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  • Graham: Explore limits on Quran burnings ("free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war")

    04/03/2011 3:19:30 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 225 replies
    CBS Face the Nation / Politico ^ | 2011-04-03 | Glenn Thrush
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a military lawyer, is the first member of Congress to say the legislature needs to explore the possibility, however unlikely, of limiting some kinds of free speech - like Terry Jones' Quran burning - that help America's enemies. "I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war," he told CBS's Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation." "During World War II, we had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy," Graham said, adding that he wanted to do "anything we...
  • The Lockerbie Lie

    07/27/2010 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Terrorism: The administration says it was surprised and angry at the Lockerbie bomber's "compassionate" release. Now a letter reveals that it actually lobbied for it. Was this malicious intent or mere incompetence? Last week, at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked what he thought about a possible Senate investigation into the "Lockerbie bomber stuff" — namely that British Petroleum, among its other sins, lobbied the British government to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in order to win oil contracts from the Libyan government. Obama replied: "I think all of us...
  • New Terror Threat On Mexico Border

    07/19/2010 5:35:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 3+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 19, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Border: A Hezbollah-like car bomb explodes in a border town as a congresswoman asks Homeland Security about links between the terrorist group and Mexican drug cartels. This is more than an immigration problem. Car bombs are a terrorist specialty and not a drug cartel modus operandi. The heavily armed cartels are more into shootings and kidnappings. So the car bomb that exploded Thursday in Ciudad Juarez, near a federal police headquarters, killing four, was either a change in tactics for the cartels or a sign of teaming up with a terrorist group, one of which could be Iran-linked Hezbollah. Officials...
  • The President's Memorial Daze

    05/28/2010 7:22:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies · 1,511+ views ^ | May 28, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Sraff
    Leadership: Our commander in chief was to miss the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to go on vacation. Other presidents have missed it, but never at wartime. All presidents deserve a vacation, and no president is ever off the clock. But we are at war, and Memorial Day at Arlington has special significance even in peacetime. Those who defend President Obama's decision to take time off were not so understanding whenever President George W. Bush spent time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Obama was to be in his old Chicago-area stomping grounds, and those who attacked Bush for taking...
  • They Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    05/18/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    War On Terror: Attempts to punish the Haditha Marines and Navy SEALs for their courage and bravery under fire failed. Now some would reward timidity and cowardice with a medal for "courageous restraint" under fire. A nonsensical proposal circulating in the Kabul headquarters of the International Security Forces in Afghanistan would give a medal to soldiers in battle who show restraint in the use of deadly force in situations where civilian casualties might result. This will not protect civilians as much as it will endanger the lives of our troops. Our soldiers are already disciplined and trained not to wantonly...
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/22/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 452+ views ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    <p>Military Justice: The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?</p> <p>The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.</p>
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain, Lieberman team on detainees (McCain attacks his lap dog) (POPCORN ALERT)

    03/05/2010 1:46:02 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 552+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-05 | Kasie Hunt
    Joe Lieberman is once again endorsing John McCain over Barack Obama – this time on a critical national security issue. Lieberman and McCain have introduced a bill that would deny Miranda rights to terrorist suspects and block them from the U.S. civil court system. The bill could interfere with the Obama administration’s efforts to cut a deal with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to develop a comprehensive system to deal with detainees—an effort that would include some role for federal courts. Graham, a military lawyer and currently serves a colonel in the U.S. Air Force reserves, has been negotiating with White...
  • DOJ: Department of Jihad?

    02/25/2010 2:22:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies · 305+ views
    FOX Nation ^ | February 25, 2010 | Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • Graham, Emanuel Work on Gitmo (traitor McLame's lap dog at work!)

