Showing posts with label Guantanamo Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guantanamo Bay. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A President No One Respects and No One Trusts -- Patrick McPherson

All the hype about the closing of 22 embassies in the Muslim world and the travelers' alert somehow strikes us.   What are Americans to expect?
  • Isn't this the president that was going to change the U.S. image in the world?  Certainly, he has done everything possible to apologize for the way that evil war-monger George W. mistreated those poor terrorists.  Certainly, he has done his best (if you really believe it) to keep his 2008 promise of closing Guantanamo.  Certainly, he has promoted the Arab Spring, now becoming the autumn prelude to the Arab winter.  And, he drew a red line for Syria and it's leader and has acted on that, right?
  • Oh, and how he has improved our image in the rest of the world.   Why just look at the progress he's made with Vladimir Putin.   He promised he'd have more flexibility after the November elections.   He got that and ole Putin is kicking him in the face (we had a lower and more appropriate body part in mind but propriety prevents us from saying) over the one-year amnesty given Mr. Snowden.
  • And of course, those folks in South America love the U.S. more than ever, right?  More dictators, more communists, more of them joining together in opposition of the great imperialist to the north.
  • And let's not forget Canada.   Yes, it wants to send its oil to the U.S. in that environmentally evil Keystone XL Pipeline but our environmentalist leader who wants to promote jobs and energy independence (as long as its hot-air or more Solyndras) has it building a new pipeline to its east coast with a pending one likely to be financed by the Chinese to the west coast. 
George W. Bush might not have been liked by lots of other countries and their leaders and by terrorists and their sponsors, but at least they respected him and the might of the United States.   After nearly five years, the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate Leader of the World of Equal Nations Barack Barry Sotoro Hussein Obama has made this country one that not only do its enemies not like, but a country whose power and might they don't even respect.

Just as bad, more and more Americans don't respect this empty suit.   They don't trust him whether its about freedom of the press, the NSA eavesdropping, protecting our embassies overseas, et cetera, et cetera.   Just phony issues unless your privacy is violated or worse yet, you or your child is dead....

The latest hype about the potential terrorist danger only illustrates this 'leader's' impotence.  Many Americans wonder whether these alerts aren't something contrived to justify his government snooping into their e-mails and phone conversations.  Many can't help but wonder how his 'foreign policy' has failed so badly.   Many wonder how he could possibly claim that Al Quada is on the run.   But when you failed to respond and protect your embassy in Benghazi, why would you not show your tail and run in the face of other potential humiliations when you haven't established the ability to protect your own citizens in American embassies or across the Muslim world?
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Patrick McPherson is a co-editor and contributor to the Objective Conservative.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010, Our Most Dangerous Year Ever - Doug Patton

January 4, 2010

Official and unofficial calls for the firing of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, following the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, miss the point. Napolitano is merely a symptom of a far greater problem. Barack Obama himself got it right when he interrupted his golf game in Hawaii to tell us that the failures that led to this fiasco are “systemic.” They certainly are, because from top to bottom this administration is filled with people deceiving themselves about the nature of evil in our time. Obama also said that the failure to preempt the attack was “completely unacceptable.” No kidding. When did you have that revelation, Mr. President?

The system is dysfunctional because both Barack Obama and those working for him seem to have no clue that we are at war. Instead of calling the war on Islamic extremism by its proper name, this administration calls Iraq and Afghanistan “overseas contingency operations.” Obama himself has told us he doesn’t feel comfortable with the word “victory.” Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman telling Americans they didn’t feel comfortable with the word victory? They would have been impeached, and rightly so.

But since House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers will not even commit to an investigation of the corrupt community organizing group ACORN — a scandal that Iowa Congressman Steve King, a member of Conyer’s own committee, has called “worse than Watergate” — formal impeachment proceedings against Obama are about as likely as Al Gore admitting the truth to the world that global warming is a hoax. And, of course, we all remember from the trial of the felon-in-chief a decade ago the difficulty of getting Democrats to impeach one of their own.

This year is potentially the most dangerous one we have faced since the hottest days of the Cold War. The second year of Barack Obama’s reign is fraught with risk from enemies the world over who have learned, to their delight, that Obama has neither the experience nor the will to protect America and her people.

The Communist Chinese hold our economic future in their blood-soaked hands. North Korea builds and tests its nuclear weapons while its people starve to death. Russia deals in weapons to terrorist states. Iran thumbs its nose at the West as it continues unabated on its march toward nuclear capability. Al Qaida plots our demise in every corner of the world.

Meanwhile, we are supposed to feel secure as Barack Obama and his attorney general go merrily along with their plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and bring known al Qaida terrorists into a civilian court in Manhattan, assign them lawyers and try them like purse snatchers arrested on the streets of New York. (By the way, they will be held in a prison in Illinois while being tried in New York. Has anyone calculated the cost of transportation and security involved in that endeavor? But, hey, we’re creating jobs! Right?)

Like Alice in Wonderland, Americans now find themselves locked in a terrifying psychedelic nightmare from which we cannot seem to awaken — a death march to Crazyville led by an alien president leading us off a cliff and into an abyss.

From the plains of Fort Hood, Texas, where an Islamist Army officer waged jihad against his own troops, to the skies over Detroit, where a Yemeni terrorist tried to blow a plane full of innocent people to bits; from violent attacks on our troops abroad to the soon-to-be-not-so-idle threats of a suicide state bent on the destruction of the West, the Obama administration has shown itself incapable of or unwilling to wage war on Islamic extremism in all its forms.

But he’s going to make sure everyone has health care. We’re going to need it when the emergency rooms are filled with victims from the next terrorist attack.

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© 2010 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a former speechwriter and public policy advisor who now works as a freelance writer. His weekly columns appear in newspapers across the country and on various Internet websites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where is a senior writer and state editor. Readers can e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Johanns Gets it Right on Hate Crimes

We didn't get a chance to say it but we applaud Senator Johanns for voting against the Defense Appropriations bill last week. His stated reasons for doing so were because of the hate crimes legislation which was attached to the bill and because of the weakening of restrictions on bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

In particular we agree with Johanns assessment that, "It includes hate crimes legislation, which says certain crimes are more worthy of protection than others. Many are rightly angered by this provision because the Constitution guarantees everyone equal protection under the law."

We've opined enough on hate crimes and we're glad that at least one of our U.S. Senators from Nebraska recognizes the danger of this legislation. Too bad Ben Nelson didn't.