A look back at this week’s news tidbits that you may have missed.
GITMO Prisoners Now
You may remember several years ago that President Obama worked a prisoner exchange with the Taliban. In exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a US solider who had deserted. President Obama released five prisoners that were being held in Guantanamo Bay to get Bergdahl back. The President assured the public that the five would be sent to Qatar, where they would be monitored and not be able to return and fight against the US or Afghan forces.
It would seem that the Taliban were not quite as trustworthy as the Obama Administration thought, and the “Guantanamo Five” were active in the Taliban insurgency and recent takeover in Afghanistan, and prominently so.
Earlier this year, President Biden (who of course was Vice President under Obama) sent a delegation to a conference in Moscow to negotiate the terms of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. One of the five, Khairullah Khairkhwa, actually sat across the table from President Biden’s envoy to Afghanistan, as part of the official Taliban delegation.
Lied About Threats, So Made Up Threats
Dr. Michelle Fiscus worked in the Tennessee Dept. of Health and was the state’s vaccination official until last July when she was fired, a firing that she claimed was politically motivated. Her husband later told the Tennessean, the Nashville newspaper that she had receive a muzzle in the mail just days before her firing, as a way to intimidate her. Fiscus posed with the muzzle for pictures with the local media and the incident was turned over to law enforcement for investigation.
A new investigative report from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security indicates the muzzle was paid for with Dr. Michelle Fiscus’ own American Express credit card, something sure to raise questions about her credibility.
Does that remind anyone else of Jussie Smollett, or is it just me?
Amazon’s War On Conservatism
Amazon is developing a reputation for political activism and for censoring ideas it’s leaders do not agree with. We saw this in February, Black History Month, when Amazon’s streaming service took a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas off the air. Thomas is only the second African-American to be appointed to the highest court in the land. But he was appointed by Ronald Reagan, and after receiving protests from leftists, Amazon decided that a black Supreme Courts justice was not worth mentioning because he was not ‘black enough’ and did not meet the approval of those who only care about their political agenda.
Amazon has started refusing to sell books its leadership finds contrary to their opinion. A recent example is one that had previously been a best seller. Ryan T. Anderson wrote a book entitled “When Harry Became Sally”, which argued against the transgenderizing of medicine and popular culture. But today, there is only one opinion that is acceptable on that topic to the ‘Woke’ and so rather than allow a debate of ideas, Amazon and its leftist politics, believe that it should be banned.
And if you think there is some moral component to their actions, let us be clear that it is not all controversial books or films that are banned. They still carry books that, for example, help people commit suicide and even Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler.
Power At Any Cost, Regardless
As if we did not know how sad the current state of our government and our politicians were, and that the decline in morality has manifested itself in a political class that wants power at any price, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) reminded us of that this week.
No one could be happy at the scenes from Afghanistan played out this week on national media. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan was poorly planned and organized.
Yet Rick Scott says he not only disagrees with the withdrawal but Scott has said that the 25th Amendment to the Constitution ought to be invoked to remove Biden from office. For reference, the 25th Amendment allows for the, sometimes temporary, shift of powers from the President to the Vice President because of the physical inability to carry out Presidential duties. It was proposed and passed after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and has since been used twice, temporarily, by Presidents Reagan and Bush when they went under anesthesia for surgery and were unable to carry out their duties for several hours.
Scott now suggests that because he disagrees with Biden that Biden is somehow unfit. Biden may be wrong, maybe even incompetent in the way he withdrew from Afghanistan, but distorting the constitution to get political gain is not only childish but shows Scotts low character. Although we probably already knew that from the time before he entered politics that Scott headed a company that was found guilty of the largest Medicare fraud in history.