    02/23/2010 9:27:04 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 350+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2010-02-22 | Jonathan Weisman
    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Monday he is working with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to break the logjam on closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and bringing the prisoners to trial. The South Carolina senator said that in a series of meetings and phone calls over the last “several weeks,” he has pressed to establish a new national security court that would keep most Guantanamo detainees out of the federal courthouse. He expressed confidence that he could strike a deal to extend some measure of habeas corpus rights to prisoners detained on terrorism charges and...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • McChrystal focuses on peace with Taliban: report

    01/24/2010 9:13:47 PM PST · by UAConservative · 70 replies · 2,274+ views
    Google News (AFP) ^ | January 24, 2010 | News Wire
    LONDON — The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war. US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday's meeting in London with a "renewed commitment" to the increasingly bloody conflict. By using the 30,000-strong surge in US troops to secure territory stretching from the Taliban's southern heartlands to Kabul, the general said he aims to weaken the insurgency so much its leaders would accept a political settlement....
  • Trijicon Gun Sight Makers To Remove Bible Verse References From Military Sights

    01/22/2010 6:31:36 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 32 replies · 1,035+ views
    Trijicon will remove abbreviated bible verse references from its Gunsights destined for the military. General David Petraeus has called the references "a serious concern" and "disturbing." Some soldiers and Marines have been concerned about being captured by the terrorist enemy with weapons bearing Christian bible verses such as JN8:12. The Marine Corps. was considering ending its contract with Trijicon. Here's Trijicon's statement. Trijicon, Inc. Offers to Voluntarily Remove Scripture References on all Products Destined for U.S. Military (Wixom, MI – Thursday, January 21, 2010) – Trijicon, Inc. today announced that effective yesterday, Wednesday, January 20, 2010, the company has offered...
  • Spying On Icebergs?

    01/07/2010 5:16:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,205+ views ^ | January 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears? One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are. At the urging of Al Gore, the administration is signing on to a plan to task vital intelligence assets to protect not the people of the United States, but the environment. The program, shot down by President Bush,...
  • Another Reason To Keep Gitmo Open

    12/29/2009 4:44:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 684+ views ^ | December 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the attempted destruction of Flight 253 were released from Guantanamo two years ago. The case for indefinite detention has been made once again, and not in Illinois. Sometimes America's chickens do come home to roost. In a statement released Monday, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which counts among its leadership two former Guantanamo detainees, claimed responsibility for the attempted destruction of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the crotch bomber, told FBI agents he was trained for his Christmas Day mission in Yemen by top leaders of the group who provided...
  • Graham: Thanks for not sending detainees to South Carolina (Graham praises his Savior, 0bama) (BARF)

    12/16/2009 5:43:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 764+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 2009-12-16 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday praised President Barack Obama for heeding his advice to bypass the naval brig in Charleston, S.C., and transfer terror suspects instead to an Illinois prison from the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he spoke with Obama recently and reiterated his strong opposition to moving the Guantanamo detainees to the medium-security brig at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston. "I spoke to the president about Charleston a couple weeks ago," Graham told McClatchy. "He listened intently as I said I thought Charleston is not an appropriate...
  • My Anger at Obama (Meghan McCain)

    11/29/2009 11:01:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 2,369+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-11-30 | Meghan McCain
    With her brother home from deployment, Meghan McCain on the horrors soldiers face there and her frustration at the president should he—as expected—send less than the 40,000 troops General Stanley McChrystal has requested. The first time I watched my brother Jimmy deploy to Iraq, it was in a parking lot at Camp Pendleton. The whole experience was a lot quieter and more low-key than I had expected. It was literally a bunch of families waiting around, beginning at around five in the morning, for Greyhound buses to arrive. During most of that time, all anyone did was watch more soldiers...
  • McCain: Obama Administration Giving 9/11 Mastermind ‘His Wish’ by Giving Him Civilian Trial in NY

    11/26/2009 12:49:31 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 727+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2009-11-25
    ( – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told that President Barack Obama was giving 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed “his wish” by giving him a trial in federal civilian court instead of trying him before a military tribunal. McCain was asked on Nov. 19 whether the administration might have to produce Mohammed’s CIA interrogators if the terrorist’s defense lawyers call them as witnesses. McCain said the answer was not clear because Obama had opened the civilian justice system to enemy combatants, a move that raised myriad problems and gave Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM, what he wanted.
  • Statement by Sen. John McCain (on 9/11 terror trials) ("extremely disappointed" with Obama)

