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Victor Davis Hanson: Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror - President Obama has not signed up for a...
National Review Online ^ | January 15, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 01/15/2010 6:08:01 PM PST by neverdem

Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror
President Obama has not signed up for a serious effort against radical Islam.

By Victor Davis Hanson

After Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Great Britain and France sorta, kinda declared war on Germany. The formal declaration of war was real enough, but the allies’ initial responses were laughable.
Two days after Germany started to slaughter the Poles, Britain began conducting “truth raids,” which were to drop 6 million leaflets over Germany. These milk runs were supposedly aimed at “showing” the Germans that Britain someday might be able to bomb them, “enlightening” them about the sins of the then widely popular and victorious Adolf Hitler, and demonstrating the Brits’ desire for peace and quiet rather than another Somme or Verdun.

For much of that autumn of 1939 and the winter of 1940, the enormous French army stayed put — except occasionally to “push” a mile or two into German territory, and then retreat back, all to prove the country’s supposed fighting ability. Somehow during the nine-month-long “phony war,” the pre-Churchillian allies managed to convey a sense of weakness and timidity, while being bellicose sounding enough to offend their enemies.

Hitler, in contrast, smiled and pressed on, invading Denmark and Norway, launching unrestricted submarine attacks, rounding up Jews in the east, bombing Britain, and preparing for a massive invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France.

We are back in a such a sorta, kinda war against radical Islam — whose name we almost never reference. We send more troops into Afghanistan, but only on the condition that we announce deadlines when they will start leaving. We damn the now-successful Iraq War as ill-conceived and not worth the effort, even as we stay in Iraq and consider the present calm and enduring democracy a (quiet) success.

The president has libeled tribunals, renditions, the Patriot Act, Predator attacks, wiretaps, and intercepts as either shredding the Constitution or unfairly persecuting Muslims — only to keep all these protocols intact. Obama loudly promised the whiny Europeans and the angry Islamic world that he would close the supposed gulag at Guantanamo within a year — and then found he could not do without its apparent utility.

Deadlines are a favorite of our president. But does anyone believe that Guantanamo will be closed on January 21? Iran was to desist from its efforts to obtain the bomb before the U.N. summit in New York, and then before the G-20 summit, and then before the face-to-face negotiations in October, and then by the first of the year.

Sometimes we “reach out” to the unhinged Ahmadinejad and ignore his brave opponents who are risking their lives in the streets; at other times, we lecture the theocracy about its bad behavior in sponsoring terror and violating nuclear non-proliferation agreements. We both damn and praise Israel for its “settlements” — appointing its enemies to the Obama administration, while assuring its friends that U.S. policy remains unchanged.

When Mr. Abdulmutallab tried to blow himself up, along with 300 other passengers, Obama’s initial, though belated, reactions were that the terrorist had “allegedly” tried to commit mass murder, and that he was an “isolated extremist,” despite clear ties to Yemeni terrorists. Our Homeland Security head proclaimed that the system had “worked” — for about 24 hours, until she was politely disabused of that lunatic notion. Abdulmutallab was promised a civilian trial, apparently on the grounds that this non-uniformed enemy combatant was caught on American soil — although his intent was instead to float down upon it as human ash.

CIA agents are to be tried for supposedly being too rough on the architect of 9/11, who in turn, despite past bragging about his role in killing 3,000 Americans, will now as another non-uniformed terrorist be given a public trial in New York.

The 19th-century discipline of philology argued that words were the key to understanding the past — if something in the past had existed, there surely was a proper recoverable word for it. And in turn, how a culture used vocabulary was a window into its very values. So when Barack Obama had his administration scrap the Manichean “war on terror” for “overseas contingency operations” aimed against “man-made disasters,” we understood that he had not signed up for a serious effort against radical Islam.

Instead, Obama apparently felt the war was due mostly to misunderstanding and was only exacerbated by President Bush’s crude Texanisms, rather than being due to the multifaceted pathologies of the radical Muslim world.

