American Elephants


Reality Strikes! No Detainees to Yemen Just Now. by The Elephant's Child
January 5, 2010, 3:24 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Middle East, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has told reporters that the administration “will not” send Guantanamo detainees to Yemen for the time being.

“We’re not going to make transfers to a country like Yemen that they’re not capable of handling” detainees, Gibbs told reporters.  “The determination has been made that right now any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea.

Gibbs otherwise continued with the message, saying that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula used Guantanamo “as a tool” and that the administration remains “committed to closing the detention facility.”

Hopefully the Guantanamo-to-Yemen express will be closed down a little longer than the embassy was.



Succumbing To a Dangerous Temptation. by The Elephant's Child
January 5, 2010, 10:15 am
Filed under: Environment, Health Care, Law | Tags: ,

I ran across this quotation today embedded in an article that I did not read, by an author I don’t remember.  I know nothing about the book except that it seems to be very expensive and it was recommended highly by the person who linked to the essay containing the quote.  [How is that for confusing!]

Nevertheless, it is a wonderful quote!  We should all print it out and send it to the entire crew at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, Michael Mann and the other shameful scientists of ClimateGate.

Jeremy Waldron’s Law and Disagreement.

The more dangerous temptation is not to pretend an opposing view does not exist, but to treat it as beneath notice in respectable deliberation by assuming it is ignorant or prejudiced or self-interested or based on insufficient contemplation of moral reality. Such an attitude embodies the idea that since truth in matters of justice, right, or policy is singular and consensus is its natural embodiment, some special explanation — some factor of deliberative pathology, such as the lingering taint of self-interest — is required to explain disagreement, which explanation can then be cited as a reason for putting the deviant view to one side.

And perhaps to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Barack Obama and everyone involved in the monstrous attempt to control American lives called ObamaCare.



Can We Have a Little Clear Thinking Here Please? by The Elephant's Child
January 5, 2010, 1:22 am
Filed under: Islam, Military, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: , , , ,

Just an observation.  We are a nation at war.  It is not a bunch of separate wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and so on.  It’s not an “overseas contingency operation,”and their actions are not “man-caused disasters.”   To claim that the war in Afghanistan is a “good war” and the war in Iraq was a “bad war” shows a lack of understanding of either effort.

We call it the War on Terror.  Terror is their chosen weapon.  We have no trouble referring to the air war or the submarine war. Prissy complaints about language are out-of-place.

They want to kill Americans because we will not submit to Islam.




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