Sheikh Obama and His Two Wars

Sheikh Obama and His Two Wars

by Daniel Pipes
December 10, 2009
Cross-posted from National Review Online: The Corner

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2009/12/sheikh-obama-and-his-two-wars

A visibly embarrassed Barack Obama shows off his Nobel Peace Prize.

Obama’s Nobel “lecture” offers critics the usual cornucopia of opportunities for criticism but I shall focus on just two statements:

“I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars.” And here I thought there were three wars. Obama’s two are Iraq and Afghanistan; missing is what George W. Bush termed the “war on terror” and I call the “war on radical Islam.” Obama apparently reduces that third one to Al-Qaeda and counts it as just part of the Afghan war. His mistake has real consequences; long after American troops have left Iraq and Afghanistan, Islamists will be attacking and subverting us. If we don’t see their efforts as a war, we lose.

“Religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam.” Here, Obama follows his predecessor in presenting himself as an interpreter of Islam. I ridiculed “Imam Bush” for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule “Sheikh Obama” for the same. He’s a politician, not a theologian. He’s now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims. (December 10, 2009)

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The Fifth Column at the Department of Homeland Security

The Fifth Column at the Department of Homeland Security

2009 September 1

by Joseph Klein

Glenn Beck has recently been pointing out some dangerous appointments by the Obama administration, including the naming of Mark Lloyd as the FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer.  Lloyd believes in enforcing so-called “diversity” of opinion on the broadcast media through local control and accountability rules in order to suppress the conservative voices with whom Lloyd and other leftists disagree.

But as disturbing as this appointment is to those of us who believe in the First Amendment, it pales in comparison to the appointment of Arif Alikhan to serve as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Alikhan, a Sunni Muslim, had previously served as Deputy Mayor of Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles, where he was primarily responsible for derailing the Police Department’s plan to monitor activities within the Los Angeles Muslim community, including at numerous radical mosques and madrassas that were operating there.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano 

In an effort to justify this dangerous appointment, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano emphasized Alikhan’s “broad and impressive array of experience in national security, emergency preparedness and counterterrorism”.

To the contrary, Alikhan’s opposition to implementing effective measures of national security and counterterrorism sets up a fifth column beachhead in the the very federal agency that is supposed to combat Islamic terrorist plots against our homeland!

CAIR, one of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked American Muslim groups, loved the Obama appointment.  “Congratulations to Mr. Ali Khan on this well-deserved appointment,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “Mr. Alikhan’s new position reflects his and the community’s dedication to helping preserve the security of our country.  The American Muslim community can be proud of him”

Janet Napolitano also appointed American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  Shora, who has lashed out against “extreme right-wing AM radio talk-show hosts” and  ”certain pundits on the Fox News Channel” for alleged “opportunistic bigotry”,  has also criticized electronic surveilllance of communications with Middle Eastern countries, immigration screening, and no-fly lists, amongst other counter-terrorism measures.

Obama and Napolitano might as well post a “welcome” sign on the front door of the Department of Homeland Security to would-be Islamic jihadists plotting infiltration of our homeland for destructive purposes.

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Capitalism and Climate Change – by Dick Morris

Capitalism and Climate Change – by Dick Morris

Posted By Dick Morris On December 10, 2009 @ 12:00 am In FrontPage | 3 Comments

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The worst nightmare of the left is about to come true: The United States is about to achieve the carbon emissions goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Accords. Once seemingly beyond reach, the United States is already halfway toward meeting the stringent Kyoto goals for reduction in carbon emissions without a cap-and-trade law or a carbon tax or carbon dioxide being declared a pollutant.

Environmental nightmare? Yes. The goals of the climate-change crowd are not reduction in global warming but the enactment of a worldwide system of regulation that puts business under government [1] control and transfers wealth from rich nations to poor ones under the guise of fighting climate change. Should the emissions come down on their own, as they are doing, the excuse for draconian legislation goes, well, up in smoke.

The facts are startling. In 1990, the year chosen as the global benchmark for carbon emissions, the United States emitted 5,007 million metric tons of carbon (mmts). Kyoto specified that emissions must be reduced to a level 6 percent lower than in 1990. For the U.S., that means 4,700 mmts.

American carbon emissions rose year after year until they peaked in 2007 at 5,967 mmts. But, in 2008, they dropped to 5,801. And, in 2009, the best estimate is for a reduction to 5,476. So, in two years, U.S. carbon emissions will have gone down by more than 500 mmts — a cut of over 8 percent.

