05/1/11

Justice Served, At Last

Osama bin Laden is dead.

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Usama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda.”
– President Obama

“This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
– President George W. Bush

A heartfelt thanks goes out to our military for securing justice for the victims of the 9/11/01 attacks, the USS Cole bombing, and the US Embassy bombings in Africa.

To all of our fighting men and women in uniform: America salutes you tonight! May God bless you and keep you safe.

09/11/09

We HAVE Forgotten

Today should have not been declared a “national day of service”, but of remembrance.

Ralph Peters’ op-ed in the New York Post hit the nail right on the head:

Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi Arabian bigotry. Three thousand American citizens and residents died.

We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot.

We’ve learned nothing.

Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we’ve excused it.

Instead of killing terrorists, we free them.

Instead of relentlessly hunting Islamist madmen, we seek to appease them.

Instead of acknowledging that radical Islam is the problem, we elected a president who blames America, whose idea of freedom is the right for women to suffer in silence behind a veil — and who counts among his mentors and friends those who damn our country or believe that our own government staged the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Instead of insisting that freedom will not be infringed by terrorist threats, we censor works that might offend mass murderers. Radical Muslims around the world can indulge in viral lies about us, but we dare not even publish cartoons mocking them.

Instead of protecting law-abiding Americans, we reject profiling to avoid offending terrorists. So we confiscate granny’s shampoo at the airport because the half-empty container could hold 3.5 ounces of liquid.

Instead of insisting that Islamist hatred and religious apartheid have no place in our country, we permit the Saudis to continue funding mosques and madrassahs where hating Jews and Christians is preached as essential to Islam.

Instead of confronting Saudi hate-mongers, our president bows down to the Saudi king.

Instead of recognizing the Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi cult as the core of the problem, our president blames Israel.

Instead of asking why Middle Eastern civilization has failed so abjectly, our president suggests that we’re the failures.

Instead of taking every effective measure to cull information from terrorists, the current administration threatens CIA agents with prosecution for keeping us safe.

Instead of proudly and promptly rebuilding on the site of the Twin Towers, we’ve committed ourselves to the hopeless, useless task of rebuilding Afghanistan. (Perhaps we should have built a mosque at Ground Zero — the Saudis would’ve funded it.)

Instead of taking a firm stand against Islamist fanaticism, we’ve made a cult of negotiations — as our enemies pursue nuclear weapons; sponsor terrorism; torture, imprison, rape and murder their own citizens — and laugh at us.

Instead of insisting that Islam must become a religion of responsibility, our leaders in both parties continue to bleat that “Islam’s a religion of peace,” ignoring the curious absence of Baptist suicide bombers.

Instead of requiring new immigrants to integrate into our society and conform to its public values, we encourage and subsidize anti-American, woman-hating, freedom-denying bigotry in the name of toleration.

Instead of pursuing our enemies to the ends of the earth, we help them sue us.

We’ve dishonored our dead and whitewashed our enemies. A distinctly unholy alliance between fanatical Islamists abroad and a politically correct “elite” in the US has reduced 9/11 to the status of a non-event, a day for politicians to preen about how little they’ve done.

We’ve forgotten the shock and the patriotic fury Americans felt on that bright September morning eight years ago. We’ve forgotten our identification with fellow citizens leaping from doomed skyscrapers. We’ve forgotten the courage of airline passengers who would not surrender to terror.

We’ve forgotten the men and women who burned to death or suffocated in the Pentagon. We’ve forgotten our promises, our vows, our commitments.

We’ve forgotten what we owe our dead and what we owe our children. We’ve even forgotten who attacked us.

We have betrayed the memory of our dead. In doing so, we betrayed ourselves and our country. Our troops continue to fight — when they’re allowed to do so — but our politicians have surrendered.

Are we willing to let the terrorists win?

God forbid, IF and WHEN we are attacked again, they will win.

The words of George Santayana ring true in these present times: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Let us resolve this moment forward to NEVER AGAIN betray those who were brutally killed eight years ago, REMEMBER the attacks of September 11, 2001, and REMAIN VIGILANT against those who threaten our country, our liberty, and our way of life.

If you still feel compelled to serve, then do so in reminding our elected public servants that they work for us — and hold them accountable for letting their guard down in this war.

Yes, we are still at war.

07/17/08

Goldwasser and Regev, R.I.P.

SnoopyTheGoon of Simply Jews comments on the recent prisoner exchange between Israel and Hezbollah.

The decision to go ahead with this exchange, with almost total certainty that we’ll be paying the price of releasing a baby killer for two bodies, was not an easy one. I wouldn’t wish to be one of the people on whose shoulders the decision fell. But it is over and done with.

