Homeland Insecurity

Homeland Insecurity

By Jeannie DeAngelis

Nidal Malik Hasan singlehandedly gunned down 43 American soldiers at Ft. Hood, killing thirteen in the process. Janet Napolitano‘s and U.S. Army Chief General George Casey’s first reaction was to publicly express concern about possible repercussions directed toward Muslims. 

Months ago, when Nidal Hasan was spouting off anti-American rhetoric, the U.S. Army, as well as the federal government, should have been as concerned about safety as they are about cultural and religious sensitivity. Instead, while Hasan plotted to attack American soldiers, Big Sis focused on right-wing extremism in the form of pro-lifers, upstanding members of the American military, and law-abiding gun-owners.
The unconscionable actions of Nidal Malik Hasan are slowly revealing themselves as domestic, homegrown terrorism by a Muslim with radical ties. Yet rather than acknowledge the obvious, the left-wing media is joining federal-level proprietors of political correctness in depicting Major Hasan as a victim of things like “mortification” and “secondary trauma.” 
True to form, Liberals are attempting to identify what motivated the major to maliciously ambush a room full of innocent soldiers. And while empathy and thoughtful consideration are commendable, a question arises as to why compassion is never extended to murderers who lash out under less politically correct circumstances.  
Take, for instance, the slaying of late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, who was shot dead in the foyer of a church by Army of God-style, pro-life extremist Scott P. Roeder. Except for the measure of effort to understand individual motives, Dr. Tiller’s killer and Nidal Malik Hasan have a lot in common. Both are assassins and both are extremists. But immediately following Tiller’s death, Janet Napolitano failed to issue a warning to the pro-choice community to tamp down reaction to prevent a wave of anti-pro-life sentiment.
Neither Napolitano nor publications like Time Magazine chronicled how Tiller’s dedication to late-term abortion might have instigated a disturbed man, already so “mortified” by the procedure, to take justice into his own hands. Instead, Roeder was portrayed as a wild-eyed vigilante set on exacting a Biblical “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” 
Roeder and Hasan, however, are both equally “fanatic” zealots dedicated to a cause.  According to Roeder, his “… entire motive was in defense of the unborn,” while recent reports indicate that Hasan considered his actions a defense against an American “war against Islam” in the Middle East.
Hasan declared the battle cry of “God is great” (Allahu akbar) while gunning down American soldiers. Roeder chillingly cited the death of George Tiller as “a victory for all the unborn children.”
Athough Roeder and Hasan acted alone, each had roots in larger organizations. We now know Hasan had contact with Al Qaeda months ago. Roeder associated with the 1990s anti-government group the Freeman and subscribed to Prayer and Action News, which unjustly defends homicide in response to abortion. Unlike the response to Hasan, however, following the demise of George Tiller, the left-wing media was breathless in its efforts to tie Scott Roeder’s actions to non-violent groups like Operation Rescue, who publicly denounced the murder as “… vigilantism and a cowardly act” and offered prayers for Tiller’s family. 
Immediately following the attack at Ft. Hood, some Muslim groups stepped forward to denounce the actions of Major Hasan. Yet while warning the nation that pro-lifers have domestic terrorism potential, Napolitano has yet to warn Americans about groups like Revolution Muslim, who, while disparaging dead American soldiers as “slain terrorists at Fort Hood,” sent Nidal Hasan get-well wishes lauding his “preemptive” actions and calling him “an officer and a gentleman.”
After Tiller’s murder, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered added protection for other doctors identified as being at risk for future targeting by copycat killers. 
A startling statistic, which Napolitano failed to cite in her Homeland Security treatise, is that fanatical pro-life bomb-throwers are responsible for the deaths of eight people, five of whom are doctors, in sixteen years. The 43 people gunned down in one afternoon at Ft. Hood, coupled together with the lost in all terrorist attacks, including those on 9-11, is quite a staggering comparison to the murder of abortion doctors, which pales in comparison.
In the meantime, one has to wonder how many other radical Islamic fanatics are concealed within the ranks of the American military…or has that question even been asked? American radical Islamist Anwar al-Awalki praised Hasan following the shooting, suggesting that “… the only way a Muslim can justify serving in the U.S. military is if he intends to follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal.” 
One is forced to wonder whether Homeland Security and the U.S. Military are so busy handing out Qurans and prayer mats (sajjāda) that they fail to recognize al-Awalki’s statement as a call to jihad.
Nevertheless, unlike the initial reaction to the death of Dr. Tiller at the hands of a disturbed religious fanatic, the Obama administration continues to encourage America to refrain from “jumping to conclusions” about the radical Islamic factor involved in the Ft. Hood massacre. Obviously, our leaders have learned nothing from the politically correct effort to alert Americans to boogiemen while genuine threats lurk in our midst.
Out of 1.4 million active American servicemen and women, there are 3,500 self-identified Muslims presently serving in the military whose affiliations remain unknown as Scott Roeder sits safely in jail.
Homeland Security and the U.S. Army put Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan in the position of providing psychiatric therapy to U.S. troops returning from war. Soldiers were considered “… attractive recruits for right-wing groups looking for combat skills and experience so as to boost their violent capabilities.” As a result of such valiant efforts, those entrusted with America’s protection failed to recognize a terrorist willing to kill even the fellow soldiers he counseled in order to prove his devotion to a cause.
Author’s content: jeannie-ology.com

