Archive for the ‘War on Terror’ Category

Umar Farouk Abdulmtallab: Hip-Hop Fan

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Umar Farouk Abdulmtallab is the Al-Qaeda member who tried to blow up the plane from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. Luckily for the people on the flight the terrorist was not able to create a large enough explosion and jumped by one of the other passengers. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo reports that one of the things we do know about Abdulmtallab is that he was a big fan of hip-hop music.

Barack Obama

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Barack Obama has now won the 2008 Presidential election. I did not vote for Barack Obama but I wish him well. I hope Barack Obama brings home the troops and closes the prison on Guantanamo Bay as well as realizes there is no longer the financial incentive to continue the war on drugs.

McCain Not Old Enought To Remember The Dred Scott Case

Monday, June 16th, 2008

McCain may be old enough to remember Pearl Harbor but he isn’t old enough to remember the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision. How else do you explain the fact that McCain compared yesterday’s court ruling as one of the worst Supreme Court ruling?

The ruling required that terrorism suspects be charged with a crime.

There are many worse Supreme Court ruling I could think of off the top of my head. Dred Scott vs, Sandford declared that black people have no legal standing and are no different than a chair in the eyes of the law; this decision partly led to the Civil War. Korematsu v. United States declared that holding American citizens in prison camps is okay as long as the public feels they have a legitimate reasoning for their racist beliefs. People such as John McCain, who say they want to overturn Roe v. Wade should take that case into consideration. John McCain should realizes there are many historical instances of bad Supreme Court decision. Giving terrorists the right not to be locked up forever without at least being tried is nowhere near the level of bad Supreme Court decision.

The Supreme Court made the right decision. One measure of a free state is whether or not people can arbitrarily be arrested by the government with no means of challenging the government’s say.

Dick Morris Has His Head In The Sand

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Dick Morris thinks Americans have their head in the sand because they did not view terrorism as the biggest problem facing America.

Asked in the latest Gallup Poll what are the major problems facing America, an incredible 4 percent said terrorism. Ninety-six percent are living with their heads in the sand. Thirty-three percent cited Iraq, 22 percent mentioned some economic problem, 13 percent spoke of healthcare issues and 9 percent mentioned immigration

It is understandable that more Americans would be concerned with the war in Iraq over the war in terrorism because more Americans are dying because of terrorism in the war in Iraq. Just since the surge started in February there have been 743 American and 40 British casualties.

CIA decides to end use of waterboarding

Friday, September 14th, 2007

According to, the CIA has decided to ban the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Waterboarding is an interrogation technique that consists of immobilizing an individual and pouring water over his or her face to simulate drowning. Waterboarding has been used to obtain information, coerce confessions, punish, and intimidate. However, it is also used in some military training. It elicits the gag reflex, and can make the subject believe his or her death is imminent while not causing permanent physical damage.

Some Republicans have supported the use of waterboarding claiming that is not torture. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona, who was tortured during Vietnam views things differently: “

For instance, there has been considerable press attention to a tactic called “waterboarding,” where a prisoner is restrained and blindfolded while an interrogator pours water on his face and into his mouth—causing the prisoner to believe he is being drowned. He isn’t, of course; there is no intention to injure him physically. But if you gave people who have suffered abuse as prisoners a choice between a beating and a mock execution, many, including me, would choose a beating. The effects of most beatings heal. The memory of an execution will haunt someone for a very long time and damage his or her psyche in ways that may never heal. In my view, to make someone believe that you are killing him by drowning is no different than holding a pistol to his head and firing a blank. I believe that it is torture, very exquisite torture.

Warterboarding has probably been used by on least five suspects. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds behind September 11th spoke to authorities after waterboarding.

Waterboarding is a despicable technique and it is a smart decision by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden. This is one step in the right direction towards repairing the reputation of the United States around the world.

Everything Emboldens the Terrorists

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

As the Jon Stewart clip below shows the debate over Iraq policy is occuring without a lot of substance. Here’s the video:

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The More You Know al-Qaeda, The More You Hate al-Qaeda

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Spencer Ackerman recently had a post on his blog arguing that the results of U.S. withdrawl from Iraq will probably be bad for al-Qaeda. Quote:

And that leads to an important point: withdrawal from Iraq will most likely lead to the deaths of large numbers of Iraqis — which is already happening in the civil war. This is not to be minimized or wished or explained away. But it is to be distinguished from deaths of Americans at the hands of al-Qaeda. Remember as well that al-Qaeda fighters are not the greatest: Ghaith Abdul Ahad documented both the disillusionment by Fallujans with the foreigners and their relatively poor military skills. In short, the Sunnis have reason to ally with al-Qaeda in a civil war or against an occupation; but when al-Qaeda starts to do something they don’t like, the Sunnis will defeat them themselves — unless they continue to face an external threat from Shiites or from Americans. In short, without us in Iraq, al-Qaeda holds a losing hand

More evidence to Ackerman’s thesis can be seen by tribal leaders in Sunni anbar leading the local fight against al-Qaeda. The American military may not be popular.

The desired goal of a stable, free, democratic, pro-American Iraq may not be possible at this point.

American policy, if we want to take the War on Terror seriously, should be to aim the policy towards stopping people from trying to kill Americans.