Archive for September, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The war in Iraq has bred deep resentment in the Muslim world and provided Islamist militants with a “cause celebre” that allowed the global movement to cultivate supporters, according to excerpts of a secret intelligence report released on Tuesday.
The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte released a 3-1/2 page section containing the April report’s key judgments, hours after President George W. Bush ordered it declassified to counter media reports he said had misrepresented conclusions about Iraq.
“We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives,” said the declassified segment of the report, titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States.”
“The Iraq conflict has become the ’cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement,” it added.
“Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.”
Democrats, hoping to take control of Congress in the November elections, have seized on media leaks about the report as evidence that Bush’s Iraq policy has worsened the global terrorism threat.
But the declassified section, which contained 10 judgments about global terrorism including one on Iraq, reached no sweeping conclusion about the war’s ultimate effect on global terrorism.
Known as a national intelligence estimate, the full document is 30 pages long and meant to convey the authoritative views of the 16-agency U.S. intelligence community.
Here is the declassified of the NIE dated April 2006
Sure some will say that by Cutting and Running from Iraq will allow us to focus more clearly and dedicate more forces to get Bin Laden. This approach assumes that by killing or capturing a six and a half foot tall terrorist hiding in a hole in Afghanistan we will somehow bring the Global War on Terror to a successful conclusion… Then we can all go back to watching reruns of our favorite sitcoms and reality shows.
Many point to the war in Iraq as a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and Hizbollah. To some extent it is. Imagine though, the recruitment levels that Al-Qaeda and Hizbollah will experience when they can proudly claim to the muslim world that they have stood toe to toe with the most powerful military in the world, and won!
Jihadists world wide would dance in the streets, and then launch new and more devastating attacks on US and western interests. Our Allies in the Global War on Terror will question our resolve in defending freedom and democracy. Many will conclude that appeasing the terrorists is their only hope of survival.
Abandoning Iraq now would be would be the gravest setback not only to the War on Terror but it also would pose the greatst threat to civilization and freedom since the Allies were forced to retreat at Dunkirk. Ramifications would be felt world wide. Abandoning the offensive strategy in the Global War on Terror of the past 5 years and adopting a strictly defensive strategy will be allowing the terrorists to choose when, where, and by what means to continue their offensive against us. A defensive strategy is one of surrendering the initiative to our enemies.
A long overdue step in getting earmarks under control has been taken today as the President signs into law a bill creating a database of federal spending. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been guilty of packing bills with unbudgeted projects for their district or their supporters. If these projects are as vital to the nation as they are often proclaimed then they should be able to stand on their own merits not stuffed and hidden into unrelated legislation.
That is the good news.. The bad news is that getting the bill passed required bloggers and thier readers to contact thier congressional representatives and bring public pressure on congress to pass legislation that is good for the country as a whole.
My only question is if massive public pressure is necessary for our representatives in congress to do the right thing, Why are they our representatives?
From USA Today
So what do Americans want when it comes to health care? Two things, according to a citizens group created by Congress: protection for all from high medical expenses and guaranteed coverage for specific checkups and treatments.
The Utopian view sounds great but fails to consider any of the consequences of socialized medicine. Cconsequences such as those described in this March 2005 article from the Associated Press via CBS News about some of the woes of Canada’s health care system.
A letter from the Moncton Hospital to a New Brunswick heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram said the appointment would be in three months. It added: “If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies.”
The patient wasn’t dead, according to the doctor who showed the letter to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. But there are many Canadians who claim the long wait for the test and the frigid formality of the letter are indicative of a health system badly in need of emergency care.
Another aspect that is seldom considered in the universal health-care debate is the consistent shortages of health-care professionals. The Education required for doctors is long and expensive, if once they get their education they can not earn the money to pay back student loans then the best and brightest in this country will pursue a career in which they can. Medical schools certainly are not going to lower their tuition or perhaps those advocating socialized medicne also want the federal government to pick up that tab as well.
