Monthly Archives: May 2009

CHENEY THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO OBAMA

 

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2009-05-23 07:15 -- CHENEY THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO OBAMA

In his AEI speech yesterday Cheney threw down the gauntlet to Obama and dared him to prosecute either himself, George Bush or anyone from his administration for torture, war crimes and egregious human rights violations. In so many words Cheney challenged Obama to take a stand, show some spine and act on his charges saying:

'Mr. President, if crimes were committed by our administration violating US and international law then stop the phony moralizing and lofty sounding speeches and act. If laws were broken and people's rights criminally wronged, if we went above and beyond the law going too far in fighting Al Qaida and preventing new attacks on our soil, then you have a constitutional duty to make things right and clear the air; you have a duty to this country, the world and posterity to see that justice is done, that we evil ones are punished and  jailed. If you have evidence of criminal wrong doing, proof that we committed crimes disgracing our country, flag and forefathers doing nothing would make you look like a weakling and coward complicit in our crimes. Say what you like to make yourself look morally good, pure and holy; wrap yourself in the flag, Constitution and rule of law;  inaction is equal to sanctioning our evil actions and sharing in our guilt and sins covering our backsides making you no better than us-making you look a laughing-stock and hypocritical fool.

So stop this game of blame and righteousness anger, Mr. President; stop playing American Idol to the crowd basking in their blind adulation and need for messianic heroes. The world wants justice and cries out for our blood: Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, torture we defamed America and all you do is scold and lecture us. If our crimes go unpunished and we get off scot free nothing will be achieved: America's standing and image in the world will remain in ruins;  Al Qaida's ranks will continue to swell; our security will suffer and people will die, and history  will revile you as a criminal yourself. This is your great defining moment, Mr. President; to prove your superior worth and exalted morality in word and deed; to cleanly break from the terrible dark past; to separate yourself from the atrocities of our regime-from our unAmerican inhumanity to man. Action speaks louder than words, Mr. President:

PROSECUTE AND PUNISH US!

OR SHUT THE HELL UP!

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MEMOGATE

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2009-05-22 14:12:43.000 -- MEMOGATE

Yesterday Dick Cheney virtually took his middle finger and stuck it in Barack Obama's lying little clueless face daring him to prosecute any member of the Bush Administration (himself included) for torture and war crimes; and to make good on his pledge "never to hide the truth because it's uncomfortable" by showing all his cards. Cheney tore away the veil of Obamamania and media worship revealing a mental and moral midget, a sad, shortsighted, petty little, politically driven man with less than half a brain for his job and even less character for its titanic challenges. Cheney's effrontery has completely unnerved the screaming leftist ninnies of sissyland just as Churchill did in the 1930s when he castigated Neville Chamberlain for his dangerous naivety when dealing with Hitler. If waterboarding violated international law and was a useless tool for keeping America safe then

What is Obama hiding? 

What is he afraid of?

Why won't he release the redacted Torture Memos and prove Dick Cheney wrong about the life saving intel gathered from waterboarding three terrorist thugs?

What is in these memos that he wants kept secret?

Is this what he calls transparency and integrity, an ethical administration second to none?

 Is this the man with "steel in his spine?"

No!

This is a scandal!

This is a shame!

This is MEMOGATE!

Come clean Mr. President!

We want full disclosure! 

Release the memos now!

We deserve to know!

 If this were George Bush Leftists would be howling their heads off calling on him to release the memos and comparing it to Watergate and Nixon's resistance to releasing the secret White House tapes.

 

OBAMA’S MOSLEM OUTREACH INITIATIVE: WHY IT WILL FAIL

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2009-05-18 09:39--OBAMA'S MOSLEM OUTREACH INITIATIVE: WHY IT WILL FAIL

This is not a complicated subject. If Obama is to succeed in reversing massive Moslem anti-American hatred caused by the Mideast policies of George W. Bush and the War on Terror (perceived as a War on Islam by many Moslems)  then he must do two things: turn against Israel and return Iraq to Sunni control. 

Obama can stress his Moslem family roots, call himself Hussein and praise Islam to the sky but that will do nothing to repair US-Moslem relations and his initiative will fail. Israel's existence on the Arabian Peninsula (the birth place of Islam) is profoundly anguishing and humiliating to Moslems everywhere, and to Arab racial pride in particular. Moslems want a one state solution in "Palestine" with Israeli Jews living as an oppressed minority in a larger Arab Moslem ruled state in accord with Islamic Law, Islamic justice and the Koran. Most Moslems (supported by many on the Left) will settle for nothing less than Israel's demise; and for Obama to want anything less makes him look like Netanyahu's stooge  in bed with Islam's Zionist enemies (see note 1).