    11/16/2009 12:22:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 956+ views
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R AZ) issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other Al-Qaeda terrorists suspected of planning and executing the September 11th attacks in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York: “I am extremely disappointed with the Obama Administration’s decision to try in U.S. civilian courts the Al-Qaeda terrorists who planned, supported, and conducted the September 11th attacks. These terrorists are not common criminals. They are war criminals, who committed acts of war against our citizens and those of...
  • Remember The Cole

    02/06/2009 7:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,358+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 6, 2009
    War On Terror: Charges against the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole are dismissed. He will be retried, but not by a military commission that would have given him the death penalty he deserves.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell announced on Thursday that Susan Crawford, the convening authority for military tribunals at Guantanamo, has made the decision to withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussain Mohammed al-Nashiri. This is the Saudi man believed to be the architect of the bombing of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 American sailors, as it sat in the Yemeni port of Aden. The...
  • John McCain 'angry' over Afghanistan delay (will "support" Obama when he makes "the right decision")

    11/09/2009 2:32:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,161+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-11-05 | Andy Barr
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he is “angry” and “disappointed” with President Barack Obama for delaying his decision on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan. “The fact is we already have men and women over there, and the longer we delay in sending them the needed resources they need the greater danger they are in,” McCain said during an interview on Fox News’ Fox & Friends program. “That’s just a fundamental fact of warfare and so I’m past being a bit angry.” “I’m disappointed that we haven’t made the decision,” he said.
  • McCain Would Not Use Cheney's Words ["I want to support the president"]

    10/25/2009 4:41:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 2,363+ views
    CBS ^ | 2009-10-25 | Michelle Levi
    Senator John McCain made clear that he and the Republican Party should send the message that they support whatever President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan ends up being, rather than send messages that the U.S. is "waffling" or "dithering." In response to former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent remarks, in which he said, "signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries," McCain said, "I wouldn't use that language." Speaking Wednesday evening while accepting an award from the conservative Center for Security Policy, Cheney said, "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in...
  • Why No Testimony From McChrystal?

    10/07/2009 4:42:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1,247+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War Strategy: When Bush and Petraeus proposed the surge in Iraq, Democrats demanded that the general testify before Congress. So why has the Senate blocked a similar invitation to our commander in Afghanistan? Those with memories longer than the 24-hour news cycle recall that in the dark days of the Iraq War, David Petraeus was summoned to Washington to explain the surge strategy that would eventually lead to victory in Iraq. Democrats hoped for a show trial. took out a full-page ad in the New York Times labeling the commanding general of our efforts in Iraq "General Betray-us." Then...
  • McChrystal Clear (Flashback 05/13/09)

    10/05/2009 2:59:36 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 617+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 13, 2009 | IBD Editorial staff
    War On Terror: From Gettysburg to Fallujah, no-nonsense leadership has proved the key to victory in war. President Obama has chosen a new top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. This is Obama's war. This is his general. During the campaign, candidate Barack Obama said Afghanistan was the right place to fight what is now called an overseas contingency operation. At first glance, with his choice of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to take over as the top U.S. commander there, he may have picked the right man to fight it. McChrystal is a special ops guru, a former head of the Joint...
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • [Tenn.] GOP Congressman: Afghanistan is a 'medieval' country [nation-building could take "decades"]

    09/29/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-29 | Jordan Fabian
    Nation-building in Afghanistan is a tough proposition for the United States since it is a "medieval" country, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told a local editorial board on Monday afternoon. The freshman lawmaker said that the a rebuilding project similar to what the U.S. undertook in Iraq would unlikely to achieve success in Afghanistan because the latter is "medieval" and the former is a "20th century country." Roe added that winning "the war" there would take "decades." He emphasized that the government needs to re-evaluate the mission there and define victory in the conflict against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. "I believe...
  • It's up to Obama to decide on Afghanistan [why is Zero calling McInsane?] [RINO love story] [barf]

