New feature –> OLD BUSINESS: Old business is news, too.

In formal meetings, the agenda usually includes something called “old business.”  It is how past unresolved issues can be brought up for further review.

It occurred to me that this would be a good idea for all those talking heads on cable news channels.

Allow me to preface.

In watching the news on all the major channels, I find two things troublesome. First is the custom of using their own talking heads and “contributors” over and over on one show after another.  It seems most of the guest experts are merely folks from their other programs or their regular stable of panelists.  The principal anchors host their own show and guest on all the others.  I sort of think “news” should present something new.

The second problem is the focus on very few stories.  When there is a very dramatic event, it is understandable to give it more air time, but often there is nothing new to report.  I found this particularly annoying on CNN, which gave hours upon hours of air time to the missing Malaysian jetliner – with nothing more to say than it was still missing.  FOX’s Bill O’Reilly bragged that his show does not delve into speculation and for the next hour there was nothing but speculation about what happened to the plane.

So, my recommendation to the news providers is to engage more outside experts rather than regurgitate the opinions of in-house staff.  And secondly, the stations should create a segment for “old business.”

For example, I will deal with this in this blog from time to time – starting now.

OLD BUSINESS

WHAT HAS BECOME OF SGT. BOWIE BERGDAHL?

Every time Obama sends off more Gitmo detainees back to the bosom of terrorism, I keep getting reminded of Sgt. Bowie Bergdahl.  For those who may have forgotten him, as has most of the Main Stream Media, Bergdahl is the guy the President traded for five high level terrorist leaders.  ISIS and al Qaeda got replenished, and we got back a guy who deserted his post, fled to the enemy and caused the deaths of American soldiers trying to rescue him.

So far, no update on the promised investigation.  We actually know more about what happened to the released terrorists.  Some, if not all, are not back in action.

Rather than being brought before a military tribunal to adjudicate his case and apply appropriate military punishment, if deemed necessary based on facts.  The good sergeant was whisked away to the obscurity of a cushy military job, was given back pay and received a promotion.

All this got me to thinking.  We have made several attempts to us Special Forces to liberate captured American hostages because we never negotiate with the enemy.  Good policy, because it prevents future kidnappings.  So, why did we negotiate for Bergdahl, arguably a less worthy a subject.  The others were taken forcefully, while Bergdahl literally walked into the enemies arms.

IS THE WAR STILL GOING ON IN SYRIA?

Do you recall when President Obama said that Libyan tyrant Bashar al Assad, would have to go – and even predicted his departure in the near future?

First of all, a President should never make such brash and foolish statements unless he has a pretty good plan to accomplish the mission.  Obama did not have such a plan.

But how is it going?  The news media seems to have lost interest.

Well from what I can tell, it is going very badly.  Assad is still in power, the battle rages and the United States looks weak and fleckless.  In failing to arm and support the insurgents early on, the United States has adversaries no matter who wins – Asaad. ISIS or the insurgents no influenced by al Qaeda .

What policy Obama might have had – and it is not easy to identify one – has collapsed. It currently appears that Assad will eventually win out.  In Iraq, we are fighting alongside Iran to knock out ISIS and in Libya we are on the side of ISIS to knock out Assad.

IS IRAN GOING NUCLEAR?

While the Obama administration plays paddy cake month-after-month with Iran constantly extending the talks, the number one terrorist nation in the world, not conceding statehood to the so-called Islamic State, the Iranians are freed of the burden of sanctions that were crippling their economy.

As Secretary of State John Kerry deludes himself into believing that the Iranians are negotiating in good faith, the folks in Tehran are building up their economy, strengthening their military and moving forward on developing munitions-grade plutonium.

Apparently, Obama & Co. is willing to give them all the time they need.

RETURN TO FORT HOOD.

What in hell is taking so long to determine that terrorist Major Nidal Malik Hasan should be tried, found guilty, as is so obvious, and executed?  Why is it still “workplace violence” in Attorney General Eric Holder’s mind?

The only new development I have seen is a move by Republicans in Congress to award those killed and wounded the Purple Heart, as they so well deserve.  Why does Obama have such a problem with this?

REMEMBER ALTON ALEXANDER NOLEN?

Alton Alexander Nolen is the Islamic terrorist who beheaded a woman in Oklahoma. Like Hasan, he also has not been declared a terrorist even though all the evidence shows he was doing the bidding of ISIS.  I am assuming that by not declaring all these Muslim jihadist attacks on Americans a terrorist attack, but just a local crime, the Obama administration does not have to count them as terrorist attacks on their watch.

REDSKINS WATCH.

I know the football team is still called the Redskins, but what has happened to all those inappropriate and abusive threats of government intervention?  This is a perfect example of idiotic political correctness actually creating a racial issue where none existed.  So, will the government sneak away silently in the night after their high profile bluster, or will they push forward and remind themselves why freedom loving Americans turned against them last November?

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