As for the question that will be debated for a long time: was the exchange worth it? – a lot of hot air and acrimony were already spent and will be spent in the future. Uncounted angles, including the future victims of the “surrender” to the blackmail, the loss of face, the new kidnappings awaiting and the damage to something called “national psyche”, whatever it means – all these and more will be thrown into the ring. Surprisingly or not, many of these angles are valid. All, or almost all of them, were part of the excruciating decision process.

06/17/08

The Truth Comes Out

Bush never lied to us about Iraq
The administration simply got bad intelligence. Critics are wrong to assert deception.

In 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approved a report acknowledging that it “did not find any evidence that administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments.” The following year, the bipartisan Robb-Silberman report similarly found “no indication that the intelligence community distorted the evidence regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”

Contrast those conclusions with the Senate Intelligence Committee report issued June 5, the production of which excluded Republican staffers and which only two GOP senators endorsed. In a news release announcing the report, committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV got in this familiar shot: “Sadly, the Bush administration led the nation into war under false pretenses.”

Yet Rockefeller’s highly partisan report does not substantiate its most explosive claims. Rockefeller, for instance, charges that “top administration officials made repeated statements that falsely linked Iraq and Al Qaeda as a single threat and insinuated that Iraq played a role in 9/11.” Yet what did his report actually find? That Iraq-Al Qaeda links were “substantiated by intelligence information.” The same goes for claims about Hussein’s possession of biological and chemical weapons, as well as his alleged operation of a nuclear weapons program.

Four years on from the first Senate Intelligence Committee report, war critics, old and newfangled, still don’t get that a lie is an act of deliberate, not unwitting, deception. If Democrats wish to contend they were “misled” into war, they should vent their spleen at the CIA.

11/13/07

Why Harry Reid Burns Me Up, Part II

“Play my game or else,” more or less.

If he thinks he’s hurting GWB with such petty threats, he’s sorely mistaken.

That SOB needs to go. To quote a comment from the article link:

Reid is like the streaker caught on film – exposed. He still, even today, wants only to lose the war because “it is Bush’s war.â€� He can no longer claim the Administration’s strategy has failed, or that withdrawal will reduce violence or reduce the number of jihadists, or that he supports the troops – because it is obvious he just wants to lose, period. He is exposed, naked, and it isn’t pretty.

10/20/07

Islam vs. Islamists

The aformentioned documentary that was suppressed by PBS is finally getting much-deserved broadcast time, thanks to FOX News Channel.

I just watched a portion of it. Quite balanced and straightforward IMHO.

If you’re not recording it, you can buy the DVD. It’s defnitely a must-see for anyone who thinks that radical Islam is mostly harmless to the Muslim world and to Western civilization in general.

09/24/07

The Devil Went Down To Columbia

I was at work and couldn’t catch the “speech” in its entirety, but Michelle Malkin, Atlas Shrugs, The Invisible Hand, and a host of other anti-Sharia warriors kept the floodlights on the happenings at Columbia U. and Ground Zero.

Some highlights though: CU president Leo Bollinger appeared to have chutzpah when he introduced Ahmadinejad to the audience. It was a face-saving act, folks. Expect a massive alumni backlash and a decrease in grants and donations. College admins who can’t raise the green are usually ejected from their ivory towers.

Idontneedtowearatie sez that there are no gays in his country. Here’s why.

Ahmadiwantshismahdi also wants to research “the root causes of 9/11″. Maybe he should have went on the Alex Jones show instead.

I could go on, but Mr. Beady Eyes already does such a good job of exposing himself for the crazed psycho he is.

09/19/07

Islamonazi to Defile Ground Zero

If you’re not angry right now, you ought to be.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested to visit Ground Zero during an upcoming trip to New York. That request was rejected Wednesday. But a source tells Eyewitness News that the decision may not stop him.

A law enforcement source says the Iranian mission to the United Nations has informed the Secret Service that the Iranian president intends to visit Ground Zero Monday at 10 a.m.

The source says regardless of the NYPD’s rejection of the request for a Ground Zero tour, Iran’s president and his entourage will be accompanied by a Secret Service protective detail, a detail provided to all heads of state when they visit the United States.

Once again, President Bush gets wimpy with it:

“This is a matter for the City of New York resolve,” a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, Gordon, Johndroe, said. He added pointedly: “It seems odd that the president of a country that is a state sponsor of terror would visit ground zero.” Minutes later administration officials were saying privately that a visit by Mr. Ahmadinejad anywhere near ground zero was “not going to happen.