    09/28/2009 11:38:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 1,448+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-09-29
    (snip) "This is not easy and I would expect that the public would ask some very tough questions," Obama said last Friday. "That's exactly what I'm doing, is asking some very tough questions." Obama telephoned Senator John McCain, his Republican opponent from last year's election campaign, on Saturday to get his advice on Afghanistan. McCain supports sending more troops. "I think he has a very difficult decision," McCain told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "The base of his party, Americans are weary, understandably they're weary. And it's a very difficult decision for him. But I believe he'll make the right...
  • 8 Marines [Philippine, NOT American Marines] killed in Abu Sayyaf ambush in Sulu

    09/21/2009 10:04:31 PM PDT · by bushpilot1 · 17 replies · 2,000+ views
    GMA News ^ | 22 sep 2009 | GMA
    Eight Marine soldiers were killed Monday afternoon in an ambush staged by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, military officials said. AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col, Romeo Brawner Jr, said troops from the 4th Marine Battalion Landing Team were on their way to their base when they were waylaid by the Abu Sayyaf at Sitio Talatac in Bato-bato village around 1:30 p.m. Lt. Col. Ariel Caculitan, head of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 (MBLT 4), said his men were able to return fire, resulting to the death of five bandits. “Five died on...
  • Levin takes on McCain over Afghanistan strategy

    09/20/2009 6:25:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,026+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – The chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee responded Sunday to recent criticism from former White House hopeful Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the committee. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, has lately suggested that the proper course for the United States to pursue in Afghanistan is to beef up the country’s own army and police forces before planning on sending in any additional American troops.
  • Cato report says Afghan 'victory' unlikely

    09/15/2009 4:04:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 836+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-09-15
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can pull most of its troops from Afghanistan in the next year as "victory" is not a realistic outcome, a report by the Cato Institute says. Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter in an authoritative report on the conflict in Afghanistan note that "a definitive, conventional 'victory' is not a realistic option." Washington said its strategy in Afghanistan is focused in part on denying al-Qaida and other militants the opportunity to establish a safe haven in the embattled nation. The authors, however, opine that denying a sanctuary to terrorists does not require...
  • GOP provides backing for Obama's war effort [McCain, Cantor helping Obama]

    09/11/2009 8:33:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 992+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-09-12 | David R. Sands
    Facing fire from his own party over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, President Obama is getting cover from an unlikely source: Republicans. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia are among a growing faction of congressional Republicans speaking up for the Democratic president as he faces questions of whether to escalate the U.S. troop presence in an increasingly bloody conflict. Mr. Cantor, who has helped lead the fight in the House GOP caucus against much of Mr. Obama's domestic agenda, voiced support Friday for Mr. Obama's willingness to carry the fight to the Taliban...
  • AZ 2010: Anti-War Protesters To Greet McCain [at tonight's Phoenix town hall]

    08/26/2009 11:18:17 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 695+ views
    PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain will hold a central Valley town hall Wednesday evening to discuss proposed health care reforms with Arizonans. McCain held a town hall Tuesday in Sun City, where most of the 1,400-plus attendees were retirees concerned about changes in Medicare and their insurance coverage. Wednesday's meeting may shape up to be a bit different because when McCain arrives, he will be greeted by anti-war protesters. Protest group End the War said it will be waiting outside the town hall with signs calling for the U.S.'s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Group spokesman Mitch Rubin said that McCain has...
  • Gaddafi embraces Lockerbie bomber - thanks his 'courageous friend' Gordon Brown for releasing him