Obama by his nomenclature, race, and self-referenced unique life experiences would co-opt and confuse the terrorists and their sponsors rather than have to confront them with force in Neanderthal fashion. Indeed, if one were to go back and count the times Obama has trashed his predecessor, and then collate that list with a list of his comparable slurs and slights against radical Islam, one would conclude that our present federal animus is directed against George Bush rather than Dr. Zawahiri and his cohort.

All this is not lost on the enemy.

The problem is that despite all the appeasement rhetoric and the finger-pointing at prior federal officials, we are still sorta, kinda at war. The Nobel peace laureate Obama has ordered far more judge/jury/executioner Predator raids than did “smoke ’em out” Bush. That is, we regret waterboarding self-confessed mass murderers, but not executing suspected terrorists by remote control in Waziristan — along with anyone unfortunate enough to be sitting in the suspected terrorist’s living room. Americans are bravely fighting radical Muslims in Afghanistan, and are on guard in Iraq — while their commander-in-chief promises to leave the former theater, and shows regret for even being in the latter.

Rendition is said to be the product of Dick Cheney’s dark mind, but Barack Obama is now employing that tactic to its fullest extent. And while Obama continued to blow up Muslims in Afghanistan and simultaneously claimed that Bush had gone overboard in his war against terrorists, there were more foiled terrorist plots in his inaugural year of 2009 than during any other year since 2001.

In other words, we are in very dangerous territory. Barack Obama is doing just enough to infuriate our enemies, while at the same time trying to deny that we are in an existential war against them. He has caricatured the notion of victory as archaic and perhaps surreal in our complex postmodern world, as if the enemy agrees. Obama does not seem to understand that while we conduct a seminar on the meaning of victory, the Islamists believe that its antithesis, our defeat, is both very real and achievable.

While Obama offers false historical analogies, apologies for his country, and exaggerated accounts of Muslim achievement, he nevertheless tries to now follow/now deny the hated Bush anti-terrorism protocols and the Bush/Petraeus plans for Afghanistan and Iraq. Nothing is more dangerous in war than fighting an enemy while trying to beg peace from him at the same time. Ask Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier, Lyndon Johnson, or Jimmy Carter.

So, like the British and French in 1939, LBJ in the 1960s, and Jimmy Carter, the Great Satan of 1979, we are sleepwalking through a real war, mixing therapy and tragedy, peace and war, appeasement and violence, outreach and Predators.

Soon the enemy will take our sad measure, reenergize and escalate, and make us choose either to fight or to desist — as we pray that another Churchill or Reagan rides in over the horizon.

— NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the editor of Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, and the author of The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal. © 2010 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cluelessindc; impeachobama; nationalsecurity; nowot; obama; vdh; victordavishanson
Ask Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier, Lyndon Johnson, or Jimmy Carter.

Ouch! Better put some ice on it.

1 posted on 01/15/2010 6:08:01 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

If you ask me, the terrorists are in Congress and the White House. The federal government has damaged this country more than a score of ragheads flying airplanes into buildings could have ever dreamt of hamring it.

We’re on the verge of nationalized health care, we’re in Great Depression 2.0, we’re tax slaves to the government and I’m supposed to give a damn about some freaking ragheads? Leave them to their own devices and they’ll kill each other. They don’t get along with each other unless they have us as a common enemy.

It’s simple. If some raghead or anyone else is imminently going to harm me or someone else around me, I’ll exercise my right to self-defense.

Sensible respect for self-defense, property rights and sensible immigration laws and enforcement of those laws would fix this distraction.

2 posted on 01/15/2010 6:12:54 PM PST by MichiganConservative (I wouldn't hate the government if it didn't exist. (Evil + Stupid) === Government)
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To: MichiganConservative
If you ask me, the terrorists are in Congress and the White House. The federal government has damaged this country more than a score of ragheads flying airplanes into buildings could have ever dreamt of hamring it.

America is threatened by three enemies:

1. Islamofascist terrorists.

2. The liberal left

3. The Mainstream Media

And, of these, the Mainstream Media is the most dangerous. Because, without the MSM' support, the other two would have been defeated years ago.

3 posted on 01/15/2010 6:23:40 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: neverdem
I think Obama has signed up for the War on Terror. He just signed up for the other side.

You can see Obama's attitude toward the terrorists in Holder's actions.

