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Old 01-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #166
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:17 PM   #167
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The War on Terror is an annoying justification of the Treaty of Sèvres and, in this case, the European colonization of Africa... let's address the real problems of the regions producing radicalism instead of upholding western social darwinism with xenophobia, hyper-nationalism, and racism.
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The Joke’s on Us

By Mark Steyn

On Christmas Day, a gentleman from Nigeria succeeded (effortlessly) in boarding a flight to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. Pretty funny, huh?

But the Pantybomber wasn’t the big joke. The real laugh was the United States government. The global hyperpower spent the next week making itself a laughingstock to the entire planet. First, the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) swung into action with a whole new range of restrictions.

Against radical Yemen-trained Muslims wearing weaponized briefs? Of course not. That would be too obvious. So instead they imposed a slew of constraints against you.
At Heathrow last week, they were permitting only one item of carry-on on U.S. flights. In Toronto, no large purses.

Um, the Pantybomber didn’t have a purse. He brought the bomb on board under his private parts, and his private parts weren’t part of his carry-on (although, if reports of injuries sustained in his failed mission are correct, they may well have been part of his carry-off). But no matter. If in doubt, blame the victim. The TSA announced that for the last hour of the flight no passenger can use the toilets or have anything on his lap — not a laptop, not a blanket, not a stewardess, not even a paperback book. I can’t wait for the first lawsuit after an infidel flight attendant confiscates a litigious imam’s Koran as they’re coming into LAX.

You’re still free to read a paperback if you’re flying from Paris to Sydney, or Stockholm to Beijing, or Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow. But not to LAX or JFK. The TSA were responding as bonehead bureaucracies do: Don’t just stand there, do something. And every time the TSA does something, you’ll have to stand there, longer and longer, suffering ever more pointless indignities. Last week, guest-hosting The Rush Limbaugh Show, I took a call from a lady who said that, if it helps keep her safe, she’s happy to get to the airport “four, five, whatever hours” before the flight. Try to put a figure on “whatever” and you’ll get a sense of where America’s transportation system is headed. Ten years ago, you got to the airport 45 minutes, an hour before the flight. Now, thanks to the ever more demanding choreographers of the homeland-security kabuki, it’s two, three, four, whatever. Look at O’Hare and imagine the size of airport we’ll need. And by then the Pantybomber won’t even need to get on the plane; he can kill more people blowing up the check-in line.

And remember, this was a bombing mission that “failed.” With failures like this, who needs victories?

Joke, joke, joke. The only good news was that the derision was so universal that the TSA promptly reined in some of their wackier impositions a couple of days later. But by then Janet Incompetano, the homeland-security secretary, had gone on TV and declared to the world that there was nothing to worry about: “The system worked.”

Indeed, it worked “smoothly.” The al-Qaeda trainee on a terrorist watch list, a man banned from the United Kingdom and reported to the CIA by his own father, got on board the plane, assembled the bomb, and attempted to detonate it. But don’t worry ’bout a thing; the system worked.

Twenty-four hours later, Secretary Incompetano was back on TV to protest that her words had been taken “out of context.” No doubt, the al-Qaeda-trained CIA-reported cash-paying crotch-stuffed watch-list member’s smooth progress through check-in was also taken “out of context.”


