 18 years. Specifically:
Satellite temperature readings show there has been no warming trend for nearly 18 and one-half years, meaning there has been no statistically significant warming since the late 1990s.
Two satellite datasets show that warming has been more moderate than predicted by the United Nations and most climate scientists. The Remote Sensing Systems satellite dataset shows there has been a warming trend of only 0.01 degrees Celsius per century since December 1996.
Despite Obama’s Rosy Picture, Military Experts Paint Another Picture
Various military experts, from Col. Ralph Peters to General Jack Keane, point to the continual losses by Iraqi forces as proof that Obama’s “lead from behind” tactics are not working.
Trust Us, We’re From the Government
After years of using the IRS to deny tax exempt status to conservative groups, the government is planning to run military exercises among the citizens of seven areas where Obama did not carry in 2012 and 2014. Naturally, we are supposed to just trust the government.