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THE NATIONAL GUARD IS GOING TO THE BORDER … TO PUSH PAPER AND THINGS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 26, 2010

From the “Do The Math” file …

The President means business.

The border that separates the United States and Mexico – the one that doesn’t help define our nation, according to Barack Obama – is just about 2,000 miles long. Yesterday, it was announced that the President will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the nation’s southern border to help secure America. That’s comes to one additional soldier for every 1 2/3 miles.

Who needs a wall now?

(That sound you hear is a whole lot of Mexicans shaking in their shoes, wondering what on Earth they’re going to do now).

But open-border advocates, anti-sovereignty types and assorted leftists need not fear. They may, indeed, have frightening images of armed-to-the-teeth Guardsmen patrolling America’s border dancing through their minds, but that isn’t exactly what Bam has in mind. A closer look at what the President is doing reveals that this isn’t about true defense of the border.

According to the Associated Press:

The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking drug trafficking. The troops will temporarily supplement border patrol agents until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, the administration official said.

In other words, an absolute waste.

“But wait, Andy!” you cry.

“Aren’t you for sending the National Guard to the border?”

“Aren’t you just reflexively taking the anti-Obama position on this because you despise him and want him to fail and hate the fact that he is so handsome and articulate?”

“Aren’t you just a puppy-kicking, balloon-popping, joyless, intolerant racist?”

Let’s be clear … If this was really about defending the United States and securing the southern border, I’d be the first one to stand up an applaud the move.

But that’s not what this is about.

When you hear words like “supplement” and “analysis” and “support” being used in the context of an action meant to secure this nation, it cannot be taken seriously. Obama might as well order the Guard to leave chips, dip and Gatorade in the desert so the illegals have something to snack on as they make their way to one of our “sanctuary cities.”

Senator Jon Kyle of Arizona says these are “desk jobs.”

This is not a serious attempt to secure the US-Mexico border. This is why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

This is about the President being able to say he did something. This is about heading Republicans off at the pass who wanted to force a vote on deploying troops to the border. This is about trying to tenderize the opposition with a talking point while Obamacrats prepare to take the State of Arizona into the courtroom over their new illegal alien law … or if not that (because even they will have to realize can’t win), then it’s about paving the way for some sort of amnesty bill.

Blah, blah, blah …

My dear friends, this is Barack Obama.

That means it is never about the United States of America.

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PRIORITIZING NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 8, 2010

Who have been the stone and brick throwers? Who have been the ones chaining themselves together in circles in the street blocking traffic? Who have been the ones vandalizing businesses? Who have been hurling bottles at police? Which protestors have been regularly resorting to violence?

Tea Partiers? Or illegal immigrants and their supporters?

Who have taken to shooting up military installations and opening fire at recruiting stations on American soil? Which group of people has attempted to blow up Times Square, Los Angeles Airport, the Brooklyn Bridge and several in-flight airplanes? Which people are hell-bent on murdering innocents?

Tea Partiers? Or Islamist terrorists?

Before you venture to answer that question, you probably ought to check with Democrat Congressman Andre Carson from Indiana. In discussing Tea Partiers who had gathered in Washington to protest Obamacare, the following exchange took place with a reporter on March 20th:

REPORTER: Do you think the people outside are dangerous?

CARSON: Oh, absolutely. I worked in Homeland Security. I come from Intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security – I mean, terrorism has an Islamic face – it really comes from racial supremacist groups. This kind of animosity, it’s the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record.

REPORTER: From groups like this?

CARSON: Oh absolutely.

This is the same man who, when asked to enumerate America’s greatest threats, listed racism and terrorism … in that order.

Racism, in the world of Andre Carson, is at least as serious a threat to national security as are Islamist terrorists and illegal aliens.

And he means it.

According to Carson, the threat to this nation’s security posed by Tea Partiers cannot be overemphasized. He should know. After all, he was in Intelligence … so to speak.

This is example 12,917 of why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

And speaking of fear mongering … Let us not forget that President Barack Obama – the unifier, the great orator and soother – rewrote Chapters 2 through 5 in the Little Fear Mongerers Companion and Workbook when he said:

You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in Arizona, your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state, but now suddenly if you don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re gonna be harassed. That’s something that could potentially happen. That’s not the right way to go.

And no one – no one – in the mainstream gerbil cage has the avocados to challenge him on such an absurd and irresponsible statement.

It’s a disgusting lie, Mr. President.

A disgusting lie, Mr. Race Baiter.

…with all due respect.

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H/T to the great Say Anything blog.

