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Obama's Legitimate Causes

Obama’s comments about "legitimate causes" of terror groups and "root problems of causes and dangers" seems to echo little-noticed remarks the presidential candidate made eight days after 9/11 in which he said the attacks were carried out because of a lack of "empathy for others" suffering on the part of al-Qaeda, whose terrorist ideology "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

Obama went on to imply the Sept. 11 attacks were, in part, a result of U.S. policy, lecturing the American military to minimize civilian casualties in the Middle East and urging action opposing ‘bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent.’

"Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we, as a nation, draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy," Obama wrote in a piece about 9/11 published Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago’s Hyde Park Herald.

Obama may not be a Muslim, but he certainly is sympathetic.
Obama Knew Of Release
Obama knew about the September, 2009, Lockerbie Bomber's release, and Clarice Feldman says that Obama is not going to get away with blaming the Brits for releasing him.  At least not if Downing Street can help it.  The British say the White House and Secretary of State Clinton were fully informed of the decision and are deflecting blame onto the British now that the decision has proven to be unpopular.

(Of course, given how the American press hides stories, like Van Jones', that reflect badly on Obama, unless Americans seek out alternate media or read the foreign press the White House deflection will probably work.)

Here is how the Daily Mail reported the Obama administration's knowledge of the transfer of Megrahi:
  

British officials claim Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were kept informed at all stages of discussions concerning Megrahi’s return.

The officials say the Americans spoke out because they were taken aback by the row over Megrahi’s release, not because they did not know it was about to happen.

"The US was kept fully in touch about everything that was going on with regard to Britain’s discussions with Libya in recent years and about Megrahi," said the Whitehall aide.

"We would never do anything about Lockerbie without discussing it with the US.  It is disingenuous of them to act as though Megrahi’s return was out of the blue."

  

It was Libya’s leader, Gaddafi, who screwed the pooch by throwing a big "welcome home" party for the "hero" at the airport when he returned.

Waterboarding
Obama is preparing to prohibit the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques by ordering the CIA to follow military rules for questioning prisoners, according to two U.S. officials familiar with drafts of the plans.  Still under debate is whether to allow exceptions in extraordinary cases.

The proposal Obama is considering would require all CIA interrogators to follow conduct outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual, the officials said.  The plans would also have the effect of shutting down secret "black site" prisons around the world where the CIA has questioned terror suspects -- with all future interrogations taking place inside American military facilities.

However, Obama's changes may not be absolute.  His advisers are considering adding a classified loophole to the rules that could allow the CIA to use some interrogation methods not specifically authorized by the Pentagon, the officials said.  They said the intent is not to use that as an opening for possible use of waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

In other words, Obama is retaining George Bush's policy of allowing "exceptions in extraordinary cases," but he is lying about it.  In 8 years, Bush authorized waterboarding 3 times, in extraordinary cases -- and he saved American lives.

If it was up to me, I would have Hannibal Lecter interrogate high-value terrorists
Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
If you live in L.A. and didn't die in a terrorist attack, you may owe it to the CIA's use of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" that are currently under fire from Obama and his left-wing constituents.

In a compelling Op-Ed in Tuesday's Washington Post, Marc A. Thiessen disproves Barack Obama's hollow claim that such techniques "did not make us safer."  Rather than following the MSM lead and merely parroting the Obots talking points after the release of previously-classified memos this week, Thiessen actually examined the documents.

Thiessen concludes that Obama's contention is "patently falseThe proof is in the memos Obama made public -- in sections that have gone virtually unreported in the media."

"...that have gone virtually unreported in the media." No surprise there. The legacy media has proved to be singularly un-inquisitive when it comes to facts that get in the way of Obama talking points.

Thiessen specifically refers to a May, 2005 memo regarding two top al Qaeda operatives, Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah:

"the CIA believes 'the intelligence acquired from these interrogations has been a key reason why al Qaeda has failed to launch a spectacular attack in the West since 11 September 2001.' . . . In particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques... Before the CIA used enhanced techniques ... KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, 'Soon you will find out.'"

But once the enhanced techniques were used, "interrogations have led to specific, actionable intelligence, as well as a general increase in the amount of intelligence regarding al Qaeda and its affiliates."

In other words, the techniques worked when previous interrogation methods had failed.

"as Abu Zubaydah himself explained with respect to enhanced techniques, 'brothers who are captured and interrogated are permitted by Allah to provide information when they believe they have reached the limit of their ability to withhold it in the face of psychological and physical hardship."

