Skip to comments.Victor Davis Hanson: Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror - President Obama has not signed up for a...
Posted on 01/15/2010 6:08:01 PM PST by neverdem
Ouch! Better put some ice on it.
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.
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.
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.
You almost sound like your frm Texas.
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.
NATIONAL REVIEW.com: "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...)
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...)
OSAC.gov - 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...)
OSAC.gov - 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...)
SPACE DAILY.com (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...)
FOX NEWS.com: "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...)
Online.WSJ.com - 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...)
REUTERS.com: 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...)
MEMRI.org - 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...)
MEMRI.org: "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...)
WASHINGTON POST.com: "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 TIMES.com - 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 JOURNAL.org: "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...)
GUARDIAN.co.uk: "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...)
CNN.com: 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...)
INATODAY.com - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY.com 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...)
SOFIA ECHO.com: "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...)
INDIA TODAY.com: "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...)
JPOST.com - 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 PROJECT.org - 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...)
JIHAD WATCH.org (THE LOCAL.se): "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...)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "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 NEWS.com: "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...)
THE MEMRI BLOG.org ("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...)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "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...)
WHITEHOUSE.gov: "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...)
YEMEN.USEMBASSY.gov - 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 LIBERATION.com - 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...)
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.
Let me know if you want in or out.
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look at this before it disappears
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.
thanx bitt. found/posted awhile back. best thing is to spread it far & wide.