9/11 Scenes and Some Opinions

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Scenes From September 11, 2001

via The Jawa Report

A few links:

Let’s Roll Over – Mark Steyn

Myth and Reality After 9/11 – Victor Davis Hanson

The 9/11 Decade – The U.S. is safer and has not sacrificed its civil liberties. – WSJ

The Ripples of 9/11 -A decade of surprises in the war on terror

 

 

Why Islamic Moderates Are So Scarce?

September 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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In an NRO post by Joshua Gilder:

It’s a common problem. Each time some new offense is perpetrated in the name of Islam — whether it’s the latest suicide bombing in a public square or a woman’s being beaten and mutilated by her own family — it is mostly Western leaders and the press who voice their disapproval. The more one looks for the larger Muslim community to denounce the violence, the more “moderate Islam” seems to vanish like a mirage in the desert.

Only For Serious Newt Lovers.

July 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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This runs for 68 minutes.

Almost nine years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States has yet to confront the threat posed by the extremist and irreconcilable wing of Islam. Former Speaker of the House and AEI senior fellow Newt Gingrich will warn that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America. Drawing on the lessons of Camus and Orwell, Gingrich will describe the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality.

Update: Here’s a 6 minute “highlight” from the speech.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on TV

July 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali has become one of my favorite people. Her book Infidel is a true profile in courage. I already given away four copies to friends.

In this video, the outspoken and controversial author was recently in Canada to talk about her new book ‘Nomad‘.

H/T NewsReal Blog.

Obama Must Be Doing the Right Thing if Helen Thomas Disagrees

May 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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Helen Thomas Irritates Obama. She says:

don’t give us this “Bushisms” if we don’t go to Afghanistan, the terrorists will come here.

Chances are that I’ll agree with Obama’s position 95% of the time, if Helen Thomas is against what he’s doing.

Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day in USA.

May 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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I’ve known for many years that progressives and I do not live in the same world.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of my favorite people in the world, who has actually lived among both groups, gave the best rational answer:

I think you & I disagree.

No “facts” are going to dissuade this kind of moral equivalence.

via Kathy Shaidle.

And, here’s the transcript (via Verum Serum):

Ayann Hirsi-Ali: Somehow this guy got in his mind that killing other people would be a great thing to do and he would be rewarded for it in the hereafter…

Smiley: But Christians do that every single day, in this country.

Ali: Do they blow people up…

Smiley: Yes, Christians, every day…people walk into post offices…people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine was. I mean, I could do this all day long. There are so many more examples of Christians — and I happen to be a Christian, that’s back to this notion of your idealizing Christianity in my mind, to my read — there are so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country in which you live and work.

Liz Cheney: First Instinct To Mirandize, and Giuliani: PC Has Led to Missed Signals

May 9th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

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Actually, this administration’s first instinct is to deny that radical Islam has declared war on America. Their second instinct is to not use words like jihad, sharia, or Islamic radicalism in their reports. The third instinct is to deny that the terrorism man-caused disaster suspect is an Islamic radical. And, Team Obama’s fourth response is to pamper the little darling and read him his rights.

From Gateway Pundit.

Here’s Rudy Giuliani saying:

“They’re at war with us, and we’re studying what rights they have… We’re worried more about the rights of terrorists..than urgency about keeping us safe.”

Newt Gingrich: “An Elite Determined to Avoid Reality”

May 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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Newt Gingrich: “This Is Really Dangerous For Our Survival to Have an Elite So Determined to Avoid Reality” (Video)

via Gateway Pundit.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Comments on South Park`s Latest Controversy.

April 24th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

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If you’re a South Park fan, as I am, you already know about the two controversial episodes mentioning Muhammad.

Briefly, Abu Talhah al Amrikee put up a video on the Internet explaining why a South Park episode with a rather tame Mohammad joke was likely to lead to the deaths of the show’s creators. Just to underline the point, he showed some pictures of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film director brutally murdered. Mr. al Amrikee helpfully explained that his video incitement of the murder of Matt Stone and Trey Parker wasn’t really “a threat but just the likely outcome.”

Here’s a clip of Ayaan Hirsi Ali with her take.