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A LESS RESPECTED AMERICA UNDER OBAMA? REALLY?

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 9, 2010

Not that it will matter, of course.

When do liberals ever pay attention to – or care – what the people they are charged to represent think? When do leftists ever concern themselves with the will of their constituencies?

The next time will be the first time.

Leftists know best – and they’ll tell you so.

When the electorate votes against the redefinition of marriage, for instance – which they have done each and every time it has been brought before the people – liberals immediately cry foul. Americans are stuck in the dark ages, they say. Angry God-types are poisoning the American bouillabaisse, they scream. Americans are nothing but bigoted, backwater, fag-hating pickup truck pilots, they screech. Protests, appeals, and rainbow flag waving inevitably pepper the map.

But it isn’t enough.

So, what do libs do?

They use leftist judges to magically find loopholes in the law so that they can bypass the brain-dead, hate-mongering electorate. It’s the only way to enact destructive leftist policies, and they know it.

Take the entire health care reform debacle as another example. Poll after poll shows that the American people categorically do not support ObamaCare. Most Americans abhor the idea of government meddling in things it has no right being involved in – especially something as important and personal as their health care. Yet, the President tells us he knows what’s best for all of us – and demands that we understand that. He believes this is his charge. This is his historic moment (as opposed to America’s). ObamaCare is such a good plan – so necessary for the American people – he’s asking Democrats to have “courage” to pass it.

Again, who cares what Americans want? Who cares that the overwhelming vast majority of Americans are satisfied with their health care? Why relegate oneself to trying to implement some targeted improvements to what is already the best health delivery system in the world when one can transform the whole damn thing?

Welcome to the Messianic Age.

But it only gets better.

Take this example from Joseph Curl of the Washington Times:

A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama’s presidency.

“This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office,” said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.

On the national security front, a massive gap has emerged, with 50 percent of likely voters saying Republicans would likely do a better job than Democrats, a 14-point swing since May. Thirty-three percent favored Democrats.

Of course, none of this is surprising. None of it.

Apologizing on foreign soil and bowing to foreign heads of state can only go so far.

But will any of this matter to the President – our Commander In Chief? Of course not. It doesn’t matter what we the people think. It only matters what the rest of the world thinks.

This leftist polling company seems to concur.

Allow me the chance to educate them on two small points.

First, global acclaim is incalculably meaningless in rating an American President’s performance. His “citizen-of-the-world” status is irrelevant to national security. My rule of thumb has not changed: Whatever world opinion is on almost any given subject of relevance, go with the opposite.

Second, ever since the terrorist Yasser Arafat snagged the prize – and Al Gore and the IPCC were awarded the world’s top “peace promoters” because of their work on the global warming hoax – the Nobel Peace Prize has about as much prestige as a colon polyp.

Democratic Corps, incidentally, was founded by Democratic talking head – and former Clinton adviser – James Carville along with Dem pollster, Stanley Greenberg.

The Third Way “calls itself ‘the leading moderate think-tank of the progressive movement.’

A moderate progressive?
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SEPARATING DEMS FROM THE ADULTS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 18, 2009

Terrorists are coming to Illinois – yet one more shining example of why national security needs to be left to the grown-ups.

I’ve yet to hear an explanation as to how the United States is better off having these murderous thugs on American soil instead of in an off-shore detention facility. I’ve yet to hear a coherent argument as to how creating government jobs to man the Thomson Correctional Center (i.e., taking money out of the economy through taxation just to redistribute it back to others in the form of paychecks) is a plus for Illinois. How does granting Constitutional rights to terrorists help America? How is this country more secure with these examples of human excrement under lock and key in the American Midwest?

The American electorate knew (or certainly should have known) exactly what they were getting when they voted President Obama into office last year. The preponderance of evidence indicating that Obama was, indeed, a hard-core leftist was hard to miss. And yet, 52.7% of us elected a man ill-equipped to run a bingo game, let alone prosecute the ongoing war against Islamo-facist terrorists.

Now, eleven months later, poll numbers are showing a whole lot of people suffering from good old fashioned buyer’s remorse.

The fact is, if the President of the United States hasn’t the courage to unambiguously identify that which is evil, and then stand up to it, the White House is without an adult at the helm.

As Eric at the great Vocal Minority blog often says, “Welcome to the future, suckers.”

An insight into the President’s “maturity” level in dealing with evil can be found by going back to the campaign (among other instances). In one of his most critical responses from the famed Saddleback Presidential Forum in August, 2008, when asked directly if he believed in the existence of evil, Obama responded that evil did exist and that it had to be confronted. (Notice his choice of words then – to confront evil rather than defeat it).

