"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pictures, Or It Didn’t Happen

Will Malven

We have a saying—probably common enough on the internet—on one of the forums on which I spend a fair amount of time; “pictures, or it didn’t happen.  So where are the pictures of Osama bin Laden?

Wasn’t part of the reason for sending in the strike force to insure that Osama bin Laden was killed . . . not to rely on a couple of bombs, but to put a personal touch on the whole affair.  After all, this was not about revenge, this was about retribution.  Shouldn’t the American people, who paid for this attack and for the photographs be allowed to see the photographs?

Don’t tell us they are too shocking for the sensibilities of the American public; for garden seed, our kids play video games that show blood spraying all over the screen.  We take out children to see movies in which blood flows like a river and we fight (at least these same liberals do) against anyone who dares to suggest that perhaps Hollywood and the game manufacturers should tone it down a bit.

Cameramen from our 24 hour news channels try to get as close to the dead bodies and gore as they can.  The most graphic coverage of last night’s murder leads the news.  We pay paparazzi big bucks for the most graphic pictures obtainable.

American television and culture is accustomed to this sort of fare, but now all of the sudden, we can’t be shown pictures of OBL’s corpse because the pictures are too disturbing?  Who do these ruling class elite liberals in the White House think their fooling?

I also don’t need this man-child President telling me that we don’t want to “spike the ball,” or “take a victory lap,” because it might inflame Moslems and cause them to be angry with us.

Are you kidding Mr. Obama been Golfin’?  They killed 3000 of us on 9/11.  They blew up the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, and have attempted to conduct a number of bombing attacks here in America that were thankfully prevented . . . mostly by average citizens.

How can you inflame a people who are already inflamed?

I fully believe that Osama bin Laden is dead.  I believe that he was killed Sunday by a group of our “best of the best” Special Ops guys, and I believe that Obama been Golfin’ ordered it to be carried out.  But I still want to see the pictures.

Obama been Golfin’ is still more concerned about what his Moslem buddies think than what the families of the victims of 9/11 or the rest of his fellow Americans think.

From the days of Neville Chamberlain on (way before that for any student of history, but Neville serves as a good modern starting point) the world has known one certain truth, power respect power and holds weakness in contempt.

Cultures like those in the Middle East are built on the respect of power.  Show the Arabs strength and they will respect you, show them weakness and they will take you for everything you’ve got.  The same goes for Communist China the old Soviet Union and Russia of today and most other cultures where dictators are a common feature of governments.

That fundamental truth is the single thing that liberals seem completely incapable of comprehending. 

Mr. President, Mr. Obama been Golfin’, it’s not about “spiking the football,” it’s about demonstrating strength.  Showing the pictures and proving that Osama bin Laden is dead is not about gloating, it’s about showing the rest of the world that if you mess with the USA, you will be hunted down, you will be found, and you will be killed.

President Bush understood this.  Most of the world understands this.  Liberals, are incapable of understanding it.

Ann Coulter appeared on Sean Hannity last night and she was “on form.”

Her best line was:

. . . the audacity of him [Obama] saying, ‘We don’t need to spike the football.’ Really? What’s he doing in New York tomorrow? He’s going to be spiking the football on this from now to Election Day, so don’t talk down to us about your moral superiority, oh ‘We don’t need a victory lap’ and ‘that’s beneath us.’”

You can watch her appearance here.  It’s well worth the time.

I point out, once more, that Mr. “We don’t need to spike the ball,” has already purchased the web address, gutsycall.com.  What’s that about not spiking the ball?

“Not spike the ball?”  Ann Coulter is right (okay, she usually is); he’s going to be running on this raid.  He’s politicizing it for all he’s worth.  He’s not just “spiking the ball,” he’s doing the dirty dance in the end zone and taunting the opposition.

The hypocrisy of this arrogant, self-righteous, narcissist never ceases to amaze me.  He and his little band of sycophants in the MSM believe that we Americans are just too stupid to see that while he’s talking “high and mighty,” he’s acting “down and dirty.”