Medical costs are expensive, but the only way to achieve any type of happy medium in affordability and in high quality is to assume individual responsibility for our own healthcare not letting the federal government assume that responsability for us. Creating a whole new burocracy to manage healthcare costs will actually increase the costs to society and reduce the quality of the health care available.
Just as all good things must come to an end, my vacation to paradise also has ended… for now at least… we were able to take nearly 500 pictures some of which I have uploaded to Flickr… I will be uploading more later but for now if you would like to see some magnificent sunsets check these out…
I will back to regular blogging on Oct 1st..
So while you ae reading my blog, I am drinking Mai Tai’s on Waikiki…
Enjoy…. I know I will
I’ll be back to blogging on Oct 1st….
A year after Israel removed its settlements from the Gaza Strip, the hopes of Palestinians have long since given way to despair. There’s no secret why; the terrorist organization Hamas won the Palestinian elections early this year.
Since then economic conditions have deteriorated, violence has continued, and Hamas leaders point accusing fingers at Israel, the United States, Europe, the larger international community … everyone but themselves.
A year ago, donors and countries around the world stood ready to help finance reconstruction and economic development in Gaza – the foundation, perhaps, for a Palestinian state.
But the potential funders drew back in disgust when Palestinian voters threw their support to Hamas.
Many Palestinians explained that they backed Hamas to protest corruption in the Palestinian Authority, not to reward and encourage terrorism.
But the election turned Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate Palestinian president, into little more than a figurehead. The voting also torpedoed hopes for constructive talks and economic dealings with Israel.
It’s been a tough lesson in democracy for average Palestinians: Whom you vote for matters.
Among the left, there seems to be a great deal of consternation when discussing the current situation of the world and the issues that populate it. Much of the discussion centers on two-term President George W. Bush.
Even now, as Bush approaches official “lame duck” status in the White House, the hardcore and bombastic left have trouble separating any presidential contest from Bush in 2008 — even though the man is all but officially out of office.
But leave it to the wild-eyed among the leftists to spread their toxic brand of liberalism to the somewhat more sanguine and sensible membership of Party-Democrat.
As a result, the uber-liberals among the left have bloodied the Democratic Party in a big way. Three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman, (D-Conn.) became a victim of the malady known as “McGovernitis, 2006.” For the less seasoned reader who is unfamiliar with whom George McGovern was, take a look at the former senator’s presidential run in 1972, and it’s easy to understand why the Democratic Party as an institution has ever since been running away from the liberal label ever since.
But maybe, the running away from the erratic and dangerous liberalism showcased within the Democratic Party has slowly changed to that of cautious acceptance.
Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont, whose only real campaign issue was that of tying Lieberman to Bush and Iraq. Lamont needs nothing else to get the support of the vituperative left. Bashing Bush over Iraq and equating Lieberman with it, is all the left needs to hear.
But really, that is all that is needed to appease the “I hate Bush and his mother” crowd. This bunch of thirtysomething leftist kooks who are still living with mommy and daddy would sooner kiss a crocodile on the lips then ever let Bush just fade out of his presidency. It is an obsession that has overtaken anything positive the Democratic Party ever had planned for the country.
But didn’t you know? The left has good reasons — very good reasons — to hate George W. Bush.
After all, everyone knows that on January 20, 2001, the world as we know was forever transformed, and in some areas, created, by America’s 43rd President.
For instance, before Bush was even comfortably seated in the same Oval Office in which former President Bill Clinton worked with plump White House interns, Bush created the dysfunctional and dangerous tyrannies of North Korea, and Iran, and heck, let’s say Iraq too, and call it a day, or better still, an “Axis of Evil.”
Surely, here were three of the world’s leading lights. North Korea is legendary for its “compassion” for the less fortunate among its own people, and Iran, of course, is a “paragon” of religious freedom. Iraq was certainly the most democratically run Muslim state in the East under Saddam, right? Yet, as reported by the media and echoed by elected Democrats in Congress, that all changed when Bush took office.
