Thu. May 05, 2011
The story of the assault on Osama’s compound has shifted a bit since Sunday night, but from the beginning, there were a couple of things that struck me as very odd.
When you are the Most Wanted Man on Earth, you cannot live a “normal” life. Yet it appears that’s exactly what bin laden tried to do: live in one place for an extended time, with his family.
“President George W. Bush was statesmanlike after 9/11 in reaching out to Muslims and speaking of Islam as a religion of peace. Now many Republicans have abandoned that posture and are cynically turning the Islamic center into a nationwide issue in hopes of votes. It is mind-boggling that so many Republicans are prepared to bolster the Al Qaeda narrative, and undermine the brave forces within Islam pushing for moderation. Some Republicans say that it is not a matter of religious tolerance but of sensitivity to the feelings of relatives to those killed at ground zero. Hmm. They’re just like the Saudi officials who ban churches, and even confiscate Bibles, out of sensitivity to local feelings.” Nicholas Kristof
“So virulent is the Islamophobic hysteria of the neocon and Fox News right — abetted by the useful idiocy of the Anti-Defamation League, Harry Reid and other cowed Democrats — that it has also rendered Gen. David Petraeus’s last-ditch counterinsurgency strategy for fighting the war inoperative. How do you win Muslim hearts and minds in Kandahar when you are calling Muslims every filthy name in the book in New York?” Frank Rich
Sun. Nov 29, 2009
Whenever Dick Cheney speaks about how he believes the Obama administration has put America at greater risk of terrorist attack, or whenever a right winger accuses Obama of dithering on Afghanistan, this reality needs to be thrown back in their face:
Osama Bin Laden was within military reach when the Bush administration allowed him to disappear into the mountains of Afghanistan rather than pursue him with a massive military force, a new Senate report says.
Thu. Apr 23, 2009
This site turned 13 years old last week, and in a couple of months, I will have been “blogging” for nine years. So sometimes I don’t write here because I feel like I’ve said it all before. But, here we are again.
This country has been “debating” torture much of this decade, and I last summed up my feelings in November of 2007, with Becoming The Thing We Hate.
One would have hoped that a new administration would put this to rest by denouncing those “enhanced interrogation techniques” and banning them. Which they did. But now we have to endure the likes of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney engaging in this bizarre form of public projection in which they now decry the very actions and strategies they used to practice religiously every day of the week. Others chime in to say the most outrageous things about this country and torture.
And it has become more than I can bear.
Wed. Sep 10, 2008
On September 10th, 2001, Al Qaeda had a home base. From there they could easily communicate with their peers around the world, make plans for future operations, train new recruits, and in general, operate freely without interference from the government of the country in which they were based.
It’s now seven years later. And Al Qaeda has a home base. From there they can easily communicate with their peers around the world, make plans for future operations, train new recruits, and in general, operate freely without interference from the government of the country in which they are based. In fact, the intelligence service of the country in which they are now based has been shown to conspire with them.
Wed. Aug 06, 2008
In the past several days, we’ve learned of two instances where it would appear the “safety” from “terror” that’s been “created” over the past seven years or so is largely illusory.
Fri. Sep 07, 2007
I had a dream last night. In this dream, I found out why Osama bin Laden’s beard looks so different in the “new” photo from the upcoming video. He had shaved it off in order to disguise his appearance, but had a false one put on for the video so his “followers” would recognize him. In the video, he revealed the reason he required such drastic disguise measures was because we was now … in America. And preparing to martyr himself.
Fri. Aug 03, 2007
Barack Obama raised a ruckus by saying that he’s in favor of killing Al Qaeda where we might find them. Like in Pakistan. You know, the ol’ “with us or against us” thing about how countries that harbor terrorists should expect visitors in US military uniforms. Well, actually, I’m distorting his quote just as much as those who are now criticizing him, claiming he plans to invade Pakistan if he’s elected. In a further distortion, I heard that Hillary responded by saying she might nuke them instead.
How did we get here in less than one news cycle? What exactly did the man say, and why is he getting so much heat for it?
Sun. Jul 15, 2007
The other day I set up a “need it now” domain for a client, and they also wanted the email to be separate from their current workload. So I forwarded the domain mail to a Gmail account I created for them.
The question comes, “is this secure?” While the tempered response is along the lines of “it’s as secure and your current email,” it’s not really the correct answer.
