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9901  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 10:25:18 AM
He led soldiers, both in peacetime and in war. He didn't get to his rank coasting along on white guilt, (unlike someone placed as editor of Harvard Law Review with no actual writing required) he got it by performance.

West knew the potential costs involved, the safe thing would have been for him to stay inside the wire. If he lost some troops to an ambush, he could easily compose letters to the families and work towards his next promotion. He chose to sacrifice his career in trade for the lives and limbs of his troops.

That is leadership, that is honor.
9902  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: February 15, 2011, 10:06:11 AM
I hope they win.
9903  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 10:02:14 AM
Actually he did face court martial.  And he did resign immediately thereafter...
They let him keep his pension.  He was lucky.

An Article 32 hearing isn't a court martial. Yeah, in combat, sometimes hard choices have to be made. He did the right thing, IMHO. I wouldn't expect you to understand this, JDN.
9904  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: February 15, 2011, 09:25:49 AM
A high tech lynching? We know how Common Cause members feel about that.
9905  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 09:24:07 AM


"Isn't he the same guy who while facing court martial resigned from the army in disgrace?"

Hardly. He was fined for firing a pistol near an Iraqi Police Officer in US custody who had information on a planned ambush. It worked. Hard decisions in combat. He retired honorably.


"He is a first term congressman.  He lost in his first attempt for congress."

He spent more than 2 decades as an officer in the US Army. That's real leadership, real decision making.


"He is a good speaker; I agree.  A lot of hot air.  After the hyperbole if you check his facts,
well....."

Such as?




"Do you really think he can be elected on a national platform?  Will general America vote for him?"

Absolutely.
9906  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 08:07:11 AM
Go West! 2012!
9907  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, budget process on: February 15, 2011, 07:59:46 AM
"Si vis pacem, para bellum"
9908  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 14, 2011, 07:29:41 PM
Exactly!
9909  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The US trillion dollar bill on: February 14, 2011, 05:43:05 PM
We gonna put Obama's face on it? We can then admire him as we use it to buy a loaf of bread.
9910  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama To The Next Generation: Screw You, Suckers on: February 14, 2011, 05:35:00 PM
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/02/obama-to-the-obama-generation-youre-on-your-own.html

Jus' spreading the debt around.
9911  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / It's not Keynsian on: February 14, 2011, 05:26:41 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/14/video-obama-unveils-surreal-catastrophic-new-budget

It's Cloward-Pivian.
9912  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, budget process on: February 14, 2011, 04:15:13 PM
One of the many things we'll be suffering for as the result of the idiots that voted for Obama.
9913  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 14, 2011, 12:16:14 PM
West is a warrior. The MSM ain't nothing to him.
9914  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ready to lead on day one! on: February 14, 2011, 11:20:32 AM



"Wafer-thin resume"


Or was this on purpose?
9915  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: February 14, 2011, 11:08:07 AM
Thus it seems.
9916  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Israeli embassy in Cairo closed? on: February 14, 2011, 09:30:01 AM
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/111752/20110212/israel-embassy-cairo-close-mubarak-egypt.htm

** Good thing the MB is so darn secular!
9917  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Indonesia on: February 14, 2011, 09:24:08 AM
How could it be possible that an imam could not know that islam is a religion of peace?
9918  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Raw video on: February 13, 2011, 10:16:02 PM
http://www.10news.com/video/26827497/index.html

The raw video is even more telling. CPB will never let this guy in front of the press ever again.
9919  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Nuclear War, WMD issues on: February 13, 2011, 10:07:45 PM




Hmmmmm......
9920  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WMD-WTF? on: February 13, 2011, 09:38:16 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1356645/A-weapon-mass-destruction-U-S--Shock-confession-Customs-officer.html

Coverup or no big deal?
9921  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: February 13, 2011, 08:41:21 PM
If he was NOC, then I could see the US walking away. Walking away when Davis has diplomatic immunity would be unthinkable, well before Obama was president it would be.....
9922  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Legal issues on: February 13, 2011, 12:25:41 PM

One would allow a roving wiretap on a terror suspect to monitor his conversations as he moves from phone to phone. That can be a useful tool, but the authorization is so broad that the government does not even have to specify the suspect’s name to get a warrant. The failure to provide a more narrow identification of the suspect is too lax and could lead to abuse.

