Tag Archives: War on Terror

It's too hot to fight…[UPDATED]

20 Jun

julepI’d rather be sitting on the veranda sippin’ a mint julep.  But truth is I don’t have a veranda and I gave up on the demon bourbon several campaign cycles ago.

Still over at Bearing Drift, J.R. has stirred up a ruckus with this post:  BREAKING: Perriello votes to bring detainees to Virginia!

J.R. writes: Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA05) has just cast the deciding vote to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Virginia. According to a Capitol Hill source.

It’s a short little post, but has already stirred up some 31 comments.  Most notable among them, this rant from Anonymous is a WomanRepublican Blogger Lies Insult Law Enforcement Community

Lies? I thought this week’s lefty talking point memo was flies? I just can’t keep up.

Fortunately though, J.R. and several others show up to correct AIAW’s distortions.  Most notably among the responses, this from Shaun KenneyAIAW: Republican Blogger LIES Insult Law Enforcement Community (OMG!!!)

Shaun sums it up nicely:

So yes — I am opposed to bringing the detainees from the War on Terrorism to the United States.  Moreover, as Americans we should be deeply concerned about the implications of a policy designed to detain people for what they might do as opposed to what they did do.  Finally, I am diametrically opposed to policies being drafted consonant between some sort of brokerage between amorphous values and the rule of law.

Bush’s policies at least allowed the contradiction to be self-evident.  Obama’s attempt to put a veneer of “values” to make things consistent is repulsive to the very ideas with which AIAW claims to be so concerned.

Follow all the posts.  J.R. and Shaun sum up the arguments nicely.  As for logic from the left?  Not so much.

All snarking about the heat and juleps aside, the discussion is well worth your time.

Now, back to the veranda.

UPDATE: The right wing liberal adds a little more clarity: Hey, don’t take our word for it, Anon
With all due respect to Anon et al, I give the view of the FBI Director a lot more credence than a slew of angry left-wing bloggers, but that’s just me.
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Feel Safer Yet?

6 Feb

coleCharges to Be Dropped in Cole Case
The New York Times
The chief Pentagon official for the military commission system, Susan J. Crawford, intends to announce Friday that charges will be dropped against the leading suspect in the 2000 bombing of the Navy destroyer Cole. The move, first reported by ABC News and confirmed by administration officials, pertains to the death penalty case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged as the leading architect of the attack that killed 17 American sailors.

Victims of Cole bombing upset
Politico 44

“The parents of 17 dead sailors understand we had the process, Mika,” Scarborough said to his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, who was questioning the legal process. “I wonder what President Obama says to the 17 families of these dead soldiers. It seems, Mika, like there is very little to be said.”

Families of Cole Victims Worry White House Meeting Is Window Dressing
FOX News

President Obama is meeting Friday afternoon with the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole — but some invited guests say they worry that the gesture is window-dressing, since the administration has suspended trials of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and a military judge on Thursday dropped charges against a suspect in the 2000 Cole bombing.

Former Cole Commander: “Deeply Disappointed”

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Mother of Cole Victim: “I Voted for Him, I Think I Made The Wrong Decision”

Peggy Noonan: 'At Least Bush Kept Us Safe'

5 Dec

Sometimes even Peggy Noonan gets it right.

‘At Least Bush Kept Us Safe’
The two words Democrats don’t want tacked onto that sentence.
Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal

Back to the Christmas gathering. There was no grousing about John McCain, and considerable grousing about the Bush administration, but it was almost always followed by one sentence, and this is more or less what it was: “But he kept us safe.” In the seven years since 9/11, there were no further attacks on American soil. This is an argument that’s been around for a while but is newly re-emerging as the final argument for Mr. Bush: the one big thing he had to do after 9/11, the single thing he absolutely had to do, was keep it from happening again. And so far he has.

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Obama's Plan: Driver's Licenses for Illegals

23 Oct

H/T Right Wing News

Did Obama play games with the lives of American troops?

15 Sep

According to this article in the New York Post he just might have.

Obama Tried to Stall GIs Iraq Withdrawal
The New York Post

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

Obama Camp Denies He Tried to Delay Withdrawal Agreement of Troops from Iraq
Fox News

Barack Obama’s campaign denied a New York Post report Monday that said the Democratic presidential candidate privately tried to persuade Iraqi political leaders to stall an agreement on scaling back American troops in Iraq while publicly campaigning for a speedy withdrawal.

