Joe Biden at the Special Olympics. You write the caption.
Pat Condell rips the British Government a new one for caving in to the fascist threats of Lord Ahmed and barring Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the UK to attend a screening of his film Fitna at the House of Lords, a screening to which he had been invited. Yes, Britain banned an elected member of a sister parliament from attending an event at Mother of All Parliaments, because an unelected "Lord" threatened Parliament if Mr. Wilders exercised his natural right of free speech. Just incredible. Anyway, here’s Pat. Roll tape, Tito!
PJTV really needs to give Pat his own show.
I’ve often referred to California’s Senator Barbara Boxer as (D-Moron) because, well, she’s rather dim. Now it appears that California has two morons in the Senate, after Senator Diane Feinstein revealed that the US drones that have been attacking al Qaeda fly from Pakistani bases:
A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.
The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.
At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan’s northwest border.
"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said of the planes.
The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counterterrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.
The CIA declined to comment, but former U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, confirmed that Feinstein’s account was accurate.
Phil LaVelle, a spokesman for Feinstein, said her comment was based solely on previous news reports that Predators were operated from bases near Islamabad.
Oh, please, Phil! There is a huge difference between rumors in a newspaper and confirmation by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee! (Not to mention the "former officials" all too eager to talk to the press.)
It’s a basic fact of war that you don’t go telling the enemy where you’re running operations against them from. The idea is to keep them guessing so they can’t mount a counterattack or an effective defense. When FDR was asked where the Doolittle raid against Tokyo came from, he answered "Shangri-la," because he had to protect the carriers that had gotten so close to Japan. If Feinstein couldn’t do that much to protect our facilities in Pakistan, she should at least have had the sense to keep these hearings closed to the public.
Let’s review the situation in Pakistan, shall we? Pakistan is a kind-of ally in our war with al Qaeda and the Taliban: we depend on it for land and air routes to resupply NATO forces in Afghanistan. They’re also at war with their own Taliban and their al Qaeda allies — a war which they’re losing. Pakistan is crumbling.The central government is rife with corruption and the security services are filled with Islamist sympathizers who cooperate with and support jihadist groups. Indeed, Pakistani Intelligence may well have been behind the Mumbai massacre last year. In short, anti American and anti-Western feelings are very strong in Pakistan. Revealing that we’re using their bases to launch attacks in their own territory against fellow Muslims does not help.
Feinstein’s revelation of Pakistan’s cooperation with the US has the potential to do serious harm both to our relations with Pakistan and our war effort in the area, perhaps crippling what had been a successful program that had been decimating al Qaeda’s leadership. It is on a level with the New York Times’ criminal exposure of the terrorist communications surveillance program and the operation to track terrorist financing. Senator Feinstein’s big mouth should disqualify her from ever receiving classified information again.
Do Democrats even comprehend we’re in a war?
(hat tip: The Jawa Report)
Someone check the temperature in Hell: the San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial critical of the reactionary "Progressive" politics that are turning my favorite city in California into a Third-World wreck. Rather than welcome a business that will create jobs and pay a good wage, Caille Millner writes, the residents of "the Special City" prefer to hide in a fantasy world: Magic in the Mission
It is too easy to make fun of the people who packed Room 400 in San Francisco’s City Hall to stop American Apparel from opening a store on Valencia Street in the Mission District last week.
They are not serious people. They live in a world where facts like 27 vacant storefronts on Valencia Street and 9.3 percent unemployment statewide and nearly 600,000 jobs lost nationally last month do not matter. The few who read books know no authors beyond Naomi Klein. They do not believe that the world has changed since the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. This accounts for both the static nature of their vocabulary – "no formula retail!" is their death chant, though anyone who has picked up a newspaper in the last five months could tell you that there isn’t a single retail establishment with a formula today – and the juvenile nature of their worldview. They do not want to see businesses be successful. They do not want the Mission District to be welcoming to different types of people.
What they want is magic.
Read the whole thing. These people are serious candidates for the Commemorative General Russel L. Honoré Stuck on Stupid Award.
(hat tip: Right Wing News)