Mon. Jul 02, 2007
Obviously, I’ve been a bit distracted from all the details. But from what I gather, there were two attempted car bombs in London, one of which fizzled in a manner more dudly than deadly, and the other got towed for being parked illegally. Which, unless they were planning on attacking the police impound lot, makes for another dudly attempt.
Tue. Feb 27, 2007
Two events in two days provide a window on the level of control we’ve “wrought” in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They’re not even safe for Vice Presidents:
Iraq’s Shiite vice president narrowly escaped assassination Monday as a blast ripped through a government meeting hall just hours after it was searched by U.S. teams with bomb-sniffing dogs.
Fri. Dec 29, 2006
I’ve always been one who believes that success is no more permanent than failure. And vice-versa.
But Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend takes that positive philosophy to new extremes when asked about Osama bin Laden:
HENRY: You know, going back to September 2001, the president said, dead or alive, we’re going to get him. Still don’t have him. I know you are saying there’s successes on the war on terror, and there have been. That’s a failure.
Wed. Nov 08, 2006
It’s a bit perplexing. The promises made that were not met. Especially given the source(s).
Karl Rove promised some of his Republican cohorts that there would be an October Surprise, implying he knew of a plan or event that would change the shape of the race for Republicans.
Then he told the media poll-watchers that they simply didn’t understand math, that he had access to lots of numbers they didn’t, and there was no need for Republicans to worry about a Democratic landslide.
Fri. Sep 08, 2006
Recently, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have made a series of speeches about the war on terror, in which they’ve built an army of straw men. We’re told that the media and other appeasers are making the war harder by not being blindly 100% supportive of Stay The Course. We’re simply not believing hard enough. And we’re told, repeatedly, Iraq is the central front of the war on terror, and Osama bin Laden is still a very bad and dangerous man.
That’s why I’m infuriated that this “central front in the war on terror” was given a post-invasion priority somewhere below Social Security reform and the Marriage Amendment (both whopping successes, too, eh?), and now that “central front” teeters on the edge of civil war. I’m incensed that Rumsfeld used the war to provide admittedly stunning proof of his concept of military transformation (smaller forces can indeed be more lethal … in the short term), while the post-war plan was apparently a blank roll of toilet paper. Rumsfeld’s post war plan envisioned troop levels dropping to 30,000 by December … of 2003. That’s how completely clueless he was, and is.
Even more, that’s why I’m absolutely furious to read that “our ally” Pakistan has made a peace deal with the Taliban allowing them to fully control the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan, and have also apparently said Osama bin Laden can live peacefully in this area. In other words, they’ve got a safe sanctuary to start over again. The “peace treaty” even names it, the Islamic Emirate of Northern Waziristan.
So while Bush and Co. are speechifying about how we’ve got to support them, and ignore the media, appeasers, and dissenters who want to sap our will, I’ve got to ask … why would I support those who’ve failed in their self-declared central front, who’ve failed to even realize the need for course corrections, and who are incapable of admitting error? Why would I support a man who said “Osama, dead or alive,” and “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them” ... when Osama and the Taliban now have a nice cushy deal with Bush’s buddy Musharraf?
To me, that level of failure is non-pareil. Yes, Bush may indeed be the worst President ever. Certainly in my adult lifetime. Because this speechifying they’ve been doing lately? Even they admit, it’s not meant to fight the war on terror, it’s meant to fight the war on Democrats.
I have finally reached the point where I think impeachment has become not only proper, but necessary. These people have no shame, no conscience, and our safety is not their primary concern. Their continued power is. In fact, they willingly sacrifice our safety and divide this country in the name of their own rapidly waning domestic political power.
Sat. Aug 26, 2006
We should probably file this under “tabloid strength gossip,” but it’s too good to let pass without comment. With all else going on in our fractious world, the question I really want answered is … Did Osama Lust For Whitney?
Osama bin Laden has more on his mind than just the destruction of the United States – the world’s most wanted terrorist is obsessed with Whitney Houston, so much so that he’s even mulled a hit on her hubby, Bobby Brown.
Sat. Nov 19, 2005
Tue. Oct 04, 2005
You might have read Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent threat that if Iran’s nuclear program was sent to the UN Security Council for possible action, they would stop selling us oil. OK, fine, Sparky, whatever. But there was another quote in the article that I found intriguing.
Sun. Jul 10, 2005
It was entirely predictable, but after the attacks in London, the debate has often turned striaght to Iraq. Rather than get into it myself, I just have some lengthy quotes from others.