Filed under: Domestic Policy, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: BDS, Democrat Demagogues, Homeland Security
After the Inauguration, President Obama was very anxious to appear to “hit the ground running.” He hastened to sign all sorts of Executive Orders to undo whatever George Bush did. Believing that one reason for anti-Americanism in the world, was international disapproval of our detention center at Guantanamo Bay, he ordered Guantanamo to be closed within a year. Unfortunately, he had no idea what to do with the detainees.
We have released many of the detainees, those who were thought to be less dangerous. It has been widely stated that those who are left are the “worst of the worst.” Aside from the fulminations of the human rights crowd, and the not very believable claims of the detainees themselves through their court-assigned lawyers; there have been many visitors to the detention center who describe the place as a model prison run with extreme care for the rights of the detainees.
The Uighurs are Chinese Muslim jihadists, trained in explosives and assassination tactics, and anxious enough to be trained that they traveled from China to Afghanistan to become more effectively lethal. They were trained by Abdul Haq, a member of al Qaeda’s inner circle. They were sent to Guantanamo in 2002 after being captured in Pakistan. Some former U.S. officials have said that government information indicates that the Uighurs may pose a danger if released. Other officials and human rights organizations insist they pose no threat to Americans.
They cannot be returned to China; they oppose the Chinese government, and presumably the Chinese government returns the favor. The position of “detainee” is apparently incomprehensible. (The idea is to keep them from returning to jihadism and killing Americans).
Guantanamo Bay was chosen and developed as the best possible solution to a difficult problem, after a great deal of searching and study. I find the administration’s exquisitely delicate feelings for the opinions of European journalists a little hard to stomach.
The Uighurs are to be released in this country, probably in Virginia suburbs where some Uighur immigrants from China have settled. The thought is that they should be near others who speak their language and understand their customs. I don’t know if anyone has asked the immigrants if they want the detainees.
This is now Obama’s problem, and his risk.
The Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of flag-draped coffins of military dead returned from war zones to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The ban was put in place in 1991.
More than 64% of military families believe that the ban should not be overturned. Families were apparently not consulted nor their wishes honored when the decision was made.
This has always been not only an odd, but a rather smarmy debate. Grieving families understandably want their privacy uninterrupted by media lights, cameras and noisy intrusion.
The only possible reason for the presence of the media is the propaganda value to anti-war activists. Photographs of large numbers of coffins might enhance their anti-military cause. Families, quite naturally, don’t care to have their loved ones used.
The Obama administration seems childishly insistent on overturning any policy that was associated with the Bush administration, whatever its value. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reviewed the policy at the request of President Obama, and came up with the compromise of leaving the presence of media up to the families involved.
I’m with the families. There is class, and there is classless. If you were not able to see the HBO special “Taking Chance”, take a few moments to read the story on which the movie was based which was posted by Blackfive in 2004. It is a beautiful story.
Filed under: Conservatism, Humor, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: BDS, Democrat Demagogues, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin
What a Convention! As partisan people — and of course we are — we watched both conventions and are looking forward to tonight. Sarah Palin’s speech was a triumph, she held the audience in the palm of her hands. Rudy Guiliani was the best I have ever seen him. But the most compelling moment of the whole convention was when little Piper Palin, holding the baby Trig, licked her palm to slick down the baby’s hair.
Utterly human. No director could have planned such a charming, ordinary moment, nor so completely repudiated the sneers of the elite media. And that’s the difference.
The glitter and gloss of the Democrat convention was impeccable theater. Famous bands, Roman temple, oval office carpet, immense stadium, fireworks, confetti.
The Democrat convention was an angry convention. Delegates heard a description of an America at the brink of another Great Depression, of lost jobs, lost homes, lost health, lost war, lost friends. What is the matter with these people? They live in the freest country with the greatest opportunity and the least class consciousness in the world and they yearn to turn it into — France?
Democrats are angry because humanity doesn’t live up to their expectations. These are people whose idea of high humor has been to stick a Hitler moustache on George W. Bush and a Nazi uniform on Dick Cheney. They are not amused by humanity. If only you will give them power, they will fix things and make them perfect.
But humanity is. It cannot be fixed. Real people struggle, make mistakes, do foolish things as well as noble things. Half the population, by definition, has less than average intelligence. To get through life, you neeed a healthy sense of humor and a goodly amount of stoical resignation. We’re a mess, the lot of us; but we work at getting better, and fairly often we succeed. And we do not need Government to fix things for us. We have to learn to pick ourselves up and try once more. It helps when we have candidates who grasp the nature of humanity, and have a sense of what government can do and what it can’t.
That’s why Republicans had a happy convention. Yes, they made fun of the Democrats, but they weren’t angry about it. They were laughing. That’s probably what made the liberals so angry.
If you watched the Palin family, Willow held the baby while Bristol held her fiance’s hand. Then Cindy McCain held the baby, then Todd Palin took over. Even little babies get heavy after a while. Then Todd had to stand up, so he passed the baby to Piper. This is how normal families work. When one member of the family has to do something different, everybody pitches in — because it’s family. The family is enriched by the success of another member, whether it is winning a snowmachine race or negotiating a pipeline. That’s the real America.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: BDS, Media Bias, Newsweek, Patti Davis
Local sheriff’s deputies botch a drug raid, Newsweek blames….BUSH! I kid you not:
While rare, these cases say something about our culture. A country is not just defined by big sweeping events like wars and treaties and elections. It’s defined by what goes on in neighborhoods, towns, homes. In the past eight years, we have seen our privacy invaded in the name of “homeland security.” We have all been living in a climate of “shoot (or accuse) first, ask questions later.” And that attitude is contagious….
The next president will not only have to deal with the economy, with global warming, with wars in other countries … he will have to deal with fear and rage at home. A country does not only lose itself by what happens on other shores; it loses itself in living rooms, kitchens, backyards. America will lose itself when we look around us and nothing feels like home anymore. [read more here if you can bear it]
Patti Davis (yes, that Patti Davis) writing for Newsweek.
and we’re supposed to be afraid of Republicans because of a local matter they had absolutely nothing to do with?
No thanks Newsweek, I’m sticking with the GOP where it’s safe!
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, Foreign Policy, History, Liberalism, News, Politics, Terrorism, The Constitution | Tags: BDS, DailyKos, Democrat lies, Liberal lies, MoveOn.Org, Nutroots, President Bush
Democrats have finally capitulated, after years of lies and demagoguery, to President Bush’s and Republican’s view of FISA laws and presidential authority to conduct warrantless wiretaps in the interests of national security. The 69-28 vote wasn’t even close. Obama’s promised filibuster didn’t materialize. Indeed, he voted for it.
But why did it pass so overwhelmingly when Democrats have been so hysterical over it? How is it possible that president Bush could win when his approval ratings are so low, you ask?
Because Democrats were pandering to their deranged base, they put the nation through all this division and animus for political expediency, and because in the end, President Bush was right, Republicans were right, Democrats were wrong, and they knew it all along.
To which all I can say is: NEENER NEENER NEENER!!!!!