    08/22/2009 12:15:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 533+ views ^ | August 22, 2009 | James Chapman and Ian Drury
    The international furore over the release of the Lockerbie bomber deepened today after he was seen embracing Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. In scenes that will provoke outrage among victims' families and the U.S. government, TV footage showed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi meeting Gaddafi in Tripoli. It came as Gordon Brown faced fresh pressure after shocking claims by Libya that the release of the bomber was linked explicity to trade deals benefiting Britain. Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said Megrahi's case was discussed at every meeting between the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Libyan leader. But the Foreign Office...
  • McCain calls for more US troops in Afghanistan

    08/18/2009 1:13:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 2,773+ views
    KABUL (AP) — Sen. John McCain called Tuesday for more American troops in Afghanistan, saying that doubling the number of Marines in one southern region could lead to "significantly more success." The former Republican presidential candidate, along with other members of a visiting congressional delegation, also said that Afghanistan's elections this week were a milestone event, but that the U.S. was not backing one candidate over another. The group's two-day visit included meeting with Marines in southern Helmand province, where U.S. and Afghan forces are staging a major offensive aimed at clearing out Taliban militants ahead of Thursday's vote.
  • US senators talk terrorism, Gitmo issues in Yemen [McCain, Graham, Lieberman, Collins]

    08/17/2009 9:23:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 1,204+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-08-17 | Ahmed al-Haj
    SAN'A, Yemen — A delegation of U.S. senators led by John McCain and the president of Yemen discussed on Monday ways to help the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country battle the threat from al-Qaida. The state SABA news agency said the American team and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh focused on "bilateral issues and fields of joint cooperation." No details immediately emerged from the meeting, but McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan confirmed earlier that the talks would include counterterrorism cooperation and Guantanamo detainees.
  • GOP senator warns against pulling a 'Rumsfeld' [Graham on Afghanistan]

    08/09/2009 1:37:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 2,482+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-08-09
    WASHINGTON — A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says more troops are needed in Afghanistan and is warning that the U.S. must not 'Rumsfeld' the war.
  • McCain opposes civil trials for terrorists [McLame's erratic lurch to the right]

    08/06/2009 4:26:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,002+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Arizona Sen. John McCain joined three other senators Thursday in sending a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing concern over reports the Administration may try the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other alleged war criminals in civilian courts. The senators said they believe that military commissions are the appropriate forum to try suspected terrorists and war criminals. Joining McCain in signing the letter were fellow Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democrats Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Jim Webb of Virginia. Trying Mohammed and others in civil courts "would treat the war on terrorism as...
  • McCain says 'no' to potential DOJ torture probe [but says "we all know bad things were done"]

    07/12/2009 2:59:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 870+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-07-12
    (snip) "No. I fought against waterboarding," the Arizona Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I have spoken out as forcibly as possible everywhere against what went on. It harms our image so much around the world when photographs come out. We all know bad things were done. We all know the operators were under orders to do so… I agree with the president of the United States it's time to move on, and not look back." (snip)
  • From Kabul to Baghdad -- and Back

    07/01/2009 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 316+ views ^ | July 1, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    This week, American troops start leaving Iraqi cities in compliance with both former President George W. Bush's negotiated start date for withdrawal and President Barack Obama's campaign pledge. Given Bush's profound commitment to succeed in Iraq, if he were still in office and if he judged such a scheduled removal of troops to be dangerous, he doubtlessly would have postponed the action -- just as he changed his strategy and ordered the surge against the advice of most of his government and most of Washington in 2007. Yet it was that surge and the changed strategy designed and led by...
  • Official: Gitmo Uighurs reluctant to move to Palau

    06/17/2009 11:04:52 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 18 replies · 1,396+ views
    KOROR, Palau (AP) — A group of Guantanamo detainees expected to be resettled in Palau may not want to move to the remote Pacific nation, a Palauan official said Wednesday. Last weekend, Palau sent a fact-finding team to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to meet with the 13 Uighurs — Turkic Muslims from China's far western Xinjiang region — and assess their needs. ... Sending them back to China was not an option because of U.S. concerns that Chinese authorities, who consider them separatists, would immediately arrest the men.
  • McCain urges Obama to classify detainee photos [broken clock alert]