**Anything can potentially lead to abuses. Ignorance of criminal investigations exemplified by this editorial is typical of attack on the PATRIOT act. Anyone know what a "John Doe" warrant is?
9923  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tea Party, Glen Beck and related matters on: February 13, 2011, 10:28:34 AM
The silver lining in all this is seeing that a revolt against against the mullahs appears to be developing. Aside from that, I don't think things are going to go well.
9924  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tea Party, Glen Beck and related matters on: February 13, 2011, 10:08:30 AM
I'm pretty much there with him.
9925  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 13, 2011, 10:07:46 AM
We shall see.
9926  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Presidential on: February 12, 2011, 08:46:34 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnwJDCK1rk8&feature=player_embedded#at=73

What real leadership looks like.
9927  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hmmmmmm...... on: February 12, 2011, 04:37:16 PM
http://www.gallup.com/poll/125639/Gallup-Daily-Workforce.aspx

**Whom to believe?
9928  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: How do you say "reset button" in Arabic? on: February 12, 2011, 11:30:57 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021103048.html?hpid=topnews

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States' treatment of Mubarak.


"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_saudi-arabia-fears-egypt-unrest-could-bolster-iran-s-role-in-region-analysts_1504576

Saudi Arabia is more concerned about losing allies to counter its regional adversary Iran than with the risk that upheavals sweeping Tunisia and Egypt might spread to the kingdom, diplomats and analysts say.

Flush with petrodollars, the world's top oil exporter can splash out to alleviate any social tensions due to unemployment — around 10 percent of the Saudi work force is jobless — and quell any unrest in the absolute monarchy, they say.

But some believe the Saudi rulers would be alarmed if the United States jettisons Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who, like successive Saudi monarchs, has been a longtime US ally since taking power three decades ago.

"The Saudis... are worried that the US has made a foreign policy mistake by appearing to give up support for Mubarak too easily," said Simon Henderson, a Washington-based Saudi watcher.
9929  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How do you say "reset button" in Arabic? on: February 12, 2011, 11:26:37 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021103048.html?hpid=topnews

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States' treatment of Mubarak.


"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.
9930  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: February 12, 2011, 11:24:40 AM
Are you a "progressive" like Obama, JDN?
9931  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Intel Matters on: February 12, 2011, 11:23:50 AM
Doing a quick search on "Muslim Brotherhood" on this forum brings up posts on them at least as far back as 2003. It's not like there isn't a huge body of knowledge in english documenting the malevolent, and very non-secular nature of the MB.

Sad.
9932  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Clapper off on: February 12, 2011, 10:09:01 AM



Mark Steyn: 'The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot'
9933  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Right-wing hatred on: February 11, 2011, 05:04:30 PM


Stop the hate!
9934  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Victory lap from A-jad on: February 11, 2011, 04:31:39 PM
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110211/D9LAIKV80.html

Ahmadinejad: Egyptian protests herald new Mideast
 Email this Story

Feb 11, 7:24 AM (ET)

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI


 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president said Friday that Egypt's popular uprising shows a new Islamic Middle East is emerging, one that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims will have no signs of Israel and U.S. "interference."

The Iranian leader spoke as the country marked the 32nd anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-U.S. shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and brought hardline clerics to power.

Ahmadinejad's remarks came hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he is transferring authority to his deputy but refused to step down, angering hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who have been demanding he relinquish his three-decade grip on power.

Tens of thousands marched down Tehran's main boulevard in state-organized anniversary festivities, chanting in support of Egyptian anti-government protesters. Some Iranians set an effigy of Mubarak on fire while others shouted: "Hosni non-Mubarak, 'Mubarak' (congratulations) on the uprising of your people."