Obama said:

We see evil in Darfur. We see evil, sadly, on the streets of our cities. We see evil in parents who viciously abuse their children.

Whereas his opponent, Senator John McCain, unmistakably identified the evil of Islamo-facist terrorism as the “transcendant challenge of the twenty-first century,” and said that it needed to be defeated rather than confronted, then-Senator Obama went on to say that evil had to be met with humility.

What?

This is precisely why Democrats cannot be trusted or taken seriously on so many of the critical issues of our time – particularly the War on Terror (or whatever they call it now). They reflexively respond to critical realities with quixotic, romantic, feel-good, college-campus adolescent poppycock. They advocate childish solutions to adult real-world situations. Their perceptions are dangerously awry. To Obama, inner-city violence exists on the same plane as terrorism. This thinking, tragically, is common in liberal-land … and it’s infuriating.

It’s manifested itself in having five terrorists – including the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks – stand trial in a civilian court in New York City.

In a now infamous article penned by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed in the Los Angeles Times last year, this thinking was taken a step further:

If most Muslims truly reject terrorism, why does it continue to flourish in Muslim lands? What these results indicate is that terrorism is much like other violent crime. Violent crimes occur throughout U.S. cities, but that is no indication of Americans’ general acceptance of murder or assault. Likewise, continued terrorist violence is not proof that Muslims tolerate it. Indeed, they are its primary victims.

Intellectual dishonesty and out-of-context assertions are aggravating.

Terrorism is much like other violent crime?”

How?

Is Mother Teresa much like Adolf Hitler because they breathed air, required water to live and were both homo sapiens? Yes, a rapist in St. Louis, for example, is an abysmal excuse for a human being. A murderer of innocents in Louisville is a horrible person and should be put to death (if applicable) … but neither of these pieces of human debris is a national security risk, are they?

Context!

The fact is, people in this country get up and rally openly against violent crime in the form of neighborhood watches all the time. Folks commonly gather in public places in America and openly take positions against what they perceive as injustices. If anyone can show me the last Muslim rally anywhere openly denouncing those who use Islam to justify terrorism and ghastly violence, I’d like to be directed to the article or video that reported on it.

Equally, police all over this country fight the good fight to keep streets on a daily basis, precisely because crime is something that must be kept under control as much as humanly possible. Does anyone claim the “threat” of violence in our cities is overrated?

We keep hearing from the left that only a small percentage of people in the Muslim world are sympathetic to the likes of Osama Bin Ladin.

So what? What does that mean exactly?

If the percentage were, say, two points higher, then the threat should be taken more seriously? How about six points higher? How about that big hole in Manhattan to illustrate what a small percentage of killers can sccomplish? That “small percentage” of people ultimately make up a huge grand total, don’t they? It’s certainly a number that eclipses the amount of violent criminals in the entire Western World.

And just think … 9/11 conspirators (i.e., enemy combatants) get to hide under the protections of our Constitution as they stand trial in civilian court not too far from that big hole in the ground.

Another thank you to President Obama.

If you believe the greatest threats to mankind include the liquefying icecaps of the northlands, gluttonous phramecutical companies, and national bankruptcy unless America spends an additional two trillion dollars (as Obama suggested), then saddle up the donkey, slap an “Obama is Love” bumper sticker on its backside and head for 2010.

I’ll stick with the grown-ups, thank you.

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BUSH DEFENDS TACTICS … THANK GOODNESS

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 12, 2009

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Lord knows that President George W. Bush has rubbed this conservative the wrong way on more than several occasions – from his propensity to spend like a Kennedy on kahlua, to his declaration that the way to save the free market system is to abandon free-market principals.

Recall, that it was Bush who implemented a stimulus package not too long ago by sending out checks to taxpayers at the expense of other taxpayers. (It all sounds so liberal, doesn’t it?) What a rousing success that was (not really) – so much so that under our new President, we are going to do it all over again, only this time, exponentially larger in scale. (That’s what makes a liberal a liberal. If something doesn’t work, do more of it).

However, with eight days left in his Presidency, Bush is actually stepping up to defend something that absolutely needs ardent defending from the Commander-In-Chief of the United States (particularly in a time of war) – and it’s good to actually hear him fight back for a change.

Bush is defending his record on interrogation.

Good for him.

Patrick O’Conner of Politico writes:

President Bush on Sunday defended controversial interrogation measures established by his administration, arguing that techniques like water-boarding helped save American lives.