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Obama’s Swelling Ego

Obama’s Swelling Ego

November 14th, 2009 Posted By Erik Wong.

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Boston.com

PRESIDENT OBAMA was too busy to attend the celebrations in Germany this week marking the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. But he did appear by video, delivering a few brief and bloodless remarks about how the wall was “a painful barrier between family and friends’’ that symbolized “a system that denied people the freedoms that should be the right of every human being.’’ He referred to “tyranny,’’ but never identified the tyrants – he never uttered the words “Soviet Union’’ or “communism,’’ for example. He said nothing about the men and women who died trying to cross the wall. Nor did he mention Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan – or even Mikhail Gorbachev.

He did, however, talk about Barack Obama.

“Few would have foreseen,’’ declared the president, “that a united Germany would be led by a woman from [the former East German state of] Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it.’’

As presidential rhetoric goes, this was hardly a match for “Ich bin ein Berliner,’’ still less another “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’’ But as a specimen of presidential narcissism, it is hard to beat. Obama couldn’t be troubled to visit Berlin to commemorate a momentous milestone in the history of human liberty. But he was glad to explain to those who were there why reflections on that milestone should inspire appreciation for the self-made “destiny’’ of his own rise to power.

Was there ever a president as deeply enamored of himself as Barack Obama?

The first President Bush, taught from childhood to shun what his mother called “The Great I Am,’’ regularly instructed his speechwriters not to include too many “I’s’’ in his prepared remarks. Reagan maintained that there was no limit to what someone could achieve if he didn’t mind who got the credit. George Washington, one of the most accomplished men of his day, said with characteristic modesty on becoming president that he was “peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.’’

Obama, on the other hand, positively revels in The Great I Am.

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,’’ he told campaign aides when he was running for the White House. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that . . . I’m a better political director than my political director.’’

At the start of his presidency, Obama seemed to content himself with the royal “we’’ – “We will build the roads and bridges. . . . We will restore science to its rightful place. . . . We will harness the sun and winds,’’ he declaimed at his inauguration.

But as the literary theorist Stanley Fish points out, “By the time of the address to the Congress on Feb. 24, the royal we [had] flowered into the naked ‘I’: ‘As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress.’ ‘I called for action.’ ‘I pushed for quick action.’ ‘I have told each of my Cabinet.’ ‘I’ve appointed a proven and aggressive inspector general.’ ’I refuse to let that happen.’ ’’ In his speech on the federal takeover of General Motors, Obama likewise found it necessary to use the first-person singular pronoun 34 times. (“Congress’’ he mentioned just once.)