Gutsycall.com?  Gutsy, 16 hour, sleep on it, dithering call.  The only aspect of his decision on Saturday that was “gutsy” was that he overcame his fear of looking like Jimmy Carter after his Iran Hostage Raid.  It was only “gutsy” if you are more concerned over the prospects of your being re-elected than you are of getting the guy who was the most wanted mass murderer in the world.

Obama is still a wuss.  A real man, a real President—one who was more interested in the welfare of his people than in his image in the Press—wouldn’t have to take a 16 hour break, he would have made the decision when his people came to him with absolute confidence that the raid was a “Go!”

Remember that his people were “shocked” when they came to him for the go ahead and he turned and walked out of the room, saying over his shoulder that he would make the decision shortly—16 hours later—shortly.

It’s called “leadership,” and Obama still ain’t got none.

Show me the pictures!

Watch Ann.  Honest, she’s great.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!

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Blame White House Web of Lies for Conspiracy Theories

Will Malven

Note:  I had thought that my post, Bin Laden Aftermath would be my final word on the raid, but I find that, as more is revealed, more questions continue to arise, so here we go again . . . sort of.  WM

Question:  How can you trust anything a person says, if they routinely lie?

Answer:  You can’t.

Today The Daily Telegraph reports that CIA Chief Leon Panetta has revealed that the President did not watch the raid on Osama bin Laden’s residence go down from the White House Situation Room as was reported Monday by all of the MSM.  Moreover, he revealed that the President could not have watched the raid as it was happening, because they experienced a 25 minute blackout of the video feed from the assault group.

On May 02, CNN Tech reported:

May 02, 2011 |  Mark Milian, CNN

As special-operations military troops prepared for a firefight about 7,000 miles away, President Barack Obama entered a room in the Washington area early in the afternoon on Sunday to follow along.
"We were able to monitor on a real-time basis the progress of the operation, from its commencement, to its time on target, to the extraction of the remains," Brennan said. "We were able to have regular updates to ensure that we had real-time visibility into the progress of the operation."

The White House and Central Intelligence Agency didn't have access to a live audio feed, but they were able to tap other communications, a U.S. official told CNN. There was some live video, though the official declined to elaborate on the nature of that footage.

While it is not explicitly stated, the clear impression left by John Brennan’s comments, especially when accompanied with the picture of a rapt President surrounded by his Foreign Policy and Intelligence staff, was that they were following the proceedings with a live feed.

Even Mark Milian, the author of the piece expressed that belief:

“Like a page plucked from a Hollywood screenplay, Obama and other principal coordinators for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden convened in order to remotely monitor the situation . . .”

This incorrect impression wasn’t unintentional, it was a deliberate attempt by the White House to leave the American people the impression that the President and his staff were directly involved in every minute detail of the raid.

 . . . and therein lies the problem with this President and this Administration.  Nothing they say, nothing they claim, can be taken at face value.  They are posers and dissemblers.  Everything they do is carefully scripted and controlled to leave the observer with the impression that there is more substance than actually exists.

It would have been the effort of a moment for someone in the White House Communications staff to issue a clarification that, while the President was not able to observe the actual raid, he and his staff were regularly updated, as they sat in the Situation Room, with the status of the raid as communications allowed.  But, rather than clarify the error of perception, they built upon the initial reports with what now appears to be a posed photograph of a rapt and haggard President and staff watching the screen as the raid progressed.

Perception is reality in a nation consumed with 24 hour live news feeds and broadband in every house.  With a White House in pretty much constant campaign mode—it was revealed yesterday that the President’s campaign just bought the domain name “Gutsycall.com—every comment and every picture is intended to convey the message of a President in charge and in control.

There are no “accidents” when it comes to public impression as far as this White House is concerned.  The deception was intentional and deliberate.

The deception also feeds the constant current of conspiracy theories that have now become part of our culture.

After 9/11, we had the “truthers” who were and are still convinced that the attacks on 9/11 were staged by the Bush Administration and that the collapse of the World Trade Center and the collateral damage that resulted, could not have occurred as the result of two passenger jets crashing into the side of the two towers.  The level of hatred for President Bush, the sheer lunacy of the claim, and paranoia required for one to believe such nonsense is truly mind-boggling, but it still exists and a shocking number of Americans still believe that President Bush ordered the killing of 3000 Americans for some nefarious political reason.