But by then the president of the United States had also taken to the airwaves. For three days, he had remained silent — which I believe is a world record for the 44th president. Since Jan. 20, 2009, it’s been difficult to switch on the TV and not find him yakking — accepting an award in Oslo for not being George W. Bush, doing Special Olympics gags with Jay Leno, apologizing for America to some dictator or other . . . But across the electric wires an eerie still had descended. And when the president finally spoke, even making allowances for his usual detached cool, he sounded less like a commander-in-chief addressing the nation after an attempted attack than an assistant DA at a Cook County press conference announcing a drug bust: “Here’s what we know so far. . . . As the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a passenger allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device. . . . The suspect was immediately subdued. . . . The suspect is now in custody and has been charged.” Etc, etc, piling up one desiccated legalism on another: “Allegedly . . . ” “suspect . . . ” “charged . . . ” The president can’t tell an allegedly alleged suspect (which is what he is in Obama fantasy-land) from an enemy combatant (which is what he is in cold hard reality). But worse than the complacent cop-show jargonizing was a phrase it’s hard to read as anything other than a deliberate attempt to mislead the public: The president referred to the Knickerbomber as an “isolated extremist.” By this time, it was already clear that young Umar had been radicalized by jihadist networks in London and fast-tracked to training in Yemen by terror operatives who understood the potentially high value of a Westernized Muslim with excellent English from a respectable family. Yet President Obama tried to pass him off as some sort of lone misfit who wakes up one morning and goes bananas. Could happen to anyone.

But, if it takes the White House three days to react to an attack on the United States, their rapid-response unit can fire back in nothing flat when Dick Cheney speaks. “It is telling,” huffed the president’s communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, “that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the administration than condemning the attackers.”

“Condemning the attackers”? What happened to all the allegedly alleged stuff? Shouldn’t that be “condemning the alleged isolated attacker”? The communications director seems to be wandering a bit off-message here, whatever the message is: The system worked, so we’re inconveniencing you even more. The system failed, but the alleged suspect is an isolated extremist, so why won’t that cowardly squish Cheney have the guts to condemn the attacker and his vast network of associates?

The real message was conveyed by Fouad Ajami, discussing the new administration’s foreign policy in the Wall Street Journal: “No despot fears Mr. Obama, and no blogger in Cairo or Damascus or Tehran, no demonstrator in those cruel Iranian streets, expects Mr. Obama to ride to the rescue.” True. Another Iranian deadline passed on New Year’s Eve, but the United States will set a new one for Groundhog Day or whenever.

And, just as the thug states understand they now have the run of the planet, so do the terror cells. A thwarted terror attack at Christmas is bad enough. Spending the following week making yourself a global joke is worse. Every A-list despot and dimestore jihadist got that message loud and clear — and so did American allies already feeling semi-abandoned by this most parochial of presidents. Expect a bumpy twelve months ahead. Happy New Year.
Again Mark Steyn nails it.
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Again Mark Steyn nails it.
What does he nail? It's just more blame Obama bullshit and using catch phrases that you like, there is no substance there.

Your answer is to profile, you've been shown that profiling doesn't work yet you haven't tried to answer those points, all you do is keep posting other people's opinions and say they "nailed it".
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Conservatives love to nail.
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Again Mark Steyn nails it.
Again INDY pulls a Diamond and posts articles with no thought that are written by people who are out of their mind.
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Well when you think that you're the hammer, everything looks like a nail, as the saying goes.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:43 PM   #174
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HONOLULU - President Barack Obama laid blame Saturday on an Al Qaeda affiliate for a Christmas Day terrorist attack that has prompted a top-to-bottom review of how the nation's intelligence agencies failed to prevent the botched bombing aboard a Detroit-bound airliner.

In his most direct public language to date, the president described the path through Yemen of 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to destroy Northwest Flight 253. The president also emphasized that the United States would continue its partnerships with friendly countries -- citing Yemen, in particular -- to fight terrorists and extremist groups around the globe.

Obama's homeland security team has been piecing together just how Abdulmutallab was able to board the plane. Officials have described flaws in the system and by those executing the strategy and have delivered a preliminary assessment.

A senior administration official had said the United States was increasingly confident there was a link between Abdulmutallab and an Al Qaeda affiliate, but Obama's statement is the strongest connection between the two.

"We're learning more about the suspect," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the White House released on Saturday as the president vacationed in Hawaii.

"We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of Al Qaeda, and that this group -- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," the president said.

Officials have said Abdulmutallab's father warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son had drifted into extremism in the Al Qaeda hotbed of Yemen. Abdulmutallab's threat was only partially digested by the U.S. security apparatus and not linked with a visa history showing the young man could fly to the United States.