The CIA documents reveal specifically that the enhanced techniques:

"led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the 'Second Wave,' 'to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into' a building in Los Angeles... information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the 'Second Wave.'"

Further, the memo states that KSM might never have been captured, and the information he revealed never learned, without enhanced interrogation techniques used against Zubaydah.

"...Zubaydah -- again, once enhanced techniques were employed -- furnished detailed information regarding al Qaeda's 'organizational structure, key operatives, and modus operandi' and identified KSM as the mastermind of the September 11 attacks."

The 'Second Wave' attack planned by KSM, thwarted by the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, would have hijacked a jetliner and crashed it into the Library Tower in Los Angeles, the tallest building on the West Coast.  Thiessen points out, "without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York."

But the impact would have been far worse than the physical devastation to L.A and the resultant thousands of casualties.  The nation was reeling after 9/11, deadly anthrax was being delivered through the mail, the economy was in trouble.  A follow-up attack on the West Coast would have meant that, potentially, no one was safe.  The effect would have been devastating.

Even Obama's hand-picked CIA Director, has admitted that he might consent to enhanced interrogation techniques under a "ticking time bomb" scenario.  And that is exactly the scenario in which the techniques were used during the Bush administration.

Oh, and one more thing -- Congress, including some of its loudest Democratic critics, approved of these "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Britain Did Torture
During Obama's 100th-day presser, he said he had recently read an article about Winston Churchill during the London blitz.  "Churchill said, 'We don't torture,' when the entire British -- all of the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat," Obama said.  "And then the reason was that Churchill understood, you start taking short-cuts, over time, that corrodes what's -- what's best in a people.  It corrodes the character of a country."

The anecdote wasn't true.  Churchill may well have said that Britain did not torture, but British archives show clearly that captured Nazis were subjected to harsh treatment in order to extract information during World War II.  This morning, Michael Tomasky points to this 2005 story in the Guardian about a secret World War II detention center called the "London Cage":

The London Cage was used partly as a torture centre, inside which large numbers of German officers and soldiers were subjected to systematic ill-treatment.  In total 3,573 men passed through the Cage, and more than 1,000 were persuaded to give statements about war crimes.  The brutality did not end with the war, moreover: a number of German civilians joined the servicemen who were interrogated there up to 1948. . . .

Read the entire story here . . .
Bin Laden Lie
Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America’s security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda "on the run".

"My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him," he said.  "But if we  have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America."

His comments, in a CBS interview, represent a significant watering down of the "dead or alive" policy pursued by President Bush since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.  They also appear to contradict Obama’s own statements made in the election campaign.

As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

Obama must have a mouse in his pocket when he says, "But if we  have so tightened the noose..."  He is describing a situation that he had nothing to do with.  George Bush is the man who tightened that noose and Obama was against the president's actions the whole way.  Now he takes credit for it.  A frequent practice of Obama -- taking credit for the work of others.
Obama's A Con Man
Dan Farber says Obama came into office with a promise to change how Washington works.  It hasn't worked out well so far, and many of his supporters who helped to catapult him into office are frustrated, at least according to various polls.

During a nationally televised press conference on Friday, Obama was asked if he had changed Washington.

He responded first with some of his administration's accomplishments, but then blamed the lack of a more cooperative spirit in Washington on the dire economic situation he inherited and the Republicans.
    

"Now, if you're asking why haven't I been able to create a greater spirit of cooperation in Washington, I think that's fair.  I'm as frustrated as anybody by it.  I think part of it has to do with the fact that when we came into office, we came in under very tough economic circumstances, and I think that some of the Republican leaders made a decision: We're going to sit on the sidelines and let the Democrats try to solve it.  And so we got a lot of resistance very early."

    
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is apparently really frustrated with Obama.  The respected politician has taken criticism to a new level of insult, describing Obama as a "con" man who is "authentically dishonest."

Speaking to the National Review Online, Gingrich said:
    

 "This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."

 

"I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating -- none of which was true.  In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve...  He was authentically dishonest."

         
On Fox News Sunday, the former Speaker criticized Obama's economic policy by merely saying:
    

"The thing that the president doesn't understand and the thing that Keynesian economics get wrong is real simple: Do you want people to have enough money to invest to create jobs?  If they have a surplus of income so they can create jobs, that's somehow bad and the president wants to take away the income. That means he's leaving them with no money to create jobs."