Well, at least Rudy has the stugots to say “Hell no!”…

“Under no circumstances should the NYPD or any other American authority assist President Ahmadinejad in visiting Ground Zero. This is a man who has made threats against America and Israel, is harboring bin Laden’s son and other al-Qaeda leaders, is shipping arms to Iraqi insurgents and is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. Assisting Ahmadinejad in touring Ground Zero – hallowed ground for all Americans – is outrageous.”

…and Hillary pays some lip service…

“It is unacceptable for Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who refuses to renounce and end his own country’s support of terrorism, to visit the site of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history.”

…but where’s Chucky Schumer?

(linkage via Juliette, who’s ready for “The Mother of All Sit-Ins”. If only I can get time off from work to join in…)

09/13/07

The President’s Speech

After following the recommendations of the generals in the field, and consulting with policy wonks and partisan politicians at home, President Bush is “changing course” in Iraq — with progress and success being the guiding principles:

Our troops in Iraq are performing brilliantly. Along with Iraqi forces, they have captured or killed an average of more than 1,500 enemy fighters per month since January. Yet ultimately, the way forward depends on the ability of Iraqis to maintain security gains. According to General Petraeus and a panel chaired by retired General Jim Jones, the Iraqi army is becoming more capable, although there is still a great deal of work to be done to improve the National Police. Iraqi forces are receiving increased cooperation from local populations. And this is improving their ability to hold areas that have been cleared.

Because of this success, General Petraeus believes we have now reached the point where we can maintain our security gains with fewer American forces. He has recommended that we not replace about 2,200 Marines scheduled to leave Anbar Province later this month. In addition, he says it will soon be possible to bring home an Army combat brigade, for a total force reduction of 5,700 troops by Christmas.

And he expects that by July, we will be able to reduce our troop levels in Iraq from 20 combat brigades to 15.

General Petraeus also recommends that in December, we begin transitioning to the next phase of our strategy in Iraq. As terrorists are defeated, civil society takes root, and the Iraqis assume more control over their own security, our mission in Iraq will evolve. Over time, our troops will shift from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and eventually to overwatching those forces. As this transition in our mission takes place, our troops will focus on a more limited set of tasks, including counterterrorism operations and training, equipping, and supporting Iraqi forces.

I have consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other members of my national security team, Iraqi officials, and leaders of both parties in Congress. I have benefited from their advice, and I have accepted General Petraeus’s recommendations. I have directed General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker to update their joint campaign plan for Iraq, so we can adjust our military and civilian resources accordingly. I have also directed them to deliver another report to Congress in March. At that time, they will provide a fresh assessment of the situation in Iraq and of the troop levels and resources we need to meet our national security objectives.

The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is “return on success.” The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home. And in all we do, I will ensure that our commanders on the ground have the troops and flexibility they need to defeat the enemy.

Americans want our country to be safe and our troops to begin coming home from Iraq. Yet those of us who believe success in Iraq is essential to our security, and those who believe we should bring our troops home, have been at odds. Now, because of the measure of success we are seeing in Iraq, we can begin seeing troops come home.

Despite the good report and the beginning to draw down the troops, anti-war Democrats are still whining that anything short of immediate surrender and full retreat isn’t good enough for the American people the MorOns, the Code Pinkos, and the Ku Kos Klan.

But cooler heads knew that already…

09/13/07

EuroDhimmi: ‘Let’s Talk To al Qaeda’

What part of “we NEVER negotiate with terrorists” does Jan Egeland NOT understand?!?

Jan Egeland, a Norwegian who helped broker secret talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation in the 1990s and later, as a top U.N. official, dealt with warlords and guerrilla leaders from Colombia to Uganda, told Reuters: “I wouldn’t rule out speaking to anybody, a priori.�

He went on: “It depends on who you speak to, but also what you speak to them about. I’m willing to speak to the devil to help the victims in the depths of hell. If I could have a meeting with al Qaeda where one could impress upon them that they are the biggest anti-Islamic force around, why not?�

Gee, I thought that whenever you bargain with the devil, you always lose.

But I digress…

(link via LGF)

09/12/07

Beslan Remembered

Although I’m guilty of missing the date, Glenn Beck has dedicated the week to reflect upon the Beslan Massacre that took place September 1, 2004 on his radio and TV programs.

Beck, with author Brad Thor, have been discussing the possibility of the Beslan attack being repeated here — en masse. Be sure to check it out. I’ll be on the lookout for video links from Beck’s TV show and add them when they become available.