Leahy Sets Hearing on ‘Truth Commission’
Barack Obama continues to talk about bipartisanship, while pretending to be unaware that Congressional leaders are pulling stunts like this: Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday announced his committee would hold hearings on the creation of a new truth commission to investigate myriad allegations of corruption and wrongdoing in the Bush administration.
Feinstein Jeopardizes Pakistan and U.S. War on Al Qaeda
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) let slip that Predator drones used to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan are being launched from Pakistan, a hugely covert operation designed to protect the vulnerable Pakistani government: At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan’s northwest border. “As I | Read More »
Michael Yon: How Much is Afghanistan Really Worth to Us?
Cross posted to The Political Class. Yon wonders if the Russians stand more to lose by us leaving Afghanistan than we do: While we prepare to shunt perhaps 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan (which still will not be enough), Russia continues to play the Asian chessboard. The Russians are picking off pawn after pawn, and steadily eroding our foreign policy influence with them and other | Read More »
Obama backs away from war on terror
In his uninspiring inauguration speech, President Obama told the world we would not waver in defense of our way of life, and he told the evil doers that “our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.” That wasn’t even three weeks ago, but it seems like a different time. Since uttering that strong rhetoric, President Obama | Read More »
The Truth On Gitmo
What the President’s Executive Order really means: . . . Contrary to reports, Obama did not shut down Gitmo. Rather, he issued an order saying he will (or, to be precise, he intends to and is willing to commit in advance to) shut down Gitmo in a year’s time. This, to mix a metaphor, is kicking the can as far down the road as he | Read More »
Well, not really: The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants. In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as | Read More »
Six Years Ago Today…
…Daniel Pearl was kidnapped, later to be brutally beheaded by his captors with the video proudly posted on the Internet for the world to see. The terrorists who committed this act, were they to be captured today under the Obama Administration’s policies, would be brought to the mainland United States for trial in civilian courts, be granted the rights of habeas corpus and the right | Read More »
So, Governing Is A Little Tougher Than Campaigning, Eh?
The new Administration has undertaken the implementation of a whole host of Executive Orders concerning detention and interrogation procedures. I can see that the orders have done their job in getting media attention, but their implementation may well be a lot more complicated than the Administration hopes, as I argue here. And it would appear that my arguments are being somewhat reinforced: President Barack Obama’s | Read More »
Farewell to President Bush, A Decent Man
It is perhaps ironic that the left wing has settled on the characterization of President George W. Bush as a megalomaniac, obsessed with power and willing to trample on anyone or anything to achieve his evil aims. Ironic because it is President Bush’s refusal to even forcefully counter his critics, let alone trample on their right to criticize him, that has allowed the left to | Read More »
U.N. Resolution a Declaration of U.S. Victory in Iraq
Late last month, with scant attention from the domestic mainstream press, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1859; which, in effect ends the Iraq War. The resolution declared the end of the multi-national forces mandate in Iraq. The authority for U.S. troops remaining in Iraq has given way to the Status of Forces Agreement recently signed by the Iraqi government and the Bush Administration. | Read More »
Newsweek: Maybe BushChimpHitlerCo Got War on Terror Right
Newsweek’s Stuart Taylor and Evan Thomas take a look at Obama’s promises to roll back the ‘excesses of Executive Power’ that were the hallmark of the Bush administration (at least in the eyes of liberals like the writers at Newsweek). They conclude that Obama might not be able to take us back to September 10, because those ‘excesses’ might just be necessary to keep us | Read More »
Screw Obama. Pardon Everybody.
Obama refuses to rule out investigating crimes by Bush administration officials. This is precisely what I was blogging about the other day. Obama’s most dangerous game — a leftist intelligence and war agenda — will see the intelligence community collapse and American citizens die. By his unwillingness to use definitive language against prosecution of Bush administration officials, Barack Obama puts in jeopardy the future successes | Read More »
Israel: Finish It
Posted by Tim K. Originally posted at http://jumpinginpools.blogspot.com/2009/01/israel-finish-it.html I am perhaps the most pro-Israeli person I know, and I am not Jewish, I am a Christian Conservative, and this is the land of Israel. Hamas is a band of ruthless terrorists who like other Arab leaders want the destruction of Israel to come about, a two state plan will never work, a three state plan | Read More »
Lefty Granny Sues Army Over Embed SNAFU
-By Warner Todd Huston The Oakland Tribune reports the story of a hipster granny from Berkeley that has decided to sue the U.S. military over a reporter embed she arranged in Iraq that was abruptly canceled by the government. While the Oakland Trib and the hippie granny try their hardest to make the U.S. military the villain, it’s a bit hard to feel too sorry | Read More »
Calling All Muslims
NY Times Op-Ed writer Thomas Friedman took some time off from his global warming alarmism and decided to write about something important — the lack of outrage in the Muslim community over the Mumbai attacks. Friedman quite accurately points out that when it comes to dutch cartoons offending Islam, Muslims the world over take to the streets. They can loot, protest, burn cars, trample people, | Read More »