At this rate, it won’t be long before the president’s ego is so inflated that it will require a ZIP code of its own.

Then again, how modest would any of us be if we were as magnificent as Obama knows himself to be? “I am well aware,’’ he told the UN General Assembly in September, “of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world.’’

In 1860, writes Doris Kearns Goodwin in her celebrated biography “Team of Rivals,’’ an author wishing to dedicate his forthcoming work to Abraham Lincoln received this answer: “I give the leave, begging only that the inscription may be in modest terms, not representing me as a man of great learning, or a very extraordinary one in any respect.’’

Obama has often claimed Lincoln as a role model, but apparently it only goes so far.

Obama takes heat on Afghan timing

Obama takes heat on Afghan timing
By: Mike Allen
November 15, 2009 04:07 PM EST
SHANGHAI, China – President Barack Obama made no effort to conceal his irritation when his press corps used the first question of his maiden Far East trip to ask what was taking him so long on Afghanistan.

Jennifer Loven of The Associated Press had asked: “Can you explain to people watching and criticizing your deliberations what piece of information you’re still lacking to make that call.”

“With respect to Afghanistan, Jennifer,” the president scolded, “I don’t think this is a matter of some datum of information that I’m waiting on. … Critics of the process … tend not to be folks who … are directly involved in what’s happening in Afghanistan. Those who are, recognize the gravity of the situation and recognize the importance of us getting this right.”

The cool president’s heated response reflected second-guessing from the press and Pentagon about a process that has spanned eight formal meetings with his war cabinet, totaling about 20 hours.

The White House has been deliberately portraying the process as thorough, emphasizing the opposing views the president has considered, as a way of positing a contrast with President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

But former Vice President Dick Cheney has accused the president of “dithering,” and the military brass has used leaks to push for a quick decision, with the original hope that additional troops would be in place well before the traditional spring fighting season.

In a tough column in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times headlined “Obama must rethink rethinking Afghanistan,” Doyle McManus said the deliberations were “starting to look like dangerous indecision”: “In George W. Bush, we had a president who shot first and asked questions later. In Barack Obama, we have a president who asks the right questions but hesitates to pull the trigger.”

While foreign trips often provide presidents with a respite from a pressing issue, Afghanistan has shadowed Obama during his four-country swing. He has continued to work on his plan on the road. And in their few opportunities to ask Obama a question, U.S. reporters have pressed the president on Afghanistan rather than inquiring about Asian alliances.

Obama will likely have one more war council when he returns to Washington later this week, even though Wednesday’s session had been billed as the last one. The president is said to have most of the information he needs, but is working through some details.

Aides have also begun to express open irritation at the second-guessing.

White House senior adviser David Axelrod, who attends the deliberations but says he does not “have a seat at the table,” told POLITICO that the impatience on the momentous decision is a symptom of today’s “A.D.D. political culture.”

 

“It’s related to politics,” Axelrod said. “No matter what decision he makes, if he were to send troops, the first brigade would not arrive until next spring. So this notion that he is delaying is simply not true. He’s been strong in asking [questions]. He understands what the parameters are for this decision and he’s not going to be pushed into it in order to deal with any kind of transient political controversy.”

Referring to the previous administration, Axelrod added: “When the lives of Americans in uniform are at stake, when enormous resources are at stake, the president has a responsibility to make a thoughtful, well-informed strategic decision. It’s something that hasn’t always been done, and we’ve paid a terrible price for it.”

At a briefing in Tokyo at the trip’s start, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expressed his frustration, reeling off a list of news reports claiming to know where Obama was headed.

“First, there were stories that we were coalescing around a certain amount of options, right?” Gibbs lectured. “Then a week later, we were sending 34,000 troops. All of you e-mailed me about that. A day and a half later, we’d settled on 40,000. That was all in about a 10-day period of time, all with the backdrop of the president had already made a decision, despite the fact that I had stood up here many times and said he hadn’t.”