Holder and his boss believe the terrorists are justified in their actions against America because of America's imperialism, its support for Israel, and the fact that it was founded by White European colonialists.

4 posted on 01/15/2010 6:33:48 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: MichiganConservative

You almost sound like your frm Texas.

5 posted on 01/15/2010 7:02:03 PM PST by She hits a grand slam tonight
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To: neverdem

I am a little tired of folks bragging about Obama launching more Predator attacks in Pakistan than Bush did. That has more to do with a change in Pakistani leadership and attitudes than it does with who our President is.

6 posted on 01/15/2010 7:11:04 PM PST by csmusaret (Oops. My karma just ran over my dogma.)
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Note: This is a very small sampler of what I have looked at recently ON THE INTERNET:

NATIONAL "OUR SORTA, KINDA WAR ON TERROR President Obama has not signed up for a serious effort against radical islam." by Victor Davis Hanson (SNIPPET: "Barack Obama is doing just enough to infuriate our enemies, while at the same time trying to deny that we are in an existential war against them.") (January 15, 2010, 4:00 am) (Read More...)
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Travel.State.Gov - U.S. Department of State - Office of the Spokesman - Fact Sheet: "2010 WINTER OLYMPICS" (SNIPPET: "Security Assessment: The U.S. Government remains concerned about the sustained international terrorists threats directed against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. While there have been no specific, credible terrorist threats to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, in the post-September 11th world, the threat from international terrorist groups at major public events is always a principal concern. As security increases in and around Olympic venues, terrorists could shift their focus to more unprotected Olympic venues, open public spaces, hotels, railway and other transportation systems, churches, restaurants, and other sites not associated with the Olympics. U.S. citizens planning to attend Olympic events or to participate in any large-scale public gatherings during the Olympic Games are advised to use caution and to be alert to their surroundings at all times. This includes the periods immediately before and after these events.") (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report - Kenya: "Warden Message: KENYA WESTERNER KIDNAPPING THREAT IN DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP" (SNIPPET: "U.S. Embassy Nairobi wishes to alert the U.S. resident community that there has been a threat to kidnap Westerners in Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. Reports state that al-Shabab agents plan to enter Dadaab refugee camp feigning to visit relatives/friends, and then kidnap any Westerner in the vicinity. There was no additional information on the specific timing, method or target of the attack.") (January 15, 2010) (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report - Malaysia: "Warden Message: MALAYSIA WARNS OF VIOLENT ATTACKS" (SNIPPET: "There are indications that both criminal and terrorist groups are planning or intend acts of violence against foreigners in eastern Sabah, notwithstanding the Government of Malaysia's increased ability to detect, deter and prevent such attacks.") (January 15, 2010) (Read More...)
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SPACE (AFP): "U.S. OFFICIAL QUESTIONS CHINA SPACE INTENTIONS" (SNIPPET: ""The Chinese have stated that they oppose the militarization of space. Their actions seem to indicate the contrary intention," said Wallace Gregson, the assistant secretary of defense in charge of Asia. "We continue to press the Chinese for explanation," Gregson told a congressional hearing.") (January 13, 2010) (Read More...)
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WASHINGTON San'a, Yemen - "CLERICS IN YEMEN WARN OF JIHAD IS U.S. SENDS TROOPS" by Ahmed al-Haj (January 14, 2010, 9:42 am) (Read More...)

FOX "GOP LAWMAKER FEARS RADICALIZATION OF AMERICANS IN YEMEN" (SNIPPET: "A GOP lawmaker is seeking answers from the Obama administration on how it plans to combat the potential radicalization of the 55,000 Americans now in Yemen -- a country that has come under the thumb of Al Qaeda.") (Updated January 13, 2010) (Read More...)
BBC NEWS: "YEMEN-AL-QAEDA LINK TO GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON" by Peter Taylor (January 13, 2010, 09:26 GMT) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) - Opinion Europe: "THE ROME-TEHRAN AXIS" by Giulio Meotti, Rome (SNIPPET: "Italian companies -- with Rome's backing -- have equipped Iran's military and contributed to the regime's satellite and possibly nuclear programs." (January 14, 2010, 4:27 p.m. ET) (Read More...)
JIHAD (MEMRI TV, January 12, 2010): "SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIAL: "We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary, to replace Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust"" (Posted January 13, 2010) (Read More...)