Iran's state TV broadcast simultaneous live footage of the gathering at Tehran's Azadi, or Freedom, Square and that of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square where tens of thousands had gathered by noon Friday.

Iran, which is at odds with the international community over its controversial nuclear program, has sought to portray the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt as evidence of a replay of its own Islamic Revolution.
9935  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 11, 2011, 04:23:35 PM
Yeah, the Obama-koolaid has turned bitter for many.
9936  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 11, 2011, 04:10:33 PM
In case you hadn't noticed, we're well beyond "little" redistribution.




"Collective salvation" is one of those marxist doctrines clad in christianity he learned from Rev. Wright.
9937  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 11, 2011, 03:57:19 PM
The key problem is what you and I might define as freedom is probably not what many muslims in Egypt define as freedom. Also, having a military junta running a country probably doesn't qualify under most any definition of freedom anyone would care to use.
9938  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 11, 2011, 01:01:25 PM
"But I'ld vote for the dog catcher before Palin."

By "dog catcher" you mean a marxist Chicago crook with no experience outside of governmental shakedowns, that spent 20 years attending an anti-white racist church, yes?
9939  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 11, 2011, 12:42:08 PM
"which is the natural yearning to live free of being under the heel of Mubarak's police thugs. "

What if the heel of Mubarak's police thugs was preventing a hot war with Israel and an Sharia state and the rebirth of the caliphate?
9940  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ralph had it right on: February 11, 2011, 05:52:23 AM
Intelligence Failure   
By Ralph Peters
New York Post | Thursday, January 08, 2009

WOULD you ask your accountant to perform brain surgery on your child? That's the closest analogy I can find to the choice of Democratic Party hack Leon Panetta to head the CIA.

Earth to President-elect Obama: Intelligence is serious. And infernally complicated. When we politicize it - as we have for 16 years - we get 9/11. Or, yes, Iraq.

The extreme left, to which Panetta's nomination panders, howled that Bush and Cheney corrupted the intelligence system. Well, I worked in the intel world in the mid 1990s and saw how the Clinton team undermined the system's integrity.

Al Qaeda a serious threat? The Clinton White House didn't want to hear it. Clinton was the pioneer in corrupting intelligence. Bush was just a follow-on homesteader.

Now we've fallen so low that left-wing cadres can applaud the nomination of a CIA chief whose sole qualification is that he's a party loyalist, untainted by experience.

The director's job at the CIA isn't a party favor. This is potentially a matter of life and death for thousands of Americans. But the choice of Panetta tells us all that Barack Obama doesn't take intelligence seriously.

Mark my words: It'll bite him in the butt.

After the military, the intel community is the most complex arm of government. You can't do on-the-job training at the top. While a CIA boss needn't be a career intelligence professional, he or she does need a deep familiarity with the purposes, capabilities, limitations and intricacies of intelligence.

Oh, and you'd better understand the intelligence bureaucracy.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), who was blindsided - and appalled - by the Obama mafia's choice, has the essential knowledge of how the system works. She, or a similar expert, should have gotten this nod. But the president-elect wanted a clean-slate yes-man, not a person of knowledge and integrity.

We're witnessing the initial costs of Obama's career-long lack of interest in foreign policy, the military and intelligence. He doesn't think the top job at the CIA's important and just wants political cover on that flank. (Guess we got Panetta because Caroline Kennedy has another engagement.)

Forget a "team of rivals." Obama's creating a campaign staff for 2012.

Of course, he's reeling from the shrill rage of the Moveon.org crowd over his nomination of grown-ups to be his national-security adviser, director of national intelligence, administrator of veterans' affairs and, yes, secretary of state. (By the way, how could Hillary be dumb enough to accept a job where success is impossible?)

Panetta's appointment is a sop to the hard left, a signal that intelligence will be emasculated for the next four - or eight - years.

Think morale's been bad at the CIA? Just wait.

Conservatives played into this scenario by insisting that any CIA analysis that didn't match the Bush administration's positions perfectly amounted to an attack on the White House. Well, sorry. The intelligence community's job isn't to make anybody feel good - its core mission is to provide nonpartisan analysis to our leaders.

