As we complete one full week of the American action in Libya, there are still so many questions surrounding the action. President Obama has committed American forces and possible our blood to go on a mission with vague goals not understanding the unintended consequences.
What is our objective keeping open the no-fly zone, protecting Libyan citizens, or getting rid of Quaddafi. Why are we there? If the Arab League wants the Libyan people protected, why don’t they do it? If France wants Quaddafi out, why don’t they do it? If we aren’t going to have troops on the ground, why do we marines on the ground? What if Quaddafi heeds the threats and stops and the rebels want some on the ground protection, will the UN provide a peacekeeping force? What if the rebels attack Quaddafi’s forces do we provided them cover?
What if the insurgents start attacking civilians who are loyal to the despot, do we protect citizens by attacking the rebels? After all our goal is to protect citizens Will the US be part of that force? Most importantly how do we get out? When do we know that our mission is over and our heroes can come home? And those are just some of the questions people are asking.
Wednesday’s terrorist bombing outside the main bus terminal in Jerusalem was not an isolated incident, it was part of a ramp-up of terrorist acts by the Palestinians during the month of March:
- March 6: A sanitation worker from the Jerusalem Municipality lost his hand on Sunday when a garbage bag he was lifting exploded, in what police believe was the first terrorist attack in the capital in more than a year. The garbage bag was on a traffic island in the middle of Derech Hebron, next to the Mar Elias Monastery, in south Jerusalem, almost in the Gilo neighborhood. Another sanitation worker who was working alongside the first victim was lightly injured by the explosion. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated both men to Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem.
- March 11: Terrorists Sneak into Jewish Town of Itamar, killing 5 members of the Fogel Family three of which were young children, all of which were brutally massacred.
- March 18-March 23 (the day of the Jerusalem Bombing) : During that six day period 80 “projectiles” were fired into Israel from Gaza–70 Mortars, 3 Grad Missiles, 7 Qassams (3/18 10 Mortars; 3/19 50 Mortars; 3/20 2 Qassam Missiles, 1 Grad Missile, 1 Mortar; 3/21 1 Qassam Missile; 3/22 4 Qassam Missiles, 4 Mortar; 3/23 2 Grad Missiles, 5 Mortars) The attacks on Israel from Gaza continue through today/
On March 22 (the day before the Jerusalem bombing) Israel struck back against the projectiles being fired from Gaza into Israel:
Barack Obama really knows how to pick them. It’s not often that one person plays key roles in two — count ‘em, two — trillion-dollar disasters but Jamie Gorelick is one. She helped to bring us 9/11 and the collapse of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Ms. Gorelick is on the presidential short list to be the head of the FBI.
As Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1997 Jamie Gorelick wrote the memo that created the now infamous “Gorelick Wall.” A 1995 memo she wrote, stated explicitly that they would “go beyond what is legally required, [to] prevent any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that FISA is being used to avoid procedural safeguards which would apply in a criminal investigation.” These rules were, shortly after their creation, expanded to regulate such communications in future counter-terrorism investigations. It set a procedure where various intelligence operations could not share information with each other.
Jamie Gorelick’s wall barred anti-terror investigators from accessing the computer of Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker, already in custody on an immigration violation shortly before 9/11.
At the time, an enraged FBI investigator wrote a prophetic memo to headquarters about the wall:
As the world watches Colonel Moammar Gadhafi and the implications of a multi-national intervention in Libya, oil prices have skyrocketed in response. After weeks of unrest, Libyan oil production has dropped drastically – taking more than 1.6 million barrels of oil per day off the market and leaving working families wincing at the pump. With Libya unlikely to resume previous returns of production rates for an extended period of time, it underscores the importance of domestic energy production.
Libyan Output & Losses
Hey everybody, today is our own Steven Foley’s birthday! He turns thirty eight years old today. Everyone, please be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday. Steve, here is a classic video just for you. I know that I used this same video last year in your “Happy Birthday Open Thread”, but I’ve decided that it should become a yearly tradition for your birthday. I hope that it puts you in a festive mood and helps you to get your groove on.