Her book Infidel is an excellent read if you’re inspired by examples of great human courage and want to get a feel for what it’s like to grow up as a female under Islam.

This video, with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, actually shows an image of Mohammad, as opposed to the recent censorship. It was before the Danish Cartoon fiasco.  Via Atlas Shrugs:

Here’s an editorial from The New York Post:

Nearly every bit of over-the-top satire has outraged someone or some group and prompted calls for the show to be boycotted or even banned.

And each time, for better or for worse, the program’s network, Comedy Central, has stood firmly behind creator-producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Except when it comes to Islam and the prophet Mohammed

Some credit to Jon Stewart for his defense.   Via Hot Air:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
South Park Death Threats
www.thedailyshow.com

Dick Cheney: Fed 9/11 KSM trials a “big mistake.” (Video)

November 28th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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The decision to go back to Sept. 10th thinking clearly shows how differently conservatives and liberals see the world.

This is yet another example of Neville Chamberlain 1938 type appeasement. And just like seeking “peace in our time,” at any cost, it led to further encouraging and reinforcing the notion that the West will do anything to avoid confrontation.

Former Vice President Richard Cheney spoke with Scott Hennen about AG Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al in federal court, in New York City, for the 9/11 attacks and war crime of mass-murdering 2,976 men, women, and children. Visit 911familiesforamerica.org for more on this travesty.

Fred Thompson: Afghan war ‘has been lost’

November 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Former Sen. Fred Thompson today intensified his party’s criticism of President Obama’s long deliberation over policy in Afghanistan, announcing that Obama’s delay signals that “the war has been lost” and that nothing the president now does will “make any difference.” by Ben Smith of Politico.

Hasan, Not Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Is the Real Problem

November 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Dan Henninger:

If it accomplished nothing else, the Obama administration’s announcement last Friday to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan blew the Nidal Hasan murders out of the news. The KSM fiasco deserves all the attention it gets. What Hasan represents, however, is a more immediate concern.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an old-school jihadi. They sit in far-off redoubts, assembling terror teams of foreign nationals who now must figure out how to get themselves and their plot inside the U.S. Not impossible, but harder than before 9/11.

Hasan is new school. He is what’s known as a homegrown terrorist. Virtually all the Islamic terrorist plots thwarted in the U.S. in recent years were homegrown, not designed from afar by a KSM.

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Dick Cheney: Obama “Putting Politics Over Security” Video (25 minutes)

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Thank god for Dick Cheney. More than anyone I can think of, he has the courage and the intelligence, to try to set the record straight on Obama’s dissembling on Afghanistan and TWOT.

Vice President Dick Cheney received the Center’s Keeper of the Flame Award. He was introduced by Senator Jon Kyl and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.


Watch this very moving video: Who are “The American People”?

July 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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It usually drives me nuts when some Congressman casually speaks about “The American People” Well, as the title says – THIS is the real thing.

Very very moving. These are the reminders I need to remember what REALLY matters in life.

posted by mbecker908 on RedState. HT Powerline

Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City , Georgia , just south of Atlanta , on June 11, 2009 . The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.

Please watch this amazing tribute to one of our fallen heroes. Just this past week I did a devotion about the song Taps. It was written by a young Confederate soldier who was actually found by his Union Father. Upon hearing the moans of a soldier, the father braved the gunfire and tried to “rescue” the fallen man, not knowing whether it was a Union soldier or a Confederate soldier. Unfortunately the young man didn’t make it. It wasn’t until daylight the next day that he realized that this was his son who had gone South to study music and had joined the Confederate Army. When asked if he could honor his son at his funeral, he was given permission to have one musician play the notes that were found in the pocket of the young man. His father chose a bugler to play the song. The rest is history……At the end of this video you will hear the haunting melody of Taps…..Karen

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On The Verge of An Intelligence Purge?

July 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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The maniacal behavior of Obama and the Democrats in Congress is heading down a path of ignoring, and in fact impeding, our intelligence services. An article by David R. Stokes points this out on Townhall.com:

The current climate of suspicion, accusation, and posturing surrounding the relationship between various entities in our intelligence communities and two of three branches of the federal government should be a source of grave concern to Americans. While games are being played, we must ask: Are we safer today than we were two years ago, or four or eight?