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AVIATION "DRUG GANGS, IRAN IMPACT LATIN AMERICA" by Paul McLeary, Washington (January 13, 2010) (Read More...) Timbuktu, Mali - "AL QAEDA LINKED TO ROGUE AVIATION NETWORK" by Tim Gaynor and Tiemoko Diallo (SNIPPET: "The clandestine fleet has grown to include twin-engine turboprops, executive jets and retired Boeing 727s that are flying multi-ton loads of cocaine and possibly weapons to an area in Africa where factions of al Qaeda are believed to be facilitating the smuggling of drugs to Europe, the officials say.") (January 13, 2010, 2:33 pm EST) (Read More...)

REWARDS FOR "WANTED USAMA BIN LADEN Up to $25 Million Reward" (Note: 1 Photo and 2 digitally aged photos included.) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY by Toby Westerman: "SILENT HOLOCAUST OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS -- A WARNING OF THINGS TO COME?" (January 13, 2010) (Read More...) - Report No. 2747: "The Taliban of Pakistan's Swat District Releases Video Showing Children And Teenagers Training for Jihad And the "Lovers of Houris" (the Women of Paradise) Who Carried Out Martyrdom Missions" (January 12, 2010) (Read More...) "IRANIAN ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION HEAD: 'We Have the Right to Enrich Uranium to 100%'" (SNIPPET: "It should be noted that uranium enriched to 90% or higher is used only for military purposes, in the construction of nuclear weapons.") (January 11, 2010) (Read More...)

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INTERNET "AMEN TO THAT, BROTHER" (January 10, 2010) (Read More...)

WASHINGTON "AL-QAEDA HAS A NEW STRATEGY. Obama Needs One, Too." by Bruce Hoffman (SNIPPET: "Fifth and finally, al-Qaeda is covetously seeking recruits from non-Muslim countries who can be easily deployed for attacks in the West. The group's leaders see people like these -- especially converts to Islam whose appearances and names would not arouse the same scrutiny that persons from Islamic countries might -- as the ultimate fifth column. Citizens of countries that participate in the U.S. visa-waiver program are especially prized because they can move freely between Western countries and blend easily into these societies.") (January 10, 2010) (Read More...)

WASHINGTON - Editorial: "OBAMA'S HAVOC TO THE INTEL SYSTEM The president established intelligence death panels" (SNIPPET: "The intelligence process works in large part because of trust. A reliable sense of confidence must exist between superiors and subordinates, agents and sources, and the intelligence community and policy makers. Without trust, people will not take the risks needed to do their jobs successfully. Mr. Obama has destroyed this sense of trust. On his watch, the intelligence community has suffered a year of body blows.") (January 11, 2010)

LONG WAR "CIA SUICIDE BOMBER APPEARS ON TAPE WITH LEADER OF PAKISTANI TALIBAN" by Bill Roggio (SNIPPET: ""We will never forget the blood of our emir Baitullah Mehsud," Balawi said. "We will always demand revenge for him inside America and outside.") (January 9, 2010, 11:07 am) (Read More...)
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Link - Canada: "ATTACK ON CANADA, U.S. IS ATTACK ON MUSLIMS: IMAMS" (Last updated January 8, 2010, 6:43 pm MT) (Read More...)