    
Gingrich's more inflammatory comments on Obama's character were in response to a similarly inflammatory article by Dinesh D'Souza published in Forbes, contending that the president channels the "anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr." and "is trapped in his father's time machine."

D'Souza concluded:
    

"Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s.  This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son."

    

Obama Can’t Keep His Osama Stories -- Or Anything Else -- Straight
Michael Oberndorf says the current occupant of the White House and his unindicted co-conspirators can’t seem to get their lies straight.  Their versions of the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden are conflicting, contradictory, and constantly changing, and the biggest lie of all is that Obama-Soetoro had anthing to do with the operation.  In one of the most disgusting displays of narcissistic braggadocio I have ever had the bad fortune to witness, the Prevaricator-in-Chief gave one of his most egregious I-Me-I-Me harangues, claiming total credit for the obvious hard, patriotic work of many of his betters, including the hated George W. Bush.

Then, he claims he doesn’t want to offend the sensibilities of Muslims by releasing pictures of the dead murderer of 3,000 Americans.  This from a provocateur who, in 2009, had to be begged to reverse his decision to release 2,000 pictures of detainee abuse (incidents which had already been punished).  These pictures were guaranteed to get the Islamists rioting in the streets again, far more that pictures of a dead, symbolic has-been.

This killing succeeded in distracting Americans concerned about the Usurper’s destruction of America -- the tail wagging the dog -- at a time when the Head Fool’s popularity was in the tank.  The Clown-in-Chief, it has been reported, has known since last August that bin Laden was in Abbottabad, but chose to wait until now to do anything.  He thinks he can amateurishly create diversions that will make people think he’s a macho patriot, instead of the anti-American buffoon that he has shown himself to be.

With the economy on the brink of the second dip of a double dip recession, brought on by the looting of the Treasury and wild, uncontrolled borrowing and spending by the government, the Oh-So-Clever-One thinks he can distract the public into not noticing our imminent demise as an economically viable nation.  This winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- who has a war going in Iraq, a war going in Afghanistan, an undeclared war in Libya, who tried to murder a foreign head of state there but only succeeded in murdering Qaddafi’s son and grandchildren, and has just unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation, and by his administration’s account, did so without its consent or knowledge (although this smells like more big lies) to murder a foreign national -- wants us to believe he’s an honorable hero acting in the best interests of the American people?  Why, then, when the military decided the time was ripe to take bin Laden out, did it take Mr. Brilliant 16 hours to decide to act?

Only the ObamaMedia have less credibility than Pinocchio on the Potomac.

One of the issues Obama-Soetoro and his Marxist lackeys fear most is that people will realize that the high gas and oil prices that are driving inflation are the direct result of Democrat policies.  A tip off might be the Energy Secretary publicly stating that he really, really, wants to see gas prices at least at $8.00 a gallon.  Another might be a long proclamation commemorating "Earth Day," a Democrat religious holy day, but not a peep to American Christians on Easter.  Environmentalists and Marxists (sorry, I repeat myself) have nearly ruined the country.  Obama-Soetoro wants to distract us from the fact that, based on some estimates, the U.S. has more oil reserves than the rest of the world combined.  We have enough untapped oil resources to supply our energy needs for the next 2,000 years, and then some.

Unfortunately, through the hard work and persistence of radical environmentalists and their Democrat fellow-travelers, exploiting these sources has been put, statutorily, off limits.  We could be totally energy self-sufficient, but we have been conned into passing laws that have allowed activist left-wing judges and environmentalist Democrats to make this illegal.

Instead, the sleight of hand liars in the White House and the appallingly corrupt Eric Holder and his "Justice" Department are trying to attack the oil companies.  The American people are to blame, by driving pickup trucks and SUVs, using incandescent light bulbs, and not keeping the air pressure in our tires at the precisely correct level.

I am sick and tired of being constantly and blatantly lied to by my government.  I am sick and tired of being marginalized, insulted, and ignored by the radical Marxists and neo-fascists who have taken over my government -- e.g., amnesty is back; we are in a new, undeclared war that is not our interests; they are about to raise the debt ceiling, even though it will likely bring down the entire economy; they are pandering to the gay lobby, Big Unions, and the UN; the "Justice" Department is going after the people who made Obama-Soetoro’s only positive accomplishment -- finding bin Laden -- possible; and there is constant, unconstitutional meddling in the affairs of the sovereign states.

My government is no longer mine, nor is it my friend…
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