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Wednesday, October 05, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.d. Traditional Realist

Political polls and “fact checkers” can manipulate the data to get the results they prefer. The subjective questions, order and political leanings of the pollsters can influence the polls. This can explain the discrepancy often found in the actual results or the poll predictions. The “fact checkers” often arbitrarily decide what is true or not.

The same phenomenon happens in the rankings that are given, best to worst, of presidents. Some recent presidents that have left office rose or fell in the surveys depending on the unfolding of their record as compared to what took place during and after they left office. These impressions about a presidential tenure are affected by a changing media and the historian’s assessments. The longer the number of years that have passed usually the more stable is a person’s place in history.  The test of time brings reality into focus.

Currently the PC police are attempting to change many time-tested truths that were established concretely in the past. This is done by repeating statements that are not true, such as “torture does not work,” which is easily disproved by noting the practice has existed throughout the world and by specific examples of how it has worked.  “Spanking is abusive” is another ridiculous statement on its face. The majority of people and even animals have used moderate spanking to gain the attention of the young to make them listen.

Currently many progressive commentators are reciting that “stop and frisk” in the urban areas does not decrease crime. This is taking place when the evidence of Rudy Giuliani’s reign as mayor in NYC was overwhelmingly documented. It showed a drastic and undeniable drop in crime. Another silly attempt to revise history was the statement, “slaves built the White House” as if there were no other groups who contributed to this accomplishment. The stonemasons who were employed have been clearly described as from Scottish ancestry.  Other non-slaves were used throughout this project to complete it. Black slaves may have been involved but many other Americans were as well. 

President Obama’s apology tour started in Cairo, Egypt and continued around the world in order to acknowledge our past transgressions against humanity. He mentioned the brutality of the crusades that started in the 12th Century against innocent Muslims as if there was not any terror rained on the Christians.  He bowed to the Saudi Arabian king as if the king were above the status of the president of the United States. There was no acknowledgment that America was contributing large sums in financial resources, equipment and troops to protect the Saudi people. Russia and Cuba were visited and the message was always slanted to demonstrate our shortcomings or attempt to make a moral equivalency of our behavior and our enemy’s. This was done even when the other nation instigated and initiated the aggression. The only benefit of his continuing “apology tour” is primarily for President Obama to appear as a potential, future head of an emerging one-world government.

President Obama’s said on May 27, 2016, on the eve of Memorial Day in Hiroshima, Japan, “the memory of August 6, 1945 must never fade… it fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.” …Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into the skies we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction. How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of a higher cause.” In other words, America had no moral reason to drop the A-bomb on Japan.

Unbelievably when you Google President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan you find the top listed stories in complete harmony with the Obama administration’s assertion that he did not apologize for the US dropping the A-bomb. It is not an explicit apology but its implication is we should not have made this decision and we should not in the future.  In his view Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima A-Bomb were morally relativistic acts.

As President Harry Truman prophetically stated, directly after the war, “the bomb caused the Japanese to surrender and it stopped the war. I don’t care what the crybabies say now (or in the future) because they did not have to make the decision.” All wars are horrific. The cost of war eventually forces one side or the other to surrender. Even after the first A bomb was dropped on Hiroshima they refused to surrender. It was only after the second bomb was dropped that they decided to surrender.

It was known that on August 22, 1945 the Japanese ordered that all POWs would be executed. Of the 132,000 allied POWs who were tortured, starved and put in labor camps, almost 40% died. Besides starting the war in a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese killed 6-10 million people. These fanatical soldiers chose to fight until the death rather than be taken as POWs.  Without the Japanese surrendering it was estimated that hundreds of thousands to millions more people would have been killed.

President Obama stated many times during his presidency that he wanted to end having troops in Iraq. He did not want to successfully negotiate a status of force agreement with Iraq. This led to the rapid withdrawing of our forces, which caused us to lose all the gains we had made and created a vacuum that ISIS quickly filled. The strategy did lower the promised troop level to almost nothing, which was his original goal but he had to increase the number of troops to 6000 to avoid a disaster on his watch. Yet he owns the present horrendous conditions of the Middle East.

His policy of “leading from behind,” apology tour and decision not to listen to his military advisers caused the instability of Iraq, Syria and Iran. Reality on the ground, not ideological propaganda matters in recorded history. An administration’s promises and repeated inaccurate statements do not change reality no matter how well done. Truth eventually rises for everyone to see what actually took place.


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