Archive for June, 2007
The dimwitted duo are once again attempting to set a date for the terrorists to declare victory.
The dimwits have once again announced the surge is a failure. I find it laughable considering the surge is just ramping up, that these idiots have already declared it a failure. What makes me smile is that their approval rating is lower than the President’s.
The dimwitted duo and their ilk will once again attempt to place timeframes on defense spending appropriations, repealing the Use of Force Authorization, prohibit the creation of a permanent base in Iraq and propose to limit deployments of units that have not been stateside for a minimum of the same amount of time they were deployed.
Sheesh, I remember my guy in peacetime not being onshore as long as his deployments, but I digress.
Robert McFarland had a great editorial in the Wall Street Journal this week entitiled, “The Iraqi Nation”. In it he discusses a meeting of 70 Iraqi clerics. While the dimwitted duo and many others state that Iraq is in the throes of a civil war and does not want a united nation of their own, these clerics surprisingly reached concensus of planning how to unite their country from within.
The opening salvos from each of the three sects involved rhetorical statements of grievance — each against the others. What was remarkable, however, was that the statements turned out to be pro forma and by the afternoon of the first day these very powerful figures began to listen to one another. What transpired was fascinating. Shiite participants acknowledged that their followers had intermarried with Sunnis for generations — and vice versa — and while all deplored the brutality of Saddam’s regime no one counted it as legitimating a blood feud. The common theme was one of anger at the violence in Iraq and its primary driver, al Qaeda. But this rage came tempered by a commitment to put their country back together. Throughout the conference, they called it their “nation.”
I believe that Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the moonbats should move to something constructive. How about letting the military minds do their job, instead of forcing them to defend their actions? How about supporting our military instead of continually telling them they have lost? How about telling them Thank you, for a job well done?
Our country was not built in the timeframe that these moonbats have announced failure. Let’s be thankful these two weren’t around when our country was being organized. We would still be celebrating Victoria day.
Two men driving a flaming SUV drove through the front doors of the main terminal of Glasgow Airport. The airport has been closed to aircraft and passengers.
I believe it’s safe to say this is related to the two attempts yesterday. A spokesman from Scotland Yard stated they believe the attempts are coming from a cell linked to Al Qaeda. Thankfully, no one was injured in this attempt, and two men were brought into custody.
One wonders if these attempts are to try to sway Britain’s newly installed Government to reverse its position with respect to the war on terror. Unfortunately, after the bombings in Spain, the new Government did reverse its position. While I neither condemn nor commend their actions, the reversal empowers the terrorists as they claim it a victory.
My way has the story here.
The police detonated a small package at Spain’s Ibiza airport today. The airport had previously been evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in by an alleged member of the ETA.
Thankfully, no one was injured in this third attempt of terrorism.
Please everyone, be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious. It’s the only way we’re going to beat these bastards.
El Pais reports the story here and sorry, but the copy is a literal translation from Spanish.
Ibiza A-Z has more here
From the ABC News Blotter
Large teams of suicide bombers have been sent to the US and Europe. Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the US, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced June 9th at a ‘graduation’ at an Al Qaeda training facility.
A Pakistani journalist was invited to the graduation as some 300 recruits, which included young boys, were sent off on their missions. He videotaped the events, which was received by ABC news.
The tape shows Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah, whose brother was killed by the U.S. last month, introducing and congratulating each team as they stood.
“These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places,” Dadullah says on the tape. “Why shouldn’t we go after them?”
The leader of the team assigned to attack Great Britain spoke in English.
“So let me say something about why we are going, along with my team, for a suicide attack in Britain,” he said. “Whether my colleagues, companions and Muslim brothers die today or tonight, every drop of our blood will invigorate the Muslim (unintelligible).”
US Intelligence officials are downplaying the video as propaganda. I pray they are correct.
As the media continues to report the body count and suicide bombings, Defend America reports Iraqi security forces thwarted a suicide bomb attack on a Coalition forces combat outpost in Khan Bani Sa’ad, located in the Diyala province, last Tuesday.
Iraqi Army Soldiers received a tip and description of a potential suicide vehicle bomb and engaged the vehicle with small-arms fire as it approached the outpost. The vehicle detonated prematurely, before it could reach the outer perimeter.
