Monday, September 28, 2009

The Obama Doctrine:

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Let's See... An airport shuttle driver from Afghanistan plots to blow up mass transit in New York City. A Jordanian attempts to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. An American fan of, 'The Shoe Bomber', Richard Reid believed he was detonating a truck bomb parked at a federal courthouse in Springfield, Illinois.
Anything common between these men, who authorities say are not connected or part of an organized sinister plot(?) Absolutely, Islams Jihad

At the UN, Obama personally presided over a Security Council session at which he will, evidently, affirm his commitment to a "world without nuclear weapons" - without evident regard for the fact that the only nation he can possibly denuclearize is OUR OWN!

Alinsky would cheer Marx applauding that!!
The President is running out of time in the war on terror:
Time to win in Afghanistan; Time to consolidate gains in Iraq;
Time to recognize that the war will not merely be talked away!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

al Qaeda in America - Ready or Not

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From Northeast Intelligence Network:

There are clear and present dangers throughout North America despite some who claim these warnings are manipulated, exaggerated or are simply useful distractions

Some current press reports blaming NYPD, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, or other law enforcement officials for acting too quickly against an Afghan national and his associates must be addressed. Not only are such accusations misplaced, but malicious at their core. If there is any blame to be placed, it must be laid directly at the feet of the Islamic advocacy groups who have launched a crusade of political correctness against law enforcement, encumbering them under the threat of legal action. It must also be placed at the feet of those government officials who have acquiesced to the very public and well-funded disinformation campaign that asserts the loyalty of fundamental Muslims is to America rather than to their religious ideology. There is NO evidence to support that contention.

Over a year’s worth of field investigation and covert surveillance of terrorist activity in the U.S., encompassing thousands of man hours and countless federal, state and local law enforcement assets was apparently compromised by a single phone call made by one man - a Queens, New York mosque leader. The reported actions of that man, in the context presented in a criminal complaint filed last week, has made New York and all cities across the US less safe today from possible terrorist attacks. That phone call tipped off a man trained by al Qaeda in explosives that he was under surveillance by investigators. As a result, it is believed that as many as 18 Islamic terrorists and their explosives remain at large - last known to be in the greater New York City area. READ the REST:

From Stratfor:

Three defendants charged with lying to federal agents conducting a foreign and domestic terrorism investigation appeared in federal courts Sept. 21 in Denver and Brooklyn after they were arrested Sept. 19. It appears that this case was an attempt by the federal government to disrupt an attack rather than to prosecute the suspects under the harshest of possible penalties.

Najibullah Zazi, Mohammed Wali Zazi (Najibullah’s father) and Imam Ahmad Wais Afzali — all of Afghan descent — appeared in federal courts Sept. 21 after being arrested Sept.19. Federal agents had been investigating the trio for several weeks after receiving intelligence indicating the three men (and possibly others) were involved in a plot that would have targeted the New York subway system. Federal authorities also issued renewed warnings to local law enforcement Sept. 21 of attacks against mass transit. There have been a number of attacks against railways overseas and several plots directed against New York’s subway system, which STRATFOR has been anticipating for several years. Detonating even a small explosive on a train car — a contained area with a high density of people — could lead to numerous fatalities, demonstrated by the 2004 Madrid and 2007 Mumbai attacks.

Najibullah Zazi, a second-generation U.S. citizen, had traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, on Aug. 28, 2008 (he claimed to be visiting his wife) and returned to New York four and a half months later in January 2009. Then, on Sept. 9, Zazi departed Aurora, Colorado, and drove approximately 27 hours to New York while being followed by the FBI. Meanwhile, on Sep. 10, NYPD interviewed Afzali, who had been utilized as a source in the past, and questioned him on Najibullah and Mohammed Wali Zazi. (NYPD sources have been instrumental in infiltrating and breaking up a number of plots.)

On Sept. 11, federal agents recorded a 20-minute conversation between Najibullah Zazi, Afzali and Mohammed Wali Zazi, and then seized Najibullah’s laptop computer. The phone conversations consisted of Afzali warning Najibullah Zazi that authorities had interviewed him and said that they had asked questions about Zazi.
The laptop computer that was seized contained electronic images of handwritten notes on how to manufacture, handle and initiate explosive charges, detonators and “components of a fusing system.” According to a criminal complaint in the case, Zazi admitted to investigators that he had received training from al Qaeda members in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas of northwest Pakistan, a known hotbed of jihadist activity. Charging the three for lying to federal investigators, however, is unlikely to result in stiff sentences without material evidence demonstrating that the three selected and surveilled targets, collected bomb-making materials or raised money for conducting an attack. A conviction could result in very little jail time (if any), especially if the men do not have a criminal background — and there is no indication that any of them do.