Fatwa - Link "UK MUSLIM TV CHANNEL LINKED TO AL-QAIDA CLERIC AL-AWLAKI" by Jamie Doward (SNIPPET: "The channel's chief executive officer, Mohamed Ali Harrath, has been on an Interpol wanted list since 1992...") (January 10, 2010) (Read More...)
Link (Read More...) - Discussion Forum (TIMES ONLINE via JIHAD "U.K: COUNTERTERROR ADVISOR TO METROPOLITAN POLICE IS ON INTERPOL WANTED LIST" (December 15, 2008) (Read More...) Sanaa, Yemen - "YEMEN UNIVERSITY IN FOCUS AFTER CHRISTMAS JET INCIDENT" by Paula Newton (SNIPPET: "Al-Iman University" SNIPPET: "Every year, thousands of Islamic students from Yemen, Africa and around the world are cocooned in al-Zindani's compound, where they study their faith and are instilled with a strident defense of that faith. Last year, al-Zindani made a public plea to recruit millions of young men to fight jihad against Israel.") (January 9, 2010, 3:50 am EST) (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: "Warden Message: SUDAN CAUTIONS THREAT AGAINST AIR UGANDA" (January 8, 2010) (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: "Warden Message: SUDAN CAUTIONS THREAT AGAINST AIR UGANDA" (January 8, 2010) (Read More...)

LONG WAR - The Threat Matrix - blog: "TAIWANESE COMPANY ADMITS TO SHIPPING CHINESE TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN" by Austin Knuppe (January 8, 2010, 1:58 pm) (Read More...)

THE MEMRI ("Source: Fars, Iran, January 6, 2010): "IRAN TO UNVEIL ADVANCED DOMESTICALLY MADE SATELLITES IN FEBRUARY" (Posted January 7, 2010) (Read More...) - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS by Toby Westerman: "9/11, BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, AND THE 'TWISTED MIND SET'" (SNIPPET: "Cuba's aid to terrorist networks range from sophisticated espionage operations to important bio-technology research which could easily be used in a germ warfare attack against the U.S.") (January 10, 2010) (Read More...) "CUBA: TERROR SPONSOR" (January 6, 2010) (Read More...)

SOFIA "ISLAMIC JIHAD TO TARGET BALKANS NEXT, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINSITER SAYS" (SNIPPET: "Islamic Jihad organisations that already had infiltrated countries in Africa and South America intended doing the same in the Balkans, through similar methods including huge transfers of funds and the establishment of cells, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said.") (January 7, 2010, 14:19 CET) (Read More...)
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INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - IPT Blog: "U.S. REPORT: INDIAN CRIME SYNDICATE FINDS COMMON CAUSE WITH AL QAEDA" (January 13, 2010, 10:03 am) (Read More...)



INDIA "Indian Mujahideen planning 9/11-type attack'" (SNIPPET: "A 9/11-type terror attack using hijacked aeroplanes stares India in the face with an Indian Mujahideen terrorist having acquired pilot training and waiting to strike, according to intelligence agencies. Intelligence Bureau (IB) sources say Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu, one of the key accused in the September 2008 Delhi blasts case, learnt to fly planes in Bangalore and could now be planning to execute an airborne terror strike. A dozen other trained Indian Mujahideen terrorists are also at large and, together with Shahzad, pose a big security threat.") (New Delhi, January 6, 2010) (Read More...) - THE MIDDLE EAST QUARTERLY: "HOW TAQIYYA ALTERS ISLAM'S RULES OF WAR Defeating Jihadist Terrorism" by Raymond Ibrahim (Winter 2010) (Read More...) - THE JERUSALEM POST: "NORTH KOREA AND IRAN TOP LIST OF WORST PERSECUTORS OF CHRISTIANS" by E.B. Solomont (SNIPPET: "North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the worst persecutors of Christians around the world, according to a ranking released Wednesday by a Christian mission agency.") (January 7, 2010) (Read More...)

INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - blog for the IPT News: "RADICAL FUNDRAISER BECOMES ILLINOIS POLICE CHAPLAIN" (SNIPPET: "Previously on the IPT blog we stressed the need for the Defense Department's Islamic Chaplaincy program to adopt a stricter vetting process, citing historically radical imams who have served in the program. Now the same can be said for the chaplaincy program for the Illinois State Police. The Mosque Foundation website reports that Sheikh Kifah Mustapha recently completed a four day training session in Springfield, Illinois to become the first certified Muslim chaplain for the Illinois State Police. Mustapha's name appears on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) Hamas financing trail, which ended with sweeping convictions in November of 2008. On this list he is identified as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee.") (January 5, 2010, 4:06 pm) (Read More...)