Then came the “birthers,” those who were convinced that President Obama was born somewhere other than in Hawaii and that, because he was therefore not a “native born citizen” as required by the Constitution, he was ineligible to be President and, for that reason, not legitimate.

The initial reaction from the President was to release a Certificate of Live Birth, a compelling, but not exclusionary piece of evidence that left room for doubt in some.  Then the White House chose ridicule over debunking and obfuscation over revelation.  They spent millions of dollars fighting to prevent anyone from accessing the President’s original long-form birth certificate or any of his scholastic records. 

Rather than simply providing the documents necessary to answer the outstanding questions, they chose to fight against those revelations—something they continue to do to this day.

Finally, the President released his long form birth certificate—apparently because the “birther” questions had become mainstreamed, primarily through the efforts of Donald Trump, and Obama’s poll numbers were beginning to run dangerously low.

Now, because of this White Houses penchant for telling lies and half-truths, there are the “deathers.”  Those who are convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Osama bin Laden was variously, still alive, killed a decade ago but never announced, taken prisoner but announced as killed, and any one of a number of parallel conjecture.

As Sir Walter Scott sagely told us:

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.”

This White House would get on so much better if they were more open and honest—something the President promised us all when he ran for the office.  This “most open and transparent administration in history” has turned out to be the most tight-lipped, obstructive administration in recent history, with more rejections of Freedom Of Information Act requests in a shorter time than any previous administration.

Of course part of the problem lies in the fact that this President’s agenda is anti-capitalist, anti-liberty, anti-Constitution, and anti-American.  In his case, honesty would not be the best policy; it would be the end of his Presidency and of his Party.

Liberals cannot reveal their true agenda, so they pretend to believe in the very aspects of our society against which they routinely act and legislate.  That is the quandary in which the Democrat Party finds itself; they can’t tell the truth so they lie even as they pursue that agenda.

When facts are rare, people will fill in the blanks and in President Obama’s case, those blanks are being filled in, for many, with conspiracies.

When you can’t or won’t tell the truth, you have to expect people to make assumption that are not always true.  When your dishonesty is echoed through the complicity of a press corps that acts more as an advocate than as a skeptical critic, then conspiracy theories begin to appear rational.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bin Laden Aftermath

Will Malven

There are a number of stories brewing in the aftermath of the successful effort by the US to track down and kill Osama bin Laden.

Osama—armed or unarmed?

Some folks are concerned as to whether or not bin Laden was armed when he was killed. Who cares?  He was an evil man who got what he deserved.  In a time of war you kill your enemy when the opportunity arises.   You don’t stop to worry about whether or not he’s armed at the moment.  Osama’s guilt has never been in question—he confirmed his involvement in the heinous attacks on 9/11 himself—so why should we suddenly be concerned over whether or not he was armed at the time of his death?

One thing we know for certain, other than policemen or security agents, none of the 3000 victims killed in the 9/11 attacks was armed, and I don’t remember the press worrying about it then.  I would also point out that the terrorist we have been fighting don’t concern themselves with the niceties of obeying international law. 

They weren’t following international law when the beheaded Richard Pearl, they weren’t obeying international law when the bombed the rail systems in Madrid and London, and the didn’t seem at all concerned with obeying international law when they killed our 3000 civilians in their attacks on 9/11.

Armed—unarmed, who cares?  He’s dead and as far as I am concerned that’s a good thing.

Water boarding works, but Bush Derangement Syndrome as strong as ever

Two and a half years after President George W. Bush left office, there remains a bizarre, obsessive hatred of everything Bush and the wish to destroy him and his reputation remains as virulent as ever. 

As soon as it became clear that the intelligence necessary for the success of this operation was the result of almost a decade of work by both the Obama Administration and the Bush Administration and that some of the most vital early information came as the result of water boarding, the Bush-haters came out in force.  For the “water boarding is torture” cadre, it isn’t so much that they object to water boarding, it is that the water boarding was done at President Bush’s and his advisors’ behest and with their approval.