    06/11/2009 11:32:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 374+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-06-11 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain urged President Barack Obama Thursday to classify photographs said to depict the abuse of terrorism suspects to ensure they do not become public. Obama is fighting release of the photos in the courts but has not declared them secret. "All he has to do today is use an executive order to declare these photos classified material," said McCain who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama. "That's all he has to do," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
  • White House: Closing Gitmo a 'Hasty Decision'

    05/20/2009 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies · 2,263+ views
    White House: Closing Gitmo a 'Hasty Decision' By David Paul Kuhn White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was a “hasty decision,” in his daily press briefing with reporters. President Obama’s decision to close the controversial detention center in the early days of his presidency was met with adulation on the political left and earned headlines in newspapers across the world. It was seen as a clear break from Bush-era national security policy. But recently Obama has irked many liberals with his decision to continue Bush-era military commissions to try Guantanamo Bay...
  • On Af-Pak: Stop "Helping" [Ron Paul]

    05/11/2009 3:41:13 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 3,134+ views
    While much of the country’s attention is on other issues, a serious situation is developing in Pakistan that threatens to plunge us into another fruitless and bloody war. It is very frustrating to see that many who were so vehemently against the wars of the last administration have suddenly lost interest in foreign policy simply because we were promised change. Those still paying attention know that nothing could be further from the truth. Very little has changed, except perhaps rhetoric, but what does that matter when the bombing missions are only getting deadlier? Rather than drawing down violent military interventions...
  • Caption McCain and Levin [0bama defense spending "reform"]

    05/09/2009 11:59:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 821+ views
  • McCain throws support behind defense budget shifts

    04/06/2009 1:34:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 1,441+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-04-06
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Monday threw his support behind Defense Department plans to refocus spending for key defense programs. "I strongly support (Defense) Secretary (Robert) Gates' decision to restructure a number of major defense programs," McCain said in a statement.
  • EDITORIAL: R.I.P. 'global war on terror'

    04/01/2009 4:05:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 710+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2009 | Editorial
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed this week that the war is over. Namely, the death of the term "global war on terrorism." Like Sherlock Holmes' deduction of what didn't happen from the dog that didn't bark in "The Hound of the Baskervilles," observers have noted that former President George W. Bush's unifying rallying cry after the Sept. 11 attack was anathema in the "I'm OK, you're OK" world of the Obama administration. After all, the term is disliked overseas and wars are bad. Until now, however, the administration was reluctant to mention it. Mrs. Clinton, asked Monday about...
  • Terror inmates may be released in US: intel chief

    03/26/2009 5:35:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies · 2,338+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/26/09 | staff
    President Barack Obama's intelligence chief confirmed Thursday that some Guantanamo inmates may be released on US soil and receive assistance to return to society. "If we are to release them in the United States, we need some sort of assistance for them to start a new life," said National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair at his first press conference. "You can't just put them on the street," he added. "All that is work in progress
  • Former USS Cole commander slams Obama on Guantanamo

    01/30/2009 10:29:31 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 36 replies · 1,738+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 1-30-09 | Carol Rosenberg
    The former commander of the USS Cole, the American war ship that was struck by a suicide boat in Yemeni waters more than eight years ago, on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama's orders to close the Guantanamo detention center and reassess the prisoners being held there.
  • Detainees could end up in South Carolina [Gitmo update] [DeMint opposes, Graham no comment]

    01/22/2009 5:55:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,327+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 2009-01-22 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON - President Obama's decrees Thursday on the detention and interrogation of accused terrorists increase the likelihood that some detainees now held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will be moved to South Carolina in a year or less. On his second full day in office, Obama directed that the controversial Guantanamo detention facility be closed "no later than one year from the date of the (executive) order." Senior Pentagon sources in November identified the Naval Consolidated Brig in North Charleston as a possible home for detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay, along with Fort Leavenworth in Kansas...