WASHINGTON "THE SECOND AMENDMENT FACES A DECISIVE YEAR IN 2010 Democrats set to push more foolish regulation" Commentary by Wayne LaPierre (January 4, 2010) (Read More...)

JIHAD "U.S. MUSLIM: "i could cut your neck with the sword of islam and watch you squeal like a bitch like daniel pearl!"" (January 4, 2010) (Read More...)


JIHAD (THE "MUSLIMS THREATEN SWEDISH MOTOONIST" (SNIPPET: "The first of two phone calls to Vilks came on Monday morning. A subsequent check by the Swedish artist revealed that the call originated in Somalia, where the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has gained increasing influence in the war torn country. Al-Shabaab is also believed to have ties to al-Qaeda. In the last month, al-Shabaab supporters who reportedly used to live in Denmark have killed at least 22 people, including three ministers, in a suicide bomb attack carried out in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. According to Vilks, the man who threatened him spoke Swedish.") (January 4, 2010) (Read More...) "A LOOK AT MORE THAN CARTOONS" (Read More...)

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WASHINGTON "GLOBAL THREATS Lax 2009, rough 2010" -Commentary by John R. Bolton (SNIPPET: "The outlook is not promising. Too often, Mr. Obama seems either uninterested in the global threats we face, unpersuaded that they constitute dangers to the country, or content simply to blame his predecessors. When he does see international threats, his instinct is to negotiate with them rather than defeat them.") (January 4, 2010) (Read More...)

CNS "DHS PLANS TO CATCH ONLY ONE IN FOUR TRAVELERS COMMITTING 'MAJOR' CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS WHILE ENTERING U.S. ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS IN 2010" by Terence P. Jeffrey (Documents produced by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that in fiscal 2010 the department is planning to catch only 26 percent of travelers committing major criminal violations while seeking to enter the United States through international airports.") (January 4, 2010) (Read More...)
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Link (pdf) (Read More...) "SIX TRUCKS OF EXPLOSIVES 'DISAPPEAR' IN YEMEN" by Adrian Blomfield in Sana'a (Published January 4, 2010, 6:37 pm) (Read More...)

THE MEMRI ("Source: ILNA, Iran, January 4, 2010"): "IRANIAN FM PROPOSES ALTERNATE URANIUM ENRICHMENT SITES" (SNIPPET: "The deal is to take place either in Brazil, Japan, or Turkey, which have agreed that it can be executed on their soil, or on the Iranian island of Kish.") (Posted January 4, 2010) (Read More...)
THE MEMRI ("Source: Tabnak (Iran), January 1, 2010"): "IRANIAN WEBSITE: IRAN CAN JAM U.S. RADAR SYSTEMS" (Posted January 3, 2010) (Read More...) - STARS and STRIPES: "GROUP: INTERNET POSTS INDICATE THREAT TO NAVY ION PERSIAN GULF" by Sandra Johntz, Stars and Stripes, Mideast Edition) (January 9, 2010) (Read More...) "JIHADI OSINT EFFORT DIRECTED TOWARDS U.S. NAVY" (SNIPPET: "The J-boys are itching for a fight and using the al-Faloja forum to collect open source intelligence about the activities of the US Navy, particularly it seems in the Gulf region.") (January 4, 2010) (Read More...)

!@#$% (January 4, 2010)

INTERNET "'THE BATTLE OF DETROIT AND THE WAR OF THE MINDS'" (SNIPPET: "A brother on the al-Shmokh forum has a knack for writing catchy headlines.") (January 4, 2010) "Remarks by the President on Security Reviews" (SNIPPET: "As we saw on Christmas, al Qaeda and its extremist allies will stop at nothing in their efforts to kill Americans.") (January 5, 2010) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: Yemen - "Warden Message: U.S. EMBASSY SANA'A (YEMEN) CLOSED JANUARY 4" (January 3, 2010) (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: Yemen - "Warden Message: U.S. EMBASSY SANA'A (YEMEN) CLOSED JANUARY 3" (January 3, 2010) (Read More...) - Press Release: "EMBASSY CLOSED IN RESPONSE TO SECURITY THREAT" (SNIPPET: "The U.S. Embassy in Sana'a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen.") (January 3, 2010) (Read More...)
ARMIES OF - blog: "AL SHABAB TO SET SAIL FOR YEMEN" by Jane Novak (SNIPPET: "AFP however does note the widely overlooked November arrest and later release of an individual at a Mogadishu airport with chemicals and a syringe. Jihaddists have been going back and forth between Yemen and Somalia for some time.") (January 1, 2010) (Rread More...)
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Link (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: Yemen - "Warden Message: YEMEN SUGGESTED SECURITY PRACTICES" (December 31, 2009) (Read More...)

