Hillary Clinton Compares Putin to Hitler. Eric Cantor warns we aren’t learning the lessons of Auschwitz. So does Netanyahu. Are they right?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Olivier Douliery / MCT/RCP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Olivier Douliery / MCT/RCP)

(Washington, D.C.) – It is said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Do Americans really remember the history of World War II, why it started and how it got out of control? Do our leaders in Washington truly understand the lessons of just how costly our appeasement of Adolf Hitler was? Seven decades later after the Holocaust, do we know how to stop power-hungry tyrants and prevent genocide before it’s too late?

These are some of the questions at the heart of my new novel, The Auschwitz Escape, which releases on March 18th. 

They are also questions very much in the news as Russian President Vladimir Putin seizes southern Ukraine and test fires a nuclear-capable ICBM; Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens to annihilate the U.S. & Israel and moves step by step towards building a nuclear weapons arsenal; and the Obama administration vows to cut the size of the U.S. military back to pre-World War II levels.

Last month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, fresh off a trip to Auschwitz, warned that some in Washington are in danger of forgetting the lessons of the Second World War.

“Standing there as the frigid wind swept through the eerily quiet ruins of the camp, I could not help but regret that American action in World War II came too late to save countless millions of innocent lives,” Cantor said in an important speech to the Virginia Military Institute. “Hitler’s rise and conquest of Europe did not come as a surprise. We must not repeat the same mistake by reducing our preparedness, accepting the notion that we are one of many or ceding global leadership to others.”

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leading a nation state with Biblical roots and prophetically re-born in the ashes of the Holocaust, told 14,000 pro-Israel activists at the AIPAC conference in Washington that, “the greatest threat to our common security is that of a nuclear-armed Iran. We must prevent Iran from having the capability to produce nuclear weapons.”

“Iran says it only wants a peaceful nuclear program,” said Netanyahu. “So why is it building a heavy water reactor, which has no purpose in a peaceful nuclear program? Iran says it has nothing to hide. So why does it ban inspectors from its secret military sites? Why doesn’t it divulge its military nuclear secret — the secrets of its military nuclear activities? They absolutely refuse to say a word about that. Iran says it’s not building nuclear weapons. So why does it continue to build ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads? See, unlike Scud missiles, that are limited to a range of a few hundred miles, ICBMs can cross vast oceans. And they can strike, right now or very soon, the eastern seaboard of the United States — Washington — and very soon after that, everywhere else in the United States, up to L.A.”

Now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the New York Democrat, is comparing Putin to Hitler.

“Hillary Clinton, speaking Tuesday at a fundraiser in California, compared the recent actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those of Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War II,” reports Real Clear Politics. “Her remarks were first reported by Buzzfeed.”

“According to one attendee, Clinton ‘talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine’ and ‘compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries,’” noted RCP. “The attendee, newspaper editor Harry Saltzgaver, added, ‘She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.’”

“Another attendee said Clinton ‘talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia. And that it was destabilizing,’” noted RCP.

The Long Beach Press Telegram reported that Clinton explained, “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

Are Cantor, Clinton and Netanyahu right? Are we in danger of forgetting the lessons of dealing with Hitler and the Holocaust at this critical hour?

God forbid. The stakes are too high.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

I GUESS WHINY, DEPRESSING LIARS AREN’T GOOD FOR RATINGS: State of the Union Nielsens Lowest Ever

An anonymous tipster writes, “…according to Niesen, Obama’s 2014 SOTU registered only a 20.7 household share rating… and according to the chart in the story below which goes back to 1993, no President has had a lower rating. I don’t know how far back you’d have to go to find a lower rating, but it is at least the lowest in over 20 years. He’s now historically boring and tough to watch.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union address of his second term in office. The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. The sum of the average audience for those networks was 33,299,172 viewers with a combined household rating of 20.7. The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.

Networks Combined Household Ratings No. of Households No. of Viewers (P2+)
CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision, Mun2, UNI* 20.7 23,949,843 33,299,172
Source: Nielsen

*Tape delay.

Below is a historical look at past State of the Union addresses.