Have fun today and have a Happy Birthday!
Obama is committed to partnering with other countries rather than going it alone as did his predecessor George W. Bush, which both broadens and complicates the decision-making process.
- Inner Party Truth-Organ, Reuters. (HT:New York Times)
Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic read this purgative and quickly needed a lavatory in which to up-chuck. His nausea is understandable. His restraint in castigating such rampant dishonesty in the service of such a small and petty POTUS, was not as commendable as he thinks. This fraudulent garbage deserved a stronger, more virile rebuke. Goldberg offered the following “suggestion” to the proud media organ of The Democratic National Committee known as Reuters.
The left loves to chastise conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse. The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who demonstrate that double standard:
“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb twats, did you –”
…there’s a certain brand of evangelical Christians who believe in Revelations, that Armageddon is coming, and that will happen in Israel basically….but that’s why they like Israel. That’s why they want Israel to be strong. It’s not because…It’s not because they like Jews or Israelis.
“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc,” wrote Bennett. “Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”
She didn’t like Ronald Reagan’s politics. She knew the Reagans and she was friends with them, I think, but she didn’t like his politics. And here is the reason, I think, because as the AIDS crisis began in 1981, and Reagan couldn’t even say the word “AIDS” until 1987, after 40,000 people had died from the disease.
They’re just looking for opportunities to cheap shot the President. The people who were criticizing Bush had a coherent, had coherent reasons to criticize him. It wasn’t like that. There was coherence to the point of view, where as here, I think you’re exactly right. They would just be trashing him whatever he did, and it feels that way. It feels cheap, it feels shallow.
We have to think much more creatively. The key thing… What does the other side fear the most – they fear disruption. They fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says in they rioted in Greece the markets went down
The folks that control this country care about one thing how the stock market goes what the bond market does how the bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:
- How do we bring down the stock market
- How do we bring down their bonuses
- How do we interfere with there ability to be rich
“Not since the dark days of the Bush administration have we seen a Republican-controlled Congress that is so intent on pushing their agenda in Washington — protecting tax breaks for oil companies making record profits, attempting to roll back environmental regulations, and not only refusing to pass climate change legislation in any form but refusing to acknowledge that climate change even exists,” Gore wrote in a fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
On his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama’s Libya policy is “unpatriotic.” For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is “cheering for the wrong team.”
You can make up to 3 selections, but you only can only vote once.
What has happened to the anti-war movement in the Obama era? Did they really care about the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or were they just anti-Bush partisans? This program aired on March 22, 2011.
- Where Did The Antiwar Movement Go? (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Video: Hey, what happened to the anti-war movement? (hotair.com)
Let me start with a basic statement of facts.
- I favor legal immigration and I favor increasing the number of people allowed to legally immigrate into the US.
- Immigration must be managed in a way that brings people based on their ability assimilate and be productive citizens.
- I am unalterably opposed to illegal immigrants, from whatever their home country.
- I favor laws, at the state level if necessary, that makes housing, employment and education as close to impossible as we can make it. I favor the use of e-Verify or a similar system to validate the right of every individual to housing, employment and education and I favor harsh penalties aimed at employers, landlords/property managers and school administrators who allow illegal aliens to live, work or attend school.
- I favor an interpretation of the concept of “birthright citizenship” that grants US citizenship to children born of parents who are legal immigrants to the US and disallows citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.
Raped, Robbed and Acid Throwing in Paris…
If it can happen there, it can happen here
A video exclusive from CBN correspondent Dale Hurd vividly illustrates the cultural clash that is occurring throughout Europe between those who want to preserve a Constitutional form of governance and those who want to replace it with Sharia Law.
If it can happen there, it can happen here.
One of the featured speakers at our 2011 National Conference and Legislative Briefing is Erick Stakelbeck, host of the CBN News program “Stakelback on Terror.” Erick’s new book, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, will be released in early May. He will be speaking on that topic at our national conference.
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