Well, of course they denied it.

The Audacity of Dope: Did Obama Violate Logan Act?
Villainous Company

It’s a valid question. What’s more, in a political climate where our major newspapers seem to spend more time illegally releasing classified documents and shilling for the authors of tell-all “exposes” that undermine the administration than they do reporting the news, there may be some value in the specter of yet another prominent Democrat demonstrating that unique form of patriotism which Must Not Be Challenged to the American voter.

On Summer Trip to Iraq, Obama Tried to Delay US Troop Pullout
Rush Limbaugh

Now, you might be saying, “What’s the big deal about this?”  Well, two things.  Number one, Obama has been clamoring for these troops to get out of there now, now, now. Obama was part of the cabal that wanted defeat of the US military this year.  He wanted defeat of the US military this year. He wanted them out this year. He wanted to hang defeat around the neck of George W. Bush and run against that.  Now all of a sudden he wants a delay in the withdrawal of troops so that he can say he did it and fulfill a campaign pledge to the kook fringe.

Obama’s own words indicate there might indeed be something to this:

“My concern is that the Bush administration, in a weakened state politically, ends up trying to rush an agreement that in some ways might be binding to the next administration, whether it’s my administration or Senator McCain’s administration,” Mr. Obama said. “The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that’s currently made.”
The New York Times Caucus Blogs.

And this

Obama to Visit Iraq, Afghanistan
MSNBC June 16, 2008

Obama also told Zebari, he said, that Congress should be involved in any negotiations regarding a Status of Forces agreement with Iraq. He suggested it may be better to wait until the next administration to negotiate such an agreement.

McCain Responds to Obama’s Reported Undermining of the Commander-In-Chief During Wartime
National Review Online

The McCain Campaign has issued a statement responding to the report from Amer Taheri (see today’s web briefing) that Sen. Obama secretly negotiated with the Iraqi government regarding U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.  McCain spokesman Randy Scheunemann stated as follows:

At this point, it is not yet clear what official American negotiations Senator Obama tried to undermine with Iraqi leaders, but the possibility of such actions is unprecedented.  It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the US administration in power.  If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas.  Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq’s Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting.    The charge that he sought to delay the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq raises serious questions about Senator Obama’s judgment and it demands an explanation.

Is it true?  Did Obama violate the Logan Act?  There’s certainly enough evidence here to warrant an investigation.

I’m sure that the Main Stream Media will be all over this…just like DNA on a baby.

The Obama Iraq Documentary

17 Jul

“I know that Sen. Obama is going to Iraq. I was very interested that he articulated and announced his polices and approach to Iraq before he went, not after. Remarkable. I’ve been on a lot of trips around the world — usually at your expense — but I usually issue my policy statements when I get back,” he said.
~ Senator John McCain, via MSNBC

The Candidate of Changing His Mind

16 Jul

And his website…

McCain Campaign Uses Web Spider to Sting Obama
Wired Blog Network

John McCain’s campaign published a side-by-side comparison of Barack Obama’s Iraq War policy web pages on Tuesday using a new automated online tracking service called Versionista.

For its part, the McCain campaign Tuesday used the online Versionista service to illustrate the Obama campaign’s edits of its Iraq policy page in an attempt to illustrate the Democrat’s shifting policy stance.

H/T. Blacknell.net: Someone on McCain’s Staff is Definitely Aware of the Internet

Joe Biden: Open mouth, insert foot…again

15 Jul

From The Weekly StandardMost Offensive Quote of the Day

“If John (McCain) wants to know where the bad guys live, come back with me to Afghanistan. We know where they reside. And it’s not in Iraq.”

~ Senator Joe Biden, D-Delaware

Words. Fail.  Me.

And the people of Delaware keep electing him.

Cal Thomas: Progress in Iraq? Yawn

24 Jun

Progress? So What
Cal Thomas at Townhall.com

The main reason progress in Iraq is not receiving more attention is that the progress is considerable and the big media are not paying attention because they don’t like the new storyline. They prefer “America defeated,” not “America victorious” because defeat increases the likelihood of a Democratic electoral blowout in the fall.

Take time to read the article.

A not so supreme decision

12 Jun

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