Calling a Spade a Spade: What Obama Was Doing During Bin Laden Capture

The Weekly Standard reports on what Barack Obama was doing while Seal Team 6 captured Osama bin Laden, playing cards. I know. Based on what the One himself has said you thought Barry himself actually slapped the handcuffs on OBL before having to take him out of resisting arrest, but alas, that appears not to be the case. The Weekly Standard reports on former Obama “body man” Reggie Love’s recollection on what happened that night. Obama was playing cards, a game called “spades” to be specific. Watch the video at Pat Dollard:

‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’

I wonder if he was playing Spades during the Benghazi disaster. I suspect that he was actually asleep, but this story makes me wonder.

What say you?

Will Hollywood Help The Unsung Hero of “Zero Dark Thirty” When Obama Won’t?

I didn’t have a chance to mention this story during today’s show, darn it. I don’t know where the time goes on the show, I swear! Anyway, here’s the story, from CBS Los Angeles:

 “Zero Dark Thirty” is a contender to bring home an Academy Award for Best Picture this weekend, but first, local activists are joining forces to free a doctor who helped the United States find Osama bin Laden.

Arguably playing the most critical role in the 10-year hunt for bin Laden is Dr. Shakil Afridi, who is currently being held in a Pakistani prison. If Beverly Hills businessman Bob Lorsch has his way, Afridi’s story will steal the show at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

He calls Afridi a patriot who’s been left behind.

“This is the guy who saved America in terms of finding Osama bin Laden and now he’s stuck in the same environment as the people that are killing American soldiers,” Lorsch said.

Lorsch and Congressman Dana Rohrbacher hope the Oscars and “Zero Dark Thirty”, which is based on the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, can be used shed light on Afridi. The hero doctor was left behind and arrested just days after bin Laden was killed.

“And now, he is sitting for 33 years in a jail cell either being tied, tortured, bound, starved,” Lorsch added.

Afridi reportedly worked with our government under the guise of a vaccination program to get inside bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and confirm he was there – information the U.S. needed to make the raid and ultimately kill bin Laden.

 

More here.

Mr. Lorsch wants everyone who wins to mention Dr. Afridi in his or her acceptance speeches, which is a terrific idea. Isn’t it interesting that a private citizen is showing leadership to help this man who made the capture of bin Laden possible? Why isn’t the alleged leader of the free world doing anything like that? I guess you can’t expect leadership for a guy who voted “present” over 100 times while in the Illinois State Senate.

They’ll just Boogey to from Baghdad

Syrian fighter checks treasure map

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Recall this:

 

National-security adviser Sandy Berger suggested that the U.S. send just one U-2 flight, but the report says Clarke worried that even then, Pakistan’s intelligence service would warn bin Laden that the U.S. was preparing for a bombing campaign. “Armed with that knowledge, old wily Usama will likely boogie to Baghdad,” Clarke wrote in a February 11, 1999 e-mail to Berger. The report says that another National Security Council staffer also warned that “Saddam Hussein wanted bin Laden in Baghdad.”

That e-mail was at the center of the casus belli for Iraq- or more accurately, deflated the opposition to the war.

Now we have an amendment to the Executive Order designating  al Qa’ida in Iraq a terrorist organization.

The Department of State has amended the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 designations of al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) to include the following new aliases: al-Nusrah Front, Jabhat al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusra, The Victory Front, and Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant. The Department of State previously designated AQI as an FTO under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under E.O. 13224 on October 15, 2004.

AQI emir Abu Du’a is in control of both AQI and al-Nusrah. Abu Du’a was designated by the State Department under E.O. 13224 on October 3, 2011, and by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 on October 5, 2011. Abu Du’a also issues strategic guidance to al-Nusrah’s emir, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, and tasked him to begin operations in Syria.

What we have here is the State Department saying al Qa’ida is operating in Syria, like that is a big surprise. But then they go on to say:

…all responsible Syrians should speak out against al-Qa’ida and other extremist elements. By opting for the use of force against its own people, the Asad regime has created the circumstances that attract the violent extremists of al Qa’ida, who seek to exploit civil strife for their own purposes. The sooner the political transition to a post-Asad Syria begins, the better it will be for the Syrian people and the region.

When President Bush denied al Qu’ida their base in Afghanistan he was vilified for creating a climate in Iraq that would attract terrorists. President Obama, on the other hand, is giving aid to the opposition in Syria known to contain al Qa’ida- they’ve boogeyed from Baghdad via Libya and Egypt:

The United States takes this action in the context of our overall support for the Syrian people. We have provided approximately $50 million in non-lethal assistance to the unarmed civilian opposition and nearly $200 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the violence in Syria.

