Monday, December 28, 2009

The Left Wing On Parade over NW 253

Can't we all just get along?

Obviously, people shouldn’t be lighting anything on fire inside airplanes. That said, all the big Christmas airline incident really shows to me is how little punch our dread terrorist adversaries really pack.

That has to be one of the dumbest statements I have ever read.

Once again, this seems like a pretty unserious plot. And even if you did manage to blow up an airplane in mid-air, that would be both a very serious crime and a great tragedy, but hardly a first-order national security threat.

But the above tops it.

Both come from Mathew Yglesias at ThinkProgress and yes he is a Leftie of the first order.

And thinking that this guy actually lives here and is a fellow citizen...well I still don't know whether to laugh, cry or puke. But the latter seems to be appropriate

The only thing that seems even close was this written by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of the DailyKOS.

That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.

He was referring to the death of the food workers in Iraq who were killed and then their bodies were dragged through the streets and put on display. (We have since captured the leader in this and three SEALS are being Court martialed because one of them may have....................GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............hit him........ What idiots we have for leaders.)

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Democrat Baucus drunk on the floor of the Senate.

Link to video.

Too bad we don't have a law against spending while under the influence.

And yes, I don't know whether to laugh, cry or puke.

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NW 253 and PETN

What 50 grams of PETN wil do.

Now the NW 253 bomber had 80 grams.

Think about it the next time someone tells you how this was just a poor misunderstood youth.

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Stop the fighting!

A unique way to stop the fighting.

Hat tip to Jimmy M!
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Yes, NW 253 is Obama's fault

Now that the details are coming out on just how badly Obamie The Bower has let his minions screw the pooch regarding our collective safety from terrorist attacks we can be sure that a rash of attacks on Bush regarding 9/11 will be forth coming from the various Leftie blogs and forums.

I have compiled a modest summary of some of the activities of Bush and his administration and offer them for your review.

So as the Left continues with its attempts to rewrite history the always popular subject is that Bush did nothing to prevent 9/11. Of course that is pure nonsense, and deserves to be scorned. In addition I note that that doesn’t track with what
Richard Clarke, Clinton’s NSA who was retained by Bush, has said. From an interview:

“RICHARD CLARKE: Actually, I've got about seven points, let me just go through them quickly. Um, the first point, I think the overall point is, there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration.

Second point is that the Clinton administration had a strategy in place, effectively dating from 1998. And there were a number of issues on the table since 1998. And they remained on the table when that administration went out of office — issues like aiding the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, changing our Pakistan policy -- uh, changing our policy toward Uzbekistan. And in January 2001, the incoming Bush administration was briefed on the existing strategy. They were also briefed on these series of issues that had not been decided on in a couple of years.”

Clarke rambles a bit here, but there are two key points. There was no PLAN but there was a STRATEGY. But since Clinton could not solve the Northern Alliance, Pakistan, etc. problem, and had not for over two years, Clinton couldn’t produce a PLAN. (Remember that "strategy" proceeds "plan." A strategy states in broad terms while a plan is focused on parts of the strategy. That is, the strategy to invade Europe during WWII contained thousands of plans regarding specific events, tasks and objectives.)

“And the third point is the Bush administration decided then, you know, in late January, to do two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we've now made public to some extent.

And the point is, while this big review was going on, there were still in effect, the lethal findings were still in effect. The second thing the administration decided to do is to initiate a process to look at those issues which had been on the table for a couple of years and get them decided.

So, point five, that process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go after Al Qaeda.”

Clarke rambles again, but the two key points are that within days of the start of the start of the Bush administration it was decided to increase resources for going after al-Qaeda, “five fold.”

The second point is that nothing Clinton had started was stopped. “…the lethal findings were still in effect.”

So Bush kept Clinton’s CIA going and decided to increase the resources 500%.Now you can argue that this wasn’t enough, but the facts are that this was 7 months before 9/11 and demonstrates Bush’s belief that there was a problem and pledged to increase the resources.

Plus, the problems with the Northern Alliance and Pakistan that Clinton could not solve for over two years still remained for Bush to solve.

“ANGLE: So, just to finish up if we could then, so what you're saying is that there was no — one, there was no plan; two, there was no delay; and that actually the first changes since October of '98 were made in the spring months just after the administration came into office?

CLARKE: You got it. That's right.”


Now the Left likes to make much over the Presidential Daily Briefing that Bush received on 8/6/01 that said that al-Qaeda was going to attack. Bush’s response was less than nice, dismissing the briefer with an “Okay, now you’ve done your job” type comment.

Why was he grumpy? Most likely because there was nothing new in the report and he regarded it as a CYA by staff. Why do I say this? Because he already knew it.

"At the special meeting on July 5 (2001) were the FBI, Secret Service, FAA, Customs, Coast Guard, and Immigration. We told them that we thought a spectacular al Qaeda terrorist attack was coming in the near future." That had been had been George Tenet's language. "We asked that they take special measures to increase security and surveillance. Thus, the White House did ensure that domestic law enforcement including the FAA knew that the CSG believed that a major al Qaeda attack was coming, and it could be in the U.S., and did ask that special measures be taken."


The above is from an interview with NSA Rice and shows that 32 days before the meeting Bush knew about it and had his NSA warn all the agencies. And there was little more he could have done outside declaring martial law and taking control of all entrances into the US and all movements within the US.

So there you have the facts. Clinton dithered and Bush took action. It may not have been enough but it was all he could have done, and should have done based on the information he had.

He had no watch lists. But he did have Chinese Firewalls between the FBI and CIA courtesy of Jamie Gorelick of the Clinton administration. There were not any "no fly" lists. But he did have a FBI that was so fearful of violating a potential terrorists "Rights" courtesy of the Clinton administration they wouldn't take action.

Of course Obamie The Bower had watch lists and no fly lists yet the terrorist who tried to destroy NW 253 was allowed to slip through. And Obamie the Bower's attitude of "can't we all just get along" has clearly influenced both this and the Fort Hood shooter incidents.

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