Historical State of the Union Addresses

Date Networks Combined Household Rating Combined No. of Households Combined No. of Viewers President
2/12/2013 FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Azteca, UNI, MFX, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current, Centric, GALA 21.8 24,767,047 33,497,607 Obama
1/24/2012 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, TF, UNI, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC and MUN2 24 27,569,423 37,752,613 Obama
1/25/2011 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, Centric, CNBC, FOXNC, and MSNBC 26.6 30,871,688 42,789,947 Obama
1/27/2010 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, BET, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 29.8 34,182,725 48,009,595 Obama
2/24/2009* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION 32.5 37,185,000 52,373,000 Obama
1/28/2008 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO^, UNIVISION 24.7 27,702,000 37,515,000 G.W Bush
1/23/2007 ABC, CBS, FOX**, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO**, UNIVISION ** 29.6 32,968,000 45,486,000 G.W. Bush
1/31/2006 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 26.9 29,578,000 41,699,000 G.W. Bush
  TELEMUNDO, AZTECA AMERICA, TELFUTURA, TELEMUNDO 8.4 950,000 1,480,000  
2/2/2005 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 25.2 27,699,000 38,382,000 G. W. Bush
  TELEMUNDO, TELEFUTURA 6 660,000 1,050,000  
1/20/2004 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 28 30,286,000 43,411,000 G. W. Bush
1/28/2003 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 38.8 41,447,000 62,061,000 G. W. Bush
1/29/2002 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 33.6 35,547,000 51,773,000 G.W. Bush
2/27/2001* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 27.6 28,201,000 39,793,000 G.W. Bush
1/27/2000 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 22.4 22,536,000 31,478,000 Clinton
1/19/1999 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 31 30,700,000 43,500,000 Clinton
1/27/1998 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 37.2 36,513,000 53,077,000 Clinton
2/4/1997 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 28.4 27,600,000 41,100,000 Clinton
1/23/1996 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 29.6 28,400,000 40,900,000 Clinton
1/24/1995 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 29.5 28,100,000 42,200,000 Clinton
1/25/1994 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 32.9 31,000,000 45,800,000 Clinton
2/17/1993* ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 44.3 41,200,000 66,900,000 Clinton
Source: Nielsen

I wonder if Chris Matthews got a thrill up his leg when he saw the ratings?

The science is settled: Americans are tuning this colossal failure of a would-be president out.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Cruz: Why aren’t Democrats, journalists opposing Obama’s lawlessness?

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Nation

Cruz: Why aren’t Democrats, journalists opposing Obama’s lawlessness?: Scoop
Get Ready For Round 2 Of The Obamacare Cancellations: LoneCon
GOP Expanding the Welfare State Through Amnesty: Matthew Boyle

Paging Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: We Have Another Glitch: Jackie Wellfonder
New Scandal, Same Old Christie : Andrew C. McCarthy
Mitch McConnell: ‘I’m a Big Fan of the Tea Party’: TPNN

Missouri Organizes Multiple States To Defy Gun Control Laws: John Hawkins
What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?: Byron York
Ted Cruz’ “Dangerous Obama” Comments A Gut Punch For Liberals: IM41

Economy

No Jobs For Americans: Paul Craig Roberts
US Chamber’s plan to spend millions to defeat Tea Party in ’14: Fox
NYC Principal Enjoys BMW, Fur Coats As Students Live With Rats: GWP

The Union Track Record in Charts: LUR
Milton Friedman: Socialism Is Force – The Worst Kind Of Greed: NoisyRm
Official Unemployment vs. People Not Working: Man-sized Target

Scandal Central

Bridging the Obamacare, IRS, and Benghazi Scandal Gap: Clarice Feldman
Real Scandals: Instapundit
IRS seizes 60M medical records for massive tax fraud investigation: Erin McCann

Climate & Energy

Cold Bad Weather Used To Be From Global Cooling: Cove
Scandal: BBC’s six-year cover-up of secret ‘green propaganda’ training for top executives: WUWT
MUST BE GLOBAL WARMING: Great Lakes froze earlier this year than any year since 1930s: Poor Richard