However, even if Obama were to desert Israel and join her enemies in replacing the "Zionist entity" with a Palestinian/Moslem state it would not fully placate the Sunni world and its bitterness over the loss of Iraq to Shiite heretics. Unless Obama joins the Sunni cause to return Iraq to the status quo ante of ancient Sunni control Sunni resentment of America-even with Israel gone-would remain a powerful hostile force dividing us from most of Islam (see note 2). Even if Obama were to end our military presence in Iraq (as he wants to) leaving the Shiites in control won't placate the Sunni world who'll still want Iraq to return to their fold and will try to undermine Shiite rule renewing the sectarian conflict once we are gone. Obama has no rational choice but to continue the policies of George W. Bush which kept us safe for seven years, Moslem hatred and all; we must stay in Iraq as long as we must to prevent pre-surge chaos; and diplomatically be in favor of a two state solution between Israel and Palestinians-though that's impossible at this time in history as Israel has no peace partner. Obama must keep the status quo in the Middle East. To do otherwise would cauldronize the region making it a more unstable and dangerous place and hurting US interests.

Also See

HOW BARACK OBAMA CAN WIN THE LOVE OF ISLAM

 HAMAS’S DECEPTIVE LEADER SEEKS TWO STATE SOLUTION

NOTES

1. Arab Sunni leaders: the Saudis, King Abdullah, Mubarak and Abbas call for a two state solution while demanding the right of return for all Palestinian refugees which would effectively destroy Israel's existence as a Jewish State.

2. For Obama to appease the powerful Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia he would have to abandon the democratically elected government of Afghanistan and allow the return of their allies the Taliban to power.

 

 

MORAL CLARITY ON THE USE OF TORTURE

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2009-05-15 15:32--MORAL CLARITY ON THE USE OF TORTURE 

I will be more direct and pointed than Charles Krauthammer in his excellent article. You are abducted by vicious, bloodthirsty, mass murdering terrorists who are slowly and sadistically killing you by torture: snipping off toes and fingers, drilling holes into your flesh and burning your body with sulphuric acid-as happened to a young  French Jew several years ago (see). I have a terrorist in custody, a comrade of the abductors, who knows where you are.  He has a moral obligation to rat on his friends and give me the info  I need to save you and restore you to your grieving family and friends. But quoting the Koran  he refuses to coöperate thus ensuring your continued brutal torture and death. As a last resort I force him to do what's morally right by torturing the truth out of him to save you from your nightmare. What right-minded person would find fault with me for doing this? For compelling a terrorist against his sick, evil, murdering will to do what is right, good and just and coöperate with me  in the saving of a human life? What fool would dare accuse me of being no better than a sadistic terrorist? Of being morally depraved deserving of prosecution and punishment? Who would be that dumb, that stupid, that senseless, that morally insane? Who?

TORTURE AND THE HIGHER LAW OF PATRIOTISM

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2009-05-15 07 --TORTURE AND THE HIGHER LAW OF PATRIOTIC MORALITY

Dr. Krauthammer's article in today's TH "The Torture Debate, Continued" is a praiseworthy exercise in situation ethics where moral principles against torture, which he, I and most every American share, are cast aside and necessarily sacrificed in a national emergency; when love of country requires us to become Jack Bauers doing unsavory things like torturing human beings for the greater good of national security and saving American lives. Patriotism (love of country) is the ultimate national law overruling what is written; the "Higher Law" of Martin Luther King who defied the written Jim Crow Laws to end racial discrimination and advance national morality and American ideals of justice and equal rights. If Bush and Cheney broke the law with the practice of waterboarding on jailed al-Qaida mass murdering terrorists-whether or not it saved lives-then it puts them in league with men of conscience and conviction like Dr.King, and like him they deserve the highest praise.