“The techniques…were necessary and are necessary to be used on a rare occasion to get information to protect the American people,” Bush said during an expansive exit interview that aired on Fox Sunday.

Citing an interrogation with Al Qaeda strategist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, which included simulated drowning, otherwise known as “waterboarding,” the outgoing president said, “We believe the information we gained helped save lives on American soil.”

The Bush administration has been criticized by civil liberties advocates and others for the use of, and legal justifications underpinning, these harsh interrogation methods. President-elect Barack Obama has already promised to review these policies when he takes the oath of office later this month.

One of the great puzzles of the past several years has been this administration’s complete unwillingness to challenge the multitude of false assertions put forth by the cackling left – things have been repeated so often that they are simply accepted as truth.

Indeed, there were no “ready-to-fire” weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, but the administration has been absolutely silent on the tons of uranium found there (meant for what? barbecuing?), or the endless documents discovered there that do, in fact, tie Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda in a variety of different ways. Bush has chosen to let falsehood after disingenuous accusation after lie continue to spew from on leftward unchallenged – and it has been supremely frustrating.

But here, the President is standing firm. He rejects the idea that the aggressive interrogation techniques he has defended amount to the condoning of torture.

Said the President:

“I firmly reject the word ‘torture.’ Everything this administration does had a legal basis to it; otherwise, we would not have done it … Look, I understand why people can get carried away on this issue, but generally they don’t know the facts … But I am concerned that America, at some point in time, lets down her guard. If we do that, the country becomes highly vulnerable.”

Is there anyone out there who honestly believes that the past seven-plus years of mainland safety has been the result of nothing more indimidating than dirty looks, name-calling, promissory notes and flaming bags of dog poop on the enemy’s front porch? Save for two car bombs that detonated outside the American Embassy in Yemen in September of last year (killing ten Yemenis), American interests all over the world have been safe from terror attacks since 9/11 precisely because the United States engages in such aggressive tactics when necessary.

Those are the key words: when necessary.

By a show of hands, who out there in the real world believes that bold and forceful interrogation techniques were not used in helping to maintain the security of the United States?

By an equal show of hands, who would be willing to take a chance on how safe things might be without those techniques?

Citing an interrogation with Al Qaeda strategist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, which included simulated drowning, otherwise known as “waterboarding,” the outgoing president said, “We believe the information we gained helped save lives on American soil.”

In the exit interview, Bush specifically mentioned Mohammed, whose interrogation became a flashpoint in the broader legal debate about the rights of suspected terrorists detained abroad.

Mohammed, a top Al Qaeda strategist, was arrested in Pakistan and eventually flown to a secret detention site in Poland, where he reportedly endured a series of harsh interrogation methods, most notably waterboarding. But Bush administration officials have repeatedly argued that that session with Mohammed gave them leads to prevent other attacks.

2023183793_ec4a92fc95When serious matters – such as national security – are left to the children-of-the-Chomsky left, it is only a matter of time before innocent Americans pay the price. Leftocrats may know how to emote with world-class non-confrontational Zinn moral-equivalency, but the actual safety of Americans needs to be left to the adults. That libs still argue for stopping any and all harsh methods of interrogation for fear that American soldiers will, thus, be treated just as brutally (and worse) if captured in war makes me wonder how lefties can ever be taken seriously at all.

Am I then correct to assume, using dumb-o-crat logic, that if Americans only played nice, then the throat-cutting, embassy blasting, IED exploding, ramming planes-into-buildings Islamo-fascists would follow suit?

The terrorists are following our lead?

Anyone who believes that, stand on your head.

It would surprise me beyond words to know that outside of academia, Young Democrat Clubs, hard-leftists, media types and John Mellencamp that too many Americans are really losing shut-eye over the possibility of human debris terrorist scum-buckets undergoing “intense questioning” – especially when American lives are at stake.

I was not surprised to read, however, that President-Elect Obama “promised to review these policies when he takes the oath of office later this month.”

He views “waterboarding” as torture.

How nice.

That methods of aggresive interrogation don’t always work should not be an issue. There is no institution or practice that is perfect. Should we eliminate police because some criminals get away? Should we abandon the courts because on rare occassions the innocent are jailed? The fact is, aggressive interrogation has worked in the past  – as in the case of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – and has unquestionably saved countless lives. That alone should keep the option open to anyone who takes national security seriously.

If the choice comes down to innocent Americans versus the toenails, eyelids and nostrils of a terrorist who would slash the throats of my daughters even if we offered back massages and reclining chairs to enemy combatants, there is no contest.

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