Two Coalition force Soldiers received minor wounds and were treated on the scene.
“The truly amazing thing is that the Iraqi Soldiers, who are mostly Shia, got the tip from local Sunnis, who had seen a suspicious vehicle driven by masked men traveling towards the outpost,” said Lt. Col. Marshall Dougherty, commander, 2nd squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
“This is yet another example of the people of Iraq refusing to allow terrorists to destroy their lives,” Dougherty said.
The tip from the Iraqi citizen allowed the Iraqi Army to seek out and destroy the suicide vehicle borne explosive device, saving the lives of the countless number of casualties both Iraqi and Coalition, said Dougherty.
Shi’ia and Sunni helping each other? Say it isn’t so! According to the liberals, there’s a civil war underway!
Also on Tuesday, coalition forces killed the Al Qaeda military emir to Mosul.
Kamal Jalil Bakr ‘Uthman, also known as Sa’id Hamza, was known to be the al-Qaeda in IraqMosul. Intelligence reports indicate he planned, coordinated and facilitated suicide bombings in the Mosul area. Additionally, he facilitated the movement of more than 100 foreign fighters through safe houses in the area, and orchestrated attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. military emir of
Coalition Forces targeted ‘Uthman Tuesday as part of their operations to disrupt the al-Qaeda in Iraq Mosul. As they entered his residence, ‘Uthman rushed into another room and reached under a mattress. Coalition Forces, reacting appropriately to the hostile threat, engaged ‘Uthman, killing him. The ground force later found a suicide vest under the mattress.
The identification cards of the two US soldiers missing since May were found in an Al Qaeda safehouse on June 9th near Samarra. Along with the IDs, video equipment, computers and weapons were recovered. The house was otherwise, empty.
The Islamic State of Iraq, an Al Qaeda front group, claimed they killed all three of the missing soldiers and buried the bodies.
Spc. Alex R. Jimenez and Pvt. Byron Fouty were snatched in a raid on their 10th Mountain Division unit on May 12 near Youssifiyah. The body of a third soldier taken in the raid, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., was found floating in the Euphrates River. Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi translator were killed in the May 12 ambush.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missing men, and Pfc. Anzack.
The Wall Street Journal carried an excellent editorial last week entitled “68 Redux”.
Robert McFarland, a Vietnam war veteran, explains the similarities between the media coverage of Vietnam and Iraq today.
If one recalls the Tet Offensive, it was launched by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces who were defeated on the battlefield by US forces. According to the media, we were resoundingly defeated. Sound familiar?
Just the same as 39 years ago, support for the war is unraveling in the same proportion as liberal sentiment is growing. I don’t know about you folks, but I found the hippie movement of the 60’s deplorable. I was just a kid then, but still remember the acts of violence under the auspices of “peace now”. Their rage against the establishment amounted to nothing more than this same hypocritical group lock stepping with ‘the establishment’ and fading into obscurity.
What saddens me is that people don’t take the time to gain an understanding. They wish it spoon fed immediately. It takes too long to do the work themselves.
Those that do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Why don’t people take the time to gain an understanding themselves? Pick up a history book, investigate and reach your own conclusions, without a reporter’s slant as to what is occurring.
I watch many state that we had no purpose in Vietnam, we lost the war. Do you think those that were executed in the killing fields wished us gone?
Do you think the Kurds and Iraqis outside the triangle of death will wish us gone too?
It appears the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals believes that the US can’t be at war with Al Qaeda because it is a private group.
The Court ruled that; For the “enemy combatant” moniker to apply, a terrorist must have set foot in the soil “alongside” the forces of an enemy state — i.e., Iraq or Afghanistan.
So this begs the question, just exactly what enemy state is Al Qaeda associated with? From the Wall Street Journal:
The judges also get around the fact that their decision contradicts existing precedent in both their own circuit and the Supreme Court. In Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court ruled that an American captured on a battlefield in Afghanistan could be designated an enemy combatant. Ditto Fourth Circuit precedent, which strengthened Hamdi with its ruling in the case of Jose Padilla, the U.S. citizen who was arrested at O’Hare airport with plans to detonate a dirty bomb.