That’s all it took to push many on the left over the edge.  It could have been Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition “comfy chair” and the howls of outrage would have been just as loud.

The sad truth is that “enhanced interrogation techniques” work . . . they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t yield valuable information.  Like it or not people who wouldn’t otherwise reveal valuable information will do so when given the proper motivation and as distasteful as it is, water boarding works.

The lengths to which those on the left will go to deny that simple fact is amusing.  As soon as the first hints of giving some credit to former President Bush came out, Democrat leaders scrambled to deny the effectiveness of those enhanced techniques.

Republican Congressman Peter King comes out and says that some of the information used in killing OBL came from enhanced interrogations and within minutes Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that none of the information came from those sources.

Well, now we know.  Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA has now made it clear . . . mostly by attempting to say nothing . . . that rendition and enhanced interrogations did yield valuable and useful information in the pursuit of OBL.

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Mr. Panetta was asked if he could confirm that it was a result of water boarding that we got the information we needed to go after OBL.

Mr. Panetta replied:

 You know Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information, and that was true here. We had a multiple source -- a multiple series of sources -- that provided information with regards to this situation. Clearly, some of it came from detainees and the interrogation of detainees. But we also had information from other sources as well. So, it's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got.”

Such obfuscation is typical of those who wish to confirm without confirming.  But this is still insufficient for many, so Brian Williams asked him the reverse question.  Was Mr. Panetta denying that water boarding was involved in obtaining the information needed to get OBL. 

Mr. Panetta replied:

“No, I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques [including water boarding] against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.

That’s about as clear a confirmation as any Democrat in power is going to give that President Bush’s policies of rendition and enhanced interrogations were in part directly responsible for eliciting information necessary for the mission to kill bin Laden.

Suck it up you liberals and face the facts that without President Bush’s groundwork, Obama would never have been able to accomplish what he and his team and especially Seal Team Six did this past weekend.

The very techniques over which Democrats vilified former President Bush, rendition, the use of CIA “black sites” for interrogating terrorists, and the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” were vital to tracking down and killing the man responsible for one of the worst attacks against America in history.

Obama’s 16 hour delay

The Daily Mail reports that at the instant President Obama’s National Security and Intelligence teams announced that everything was set and they had absolute confirmation that Osama bin Laden was at the site and primed for capture or killing, the President froze.

For those with a long enough memory, you will recall that much was made of the 7 minutes President Bush waited before responding to the information he received that the World Trade Center had been attacked.  President Bush was ridiculed and viciously attacked in the MSM for seeming to be indecisive in response to those attacks.

Michael Moore made fun of President Bush because, rather than jumping up in panic or
some mythical and undefined by his critics energetic reaction, President Bush continued to finish reading “My Pet Goat” to the school children before excusing himself.

Now, we find out that President Obama hesitated for 16 hours . . .  even slept on it overnight . . . before making the decision to go forward with the attack.  That 16 hours turned into a 48 hour delay, because during the delay, heavy clouds moved into the area of the attack.  The President’s reaction apparently shocked his advisors as the Mail reports:

“The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think - and disappeared out of the room.
'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added 'I'm going to make a decision soon.'
The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president's decision.”
Delay in operations like this one can prove disastrous as conditions tend to be fluid and intelligence fleeting.  We are fortunate that conditions remained stable and the attack was successful.
I can only add that this reaffirms my belief in Obama as a ditherer and indecisive.  What would have been to President Bush the decision of mere moments, proved to be a 16 hour ordeal for Obama.  He who hesitates is lost.  Luckily for Obama his hesitation didn’t cost him the prize.
The primary difference, President Bush was worried about results rather than what his poll numbers would look like if the mission failed.  For Obama it’s all about the elections.  More than any other Presidency, Obama’s Administration is poll driven.
This is all just the ancillary activity and politics as usual goes on in Washington.
The President still succeeded in killing the most wanted and hated man in the world and though there will be a lot of questions asked and avoided—then answered—the end result is the same.  America has once again successfully shown the world that no one can attack us with impunity and that if you do, we will track you down and kill you no matter what it costs or how long it takes.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Will Malven
This is a great thing.
Osama bin Laden was an evil man who was responsible for the deaths of thousands around the world, over and above the nearly 3000 Americans whom he murdered by proxy on 9/11.  His death brings closure, if not compensation, for the many families who have lost loved ones in the attacks that OBL orchestrated.