REWARDS FOR "WANTED AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI Up to $25 Million Reward" (Read More...)

JIHAD (Translation of News article by Claudia at TEA AND POLITICS, January 1, 2010): "AL-QAEDA'S SECOND BANANA CALLS ON MUSLIMS TO 'DISINFECT' NORTH AFRICA OF SPANISH AND FRENCH" (January 1, 2010) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) "THE YEAR IN REVIEW A Look at FBI Cases, Part 1" (December 28, 2009) (Read More...) "THE YEAR IN REVIEW A Look at FBI Cases, Part 2" (December 31, 2009) (Read More...)


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LONG WAR "U.S. RELEASES 'DANGEROUS' IRANIAN PROXY BEHIND THE MURDER OF U.S. TROOPS" by Bill Roggio (SNIPPET: "Qais Qazali...") (December 31, 2009, 12:57 am) (Read More...) "BEWARE THE ONE-HANDED, THREE-FINGERED HAIRDRESSER" (December 30, 2009) (Read More...)

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Jakarta.US - U.S. EMBASSY NOTICE TO AMERICANS: "Warden Message: BALI WARNING" (December 31, 2009) (Read More...)

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7 posted on 01/16/2010 3:55:45 AM PST by Cindy
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To: csmusaret
is, we regret waterboarding self-confessed mass murderers, but not executing suspected terrorists by remote control in Waziristan — along with anyone unfortunate enough to be sitting in the suspected terrorist’s living room.

Whatever the reason, remember how the press and Muslims used to howl about all these innocent "wedding party guests," "children on the mosque picnic," etc. supposedly wiped out by drone attacks? It's different when Bambi does it, I guess, because now we have ... silence.

Aside from that, I think the Muslims know that in the long run, this is not a tactic that will be successful on its own, and they're just regarding the Predator strikes as the cost of doing business.

8 posted on 01/16/2010 6:05:29 AM PST by livius
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; nopardons; ...


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9 posted on 01/18/2010 7:16:01 AM PST by Tolik
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To: neverdem; LucyT; FARS; JustPiper

look at this before it disappears

10 posted on 01/18/2010 7:19:47 AM PST by bitt (One if by land, Two if by sea. Three if by CRIMINALS from Washington, D.C)
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To: neverdem

The celebrity mind set is “love me.” This is a disorder or pathology Obama suffers from and which America’s enemy takes full advantage of. He can’t use words like “war on terror” because they, the enemy, may not love him anymore — love him for his humanity, his understanding, his openness. It’s delusional thinking yet the behavior underneath — more drones, another surge, an open Gitmo — betrays it. If one was skeptical enough, one could see Obama as totally Machiavellian, e.g., say one thing to the public and do the opposite. But rather, I believe it is more a conflict of having high liberal ideals without any grounding in reality. Having the liberal virtues of understanding, humanity and openness doesn’t mean your enemy will love you. He may hate you all the more. The “I want you to love me” thinking — because it is emotional based — may turn into its opposite extreme form. You see this in relationships all the time. Then it’s “I’ll kill you! You $%^&#*$@ bastard.” In this case hate would be helpful, if not too extreme or volatile, in dealing with America’s enemies. PC codes have banned hate for the ideal that we should all love one another. The pride behind celebrity thinking is that they can get people to love them, they can conqueror through love. And that pride ends up seeing too many falls.

11 posted on 01/18/2010 8:51:42 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: bitt

thanx bitt. found/posted awhile back. best thing is to spread it far & wide.

12 posted on 01/18/2010 12:24:59 PM PST by JustPiper (Purple Army marches on Massachusetts)
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