It does not necessarily require imprisonment to break up a plot. Simply detaining the group and prosecuting them will likely disrupt the plot enough to halt or delay any pending operations — even if there are others involved. In such a high-risk environment, during such a sensitive time as the U.N. General Assembly, it is not surprising that the FBI arrested the group when it did, despite not having the most blockbuster of cases against the suspects. READ the REST:
The growing undercurrent of support for the Taliban within the New York Afghan community is deliberately (ignored) hidden from mainstream America by the pressure of political correctness exerted by various Islamic advocacy groups. While organizations such as the Council on American Relations (CAIR) claim that radical Islam is virtually non-existent or hyped by bigots and racists, the hatred of America continues to grow virtually unchecked on the streets of New York. The bullied media is misdirected or simply looks away, thereby perpetuating the illusion that radical Islam is the exception rather than the norm in the heart of “little Kabul”. Meanwhile, fundamental Islam is permitted to metastasize within our own society.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Leadership is Not an Option

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 In his clear cut conclusion the top American commander in Afghanistan forces a stark and urgent choice on President Obama and his administration.“The status quo will lead to failure” is the quote from General Stanley McChrystal that bluntly sums up his report now being debated by policy makers in DC. The report makes clear his view that ultimate success in Afghanistan requires overcoming two main threats: “The insurgency and a crisis of confidence among Afghans in their own government. Both must be addressed, and together they require more resources”, he says. “Insufficiently addressing either principal threat will result in failure,” the general concludes. The McChrystal assessment will test the President’s assertion, just six months ago, that he would put the war effort on a path to success by providing what the previous White House didn’t.

Will He?

Given the backpedaling clearly evident in the recent statements from the administration, it seems a new strategy is considering expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan to refocus on eliminating al-Qaida instead of mounting a major military escalation in Afghanistan. Two senior administration officials said Monday that the renewed fight against the terrorist organization could lead to more missile attacks on Pakistan terrorist havens by unmanned U.S. spy planes. Top aides to President Obama said he still has questions and wants more time to decide. The officials said the administration would push ahead with the ground mission in Afghanistan for the near future, and leave the door open for sending more U.S. troops. But Obama’s top advisers, including Vice President Joe Biden, have indicated they are reluctant to send many more troops — if any at all — in the immediate future. In weekend interviews, Obama emphasized that disrupting al-Qaida is his “core goal” and worried aloud about “mission creep” that moved away from that direction. “If it starts drifting away from that goal, then we may have a problem,” he said.

Obviously Politicians believe advisors know more than Generals, (Pfft) so… Being a savvy Commander General McChrystal consulted with an astute advisor, someone not immersed in the political machinations of White House and DC politics.

Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who advised McChrystal in Kabul this summer, said in a telephone interview Monday that “Obama has invited doubt about his commitment to succeeding in Afghanistan by putting off a decision on devoting more resources”.

“The truth is that we don’t have that much time,” Cordesman said. “Waiting to see what happens with existing resources and existing troop levels, when the commanding general has already said that’s an unacceptable risk, basically invites defeat.”

He added:
“The president has yet to show he can lead in this war.”

His assesment PDF is HERE:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said, however, that he does not believe that a scaled-back approach which focuses on killing al-Qaida leaders — rather than the McChrystal view that counterterrorism operations should be part of a broader campaign to build up Afghan support for their government — is the right answer. “The notion that you can conduct a purely counterterrorist kind of campaign and do it from a distance simply does not accord with reality,” Gates told reporters earlier this month. “The reality is that even if you want to focus on counterterrorism, you cannot do that successfully without local law enforcement, without internal security, without intelligence” — without a major presence in Kabul. McChrystal’s immediate superior, Gen. David Petraeus, sees it similarly in an op-ed article published Friday. “He is the first to recognize not just the extraordinary capabilities but also the limitations of counterterrorism forces in Afghanistan,” Petraeus wrote in The Times of London.
Many have remembered Afghan history and point out...
"no one wins there"... I will not argue that, however we must not LOSE voluntarily thus a draw = Win.