Didn’t you know that?
President Bush didn’t invent terrorism, nor has he install the Totalitarin regimes which support the terrorists… What the President has done is to confront the terrorists and thier supporters. It is too bad that Democrats lacked the balls to confront terrorism and supporting ideologies while Clinton was in office. If they had then 9-11 may never have happened.
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We have all heard the hate filled rhetoric of Louis Farrakhan, now we may get to hear it on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Keith Ellison, won his party’s nomination for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district despite his ties to the Nation of Islam and the divisive hatred they represent.
When he was in law school in 1990, Ellison wrote a column in the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper defending Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam’s leader. In another column he called for a separate nation for blacks. (Note Ellison wrote the columns under the name Keith Hakim).
Ellison was also a member of the Black Law Student Association and was criticized for sponsoring anti-semitic speakers at the U of M.
“My ideas about Minister Farrakhan have changed in a number of important ways,” he now says.
Ellison says he favored Louis Farrakhan’s teachings on certain subjects, like black self sufficiency and personal responsibility. He says his law-school writings and other activities were independent of any outside groups. Ellison says his only interaction with the Nation of Islam was for 18 months during the mid-1990s when he worked with the group to organize Minnesotans to attend the Million Man March. Ellison says he hasn’t had any involvement with the group since that time and has never been a member of the organization.
He says he was wrong to dismiss concerns about the group’s anti-Semitic views and has learned to scrutinize the groups with which he works.
Power Line has written several posts on Ellison and aserts that he has written under a couple other names as well, (including Kieth X Ellison, and Kieth Ellison-Muhammed).
I have always felt that someone’s religion should play no part in a political election, rather we as voters should look at what policies the candidate advocates. Here is a bit of what Ellison/Hakim/Muhammed wants to see happen.. From the Washington Post
“I’m a Muslim. I’m proud to be a Muslim. But I’m not running as a Muslim candidate,” Ellison said during a break between a commemoration of Hurricane Katrina and an appearance at a public housing project. “I’m running as a candidate who believes in peace and bringing the troops out of Iraq now. I’m running as a candidate who believes in universal, single-payer health care coverage and an increase in the minimum wage.”
He believes in Cut-N-Run, should make Murtha (The other CAIR Candidate) happy. Socialized healthcare… works so well in Canada that many come here for treatment. Increasing the minimum wage will only increase unemployment… Small Businesses budget the amount of money that they will compensate workers… An increase in minimum wage will force employers to either increase that budget, or reduce the number of employees…
Minnesota is one of the bluest of the blue states, so Ellison will likely win in November. Minnesota Voters should know however that the 3 main issues that he advocates are wrong for America and Wrong for Minnesota. The Dems are very good at diverting away from the relevent issues and playing the race card. This race will get ugly and the Dems will attempt to portray themselves and Ellilsion as victims, despite a past marked with blatant anti-semitism and racial hatred… But that is the Dems for you…
Note Robert KKK Byrd
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Helene formed in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands late on Wednesday but did not immediately threaten land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.The eighth named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season was located about 565 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands at 11:00 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT Thursday). It was moving west-northwest about 22 miles per hour (35 km per hour) across the Atlantic, the center said.
Carrying maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts, it was expected to keep moving in the same direction on Thursday. the center said.
There is also Hurricane Gordon but it is not a threat to any land mass.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a withering attack on Thursday on what he called “mad anti-Americanism” among European politicians.
Blair, U.S. President George W. Bush’s closest ally in the so-called war on terror, said the world urgently needs the United States to help tackle the globe’s most pressing problems.
Notice that Al-Reuters refers to a “So-called War on Terror” From their coverage one could nearly conclude that they are definately pulling for the terrorists. I wonder if any world leader has the balls to address the “Mad Anti-Americans” employed by Reuters and the rest of the Media.