What is the state of U.S. intelligence since President Obama succeeded President Bush in 2009?
Twelve years ago this morning Usama bin Laden’s al Qaeda carried out the deadliest attack against Americans on American soil since Americans turned on each other in the War Between the States. Thirty months ago, UBL was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan. One year ago today, terrorists carried out the deadliest attack on a U.S. embassy since two were bombed in Africa in 1998. Continue reading
The President still emphasizes the “credible threat of military action”, but does anyone think Obama won’t seize upon the Russia-Syria WMD proposal as the preferable way out of his red-line corner than congressional vote gambits?
Probably not, and given the character of the man Americans inexplicably re-hired to wield our nukes (and continue to wreck the economy), the Putin proposal that Assad turn over control of its chemical weapons to international monitors is likely the least-worse scenario to “resolve” President Obama’s Syrian debacle, given other likely options. Continue reading
Mirandized POWs don’t identify UBL couriers. Only captured illegal enemy combatants fearful of enhanced interrogation techniques do.
I am reminded in the aftermath of the U.S. as undertaker-sponsored burial of Usama bin Laden at sea, that my first column as a paid journalist, written soon after September 11, 2001, was the first in the nation suggest that captured terrorists would not be entitled to POW status and, thus, could be subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques.
It was gratifying when President George W. Bush adhered to that time-honored rule of the law of war (and happy that the Justice Anthony Kennedy, erstwhile Commander-in-Chief via a fifth vote re war crime trial procedures, saw fit not to usurp the inherent power of the real CINC to detain those he identifies as levying war against the United States) to execute his duty to prevent any more terrorist attacks on the homeland during his term.
The information obtained from those so retained, including Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the mastermind of 911, was available to our new Commander-in-Chief, and instrumental in, this week’s just killing of UBL.
But it was not gratifying to hear all of President Barack Obama’s self-congratulation with barely a mention of his predecessor as he claimed that the killing of UBL was “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda”; and, admitted what I think is a dereliction of his duty to keep the home land safe, when he said that upon taking office he:
“[made] the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.”
What a more wonderful world it would be if the worst threat from Muslims and Muslim clerics was that they would conduct mass Bible burnings.
Try as I might, this Southern Baptist just can’t seem to get worked up over the burning of Korans by a non-Southern Baptist in Florida even when the drive-by media continually reminds me that the burnings “provoked” retaliatory killings in Afghanistan. Still not feeling the outrage over smoking paper when General Petraeus insists that said fires “put our soldiers at risk.”
But Mike, that preacher is crazy. Fine, then lets have him examined by two psychiatrists and have him fitted for a strait-jacket, but first can we have all Muslims committed to an insane asylum that favor the killing of innocents in retaliation for the burning of their “holy” texts or the depictions of their “prophet”?
Fighting words and the imminent incitement to violence
I’m going to leave the policing of the clergy to sectarian leaders while I assist in policing the un-serious media and those who let that media determine what matters when Muslims kill innocents.