 

Mr. Obama knows there are terrorists in the opposition but he gave them $250 million. How well did that work out in Egypt and Libya?

 

It doesn’t really matter to this administration because Asad is like Bush, only different.

Obama, Bigger Enemy of America Than Osama: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

The loathing for racist, imperialist Amerika that Barack Obama learned from his mentors Frank Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah “G-d damn America” Wright has been reflected in his “lead from behind” failed foreign policy. As noted in this post, the right Rev Wright was right about one thing: chickens do come home to roost. It’s amazing, but true that politicians still haven’t learned an indisputable truth: it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup. The wheels are coming off the Obama regime’s Lie Express as the facts, which really only confirm what was obvious within days of the murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi, emerge. This morning Sen. Lindsay Graham said it all when he characterized this incident as evidence of “failed presidential leadership at its worst.” How did one this morning’s designated Chicago mouthpieces, Sen. Dick “Eddie Haskell” Durbin respond? We’ll share the soundbites, and connect the dots between Barack Obama’s ideology and not only the exploding Middle East, but acts of Islamic terrorism on American soil. The victims of what the Obama administration continues to characterize as “workplace violence” at Fort Hood in November 2009 demand the end of the politically-correct baloney that keeps them from getting their due from the U.S. Government.

This morning’s Sunday show appearances by Obama’s mouthpieces reveal what the One will try to use tomorrow to deflect the inevitable questions about his Libya disinformation campaign. It won’t work.

There’s another Middle East coverup. Let’s call it “Fast and Furious, Saudi style.” Have you heard of it? Of course not, but you will on today’s show.

Speaking of Fast and Furious, we know that this disgraceful operation shares something with the disaster in Libya; that is, it was hatched out of the same left-wing, anti-freedom, anti-Constitution ideology. Barack Obama is steeped in this failed world view, and so is the state government that foisted him on an unsuspecting nation, Illinois, and it’s not a coincidence that Illinois is one of the only states in the country that absolutely deny law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon. One Illinois public official has had it, and has decided to do something about it.  Winnebago County County Board member Jim Webster will join us for a Second Amendment Update to talk about his proposed concealed carry ordinance.

Tune in today for the rest of the story.

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Here They Go Again: Bush Derangement Syndrome Rears Its Ugly Head on 9/11 Anniversary

This morning the Liberal Death Star takes advantage of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to indulge its obsessive hatred of former President George W. Bush. In a piece by Kurt Eichenwald, who apparently writes for Vanity Fair or some similar rag, entitled “The Bush Administration Was Deaf to 9-11 Warnings,” they take another comfortable soak in their favorite warm nostalgic bath water, blaming President Bush for not preventing this horrific act of war. Once again, they dredge up their favorite bloody shirt, the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief, which was entitled “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US,” which given the attacks on two of our embassies in Africa, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, doesn’t seem like a news flash. They conveniently neglect to mention the 1998 Presidential Daily Brief presented to Pres. Bill Clinton entitled Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks,” on December 4, 1998, which unlike the August 6, 2001 PDB describes what actually did happen. Of course, if memory serves, Bill Clinton was preoccupied with domestic matters back in 1998. It was something  involving an intern and a cigar, I think.

As Richard Miniter documents in his excellent book Losing Bin Laden, Bill Clinton had several opportunities to take out bin Laden and dropped the ball, allowing the 9/11 attacks to eventually take place.

Frankly, I consider re-litigating this issue in the attempt to point fingers and affix blame on this day unseemly and unpatriotic, but if our leftwing friends are going to persist in hating on President Bush, I feel compelled to set the record straight.

What say you?

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, It’s Worth Asking Why the Obama Administration is Enabling Terrorists

It was another beautiful September Tuesday, with clear blue skies, making the incredibly unreal images on the tv screens all the more horrifying by contrast. Just 24 hours before, the news was all shark attacks and Chandra Levy. The evening before, I had the students in the college Nutrition class I was teaching do a fun group exercise using print ads from tabloids, in which they identified bogus weight loss claims. Then we found out we were at war for years. We just hadn’t realized it.

Then the 9/11 attacks happened.

It’s not as if we shouldn’t have. The World Trade Center had been bombed before, on February 26, 1993. Six people were killed in that attack. One of the men convicted in that bombing was Omar Abdel-Rahman aka “the Blind Sheik.” He is currently serving a life sentence at the Butler Federal Medical Center in North Carolin for seditious conspiracy that included the 1993 World Trade Center attack and a foiled plot to bomb New York City landmarks, including the United Nations and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. He was also convicted of trying to arrange Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s assassination.