HOW BARACK OBAMA CAN WIN THE LOVE OF ISLAM

 

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2009-05-13 07:52 --HOW BARACK OBAMA CAN WIN THE LOVE OF ISLAM

As Obama is intent on winning the love and adulation of the Arab/Moslem world he is under great pressure from King Abdullah of Jordan, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and other Arab leaders to force Israel into a disastrous premature peace with the Palestinians-disastrous because Israel has no real peace partner but wolves in sheeps clothes wanting to destroy her peacefully. Ironically, a two-state solution is as unpopular in the Moslem world as it is among Palestinians. Like most Palestinians most Moslems refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State and want to see it disappear from history. Israel's existence is a painful refutation of many cherished Moslem truths topmost of which is Islamic supremicism and the glorious future of Islam promised by the prophet Mohammed of a victorious one world Islamic state dominating the world in totalitarian oppression. That Isalm, God's supreme and most perfect religion, has a divine right to supreme power on earth-political, cultural, economic and military-is Gospel to most Moslems whether they be moderates (seeking conquest by nonviolent political means) or violent murdering war loving extremists.

The existence of a thriving non-Moslem democratic state situated on the Arabian Peninsula (birthplace of Islam) is a nightmare for most Moslems-a "catastrophe" as it's called causing doubt and spiritual crisis. This is the harsh reality of the region that no amount of diplomacy or concessions made by Israel can change or overcome. For Obama to succeed in his Moslem outreach initiative and transform massive Moslem hatred of the US caused by Bush's Mideast policies into honor and love then he must radically redirect US foreign policy and joining the right side of Moslem history join in the jihad against Israel and work for her destruction (see my essay HAMAS’S DECEPTIVE LEADER SEEKS TWO STATE SOLUTION

Postscript I

 Not only is Israel's legally, morally and historically justified existence a capital crime against the Moslem community and Islamic Law but it's also deeply and bitterly offensive to Arab pride and Arab racism-the Arab world's racial superiority complex. As Arab/Moslems were once masters of a great and powerful empire stretching from the Himalayas to the Pyrenees, this people dream of restoring the glorious past and see Israel as an obstacle to achieving this-an obstacle that needs to be forcibly removed. Israel's liquidation is both a religious duty and a racial necessity (the will of God and racial justice) and until such time as these medieval views are transcended and overcome a comprehensive peace in the Middle East is a pipe dream and dangerous to pursue.

Postscript II: Placating the Sunni World

< p style="text-align: center;"> Come to think of it even if Obama were to join in the jihad to destroy Israel that in itself would not be enough to placate Sunni anti-Americanism. To fully achieve this Obama would have to completely reverse Bush's policies on Iraq and restoring the status quo ante return the country to Sunni control. Then and only then would Obama be the much loved hero of Islam he wants to be and dreams of.

HAMAS’S DECEPTIVE LEADER SEEKS TWO STATE SOLUTION

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2009-05-05 13:08:31.000 -- HAMAS'S DECEPTIVE LEADER SEEKS TWO STATE SOLUTION

In an interview with Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal printed in yesterday’s New York Times the murdering terror master said that rocket attacks on Israel have stopped and that his group now seeks a two state solution. “I promise the American administration and the international community that we will be part of the solution, period,” said Meshaal who stopped short of accepting Israel’s right to exist but “urged outsiders to ignore the Hamas Charter which calls for Israel’s obliteration.” The article goes on to say “Meshaal did not offer to revoke the charter, but said it was 20 years old, adding, “We are shaped by our experiences.” Has the leopard at least changed one of his spots or a fraction thereof? Is Hamas beginning to see the light that Israel is here to stay and that destroying her-short of nuclear war-is unrealistic? Certainly not! Meshaal isn’t anymore of a reformed Jew-hating  jihadist terrorist than was Israel’s great peace partner, Nobel Prize winner Yassir Arafat who wrapped himself in the banner of peace for years trying but failing to destroy Israel by non-violent means before starting the second Intifada where hundreds died for nothing.

Like Arafat Meahaal will go to his grave consumed with murderous hatred for the Jewish State cursing it to his last wicked breath. But what is Meshaal up to? Is he trying to entrap our new naive appeasing president into believing that he’s moderating himself and that peace may at last have a chance? That’s how it seems. Will Obama fall for it as Clinton did when he was willingly deceived by Arafat?

Before Obama moves forward on a new roadmap to peace he needs to recall the massive power blackout that hit Honolulu on the sixth day of his Christmas vacation just hours before Israel's invasion of Gaza to punish Hamas and stop the rocket attacks. As Christmas celebrates the nativity of Christ his birth took place in ancient Israel when Roman legions occupied that land and beat its rebellious people into submission in two terrible wars with religious zealots. This, in my view, was no mere coincidence: Gaza, and perhaps the West Bank  (both part of ancient Israel), needs to be reoccupied by the IDF and Hamas thoroughly broken and destroyed before there can be peace. The Christmas blackout in Honolulu was an ominous sign warning Obama that engaging Israel's enemies and trying to force a premature peace before Hamas is defeated (and the Palestinian Authority reformed) would backfire; it would run the risk of worsening the conflict and plunging the two peoples into greater turmoil, darkness and war (see). Until Isarel has a real, authentic, reliable peace partner-a courageous Palestinian Anwar Sadat-there is less than zero chance peace can be achieved.

