Osama bin Laden
Samuel Johnson once said that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism, and bad analogies.
For the uninitiated,Â Godwin’s LawÂ is one of the cardinal rules of the Internet. Coined in 1990 by Internet law expert Mike Godwin, the principle — confirmed by countless contentious comment threads across the web — is that the longer an online discussion persists, the greater the odds become that someone will make a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler, to the point of near-inevitability. Nothing ends a debate faster than the hyperbolic unsupported counterfactual: “You know who else did [INSERT SUBJECT OF ARGUMENT HERE]? Hitler!”
We get this all the time…usually from teachers unions…they used it against Anne Tolley and are yet to deploy it against Hekia Parata…only a matter of time though.
But Hitler and the Nazis aren’t the only recurring straw men used to end debates. Over the past 12 years, it’s become clear that the longer a national security debate persists, the more likely it becomes that someone will try to end it by suggesting something — some policy, some person, some technology — “could have prevented 9/11.”Â Read more »
A book about the SEAL Team raid that killed Osama bin Laden is about to be released. Predictably the panty-waists are getting upset because Osama bin Laden was capped while unarmed…boo-freakin’…hoo:
The account contradicts the official version of the raid on the formerÂ al-QaedaÂ leaderâs compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2 last year, which suggested that the terrorist was shot because he may have been reaching for a gun.
The disclosure in âNo Easy Day,â a book written by a 36-year-old Seal under the pseudonym Mark Owen, raised questions over whether bin Laden represented a clear threat when he was first fired on.
In the book, which will be published on Sept 4, Owen described being directly behind the âpoint manâ as the Seals advanced up a narrow stairwell.
âWe were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots,â he said. âBOP. BOP. I couldnât tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room.â
The Seals followed bin Laden into the bedroom where they found him crumpled on the floor convulsing in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head, according to Owen. Two women were wailing over his body.
He said the point man pulled the two women away into a corner, and the still twitching terrorist was then shot several times.
âWe trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless,â
Dry your eyes ladies, that’s what happens when you live with a terrorist.
Al Qaeda hasn’t conducted a successful attack in the WestÂ since the bombings on London’s transportation system seven years agoÂ that killed 52 commuters. And the terrorist group, of course, hasn’t carried out an attack in the States since 9/11.
Even terrorists influenced by al Qaeda-like ideas have only killed 17 people in the United States since 9/11. Â About the same number of Americans are killed every year by dogs. In other words, in the United States during the past decade, dogs have been around ten times more deadly than jihadist terrorists.
Rand Paul is making a stand for a loyal ally:
Sen.Â Rand PaulÂ (R., Ky.) said he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on his proposal to strip all U.S. aid to Pakistan in protest of the harsh prison sentence leveled against the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.
Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who aided the CIAâs efforts by using the cover of his vaccination program to knock on the door of bin Ladenâs compound in Pakistan, was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May. Dr. Afridi was formally accused of aiding militant groups, but his arrest and prosecution was widely seen as a result of the assistance he provided to the U.S.
Congress is already considering legislation to strip $33 million in aid to Pakistan, in protest of the sentence. But Sen. Paul said those efforts are not dramatic enough to pressure Islamabad. Sen. Paulâs bill would cut off aid to Pakistan for the remainder of the year as well as next year. Congress appropriated $2 billion for the current fiscal year, but much of it remains unspent. For next year Congress is considering proposals of around $1 billion in aid.
Sen. Paul, a tea party favorite, libertarian and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said such up or down votes are rare, and predicted it will cause some discomfort in the Senate.
âYou will see some folks squirming in their seats on this one,â he said.
I’m not sure that you’d want to piss off Obama:
The US has confirmed that al-Qaedaâs second-in-command was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.
US officials described the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “major blow” to the terrorist organisation.
The official told AFP that Washington had a “very high degree of confidence” that Libi was dead, and argued that his demise would severely hamper the capacity of core al-Qaeda leaders to liaise with affiliated groups.
Libi was killed when missiles destroyed his vehicle and a militant compound in North Waziristan, leaving 15 dead.
The death of Libi, a close aid to Osama bin Ladenâs successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a major blow to what is left of al-Qaedaâs core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He is among more than 12 senior al-Qaeda leaders assassinated since bin Laden was tracked down and killed by US Navy Seals in May last year.
Three separate drone strikes were launched from Saturday to Monday, killing at least 30 people, according to local sources.
The third barrage comprised two missiles, which slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the village of Hesokhel, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. Pakistani intelligence officials said they had evidence that Libi was at the scene at the time of the strike.
I thik this qualifies as perhaps the best description of a political campaign ever:
But certainly the winter and spring provided ample cause for Obama to be cheerful. The rising poll numbers. The signs of life in the economy. The anniversary of Bin Ladenâs death. And best of all was the sight of a spectacle that would quicken the pulse and gladden the heart of any Democrat in possession of both: the spastic goat rodeo that was the Republican nomination contest.
Joe Biden is a more of a danger alive than dead…according to Osama bin Laden who refused to add Biden to his hit list.
In targeting Obama for assassination, the terrorist mastermind suggested Biden should be left to take over because he would lead the U.S. âinto a crisis.â The Veep has been ridiculed by many, but to be so dissed by al Qaeda is cold.
You know your image management has taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way when, as vice president of the United States, youâre not even considered worth killing byÂ al Qaeda. Such is the ongoing indignity of beingÂ Joe Biden.
âObama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis.â
Yowza. Itâs one thing to have the Republican opposition deriding you as aÂ buffoonÂ or certain members of your own party grumbling that maybe you should be bumped from the ticket. But when the worldâs most famous terrorist is plotting to bring down America by putting you in charge? Thatâs just cold.
Republican presidential candidates have said President Obama practices “appeasement” when it comes to foreign policy.
At the White House a short time ago, Barack Obama had this response:
“AskÂ Osama bin LadenÂ and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever’s left out there. Ask them about that.”
The left wing used to hate on George W. Bush and his propensity to war. They are strangely silent on the mounting body toll of Obama.
Just five months after a team of Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, President Obama’s administration claimed yet another kill Friday in its hunt for terrorists abroad. With theassassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric known as the “chief of external operations” for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,Â new debatehas arisenÂ over whether it’s appropriate for a president to order the killing of a U.S. citizen — and how closely Obama’s policies mirror those if his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Since taking office the president has overseen the killing of a remarkable number of terrorist leaders.
The article then presents a “rogues gallery” of 8 dead terrorists.