Judges Motz and Gregory duck these precedents by ruling that al-Marri belongs in a different category, having never taken up arms on a foreign battlefield. He was merely trying to kill us here at home. Al-Marri came to the U.S. on a student visa as part of an al Qaeda “sleeper cell,” looking for new opportunities to disrupt the U.S. financial system after September 11. Working for 9/11 honcho Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, he posed as a student at Bradley University while plotting. He was arrested for credit card fraud, and as his case worked through the court system, evidence of his al Qaeda affiliation built and he was transferred to a military brig in South Carolina.
Don’t be too surprised, two of the judges on the bench are Clinton appointees, but this decision should have Al Qaeda jumping for joy. If an Al Qaeda member gets training outside a wartime environment and commits a terrorist attack on US soil, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision means such member cannot be considered an enemy combatant and cannot be subjected to military interrogation. The only course of action is through the criminal court system.
The Journal believes this case will be overturned on Appeal. We can only hope.
Another good article from the Journal is here.
Cross Posted From Hang Right Politics
An earlier post What next for Immigration? generated several comments about the 14th ammendment and how it applies to the illegal immigration debate. The 14th ammendment along with the 13th and 15th, are part of the Post-Civil War ammendments intended to secure rights for former slaves. It includes the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses among others, and is widely regarded as one of the most important ammendments.
With regard to the children of illegal immigrants and thier citizenship status though there is some debate about the intent of the ammendment. First take a look at the language of the ammendment itself.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Had the intent of the ammendment been to grant citizenship to everyone who is born within the territory of the United States, All persons born or naturalized in the United States would have been sufficient to do exactly that. So the phrase, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof must therefore require something in addition to mere birth on U.S. soil to grant citizenship.
In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard, clearly spelled out the intent of the 14th Amendment by writing:
“Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.”
To my knowledge, the Supreme Court has never specifically ruled on the citizenship of the child of an illegal immigrant born in this country. Should such a case ever be added to the the Supreme Court dockett they will not only have to look at the text of the ammendment but also to the intent that the text was written. That intent is spelled out very clearly in the Congressional Record of the 39th Congress.
Cross Posted from Hang Right Politics
With the McCain/Kennedy Comprehensive Shamnesty bill dead, or at least in a vegetative state, what happens next for immigration and border security? I have no idea what the Senators have in store for the next piece of legislation, but one would hope that they learned from the multitude of mistakes that plagued the the last bill and the process the legislation was drafted.
First and foremost the backroom deals that brought the legislation to the floor to begin with is something that should be avoided. Harry Reid complained repeatedly about the amendments being offered up taking up so much time. Had the Bill gone through normal channels to the Senate floor those amendments would have been offered up and debated in Committee.
Secondly: There is absolutely no reason that everything must be included in one piece of legislation. Virtually everyone agrees that we must do something to address our border security. Build fences, add border patrol agents, improve methods to track foreigners in this country on various visa’s to ensure that they are complying with the terms of their visa. This is a national security issue made evident by the Jersey Jihadists and must be a top priority to law makers. There is no necessity to couple this with any other legislation, and doing so only delays our ability to gain operational control of our border and puts our national security at risk.
Thirdly: If Congress deems it necessary to expand or modify current temporary guest worker programs or create entirely new programs they can do so. In doing so however some provision must be included that provides background checks as well as a method to ensure they return to their home country when the time arises.
Finally the stickiest part of the whole debate is what to do with those already here. Realistically it is not possible to deport 12 million people. As law enforcement increases its efforts to enforce laws already on the books regarding employment of illegal immigrants, many will decide for themselves to return home. Those that choose to remain and are involved in criminal activity will eventually be caught. Deport them immediately after conviction and allow them to serve out their sentence in a jail cell provided by their home country. There will still be a large number of illegal immigrants that are here that have broken no other law, are hard working, and only seek to provide a future for their families. I have absolutely nothing against that, and think that a path to citizenship could be offered to those who meet that criteria and have made an effort to assimilate into American society. That path to citizenship however should not put them ahead of those who have spent years in the process of emigrating here by legal means.
These are steps that Congress can and should take to address the illegal immigration problem in this country. A lasting solution however is not going to come out of Washington DC. The failed socialist economic policies of Mexico and other third world countries is what drive the poor out of their country and into the U.S. So the only lasting solution can only come when those 3rd world countries adopt economic policies that will provide their population the ability to raise their families with the hope and opportunities they deserve.