Postscript

So that I'm not misunderstood what I mean is that the Islamic zealots of Hamas have about as much chance of defeating modern Israel as had the ancient Jewish zealots in liberating their country from Roman rule. After two crushing defeats the ancient Jews finally came to their senses and accepted the Pax Romana (the Roman Peace) as God's will. Hopefully, after enough tragedy, bloodshed and suffering the Palestinians will accept Israel's right to exist as Allah's will. Not to do so can only mean more defeat, tragedy and suffering ahead. 

       

THE TORTURE WARS: OBAMA’S NEW WAR OF DIVERSION


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2009-05-04 08:07:09 ---- THE TORTURE WARS: OBAMA'S NEW WAR OF DIVERSION

Candidate Obama campaigned on the platform that the Iraq War was a "war of diversion" ruininously distracting us and squandering vital resources away from the real war on terror which should be centered in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the fight with Al Qaida and the Taliban. But with the firestorm triggered by Obama over Bush's enhanced interrogation techniques, waterboarding, killer catapillars, deafening sounds, etc., it looks like the president, to the delight of our enemies, is fighting a new war of diversion; it looks like he's replaced Bush's Global War on Terror with a War on Torture as central to his foreign policy and improving America's standing and  image in the world. This new war of diversion, THE TORTURE WARS, may be appropriate for a law professor from Harvard and the ACLU, but not for the President of the United States and leader of the Free World who needs to talk softly and carry something larger and more intimidating than a toothpick.

TORTURE, LAW, MORALITY AND OBAMA


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2009-05-02 09:23--OBAMA, TORTURE, LAW AND MORALITY 

In his third tiresome and boring press conference marking 100 days of  incompetence in foreign affairs and domestic policy (no suprise here) Obama said of the torture issue that the same actionable, lifesaving intelligence that was waterboarded out of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and may have saved thousands of lives and hundreds and millions in property damage could have been gotten by other softer, legal, gentler more civilized American means. If a reporter had challenged Obama to tell us what softer, gentler more civilized methods could have worked to get Mohammed to speak and spill the beans he wouldn't have gotten an answer. Why? Because the Bush administration used waterboarding, sleep deprivation and the like as a last resort when the softer, gentler more humane techniques of interrogation were exhausted. When softer methods fail and lives are at stake waterboarding and tougher measures become a national security necessity and  moral absolute; it becomes a duty to God, country and a Higher Law of Morality and Justice to protect life, liberty and property from lethally evil men-men who want to terrorize democracies into submission to radical, freedom crushing totalitarian Islam, and return humanity to the dark primitive ages of oppressive, impoverishing theocratic  rule.

But we have a radical leftist socialist wimp at the helm; a delicate, lilly livered lawyer-professor from Harvard, not a dauntless warrior like his tough-minded predecessor. More the like the President of Harvard Law Review than President of the United States our leftist lawyer-in-chief is approaching the struggle of fighting terror mostly from the legal point of view-as a lawyer not a warrior with a war to wage and win. To this law professor-president the legalities of fighting this war are more important than the fighting, more important than the battle, more important than defeating the foe.

To Obama's legalistic, moralistic mind not prosecuting the war strictly by the law-whatever the cost in lives-demeans us to the level of the enemy-shaming our nation, ruining our brand, dragging the flag and constitution in the mud. 'What good is victory,' thinks Obama, 'if it means losing our morality and national soul? What will humanity think of us then? Image is everything! World opinion is all! Unless we are loved we have lost the war, with the enemy triumphing in the end making us no better than him.' This is Jimmy Carter's failed strategy of fighting "fire with water" when confronting the enemy, a strategy that quickly vaporized when US hostages were seized by Iran and the Soviets invaded Afghanistan.

Unless Obama heeds his own advice and "puts childish things aside," unless he quickly matures and finds the balls to be a fearless wartime leader, he'll be returning our country to the dangerous days of paper tiger America, and there'll be hell to pay for his folly as al Qaida will be stronger and more deadly.