The nonsense of going after Dick Cheney for his “CIA Secret Al Qaeda Plan” was also reported in a Time Magazine article.

Stokes points out:

A few weeks ago, former Central Intelligence Agency Director, General Michael V. Hayden, wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post entitled, “Defenders At Risk” He decried a “troubling reality. A whole swath of intelligence professionals – the best we had, the ones we threw at the al-Qaeda challenge when the nation was in extremis – are suffering for their sacrifice, being held up to recrimination for many decisions that were never wholly theirs and about which there was little protest when we all believed we were in danger.”

That last phrase is haunting: “when we all believed we were in danger.”

This is so going to bite us at some point in the future. It is so sad how few Americans seem to have any sense of History. And it’s ironic, because I always hated “learning” about history when I was a kid.

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Cheney Lost to Bush – By David Brooks

May 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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May 22, 2009

Cheney Lost to Bush By DAVID BROOKS

While I frequently disagree with David Brooks, I always read his columns.

Assuming that he has his facts right, he makes the case that there was a very serious & strong disagreement between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Then he goes into how close Obama and GWB are pretty much on the same page.

President Obama and Dick Cheney conspired on Thursday to propagate a myth. The myth is that we lived through an eight-year period of Bush-Cheney anti-terror policy and now we have entered a very different period called the Obama-Biden anti-terror policy. As both Obama and Cheney understand, this is a completely bogus distortion of history.

Brooks posits that what most people think of as the Bush-Cheney era lasted only about 3 years. By 2005, the Bush-Rice-Hadley era had begun, and they were trying to close Gitmo.

Throughout the second Bush term, officials were trying to close Guantánamo, pleading with foreign governments to take some prisoners, begging senators to allow the transfer of prisoners onto American soil.

Then it gets more interesting, leaving the conventional wisdom (or lack thereof) behind. It’s really Bush who halted waterboarding, in opposition to what Cheney wanted.

Cheney and Obama might pretend otherwise, but it wasn’t the Obama administration that halted the practice of waterboarding. It was a succession of C.I.A. directors starting in March 2003, even before a devastating report by the C.I.A. inspector general in 2004.

Cheney, who sincerely believes he was right then, (and I believe he is right now), is attacking the Bush administration, as well as the Obama administration – that is adopting the same policies as Bush.

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Pelosi Waterboarding in 2002 – by Jerry Holbert.

May 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Editorial Cartoon by: Jerry Holbert

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@drthomasho suggested the surfer is Barney Frank!

Liz Cheney being ‘interrogated’ by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

May 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Check out Anderson Cooper’s obvious bias attacking Dick Cheney  and “re-write History.”

Liz is very sharp and has answers for every challenge.

Fighting at a Disadvantage by Bruce S. Thornton

September 18th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

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Bad cultural habits plague the West in the War on Terror.

Six years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we continue to hunt for those whose blunders let them happen. The latest addition to earlier investigations such as The 9/11 Commission Report and television’s Path to 9/11 is the recently released CIA report detailing the agency’s mistakes before the attacks. As with the earlier reports, this latest exposé of error and incompetence has prompted demands for scapegoats. Blaming some government employees might make us feel better, and of course we should identify blunders to avoid in the future. But punishing a few bureaucrats won’t do anything to correct the two larger, cultural dysfunctions — multiculturalism and the therapeutic sensibility — that leave us vulnerable to Islamic terror.

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In the Words of Our Enemies by David Limbaugh

June 29th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

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Almost as upsetting as the fact that the United States is engaged in a long-term global war against radical Islamists is that a shocking percentage of people seem predisposed against grasping it.

To the perennially oblivious, we are in a war of choice in Iraq, which, among other “elective” actions, is stoking extremism and provoking retaliatory action against us. If we will just cease and desist these actions and otherwise alter those policies giving rise to grievances among radical Muslims, their rage will subside and they’ll quit targeting us for extinction.

Those afflicted with this line of thinking not only believe it is our actions and policies that cause terrorists to hate us, but that many of those actions and policies are indeed objectionable.

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