In a further blast, Gibbs added: “I can’t imagine that people who listen to whatever sources said the President had settled on a decision. I would challenge each and every one of you … to call the people. … Ask them why a decision hasn’t been made, after telling everybody and taking up lots of ink and recyclable paper about a decision that’s already been made.”

Axelrod also jabbed back hard at criticism from former (and future) Republican president candidate Mitt Romney, who charged that the president “can’t make up his mind on Afghanistan.”

“I know that Governor Romney has never had responsibility for any decision akin to this, so he just may not be familiar with all that it entails,” Axelrod told CNN’s John King in a “State of the Union” interview from Singapore. “But I think the American people are being well-served by a process that is assiduous and in which every aspect of this is considered. Because, after all, lives of American servicemen are involved here. An enormous investment on the part of the American people, — we ought to get it right.”

In answering the AP reporter, Obama said the decision will be made “soon.”

“I am very pleased with how the process has proceeded,” he said. “And those who participated I think would acknowledge that it has been not a academic exercise, but a necessary process in order to make sure that we’re making the best possible decisions.”

While Obama dithers, Iran makes its move in Afghanistan

While Obama dithers, Iran makes its move in Afghanistan

Rick Moran

You won’t find this story in the American press. In fact, you are much more likely to be labeled a kook if you push the idea that Iran is sending men and material into Afghanistan in order to destabilize the government of President Karzai.

Iran, as we all know, is not sending IED’s to the terrorists in Iraq or infiltrating their own intelligence people there. This is the narrative that has been advanced by the war’s opponents for years, despite gobs of evidence to the contrary.

Now we have Iran doing exactly the same thing in Afghanistan, as this piece in the Asia Times by Zia Ahmadi and Mustafa Saber shows:

Islam Qala, a small border town that forms the gateway between Iran and Afghanistan, is a focus of concern for Afghan officials fighting the Taliban insurgency because some believe Iran is using it to infiltrate guerrillas intent on destabilizing the Kabul government.
“I was working in Iran for about eight months,” said one man, a former refugee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But I got an offer from the Taliban in Gozara district [of Herat province] offering me a higher salary, so I accepted.”

Once he had crossed the border into Afghanistan, he said Pakistanis and Iranians based in the hills of Pashtun Zarghon district, the site of a growing insurgency, gave him military training.

For four months, the man said he participated in armed attacks on behalf of the Taliban in the Gozara and Pashtun Zarghon districts, and received a monthly salary of 20,000-30,000 Pakistani rupees (US$240 to $360).

“We struck security posts in the villages of Toot, Siyawooshan and Injel, as well as carrying out attacks on foreign military convoys,” he said.

Now he is happily settled in civilian life, having been awarded a certificate by the Peace and Reconciliation Commission – an Afghan body established in 2005 as a mechanism for engaging with insurgents – that records his decision to lay down his arms.

Officials believe that up to 100 “Afghans” return daily from Iran. But most of them have no identity documents so it is very easy for Iranians to slip into the country and attack NATO forces as well as Afhgan police units.

Of course, we’re told that the Iranians would never work with the Taliban, that they hate them and wanted to help us defeat them back in 2001. Just was we were also told that Shias and Sunnis would never work together in Iraq and that the idea that Iran was supplying the Sunni tribal militias with weapons was crazy.

At some point, the Iranian apologists are going to have to face the fact that they have been dead wrong about the regime in Tehran. Until then, they will keep assuring us of the mullah’s peaceful intentions and their eagerness to work with America to stabilize both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pathetic.

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The Czar List– Obama’s Mafia

The Czar List
   

OBAMA’S “CZARS
CZAR Czar Position Summary
Richard Holbrooke Afghanistan Czar Ultra liberal anti gun  Career History: Vice chairman, Perseus  LLC (2001 to 2008); Adviser, President-elect Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign (2008); Ambassador, United Nations (1999 to 2001) Pro Abortion and legal drug use.