Media

The Emotionally Disconnected Commander-in-Chief: Ed Driscoll
NYT: Yeah, ObamaCare has made the healthcare system a mess in 2014: Ed Morrissey
FULL SPEECH: Ted Cruz keynotes at Texas Public Policy Foundation: Scoop

Over Two Weeks Ago, Christie Claimed His Staff Gave Him a ‘Full Briefing’ on Bridgegate: Andrew C. McCarthy
Michael Moore vs. Michael Moore: Andrew J. Patrick
Mike Rowe: Among The Joshua Trees

Kerry, Kennedy top Clinton’s traitor list: Niall Stanage
Defining the scope of the President’s recess appointment powers: In Plain English: SCOTUSblog
Knockout: It’s a crime, not a game!: Bobby Eberle

Monogamy is unnatural: Matt Walsh
The Foreign Press Picks Up On Rumors That The Obamas May Be About To Divorce: John Hawkins
Sen. Mike Lee tweets shocking display of Federal Register, regulations: Twitchy

World

Video: Wasserman-Schultz sells out Jewish community on Israel: Allen West
Robert Gates Accuses Obama and Clinton of Being Unpatriotic: Allergic2Bull
Remembering Ariel Sharon — a great man who defied stereotypes: Judith Miller

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What “three revolutionary devices” will the iWatch be?: 9to5mac
Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old: Tony Smith
Hackers gain ‘full control’ of critical SCADA systems: Darren Pauli

Cornucopia

The Hand of God Probably Only Looks This Way from Earth. But What Does That Tell You?: AmDigest
Spotted in the Wild: GLOCK 42: Robert Farago
West Virginians to be without water for days because of chemical spill: LAT

Image: A Herd of Turtles
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QOTD: “President Obama is a frontman, a well selected salesman for an ideology that has never been successful anywhere in the world. He’s just another in the long list of Marxist/socialist “cool” sounding despots who have given us mass graves and national collapse. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, President Barack Hussein Obama represents a clear and present danger to this Constitutional Republic we call America.” –Allen West

Doug Ross @ Journal

Top 10 Signs Obama Scandals Aren’t ‘Phony’

Guest post by Joel Pollak

“But with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. (Applause.) This needs to stop.”

- President Barack Obama, Speech on the Economy and ‘Phony Scandals,’ Galesburg, IL, July 24, 2013

10. Someone pleads the Fifth. Lois Lerner, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during an oversight hearing. She was also suspended (with pay).

9. Documents go missing, officials fake e-mail addresses. Records of tax inquiries into Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell are gone; the former EPA chief made emails tough to find by using an alias.

8. You announce drastic policy shifts to minimize damage. When the Department of Justice was found to be snooping on the AP and Fox’s James Rosen, Obama suddenly embraced a media shield law.

7. You make a show of “forcing” an official to resign. Obama theatrically announced the resignation of IRS chief Steven Miller; though his term was almost over, the gesture sent a clear signal of disapproval.

6. You try to arrest a low-level leaker. Though Obama himself minimizes the effort to catch Edward Snowden, the federal government is desperately trying to have him extradited for exposing NSA programs.

5. You assert dubious executive privilege to stop investigations. Obama exercised that option to protect Attorney General Eric Holder and the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious from scrutiny.

4. You intimidate whistleblowers. Hillary Clinton’s State Department intimidated officials who knew the truth of what happened in Benghazi–and others who knew about gross misconduct in the agency.

3. Your Department of Justice opens criminal investigations. Theoretically, anyway, Attorney General Holder is seeing to it that the IRS’s conduct is being scrutinized for alleged federal crimes.

2. You yourself have condemned the misconduct. Whether calling the IRS’s behavior “inexcusable,” or condemning civil liberties violations before 2008, Obama set the standard by which he is being judged.

1. Even the friendly media have run out of patience. When even journalists who made sure Obama was elected–twice–begin to feel threatened and irritated by the administration, there is no denying reality.

Via: Breitbart: Top 10 Signs Your Scandals Ain’t Phony

Doug Ross @ Journal