To Quote Prof Cordesman: "The US will fail, however, if the Administration and the Congress temporize and delay. Failing to fully implement a new strategy focused on a realistic effort to create true Afghan partners, while allowing domestic politics to supersede the needed troops and funds, will lead to such a defeat. It is clear that the Obama Administration and the US Congress can decisively waste the last opportunity for victory over the coming months by not giving the US team in Afghanistan the authority, support, and resources needed to win"



Saturday, September 19, 2009

Iran's New Revolution

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Iran is undertaking a new phase in it's war against Infidels.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (I'm a nut job) declares A new revolution has begun, as the Islamic Revolution finds it's “true destiny”. He speaks with genuine optimism and enthusiasm, and says it will not be limited to Iran. The videotape below clearly shows Ahmadinejad truly believes things have changed that makes this moment in history special and directly related to Iran’s role in Allah’s plans. Can you say 13th Imam?

The video has bad news for Iranian students and dissidents. Ahmadinejad calls for an expansion of “Islamic culture” in the universities, attributing domestic unrest to a lack of training of the younger generation. They can expect a complete rewriting of their curriculum to “Islamize” (ie radicalize) their education, along with a stricter puritan-like enforcement of Sharia law. On it's face it appears a new Iranian cultural revolution is being planned and executed.

Purging dissident elements and extreme measures to silence the opposition, the language of Ahmadinejad and recent actions taken by the Iranian government strongly indicate that the regime has becoming more radical in the belief that doing so now is obedience to Allah. The capturing of Iranian weapons in Afghanistan, the increased violence in Iraq, the escalation of violence between the Yemeni government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, and the arrest of an al-Qaeda cell in Kuwait trained by their colleagues in Iran show that they are increasing support for a “new revolution” beyond their borders.

Obama are you listening??

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

‘Bipartisan’ Health Bill Fails to Unify!

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The Senate Health Care Bill is out and while there is no 'public option'... (except medicaid) the number that will cause many to wince is 13%... That’s the share of family income that the Baucus plan envisions middle-class American families having to pay in health insurance premiums before co-payments, deductibles and other cost sharing. Is it affordable for you?? NY Times story HERE: Bill PDF HERE

Below is an obvious argument to keep politicians out of this process.

Tucked inside is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets. The add-ons - characterized as part of a broad effort to improve the nation’s health “infrastructure’’ - appear in both the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Critics argue the provision is an obvious effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, ridicules the local projects, asking: “How can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?’’ But advocates defend the proposed spending as a necessary way to promote healthier lives and, in the long run, cut medical costs. “These are not public works grants; they are community transformation grants,’’ said Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Kennedy, chairman of the Senate health committee whose healthcare bill includes the projects.READ the REST

If Pork isn't enough to sway you from GOV CARE, ask the Doctors!

Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found. These numbers contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors' own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul (imagine that).

It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration's claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.
Where Have All The Statesmen Gone?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Have We Forgotten?

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Following the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11 2001 our country was united. Politics became trivial and there were no hyphenated Americans, just Americans. As the haunting images poured into our televisions, men and women cried! 8 short years later our nation is more divided than at any time since the 60's. As in the 1860's march to our civil war and the 1960's march to civil rights we are polarized and paralyzed by divisiveness.

Meanwhile the enemies of liberty and freedom continue attacking.

Writing in the New York Post,
Ralph Peters asks a stinging question and probes why.

New York Post | Sept. 11, 2009
By Ralph Peters

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. READ the REST:

Regardless of ones political affiliations some facts must be faced and embraced to find our best path forward lest we fall upon history's scrap heap. Regardless of what was said in Cairo, Islamofascists are at war with U.S. This war against 'infidels' has been ongoing since the 6th century and words won't stop it.

Lt. Col. Allen West (US Army,Ret)
makes the argument and sounds the call.

Dr. Walid Phares makes the case in
'The War of Ideas':Jihadism -vs- Democracy

Look around the globe and see Islamic infiltration of the democratic countries.Then ask yourself who is the enemy to liberty... hurry as I smell the beginning of a lost cause in Afghanistan with the new NATO Rules of Engagement.

Can you say Nam?