President Obama has pledged to bring the U.S. carbon emissions down by 17 percent. He’s halfway there.

A combination of the recession and an increased emphasis on cutting emissions is working and may make onerous regulation unnecessary and even redundant.

How can we achieve the other half of the hoped for reduction?

If 60 percent of American cars were electric, the net savings [1] in carbon would be 450 mmts (even counting the coal burned for the higher levels of electricity required).

 

And if one-third of the truck fleet ran on natural gas, the carbon savings would add another 150 to 200 mmts.

The point is that public education and increased environmental consciousness — the normal way we Americans respond to challenges — may suffice without the need for government regulation. And what persuasion fails to achieve, higher gasoline prices will do for us — move people to buy electric [1] cars.

Good news huh?

Not if you are a socialist banking on climate change as the banner to regulate all utilities and industries in the world. Their game plan is to use the financial [1] crisis to regulate white-collar businesses like banking, insurance and finance while using fears of climate change to extend government regulation to the blue-collar trades.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton calls cap-and-trade a “massive redistribution of wealth from the north to the south” (i.e., from the developed northern hemisphere to the less developed southern half of the globe). What the globalists and the one-world crowd had hoped to achieve by foreign aid, they now seek to bring about by cap-and-trade, forcing businesses [1] and utilities to pay rural societies for the right to pollute with carbon.

But market forces are accomplishing what they are hoping only regulation can achieve. And the rationale for the global system of regulation being negotiated at Copenhagen is being made unnecessary even as the agreement is being hammered out.

There is a great deal of justified skepticism about the entire question of whether climate change is going on and, even more, how much human activity is contributing to it. But while the world divides into those who demand global regulation to fight climate change and those who say it isn’t happening, there is now an inconvenient truth: The market is taking care of the problem on its own.


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Protestors now demand an ‘Iranian Republic, not Islamic Republic.’

Iran’s Democratic Moment

Protestors now demand an ‘Iranian Republic, not Islamic Republic.’

A month ago, Gen. Muhammad-Ali Aziz Jaafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, vowed to stop further antiregime demonstrations in Iran and break what he termed “this chain of conspiracies.” But this week the “chain” appeared to be as strong as ever: Students across the nation defied the general and his political masters by organizing numerous demonstrations on and off campus.

The various opposition groups that constitute the pro-democracy movement have already called for another series of demonstrations on Dec. 27, a holy day on the Muslim Shiite calendar. Meanwhile, the official calendar of the Islamic Republic includes 22 days during which the regime organizes massive public demonstrations to flex its muscles. Since the controversial presidential election last June, the pro-democracy movement, in a jujitsu-style move, has used the official days to undermine the regime.

Obama defends US wars as he accepts peace prize

Obama defends US wars as he accepts peace prize

 

 

Dec 10, 8:14 AM (ET)

By BEN FELLER

 

OSLO (AP) – President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners with humble words Thursday, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious prize to “reach for the world that ought to be.”

A wartime president honored for peace, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years and the third ever to win the prize – some say prematurely. In this damp, chilly Nordic capital to pick it up, he and his wife, Michelle, whirled through a day filled with Nobel pomp and ceremony.

And yet Obama was staying here only about 24 hours and skipping the traditional second day of festivities. This miffed some in Norway but reflects a White House that sees little value in extra pictures of the president, his poll numbers dropping at home, taking an overseas victory lap while thousands of U.S. troops prepare to go off to war and millions of Americans remain jobless.

Just nine days after ordering 30,000 more U.S. troops into battle in Afghanistan, Obama delivered a Nobel acceptance speech that he saw as a treatise on war’s use and prevention. He crafted much of the address himself and the scholarly remarks – at about 4,000 words – were nearly twice as long as his inaugural address.

In them, Obama refused to renounce war for his nation or under his leadership, saying defiantly that “I face the world as it is” and that he is obliged to protect and defend the United States.

“A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms,” Obama said. “To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history.”

The president laid out the circumstances where war is justified – in self-defense, to come to the aid of an invaded nation and on humanitarian grounds, such as when civilians are slaughtered by their own government or a civil war threatens to engulf an entire region.

“The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it,” he said.

He also spoke bluntly of the cost of war, saying of the Afghanistan buildup he just ordered that “some will kill, some will be killed.”

“No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy,” he said.

He also emphasized alternatives to violence, stressing the importance of both diplomatic outreach and sanctions with teeth to confront nations such as Iran or North Korea that defy international demands to halt their nuclear programs or those such as Sudan, Congo or Burma that brutalize their citizens.