Obama has ordered a thorough look at the shortcomings that permitted the plot, which failed not because of U.S. actions but because the would-be attacker was unable to ignite an explosive device.

Intelligence officials prepared for what was shaping up to be uncomfortable hearings before Congress about miscommunication among anti-terror agencies and sweeping changes expected under Obama's watch. The president has been vocal in his criticism of the agencies and against extremists who would harm the United States.

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," Obama said. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies, including our embassy in 2008, killing one American."

"So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike Al Qaeda terrorists," he said.

The United States provided Yemen $67 million in training and support under the Pentagon's counterterrorism program last year. Only Pakistan got more, with some $112 million.

Obama said the money had been well spent: "Training camps have been struck, leaders eliminated, plots disrupted. And all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know -- you too will be held to account."

At the same time, administration officials warned this week that Obama also would hold accountable his own government. To that end, Obama has summoned homeland security officials from across the government to meet with him in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday.

Obama was expected to run the meeting and press his team on how they missed what appears to be clear connections.
Well, one week and several "I don't need this shit" milquetoast statements later, President Obama finally nails it.
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I really hope he doesn't overreact just because some people out there are losing their minds over this.
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I really hope he doesn't overreact just because some people out there are losing their minds over this.
"Losing their minds over this" being Left-speak for connecting the dots and acting accordingly.
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Krauthammer makes his points in a different way than the Becks and Limbaughs of the world. Most of the time I think Krauthammer does the opposite of demonizing and that's part of why he's generally respected as a conservative thinker.
While I agree with you that this may be true in general, I find Krauthamer to be less reasonable when he is discussing terrorism or anything related to it. The article INDY posted certainly didn't earn my respect.

That said, I kinda wish he were posting in this forum. He'd probably at least address my arguments rather than just posting multiple articles that "nail it". . .I'd really like to get into an honest back-and-forth on this issue, but so far none of our posters on the right seem willing to take the bait.
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One of the problems I have with racial profiling is what happens when terrorists begin to recruit people outside of those being profiled?
Exactly. John Lindh would sail right through. He's white, he doesn't have a Muslim name--not a threat right? Profiling isn't the answer, BUT, there needs to be some kind of targeted screening. Again that this guy got on the plane to begin with is unacceptable.

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We don't need to do more, because what we're doing is clearly working.
I disagree. Unless you want to argue that passenger response is part of our plan to combat terrorism, I don't think what we're doing is working. I don't think further restrictions are the answer. This needs to be stopped before they get on the plane, not after.
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When Democrats/others questioned Bush's actions they were "undermining national security" and unpatriotic, etc. When Cheney does this (constantly) to Obama, somehow he isn't doing that. I'm so sick of Cheney, he should STFU. Where was all the crying about privacy with the Patriot Act and wiretapping and all that, Ann?

I don't care about full body scanners. I'm a modest person and I'm not crazy about the idea-but if that's what has to be done. I'd rather live and be naked on some scanner than be blown to bits by a terrorist. Maybe they'd find a way around it somehow but for now it's something. When they start putting the images on the internet with my name attached then I'd have a problem with it.

And the terrorists are always one step ahead-they are intentionally recruiting people who don't fit profiles. Including women and maybe even kids. Yes that guy never should have gotten on that plane. Starting with that problem before it occurs is absolutely necessary before scanners and other measures. Forgetting nationality-when someone looks to be "poor" like he allegedly did and pays cash for a one way ticket, has no luggage and maybe no passport..well DING DING DING. Maybe there is a fear of being accused of things because of someone's name and nationality.
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Flying this week was very easy, except for the talkative guy on one flight today, and the somewhat stinky guy on the second flight.

The TSA checking was the same as it ever was. Professional, good-natured TSA people, and cooperative, tired passengers. I was more worried about ice on the wings than some dumbshit with exploding underwear.
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