Ed Montgomery
  
 
Auto recovery Czar Black radical anti business activist.  Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks.  Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty.  ACORN board member.  Communist DuBois Club member.
Jeffrey Crowley     
  
 
AIDS Czar Homosexual. A Gay Rights activist.. Believes in Gay Marriage and Special Status, including free health care for gays.
Alan Bersin     
  
 
Border Czar former failed superintendent of San Diego .   Ultra Liberal friend of Hillary Clinton.   Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegal’s
David J. Hayes   California Water Czar Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”.  No training or experience in water management.
 Ron Bloom   Car Czar Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear.  Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business.  Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned.   How did this happen?
 Dennis Ross   Central Region Czar Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars.  Obama apologist to the world.  Anti gun and pro abortion.
 Lynn Rosenthal   Domestic Violence Czar Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration.
 Gil Kerlikowske   Drug Czar devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal,  Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle.  Believes no American should own a  firearm.  Supports legalization of drugs
     
Carol Brower Energy and Environment Czar Political Radical Former head of EPA – known for anti-business activism.  Strong anti-gun ownership. SOCIALIST on Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change..
Joshua DuBois   Faith Based Czar Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism—seek a separate black nation..  Anti gun ownership lobbyist.
Cameron Davis   Great Lakes Czar Chicago radical anti business environmentalist.  Blames George  Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.”    No experience or training in water management.  Former ACORN Board member
Van Jones   Green Jobs Czar (since resigned).  Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party  who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes.  MARXIST, said whites are poisoning blacks, said transformation from “suicidal gray capitalism to econ-capitalism to the complete redistribution of wealth.”   Black activist with strong anti-white views.
Daniel Fried Guantanamo Closure Czar Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists.  Believes America has caused the war on terrorism.
Nancy-Ann DeParle.     Health Czar Former head of Medicare / Medicaid.   Strong Health Care Rationing proponent.  She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.
Vivek Kundra   Information Czar born in New DelhiIndia.  Controls all public information, including labels and news releases.  Monitors all private Internet emails.
Todd Stern     International Climate Czar Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto Accord.  Pushing hard for Cap and Trade.  Blames US business for Global warming.
Dennis Blair Intelligence Czar Ret Navy.   Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”.  Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.
George Mitchell   Mideast Peace Czar Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical.  Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 “ smaller more manageable plots”.  Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual
Kenneth Feinberg   Pay Czar Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY.   Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs.
Cass Sunstein   Regulatory Czar Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”.   Rules against personal freedoms many times –like private gun ownership. Says animals should be able to sue people. Anti-hunting.. 
 
John Holdren   Science Czar Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist.  Claims US business has caused world poverty.  No Science training.  OK to abort a child until the age of two.  Thinks TREES should be able to sue humans.
Earl Devaney   Stimulus Accountability Czar spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens.  Believes in Open Borders to Mexico .  Author of  statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico …
J. Scott Gration     Sudan Czar Native of Democratic Republic of Congo.  Believes US does little to help Third World countries.  Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations
Herb Allison   TARP Czar Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of  people to lose their life savings.
John Brennan Terrorism Czar Anti CIA activist.  No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs.  Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military
Aneesh Chopra     Technology Czar No Technology training.   Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist.  Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan
Adolfo Carrion Jr. Urban Affairs Czar Puerto Rican.  Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America .  Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY.  Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions.  Wants higher taxes to pay for minority housing and health care
Ashton Carter   Weapons Czar Leftist.  Wants all private weapons in US destroyed.  Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America .  No Other “policy”
Gary Samore WMD Policy Czar Former US Communist.   Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith.  Has no other “policy”.

  Kevin Jennings             SAFE SCHOOL CZARS        As a teacher when a 15 year year said he was having sex with an older man, instead of turning in the man—the law for a teacher, he asked how it was going and suggested they use condoms.  Held a conference with the MAXIMUM age of 18 to teach homosexual issues like “fisting.”   Wrote the intro to the book, “Queering Elementary Education.” Has repeatedly praised and claims to be inspired by Harry Hay, early supporter of NAMBLA, (North American Man Boy Love Association).

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