Congratulations to the President(s).
President Obama made getting Osama a high priority from day one of his Presidency.  He allocated the necessary intelligence assets to accomplish the job and he was smart enough to go with a bullet kill and seizing the body rather than just making an assumption from a missile strike and a pile of rubble. It was the right call and he deserves credit for this major accomplishment.

Let’s no forget that much credit also goes to Obama's predecessor, for if President Obama got the kill, much of the ground work was laid by former President Bush.

This victory—and it is a victory, make no mistake about it—small though it may be in the grand scheme of the War on Terror, was years in the making and much of the critical intelligence came from interrogations of those now held in the much maligned Guantanamo Terrorist Holding Facility. 

It is legitimate to remind the reader that, had President Obama had his way back in 2008 (or even after his inauguration), the facilities at Guantanamo Bay would have been shut down long ago and the intel obtained from those held there never obtained.

I don't like Obama and it grates, to a greater degree than I like to admit, that he managed this hard won success, but I don't like sour grapes. He deserves credit for keeping his eye on the ball and getting this accomplished--through the efforts of a myriad of intel and ops people, to be sure--but he did make the call.

The death of Osama bin Laden will be a tremendous propaganda victory for America in the War Against Terrorism and a huge psychological shock to Muslim terrorists. The fact that Osama managed to elude our grasp so often made him a rallying point for them. His death will show them and the world that you cannot strike at America with impunity. It shows them that we will get you, no matter how long it takes and how much it costs.

Once more we were treated to the Narcissist in Chief.

I thought the hastily set up address given at about 11:30 PM (scheduled to begin at 10:30 PM—the President once more demonstrating his contempt for being on time) to announce something that had occurred a week ago smacks of self-aggrandizement. There was nothing that Obama had to say that could not have waited until this morning.
When I first heard about the hastily called speech I assumed, as did many in America, that it was to announce the death of Muammar Gadhafy and I thought that calling such a surprise announcement at 10:30 PM CDT on Sunday night was  strange given the purpose. 

We now know, of course, that it was to announce the death of Osama bin Laden.  Though the importance of bin Laden's and his effect on Americans death far outweighs that of Gadhafy, I still feel that it was an unseemly abuse of such a venue.  These unannounced, hastily arranged speeches are usually reserved for the dissemination of critical—need to know—information.

This whole scenario smacks much more of Presidential crowing than critical information and grates on my sensibilities.

Good Speech

Although I question the timing of his speech, I thought that the President’s speech was informative and happily, if somewhat strangely, lacking in his usual self-indulgent lapse into the use of the word “I” (only 9 references to himself in 10 minutes).  For that alone, I give him high marks.
He touched on all the necessary points, credited former President Bush and managed to focus his attention on “we” Americans.  I found this a refreshing change from his usual fare.

While I applaud the success and the effort required by all—including the President—I thought the whole tableau to be very bizarre and I really don't understand all of the street celebrations--other than those held in New York City.
I had pretty much relegated Osama bin Laden to the irrelevant category since his involvement in day to day al Qaeda operations appeared to have been minimized.That being said, congratulations to President Obama, CIA Director Panetta, all of the intel guys and gals involved over all the years it took to develop the necessary intelligence, and especially to the SEALs who executed this mission.
Long Live Our America Republic!!!

Correction:  Apparently the information first deseminated was incorrect.  The attack took place the day of the announcement.  I now understand the reason for President Obama's unscheduled announcement of this successful attack.

Again I give my kudos to President Obama and all of those who were involved in the planning and execution of this great achievement.  Well done folks!  WM