To be a qualified D-CIA, a man or woman needs a sophisticated grasp of three things: The intel system, foreign-policy challenges and the Pentagon (which owns most of our intelligence personnel and hardware). Panetta has no background - none - in any of these areas. He was never interested.

If you handed Leon Panetta a blank map of Asia, I'd bet my life he couldn't plot Baghdad, Kabul or Beijing within 500 miles of their actual locations. (Maybe he can see China from his California think tank?)

This shameless hack appointment is the first action by the incoming administration that seriously worries me. Get intelligence wrong and you get dead Americans.
http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-cia-chief-based-congressional-mubarak-testimony-on-media-broadcasts/

Report: CIA Chief Leon Panetta Based Congressional Testimony On Mubarak Departure On ‘Media Broadcasts’

by Colby Hall | 10:30 pm, February 10th, 2011


CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to Congress today of a “strong likelihood” that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day. The report of his impending resignation was only eclipsed by the news that Mubarak would NOT be stepping down as Panetta had indicated to congress. The worse part isn’t that Panetta was basing his statement on on media reports (and not intelligence.) No, National Intelligence Director James Clapper outdid Panetta with his erroneous claim that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “secular” organization.

Certainly the current upheaval unfolding in Egypt is a fluid situation, best described as a leaderless revolt that has put the State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA all on their heels. As it turns out, the true diplomatic stars so far in this story has been the media, who’s on the field reports have not only created compelling visuals for cable news outlets around the world, but also, strangely, informed the CIA director in his statements to Congress.

According to a report by Mark Landler and Mark Mazzetti for the NY Times (emphasis mine):

    Mr. Obama watched Mr. Mubarak’s speech on board Air Force One, returning from a trip to Michigan, the press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said. As soon as he arrived at the White House, Mr. Obama huddled with his national security aides. The administration appeared as taken aback by Mr. Mubarak’s speech as the crowds in Tahrir Square. The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, testified before the House of Representatives on Thursday morning that there was a “strong likelihood” that Mr. Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.

    American officials said Mr. Panetta was basing his statement not on secret intelligence but on media broadcasts, which began circulating before he sat down before the House Intelligence Committee. But a senior administration official said Mr. Obama had also expected that Egypt was on the cusp of dramatic change. Speaking at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, he said, “We are witnessing history unfold,” adding, “America will do everything we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy.”
9941  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ya think? on: February 11, 2011, 05:39:50 AM
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-is-absolutely-clear-is-that-we-are.html

February 10, 2011
"What is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold. It's a moment of transformation that's taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change."

Maybe the world doesn't actually work according to the transformative moments visualizations of President Obama.
9942  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / I've got a better name on: February 10, 2011, 04:31:25 PM
Skynet

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12400647

Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia.

European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world.

Called RoboEarth it will be a place that robots can upload data to when they master a task, and ask for help in carrying out new ones.

Researchers behind it hope it will allow robots to come into service more quickly, armed with a growing library of knowledge about their human masters.
9943  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 10, 2011, 04:18:26 PM
I like the executive experience and Mandarin especially. We could do worse.
9944  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Best of hands on: February 10, 2011, 02:21:49 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/10/u-s-director-of-national-intelligence-the-muslim-brotherhood-is-largely-secular/

U.S. Director of National Intelligence: The Muslim Brotherhood is … “largely secular”; Update: Video added
9945  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 10, 2011, 01:56:48 PM
Golly, I sure feel better!
9946  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Newt Gingrich on: February 10, 2011, 10:53:52 AM
Mittens Romney and Newt, I find them smart and capable and utterly untrustworthy.
9947  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 10, 2011, 10:47:08 AM


Love this pic on drudge.
9948  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 10, 2011, 10:41:47 AM
I think the House of Saud will not go easily or quietly.
9949  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 10, 2011, 10:38:34 AM
If we lose Saudi, Banks will be the least of our concerns.
9950  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 10, 2011, 10:21:49 AM
We'll soon find out. Got money in oil futures?
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