In 2005, “civil rights” (read radical leftist, kindred spirit of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn) lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted of the crimes of providing material assistance to terrorists and lying to the government for distributing messages from the Blind Sheik to members of his organization, the Islamic Group (the IG). During the wiretapped conversations that led to the convictions, it emerged that the bombing of U.S.S. Cole in October 2000, which killed 17 sailors, was carried out to help secure the release of the Blind Sheik. (This whole report on the wiretaps from the Smoking Gun is worth reading.)

The IG has been designated a foreign terrorist organization under federal law, which is why Ms. Stewart and her accomplices are now contemplating social justice behind bars. Why then is the Obama administration assisting the IG in their efforts to free the Blind Sheik? As our guest Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the Blind Sheik, wrote:

Nevertheless, as detailed here a few days back, the Obama administration issued a visa to Hani Nour Eldin, a member of the Islamic Group, and then hosted him for talks in Washington. Eldin accompanied a contingent of other members of Egypt’s new Islamist government — which is led by the Muslim Brotherhood and in which the Islamic Group is a coalition partner. Topping Eldin’s agenda, reportedly, was to petition the administration to release the Blind Sheikh. The Obama administration has since stonewalled when pressed by members of Congress and the media to explain why and how it came to issue a visa and play host to a member of a designated terrorist organization given that providing assistance to such organizations is a serious federal crime.

I suggest we keep this fact in mind when we hear Obama, Biden and their surrogates screeching that “Osama bin Laden is Dead and GM is Alive!!!” We have repeatedly discussed the reality of the “success” of the GM bailout. It’s worth asking what good it is to kill bin Laden while we facilitate those who want to release the man who inspired him.

Live from Afghanistan: Barack Obama To Continue Gloatfest Tonight

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As  even he he acknowledged during last Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Barack Obama has developed a reputation for blaming his failed presidency on all the terrible things that he inherited. Ironically, his one success, the one which he and his apparatchiks have been trumpeting for the last several days, is one that would not exist but for the anti-terrorism policies he actually did inherit from President George W. Bush, all of which he vehemently opposed. Barack Obama stated repeatedly that not only does he believe that water boarding is “torture,”[T]orture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence.” One person who would strenuously disagree with those statements is American hero, Jose Rodriguez, the retired Director of the National Clandestine Service for the CIA, who served with the Agency for 31 years, the man who directed the interrogations of some of the worst terrorists on the planet, including KSM. From Newsmax:

But Rodriguez criticizes many Democrats for not backing the tough tactics that he said eventually led to bin Laden.

“Pelosi said that we only briefly mentioned waterboarding and left the impression that it had not been used,” Rodriguez writes, insisting that the California Democrat was fully briefed — by Rodriguez himself — about waterboarding and its use. He says that Pelosi posed no objection to the technique. “I know she got it.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that she, like almost all Americans less than a year after, wanted us to be aggressive to make sure that al-Qaida wasn’t able to replicate their attack.” He writes that “Pelosi was another member of Congress reinventing the truth.”

Many members of Congress have “watched too many episodes of the old TV series Mission Impossible — the part they liked best was the opening, in which the operatives were told that if anything went wrong, their leaders would ‘disavow any knowledge of your actions,’” says Rodriguez. …

Rodriguez said his team had legal clearance for everything it did — from waterboarding, on down to top-level terrorists like Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

“We made some al-Qaida terrorists with American blood on their hands uncomfortable for a few days,” he tells “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl. “I am very secure in what we did and am very confident that what we did saved American lives.”

Pressed by [CBS' Lesley] Stahl about charges that Zubaydah, who was waterboarded and sleep deprived, gave false information that wasted U.S. resources, Rodriguez replies, “Bull****!, He gave us a roadmap that allowed us to capture a bunch of al-Qaida senior leaders,” says the ex-spy.

It is preposterous and disgusting to watch this man shamelessly take credit for an important event in which he was only peripherally involved, which was accomplished by doing things that he and his left-wing buddies, including Joe “Always Wrong, Never in Doubt” Biden relentlessly ripped for years.

Recently a frequent Facebook poster stated ”So Bush “kept us safe.” But Obama doesn’t get “credit” for Bin Laden. Interesting analysis.” It really didn’t require a lot of analysis to appreciate that giving the One credit for the victories in the continuing war against radical Islam is like giving Michael Dell credit for the success of Apple. At least Mr. Dell doesn’t try to take credit for that success.

Now, Barack Obama is in Afghanistan once again using our troopa as props for his campaign, celebrating the killing Osama bin Laden. Apparently this never-ending endzone dance is not a provocation, or as Obama and friends like to say a “recruitment tool” for the enemy.

Of course, like nearly everything else this bunch does, this gloatfest was so predictable. You were warned, but I’m sure that it doesn’t make it easier to keep from nearly throwing up as you watch this cringe-inducing display of unabashed display of cynical political expediency on parade.